Reflecting On Jesus’ Baptism At Emmanuel United Church Of Christ

Baptize –to purify or purge spiritually; to dedicate; to christen. Baptism is the symbolic cleansing of our spirits from the sins of this world. That makes sense for us as mortals. We sin. We need cleansing. But what about Jesus? Why did he ask John to baptize him?

The answer to that is the second definition: to dedicate. Through his baptism, Jesus publicly acknowledges his dedication to God’s will. A dedication that will often be hard and, ultimately, painful as he sacrifices himself on the cross. Jesus understood that dedication must result in action. As baptized followers of Christ, we need to understand that connection, too. The act of baptism should also be an acknowledgement by us of our dedication to God and his will in our lives.

If we truly dedicate ourselves as Jesus did, the third definition is true for us as well. We are christened –named. In Luke 3:22, God names Jesus –“You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” God will call us by name as his children and affirm his love for us: You are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Come celebrate our baptism, our cleansing, our dedication, and our name as God’s children.

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:

January 4 –Bible Study with Pastor Lou at 6:30 pm

January 7 –Kids Choir 9 am, Youth Choir 9:15 am, Chancel Choir 9:30 am, 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. 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. 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. 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.