CURRENT OFFICERS AND CONSISTORY MEMBERS

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

Penn Northeast

 



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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

I will say it again. My family and I feel so fortunate to be at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance! My hope is that you are enjoying me as your new pastor as much as I am enjoying ministering to you.

We have been talking a lot about discipleship the past few weeks. This is a topic I do like to discuss. I also mentioned Dietrich Bonhoeffer in my last “Greetings from the Pastor.” I you want to find a great example of discipleship, look him up. Or better yet, read one of his many books on the topic. He truly is a champion of discipleship and one of my favorite faith authors. We will be talking more on the subject of discipleship in weeks to come. Exploring that topic makes all of us a more committed Christian and an overall stronger church.

As a former teacher, my enjoyment comes from being able to facilitate Bible study. During our last consistory meeting I brought up the topic of starting an adult Bible study in the future. I love having everyone’s input in the study of scripture, so look forward to this happening in the near future!

I have a few other ideas about all of us growing in Christ and growing our congregation so everyone can share in the banquet offered to us by God and His Son Jesus Christ daily. But I need you! I want your thoughts and opinions about our church, the church we all share together.

In closing, thanks again for choosing me as your minister and all of your hard work that is so evident by the wonderful Christian maturity I have found at Emmanuel United Church of Christ!

Pastor Lou Aita

Scrip Cards available!

Don’t forget to get Scrip Cards for an easy fundraising source. Scrip turns your everyday shopping into easy fundraising just by paying with a gift card. Scrip Center includes tons of cards – from
Advance Auto Parts to Wet Seal (young women’s clothing). By purchasing the gift card through Great Lake Scrip, our church earns a percentage of the sale price. 
Just write in the quantity of the cards you want and give the list and the amount due to Jim Rinehimer. He will order them and distribute them as they arrive. If you have any questions, please see Jim. Forms to order the gift cards from Script are on the table in the narthex.

Here are some of the best stores which give the most back to our Church:

 

LL Bean – 16%!

Old Navy – 14%

Gap – 14%

llbean old navy Gap

Bath & Body Works – 13%

Gymboree – 13%

Crazy 8 – 13%

bath-&-body-works Gymboree Crazy 8

Sally Beauty Supply – 12%

Payless Shoes – 13%

Nike- 12%

sally beauty supply payless Nike

Thank You!

We received a thank you letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Christmas cards we collected for the veterans residing at the VA Hospital. It is on the bell tower bulletin board. Tammy Dauber would like to thank the Sunday School families who participated in the advent food boxes to help our food bank. Your generosity will help those in need.

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to the Dauber Family on the passing of Jeff’s dad, Larry Dauber, on December 23, 2016. We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Scout Sunday

Our Pack 433 Cub Scouts and Troop 434 Boy Scouts will join us for worship on Sunday, February 5. They will be participating in such roles as greeters, readers, ushers and acolytes. After our service, they are hosting a meet and greet in the Fellowship Hall and invite everyone back for refreshments.

Boy Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Cub Scout Promise
I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.

Picture Perfect

The Wapwallopen Ministerium Food Bank which is housed here at Emmanuel received a donation from the Sons of the American Legion. We are very grateful for all the support from our churches and community groups.

 

Record of Giving

This is a list compiled by our Financial Secretary, Connie Davis, 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. 

Amount Given Last Year Number of Members Who Gave That Amount
0 18
1.00 to 49.00 40
50.00 to 100.00 5
101.00 to 500.00 20
501.00 to 1000.00 12
1001.00 to 2000.00 18
2001.00 to 3000.00 5
3001.00 to 3500.00 2
Over 10,000.00 1

Recording Secretary, Penny Smith

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

For the greeting today, I extracted some information from the United Church of Christ website, www.ucc.org, about the celebration of Health and Human Services Sunday. Read and enjoy!

Today, we observe Health and Human Service Sunday in the United Church of Christ. Alongside many other congregations, we celebrate the UCC’s long, faithful heritage of advocating justice and extending care and compassion in Christ’s name, here in our congregation, across this nation, and around the world.

