What would you say to Jesus if you could spend a couple hours just walking with him? Would you ask him how he’s doing? What has he been up to lately? Would you get deep and wonder about the meaning of life and your purpose in it? Two men had just that opportunity but missed it. On a walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus, about a 7-mile trek, they were joined by a stranger. It was Sunday after the crucifixion of their leader. They knew that Jesus had been executed for crimes he had not committed. But that didn’t change things. Dead is dead. At least that is what they thought. Then this stranger started talking about Jesus and explaining why he died; how it was for others’ sins that he suffered. And as the stranger talked they understood more and more about Jesus’ teachings. Not only would the Son of God suffer, but he would be raised from the dead in three days. Their hearts burned within them as scriptures suddenly made sense. Still, they did not recognize their traveling companion. Not until they stopped for their evening meal would they realize who they had spent the day with. They invited him in and he accepted. Seated at the table, the stranger took the bread, blessed it and broke it into pieces for each of them. Unexpectedly, they clearly saw their friend, alive and well! Jesus! How could they have missed it?
Perhaps it was their preconceived notion that he was dead. Were they blind? Are we blind? As Christians, we have so many opportunities to walk with Jesus. All we need to do is realize that he is right there beside us every minute of every day.
Get ready for a fantastically uplifting experience on Sunday, May 4. Men in Harmony will present one of their outstanding concerts at Emmanuel UCC beginning at 4:00 pm. This multi-age men’s group is committed to spreading the Gospel through a variety of spirited musical selections ranging from inspirational hymns to traditional songs of faith as well as contemporary Christian music, presented in fresh, captivating settings. As they travel throughout the region, the members share with audiences not only their vocal talent but instrumental abilities and heartfelt testimony of their lives as Christian men. There is no charge for this concert, just a free-will offering to help with the group’s expenses. Pass the word to all your family, friends and neighbors –this is a concert not to be missed!
On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. After Sunday School, we meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On May 4, our greeters will be Judy Cybulski and Donnie Myers and our liturgist will be Dave Horensky.
Apr. 30 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm, Chancel Choir after Service at 7pm
May 4 –Men in Harmony Concert at 4:00 pm
May 7 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm, Chancel Choir after Service at 7 pm
May 17 –Turkey Supper from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 868-5675. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.
Thank you to everyone who contributes to our recycling aluminum cans project and hope you will continue to help us raise funds by recycling cans Please place the cans in large bags and drop them off in the large crates at the back of the lower parking lot.
Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road (across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, Mountain Top, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday School at 9:00 am and Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.
If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Penny Dollar at 570-706-6476 or the church office at 570-868-5675.E-mail access is firstname.lastname@example.org our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.