CURRENT OFFICERS AND CONSISTORY MEMBERS

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

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Our Condolences

Our sincere sympathy is given to Jim and Lynne Stewart on the passing of his mother, Lorita Stewart, on March 29, 2016. May it lift up your hearts to know that your church family prays for you.

300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

June 18, 2016

Hurry up and get your tickets! Only 300 tickets are sold to have a chance to win 43 prizes. That’s better odds than the PA lottery! Tickets are $35 for 2 people to come for a day of delicious food and excellent entertainment. There are hourly drawings starting at 1:00 pm for 2 prizes  and 3 prizes. At 6:00 pm the final prizes are drawn, which everyone has a chance at since we put all previous winners back “in the pot.”  Add to that all the great eats and music by Mud Pond Boys and Jesse and Friends and you have a terrific afternoon filled with fun. If you want to attend but don’t care about the prizes, just pay $15 per person and still enjoy all the food and entertainment. DONATIONS ITEMS ARE NEEDED for the Silent Auction. These need to be new items for a Silent Auction. Many items are donated by local merchants and businesses. If you have something to donate or think of someone who might donate, please take some of the donation memos on the table in the narthex. Fill in the person/business name, the date, and the item and its value and give it to the person/business for their tax records. Also note the value of the item for us so we can put that on the bid sheets for the auction. See Sandy or Aaron Kleger for more information. 300 CLUB POSTERS and SILENT AUCTION DONATION LETTERS are on the table in the narthex. Please take some posters and get them around the area. Also on the table are donation letters for those who provide auction items. Just fill in the blanks and give the letter to the donors for their records. Please let me know if more posters or letters are needed

CHURCH CLEAN UP

May 7 at 9:00 am

Lots of elbow grease is needed to give our church and hall the good cleaning that they deserve. We’ll get into all the little nooks and crannies to make it really sparkle and shine. Just come and pick a project. So lend a hand and your heart to spruce up our place of worship and fellowship.

TALENT IN BLOOM SHOW

MAY 14

Warm up your voices, tune up your instruments, brush up on your reading resonance and bring your best routine to our Talent in Bloom Show. We’ll showcase our talents on Saturday, May 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Whatever your gift, we’d like to see you perform or present it. Brad and Jennis Bunnell are coordinating the talent show which is open to all of our area churches. We’ve sent flyers inviting them to join us in celebrating our local skills. Whatever your forte: photographs, paintings, hand-crafted items, poetry, music, dance, martial arts, jewelry, etc., this will be an evening to display your gift. After the show, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for some light refreshments. There are sheets on the narthex table for you to sign up your talent. Get practicing, get creating and get your friends and family together for a wonderful evening of community fun and fellowship. If you are able to help out, please see Jennis or Brad.

Talent In Bloom 2016

Youth Group

We are again planning a Mission Trip to Virginia Beach from June 19 to 25. The cost is $299 per person. Please see Lisa Rinehimer for a registration form and more information. We may be in need of a male chaperone so if anyone is interested, please let Lisa know. Last year we had the opportunity to make repairs and clean up around the home of a very wonderful lady who was suffering from cancer. This year, we hope to make just as much a difference in the lives of people who need assistance in keeping their homes in good repair. We want to thank everyone who buys Weis or Carone’s cards. You are really helping to build up our account so we can go on the mission trip. See Marc or let a Youth Group member know if you want some more!

Sunday School News

Bake Sale during the Turkey Supper
Thank you for all your support and donations of baked
goods for our fundraiser. They were very delicious
and the money will help pay for our curriculum.
Last Day of Sunday School
We will have our last day of Sunday School on May
15. I appreciate all the effort and work that the
teachers put into the lessons. When you bring your
children, you can count on them learning more about
our faith through these volunteers. Lisa Rinehimer

Picture Perfect

The Alberdeen “cleaning crew” are pictured again picking up the trash that accumulates from unthinking passersby who just throw junk out the window or, worse yet, dump their tires and other large stuff. The Alberdeen Road has been one of our service projects since 1993 – 23 years! Maybe someday people will stop trashing it and we will have to look for another project. But until then, let’s give a big THANK YOU to the volunteers!

