CURRENT OFFICERS AND CONSISTORY MEMBERS

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

Penn Northeast

 



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Lent Service for March 15, 2017 CANCELLED

Due to the winter storm and some snow covered roadways, the Lent services for March 15, 2017 have been cancelled. We will resume with Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evening, March 22nd. A light meal will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm  for service.

Weather Cancellation

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

We are approaching a time in our liturgical calendar that is going to prepare us for that wonderful day of resurrection we will celebrate at Easter!

My friends, Lent begins on March 1st! We of course will begin that Wednesday evening with the distribution of ashes. Our ashes are a sign and symbol of who and whose we are. We are Christians that embrace the words, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

As we journey through Lent together, we will be celebrating every Wednesday evening with a light fare and an abbreviated worship service. I am going to be preaching a first person sermon for every one of these services. This means I will become the person I am preaching about. So, gather up friends and family and come out to worship with us!

Allow me now to bring you up to speed on a committed and great group of young people right here at Emmanuel UCC. That is this year’s confirmation class. We have been studying the mission statement of our church, and the class has explored writing their own mission statement. We are now tracing the history of the Bible, which is no small feat, through all of this, our class has shown interest and excitement in their studies. What great Emmanuel UCC members they are already, and will be ready to share their intelligence and energy with our church.

Thank You!

We received thank you letters for some recent benevolence donations. On the bulletin board in the bell tower are letters from: The Veterans and staff of the VA Medical Center truly appreciated the Valentines for Vets which were distributed to them. Their letter thanking us is on the bulletin board.

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. 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.

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.

Picture Perfect

Pastor Lou is shown with the Scouts from Troop 434 and Pack 433 were they recently celebrated Scout Sunday at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance.

Pastor Lou with Scouts

Pastor Lou is Welcomed as new pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ.

Pastor Lou welcome

Sabian Bunnell is recognized with Principal Meg Foster. The students and staff of Fairview Elementary celebrated the OnTrack character trait of Respect through November and December 2016.

Sabian

Scrip Cards available!

Don’t forget to get Scrip Cards for an easy fundraising source. Scrip turns your everyday shopping into easy fundraising just by paying with a gift card. Scrip Center includes tons of cards – from
Advance Auto Parts to Wet Seal (young women’s clothing). By purchasing the gift card through Great Lake Scrip, our church earns a percentage of the sale price. 
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 questions, please see Jim. Forms to order the gift cards from Script are on the table in the narthex.

Here are some of the best stores which give the most back to our Church:

 

LL Bean – 16%!

Old Navy – 14%

Gap – 14%

llbean old navy Gap

Bath & Body Works – 13%

Gymboree – 13%

Crazy 8 – 13%

bath-&-body-works Gymboree Crazy 8

Sally Beauty Supply – 12%

Payless Shoes – 13%

Nike- 12%

sally beauty supply payless Nike

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

I will say it again. My family and I feel so fortunate to be at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance! My hope is that you are enjoying me as your new pastor as much as I am enjoying ministering to you.

We have been talking a lot about discipleship the past few weeks. This is a topic I do like to discuss. I also mentioned Dietrich Bonhoeffer in my last “Greetings from the Pastor.” I you want to find a great example of discipleship, look him up. Or better yet, read one of his many books on the topic. He truly is a champion of discipleship and one of my favorite faith authors. We will be talking more on the subject of discipleship in weeks to come. Exploring that topic makes all of us a more committed Christian and an overall stronger church.

As a former teacher, my enjoyment comes from being able to facilitate Bible study. During our last consistory meeting I brought up the topic of starting an adult Bible study in the future. I love having everyone’s input in the study of scripture, so look forward to this happening in the near future!

I have a few other ideas about all of us growing in Christ and growing our congregation so everyone can share in the banquet offered to us by God and His Son Jesus Christ daily. But I need you! I want your thoughts and opinions about our church, the church we all share together.

In closing, thanks again for choosing me as your minister and all of your hard work that is so evident by the wonderful Christian maturity I have found at Emmanuel United Church of Christ!

Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

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. Tammy Dauber would like to thank the Sunday School families who participated in the advent food boxes to help our food bank. Your generosity will help those in need.

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to the Dauber Family on the passing of Jeff’s dad, Larry Dauber, on December 23, 2016. We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Scout Sunday

Our Pack 433 Cub Scouts and Troop 434 Boy Scouts will join us for worship on Sunday, February 5. 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.

Picture Perfect

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.

 

Record of Giving

This is a list compiled by our Financial Secretary, Connie Davis, showing a breakdown of our member’s offerings by how much they gave for the year. I hope that you will think about where you want your heart to be and the importance of your church in your life as you review this list. Thank you for believing in Emmanuel and our mission as a community of Christ’s followers. 

Amount Given Last Year Number of Members Who Gave That Amount
0 18
1.00 to 49.00 40
50.00 to 100.00 5
101.00 to 500.00 20
501.00 to 1000.00 12
1001.00 to 2000.00 18
2001.00 to 3000.00 5
3001.00 to 3500.00 2
Over 10,000.00 1

Recording Secretary, Penny Smith

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

For the greeting today, I extracted some information from the United Church of Christ website, www.ucc.org, about the celebration of Health and Human Services Sunday. Read and enjoy!

Today, we observe Health and Human Service Sunday in the United Church of Christ. Alongside many other congregations, we celebrate the UCC’s long, faithful heritage of advocating justice and extending care and compassion in Christ’s name, here in our congregation, across this nation, and around the world.

For hundreds of years, the UCC and its predecessor denominations courageously founded schools, hospitals and orphanages at times when such services were scarce and needs were great.

Today, more than 400 health care centers, affordable housing and retirement communities, homeless shelters, and service centers for children, youth, families and older adults, bear witness to the United Church of Christ’s continuing testament of mercy and kindness.

Today, we give thanks for these diverse ministries, and lift them in our collective prayers, as we celebrate the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and its many member institutions.  Let us remember that they are not an “extension” of the church. They are the church in action!  And their bold witness is ours! 

The litany was composed by the Rev. William R. Johnson, former CHHSM Vice President for Member Relations, in 2008.

Copyright 2017 Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115-1100.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved.

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German Psychiatrist, he studies in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.
To me, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a wonderful example of discipleship and also the cost of discipleship. In his landmark book by the same name, “The Cost of Discipleship” draws on the Sermon on the Mount, the collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus, which emphasizes his moral teaching found in the Gospel of Matthew (chapters 5, 6, and 7).
The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary expressions of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and filled with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense.
Not only Bonhoeffer, but the Prophet Isaiah gives us the same example of discipleship, but this time by Jesus in his writings. The church today needs the simplicity of men and women who know what discipleship is, and how to let their light shine to others.
Look for more examples of being a disciple for Christ as I continue to learn with you in Sunday!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9 (NIV)