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

LOVE…Welcome to Emmanuel United Church of Christ

Jesus said: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Genuine selfless love is the fruit of God’s working in our lives. It is the evidence of His presence in our midst.

The Apostle Paul expressed it this way; and I would encourage our church family here to take these 10 Exhortations to heart.

…let love be sincere
…hate what is evil
…cling to what is good
…be devoted to one another in brotherly love
…honor one another above yourselves
…never be lagging in zeal (Spiritual energy)
…Be aglow with the Spirit!
…Be joyful in Hope, Patient in affliction
…Faithful in prayer
…Share with God’s people in need; practice hospitality

This short passage continues with additional instruction, encouragement, and challenge; essentials that will bring healing and growth to our church family here at Emmanuel…

Please make time to read this short passage: Romans 12:9-21

These 10 Exhortations (not commandments) are so pertinent at this time to our church family….and will prepare us to walk in the fullness of what God has just ahead!

In the Love of Christ,

Pastor Ken

Thank You!

We received several thank you’s from Bethany Children’s Home. Two letters from Kevin Snyder thanked us for our monetary support and for the Christmas gifts. A very special thank you card was signed by the youth in Keck Cottage who received the Christmas gifts.

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.

Phoebe Homes thanked us for our monetary gift which will support the many essential programs for their residents.

Search and Call Committee News!

The Consistory has chosen a Search and Call Committee to seek a new pastor for Emmanuel. The Search Committee wants to keep you informed both on the process and the progress of the search and value your input. We will be sending out a questionnaire soon to gather information about the congregation and asking for what you want to see in our next called pastor. Please take the time for prayerful answers to the questions we ask. We all thank you in advance for your help and ask you to pray for the committee as we begin the process to call the next pastor to our church. Members of the Search and Call Committee are Jim Stewart, Barb Deluca, Jim Rinehimer, Bonnie Silvetti, Steve Moyer and Sue Kaminski. Please feel free to stop us after service if you have any questions about the search process. Yours in Christ


The next Search Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:00 pm. Anyone with any questions or concerns should contact a member of the Search Committee.


The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. We will again prepare Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evenings during Lent. These light meals will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Our Lenten meals and services are open to everyone and we welcome you to come and join us. Whether you can come for supper or not, you are welcome to gather with us for worship.


Our Pack 433 Cub Scouts and Troop 434 Boy Scouts will join us for worship on Sunday, February 7. 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.

Kid’s Choir

With all the activities in which our kids are involved, it’s hard to find an evening that they can all come to choir practice. At the beginning of the season, some are busy on Wednesdays and then when their schedule changes so they can come, another group’s schedule conflicts with practices. It always seems that some kids are missing out on being part of the choir. The solution I came up with is to have Kid’s Choir practice on Sunday Mornings at 9:00 am. There will no longer be Wednesday evening practices for kids. All of us will meet in the church and rehearse our songs for about 15 minutes before Sunday School begins. I am really hoping that this will help our kids who want to sing but can’t make evening practices. I know we have some really great voices that love to sing God’s praise. See you Sunday mornings with a song in your heart!

Emmanuel UCC

2015 Record of Giving

The following chart shows a dollar range for offering
envelopes and how many gave in that dollar range.

$ 0.00 23
$1 to $49 22
$50 to $100 14
$101 to $500 23
$501 to $1,000 14
$1,001 to $2,000 17
$2,001 to $3,000 5
$3,001 to $3,500 2
$6,000 to $6,500 1
$7,500 to $7,600 1


For quite a few years, I have been collecting cartridges
to recycle at Staples to earn Rewards. I’m allowed to
recycle 20 cartridges per month. The regular rewards
are $2.00 per cartridge, but every so often they’ll run a
special of double rewards ($4.00) for the first 5
cartridges and the rest at the usual $2.00. The
following chart shows how much has been saved
through recycling and careful use of coupons.

Year Total
& Rewards
Amount Paid %
2011 732.01 291.73 436.02 40
2012 752.54 535.18 208.07 72
2013 1,039.29 643.27 396.02 62
2014 776.05 282.65 493.40 37
2015 984.28 294.07 690.21 30

Unfortunately, Staples has changed their policy on
redeeming rewards in the last several years. They have
to be redeemed within three months but if I don’t need
to order supplies, I can’t see wasting money just to
redeem the rewards. Plus, there are not as many
promotions as in previous years and the coupons are
not as valuable.
But still, as you can see, there is a savings for
Emmanuel in recycling ink cartridges. So please
continue to put them in the ink recycling box in the
narthex. All sizes and manufacturers are accepted.

Emmanuel UCC

Happenings at Emmanuel

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures:

Leah Dietrich was among the entertainers for a piano recital held recently at Smith Health Care. Leah’s musical ability is also enjoyed by us as part of the Christmas Eve Special Music. Keep tickling those ivories, Leah!

Morgan Hodle and Becca Biddinger were among the families who enjoyed movie night at Rice Elementary. Mosters Inc was the picture sponsored by the Rice PTA.

Cub Scout Pack 433 entertained the residents of Smith Nursing Home during the Christmas season. The pack includes first through fifth graders who certain look like they enjoy serving others.

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.

Emmanuel UCC Church Service Cancelled – 1.24.2016

The Sunday service on January 24, 2016 for Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance has been cancelled due to the winter storm. Services and office hours will resume on Monday January 25th.


Operation Snowflake

If our Worship Services need to be cancelled due to bad weather, please
tune in to radio stations WARM, Magic 93, 97BHT, 97.9X, or JR93.7.

Operation Snowflake

If our Worship Services need to be cancelled due to bad weather, please
tune in to radio stations WARM, Magic 93, 97BHT, 97.9X, or JR93.7.


Welcome to Emmanuel United Church of Christ

2016…. A New Year with New Challenges and Wonderful opportunities!!………..
As we begin 2016, I have a sense of anticipation. God has wonderful things ahead for our church family. Be encouraged by the words of the Apostle Paul:

“If God be for us, who can be against us.?”
Romans 8:31

Is not that the Gospel Message? The GOOD News??? God is for us!! God loves us!! God will never give up on us!! (Read the whole chapter; Romans 8)
God has a plan for each of our lives and for Emmanuel Church. We need to seek His heart and move into 2016 with fervent Thanksgiving for all He has ahead!! Much love,

Pastor Ken

Thank You

Allen and Pauline Dennis would like to thank everyone for the cards and gifts they have been given and prayers said for Pauline’s health. You have been so generous and thoughtful.

Esther Heller thanks the Sunday School for the fruit basket given to them for Christmas. She also greatly appreciated the card shower in celebration of her 91 st birthday.

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 dinners, personal care kits, Christmas gifts for children and Giving Tree presents.

The Youth and Staff of Bethany Children’s Home sent us a Christmas card with beautiful artwork depicting a watercolor of Bethany.

We received a Christmas card from St. Joseph’s Center wishing us happiness in the Christmas season and in the coming year. Our Vacation Bible School mission project this year supported St. Joseph’s Center.

The Amigos of Guatemala thanked us for participating in the October gathering of donations for the new clinic. We raised $30 additional in October to add to the $193.63 our Sunday School project gathered in April for a total of $223.63. Thank you to everyone who cares about our brothers and sisters in this developing country. Your generosity will provide the education and buildings needed to improve their health and wellbeing.

Our thanks to all of our church family for your generous Christmas gifts. We sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Don Eroh

Jennis & Brad Bunnell

Denise Dean

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

Valentines for Vets

A box will be in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets. These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The last date to deposit your Valentines will be Sunday, February 7. Remember those who served.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. — 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 (NIV)