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

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Thank You!

Esther Heller would like to thank everyone for her card shower in celebration on her 93rd
birthday. It is greatly appreciated.
Phoebe Ministeries sent us a Christmas Thank You card. Our gifts to Phoebe help them care for elderly members in their facilities who often have no financial support
of their own.
I would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas gifts to the McKinney Clinic to be passed out to the children whose families need to use the services of the clinic. The gifts you provided from the Giving Tree were also delivered and distributed to those whose needs are so much greater than ours. Thank you for supporting the Sunday School.


Lisa Rinehimer

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to the Judy
Cybulski and Family on the passing of
Stanley Cybulski, on December 25, 2017.
We pray that God’s love and strength will
sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Valtentines for Vets

A box will be in the bell tower for your
Valentines for Vets. These Valentines are
appreciated very much by those who are
housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical
Center. The last date to deposit your
Valentines will be Sunday, February 4.
Remember those who served.

Altar Flower Chart

The chart for the altar flowers is on the table
in the Narthex. The price is still $12.50 per
vase. Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates
you sponsor.

Scrip Card Profit Report


January July
February 47.75 August 50.01
March ——– September ——–
April 32.61 October 57.01
May 105.46 November 95.75
June 41.01 December 195.11

Total Profit: $624.71

Forms to order the gift cards from Scrip are on
the table in the narthex. This is an easy way
for you to donate to our church. Script gives to
the church a discount on purchasing the cards
and the difference is donated to the General
Fund. There are over a hundred stores from
which to choose – fast food from Burger King to
Wendy’s; restaurants from Applebee’s to Ruth’s
Chris Steak House; sporting goods like Dick’s
and Cabela’s; department and clothing stores
from Aerie to Wet Seal; kid’s stores like Toys “R”
Us and Babies “R” Us; auto shops; pharmacies;
and so much MORE!! Grab a form and get
some cards – you’re going to shop at these
stores anyway, so why not help your church
while you do? There won’t be any orders for
January but ordering will resume again in
February. Stay Tuned.

Picture Perfect

Joe Kostrzewski and Mary Morgis enjoy some conversation while finishing up their pork dinners at our annual Pork Dinner held on November 18.

Joe Kostrzewski and Mary Morgis enjoy some conversation while finishing up their pork dinners at our annual Pork Dinner held
on November 18.

Piano - Leah and Rowan Dietrich
Rowan and Leah Dietrich are shown among the piano students of Michele Millington as they entertained the residents of Smith Nursing Home in Mountaintop with
Christmas recital.

Emmanuel Sunday School Party

The kids had a great time at the Sunday School party held on December 16th. Here are some photos and a link courtesy of Lisa Ceaser. Thanks, Lisa!

More photos at Flickr

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Pastor’s Corner

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is
preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of
the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply
marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of
God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we
now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will
reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness
at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life. In this double focus on past and
future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they
affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again
in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from
a profound sense that we live “between the times” and are called to be faithful stewards of what
is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as our church celebrates God’s in-breaking into history
in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which “all creation
is groaning awaiting its redemption,” it also confesses its own responsibility as a people
commissioned to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “love your neighbor as
As the year comes to a close and the stress and busyness of the consumer Christmas
holiday grows, it can be easy to lose sight of what the season really calls us to: worship. In
today’s world, is it even possible to slow down, to ponder, to wonder in the coming birth of
Christ? Well, as we gather together in worship for the Advent season, I pray that the Holy Spirit
would shine His light in your hearts and bring focus to all your Christmas celebrations: “For
unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11, ESV).
Advent Blessing and Merry Christmas,


Pastor Lou Aita


The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 10, after our Worship Service. The proposed 2018 Budget was approved by the Consistory for distribution in the weekly bulletins and extra copies are available on the table in the Narthex.


In accordance with our Constitution Article 10, All committees should have a report prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
Article 10 ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES. All organizations and societies of the Congregation are subordinate to the Consistory and shall make an annual report (Activities and Financial) to the Congregation.”


We will meet after Worship on December 10 for caroling. We’ll raise our voices and spirits as we sing songs of the season to residents of our local nursing homes and to our homebound.

Come with us and sing glory to the newborn king!

Christmas Card for Vets

There is a box in the bell tower for Christmas Cards for our local veterans who are residents at the VA Hospital.
The last day to put cards in the box is December 17. Thank you for remembering those men and women who served our country.

Pork Dinner Update

Dinner Income Surplus Sold 326.50
118 Adult @ $11 1,298.00
1 child @ $ 5 5.00
Advance 155 Adult @ $11 1,705.00
Milk and Bread -37.84
Pork, broth, potatoes, celery, carrots, corn -661.83
Coffee, Juice, Iced Tea -30.95
Donation Cabbage & Apples were donated 0.00

Christmas Program and Schedule

There’s something happening on the hills outside Bethlehem and field reporter Lost Soul along with news anchor Christmas Message are on the case. Everything seems “All Clear at Midnight”, but then reports of heavenly singing, strange beings, and a bright star lead to the breaking story of the birth of a king. And not just any king, but the promised Christ! On Sunday, December 17, the whole story will break wide open during our 10:30 am worship service. Be sure to “tune in” by attending service and catch all the details!

We started practicing our songs and parts have been given out. Please be sure to have your children at Choir Practice on Sunday, December 3, at 9:00 am. We are
going over songs that will combine all choirs as well as those for each individual choir. On Sunday, December 10, beginning at 9:00 am we will have a full rehearsal practice. Dress rehearsals will be on Saturday, December 16, at 1:00 pm and Sunday, December 17, at 9:00 am. We will have a pizza lunch on the 16th at 12:00 (after the Christmas party).

Below is an easy to reference chart that you can hang on the fridge or wherever you put such information.

December 3 9:00 am Choirs practice before Sunday School
December 10 9:00 am Full Cast and Choirs Rehearsal
December 16 10:00 am to noon Sunday School Christmas Party
December 16 1:00 to 2:00 pm Dress Rehearsal – All Cast and Choirs
December 17 9:00 am Dress Rehearsal – All Cast and Choirs
December 17 10:30 am Presentation of Program during Worship

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

Emmanuel UCC


Christmas Eve

Anyone wishing to present music prior to the Christmas Eve Service is asked to see Denise Dean. We will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at 7:30 pm. If you are more inclined to read a poem or selection, that would be very welcome also.

Sunday School News

THANKSGIVING DINNERS – Thank you for being so generous. We again were able to provide meals for ten families thanks to you.

[The Armor of God] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. — Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)