CURRENT OFFICERS AND CONSISTORY MEMBERS

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

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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Welcome to the beautiful month of May! This month surely does provide for us at Emmanuel UCC some wonderful opportunities for fellowship and worship. Let’s start with the long awaited and well planned for Turkey Supper. Our fundraisers are very important as they keep our church running and open for worship. I would personally like to thank all those who have helped in the past. You have shown the future that through hard work, the flower will thrive, And that flower is our church. Please remember, the kitchen is not a closed off society! Anyone is welcome to come and lend a hand. Traci and I are very excited about being able to come and help the cause, so join us in fellowship.

Another highlight of May is our confirmands moving closer to confirmation. These six young ladies are enjoying being together and learning about God and our Savior Jesus Christ, as well as the history of our church and the history of the United Church of Christ. They will be writing liturgy and leading all of us in worship May 28th, so come out and experience our future leaders at work.

Did you know that we had two families join our church? You will get a chance to meet them shortly as I plan a new member Sunday this month. One family joined because they said, “We have never experienced a welcome from a congregation as we did here.” So, great work for Christ! Your attitude reflects our church.

So let’s keep up the good work! Continue to be mindful of our home communion/visitation sign-up sheet, as always encourage one another as we all move closer to knowing God better.

Shalom,

Pastor Lou Aita

Reminder :: Church Directory Pictures

This is a friendly reminder that the portrait sessions are filling up fast. Please visit the link below or sign up in the Narthex to reserve your spot. Every family will receive a FREE 8×10 portrait. Find your time from the available slots on May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM.

May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM

Thank You

Thank you to Huntzinger’s Karate for donating the eggs for the Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to Lex Koons and Ruth Polashenski for their generous donations to the church’s beautification project being led by Aaron Kleger for his Eagle Scout project.

Thank you to Joan Rinehimer and Phillis Myers who generously donated to the church’s project in loving memory of Ralph and Martha Myers.

Thank you to Lois Eigenbrod who donated in memory of Hilbert Eigenbrod and Loved Ones.

Thank you to Donnie Myers, James & Rhonda Keller, Diana Decker and Carol Lapinsky who generously donated to the project.

8th Annual 300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

Hurry up and get your tickets! Only 300 tickets are sold to have a chance to win 43 prizes. That’s better odds than the PA lottery! Tickets are $35 for 2 people to come for a day of delicious food and excellent entertainment. There are 5 hourly drawings starting at 1:00 pm. At 6:00 pm the final prizes are drawn, which everyone has a chance at since we put all previous winners back “in the pot.” Grand prize is $1,000, 2nd prize is $500 and 3rd prize is $250 plus 5 prizes each of $100, $50 and $25. Add to that all the great eats and music by Mud Pond Boys  and Jesse and Friends and you have a terrific afternoon filled with fun. If you want to attend but don’t care about the prizes, just pay $15 per person and still enjoy all the food and entertainment.

Mud Pond Boys

 

DONATIONS ITEMS ARE NEEDED for the Silent Auction. These need to be new items for a Silent Auction. Many items are donated by local merchants and businesses. If you have something to donate or think of someone who might donate, please take some of the donation memos on the table in the narthex. Fill in the person/business name, the date, and the item and its value and give it to the person/business for their tax records. Also note the value of the item for us so we can put that on the bid sheets for the auction. See Sandy or Aaron Kleger for more information.

300 CLUB POSTERS and SILENT AUCTION DONATION LETTERS are on the table in the narthex. Please take some posters and get them around the area. Also on the table are donation letters for those who provide auction items. Just fill in the blanks and give the letter to the donors for their records. Please let me know if more posters or letters are needed

 

 

CHURCH CLEAN UP

May 13 at 9:00 am

Lots of elbow grease is needed to give our church and hall the good cleaning that they deserve. We’ll get into all the little nooks and crannies to make it really sparkle and shine. Just come and pick a project. Looking for volunteers, so lend a hand and your heart to spruce up our place of worship and fellowship.

Sunday School News

Bake Sale

During the Turkey Supper We will need baked goods to sell for our fundraiser during the Turkey Supper. Please try to drop them off before 3:00 so we can get them packed and priced. We truly appreciate your support so that we can have a great Sunday School for our kids.

Last Day of Sunday School

We will have our last day of Sunday School on May 14. I appreciate all the effort and work that the teachers put into the lessons. When you bring your children, you can count on them learning more about our faith through these volunteers.

Lisa Rinehimer

Annual Golf Tournament canceled.

The annual golf tournament that was scheduled for August 26th, 2017 has been canceled.

ALBERDEEN ROAD CLEAN-UP

On Sunday, May 7th 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.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures:

Leah Dietrich is pictured among this year’s winners of the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Mountaintop Coucil 6440 and local law enforcement. Their posters moved on to the state level.

CMS students take part in K of C poster contest

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

Our Journey began on Ash Wednesday. We moved through Sunday Services celebrating and marking the weeks of Lent. We mourned together on Maunday Thursday, prayed together on Good Friday, prepared on Holy Saturday, and celebrated Easter Sunday! Included in all of this were mid-week Lenten services and fellowship times which helped us focus all that much more on our Journey to Gethsemane, the tomb, and the day of resurrection.

It sounds easy, but there were a lot of emotions shared along the way and as I like to say we went from “mourning to dancing.”

What is exciting me still is what we have prepared for our future. The highlight of any church should be the Sunday time of worship, when we get to stop and raise our voices in gratitude for all that God and His Son Jesus mean to us. Our journey is not over! We will continue to move forward together as one body united in Christ because, “God is Still Speaking.” One example of this forward movement is the correspondence from the Penn Northeast Conference that the Sunday greeter will have if you should like to read it. It details a meeting between the Penn Northeast and Penn Southeast Conferences talk of a merger. I feel like this is a new and exciting time in the history of the United Church of Christ. We are all a part of this history and can only expect positive results from a merger such as this. Two great conferences working together!

Here is another dynamic opportunity to help those who are unchurched and searching for a progressive and dynamic denomination to be a part of something. Help them join a “great cloud of witness” that continues to recognize a “still speaking God.”

Shalom

Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

A thank you letter is on the bell tower bulletin board from Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter, a program of Volunteers of America for our generous donation of 3 boxes of food and 1 box of toiletries.

300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

Hurry up and get your tickets for our annual 300 Club fundraiser!

June 17th

Mark your calendars and get ready for a great day of fun, food and prizes. On Saturday, June 17, we will hold our annual 300 Club from 12 to 6 pm. For tickets or to help out, please see Allen Dennis or any Consistory member.

300 Club

Annual Golf Tournament August 26th, 2017

Get ready to tee off again on August 26th for our annual Golf Tournament! So save the date and practice those drives!! More information and details will be available in future issues.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures: Grayson Bunnell is shown enjoying books and learning to read in the newly furnished story center at Mt. Top Kids Learning Center.

Grayson

Save The Date!

It’s time! Emmanuel will be updating the Church Directory for the entire congregation. For now, I just need you to save the date. We will photograph all families Thursday, May 11th from 2 PM to 9 PM right here at Emmanuel. Our directory won’t be complete without you. Take a look at the insert and watch the bulletin for more information in the coming weeks.

Youth Group Fundraiser

Remember to get your Weis and Carone’s cards!

This is a great way to support the Youth Group without spending anything extra. You’re just going to spend that money at the grocery store anyway so why not give the Youth Group some help with their finances? For every $1,000 worth of cards they sell, they make $50. Please see Marc on Sunday mornings or you can call Penny at the church office (570-868-5675) during the week.

[Listening and Doing] My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, — James 1:19 (NIV)