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

Penn Northeast


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Guest Preacher – Jeff Dauber to speak on Alzheimer’s

On Sunday, June 12, join us during our Worship Service for a presentation about Alzheimer’s disease facts, warning signs and available resources. How can you help as we celebrate and fight Alzheimer’s disease on “The Longest Day”. This event represents and honors those individuals and their caregivers on their “Longest Days”. There will be information, a raffle for a few “Go Purple Prizes” and a chance to make a donation to the Emmanuel UCC Longest Day Team (with Tammy Dauber as the team leader). All monies collected will go to support the NE regional efforts to provide needed services. Thanks again and I am looking forward to speaking with you all!

Jeff Dauber

Youth group on the Team Effort mission trip in Virginia Beach

The youth group is seen here paired up with Colonial Baptist Church from Lansing Michigan

Brooke Rinehimmer

Brooke Rinehimmer

Leah Dietrich and Paige Ceasar

Leah Dietrich and Paige Ceasar

Team Effort

Team Effort


Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out on May 7 to lend a hand for our spring clean-up day. There was plenty to do and now our church looks shiny and new.

And another big Thank You for everyone who helped with the Talent in Bloom. We had a real variety of skills from all those who came. Thanks to those who helped set up and put away the tables, those who provided and set out the refreshments and cleaned up, and those who came to share their talents. It was a wonderful show and we look forward to doing it again next year.
The teachers would like to thank the Sunday School Kids for their beautiful sunflowers. It is wonderful to be appreciated.

Eileen Buffone
Tammy Dauber
Denise Dean
Sandy Kleger
Donna Walck

Old River Church Services

Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 10 and continues to the end of August. If you can help with refreshments for July 10 when we are host, please see Cindy.

July 10 Emmanuel UCC
July 17 St. Peter’s UCC
July 24 Mt. Zion UCC
July 31 St. James Lutheran
Aug. 7 New Hope UMC
Aug. 14 St. Mark’s Lutheran
Aug. 21 St. John’s UCC
Aug. 28 Cemetery Association

We hope everyone will find time to worship in this historic setting.

300 Club

Only 300 tickets are sold for this “exclusive” Club!! Hurry up and get your ticket for our 7 th annual 300 Club fundraiser!

Where else can you get great food, excellent entertainment and terrific cash prizes for two people for $35!! AT OUR ANNUAL 300 CLUB ON JUNE 14 FROM NOON TO 6 PM! That’s a bargain! And if you’re not into the prizes, you can still come and enjoy all that food and music for only $15 a person. There will be two bands: The Mud Pond Boys and Jesse and Friends. On top of that, every hour from 1:00 to 5:00 there will be a drawing for five CA$H prizes ranging from $25 to $50. At the 6:00 pm drawing, we award the grand prizes of $1,000, $500, 5 at $100, and the remaining $50 and $25 prizes . Plus, all during the event, you will be able to bid on items for our Silent Auction which will be called at 5:00 pm. It’s going to be a great day with lots of excitement – so don’t miss out!

Silent Auction

We always need items 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. We’ve had some amazing items in the past, from kid’s toys to kitchenware, hand-made clocks to fine jewelry, and everything in between. We’d like to have an even greater variety for this year’s auction. So please see what you can find to add to our assortment. THANKS!!

Silent Auction


We would like to thank everyone for the information you
provided in response to our questionnaire. That information
was used to complete our church’s profile, which is like a
resume for our church for distribution to those who are
searching for a church to serve. The completed profile was
forwarded to the Penn Northeast Conference and is being
reviewed for approval and posting to the UCC Job
Opportunities web site. This means that we can check off the
2nd box on our status chart in the narthex.
Again, thank you for your responses and support.

YOUTH Accomplishments

We’ve got some smart cookies on the honor rolls again. Just check this out.

Crestwood High School
Principal’s Honors: Kristen Kania
High Honors: Michelle Bernetski, Aaron Kleger
Honors: Morgan Rinehimer, Michelle Heller, Brad Kotarsky, Hunter Rinehimer
Crestwood Middle School
Principal’s Honors: Brooke Rinehimer
Honors: Nathan Kamowski



Our mission trip to the Virginia Beach area will be from June 19 to June 25. Along the Virginia coast there are many beautiful beaches and coastal towns, but you don’t have to look too far inland to find communities that are struggling. In these areas the homes of many elderly people and families on fixed incomes sit in disrepair. We will provide help to get their homes repaired and maintained, and offer hope by reaching out in Christian service. Work will include general home repair, painting, and deck and wheelchair accessibility construction. We will stay in apartment style dorms. Dining, meeting areas, and recreational facilities are located on site. Evening Chapels are offsite at a local church. All meals are provided except two lunches and two dinners during free time. The cost for each of us to be part of this outreach effort is $299. We appreciate all your support by buying Weis and Carone cards.


Thanks to 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!


If you walked by a $20 bill in the ground, would you
stop and pick it up? Of course you would and it would
probably make your day! $20 isn’t a lot of money in the
grand scheme of things, but what if every person in
church today walked outside and found a twenty dollar
bill just lying on the ground? Now we’re talkin!
With summer coming, Jim and I recently decided to buy
two new air conditioners. We priced them at Home
Depot and realized that a Scrip purchased gift card from
Jim Rinehimer wouldn’t cost us an extra dime! But
would net the church twenty free dollars!
Scrip is great for more than the daily essentials like
gasoline and groceries. Are you buying patio furniture
for a 4th of July celebration? Do you need to replace that
leaky kitchen faucet? Is your garden needing a few bags
of mulch? Will you be in the market for pillows, sheets
or towels this year?
From kitchen appliances to wall art, Scrip gift cards cost
you nothing but pre-planning and a phone call to Jim!
Or you can get a list of all the rebate cards from the table
in the Narthex, fill it out and hand it to him.
It’s important that we all do what we can to benefit our
church family and I encourage everyone to participate as
much as you possibly can. No matter where your talents
lie, we all shop for things. So consider your
family’s future needs and check with Jim Rinehimer or
visit the website
That $5, $10 or even $20 rebate could go a long way at
our church when combined with everyone else’s rebate!


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.


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


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.


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.


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.
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The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands. — Psalm 138:8 (NIV)