Sandy Kleger
Vice President
Jim Stewart
Diana Decker
Allen Dennis
Lisa Ceaser
Butch Peters
Chris Dietrich

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From the Pastor’s Desk

We are still celebrating Easter at Emmanuel UCC! And that is because we are an Easter people.  This means we celebrate the resurrected and living Christ throughout the year.  It truly was a wonderful time to be together.  We celebrated every Wednesday evening for five weeks leading up to Maunday Thursday.  Our celebration was in the form of a meal together then 30 minutes of worship.  We do this every year, so I invite you to join us for Holy week 2020!

We moved on to the somber and heartfelt service of Maunday Thursday April 18th 2019.  We celebrate with communion and learned what it means to be a part of the living bread of Christ.  Afterwards we stripped the alter in honor of Good Friday, the day of crucifixion for Jesus.  But we did get to rejoice on Easter Sunday!  We had a sun/sonrise service at 6:30 am under our pavilion.  The birds did not stop singing, and joined us in every hymn.  Then we worshipped  again at 10:30 am in our sanctuary recalling the glorious resurrection of Christ.

As I recall all of the wonderful things we shared the months of March and April, my mind and heart go out to all of our members and community members who passed away 2018 and 2019.  Be assured they are missed and we revel in the thought that they are in heaven with our Father God and His Son Jesus.

In March’s newsletter I also proposed the 60 minute fix.  If you recall, I am confident that on Sunday morning at 10:30, given sixty minutes per week, you could change your life dramatically.  If necessary you may speak to me anytime about how your life could change for the positive.  If you feel confident that you are well adjusted and happy already, our church can help you feel even better. Allow God to work in your life.  It will take some effort on your part, but here is a chance to be part of something big.  Churches make changes in our community and every part of the world.

God is waiting for all of us to become what we are created to be.  A happy, well-adjusted Christian living the best life possible.  So, look for future opportunities for our youth group this month and throughout the summer.  We are prepared to move full speed ahead.  Will you join us? Blessings to all,

Pastor Lou Aita

Youth Group News

The next Youth group meeting will TBA, it will be an outdoor hike. Anyone ages 10 –  teens are welcome to come and join the fun.

** The Youth Group will be going on a mission trip with TEAM EFFORT to Gatlinburg, TN June 23rd – 29th. Deb D. and Lisa R. will be chaperoning, if anyone else in interested please see Deb D. for more information.

10th Annual 300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

June 15, 2019

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 for 2 prizes at $50 and 3 prizes at $25.  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 “Sundance” 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. 

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 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.  Please let me know if more posters or letters are needed


Church Clean-Up

May 18 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.

Last Day of Sunday School

We will have our last day of Sunday School on May 12.  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

From the Pastor’s Desk – The 60-minute Fix

I, as well as you, have learned that saying, “I guarantee” is risky.  In a world of “guarantees,” we find that many things that are guaranteed are attached to a legal loophole.  Yes, saying “I guarantee” can get one into legal trouble.  It can also disappoint or stir up feeling of anger, deceit, and mistrust.  This is why my “60-minute fix” does not contain the word guarantee.

So, what is the 60-minute fix.  Well, it’s something I have been thinking about for a long time.  Let’s begin the explanation by looking at some human problems.  There are those that feel lost, disconnected, marginalized, outcast, enslaved, up against insurmountable odds, etc.  How about those facing the reality of sickness, disease, or familial problems.  Or experiencing death of a loved one through natural or disaster like causes. My list, (or yours), could go on and on.

Now, there are many options available to help overcome the many feelings, emotions, or situations mentioned here.  As a counselor, I do believe in therapy.  Working with someone who is objective can offer empowerment to anyone seeking refuge and abundant life.

But, what if someone told those who are facing challenges, hurdles, or stepping stoned in life that seem impossible to overcome there is an answer, and it could start with one-hour a week.

I know what you, or anyone reading this might be saying. “He’s the minister, and he’s going to talk about church.”  Well, you are correct.

I am an average person who has experienced many of the strife’s, emotions and perceived insurmountable situations listed above. I became a minister of God in order to minister to those like me.  I am not a great theologian, full of wisdom, or a person whose sermons will be collected into a book to be read and studied in seminary.  But, here is what I have found. 

We are designed to be in community with God and with one another. Perhaps that is why things like loneliness or feeling disconnected affects us the way it does. That means church to me.

The Bible has a lot to say about feeling lonely and its opposite, feeling connected. Answers are available through the regular attending of church and introducing or re-introducing the Holy Word of God into your life.  And while I can’t guarantee the healing you are seeking, God can guarantee answers to all of life’s dilemma’s.  There is not one promise God has made that was not true or did not see fruition.

Has someone said you are not worth healing?  Do you tell yourself that?  Believe that God is saying this is not true.  All it takes for an escape from hardship and dilemma is one-hour per week, 60 minutes!  Shake off the stigma, the lies, and the misconceptions of today’s modern day church.  All God asking is to give Him and His son Jesus a chance to help. 

So give us a chance.  It’s free and what I can guarantee is that you will be welcomed and made to feel comfortable.  All for 60 minutes a week!

Not ready to make a decision, have question?  Give me a call and I will be glad to speak with you about how you could experience the greatest life possible. Shalom, 

Congratulations !

We would like to welcome Makenna Ellen Myers! Makenna was born on March 19th and she is the daughter of Barry and Breanne Myers. Makenna is the first grandchild for Brian and Connie Myers and the Great-Granddaughter of Dave and Rosemary Myers.

Picture Perfect

Check the front entrance bulletin board for the following pictures:

Pauline shown enjoying a bowl of soup as she attended the Lenten supper held at the church on March 13.

Sunday School News

Bake Sale during the Turkey Supper

We will need baked goods to sell for our fundraiser during the Turkey Dinner.  Please try to drop them off before 3:00 pm 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.


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. Orders are placed after the 1st Sunday of each month.  Please see Lisa Ceaser with any questions.

Youth Group Fundraiser

Remember to get yourWeis and Carone’s  cards!

This is a great way to support the Youth Group without spending anything extra.  You’re just going to spend that money at the grocery store anyway so why not give the Youth Group some help with their finances?  For every $1,000 worth of cards they sell, they make $50.  There are forms on the table in the narthex if you wish to purchase any cards.


On Sunday, April 28, 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.


Everyone is welcome to join the newly established Kitchen Committee. Our next meeting will be April 12 at 9:00 am in the kitchen.  Everyone is welcome and volunteers are needed.



At 6:00 p.m., tables are set up, and the vegetables are cleaned and cut up for the pickled cabbage.


Beginning at 8:00 a.m. we start making the pickled cabbage and stuffing.  (Some foods are just better when their flavors can mingle – just watch the cooking shows, you’ll see.)


Beginning at 8:00 a.m. we clean the meat off the turkeys.  Final food preparations are made at 2:30 p.m. Serving the supper begins at 3:00 and goes to about 7:00 p.m.  We can always use lots of hands for serving food, working in the kitchen, busing tables, and waiting on tables.  By 7:00 pm it’s nice to have a clean-up crew come in.  Everything needs to be washed up, cleared out, wiped down, dried and put away so the Sunday School rooms can be put back into order and the walls put back up.  Come out and lend a hand. This is a great way to support our church and its missions and have fun while doing it!!

Bake Goods needed for the Turkey Supper

We will need baked goods for desserts for the upcoming Turkey Supper.  Please try to drop them off before 3:00 so we can get them cut, ready and packed for takeout.  We truly appreciate your support.  There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex if you would to share one of your favorite desserts. Please see Cindy Heller with any questions.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. — 1 John 1:7 (NIV)