For hundreds of years, the UCC and its predecessor denominations courageously founded schools, hospitals and orphanages at times when such services were scarce and needs were great.

Today, more than 400 health care centers, affordable housing and retirement communities, homeless shelters, and service centers for children, youth, families and older adults, bear witness to the United Church of Christ’s continuing testament of mercy and kindness.

Today, we give thanks for these diverse ministries, and lift them in our collective prayers, as we celebrate the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and its many member institutions.  Let us remember that they are not an “extension” of the church. They are the church in action!  And their bold witness is ours! 

The litany was composed by the Rev. William R. Johnson, former CHHSM Vice President for Member Relations, in 2008.

Copyright 2017 Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115-1100.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved.

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German Psychiatrist, he studies in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.
To me, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a wonderful example of discipleship and also the cost of discipleship. In his landmark book by the same name, “The Cost of Discipleship” draws on the Sermon on the Mount, the collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus, which emphasizes his moral teaching found in the Gospel of Matthew (chapters 5, 6, and 7).
The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary expressions of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and filled with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense.
Not only Bonhoeffer, but the Prophet Isaiah gives us the same example of discipleship, but this time by Jesus in his writings. The church today needs the simplicity of men and women who know what discipleship is, and how to let their light shine to others.
Look for more examples of being a disciple for Christ as I continue to learn with you in Sunday!

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ

Allow me to once again express my thanks to the congregation of Emmanuel UCC, Dorrance. My wife and I are thrilled with the prospect of my ministry with you! Traci is especially thrilled that many thought that she was my daughter, something she has referred back to throughout the week! Anyway, that did not overshadow your “extravagant welcome” as the UCC church says.
We were especially impressed with the great group of young people attending the service. They really made my son Nick feel great. Also, their work on the posters, the spread of food and sweets afterward…I could go on and on, but it all boils down to a committed group of Christian people who exemplify the motto “Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
I tend to view life as a journey. As I looked at the pictures of the past ministers that have served Emmanuel, there is a great sense of pride in knowing I will join that list. I can promise you nothing but the best I have to offer both pastorally and personally.
This week we will once again visit with Isaiah, hearing from Isaiah 49: 1-7 and the Gospel lesson John 1: 29-42. Call and vocation in ministry lie at the heart of this week’s lectionary texts. The unknown servant in this reading is in dialogue with God. The prophet Isaiah confronts human failings amid his desire to fulfill the calling of God which was determined in his mother’s womb. The unknown servant in the text brings an address which identifies a call to the nation of Israel, and to us. It sounds interesting, so invite a friend to come along with you on Sunday!
For those congregation member’s I have not met, I look forward to it, and I will be visiting our sick and shut-ins as I progress throughout the weeks.
Shalom,

Pastor Lou Aita

2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES

Whether you receive a full box of envelopes, a partial, use the pew envelopes or electronic giving, Emmanuel UCC depends upon your support to be a vital influence to our members and our community. Please remember your church and its programs throughout the year. Your gifts are important to continuing the work of Christ through your church. Consistency is the key.

Generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.          Isaiah 32:8

DISTRIBUTION OF OFFERING ENVELOPES

For those members who wish to receive a box of envelopes, they are on the table in the narthex. Please take a box and sign on the sheet next to the number of your box so that Connie can ensure your offering is properly recorded. If you have decided not to take a box and will be giving on a monthly, semimonthly or biweekly schedule, Penny can provide you with labels for your envelopes to help you track your giving.

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

To all congregation members of Emmanuel UCC,

I am so happy to be considered the new Pastor of your beautiful church! I come to you with 15 years of Pastoral experience, having served as organist and assistant minister at Faith UCC in Hazleton, and most recently with the Nuremberg Charge as the head minister for three churches, Emmanuel UCC in Nuremberg, Trinity UCC in Rock Glen, and St. Peter’s Union Church in Beaver Valley, which I share with a Lutheran congregation.

