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Pastor’s Corner

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is
preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of
the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply
marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of
God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we
now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will
reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness
at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life. In this double focus on past and
future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they
affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again
in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from
a profound sense that we live “between the times” and are called to be faithful stewards of what
is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as our church celebrates God’s in-breaking into history
in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which “all creation
is groaning awaiting its redemption,” it also confesses its own responsibility as a people
commissioned to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “love your neighbor as
As the year comes to a close and the stress and busyness of the consumer Christmas
holiday grows, it can be easy to lose sight of what the season really calls us to: worship. In
today’s world, is it even possible to slow down, to ponder, to wonder in the coming birth of
Christ? Well, as we gather together in worship for the Advent season, I pray that the Holy Spirit
would shine His light in your hearts and bring focus to all your Christmas celebrations: “For
unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11, ESV).
Advent Blessing and Merry Christmas,


Pastor Lou Aita


The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 10, after our Worship Service. The proposed 2018 Budget was approved by the Consistory for distribution in the weekly bulletins and extra copies are available on the table in the Narthex.


In accordance with our Constitution Article 10, All committees should have a report prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
Article 10 ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES. All organizations and societies of the Congregation are subordinate to the Consistory and shall make an annual report (Activities and Financial) to the Congregation.”


We will meet after Worship on December 10 for caroling. We’ll raise our voices and spirits as we sing songs of the season to residents of our local nursing homes and to our homebound.

Come with us and sing glory to the newborn king!

Christmas Card for Vets

There is a box in the bell tower for Christmas Cards for our local veterans who are residents at the VA Hospital.
The last day to put cards in the box is December 17. Thank you for remembering those men and women who served our country.

Pork Dinner Update

Dinner Income Surplus Sold 326.50
118 Adult @ $11 1,298.00
1 child @ $ 5 5.00
Advance 155 Adult @ $11 1,705.00
Milk and Bread -37.84
Pork, broth, potatoes, celery, carrots, corn -661.83
Coffee, Juice, Iced Tea -30.95
Donation Cabbage & Apples were donated 0.00

Christmas Program and Schedule

There’s something happening on the hills outside Bethlehem and field reporter Lost Soul along with news anchor Christmas Message are on the case. Everything seems “All Clear at Midnight”, but then reports of heavenly singing, strange beings, and a bright star lead to the breaking story of the birth of a king. And not just any king, but the promised Christ! On Sunday, December 17, the whole story will break wide open during our 10:30 am worship service. Be sure to “tune in” by attending service and catch all the details!

We started practicing our songs and parts have been given out. Please be sure to have your children at Choir Practice on Sunday, December 3, at 9:00 am. We are
going over songs that will combine all choirs as well as those for each individual choir. On Sunday, December 10, beginning at 9:00 am we will have a full rehearsal practice. Dress rehearsals will be on Saturday, December 16, at 1:00 pm and Sunday, December 17, at 9:00 am. We will have a pizza lunch on the 16th at 12:00 (after the Christmas party).

Below is an easy to reference chart that you can hang on the fridge or wherever you put such information.

December 3 9:00 am Choirs practice before Sunday School
December 10 9:00 am Full Cast and Choirs Rehearsal
December 16 10:00 am to noon Sunday School Christmas Party
December 16 1:00 to 2:00 pm Dress Rehearsal – All Cast and Choirs
December 17 9:00 am Dress Rehearsal – All Cast and Choirs
December 17 10:30 am Presentation of Program during Worship

Thank you to all families who bring the children to practices. We couldn’t have a program without your dedication.

Emmanuel UCC


Christmas Eve

Anyone wishing to present music prior to the Christmas Eve Service is asked to see Denise Dean. We will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at 7:30 pm. If you are more inclined to read a poem or selection, that would be very welcome also.

Sunday School News

THANKSGIVING DINNERS – Thank you for being so generous. We again were able to provide meals for ten families thanks to you.

Christmas Party – December 17

Our Christmas Party will be held on December 16 from 10 am to 12 pm. We are asking all the kids to bring a couple pieces of fruit for the baskets for our shut-ins.
We are also collecting care packages for distribution to the people served by the McKinney Clinic. Bernie, the director of the clinic, continues to need more men’s
packages. She says that they minister to more men than women and so there is a greater need for men’s gifts. The packages should include: new white socks,
toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, comb, razor, hand lotion and a candy cane. If you would like to add anything else, please feel free (only nothing with alcohol in it). Also appreciated are gift cards from Walmart and K-Mart. A freezer bag holds the items very well. Attach a card signed by your family and send it with your
child(ren) to the Christmas party or drop it off in the narthex under the Christmas tree before Saturday, December 16.
Thank you for all your generosity. When making your care package, please talk with your child(ren) about how wonderful it feels to know you will make someone’s Christmas brighter by giving!
Thank you for all your support,

Lisa Rinehimer

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree has been set up in the Narthex. Just take an ornament, purchase the item listed on it, wrap it, tape the ornament to the package and place it under the tree.
You may also include a card from you and your family.

Christmas Offering Envelope

Please be generous in giving to our church ministries supported by this offering:
Phoebe Devitt Home
Bethany Children’s Home
Lancaster Theological Seminary

These organizations sincerely need and appreciate your support. Every penny counts with today’s expenses, so please give generously. The “Christmas Offering” is a
benevolence offering and is not used to build up the General Fund.
Your regular offering is still needed to
support the General Fund and the local
mission of your church.

Thank You!

The following letters are posted on the
bulletin board in the bell tower:
A thank you letter from Phoebe Ministries
for our 2017 Benevolence donation of
$1000. Your generosity provides programs
and activities for their residents.
A thank you letter from Bethany
Children’s Home for our donation of $1000
to Our Wider Church Mission. Our gift helps
provide for special programs such as
Birthday Parties, Christmas Gifts, Arts,
Music, etc.
A thank you letter from Lancaster
Theological Seminary for our donation of
$1000. Our gift helps provide support for
Lancaster Seminary’s mission “to educate
and nurture leaders to join God’s redemptive
and liberating work so that all creation may

Bethany Christmas List

Copies of the 2018 Christmas Wish List
are on the table in the Narthex. Please
note that the children at Bethany are
teenagers. Specific gift items are included
on the Christmas Wish List or if you
prefer, the children love to receive gift
cards to department stores, craft stores,
area malls, etc. Please choose ageappropriate
gifts with consideration for
parental warnings, modest clothing and
safety. The gifts should not be wrapped
since Bethany’s staff will do that. Just
drop them in the box wrapped in
Christmas paper in the Narthex.
If someone could deliver the presents to
Bethany, it would be greatly appreciated.
I have a schedule of times and dates for
deliveries in the office.

Flower Sign-ups


There are sign-up sheets on the tables in
the Narthex doorway for you to purchase
poinsettias to decorate our sanctuary.
The last day to sign up is December 17.

Altar Flower Chart

The 2018 chart for the altar flowers is on
the table in the Narthex. The price is
still $12.50 per vase. Please pay Chris
Dietrich for the dates you sponsor.

Picture Perfect

Irene Gilski and Mike Cummings
Irene Gilski and Mike Cummings pass a
bowl of stuffing and a platter of turkey back
and forth during very popular Fall Turkey
Dinner at Emmanuel held on Saturday
October 21st

Grayson Bunnell is shown displaying words
beginning with the “E” sound as they are
learning “E” words at Mt. Top Kids.

Esther Heller is shown in announcement that
she will celebrating her 93rd Birthday on
December 2nd. Happy Birthday Esther and
may you celebrate many more.

When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” — Matthew 2:4-6 (NIV)