PresidentDeb Dietrich
Vice PresidentAllen Dennis
SecretaryBrad Bunnell
TreasurerChris Dietrich
TrusteesDiana Decker
Sandy Kleger
Jim Stewart

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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

Our Journey began on Ash Wednesday. We moved through Sunday Services celebrating and marking the weeks of Lent. We mourned together on Maunday Thursday, prayed together on Good Friday, prepared on Holy Saturday, and celebrated Easter Sunday! Included in all of this were mid-week Lenten services and fellowship times which helped us focus all that much more on our Journey to Gethsemane, the tomb, and the day of resurrection.

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

What is exciting me still is what we have prepared for our future. The highlight of any church should be the Sunday time of worship, when we get to stop and raise our voices in gratitude for all that God and His Son Jesus mean to us. Our journey is not over! We will continue to move forward together as one body united in Christ because, “God is Still Speaking.” One example of this forward movement is the correspondence from the Penn Northeast Conference that the Sunday greeter will have if you should like to read it. It details a meeting between the Penn Northeast and Penn Southeast Conferences talk of a merger. I feel like this is a new and exciting time in the history of the United Church of Christ. We are all a part of this history and can only expect positive results from a merger such as this. Two great conferences working together!

Here is another dynamic opportunity to help those who are unchurched and searching for a progressive and dynamic denomination to be a part of something. Help them join a “great cloud of witness” that continues to recognize a “still speaking God.”


Pastor Lou Aita

Reminder :: Church Directory Pictures

This is a friendly reminder that the portrait sessions are filling up fast. Please visit the link below or sign up in the Narthex to reserve your spot. Every family will receive a FREE 8×10 portrait. Find your time from the available slots on May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM.

May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM

Thank You!

A thank you letter is on the bell tower bulletin board from Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter, a program of Volunteers of America for our generous donation of 3 boxes of food and 1 box of toiletries.


Hurry up and get your tickets for our annual 300 Club fundraiser!

June 17th

Mark your calendars and get ready for a great day of fun, food and prizes. On Saturday, June 17, we will hold our annual 300 Club from 12 to 6 pm. For tickets or to help out, please see Allen Dennis or any Consistory member.

300 Club

Annual Golf Tournament August 26th, 2017

Get ready to tee off again on August 26th for our annual Golf Tournament! So save the date and practice those drives!! More information and details will be available in future issues.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures: Grayson Bunnell is shown enjoying books and learning to read in the newly furnished story center at Mt. Top Kids Learning Center.


Save The Date!

It’s time! Emmanuel will be updating the Church Directory for the entire congregation. For now, I just need you to save the date. We will photograph all families Thursday, May 11th from 2 PM to 9 PM right here at Emmanuel. Our directory won’t be complete without you. Take a look at the insert and watch the bulletin for more information in the coming weeks.

Youth Group Fundraiser

Remember to get your Weis and Carone’s cards!

This is a great way to support the Youth Group without spending anything extra. You’re just going to spend that money at the grocery store anyway so why not give the Youth Group some help with their finances? For every $1,000 worth of cards they sell, they make $50. Please see Marc on Sunday mornings or you can call Penny at the church office (570-868-5675) during the week.


In addition to the Youth Group’s Weis and Carones Card Fundraisers, we have a Gift Card Fundraiser which is a great way to help our church. The Fundraiser Sheets are on the table in the narthex. Just look over the list (and there’s a lot to choose from) and mark how many cards you want. As with the Youth Group’s fundraiser, this is essentially a “no cost” fundraiser. You are just purchasing gift cards in the amount that you would normally spend at that store or restaurant. The fundraising part is that Emmanuel purchases them at a discount which helps our bottom line. Please pay Chris Dietrich for your choices.

Save the Date!

Emmanuel will be updating the Church Directory for the entire congregation. Photography sessions date will be May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Every family will receive a FREE 8×10 portrait. You may click on the image below to schedule your session or sign up in the Narthex after service beginning this Sunday April 2.


May 11, 2017 @ 2-9PM

Lent Service for March 15, 2017 CANCELLED

Due to the winter storm and some snow covered roadways, the Lent services for March 15, 2017 have been cancelled. We will resume with Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evening, March 22nd. A light meal will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm  for service.

Weather Cancellation

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

We are approaching a time in our liturgical calendar that is going to prepare us for that wonderful day of resurrection we will celebrate at Easter!

My friends, Lent begins on March 1st! We of course will begin that Wednesday evening with the distribution of ashes. Our ashes are a sign and symbol of who and whose we are. We are Christians that embrace the words, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

As we journey through Lent together, we will be celebrating every Wednesday evening with a light fare and an abbreviated worship service. I am going to be preaching a first person sermon for every one of these services. This means I will become the person I am preaching about. So, gather up friends and family and come out to worship with us!

Allow me now to bring you up to speed on a committed and great group of young people right here at Emmanuel UCC. That is this year’s confirmation class. We have been studying the mission statement of our church, and the class has explored writing their own mission statement. We are now tracing the history of the Bible, which is no small feat, through all of this, our class has shown interest and excitement in their studies. What great Emmanuel UCC members they are already, and will be ready to share their intelligence and energy with our church.

Thank You!

We received thank you letters for some recent benevolence donations. On the bulletin board in the bell tower are letters from: The Veterans and staff of the VA Medical Center truly appreciated the Valentines for Vets which were distributed to them. Their letter thanking us is on the bulletin board.


The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. 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.

Mission Offerings

The envelopes for the annual OGHS offering are on the tables where you retrieve the bulletins. We will collect this offering through Easter Sunday.

Our Sunday School is also participating in the OGHS offering and the kids will bring their donations and we will put them in the “refugee tent” collection box.

During the year, there will also be envelopes for Neighbors in Need, Strengthen the Church and the Christmas Fund (for retired pastors and their families on very limited pensions). We also give to Our Churches Wider Mission through our fundraisers. That’s 5 UCC missions each year. In addition to those, we can give to VBS Mission, McKinney Clinic, CROP Walk and, in past years, Disaster Relief (which we hope won’t be needed this year). All these opportunities to give to these missions are provided because members have a “soft spot” for one or another, or perhaps all of them. We are encouraged to give to the ones that move our hearts and that we feel strongly about. These offerings are given “above and beyond” our regular envelope and plate offerings that are needed to support our church at Emmanuel and continue our local presence in our own back yards. Your generosity is appreciated here at home and around the wider world.

May God bless you as much as you bless others.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” — Luke 19:10 (NIV)