 Alberdeen “cleaning crew”

There were plenty of talented youth at the Rice Elementary Talent Show on March 19. Showing off their skills were Kelsy Rinehimer, Paige Ceaser and Leah Dietrich. Fantastic show-offs! (see you ALL at the Talent in Bloom!)

Rice Talent Show

Our Turkey Supper on April 16 was another big success. The Hall was really hopping and the takeouts were flying out the door. Pictured at the counter as she is getting the delicious food for the tables is Terri Belanchik, one of the dedicated volunteers who make this fundraiser possible. Everyone who comes together for this event is to be complimented on their enthusiasm and commitment.

BINGO!! The Comet Baseball Booster Club had a bingo fundraiser with Robert and Carol Duffy marking off their cards. What a fun way to spend some family time and support local sports.

bingo

Teachers and staff got to dress down for the Jeans for Genes day at Rice Elementary. Anyone who donated to the Xtreme Hike to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation showed their support by wearing jean to work on March 22. Paige Ceaser and Leah Dietrich organized the fundraiser with the help of Ms. Finn and Ms. Humphries.

Jeans for Genes

Justin Rinehimer is pictured with students who represented the Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture at the 40th Annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University. Hey, Justin, got any good ideas for my garden?

40th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Safety was the theme of the Two Mountains District First Aid event at College Misericordia on April 2. Boy Scouts from around the area participated, including our Troop 434. They showed their knowledge in safety, preventative safety and first aid. Aaron Kleger is a member of Troop 434 and pictured with the Scouts who participated.

Two Mountains District First Aid event

Two members of Boy Scout Troop 434 attained the rank of Eagle Scout this year. Not only are the members of the same troop, but they’re also members of the same family. Cody and Zack Fisher both led projects that enhanced a facility dear to their hearts. Cody, a Junior Firefighter, organized the repainting of the exterior of the Wright Township Fire Hall. One of Zack’s passions is soccer, so he organized the building of picnic tables at the Mountain Top Soccer Multiplex.
pictures courtesy of mt-peaks.com

Welcome to Emmanuel United Church of Christ

As most of you may know, I coordinate the VBS program for our church, Stairville UMC, Faith UMC and, as of last year, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. I have always tried to put together the best VBS possible and have been so happy with the people that lead and assist in the program. Through all the years, it has always amazed me that all I needed to do was find a program and the rest would be handled by volunteers. I never worried or had to “coax” these terrific assistants to get their part of the program in order. Crafts, games, lessons, snacks, whatever – was all taken care of by the person in charge of that area. I am very grateful to everyone with whom I shared these projects.

For this year, however, I am stepping down from coordinating. I have discussed with most of the volunteers that with the added duties of not having a permanent pastor, I have not even begun choosing a program. By this time most years we have had several planning meetings. At the last Consistory meeting, I had this issue put on the agenda with the suggestion that our churches join with St. James’ Lutheran Church for this year’s VBS. The Consistory has allowed me this option for this year.

I have contacted the VBS Coordinator for St. James, Diane Bloss, who is very helpful and understanding and provided registration forms and background information on their program. It will be from June 20 to June 24. It is a morning program, 9:00 am to noon Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday (to practice for the evening program). There is a $5.00 donation per child to cover the cost of the materials and a daily free will offering to cover refreshments for the VBS Evening Program on Friday at 7:00 pm. Registration sheets are on the table in the narthex and May 8 is the deadline for early registration. The registration fee after May 8 will be $10 to pay for the cost of expedited shipping for those materials.

The VBS program is Cave Quest by Group Publishing. This is an excellent program and we have used Group’s materials in past years. The concept is the same as ours, with the children going between different stations, lessons, crafts, games, snacks, etc., in their groups.