For me, it all began at a small Catholic church in Kelayres PA, (outside of McAdoo), which my family attended. From a young boy, I wanted to be a priest. I knew God was calling me to the service of a church. I began playing the organ for masses at Immaculate Conception when I was 14 years old. I held this position for 9 years.

As a music student attending Misericordia University, I majored in music education and minored in organ and church music. Upon graduation, I accepted a position with the U.S. Army as pianist for the 389th Jazz Band. I also played mallet percussion with the concert and marching band.

When my three years of service came to an end, I decided to begin teaching, taking my first assignment with the Newark, NJ. School system. I also taught for the North Bergen School district located in Northern NJ.

As I longed to move back to Pennsylvania, I accepted a job with the PA Department of Corrections as a GED/Adult Basic education instructor, and as organist for Grace UCC which was formerly located on Laurel street in Hazleton (Grace is now immersed in Faith UCC). I spent 10 years in the prison system and was then offered a job with the Hazleton Area School District. I accepted this job as my children were young and I was able to be home with them all summer! Not as easy as it sounds!

With all of the changes in my life, the one thing that remained was my love for God and church and family. I have a wonderful wife Traci, and step-daughters Katie and Alli, my daughter Antonia, and a son Nicholas.

I was licensed as a UCC minister in 2001, and never looked back! My time serving the church in this capacity has been the most satisfying and spiritual experience of my life.

Recently, I completed graduate school attending Capella University and now hold a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and am currently working part time in this field as I complete the required counseling hours for Capella and the state of Pennsylvania.

The only thing that ever slowed me down was a massive stroke I has in March of 2015. This devastated my family and I. Being paralyzed completely on my left side, unable to speak or eat, I faced a life that included a wheelchair and a feeding tube. What healed me was prayer. I am totally convinced of that. My mantra was and is “Be still and know that I am God” taken from Psalm 46 vs. 10. I have decided to not let the stress and pain of my affliction rule my life, but allow these simple and clear cut words of God to guide me. And guide me well they have! I do walk with a cane, and sometimes have trouble breathing, but I am mobile with a mind that functions better than ever. This is all I wanted, and of course to keep preaching. So, thank you again for this great opportunity to serve Emmanuel UCC and I look forward to meeting every one of you and working with you for the good of God and our Savior Jesus Christ.  

God Be With You,

Pastor Lou Aita

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Starting with “Alone, Yet Not Really Alone” (6/19), concluding with “What’s Next?” (12/25), and not forgetting the 26 sermons in-between, we have been on a journey together – a journey that has now reached its conclusion. It has been a fascinating time for me, and one for which I am very thankful. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to share these 28 weeks with you, to learn about you and Emmanuel UCC, to witness your worshiping and working together, to play a small part in your time of searching for a new leader, and to be able to see that search near its end. For the wonderful gifts and the lasting memories that you have given to me, I thank you. I do pray that you will continue in your striving to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and that the New Year will bring exciting new developments in your life together. May you be the church in this place, living and sharing the Good News that brings hope and peace and love into a world that is in need of those priceless gifts.

May the very best of God’s Blessings be yours for each new day!

Rev. Stout

Thank You!

Esther Heller would like to thank everyone for her card shower in celebration on her 92nd birthday. It is greatly appreciated.

Lex and Anna Mae Koons would like to Thank those who sent Birthday and Christmas Greetings.

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.

Bernie Baluta sent a cards thanking us for the turkey “Baskets” and Trimmings, as well as the Christmas Gifts; toys, clothing and personal care kits. It is so much appreciated and brought joy to so many people in need.

The Youth and Staff of Bethany Children’s Home sent us a Christmas card with beautiful artwork depicting a stainglass of Bethany. We received a Christmas card from St. Joseph’s Center wishing us happiness in the Christmas season and in the coming year.

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 Myers Family on the passing of Sandra Myers, on December 3, 2016. We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. — Proverbs 17:9 (NIV)