Emmanuel Celebrates Christmas

The Christmas Eve Candlelight celebration is scheduled at 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 24, and will include the sacrament of Holy Communion. Before our service, members will glorify God and praise him with music and song beginning at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Christmas is a wonderful time to recommit your life to the Lord and renew your faith. We listen to the Christmas carols, singing of the birth of the King, the hope of peace on earth, the joy of new life, the wonder of God’s love and the fulfillment of the promises of the prophets. All this, wrapped up in the tiny life born to a poor young girl and her betrothed “blue collar” fiancé. There’s a song that asks “What if God was one of us?” The secret is that he was –just like one of us. The child born to Mary grew up as a normal youth and matured into a regular man. That is, until he was about 30 years old. Then, he showed the world who he really was and his true purpose. God’s gift of salvation became one of us so that God himself would save us. (Isaiah 63: 9 and Hebrews 2:17) On Christmas we remember that Love was born that night. A love that would envelop the world with the hope of peace and new life. Come and witness again the birth of the Prince of Peace.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and is led by Rev. Ken Newhook, our Interim Pastor. We welcome visitors and friends to join us for worship every Sunday.

The Wolves Den of our Cub Scout Pack 433 are having a coat drive on Saturday, December 19, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. They will be collecting coats in the Fellowship Hall only. If you cannot donate during that time, you can contact Justin Behrens at 570-262-7595 or justin78@ptd.netand he will arrange to have the coats picked up. Please help our scouts to help others stay warm this winter.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 16 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Dec. 19 –Cub Scout Coat Drive Drop Off from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dec. 20 –Sunday School at 9:00 am; Sunday Worship at 10:30 am Dec. 23 –Chancel Choir at 7:00

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Dec. 24 –Christmas Eve Special

Music at 7:00 pm; and Christmas Eve Communion Service at 7:30 pm

The church newsletter, The Messenger, is available through our website, emmanuel-ucc.org,along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. You can also check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/emmanuelucc.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call (570) 868-5675 and we will provide nourishment for you and those you care for. 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 to help needy families in our area. Through your help, our neighbors receive assistance to meet their daily needs. 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 Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. Our Sunday School has classes for children and youth from 3 years old to teenagers and meets at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675.E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.