Emmanuel UCC Celebrates Christmas

The Christmas Eve Candlelight celebration is scheduled at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24, and will include the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Before our service, members will glorify God and praise him with music and song beginning at 7:00 pm We welcome everyone to come and celebrate the birth of our Savior. Christmas is a wonderful time to recommit your life to the Lord and renew your faith. We listen to the Christmas carols, singing of the birth of the King, the hope of peace on earth, the joy of new life, the wonder of God’s love and the fulfillment of the promises of the prophets. All this, wrapped up in the tiny life born to a poor young girl and her betrothed “blue collar” fiancé.

There’s a song that asks “What if God was one of us?” The secret is that he was –just like one of us. The child born to Mary grew up as a normal youth and matured into a regular man. That is, until he was about 30 years old. Then, he showed the world who he really was and his true purpose. God’s gift of salvation became one of us so that God himself would save us. (Isaiah 63:9 and Hebrews 2:17) On Christmas we remember that Love was born that night. A love that would envelop the world with the hope of peace and new life. Come and witness again the birth of the Prince of Peace.

On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. We then meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On December 8, our greeters will be Dave and Rosemary Myers and our liturgist will be Brooke Rinehimer. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. Upcoming events:

December 24 –Sacred Music at 7:00 pm

December 24 –Candlelight Service at 7:30 pm

December 25 –Merry Christmas!!

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 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. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 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 School at 9:00 am and 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 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Penny Dollar at 570-706-6476 or the church office at 570-868-5675.E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.