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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Thank You!

We received a thank you card from Archie Passmore and Penny Dollar for the many cards and prayers when Archie’s mother passed away. The thank you can be found on the bulletin board in the bell tower.

Lenten Dinners and Services

The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 14. We are again preparing Lenten suppers prior to our
services on the Wednesday evenings during Lent. These light meals will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Our Lenten meals and services are open to everyone and we welcome you to come and join us. Whether you can come for supper or not, you are welcome to gather with us for worship.

Mission Offerings

The envelopes for the annual OGHS offering are on the tables where you retrieve the bulletins. We will collect this offering
through Easter Sunday.

Our Sunday School is also participating in the OGHS offering and the kids will bring their
donations and we will put them in the “refugee tent” collection box.

During the year, there will also be envelopes for Neighbors in Need, Strengthen the Church and the Christmas Fund (for retired pastors and their families on very limited pensions). We also give to Our Churches Wider Mission through our fundraisers. That’s 5 UCC missions each year. In addition to those, we can give to VBS Mission, McKinney Clinic, CROP Walk and, in past years, Disaster Relief (which we hope won’t be needed this year). All these opportunities to give to these missions are provided because members have a “soft spot” for one or another, or perhaps all of them. We are encouraged to give to the ones that move our hearts and that we feel strongly about. These offerings are given “above and beyond”
our regular envelope and plate offerings that are needed to support our church at Emmanuel and continue our local presence in our own back yards. Your generosity is appreciated here at home and around the wider world. May God bless you as much as you bless others.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Picture Perfect

Pastor Lou is shown with Mt Post 781 Sons of the American Legion (S. A. L.) recently donated 100% of the proceeds from it’s Christmas Raffle. The S. A. L. donated $1000 each to the Mt Top Community Food Bank at St. Paul’s Methodist Church and Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance.

Emmanuel UCC food bank
Grayson Bunnell is shown enjoying learning “I” by creating “I” two-dimensional figures at the Mt. Top Kids Learning Center.

learning “I”

EMMANUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER

In addition to the Youth Group’s Weis and Carones Card Fundraisers, we have a Gift Card Fundraiser which is a great way to help our church. The Fundraiser Sheets are on the table in the narthex. Just look over the list (and there’s a lot to choose from) and mark how many cards you want. As with the Youth Group’s fundraiser, this is essentially a “no cost” fundraiser. You are just purchasing gift cards in the amount that you would normally spend at that store or restaurant. The fundraising part is that Emmanuel purchases them at a discount which helps our bottom line. Please pay Lisa Ceaser for your choices. An order will be places March 11th.

From the Pastor’s desk

February brings with it the beginning of Lent. Our Lenten Journey began on Ash Wednesday.
We moved through our Sunday Services celebrating and marking the weeks of Lent. We mourn
together on Maunday Thursday, pray together on Good Friday, prepare on Holy Saturday, and
celebrated Easter Sunday! Included in all of this are our mid-week Lenten services and
fellowship times which help us focus all that much more on the Journey to Gethsemane, the
tomb, and the day of resurrection.

It sounds easy, but there are a lot of emotions shared along the way and as I like to say we move
from “mourning to dancing.”

So, let us prayerfully move together through this Lenten season as we continue to experience
the love of the still speaking God.

Shalom,

Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

We received a thank you letter from the American Red Cross for our generous donation of $400 to be used “Where It’s Needed Most.”

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to Judy Cybulski and Family on the passing of her
mother Esther Heller, on January 12, 2018.

We offer our sincere condolences to Pastor Penny Dollar and Archie Passmore on the passing of her mother-in-law/mother Dorothy Passmore, on January 22, 2018. If anyone would like to send your condolences Archie’s address is provided below.

Archie Passmore
310 East Road
Sunbury, Pa 17801

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

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. We will again prepare Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evenings during Lent. These light meals will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Our Lenten meals and services are open to everyone and we welcome you to come and join us. Whether you can come for supper or not, you are welcome to gather with us for worship.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for
the following pictures:

Brayden and Matteo Belanchik both
carefully selected the perfect bead to put on
a bracelet they were making to give to their
mom for Christmas. They were focusing on
the real meaning of Christmas at our
annual Children’s Christmas party.

 

Grayson Bunnell Santas Reindeer

Grayson Bunnell is shown with his creation of Santa’s reindeer he made in class before Christmas.

 

E-A-G-L-E-S

Eric Rinehimer is thrilled with the outcome that Philadelphia Eagles held on to win over the Atlanta Falcons which advanced them to the NFC Championship. The Eagles then played the Minnesota Vikings where he watched the game at a “Playoff Party” which benefited the Crestwood baseball teams.

2017 Record of Giving

This is a list compiled by our Financial Secretary, Lynne Stewart, showing a breakdown of our member’s offerings by how much they gave for the year. I hope that you will think about where you want your heart to be and the importance of your church in your life as you review this list. Thank you for believing in Emmanuel and our mission as a community of Christ’s followers.
Recording Secretary,
Penny Smith

 

Amount Given
Last Year
Number of Members
Who Gave That
Amount
0 0
1.00 to 49.00 9
50.00 to 100.00 6
101.00 to 500.00 23
501.00 to 1000.00 15
1001.00 to 2000.00 14
2001.00 to 3000.00 5
3001.00 to 3500.00 1
Over 5,000.00 1

Emmanuel UCC Church Service Cancelled – January 14, 2018

The Sunday service on January 14, 2018 for Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance has been cancelled due to the winter storm and residual ice build up. Services and office hours will resume on Tuesday January 16th.

 

Emmanuel UCC cancelled January 14, 2018

 

From the Pastor’s Desk

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who
hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:30-31).

From Advent anticipation, to the glorious night of Jesus’ birth, to the year 2018. It has
been a wonderful journey! What made it extra special is that we did it together.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the
new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Yes folks, the new is here! We have more now to offer at Emmanuel UCC than ever before.
Bible study for adults, monthly blessing and healing worship services, a very active youth
group for our young and young adults, and more opportunities than ever to come out and
enjoy some times of fellowship. Of course what continues is a very spiritual worship service
every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
So come out and start a new tradition for yourself and/or family. That new tradition could
change your life for the good!
Happy New Year,

Pastor Lou Aita

Happy New Year 2018

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.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)