A Time To Share At Emmanuel

Each year during Lent, eight denominations share in a very special offering. The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering is gathered by the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Reformed Church in America, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Church of the Brethren, A. M. E Zion, and American Baptist Church. Coordinated by Church World Service (CWS), these offerings are used to assist those in dire need. When natural or man-made disasters strike, CWS is often the first organization on the scene, joining with local church leaders to provide relief where it is needed most. Organized in 1949 by an informal meeting of separate churches, the concept of a mutual relief effort grew into a unified force showcased by an hour-long radio show including such famous personalities as Gregory Peck and Ida Lupino which aired on Saturday, March 26.

Called “One Great Hour”, the program ended with a plea for listeners to attend their local church the next morning and make a sacrificial contribution. An estimated 75,000 churches participated in that offering on March 27, 1949. What a fantastic demonstration of the original purpose of OGHS as outlined in their joint statement in 1949: This nationwide united effort by America’s Christians has an importance far beyond the practical goal of fund raising. For this great joint program will not only strengthen the vitally important relief and rehabilitation work of the churches overseas, but will also prove to all the world how great is the

power generated when Christians

unite in a common cause. (emphasis

added) Now it is our turn to “unite in a common cause.” Through our contributions to OGHS, we make possible programs for disaster relief, refugee assistance and development aid. These projects are underway in 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. The OGHS theme for this year is “Sharing Brings Joy”. Let’s give to bring joy to others and also to feel the joy that giving brings us. Share your joy.

You are invited to join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent for supper and worship. We share a light meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm and then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. Whether you can come for supper or not, please gather with us as we worship our God and Savior, reflecting on the amazing gift of salvation offered to each of us.

On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. After Sunday School, we meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On March 30, our greeters will be Carol Duffy and Connie Myers and our liturgist will be Brooke Rinehimer. Come, join us for worship this Sunday.

Upcoming events:

Mar. 26 –Lenten Supper (6 pm) and Service (7 pm); Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; and Chancel Choir after Service (about 7:30 pm)

Apr. 2 –Lenten Supper (6 pm) and Service (7 pm), Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; and Chancel Choir after Service (about 7:30 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 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 and self-esteem. 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. 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.