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

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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.

Christmas Party – December 17

Our Christmas Party will be held on December 16 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.
We are also collecting care packages for distribution to the people served by the McKinney Clinic. Bernie, the director of the clinic, continues to need more men’s
packages. She says that they minister to more men than women and so there is a greater need for men’s gifts. The packages should include: new white socks,
toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, comb, razor, hand lotion and a candy cane. If you would like to add anything else, please feel free (only nothing with alcohol in it). Also appreciated are gift cards from Walmart and K-Mart. A freezer bag holds the items very well. Attach a card signed by your family and send it with your
child(ren) to the Christmas party or drop it off in the narthex under the Christmas tree before Saturday, December 16.
Thank you for all your generosity. When making your care package, please talk with your child(ren) about how wonderful it feels to know you will make someone’s Christmas brighter by giving!
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.
Your regular offering is still needed to
support the General Fund and the local
mission of your church.

Thank You!

The following letters are posted on the
bulletin board in the bell tower:
A thank you letter from Phoebe Ministries
for our 2017 Benevolence donation of
$1000. Your generosity provides programs
and activities for their residents.
A thank you letter from Bethany
Children’s Home for our donation of $1000
to Our Wider Church Mission. Our gift helps
provide for special programs such as
Birthday Parties, Christmas Gifts, Arts,
Music, etc.
A thank you letter from Lancaster
Theological Seminary for our donation of
$1000. Our gift helps provide support for
Lancaster Seminary’s mission “to educate
and nurture leaders to join God’s redemptive
and liberating work so that all creation may

Bethany Christmas List

Copies of the 2018 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 ageappropriate
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


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 17.

Altar Flower Chart

The 2018 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.

Picture Perfect

Irene Gilski and Mike Cummings
Irene Gilski and Mike Cummings pass a bowl of stuffing and a platter of turkey back and forth during very popular Fall Turkey Dinner at Emmanuel held on Saturday
October 21st

Grayson Bunnell is shown displaying words beginning with the “E” sound as they are learning “E” words at Mt. Top Kids.

Esther Heller

Esther Heller is shown in announcement that she will celebrating her 93rd Birthday on December 2nd. Happy Birthday Esther and may you celebrate many more.

Pastor’s Corner

November is the month of Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 23rd, we will gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other family favorites. In October, at our famous turkey supper, we got an excellent preview of what thanksgiving day feels like, and tastes like!
As Christians, we enjoy Thanksgiving Day every day. The word of God tells us,
“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 5:13).
As a church, God has been good to each and every one of us. He has given us the strength to continue the work needed to be an example of Christian love and faith in our community.
2 Corinthians 9:11 tells us, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Our generosity to Our Churches Wider Mission and Phoebe Ministries are just two of the examples of benevolence Emmanuel UCC provides that makes a big difference. Thank you so much for your going above and beyond in presenting your tithes and offerings to these wonderful missions! The enrichment we feel is not just about money. The enrichment can be seen in our actions within the church and our communities, and also our global community.
Another enrichment that we experience are our wonderful youth. You can look forward to our youth group starting up again, and also a working relationship with the local scouting groups. The book of Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” This is a truth, and I feel that seeking out more of our young people will lead them to us, so they also can experience this enrichment and thanksgiving experienced through our church. Not just on Sunday morning, but all day, all week, all year long!
Recently, I held a meeting for those ministers interested in the Crossroads Ministerium. We will continue to meet on a monthly basis as we are all in agreement that unity is the way to continue our work in the community and our world. So, in closing, we are thankful, we are blessed we are enriched, and we are together. This all happens through the wonderful work of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Remember, with God, all things are possible! Peace be with you,

Pastor Lou Aita

Congregational Corner

We will celebrate with Stanley Cybulski on his 80th birthday on November 3rd. Special Happy Birthday wishes from your wife Judy and son Jim.
Guess who is turning 93 and still going strong!! ESTHER HELLER will celebrate her 93rd birthday on December 2, 2017. Judy Cybulski would like us all to wish her a happy birthday by giving her a card shower. So put it on your calendar for next month!

Our Condolences

We give our deepest condolences to the Gittens Family on the passing of Gary Gittens October 15, 2017. We pray for God’s strength and support for you all.

2016 Audit

We’d like to thank Steve Moyer & Chris Dietrich for again agreeing to audit our churches financial books.

Plus Income$98,494.11

Beginning Balance $8,324.28
Plus Income $90,169.83
Less Expenses -$76,272.95
Ending Balance $22,221.16

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.

Jim will be taking orders Sunday, November 5th and Sunday, December 3rd, he will order them and distribute them as they arrive. If you have any question, please see Jim.

Nike payless old navy sally beauty supply Gymboree Gap bath-&-body-works Crazy 8 llbean

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!!

For Thanksgiving, we will be collecting items and monetary donations for our Turkey Dinners for the McKinney Clinic. If you wish to make a donation, please see Lisa Rinehimer. Thank you for supporting the Sunday School’s missions.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. — Galatians 5:16 (NIV)