CURRENT OFFICERS AND CONSISTORY MEMBERS

President
Brad Bunnell
Vice President
Jim Stewart
Secretary
Diana Decker
Trustees
Allen Dennis
Sandy Kleger
Butch Peters
Treasurer
Chris Dietrich

Penn Northeast

 



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Christmas Cantata

The Sunday School students would like to invite you to a celebration of Christmas music. This year’s Sunday School program will be all about the songs of Christmas. Our choirs will all join together to bring us the joy of the season. Each choir will be showcased in their own numbers as well as joining all voices in certain pieces. Short narrations about the songs will tell of their special place in our Christmas festivities. The Kids Choir will ring in the season with Come On Ring Those Bells and the Youth Choir will sing The Snow Lay On the Ground, encouraging us to come worship

Jesus. There will be solos and duets mixed in the cantata giving our children the opportunity to showcase their abilities. The Kids, Youth and Chancel Choirs will also combine their voices in praise of our Savior’s birth. The Cantata will be presented on Sunday, December 23, during our worship service. We look forward to spreading our Christmas cheer with you.

Thank you to all families who bring the children to practices.  We couldn’t have a program without your dedication.

Emmanuel UCC

Christmas Party

CHRISTMAS PARTY – DECEMBER 15

The Sunday School Christmas Party will be held on December 15 from 10 am to 12 pm.  We are asking all the kids to bring a couple pieces of fruit for the baskets for our shut-ins.

 

The Sunday school will be sponsoring Ruth’s Place this year. They are in need of women’s hats and gloves. The Sunday school kids will wrap them.  Deadline to donate will be December 9th.

 

Thank you for all your generosity.  Thank you for all your support,

Lisa Rinehimer

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree has been set up in the Narthex.  Just take an ornament, purchase the item listed on it, wrap it, tape the ornament to the package and place it under the tree.  You may also include a card from you and your family

Christmas Offering Envelope

Please be generous in giving to our church ministries supported by this offering:

  • Phoebe Devitt Home
  • Bethany Children’s Home
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary

These organizations sincerely need and appreciate your support.  Every penny counts with today’s expenses, so please give generously.  The “Christmas Offering” is a benevolence offering and is not used to build up the General Fund.

Bethany Christmas List

Copies of the 2019 Christmas Wish List are on the table in the Narthex.  Please note that the children at Bethany are teenagers.  Specific gift items are included on the Christmas Wish List or if you prefer, the children love to receive gift cards to department stores, craft stores, area malls, etc.    Please choose age-appropriate gifts with consideration for parental warnings, modest clothing and safety.  The gifts should not be wrapped since Bethany’s staff will do that.  Just drop them in the box wrapped in Christmas paper in the Narthex.

If someone could deliver the presents to Bethany, it would be greatly appreciated.  I have a schedule of times and dates for deliveries in the office.

FLOWER SIGN-UPS

POINSETTIA SIGN-UP SHEETS

There are sign-up sheets on the tables in the Narthex doorway for you to purchase poinsettias to decorate our sanctuary.  The last day to sign up is December 9th.

 

ALTAR FLOWER CHART

The 2019 chart for the altar flowers is on the table in the Narthex.  The price is  $14.00 for 1 vase or $24.00 for 2 vases.  Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates you sponsor.

Thank You!

The following letters are posted on the bulletin board in the bell tower:

 

Doris Yurchak sent an extra special thank you for the generous donation given to her after her home caught fire and was destroyed on September 15th.  

Picture Perfect

Joan Revis is about to enjoy the turkey dinner.Joan Revis is about to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner at the annual Fall Turkey Dinner at Emmanuel held on Saturday October 20th.

Church Decorating – November 25th

We will be decorating the church, putting up and trimming the tree in preparation for the Christmas season on November 25th at 2:00 pm. All are invited to attend and help out.

Congregational Corner

We offer our sincere condolences to:

* Betty Dickson and Family on the passing

of Peter Dickson, on October 1, 2018.

* Mary Rinehimer and Family on the passing

of Lonnie Rinehimer, on October 5, 2018.

We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

From The Pastor’s Desk

What About Relationships?

