Deb Dietrich
Vice President
Allen Dennis
Brad Bunnell
Diana Decker
Sandy Kleger
Jim Stewart
Chris Dietrich

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Pastor’s Corner

November is the month of Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 23rd, we will gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other family favorites. In October, at our famous turkey supper, we got an excellent preview of what thanksgiving day feels like, and tastes like!
As Christians, we enjoy Thanksgiving Day every day. The word of God tells us,
“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 5:13).
As a church, God has been good to each and every one of us. He has given us the strength to continue the work needed to be an example of Christian love and faith in our community.
2 Corinthians 9:11 tells us, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Our generosity to Our Churches Wider Mission and Phoebe Ministries are just two of the examples of benevolence Emmanuel UCC provides that makes a big difference. Thank you so much for your going above and beyond in presenting your tithes and offerings to these wonderful missions! The enrichment we feel is not just about money. The enrichment can be seen in our actions within the church and our communities, and also our global community.
Another enrichment that we experience are our wonderful youth. You can look forward to our youth group starting up again, and also a working relationship with the local scouting groups. The book of Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” This is a truth, and I feel that seeking out more of our young people will lead them to us, so they also can experience this enrichment and thanksgiving experienced through our church. Not just on Sunday morning, but all day, all week, all year long!
Recently, I held a meeting for those ministers interested in the Crossroads Ministerium. We will continue to meet on a monthly basis as we are all in agreement that unity is the way to continue our work in the community and our world. So, in closing, we are thankful, we are blessed we are enriched, and we are together. This all happens through the wonderful work of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Remember, with God, all things are possible! Peace be with you,

Pastor Lou Aita

Congregational Corner

We will celebrate with Stanley Cybulski on his 80th birthday on November 3rd. Special Happy Birthday wishes from your wife Judy and son Jim.
Guess who is turning 93 and still going strong!! ESTHER HELLER will celebrate her 93rd birthday on December 2, 2017. Judy Cybulski would like us all to wish her a happy birthday by giving her a card shower. So put it on your calendar for next month!

Our Condolences

We give our deepest condolences to the Gittens Family on the passing of Gary Gittens October 15, 2017. We pray for God’s strength and support for you all.

2016 Audit

We’d like to thank Steve Moyer & Chris Dietrich for again agreeing to audit our churches financial books.

Plus Income$98,494.11

Beginning Balance $8,324.28
Plus Income $90,169.83
Less Expenses -$76,272.95
Ending Balance $22,221.16

Gift Card Fundraiser

We have Gift Card Fundraiser through Great Lakes Scrip Center and 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. They make great gifts for Christmas.

Jim will be taking orders Sunday, November 5th and Sunday, December 3rd, he will order them and distribute them as they arrive. If you have any question, please see Jim.

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Sunday School News

We will hold a bake sale during the Pork Dinner. Please help us provide your children with a good Christian education by donating baked goods for us to sell. The bake sales are our only fundraisers and we rely on them to purchase the curriculum for our Sunday School program and provide them with fun times like Christmas and Easter parties. Thank you!!

For Thanksgiving, we will be collecting items and monetary donations for our Turkey Dinners for the McKinney Clinic. If you wish to make a donation, please see Lisa Rinehimer. Thank you for supporting the Sunday School’s missions.

Turkey Supper Update

Give yourselves a pat on the back, you deserve it!

Ticket Sales
Adult 265 @ $11.00 $2915.00
Children 5 @ $4.00 $20.00
Adult 270 @ $11.00 $2970.00
Surplus $178.50
Total Income $6083.50
Bread Cubes $264.00
Milk $9.75 Donation
Turkeys, Cabbage, Paper Prod., Veggies, Celery, Broth, Eggs $1,553.65
Decaf tea & coffee, drink mixes, paper towels $56.67
Bread $37.50
Total Expenses $1,911.82
TOTAL PROFIT $4,171.68

Pork Dinner


We’ll be serving up a Pork Dinner, complete with homemade sauerkraut, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade applesauce, bread, dessert and beverage from 3 to 7 pm. Tickets are $11.00 for adults, $4.00 for age 6 to 11; 5 and under for FREE; or $11.00 for a take-out.
POSTERS are on the table in the Narthex. Please take some and paste them up wherever you can. This supper will need some extra attention and we need to get the word out.
TICKETS – Please see Allen Dennis or Don Eroh for tickets and sell, sell, sell!

Christmas Program

Our Sunday School children and youth will
present “All Clear at Midnight” on December
during our worship service. The program is
about a roving reporter who discovers strange
happenings in the hills outside Bethlehem.
With assistance of the news anchor, they piece
together the amazing story of the birth of our
Savior. Please mark this special service on
your calendar so you won’t miss our Sunday
School’s heartwarming presentation.

Home / News and Events / United Church of Christ News New UCC logo reflects, complements denomination’s Purpose, Vision, Mission Statements

UCC Logo
Beginning with General Synod 2017 in Baltimore this summer, the United Church of Christ will begin the transition to a new logo for the denomination. The logo, last re-designed in 2004, has been updated to reflect both tradition and innovation within the church as it faces the challenges and opportunities of Christian witness in the coming decades.

