Pentecost Flame At Emmanuel UCC

Pentecost Sunday is recognized as the birthday of the Christian Church. After Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his followers to wait in Jerusalem until God sent the Holy Spirit to them. They were all gathered in a room, waiting and wondering what was coming next. Many Jewish people were in the city celebrating Pentecost, also known as the Feast of Weeks, unaware of the exciting event which was about to unfold right before them.

As described in the book of Acts, chapter 2, “suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”

The disciples, filled with courage and passion, went out into the streets shouting the extraordinary story of Jesus and God’s gift of eternal life for all. Astonished Jews, attending the feast from many different countries, were drawn to the sound and were amazed to hear these Galileans speaking to them fluently in their own languages. Peter boldly quoted Scriptures which proved that everything which occurred to Jesus had been foretold and all the prophecies fulfilled.

On this day, approximately three thousand people joined the new movement, proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the anointed one of God. Let us all proclaim as strongly as Peter that we are believers of the living Christ. May Pentecost’s fire burn in us as it did those early Christians so that we can bring new believers to Christ. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see 3,000 new worshippers in our churches? Wouldn’t it be pleasing to God if we all felt the heat of the flames burning in our hearts?

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 every Sunday.

Upcoming events:

May 31 –Chancel Choir at 6:30 pm

June 4 –Worship Service at 10:30 am

June 17 –300 Club from 12 noon to 6:00 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.

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.