Easter Preparations At Emmanuel

There are two notable seasons of preparation in the Christian calendar. The one is Advent and is the four weeks before Christmas during which we prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of the Christ, both as a tiny infant and as our Savior awaiting his second coming.

The forty days before Easter are known as the season of Lent. This period is time of reflection and renewal. We reflect on the enormous sacrifice of Jesus as he willingly followed his destiny to the cross. It took unwavering determination to fulfill the task for which he was born. A task which had its origins in the very first book of the Bible. In Genesis, we learn of the entry of sin into the world through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Sin is what separates us from God and prevents us from being with him. It seems that there was no hope for humanity. And yet God promises a way for us to come back to him. In speaking to the serpent who tricked them into disobeying, God explains the future of the relationship between the serpent and the woman: The offspring of the woman, in years to come, will strike a blow to the serpent from which it will not recover. God will redeem his children and the plan was already in place. Centuries later, Jesus would bring about God’s promised salvation by dying on a cross, taking our sins to the grave, and delivering a blow to Satan. No longer would humanity be separated from God. A renewal of our relationship with God was made possible. Our part in receiving this renewal is to accept Jesus as our Savior, believe that he died for our sins and confess that he is our Lord. On Sunday, April 9, the Sunday School will hold its Easter Party at 10 am. Each child is asked to bring a basket to collect eggs and candies. There will be a light breakfast with juice and milk. Come and have some Easter fun with us, Siblings are welcome or bring a friend.

On Wednesdays during Lent our Fellowship Hall will be filled with the appetizing aroma of Lenten suppers. These light suppers begin at 6:00 pm and will be prepared each week by various members and groups of Emmanuel. We will then join in worship at 7:00 pm as we prepare ourselves through the lessons of Lent to better understand our Lord Jesus, his loving sacrifice and joyous resurrection. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a delicious supper and gather with us for worship. Whether you can come for supper or not, we welcome you to worship with us.

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

Upcoming Events

April 5 –Lenten Supper 6 pm, Kid’s Choir at 6 pm, Chancel Choir at 6:30 pm, Lent Service at 7 pm

April 9 –Worship at 10:30 am 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. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.

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.