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Vice President
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Diana Decker
Allen Dennis
Sandy Kleger
Butch Peters
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From the Pastor’s desk

February brings with it the beginning of Lent. Our Lenten Journey began on Ash Wednesday.
We moved through our Sunday Services celebrating and marking the weeks of Lent. We mourn
together on Maunday Thursday, pray together on Good Friday, prepare on Holy Saturday, and
celebrated Easter Sunday! Included in all of this are our mid-week Lenten services and
fellowship times which help us focus all that much more on the Journey to Gethsemane, the
tomb, and the day of resurrection.

It sounds easy, but there are a lot of emotions shared along the way and as I like to say we move
from “mourning to dancing.”

So, let us prayerfully move together through this Lenten season as we continue to experience
the love of the still speaking God.


Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

We received a thank you letter from the American Red Cross for our generous donation of $400 to be used “Where It’s Needed Most.”

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to Judy Cybulski and Family on the passing of her
mother Esther Heller, on January 12, 2018.

We offer our sincere condolences to Pastor Penny Dollar and Archie Passmore on the passing of her mother-in-law/mother Dorothy Passmore, on January 22, 2018. If anyone would like to send your condolences Archie’s address is provided below.

Archie Passmore
310 East Road
Sunbury, Pa 17801

We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain them in their time of need and sorrow.


The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. We will again prepare Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evenings during Lent. These light meals will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Our Lenten meals and services are open to everyone and we welcome you to come and join us. Whether you can come for supper or not, you are welcome to gather with us for worship.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for
the following pictures:

Brayden and Matteo Belanchik both
carefully selected the perfect bead to put on
a bracelet they were making to give to their
mom for Christmas. They were focusing on
the real meaning of Christmas at our
annual Children’s Christmas party.


Grayson Bunnell Santas Reindeer

Grayson Bunnell is shown with his creation of Santa’s reindeer he made in class before Christmas.



Eric Rinehimer is thrilled with the outcome that Philadelphia Eagles held on to win over the Atlanta Falcons which advanced them to the NFC Championship. The Eagles then played the Minnesota Vikings where he watched the game at a “Playoff Party” which benefited the Crestwood baseball teams.

2017 Record of Giving

This is a list compiled by our Financial Secretary, Lynne Stewart, showing a breakdown of our member’s offerings by how much they gave for the year. I hope that you will think about where you want your heart to be and the importance of your church in your life as you review this list. Thank you for believing in Emmanuel and our mission as a community of Christ’s followers.
Recording Secretary,
Penny Smith


Amount Given
Last Year
Number of Members
Who Gave That
0 0
1.00 to 49.00 9
50.00 to 100.00 6
101.00 to 500.00 23
501.00 to 1000.00 15
1001.00 to 2000.00 14
2001.00 to 3000.00 5
3001.00 to 3500.00 1
Over 5,000.00 1

Emmanuel UCC Church Service Cancelled – January 14, 2018

The Sunday service on January 14, 2018 for Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance has been cancelled due to the winter storm and residual ice build up. Services and office hours will resume on Tuesday January 16th.


Emmanuel UCC cancelled January 14, 2018


From the Pastor’s Desk

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who
hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:30-31).

From Advent anticipation, to the glorious night of Jesus’ birth, to the year 2018. It has
been a wonderful journey! What made it extra special is that we did it together.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the
new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Yes folks, the new is here! We have more now to offer at Emmanuel UCC than ever before.
Bible study for adults, monthly blessing and healing worship services, a very active youth
group for our young and young adults, and more opportunities than ever to come out and
enjoy some times of fellowship. Of course what continues is a very spiritual worship service
every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
So come out and start a new tradition for yourself and/or family. That new tradition could
change your life for the good!
Happy New Year,

Pastor Lou Aita

Happy New Year 2018

Thank You!

Esther Heller would like to thank everyone for her card shower in celebration on her 93rd
birthday. It is greatly appreciated.
Phoebe Ministeries sent us a Christmas Thank You card. Our gifts to Phoebe help them care for elderly members in their facilities who often have no financial support
of their own.
I would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas gifts to the McKinney Clinic to be passed out to the children whose families need to use the services of the clinic. The gifts you provided from the Giving Tree were also delivered and distributed to those whose needs are so much greater than ours. Thank you for supporting the Sunday School.


Lisa Rinehimer

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to the Judy
Cybulski and Family on the passing of
Stanley Cybulski, on December 25, 2017.
We pray that God’s love and strength will
sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Valtentines for Vets

A box will be in the bell tower for your
Valentines for Vets. These Valentines are
appreciated very much by those who are
housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical
Center. The last date to deposit your
Valentines will be Sunday, February 4.
Remember those who served.

Altar Flower Chart

The chart for the altar flowers is on the table
in the Narthex. The price is still $12.50 per
vase. Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates
you sponsor.

Scrip Card Profit Report


January July
February 47.75 August 50.01
March ——– September ——–
April 32.61 October 57.01
May 105.46 November 95.75
June 41.01 December 195.11

Total Profit: $624.71

Forms to order the gift cards from Scrip are on
the table in the narthex. This is an easy way
for you to donate to our church. Script gives to
the church a discount on purchasing the cards
and the difference is donated to the General
Fund. There are over a hundred stores from
which to choose – fast food from Burger King to
Wendy’s; restaurants from Applebee’s to Ruth’s
Chris Steak House; sporting goods like Dick’s
and Cabela’s; department and clothing stores
from Aerie to Wet Seal; kid’s stores like Toys “R”
Us and Babies “R” Us; auto shops; pharmacies;
and so much MORE!! Grab a form and get
some cards – you’re going to shop at these
stores anyway, so why not help your church
while you do? There won’t be any orders for
January but ordering will resume again in
February. Stay Tuned.

Picture Perfect

Joe Kostrzewski and Mary Morgis enjoy some conversation while finishing up their pork dinners at our annual Pork Dinner held on November 18.

Joe Kostrzewski and Mary Morgis enjoy some conversation while finishing up their pork dinners at our annual Pork Dinner held
on November 18.

Piano - Leah and Rowan Dietrich
Rowan and Leah Dietrich are shown among the piano students of Michele Millington as they entertained the residents of Smith Nursing Home in Mountaintop with
Christmas recital.

Emmanuel Sunday School Party

The kids had a great time at the Sunday School party held on December 16th. Here are some photos and a link courtesy of Lisa Ceaser. Thanks, Lisa!

More photos at Flickr

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. — Romans 13:9-10 (NIV)