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!

The words still resound in my mind – “summertime and the livin’ is easy.” That may be true in some respects – with family getaways, picnic reunions, parties at the pool or beach, travels to special places or places that will become special after this summer’s trip, or just relaxing in a cool place at home. Of course, for many, the livin’ may not be any easier in summer than at any other time of the year. So, perhaps it is for them, that I highlight the “not so easy” messages that have come to us from the Scriptures.

On 7/17, the message “Choices, Choices! So Many Choices!” emphasized how difficult life can be these days because we are swamped with possibilities – whether they are related to food, communication devices, or faith concerns. There are always decisions to be made – and sometimes, stepping away for a moment (that is, “dawdling with Jesus”) may be an effective step toward choosing well. On 7/24, the message “Don’t Delay! Ask Away!” focused on the idea that we are not stuck with what we have in life (the “it is what it is” syndrome). Through the simple (yet, not easy, by any means) plan of “Ask – Seek – Knock,” we can play an active role in our life’s course and in the future of our congregation. That’s an important role, but not an easy one to play! And then, for 7/31, the message “Wisdom Speaks, but Courage Hears” will be presented in “story” form. It will address how we respond to the obvious, but very disconcerting, realities of life. Sometimes, the only way forward is to maintain the faith and muster the courage to face the demands of the moment!

During the summertime, the livin’ might be easy (for some), but the messages that have emerged over these three Sundays are anything but easy.

As we continue through the summer, may we keep our eyes, our ears, and our hearts open to the One who guides and inspires, and then move toward wherever God is leading!

Rev. Stout

PS: Please remember – 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 9am-1pm. I can be available by appointment at other times/days that may be more convenient for you.

Happy Birthday!

Ethel Fine will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on August 7. Let’s all give her a great birthday by sending her cards showing her how much she means to our church family

Annual Golf Tournament August 13, 2016

It’s time to grab your clubs and head out to the links for our Annual Golf Tournament at Sand Springs Country Club in Drums. This is a 4-player scramble, Captain and Crew, with a shotgun start at 8:00 am. There will be hot dogs at the turn for lunch and an Italian Buffet with raffle, awards and prizes after the tournament. The cost to play is $75 per person, $300 per team. Non-players can enjoy a day on the course for $30 and accompany the golfers to the dinner and awards banquet. Registration Forms are on the table in the Narthex with August 6 as the deadline to register, or until the field is full. If you would like more information, please see Donnie Myers or Nelson Horwath.

Youth Achievements

Our youth again are making their marks on the honor rolls:

Crestwood High School

Principal’s Honors: Kristen Kania
High Honors: Michell Bernetski & Aaron Kleger
Honors: Michelle Heller & Brad Kotarsky

Ethel Fine has a good reason to be proud of her greatgrandson, Richard Supkowski, III. Rich graduated from Crestwood High School with the following awards: Harold Baker Award, Carone’s Achievement Award, Daniel J. Hudak Award and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Award. He was also chosen as the Crestwood Education Association Student of the Year and recognized by the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science for his tenacity by being presented with the Six-Year Perseverance Award.

Picture Perfect

Although we didn’t have any members graduating this year, there are some familiar faces among the students pictured in their caps and gowns. Richard Supkowski is the greatgrandson of Ethel Fine, Zachary Fisher is a member of Boy Scout Troop 344, and Taryn Pecile is the granddaughter of Diana Decker. Congratulations to the graduates and their families.

Richard Supkowski is pictured with the other participants in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Meeting at which he was awarded the Six-Year Perseverance Award. Rich has excelled in the State Meeting for several of those years.

r Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science

Our annual 300 Club and Silent Auction was enjoyed by many people. Pictured listening to the Mud Pond Boys are Harriet Seward, Fran Fink and Rose Marie Welsh. Our thanks to all who came out to support this fundraiser.

300 Club 2016

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

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. — Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)