I seriously encourage you to continue to make Vacation Bible School an important part of your children’s summer events. The people of St. James are very welcoming and want us to join them in this fun and educational Christian program. Until next year, your VBS Coordinator,

Emmanuel UCC

Condolences

It is with deep sorrow that we note the passing of longtime member Gladys Peters. Gladys was a constant presence at Emmanuel and we will miss her. Our sincere sympathy is given to her family who are following their matriarch’s footsteps as committed members of Emmanuel. God bless you all.

Thank You!

A thank you card is on the bell tower bulletin board expressing Sharon Horensky’s gratitude for all the cards, well wishes and prayers while she is undergoing chemotherapy in Florida. Your friendship and concern has helped ease her treatments and given her support.

CONGREGATIONAL CORNER

Rosemary and Dave Myers welcomed another greatgrandson into their family. On January 28, 2016, Jaxon Daniel Glaser was born to Daniel and Chelsea (Myers) Glaser. He weighed 8 lb. 3 oz. and was 20½” long. Congratulations to the proud great-grandparents! 18

300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION June 18

Hurry up and get your tickets for our annual 300 Club fundraiser! Mark your calendars and get ready for a great day of fun, food and prizes. On Saturday, June 18, we will hold our annual 300 Club from 12 to 6 pm. For tickets or to help out, please see Jim Rinehimer, Allen Dennis or any Consistory member.

Talent in Bloom May 14

Warm up your voices, tune up your instruments, brush up on your reading resonance and bring your best routine to our Talent in Bloom Show. We’ll showcase our talents on Saturday, May 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Whatever your gift, we’d like to see you perform or present it. Brad and Jennis Bunnell are coordinating the talent show which is open to all of our area churches. We’ve sent flyers inviting them to join us in celebrating our local skills. Whatever your forte: photographs, paintings, hand-crafted items, poetry, music, dance, martial arts, jewelry, etc., this will be an evening to display your gift. After the show, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for some light refreshments. There are sheets on the narthex table for you to sign up your talent. Get practicing, get creating and get your friends and family together for a wonderful evening of community fun and fellowship.

Annual Golf Tournament August 13, 2016

Get ready to tee off again on August 13 for our annual Golf Tournament! So save the date and practice those drives!! More information and details will be available in future issues

2nd Annual Golf Tournament September 13, 2014

Youth Accomplishments

We will need baked goods to sell for our fundraiser during the Turkey Supper. Please try to drop them off before 3:00 so we can get them packed and priced. We truly appreciate your support so that we can have a great Sunday School for our kids.

The Honor Rolls are out and we’ve got some smart kids on them:

Crestwood Middle School:
High Honors: Sammy Kotarsky and Brooke Rinehimer
Honors: Nate Kamowski
Crestwood High School:
Principal’s Honors: Kristen Kania
High Honors: Michelle Bernetski
Honors: Morgan Rinehimer, Aaron Kleger, Brad Kotarsky and Hunter Rinehimer.

Picture Perfect

Morgan Rinehimer received the Outstanding Member Award and the Community Service Award at the Tall in the Saddle 4-H Horse and Poly Club Annual Holiday/Awards Party. The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional meeting was held at Wilkes University.

Aaron Kleger was one of the participants. Also participating was Richard Supkowski, great-grandson of Ethel Fine, who earned a scholarship to Wilkes University.

Our Boy Scout Troop 434 is pictured with Pastor Ken Newhook after our service on February 7, celebrating Boy Scout Sunday. Aaron Kleger and Hunter Rinehimer are members here and participated in our worship service along with the rest of the Troop.

Brrrrr. It was frigid for the Polar Bear Camp held on February 12 and 13, but members of Boy Scout Troop 434 withstood the freezing temperatures to hone up on winter survival skills. Thirteen stations were set up to challenge their ability at winter safety skills, fire building, first aid and more. Aaron Kleger was one of the brave souls who endured the training session.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. — Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)