Hallow’s Eve Thoughts At Emmanuel

Most everyone knows what the last day of October is: Halloween. But not many people know the meaning of the name. It is actually a contraction of “All Hallow’s Evening”. It is the evening before the day on which Christians remember the people who promoted the Christian faith, All Saints Day, which is November 1.

Pope Gregory IV first instituted All Saints Day in 837 to honor all saints, known and unknown. This was also done in an effort to bring non-Christians into the faith. In many countries, November 1 was celebrated by pagan people as the beginning of winter and the decreasing daylight was feared as a time when evil spirits would be more powerful. To counteract this superstition, Pope Gregory IV provided a Christian ritual. This year, as you walk around trick-or-treating, take some time to think about where the name “Halloween” comes from and that it is meant to help us remember our saints.

Sunday mornings at 9:30 am is Sunday School for ages 3 through 6th grade. We have a great program based on our Hands On Bibles. We’ll have fun making crafts, playing games, and solving puzzles which help us understand the stories in our Hands On Bibles. Come join us as we learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.

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.

Upcoming events:

October 26 –Bible Study at 6:30 pm

October 29 –Kids Choir 9 am, Youth Choir 9:15 am, Chancel Choir 9:30 am, Sunday School 9:30 am, Worship at 10:30 am

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call (570) 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 to help needy families in our area. 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. 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_ ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.