At a recent meeting with my mentor, the Rev Dr. Jane Hess, we talked about our churches and what is important to us.  I mentioned community and relationships.  We both agreed that both are important and that relationships are just another gift the church has to offer.  One reason why relationships are such an important part of the Christian life is because God values relationships. That’s why we should value relationships as well.

God himself is relational

The Bible teaches that God has eternally existed as three persons in one divine being. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been in relationship with each other forever. In Genesis 1:26, we read, “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image…’” Notice that God says “us”, not just “me”. This is why the Bible can say that “God is love.” God was able to express and experience love long before any created beings existed, because God encompasses three persons. Without going into detail on the Trinity, we need to understand that God is not a solitary being. The Father loves the Son and the Son, in turn, loves the Father. If God is relational, why should we think that we can go it alone?

The Old Testament shows that God values relationships

We can find many examples in the Old Testament scriptures that prove how important relationships are to God. For example, when God called Abraham (Genesis 12:2), he told him, “I will make you into a great nation.” God wasn’t content to establish a relationship with just one man. His purpose was to create a people – made up of families, clans, and tribes. God chose to bring redemption into the world through human relationships.
Another point of data from the Old Testament is the special care God shows toward people who are alone in the world. In particular, God’s heart is for widows and orphans. These are people who are the vulnerable and most subject to oppression and neglect, because they lack people who can provide a structure of support. So God told Israel in Isaiah 1:17, “Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” And Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the lonely in families…” Relationships are important to God!

The New Testament shows that God values relationships

To begin with, God created the church. While the people of Israel were all related to each other, the church encompasses people from every national and ethnic group. The church includes everyone who is united to Jesus by faith in him. As a result, we are all united to each other as well. The New Testament calls the church a family. It compares it to a living body. Metaphors like this emphasize our interconnectedness as Christ-followers.
In light of this, the New Testament contains hundreds of verses that instruct us on how  to live in relationships. There are dozens of “one another” statements that direct how we should live: forgive one another, be patient with one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, love one another, and many more. It is quite clear, then, that no one can be obedient to God’s Word in isolation. God’s design is for us to connect in relationships. That’s why he told us how to do it.

God never called anyone to a purely individual salvation

The New Testament teaches that salvation places each of us into a web of relationships centered on Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:1-10describes our salvation in individual terms. We were dead in our sins. God made us alive in Christ. He saved us by his grace, through our faith, for a life of good works. But the rest of Ephesians 2 describes the relational aspects of this same salvation.

Ephesians 2:19-22: So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.  When you’re connected to Jesus, you are also connected to his people. We are now members of a single family. We are citizens of the same kingdom. We are connected like stones in a house. In fact, as our lives are joined together, we become a temple. God lives among us by his Spirit – not individually, but in the unity of our relationships.  Relationships are important to God. God’s people are completely out of step with his values and priorities when relationships are not important to us.

 

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Lou Aita

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. Lisa will be taking orders Sunday, November 4th and Sunday, December 2nd, he will order them and distribute them as they arrive.  If you have any question, please see Lisa Ceaser.

TURKEY SUPPER

THANK YOU TO EVERONE WHO MADE THIS A SUCCESSFUL SUPPER!!
Give yourselves a pat on the back, you deserve it!

2018 FALL TURKEY SUPPER REPORT

Income:
Ticket Sales
Door
 Adult 327 @ $11.00 $3597.00
 Children 11 @ $4.00 $44.00
Advance
Adult 280 @ $11.00 $3080.00
Surplus $39.25
Donation $2.00
Total Income   $6762.25
Expenses:
Bread Cubes $265.00
Turkeys, Cabbage, Paper Prod., Veggies, Celery, Broth, Eggs $1445.53
Decaf tea & coffee, drink mixes, paper towels $29.13
Bread    $45.00
Total Expenses   $1,784.66
TOTAL PROFIT    $4,977.59

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!!

 

Sunday school will not be collecting for Turkey Suppers. Instead they will be collecting monetary donations for $5 gift cards to McDonalds. Deadline for doantions is November 18th.  If you wish to make a donation, please see Lisa Rinehimer.  Thank you for supporting the Sunday School’s missions.

Pork Dinner

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

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 Steve Moyer for tickets and sell, sell, sell!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. — James 1:5 (NIV)