Brad Bunnell
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Diana Decker
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From the Pastor’s desk

It has been a productive and worship filled month here at Emmanuel UCC. From our time
during Holy Week to that glorious Easter Sunday, we have been together as one body in Christ,
not only worshipping, but in our times of times of fellowship together.
The month of April holds even more possibilities. More activities for our newly formed
youth group, our planning for a mission trip, more spiritual filled worship, and of course our
famous turkey supper!
The consistory is always hard at work thinking up new ways in which to spread the
Gospel message to our surrounding communities. And Emmanuel UCC is always hard at work
spreading the Gospel message around the world through Our Churches Wider Mission.
April is also the month when the Penn Northeast Conference gathers together for our
Annual Meeting. This will be held Saturday, April 14th at Union United Church of Christ in
Neffs, PA. The annual meeting is open to any UCC member. Consider attending and meet old
friends and make new ones! Our own Jeff Dauber will be a vendor this year offering information
about the Alzheimer’s Association!
The following is some information to remind us that God is Still Speaking. I know He is at
Emmanuel UCC!
God is Still Speaking,
Stillspeaking. It’s the shorter form of “God is still speaking,” a campaign by the United Church
of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked
with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant
again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all—because no matter who you are, or where
you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.
In 2004, it was concluded that there was a present and real need for the United Church of
Christ to spread its message of extravagant welcome which continues to historically re-shape
our understanding of the Christian faith and proclamation. The UCC responded to this call and
challenge with a new identity and marketing campaign to let all others know that anyone could
find a spiritual home in the United Church of Christ, be strengthened and nurtured in their
faith and be blessed to reach out to others with their God-given gifts and talents.
Today, under one collective identity, we can enthusiastically lift up that the UCC is a
welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed
as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their VOICES for an alternate vision:

  • Where God is all-loving and inclusive
  • Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
  • Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
  • Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
  • Where together we grow a just and peaceful world

7 Sundays until the day of Pentecost and always honored and proud to be your minister!

Pastor Lou Aita

300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION – June 16, 2018

Hurry up and get your tickets for our annual 300 Club fundraiser!
Mark your calendars and get ready for a great day of fun, food and prizes. On Saturday, June 16, we will hold our annual 300 Club from 12 to 6 pm. For tickets or to help out, please see Allen Dennis or any Consistory member

Upcoming Dates

Put these dates on your calendar for future
fun and fellowship.
April 28                Spring Turkey Supper
June 16                300 Club
October 20          Fall Turkey Supper
November 10     Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

Youth Group Meeting

The next Youth group meeting will be April 29 at 5:30, it will be game night at the church, plus we will make pizza again as well. Anyone ages 10 – teens are welcome to come and join the fun.

Picture Perfect

Diana Decker, Lois Eigenbrod and Carol Duffy

Diana Decker, Lois Eigenbrod and Carol Duffy are shown enjoying a meal together and some time of fellowship at our first Lenten Supper before Wednesday Church service on February 21.

Youth Group
The children of the newly formed Youth Group are shown lined up to pick toppings for their own personally made pizza.

Youth Group Fundraiser

Remember to get your Weis and Carone’s cards!

This is a wonderful way to support the Youth Group without spending anything extra. You’re just going to spend that money at the grocery store anyway so why not give the Youth Group some help with their finances? For every $1,000 worth of cards they sell, they make $50. Please see Marc on Sunday mornings or you can call Penny at the church office (570-868-5675) during the week.


In addition to the Youth Group’s Weis and Carones Card Fundraisers, we have a Gift Card Fundraiser which is a great way to help our church. The Fundraiser Sheets are on the table in the narthex. Just look over the list (and there’s a lot to choose from) and mark how many cards you want. As with the Youth Group’s fundraiser, this is essentially a “no cost” fundraiser. You are just purchasing gift cards in the amount that you would normally spend at that store or restaurant. The fundraising part is that Emmanuel purchases them at a discount which helps our bottom line. Please pay Lisa Ceaser for your choices. An order will be placed following the First Sunday of each month.

Bake Sale during the Turkey Supper

Sunday School News

We will need baked goods to sell for our fundraiser during the Turkey Supper. Please try to drop them off before 3:00 so we can get them packed and priced. We truly appreciate your support so that we can have a great Sunday School for our kids.

Events in the historical Protestant movement

In the 1830s, American abolitionists, led by Evangelical Protestants, gained momentum in their battle to end slavery. Abolitionists believed that slavery was a national sin, and that it was the moral obligation of every American to help eradicate it from the American landscape by gradually freeing the slaves and returning them to Africa. Not all Americans agreed. Views on slavery varied state by state, and among family members and neighbors. Many Americans—Northerners and Southerners alike—did not support abolitionist goals, believing that anti-slavery activism created economic instability and threatened the racial social order.

Please read some of the history making events made possible by the Protestant movement in the United States and the world:

1700: An early stand against slavery: Congregationalists are among the first Americans to take a stand against slavery. The Rev. Samuel Sewall writes the first anti-slavery pamphlet in America, “The Selling of Joseph.” Sewall lays the foundation for the abolitionist movement that comes more than a century later.

1773: 1st Published African-American Poet: A member of Old South in Boston, Phillis Wheatley becomes the first published African-American author. “Poems on Various Subjects” is a sensation, and Wheatley gains her freedom from slavery soon after. Modern African-American poet Alice Walker says of her: “[She] kept alive, in so many of our ancestors, the notion of song.”

1785: first ordained African-American Pastor Lemuel Haynes is the first African- American ordained by a Protestant denomination. He becomes a world- renowned preacher and writer.

