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

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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

School is back in session and students have resumed their busy academic schedules, as well as homework, after-school activities, athletic contests, and everything else school-related. It is a busy time – and busy for parents as well. And – it’s also busy for church people. The Fall church schedule has resumed; Rally Day has been celebrated; the Dinners are quickly approaching; Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far off. In the midst of it all, two messages were presented that outlined important “homework” assignments. You might have thought that you had “graduated” from the days of doing homework, but that isn’t the case, at least, according to the messages that I offered on 9/11 and 9/18.

In “Lost & Found” (9/11), Jesus’ parables about a lost sheep and a lost coin (Luke 15), as well as the Psalmwriter’s reflections (Psalm 51), formed the basis for our first assignment. We were called to reflect on the times when we have been lost – physically lost or spiritually lost. The “spiritual” reflection might be especially important, as we acknowledged God as the One who “found” us. The lesson to remember from this exercise was that God never “loses” us, even in times when we feel hopeless, unworthy, or totally “lost.” That’s the “bottom-line” value of this assignment.

In “Creating a ‘Golden Parachute’” (9/18), the focus was on the future of your church community. Some executives are provided enormous sums of money if they lose their jobs; the dishonest steward (Luke 16) was not one of them. He had to create his own “Golden Parachute,” through using his abilities and his clever ideas. Even though he was dishonest in his actions, his technique offers a plan for your future. There were 4 simple steps, beginning with a realistic look at the Emmanuel UCC of 2016, then an assessment of all the strengths and abilities that you have at Emmanuel, then taking action based on how your needs and your abilities match up, and finally, trusting God’s guidance throughout the process. It’s not a ready-made “Golden Parachute” – but it is one that will lead Emmanuel into a hope-filled future.

Think about those two assignments and use them when necessary. Looking back and planning ahead are always assignments that can reveal lessons learned and new paths to pursue.

May God continue to speak to us – in our personal lives and in our church community!

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.

Church Secretary Position Search

As has been mentioned in the announcements before worship service, I am resigning as secretary of Emmanuel. It has been a great 14 years, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren (Landyn’s sister, Abbigayle, is expected at the end of September, beginning of October). I will still be involved with the children and youth as a teacher and choir director and will also direct the Christmas program and VBS if I am needed. I thank everyone who supported me and helped out in so many ways. You have all been so good to me.Emmanuel UCC

Church Secretary – Part Time Description

The Church Secretary assists the Pastor and congregation by providing administrative support; such as preparing weekly bulletins, monthly messenger newsletter, scheduling meetings, handling reports, and conducting special projects as assigned. The Church Secretary will also handle all office duties such as maintaining policies, compile financial reporting, and preparing audits. Individual must have excellent organizational skills and can work independently.

Qualifications Education: High School Diploma or GED required. Associates Degree or Business school education preferred.

Experience: Typing skills required (50 wpm). Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Quicken. Strong interpersonal skills and organizational skills a must.

Job: Church Administration

Primary Location: PA-Mountaintop

Organization: Emmanuel United Church of Christ

Working Location: Administration

Employee Status: Part-time

Forecasted paid hours per shift: 4

Forecasted hours per pay week: 20

Shift: Day Shift

Annual Golf Tournament

It was a bright and sunny day for our Annual Golf Tournament and everyone enjoyed a spectacular day. With a great turnout of golfers and guests, the Golf Tournament turned a profit of $2,946.60. Thanks to everyone who made this fundraiser a success!

Thank You!

Thank you to Hunter Rinehimer for all the hard work and direction he provided in renovating the front yard bulletin board. Take a minute to look at the great job he and other Scouts and adults did in order for Hunter to earn his Eagle Scout rank which is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. From refinishing the brickwork and letterboard to digging out the overgrown bushes and planting a new garden, the bulletin board underwent a total remake. Thanks again, Hunter.

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.

Deb Dietrich sent us a thank you card for all the support for the Xtreme Hike challenge. She walked 22 miles to raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Crop Walk Refreshments

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 2. Your help is needed to “energize” the walkers before and “recharge” them after their walk.


Emmanuel will again be the starting and ending point for our annual CROP Walk on October 2. 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 communions partner with CWS to provide sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world. I have registered our walk online at for anyone who would like to donate online. I don’t think we ever did this before, but it might be an extra way to raise funds. That information is on the donation envelopes, too. As you may know, 25% of money raised comes back to us to fund the Wapwallopen Crossroads Ministerium Food Bank. We are currently helping one elderly gentleman and several families. They come regularly for food and are very grateful for the assistance they receive from us. Youth and adults from our churches will be looking for sponsors. Emmanuel’s walkers so far are: Morgan Hodle, Leah Dietrich, Connie Davis and Rev. Stout. Please support their enthusiastic and dedicated effort to provide hunger relief by donating to the CROP Walk.

Turkey Supper Dates

October 13 to 15

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.

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 is!

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 and for making the pickled cabbage.

Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. we make the stuffing which takes strong arms to mix thoroughly. Please come out Friday night if you can help.

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. After a short break, workers gather again at 2:30 pm to start heating everything up so it’s good and hot for serving our guests at 3:00 pm..

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. 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.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures:

Alecia Myers is serving it your way. She’s shown dishing up an order at the Mountain Top Burger King for a Labor Day picture in the Mountaintop Eagle.

Alecia Myers

Brad Kotarsky is spending some time under the hood of his ’64 Chevy Malibu SS. Brad showed his classic car at the Wright Township Fire Dept. Car show on August 21.

 Brad Kotarsky is shown under the hood of his ‘64 Chevy Malibu SS.

