Scout Sunday Celebrated At Emmanuel UCC Feb. 5

On Sunday, February 5, members of our Cub Scout Pack will join in worship with us. Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was a British Army lieutenant-general. He enjoyed hiking and camping so much that he wrote the book Aids to Scouting for soldiers. Teachers and youth leaders started using it to instruct young boys and so Lord Baden-Powel rewrote it as Scouting for Boys. Soon there were Boy Scout groups all over England. Shortly after that, the Scouting movement came to America. February 8, 1910, is the official beginning of the Boy Scouts in America. Given the Boy Scouts values, many churches sponsored packs and, as Emmanuel UCC and other area churches are evidence, we still sponsor them today.

Scout Sunday is celebrated the Sunday before February 8 each year. We welcome you to come join us as we celebrate Scouting and recognize the efforts of these fine young people. After our worship service, the Scouts will host a coffee hour. Please plan to stay and share some time with them.

There is a box in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets. These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are residents at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The last date to deposit your Valentines will be February 5. Remember those who served.

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.

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

Feb. 1 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Feb. 5 –Worship at 10:30 am 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. 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. 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, 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.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Lou Aita at (570) 582-9550 or email him at aitatl12@ ptd.net.E-mail access is emmanuel_ ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.