1839: defining moment for abolitionist movement Enslaved Africans break their chains and seize control of the schooner Amistad. Sengbe Pieh and the other Mende captives are arrested and held in a Connecticut jail while the ship’s owners sue to have them returned as property. Congregationalists and other Christians organize a campaign to free the captives. The Supreme Court rules the captives are not property, and the Africans regain their freedom.

1846: First integrated anti-slavery society. The Amistad case is a spur to the conscience of Congregationalists who believe no human being should be a slave. In 1846 Lewis Tappan, one of the Amistad organizers, organizes the American Missionary Association—the first anti-slavery society in the U.S. with multiracial leadership.

1862-77: Colleges and Universities for blacks in the South. The American Missionary Association starts six colleges: Dillard University, Fisk University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Huston-Tillotson College, Talladega College and Tougaloo College, all historically black colleges and universities that continue to offer excellence, access, and opportunity in higher education. It also founds Brick School, today part of the UCC’s Franklinton Center in North Carolina.

1959: Historic Ruling that airwaves are public property: Southern television stations impose a news blackout on the growing civil rights movement, and Martin Luther King Jr. asks the UCC to intervene. Everett Parker of the UCC’s Office of Communication organizes churches and wins in Federal court a ruling that the airwaves are public, not private property. The decision leads to hiring of persons of color in television studios and newsrooms.

1973: Civil rights activists freed The Wilmington Ten — 10 civil rights activists — are charged with the arson of a white-owned grocery store in Wilmington, N.C. One of them is Benjamin Chavis, a social justice worker sent by the UCC to Wilmington to help the African-American

community overcome racial intolerance and intimidation. The UCC’s General Synod raises bail. Chavis’ conviction is overturned and he is released after spending four-and-a-half years in prison.

1974: Yvonne Virginia Delk: First African American woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ.

1976: First African- American leader of an integrated denomination. General Synod elects the Rev. Joseph H. Evans president of the United Church of Christ. He becomes the first African – American leader of a racially integrated mainline church in the United States.

From the Pastor’s desk

“And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the
Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased.’ And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in
the wilderness forty days.” – Mark 1:10-13

Ever have an incredible spiritual experience? One where you felt the presence of God so close
to you? One where you just knew that God had a plan for your life, and God was walking with you?
And then, has that feeling ever left just as soon as it came? And have you ever felt as though
you are lost in the wilderness?

Jesus knew what that was like. He knew what it was to emerge from the waters of baptism to
the voice of God proclaiming that God was “well pleased” with him. And he knew what it was to then
immediately be sent into the wilderness for forty hard days.

In Lent we are called into a different sort of wilderness for forty days. After the familiar songs,
raised candles, and joy of Christmas only a couple of months before, we are now in a time of stark
simplicity, repressed “Alleluias,” and a journey toward the cross. In times like this we Christians
must not seem like much fun to be around.

And yet, in Lent we are reminded that we make this journey because Jesus made it first.
Christ went into the wilderness to pray, and to fast, and to ready himself spiritually for what was to
come. And in Lent we do the same. We know that we too are journeying to the cross. But we have
the luxury of also knowing about the next part of the journey. We have the luxury of knowing about
the empty tomb.

And so in Lent we are preparing ourselves to be people of the Resurrection. We are going
deeper spiritually, and preparing ourselves to be the people we want to be on Easter morning. Lent
isn’t something to be endured. Lent is a wilderness journey that will lead us to new life.
In Lenten Peace,

Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

We received a thank you card from Archie Passmore and Penny Dollar for the many cards and prayers when Archie’s mother passed away. The thank you can be found on the bulletin board in the bell tower.

Lenten Dinners and Services

The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 14. We are again preparing 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.

Mission Offerings

The envelopes for the annual OGHS offering are on the tables where you retrieve the bulletins. We will collect this offering
through Easter Sunday.

Our Sunday School is also participating in the OGHS offering and the kids will bring their
donations and we will put them in the “refugee tent” collection box.

During the year, there will also be envelopes for Neighbors in Need, Strengthen the Church and the Christmas Fund (for retired pastors and their families on very limited pensions). We also give to Our Churches Wider Mission through our fundraisers. That’s 5 UCC missions each year. In addition to those, we can give to VBS Mission, McKinney Clinic, CROP Walk and, in past years, Disaster Relief (which we hope won’t be needed this year). All these opportunities to give to these missions are provided because members have a “soft spot” for one or another, or perhaps all of them. We are encouraged to give to the ones that move our hearts and that we feel strongly about. These offerings are given “above and beyond”
our regular envelope and plate offerings that are needed to support our church at Emmanuel and continue our local presence in our own back yards. Your generosity is appreciated here at home and around the wider world. May God bless you as much as you bless others.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Picture Perfect

Pastor Lou is shown with Mt Post 781 Sons of the American Legion (S. A. L.) recently donated 100% of the proceeds from it’s Christmas Raffle. The S. A. L. donated $1000 each to the Mt Top Community Food Bank at St. Paul’s Methodist Church and Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance.

Emmanuel UCC food bank
Grayson Bunnell is shown enjoying learning “I” by creating “I” two-dimensional figures at the Mt. Top Kids Learning Center.

learning “I”


In addition to the Youth Group’s Weis and Carones Card Fundraisers, we have a Gift Card Fundraiser which is a great way to help our church. The Fundraiser Sheets are on the table in the narthex. Just look over the list (and there’s a lot to choose from) and mark how many cards you want. As with the Youth Group’s fundraiser, this is essentially a “no cost” fundraiser. You are just purchasing gift cards in the amount that you would normally spend at that store or restaurant. The fundraising part is that Emmanuel purchases them at a discount which helps our bottom line. Please pay Lisa Ceaser for your choices. An order will be places March 11th.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. — 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)