Aaron Kleger and the scouts of Troop #434 braved the White Water Challenge on August 27. There were 28 scouts, parents and leaders that ended the summer with this great trip.

Aaron Kleger and the scouts of Troop #434

Rally Day!


WELCOME BACK to another GREAT YEAR at Emmanuel UCC!! Our first day of Sunday School will be Rally Day, Sept. 11 at 9:00 am. We’ll be practicing for the special worship service centered around US. Then we’ll have a picnic and play tons of games and bounce around in the MoonWalk. You just gotta come and –

BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!! MORE KIDS = MORE FUN!! Our LIVE Sunday School Theme is rockin’ the house! The songs are cool with awesome sound! Plus, you never know what to expect since everything comes out of our Hands On Bibles. They’re specially designed for us – easy to understand and filled with amazing experiments, surprising facts and mind-bender puzzles!! LIVE is especially for Young Christians, from kindergarten to 6th grade – ONLY! So come check it out and bring your friends!

From The Pastor’s Desk – Rev. Stout

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

The past three Sundays have taken us in interesting directions. We have gone from promises to puzzles to rejections! An odd journey! But even the oddest of journeys have words that catch our attention. These may have caught your attention.

  •  From the message for 8/7 (“A Promising People – A Promising God”), reflecting on Abraham’s inability to reach the “homeland” promised by God:
    “While we yearn for that ‘true homeland,’ we prepare ourselves through a life of faithfulness – faithfulness built upon a lasting faith in the One who makes the promise, the Promising God.”
  •  From the message for 8/14 (“The Final Piece of the Puzzle”), reflecting on our faithful ancestors who also did not experience the fulfillment of God’s promise:
    “We are to allow Christ to be the Perfecter of our faith – so that we can participate in the fulfillment of God’s promise – the coming of God’s Kingdom.” Also, “Jesus Christ – the final piece of the puzzle – is not the finishing line, but the starting line.”
  •  For the message for 8/28 (“Responding to Rejection”), which draws together faith and the nature of the God whom we worship:

“God is our ‘assurance policy’ for all the times when we are rejected. The immediate pain may be severe; we may feel helpless and hopeless. But God assures us that there is comfort on the way. God yearns for the opportunity to embrace us with love. God is waiting for the invitation to share the difficult part of the journey. In an active, life-giving way, God will provide what is needed – the ‘finest wheat’ and ‘honey from the rock.’ Let us remember those images when we have been rejected by others.”

From those messages, remember this: (1) We are called to live lives of faithfulness. (2) Jesus Christ should be the focal point and the starting point for our lives. (3) When we feel rejected, let us reach out to God who is ready to embrace us with a love that comforts and makes whole.

Those are simple words, but challenging ones, especially when facing the complex issues of today and the nature of human relationships. However, sometimes the simple path is the most direct one to life and peace, especially when God is involved.

May we all experience the very best of God’s Blessings in all parts of our lives!

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.

Thank You!

It’s been 14 years since I started working as the Church Secretary. Now, I am resigning to spend more time with my family. Landyn turned 2 in July and Abbigayle is due near the end of the month. I will be watching them while Glynis works (her turn). I am grateful for all the wonderful people who I have worked with and will remember them with deep appreciation.

Thank you so much,

Emmanuel UCC

Teen Talk

Teen Talk is back on Sunday mornings starting on September 18 at 9:15 am. This is our own time to dig deeper into our faith. It’s not just another “Sunday School class” or Bible Study. It’s all about us – who we are, what’s happening in our lives right here and now, and how does any of this relate to God and our faith. We’ll be discussing the important things going on in the world, our town and our lives. And if you have any particular ideas to discuss, just give them to me. We’re looking for everyone in 7 th grade and up to come out and talk about how God really relates to us – not just in theory, but in reality.

Emmanuel UCC

Choir Notes


In addition to practicing for our Sunday Services, the Chancel Choir will be practicing for their participation in Singspiration at Stairville UMC. Our choir has been a part of this terrific musical event for several years now and it has been so much fun. Our practice is on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. There’s always room for another voice or musical instrument and we look forward to having new members join us. Singspiration will be held on September 18 at 5:00 pm. This is a great way for our local choirs, musicians and congregations to come together in praise of God. “Break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Psalm 98:4

Picture Perfect

Leah and Rowan Dietrich are shown at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Health Fair where they learned about making health choices.

Leah Rowan Dietrich health fair August 2016

Morgan Rinehimer was again recognized for her horsemanship (or is that horsewomanship?) at the Luzerne County Round Up on August 6 , 2016. Check out those awards! Ride on, Morgan!

Morgan Rinehimer

Ronnie Rinehimer is showing his great(?) form teeing off at our annual Golf Tournament at Sand Springs. That was a hole-in-one, right, Ronnie? No? Ah, too bad.

Ron Rinehimer tees off from the first hole.

Pete and Betty Dickson enjoyed an evening of music and fellowship at the Truth Café on August 12. A light meal and Christian music were on the menu.

Listening to the group perform while eating dinner are Betty and Pete Dickson.

Gift Card Fundraiser

Please keep in mind we have a great Gift Card Fundraiser. This is through Great Lakes Scrip Center and includes tons of cards – from Advance Auto Parts to Wet Seal (young women’s clothing). There’s gift cards for everything under the sun. By purchasing the gift card through Great Lake Scrip, our church earns a percentage of the sale price. Lists are on the table in the narthex. Just write in the quantity of the cards you want and give the list and the amount due to Jim Rinehimer. He will order them and distribute them as they arrive. If you have any question, please see Jim. If more lists are needed, please tell Denise.

Great Lakes Scrip Center

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.

For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. — 1 Peter 1:24-25 (NIV)