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

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From The Pastor’s Desk – Rev. Stout

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! Just a few quick notes and reflections as we begin this “interim” period together. I began as your “new” interim Pastor on June 19. In my vocational life, I have been both engineer and Pastor. I have 12 years of engineering experience, having worked on large steam turbines in power plants for Westinghouse (Broomall, PA), Potomac Electric Power (Washington, DC), American Electric Power (Columbus, OH), and Entergy (Beaumont, TX). I have been an ordained minister in the UCC since 1988, having 19 years of pastoral experience, with congregations in CT, VA, and PA, with my most recent experience as Stated Supply at St. Peter’s UCC in Hobbie. I currently live in Danville. I will be with you for at least the next few months as you continue your search for a “settled Pastor.” I do wish you well in the challenges ahead, that God will guide your search process and your ongoing ministry in the name of Christ.

While I am with you, I can be reached by phone at 409-658-7136 (cell) or e-mail at – please contact me if a need/emergency arises. I will also be available at the Church on Sunday morning or Tuesday usually from 10am-1pm. I can be available by appointment at other times/days that may be more convenient for you.

The first three Sundays of our “interim” experience may prove to be quite instructive. On 6/19, the message “Alone; Yet Not Really Alone” provided assurance that whatever our life’s situation, God is aware of that situation and able to provide courage and strength for the challenge. On 6/26, the message “Limiting the ‘Buts’ of Discipleship” focused on ways that we respond to the call of Christ while honoring the many competing responsibilities in our lives, yet without feeling overwhelmed on one hand, or guilty on the other. On 7/3, the message “A Recipe for Ministry” will challenge us to recognize the important role we play as Jesus’ representatives, and his message we bear, that God’s Kingdom is indeed near.

As we work together in the months ahead, may we feel the loving, comforting, and guiding presence of the God whom we worship.

Rev. Stout

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to Mary and Don Eroh and their families on the passing of Mary’s sister, Ruth Ioanna, on June 17, 2016. We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.


THANKS to everyone who helped in any way to make this year’s 300 Club and Silent Auction a fantastic success. Almost all the 300 tickets were sold, ensuring us a good profit. We also had additional guests who each donated $15 to enjoy the great food and bands. After deducting the expenses, we cleared over $7,000.

Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and expressions of sympathy at the passing of my sister, Ruth. We appreciate all your comfort and encouragement.

Don and Mary Eroh and Families

I would like to thank everyone at UCC Emmanuel for letting me speak on Sunday, June 12! Thank you also for your kind donations to our “Longest Day Team”. Tammy and I will be accepting donations throughout the month of June and into July. So if anyone else would like to contribute, just let us know. Remember we are all in this together so take care of each other! Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900.

Jeff Dauber

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.


It’s summer and time for our choirs to be on vacation. But that doesn’t mean that we want a vacation from music. Anyone who will sing, play an instrument or (if you’re really talented) do both, is welcome to pick a Sunday to make a joyful noise to our God. Please see Denise Dean so we can fill the air with music on Sunday mornings

Youth Group


Thanks to everyone who buys Weis or Carone’s cards. You are really helping to build up our account. See Marc or let a Youth Group member know if you want some more! We just returned from our Mission Trip to Virginia Beach where we helped clean up a park, repair fences and assisted with the local VBS program . Our days were filled with hard work and our evenings with awesome worship. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to represent our church and God by helping others. Thanks for all your support.

YOUR Youth Group

Picture Perfect

Brooke Rinehimer is one of the Crestwood Junior High track team members pictured for participating in the 5th Annual Berwick Track Invitational held on May 7. Yep, she’s fast on her feet!

Junior High Comets participates in 5th annual Berwick Track Invitational

Kristen Kania was inducted into the National French Honor Society on May 18. In order to be inducted, the French students are required to maintain an outstanding grade of 94 or above for the past six quarters. Très bon et continuer à apprendre!


The Yard Sale to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held on May 21 was a great way to clean out those closets and attics. Leah Dietrich and Paige Ceasar were at the goodie counter helping sell the baked goods. Paige has Cystic Fibrosis and the yard sale was organized by her aunt, Deb Dietrich.

Emmanuel yard sale benefits CF

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


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

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.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:14,16 (NIV)