PresidentDeb Dietrich
Vice PresidentAllen Dennis
SecretaryBrad Bunnell
TreasurerChris Dietrich
TrusteesDiana Decker
Sandy Kleger
Jim Stewart

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Door Sales
205 @ $10.00 2,050.00
7 @ $4.00 28.00
Advance Sales
292 @ $10.00 2,920.00
Donations 45.00
Surplus Sold 170.50
Bread 37.50
Decaf, Paper
Towels, DrinkMix,
Turkeys, Veggies,
Broth, Cranberry,
Potatoes, bread, etc.
Milk 15.65

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

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Welcome to June! As we contemplate this month and all of the church activity we have planned, I cannot help in reminiscing over all of the great events in May! We had a great time of fellowship showing up for our photos to be included in the new church directory. With this new directory, we will have the opportunity to see some new faces as well as old friends. What makes me the happiest is seeing old friends returning to church after a hospital stay or an illness. Many I visit long to be back in the sanctuary worshipping. But, I always reassure those I visit that we will take church to them, and they will never be forgotten. Our recent turkey dinner was a success! We couldn’t do this without help in various jobs, and the showing of young people was exemplary. The feedback from those who came to eat from the community was a resounding positive. Remember, purchasing tickets and enjoying the food is an important part of this type of fundraiser also! One of the Gospel lessons for May was Acts 2: 42-27. It reads: And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, … This truly mirrors our Turkey Dinner fundraiser. It is always wonderful when the community gets together, in church, and shares with each other. June holds many exciting events. We ushered in June with a rousing Memorial Day celebration on Sunday, May 28th. We got to see first-hand how we are all connected to our service men and woman, and how we as Christians are an example of this country’s cohesiveness. Most importantly, we confirmed six young women from our congregation. I have spent six months with this class and I assure you there are no better prepared young United Church of Christ folks as this confirmation class. This is because of their commitment to the church of Jesus Christ, and their enthusiasm for learning. So let’s make June and all of the months that follow a time for reaching out our hands to each other and the world, and striving for the Christian maturity God wants! Shalom,

Pastor Lou Aita

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to Kristina and Eric Walck on the passing of Kristina’s grandmother, Mary Baker, on May 2, 2017. Mary was also the great-grandmother of Clayton and Mikayla Walck. We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Old River Church Services

Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings
beginning July 9 and continues to the end of
August. If you can help with refreshments for
July 9 when we are host, please see Cindy.

July 9 Emmanuel UCC
July 16 St. Peter’s UCC
July 23 Mt. Zion UCC
July 30 St. James Lutheran
Aug. 6 New Hope UMC
Aug. 13 St. Mark’s Lutheran
Aug. 20 St. John’s UCC
Aug. 27 Cemetery Association

We hope everyone will find time to worship in
this historic setting.

300 Club 2017

Only 300 tickets are sold for this “exclusive” Club!! Hurry up and get your ticket for our 8 th annual 300 Club fundraiser! Where else can you get great food, excellent entertainment and terrific cash prizes for two people for $35!! AT OUR ANNUAL 300 CLUB ON JUNE 17 FROM NOON TO 6 PM! That’s a bargain! And if you’re not into the prizes, you can still come and enjoy all that food and music for only $15 a person. There will be two bands: The Mud Pond Boys and Sundance. On top of that, every hour from 1:00 to 5:00 there will be a drawing for five CA$H prizes ranging from $25 to $50. At the 6:00 pm drawing, we award the grand prizes of $1,000, $500, 5 at $100, and the remaining $50 and $25 prizes. Plus, all during the event, you will be able to bid on items for our Silent Auction which will be called at 5:00 pm. It’s going to be a wonderful day with lots of excitement – so don’t miss out!


We always need items for the Silent Auction. These need to be new items for a Silent Auction. Many items are donated by local merchants and businesses. If you have something to donate or think of someone who might donate, please take some of the donation memos on the table in the narthex. Fill in the person/business name, the date, and the item and its value and give it to the person/business for their tax records. Also note the value of the item for us so we can put that on the bid sheets for the auction. We’ve had some amazing items in the past, from kid’s toys to kitchenware, hand-made clocks to fine jewelry, and everything in between. We’d like to have an even greater variety for this year’s auction. So please see what you can find to add to our assortment. THANKS!!


If you walked by a $20 bill on the ground, would you stop and pick it up? Of course you would and it would probably make your day! $20 isn’t a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, but what if every person in church today walked outside and found a twenty dollar bill just lying on the ground? Now we’re talkin! Last Summer Jim and I decided to buy two new air conditioners. We priced them at Home Depot and realized that a Scrip purchased gift card from Jim Rinehimer wouldn’t cost us an extra dime! But would net the church twenty free dollars! Scrip is great for more than the daily essentials like gasoline and groceries. Are you buying patio furniture for a 4th of July celebration? Do you need to replace that leaky kitchen faucet? Is your garden needing a few bags of mulch? Will you be in the market for pillows, sheets or towels this year? From kitchen appliances to wall art, Scrip gift cards cost you nothing but preplanning and a phone call to Jim! Or you can get a list of all the rebate cards from the table in the narthex, fill it out and hand it to him. It’s important that we all do what we can to benefit our church family and I encourage everyone to participate as much as you possibly can. No matter where your talents lie, we all shop for things. So consider your family’s future needs and check with Jim Rinehimer or visit the website That $5, $10 or even $20 rebate could go a long way at our church when combined with everyone else’s rebate!


