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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 29th!

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 40:31).

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 fruition.

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,

Youth Group Trip to Maylath Farm

Hey all Youth ages 10 and up!


Come join our Youth Group for a fun trip to Maylath’s Farms for their Cornmaze, Hay rides, and other activities. All youth are WELCOME and you do not have to be a member of Emmanuel UCC.  For those that are interested please meet us at Emmanuel this Saturday, October 13 at 1 PM.  We are looking forward to having a great time!


Maylath corn maze

2018 Corn Maze

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to the Family of Lois Eigenbrod. Lois passed away on September 8, 2018.  We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.


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

Crop Hunger Walk

October 28

Emmanuel will again be the starting and ending point for our annual CROP Walk on October 28.  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.  Please support their enthusiastic and dedicated effort to provide hunger relief by donating to the CROP Walk.


Turkey Supper Dates

October 18-20

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.

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Dave Myers and Allen Dennis, members of the Emmanuel Cemetery Association are shown at the Pet Cememtery sign in the cemetery which provides a beautiful final resting place for your pet.


Sunday School students enjoyed hot dogs, chicken fingers and snacks together after the church service on September 9 for Rally Day.

Rally Day gives one an opportunity to promote Christian values and Christ-like services toward God and others.

From the Pastor’s Desk

Here are some the great opportunities for Emmanuel UCC during the month of September 2018!

  • Sunday School will again resume for our young people.
  • Bible/Book study
  • Youth Group
  • Our continued dynamic worship services.
  • And we all look forward to our choir returning in September!

My question is, do you have a thought or idea for our church this year? Share this with a consistory member!


With all of the great offerings we have from our church, I would like all of you to do your part as disciples of Christ.  Just let everyone you know how much enrichment we have to offer in daily lives at Emmanuel UCC. Spread the word!


Three things GOD wants us to do

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Those of us who attended church in the 1980s are familiar with the musical version of this verse. As with any Scripture that is set to music and presented during “worship service,” however, it’s easy to sing the words without thinking, and be pretty much unable to read them without the melody playing in the background.


It’s worth slowing down, reading and re-reading this, however, to the point that the words come through, because it’s part of human existence, at some point in it, to cry out, “Just what is it You want me to DO, anyway?”

It all seems so complicated, but as this verse brings out, it comes down to three things:

1) Act Justly.

In a society where the norms of justice include finding for the plaintiff suing over the coffee being too hot, insisting that it’s the fault of the restaurant for not informing her that it would be so, the definition of justice does not align with God’s intention, if I may use that vastly overused word, “intention,” possibly, for the first time, in its correct context.

“Justice,” in God’s eyes, means that the widows are not homeless, the children are not exploited, the defenseless are not are not fooled and tricked and manipulated simply because they don’t have money to fight back.

“Justice” is not something to be bought, sold to the highest bidder, unable to be secured without the services of high-priced corporate magnates and lawyers who operate, not on the honor or truth of their client’s cause, but its profitability.

And while there is little that we can do, wholesale, about the injustice of man’s justice system, as individual Christians, we ourselves can be just. As with anything God asks us to do, this starts on a small, intimate level, within friends and family, by forgiving someone in that circle who has hurt us. Whether or not we have grounds to be angry, we can be just enough to acknowledge that we are not sinless ourselves, unable to hurt in the way we have been hurt.

On a wider spectrum, we extend justice to others, even strangers, by taking to heart the theoretical tenet of the U.S. justice system, that a person is innocent until determined to be guilty, and not convict someone, mentally or aloud in a group, based upon the limited, and very misleading, information we receive from newspapers and police reports.

2) Love Mercy.

“Mercy” brings to mind a conqueror standing over a vanquished foe, staying his hand from using the sword, which is all very dramatic, but tends to be out of the scope for most of us in our normal day.

Another word for mercy, however, is kindness, and all of us can remember benefiting from acts of that. The widows, orphans, defenseless, powerless, weak, and vulnerable come to mind, and while U.S. culture frowns upon weakness as a sin, it is a state of being that all humans, at some point, live through.

Whether we are medically challenged, physically weary, financially strapped, emotionally exhausted, or spiritually bereft (sick, tired, poor, overcome, or empty) we all, at some point, need kindness, understanding, grace, and just plain help from others — and indeed, those who don’t realize, recognize, or acknowledge this are the most to be pitied, because they haven’t yet learned that they are not omnipotent.

But if we have come to the point of realizing that we are mortal with finite powers, then we are in the right place to reach down to — not look down upon — those who are aching, whether or not they “brought it upon themselves” or “deserve everything they’re getting.”

That’s not the attitude we hope for when we’re down on the ground, groaning.

3) Walk humbly with your God.

Humility is a treasure that simply cannot be overstated. It is rare, however, that we actively pray for it because, quite frankly, the best way to achieve it is to be pushed down, rejected, set aside, kicked, ignored, discounted, overlooked, laughed at, spurned, and disdained.

Rare is the person who willingly puts himself into positions of participating in these experiences, but the good news is, life itself provides the opportunities. As creatures of free will, we have the option of reacting however we choose, and our default, as humans, is to be angry, bitter, confused, and thirsting for revenge.

