Welcome to Emmanuel United Church of Christ

Summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to settle in to a routine. Our September starts off with a bang with “Rally Day” to officially start Sunday School, Re-Creation, and Singspiration. We have been blessed with five new members this summer and plan to welcome more in the fall. God has truly blessed us.
The nursery is in the process of being cleaned and updated so we can welcome our children from infants to age six. Jim and Lynn are working feverishly to get it ready – cleaning and painting and rearranging. Now we need volunteers to stay with the little ones for an hour on Sunday mornings. Please help us out even if you have no more little ones. We have baptized several babies this summer and will be baptizing at least four more later in the year. Once in a while these parents need to be able to just sit and enjoy the service for an hour.
If you have been out on the roads at all you have noticed (or even gotten behind) the school buses taking our kids back to school. Keep the children and the teachers in your prayers not only to do well in school but to come to Sunday School and learn their lessons there as well. Denise has done a great job with our new curriculum and it is much more kid friendly than our previous lessons.
But we need to keep in mind that it is not only the children who need to study and continue to learn.
According to James Hamilton, there are two kinds of Bible readers–those who skim the surface and those
who dig deep. He describes them by comparing them to two common insects. He writes,

“One is remarkable for its imposing plumage, which shows in the sunbeams like the dust of gems; as you watch its jaunty gyrations over the fields and its minuet dance from flower to flower, you cannot help admiring its graceful activity, for it is plainly getting over a great deal of ground.”But in the same field there is another worker, whose brown vest and businesslike, straightforwardflight may not have arrested your eye. His fluttering neighbor darts down here and there, and sipselegantly wherever he can find a drop of ready nectar; but this dingy plodder makes a point of alightingeverywhere, and wherever he alights he either finds honey or makes it. If the flower-cup be deep, he goesdown to the bottom; if its dragon-mouth be shut, he thrusts its lips asunder; and if the nectar be peculiar,he explores all about till he discovers it. . . His rival of the painted velvet wing has no patience for such dulland long-winded details. . . The one died last October. The other is warm in his hive, amidst the fragrantstores he has gathered.”

Which type of Bible reader are you? Butterfly or bee?

Let’s all get on board for a wonderful new church year.


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