The new logo’s design and colors are intended to complement the graphic representation of “A Just World for All,” developed to illustrate new Purpose, Vision, and Mission Statements adopted by the national setting of the church last fall.

Those statements were finalized at the October board meeting, adopted following a denomination-wide survey in 2016 and are summarized by the words “A Just World for All.”

“I have been traveling around witnessing the work of our churches,” said the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and president, “and what we are doing will not change. What will change is our ability to tell the story more fully, and to narrate the impact of a mission we are all collectively engaged in. We are hoping to deepen the sense that we are all in this together; and that together we make a profound difference in our world.”

The new logo’s colors were chosen to work with both ‘A Just World for All’ and the ‘3 Great Loves campaign — Love of Children, Love of Neighbor, Love of Creation,’ which will be rolled out during General Synod in Baltimore (June 30 – July 4). Blue has replaced red, with black retained as the second color, in the new design, to visually and symbolically represent Creation elements of water and earth.

The phase-in of the new logo begins with its first appearance on the July 2017 – December 2018 UCC Desk Calendar, in the mail to churches this month, and will continue with its introduction at General Synod, where attendees will see the new logo on the screen in the Plenary Hall, in Synod materials, and on identity merchandise in the Exhibit Hall.

Following Synod, the next phase of the transition will be the appearance of the new logo on a completely re-designed and re-organized UCC website, and streamlined KYP (Keeping You Posted), the denomination’s weekly e-zine. These changes will take place in early October.

The new logo retains an updated version of the traditional element of the UCC comma — a much-loved and widely used emblem of the United Church of Christ introduced as part of the “God is still speaking,” identity campaign. That campaign quoted a line from Gracie Allen that her husband George Burns found among her papers after death. In a letter addressed to him were the words, “George, never place a period where God places a comma.” A variation on that line, along with the graphic comma, has been used since 2004 as a symbol and shorthand way to refer to “continuing testimony,” or the ever-unfolding nature of God’s word for new times.

The new primary UCC logo consists of an updated comma emblem and the words “United Church of Christ.” “God is still speaking,” remains as the UCC’s tagline, and the new logo may be used with or without the tagline.

In addition to the comma, the UCC retains its original emblem for use by congregations and other entities of the denomination: the traditional “cross, crown, and orb” graphic, including the words “That they may all be one” (John17:21), which dates from the founding of the United Church of Christ in 1957—a statement of the UCC’s intent to be a “united and uniting” church.

“It’s never easy to move on from a familiar and well-known logo—especially in the church, and especially when the old logo meant ‘God is still speaking’ to many of us,” said Tina Villa, UCC communications director. “While those words are as fresh as ever—which is why we are retaining them—our logo itself needed a visual update. And it needed to reflect the new directions the church is headed in, while not abandoning the core beliefs that anchor us: ‘God is still speaking,’ and ‘that they may all be one.'”


On Sunday, October 8th at 12:30 pm, members from Emmanuel will again confirm our commitment to being good stewards by giving our time to clean up the junk and debris on Alberdeen Road. We will gather at the church after worship. For more information, see Allen Dennis. To make it more fun, we will be awarding small prizes during the clean up, therefore we are looking for small donations for gift prizes, gift certificates, etc.

Alberdeen “cleaning crew”

From The Pastor’s Desk

Amid the changing colors of leaves, crisp fall air, pumpkin patches and Halloween
costumes we find our-selves in the month of, October!
October in our church calendar brings many opportunities for church members and the
communities surrounding us. World communion Sunday is October 1st were we will share
communion with millions of others around the world. Also on that Sunday we will recognize
our new members (8 of them!) into Emmanuel UCC! Disability awareness week is celebrated
the week of October 8th, so let’s say an extra prayer for our disabled brother and sisters. The
month ends with the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. I will be discussing the
Protestant movement that changed so much of the world during Sunday service on October
Bible study is meeting the first, second and fourth Thursday of the month. We are
enjoying studying the Book of Acts, and will continue Bible study picking new topics as we go
along. There is always a chance to come out for the Bible study and have fun learning more
about the Word of God. Also, we had our first blessing and healing worship service. Look for
more to come!
And of course, our Turkey Supper. The church has this event planned for October 21st
It’s not only a great eating opportunity, but also a great time of fellowship if you would like to
help out in any capacity!
All of our church activity is of course centered around our worship services. Here are
some uplifting scriptures examples of the promises of God: The Lord will fight for you; you need
only to be still (Exodus 14:14). He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the
weak (Isaiah 40:29). but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on
wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah
I could go on and on, but if you need the strength, the encouragement, or the power, take
a Bible and begin reading. There has been not one promise God has ever made that did not see
Speaking for myself and the folks at Emmanuel UCC, we cordially invite you to a worship
service. Come because someone asked you, come because you need church in your life, come
because you believe in the promise.
Yours in Christ,

Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

Pete Dickson would like to thank everyone for their prayers, support, cards and phone calls during his time of need. Thank you !


Emmanuel will not be participating in the annual CROP Walk this year due to low turnouts in the past.

Turkey Supper Dates – October 19 to 21

October 19 to 21

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 volunteeryour 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 whoclean 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 at3:00 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 toexperience it, too.

[Thanksgiving] I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— — 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NIV)