President Camille Daniels
Vice PresidentDwain Straight
SecretaryDeb Dietrich
TreasurerJim Rinehimer
Trustees Nelson Horwath
Donald Myers
Brad Bunnell

Penn Northeast


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Welcome to Emmanuel United Church of Christ

Well, déjà vu. Seems I’ve been in this situation before. I was secretary when Pastor Neil bid us farewell back in 2005. As this occurred to me, I realized that I’ve been here longer than at any other job in my life. Glynis was just a young girl then and now she’s all grown up and a Mom of our wonderful little grandson. I guess we’ve all seen some changes in our lives.
Change is inevitable. Sometimes we welcome it and at other times we don’t. Whichever way you feel about our current change, it’s important to remember one thing: Pastors come and Pastors go. I learned that some time ago.
The first Pastor I really remember is Rev. Harry Keppley. He came to us as a “student pastor” since that was the way the seminaries were giving their students hands-on experience at the time. He was fresh and young; idealistic, yet grounded; and no title yet. I was in his first confirmation class. He started the Youth Group back up at Emmanuel (at least that’s the way I remember it – maybe there was one but I was too young to remember?) . I do remember that he graduated from seminary, was ordained (and got his Reverend title), married and had his children all while leading our church. It might have been seven years that he was with us – I’d have to look at the records to be sure.

Whatever memories time has blurred, there’s one that isn’t hazy. When Pastor Keppley announced that he was going to another church, I cried. This was the first time that I was really old enough to understand that the Pastor was leaving and it really hit me hard. I can imagine there are some in our congregation now who feel the same way. My advice is to remember that we are all in this together.
Yes, Pastors come and Pastors go. But our church remains. All the people who come to worship make up the church – the body of Christ at Emmanuel. It’s not just a building – it’s a gathering of believers. Paul didn’t stay in Ephesus or Collossea. He gave them the knowledge and supplied them with the conviction to become believers of Jesus Christ. Then he let them grow. And yes, they had growing pains. Which is also inevitable, unless you’re going to stagnate.
Things are not stagnating at Emmanuel, though. The Consistory is diligently working on hiring an Interim Minister.
People have volunteered to serve on the Search Committee. Our Sunday School is back in session. Teen Talk is meeting on Sunday mornings. The Kids Choir and Chancel Choir are singing again after their summer break. Our Turkey Supper will be on October 17 and the Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner is on November 14. Emmanuel will again be the starting point for the Wapwallopen Ministerium CROP Walk on October 4. We’ll be holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, October 24. Soon the children and youth will begin practicing for the Christmas Program. And the Twilighters always meet on the second Wednesday of the month (some things never change?).
So if you were wondering what we’ll be doing without a permanent Pastor, you don’t have to wonder anymore. We will continue to be Emmanuel.
Keeping the Faith,

Emmanuel UCC

Our Condolences

Our sincere sympathy is given to Donnie and Doreen
Oldershaw on the passing of his mother, Elizabeth
Oldershaw, on August 31. God grant you peace in your

Thank You!

I would like to thank everyone in my church family for
the cards, kind words and prayers at the loss of my
mother. I would especially like to thank Denise and
Pastor Penny for all they did for my family at such a
difficult time.
The Dauber Family
Donnie and Nelson would like to thank everyone who
helped with our annual Golf Tournament: those who
took hole sponsorships, played golf, and anyone who
helped us in any way; especially those who helped at the
golf course.
My Dear Friends,
Little did I know that when I retired from preaching I
was going into nursing. Archie’s surgery went well on
the 9th of Sept. He came home on the 12th. He has been
recovering well since then but he can’t do very much. I
haven’t really been able to enjoy much time to myself
since I’m taking care of him. We go out for a short walk
each day. Luckily the weather has been nice for those
walks. He goes back to the doc on the 8th of October and
may be released to drive again.
I want to thank everyone for the wonderful retirement
lunch we enjoyed on my last Sunday. There was so
much good food. Thanks for the recipes. So far I
haven’t had time to try any of them. I will as soon as
things begin to get back to normal. Thanks too for the
gifts and the well wishes we received.
Our last service was very nice. Thanks for the music.
The kids were – as usual – wonderful. I do miss those
kids. I miss many of you. It was my honor and pleasure
to be able to serve you for a bit over seven years.
God is Good! All the Time! Please take care of each
I love you and will continue to pray for you and ask that
you pray for us as well.