Those of us who have lived through these reactions, however, know that they don’t solve the problem, and the person who winds up feeling the worst about it all, is ourselves. Once we have worked through the natural emotions that boil to the surface — and indeed, the best way to work through them is to present them before God, whether it is calmly (generally not so) or accompanied by shouting (He can handle it) — we are in a state of malleability in which the Master Potter can shape us into a better pot, one of clay, but capable of holding the richest treasures.

The best thing that rejection and pain teach us is that the answer does not lie in the approbation, praises, and encomiums of men, but in the love and acceptance of God — and God does not encourage, foment, or preen our pride. He shows us who and what we are, and loves us through it all, not condemning, but encouraging; not censuring, but teaching.

Walking humbly, with our God, is one of the best and most fulfilling things we can do.

Six Month Budget Review

Emmanuel’s consistory has just received its six-month budget review at the first meeting held after the said time period.  We are seeing some trends that have given us cause for concern.  By using average weekly giving
numbers and projecting to the end of 2018, numbers suggest we will fall short of our financial obligations.  As we review the numbers for the upcoming 2019 budget, we ask each member of Emmanuel to prayerfully
consider their giving.  Without your continuing financial support, we would be unable to remain in operation.  Thank you.

Teen Talk on Sunday Mornings

Teen Talk is back on Sunday mornings starting on September 9 at 9:30 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 7th grade and up to come out and talk about how God really relates to us – not just in theory, but in reality.

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Brooke Rinehimer, Morgan Hodle and Leah Dietrich part of the Emmanuel UCC Youth Group completed a Mission trip

in July to Blue Knob, PA through Team Effort, an organization that helps communities in need and brings together

thousands of youth and leaders in order to work side by side on faith building mission experiences.

From the Pastor’s Desk

The last week of July, 2018, with consistory approval, I mailed out letters to
approximately 27 of our brothers and sisters in Christ about what’s happening at
Emmanuel UCC.
Those who received letters were the folks on our directory list whom I haven’t
met before, or have not seen in a while. I want them to know all of the great things we
have to offer at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance. Worship, fellowship, Bible study,
youth group, choirs, confirmation, all here under the roof of the house of God.
On Sunday, July 29th, 2018 we heard again the miracle story of Jesus feeding
the 5,000 according to the Gospel of John (6:1-22). What I find so significant in this
story is Jesus’ empowerment to His disciples in delivering the food to the masses.
Discipleship equips the Christian with God’s Word, prayer, doctrine, worship,
encouragement, and service. We can then add to our list of offerings from Emmanuel
UCC the making of disciples.
Yes, you are being prepared through the Word of God to provide service to those
in need. Bearing that in mind, let us begin by inviting friend’s neighbors, and family
members to join us for worship. We are all concerned with falling attendance rates in
all of the Christian denominations, but it is more than that. It is our concern that the
unchurched are missing out in a chance to have a real personal relationship to God.
The education we receive through our Sunday service cannot be replaced by staying
home. Yes, we could pray to God anywhere, anytime, yet let’s be concerned with
getting even more from those prayers.
God wants us to be 100%. He is always there for us, even when we stray. So
let’s practice our discipleship and feed the masses. Those that hunger for the word of
God can share at the banquet set before us. Not just Sunday morning, but every day.
Through the work of Christ, we have the opportunity to be transformed into the
person we strive to be. UI am speaking of fulfillment here.
The good have a chance to be better. So as disciples of Christ, let’s hold out our
hand and say, come, I have found a better way. Always remember, God wants the
best for you, and so does Emmanuel UCC!

Pastor Lou Aita


Ethel Fine will be celebrating her 95th birthday on August 7. Let’s all give her a great birthday by sending her cards showing her how much she means to our church family.

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Crestwood students excel at PJAS meeting

Some of our graduates are pictured with their class. Crestwood’s graduating class included Aaron Kleger. We wish them God’s guidance and encourage them as they pursue the next phases of their lives.

Pirates clinch 2018 league championship

Robert Duffy is shown with his teammates from the Mountaintop All-Stars team.

Emmanuel UCC hold 300 Club fundraiser

Our annual 300 Club and Silent Auction was enjoyed by many people. The very popular Mud Pond Boys are shown performing during the day for the large crowd of fans. Megs Yenchik, her grandson Mason and sister Jeannie Haydt are shown enjoying some of the delicious food. Our thanks to all who came out to support this fundraiser.

Emmanuel youth help animals

Morgan Hodle, Robert Duffy, Nick Aita, Victor Saraceno are shown helping animals. They collected various donations including
dog food, biscuits, paper towels, and bedding for Mureille’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary.

9th Annual 300 Club & Silent Auction Report

Silent Auction Profit: $1740.00
300 Club:
Income: 259 tickets @ $35.00 each
8 Guests @ $15.00 each $120.00
50/50 raffles $206.00
Donations from winners $225.00
Additional Donations $5.00
Extra Sausage & hot dogs sold $65.00
Expenses: Prizes from drawings $ 3500.00
2 Bands $775.00
Small games license $125.00
Moonwalk for children $225.00
Supplies $432.39
Hot Dogs – Maine source $175.82
Income: $9,686.00
Expenses: $5233.21
 Profit from 300 Club $ 4,452.79
 Profit from Silent Auction $1740.00
Grand Total Profit $ 6,192.79


A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)