Fishing For Souls At Emmanuel UCC

Can you imagine just dropping everything, leaving everyone you know, and starting a new life just because someone tells you to follow him? Just think of the reaction of your family, your friends and your coworkers. They would probably think you went nuts.

I wonder if that was the reaction when Simon and his brother, Andrew, dropped their fishing nets, left their boat and walked off the job to follow Jesus. The same thing happened a short time later when Jesus calls to James and John to leave their boat (with their amazed and possibly confused father still sitting there). No hesitation. No excuses. Just blind trust. Jesus tells them that from now on they will be “fishers of men.”

Their new job description would be to look for people to bring to God. That’s quite a tall order for ordinary fishermen. Where’s their educational background, their experience, their curriculum vitae? They weren’t trained for this new profession, but they accepted the job offer anyway. And over time, Jesus trains them and the other disciples to work for God. Jesus calls out to us also. “Follow me,” he cries. Just as those early followers brought people to believe in Jesus and the good news of his resurrection, we can reach out to those in our communities with the same good news. Jesus came for the salvation of all people. Spread the word. Fish for souls.

Sunday mornings at 9:15 am is Sunday School for ages 3 through 6th grade. We have a great program based on our Hands On Bibles. We’ll have fun making crafts, playing games, and solving puzzles which help us understand the stories in our Hands On Bibles. Come join us as we learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and will be led by Pastor Louis Aita. We welcome visitors and friends to join us for worship every Sunday.

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 22 –Worship at 10:30 am Jan. 25 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm

Jan. 25 –Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

The church newsletter, The

Messenger, is available through our website, emmanuel-ucc.org,along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. You can also check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/emmanuelucc.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call (570) 868-5675 and we will provide nourishment for you and those you care for. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.

Thank you to everyone who contributes to our recycling aluminum cans project and hope you will continue to help us raise funds by recycling cans to help needy families in our area. Through your help, our neighbors receive assistance to meet their daily needs. Please place the cans in large bags and drop them off in the large crates at the back of the lower parking lot.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road (across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, Mountain Top, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.