How exhilarated we feel whenever our team finishes first; whenever our side wins; whenever we are triumphant. The satisfaction of being “#1” can cause us to be proud and feel like we are invincible. We shout it, scream it, and make sure everyone knows that we belong to the winning team.
Victory is especially sweet when it is unexpected. That’s how it was on that first Easter morning. Women, mourning the death of their dear friend and leader, arrive at a tomb that is empty. They take this distressing news back to the other followers who run to the tomb only to find the story to be true. Mary Magdalene returns to the tomb herself.
Can we imagine her agony in not knowing where to find her friend’s body? Where should she start to look for it? But then, anguish is turned to amazement and joy when Jesus appears. Initially, she is so upset that she does not even recognize him until he calls her by name. All sorrow is suddenly forgotten and elation replaces her despair.
We have all experienced this roller-coaster ride. Our team is losing with no hope of victory. But then, one player takes a daredevil tactic and turns it into the winning point! It took tremendous courage to be nailed to a cross but Jesus took the chance and defeated death. And the winner is: Jesus, Our Risen Savior, through the power and love of God Almighty! Our King is Victorious and we belong to the winning team!
Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and is led by Pastor Lou Aita. We welcome visitors and friends to join us for worship every Sunday.
April 19 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm
April 23 –Worship at 10:30 am
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.
A Nursery is 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 (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.
If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Lou Aita at (570) 582-9550 or email him at aitatl12@ ptd.net.E-mail access is emmanuel_ firstname.lastname@example.org our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.