Memorial Day Thoughts Offered By Emmanuel United Church of Christ
ST. JUDE STUDENTS TOUR STATE CAPITOL -An exciting conclusion to the St. Jude School fourth grade’s study of Pennsylvania history, was to visit Harrisburg, the state capital. The students were able to enjoy a personal tour of the capitol building by Senator Lisa Baker and Representative Karen Boback. Following lunch at the capitol, they also toured the facilities at Zoo America and attended an educational program about animals in PA. They concluded their day with a visit to the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Shown, front from left: Sen. Baker, Vincent DeMarco, Tea Amerise, Aubrey Ayre, Aaliyeh Sayed, Anna Capaci, Millie Symbula, Ella Urosevich, Anthony Strish, Dominic Alberti, Colin Wills, and Rep. Boback. Back: Zachary Kehoe, Alex Rymar, Jimmy Lavan, Gabrielle Tammarine, Lauren Patrick, Emily Mahler, Matthew Dean, Julianna Powis, Rachel Black, Sarah Stettler, and Ashleigh Button.

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.” —General Omar Bradley, Senior U. S. Army Field Commander, World War II and General of the Army (Five Star General).

These thoughts on the attitude of our world and its contradiction as to what people say they want (peace, life) compared to their actions (war, killing) indicate much about our human limitations. We have studied the secrets of this world and used that knowledge too often against others to the extent that even a general of our armed forces was prompted to comment on it. But even in his comment, General Bradley calls attention to another area of study.

One of the greatest lessons taught by Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount, is found in the book of Matthew at Chapter 5. Jesus gives us guidelines for our attitudes (Beatitudes) and our actions toward others. They are not an easy study, dealing with tough ideas on how to respond to those who hurt us or how we ourselves need to act so that we don’t hurt others. When people truly grasp the Sermon on the Mount and reject the world’s view on knowledge, we may someday become “ethical giants”, with (Be) attitudes that promote understanding and acceptance among all nations.

Perhaps someday we will gather in cemeteries on Memorial Day knowing more about peace than war and more about living than killing. Until then, Memorial Services will continue to be held, knowing that more graves are added each year. And we will continue to remember the lives of those who died in service to our country and pray for a peace which will not be broken.

We welcome you to join us on May 26 at 12:00 pm in the Dorrance Cemetery next to Emmanuel UCC as we pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters.

On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am with group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. At our 10:30 am Worship Service on May 26, the greeters will be Judy Cybulski and Donnie Myers and our liturgist will be Dave Myers. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. Everyone is welcome into our Father’s house.

Upcoming Events include:

May 26 -Pastor Nasrani leads Worship and the Memorial Service in Cemetery after Worship

May 19 -Adult Choir at 7:00 pm June 9 –Graduate Sunday

June 15 –4th Annual 300 Club and Silent Auction

The church newsletter, The

Messenger, is available through our website,,along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. You can also check out our monthly calendar and photos of recent events.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. The Food Bank is open Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 868-5675 for an appointment and we will provide nourishment for you and your family.

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 School at 9:00 am and Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. A Nursery is 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 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you are in need of pastoral care while Pastor Penny is on sabbatical, please call the church office at 868-5675. E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is