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

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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 Chris Dietrich for your choices.

Reminder :: Church Directory Pictures

This is a friendly reminder that the portrait sessions are filling up fast. Please visit the link below or sign up in the Narthex to reserve your spot. Every family will receive a FREE 8×10 portrait. Find your time from the available slots on May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM.

May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM

Save the Date!

Emmanuel will be updating the Church Directory for the entire congregation. Photography sessions date will be May 11, 2017 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Every family will receive a FREE 8×10 portrait. You may click on the image below to schedule your session or sign up in the Narthex after service beginning this Sunday April 2.


May 11, 2017 @ 2-9PM

Lent Service for March 15, 2017 CANCELLED

Due to the winter storm and some snow covered roadways, the Lent services for March 15, 2017 have been cancelled. We will resume with Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evening, March 22nd. A light meal will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm  for service.

Weather Cancellation

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

We are approaching a time in our liturgical calendar that is going to prepare us for that wonderful day of resurrection we will celebrate at Easter!

My friends, Lent begins on March 1st! We of course will begin that Wednesday evening with the distribution of ashes. Our ashes are a sign and symbol of who and whose we are. We are Christians that embrace the words, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

As we journey through Lent together, we will be celebrating every Wednesday evening with a light fare and an abbreviated worship service. I am going to be preaching a first person sermon for every one of these services. This means I will become the person I am preaching about. So, gather up friends and family and come out to worship with us!

Allow me now to bring you up to speed on a committed and great group of young people right here at Emmanuel UCC. That is this year’s confirmation class. We have been studying the mission statement of our church, and the class has explored writing their own mission statement. We are now tracing the history of the Bible, which is no small feat, through all of this, our class has shown interest and excitement in their studies. What great Emmanuel UCC members they are already, and will be ready to share their intelligence and energy with our church.

Thank You!

We received thank you letters for some recent benevolence donations. On the bulletin board in the bell tower are letters from: The Veterans and staff of the VA Medical Center truly appreciated the Valentines for Vets which were distributed to them. Their letter thanking us is on the bulletin board.


The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. 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.

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.

Picture Perfect

Pastor Lou is shown with the Scouts from Troop 434 and Pack 433 were they recently celebrated Scout Sunday at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance.

Pastor Lou with Scouts

Pastor Lou is Welcomed as new pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ.

Pastor Lou welcome

Sabian Bunnell is recognized with Principal Meg Foster. The students and staff of Fairview Elementary celebrated the OnTrack character trait of Respect through November and December 2016.


Scrip Cards available!

Don’t forget to get Scrip Cards for an easy fundraising source. Scrip turns your everyday shopping into easy fundraising just by paying with a gift card. Scrip Center 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. 
Just write in the quantity of the cards you want and give the list and the amount due to Jim Rinehimer. He will order them and distribute them as they arrive. If you have any questions, please see Jim. Forms to order the gift cards from Script are on the table in the narthex.

Here are some of the best stores which give the most back to our Church:


LL Bean – 16%!

Old Navy – 14%

Gap – 14%

llbean old navy Gap

Bath & Body Works – 13%

Gymboree – 13%

Crazy 8 – 13%

bath-&-body-works Gymboree Crazy 8

Sally Beauty Supply – 12%

Payless Shoes – 13%

Nike- 12%

sally beauty supply payless Nike

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

I will say it again. My family and I feel so fortunate to be at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance! My hope is that you are enjoying me as your new pastor as much as I am enjoying ministering to you.

We have been talking a lot about discipleship the past few weeks. This is a topic I do like to discuss. I also mentioned Dietrich Bonhoeffer in my last “Greetings from the Pastor.” I you want to find a great example of discipleship, look him up. Or better yet, read one of his many books on the topic. He truly is a champion of discipleship and one of my favorite faith authors. We will be talking more on the subject of discipleship in weeks to come. Exploring that topic makes all of us a more committed Christian and an overall stronger church.

As a former teacher, my enjoyment comes from being able to facilitate Bible study. During our last consistory meeting I brought up the topic of starting an adult Bible study in the future. I love having everyone’s input in the study of scripture, so look forward to this happening in the near future!

I have a few other ideas about all of us growing in Christ and growing our congregation so everyone can share in the banquet offered to us by God and His Son Jesus Christ daily. But I need you! I want your thoughts and opinions about our church, the church we all share together.

In closing, thanks again for choosing me as your minister and all of your hard work that is so evident by the wonderful Christian maturity I have found at Emmanuel United Church of Christ!

Pastor Lou Aita

Thank You!

We received a thank you letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Christmas cards we collected for the veterans residing at the VA Hospital. It is on the bell tower bulletin board. Tammy Dauber would like to thank the Sunday School families who participated in the advent food boxes to help our food bank. Your generosity will help those in need.

Our Condolences

We offer our sincere condolences to the Dauber Family on the passing of Jeff’s dad, Larry Dauber, on December 23, 2016. We pray that God’s love and strength will sustain you in your time of need and sorrow.

Scout Sunday

Our Pack 433 Cub Scouts and Troop 434 Boy Scouts will join us for worship on Sunday, February 5. They will be participating in such roles as greeters, readers, ushers and acolytes. After our service, they are hosting a meet and greet in the Fellowship Hall and invite everyone back for refreshments.

Boy Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Cub Scout Promise
I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.

Picture Perfect

The Wapwallopen Ministerium Food Bank which is housed here at Emmanuel received a donation from the Sons of the American Legion. We are very grateful for all the support from our churches and community groups.


But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. — Psalm 103:17-18 (NIV)