Emmanuel will again be the starting and ending point for
our annual CROP Walk on October 4. Registration will
be at 12:30 pm with the walk starting at 1:00 pm. The
funds raised will be sent to Church World Service.
Thirty-seven denominations and Christian sects partner
with CWS to provide hunger and disaster relief. Last
year, our joint Vacation Bible School with Faith and
Stairville UMC collected school supplies for CWS
School Kits. We have also collected Clean-up Bucket
Kits in the past for several disasters. CROP Hunger
Walks are “viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity
walks,” notes the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 26, 2009).
On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck,
ND, walked in what may have been the start of the
hunger walks related to CROP – and raised $25,000 to
help stop hunger. As far as we know, York County,
Penn., was the first walk officially called the CROP
Walk for the Hungry – and that event has been
continuous since 1970. Several other CROP Hunger
Walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there
were hundreds of Walks each year in communities
nationwide. CROP Hunger Walks help to support the
overall ministry of Church World Service, especially
grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around
the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk
can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it
raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community.
This year CROP Hunger Walks will share almost $3.5
million with food banks, pantries, community gardens
and other local efforts across the U.S., thanks to generous
donations of families, friends, church members and
businesses to those who participate in walks. We have
designated the Wapwallopen Ministerium Food Bank to
receive these funds. Youth and adults from our churches
will be looking for sponsors. Please support their
enthusiastic and dedicated effort to provide hunger relief
by donating to the CROP Walk.


Anyone who is willing to bring some baked goods or
other refreshments for the walkers is asked to please
leave them on the counter in the Fellowship Hall on Oct
4. Your help is needed to “energize” the walkers before
and “recharge” them after their walk.

Teen Talk on Sunday Mornings

What does the Bible have to do with me? Why didn’t
God do what I wanted him to? How should Jesus’
teachings affect the way I act? Why should I go to
church? What happens when I die? People of all ages
have questions about their faith and teens are no
different. Teens especially can ask tough questions. It’s
not always easy to find the answers, but it’s very
important not to just dismiss them. That’s where Teen
Talk, the Sunday morning meeting time for teens, comes
in. By exploring our faith and developing an
understanding of who we are and how we relate to our
beliefs, we dig deep into the questions that face teens.
Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet
on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am to talk about God, Jesus
and the Holy Spirit, how our lives can be influenced by
them and how we can be an influence to others around
us. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to
make their faith stronger, find some answers to hard
questions and become better at dealing with ideas and
things that pull us away from being Christians.

Turkey Supper Dates

October 15 to 17

Please remember that it is not necessary to be at the
supper “forever”. If everyone takes a turn, we can all
help each other and feel good about volunteering to
support our church. Sign-up sheets are on the tables
in the Narthex and next to the Fellowship Hall Door.
See Don Eroh or Allen Dennis for tickets to sell.
There’s plenty for everyone, so get them and sell, sell,
sell. The fall Supper is usually our best dinner fundraiser
and is easy to promote. Why? Because people love to
eat – especially good food!! And we’ve been
complimented again and again about how really good it
As always, we need people to cook the turkeys.
Allen Dennis is the person to see if you can volunteer
your time for this important item (what’s a Turkey
Supper without turkey, right?) The turkeys arrive either
at your home or at the church (depending on how you
arrange it with Allen).
On Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m., walls are taken
down and tables are set up. Then there is the cleaning
and cutting up of the vegetables for the pickled cabbage.

Early Friday morning about 8:00 a.m. we start
making the pickled cabbage. Some foods just taste so
much better if you let the flavors chill and mix. (I learned
that from the cooking shows)
Saturday morning at 8:00 am is when we clean the
meat off the turkeys, which is easier to do if the turkeys
are warm. Those of you who clean your own turkeys and
then deliver them really help to speed up this process.
Please remember to bring the turkey broth to make the
gravy. We also make the stuffing which takes strong
arms to mix thoroughly. After a short break, workers
gather at 2:30 pm to start heating everything up so it’s
good and hot for serving our guests.
Then, of course, the actual event begins at 3:00 and
goes to about 7:00 p.m. We can always use lots of hands
for serving food, working in the kitchen, busing tables,
and waiting on tables. By the end of the supper at 7:00
p.m., the workers, (many of whom have been there since
2:30 p.m. heating up the turkey, making gravy, making
sure the vegetables and stuffing are hot so that everything
is all set to serve at 3:00 p.m.) are ready for a rest. That’s
when it’s nice to have a clean-up crew come in. The
tables all have to be cleaned off, tables and chairs wiped
down, Sunday School rooms put back in order and the
walls put back up. The large roasters and cook pots are
washed and put away until the next supper. The kitchen
cleaned and floors washed and vacuumed.
There’s a lot to do to hold a supper, but the work’s
not hard when you’re having fun. And we do have a lot
of fun, even if we are a bit frantic while serving our
guests. It’s all part of the experience and we’d love for
you to experience it, too.


Yard Sale Fundraiser

October 24

The choir is holding a fundraiser to help you straighten
out, clean out, and reorganize your home. For the
donation of $10 for a table, you can bring your old
“treasures” to the yard sale on October 24 to sell. Tables
will be available in the Fellowship Hall and under the
Pavilion. Please understand this is a yard sale for your
benefit and any items not sold must be taken back with
you. Sales begin at 8:00 am and we’ll finish up at 2:00

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. — Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV)