Growing In God’s Service At Emmanuel UCC

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Remember that old nursery rhyme? Mary had a wonderful garden full of silver bells and cockle shells and all little maids in a row. Perhaps we should ask ourselves the same sort of question. Christian, Christian, how does your faith grow?

Just as life is a never-ending learning experience, our faith should be a never-ending search for God. We can learn new things every day, not just about everyday life, but also about our God. But just as our gardens need nourishment, so does our faith. Some ways to nourish your faith include praying (talk to God, He listens), reading and studying the Scripture, and worshiping with other believers. We welcome you to come worship with us at Emmanuel and see how your faith can grow.

It’s time to clean out those closets and get the stuff out of the attic –and better check the cellar and sheds, too. Deb Dietrich is coordinating a Yard, Craft and Bake Sale at Emmanuel on Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the benefit of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For a $10 per table donation, you can sell all those unwanted items lurking around your home and/or sell delicious bake goods or your famous craft items. Just see Deb or call her at 570-379-3474 to reserve your table(s).

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

When a group of parents started the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1955, they set their sights high --to advance understanding of this little-known disease, to create new treatments and specialized care for their children, and to find a cure. The CF Foundation has carried these goals forward and is working tirelessly to find lifesaving new therapies, and one day, a lifelong cure for all people living with this devastating disease. Until then, we wait for the day when CF will stand for “Cure Found”. (Information courtesy of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Website –cff.org)

Upcoming events:

May 18 –Chancel Choir at 6:30 pm

May 21 –CF Fundraiser 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

May 22 –Worship Service at 10:30 am

May 25 –Chancel Choir at 6:30 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. 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 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. Again, thank you for your continued support.

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 9:15 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.