Passing The Torch At Emmanuel

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going, And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.” This is how Pass It On begins. Written by Kurt Kaiser and Ralph Carmichael as part of their first Christian rock musical Tell It Like It Is, this contemporary hymn inspires us with imagery of how wonderful God’s love is and encourages us to share his love with others. In much the same way our faith began over two thousand years ago.

On Pentecost, we celebrate the birthday of the Christian faith when Peter and the other disciples, who had been hiding out from the authorities after Jesus was crucified, received Jesus’ promised gift of the Holy Spirit. As what appeared to be flames of fire and the sound of a rushing wind encircled them, they were filled with God’s power. With amazing courage and no heed for their own safety, they took to the streets of Jerusalem, the enemy territory. Peter spoke so eloquently and convincingly to the people assembled for the Pentecost festival that over 3,000 people converted to believing in Jesus. Peter and the other disciples were on fire. They felt true excitement. What would it take for us to feel so enthusiastic about anything that we would want everyone to know about it?

The Old River Church is open for worship on Sunday evenings. The churches of the Wapwallopen Ministerium take turns hosting these services which begin at 6:00 pm. On August 13, the host church will be St. Mark’s Lutheran. You are invited to join in worship every Sunday evening through August 27. The Old River Church is on Rte. 239 (River Road) just north of Wapwallopen and Heller’s Orchard. Come back in time and back to God.

The schedule for this summer is: Aug. 13, St. Mark’s Lutheran; Aug. 20, St. John’s UCC; and Aug. 27, Cemetery Association.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and is led by Pastor Lou Aita.

Upcoming events:

Aug. 12 –Yard Sale to Benefit Church Missions 8am -1 pm

Aug. 13 –Worship Service at 10:30 am

Aug. 27 –Car Show 1-6 pm The church newsletter, The

Messenger, is available through our website,,along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. You can also check us out on Facebook at

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.

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. 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. We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. A Nursery is available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. For directions or more information, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you need of pastoral care, call Pastor Lou Aita at (570) 582-9550 or email is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is