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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Welcome to the beautiful month of May! This month surely does provide for us at Emmanuel UCC some wonderful opportunities for fellowship and worship. Let’s start with the long awaited and well planned for Turkey Supper. Our fundraisers are very important as they keep our church running and open for worship. I would personally like to thank all those who have helped in the past. You have shown the future that through hard work, the flower will thrive, And that flower is our church. Please remember, the kitchen is not a closed off society! Anyone is welcome to come and lend a hand. Traci and I are very excited about being able to come and help the cause, so join us in fellowship.

Another highlight of May is our confirmands moving closer to confirmation. These six young ladies are enjoying being together and learning about God and our Savior Jesus Christ, as well as the history of our church and the history of the United Church of Christ. They will be writing liturgy and leading all of us in worship May 28th, so come out and experience our future leaders at work.

Did you know that we had two families join our church? You will get a chance to meet them shortly as I plan a new member Sunday this month. One family joined because they said, “We have never experienced a welcome from a congregation as we did here.” So, great work for Christ! Your attitude reflects our church.

So let’s keep up the good work! Continue to be mindful of our home communion/visitation sign-up sheet, as always encourage one another as we all move closer to knowing God better.


Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You

Thank you to Huntzinger’s Karate for donating the eggs for the Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to Lex Koons and Ruth Polashenski for their generous donations to the church’s beautification project being led by Aaron Kleger for his Eagle Scout project.

Thank you to Joan Rinehimer and Phillis Myers who generously donated to the church’s project in loving memory of Ralph and Martha Myers.

Thank you to Lois Eigenbrod who donated in memory of Hilbert Eigenbrod and Loved Ones.

Thank you to Donnie Myers, James & Rhonda Keller, Diana Decker and Carol Lapinsky who generously donated to the project.

8th Annual 300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

Hurry up and get your tickets! Only 300 tickets are sold to have a chance to win 43 prizes. That’s better odds than the PA lottery! Tickets are $35 for 2 people to come for a day of delicious food and excellent entertainment. There are 5 hourly drawings starting at 1:00 pm. At 6:00 pm the final prizes are drawn, which everyone has a chance at since we put all previous winners back “in the pot.” Grand prize is $1,000, 2nd prize is $500 and 3rd prize is $250 plus 5 prizes each of $100, $50 and $25. Add to that all the great eats and music by Mud Pond Boys  and Jesse and Friends and you have a terrific afternoon filled with fun. If you want to attend but don’t care about the prizes, just pay $15 per person and still enjoy all the food and entertainment.

Mud Pond Boys


DONATIONS ITEMS ARE NEEDED for the Silent Auction. These need to be new items for a Silent Auction. Many items are donated by local merchants and businesses. If you have something to donate or think of someone who might donate, please take some of the donation memos on the table in the narthex. Fill in the person/business name, the date, and the item and its value and give it to the person/business for their tax records. Also note the value of the item for us so we can put that on the bid sheets for the auction. See Sandy or Aaron Kleger for more information.

300 CLUB POSTERS and SILENT AUCTION DONATION LETTERS are on the table in the narthex. Please take some posters and get them around the area. Also on the table are donation letters for those who provide auction items. Just fill in the blanks and give the letter to the donors for their records. Please let me know if more posters or letters are needed




May 13 at 9:00 am

Lots of elbow grease is needed to give our church and hall the good cleaning that they deserve. We’ll get into all the little nooks and crannies to make it really sparkle and shine. Just come and pick a project. Looking for volunteers, so lend a hand and your heart to spruce up our place of worship and fellowship.

Sunday School News

Bake Sale

During the Turkey Supper We will need baked goods to sell for our fundraiser during the Turkey Supper. Please try to drop them off before 3:00 so we can get them packed and priced. We truly appreciate your support so that we can have a great Sunday School for our kids.

Last Day of Sunday School

We will have our last day of Sunday School on May 14. I appreciate all the effort and work that the teachers put into the lessons. When you bring your children, you can count on them learning more about our faith through these volunteers.

Lisa Rinehimer

Annual Golf Tournament canceled.

The annual golf tournament that was scheduled for August 26th, 2017 has been canceled.


On Sunday, May 7th at 12:30 pm, members from Emmanuel will again confirm our commitment to being good stewards by giving our time to clean up the junk and debris on Alberdeen Road. We will gather at the church after worship. For more information, see Allen Dennis. To make it more fun, we will be awarding small prizes during the clean up, therefore we are looking for small donations for gift prizes, gift certificates, etc.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures:

Leah Dietrich is pictured among this year’s winners of the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Mountaintop Coucil 6440 and local law enforcement. Their posters moved on to the state level.

CMS students take part in K of C poster contest

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. — Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)