In preparation for the “perfect” Christmas, we search for many things –the perfect gifts to give, the perfect foods for our Christmas dinners, the perfect songs to get us in the mood, the perfect Christmas cards to send, even the perfect guest list to make the perfect party. But do we really find perfection? Or does all this searching leave us with feelings of imperfection and emptiness? In order to find the perfect gift, perhaps we should look to the perfect giver –our Father in Heaven.
God knew exactly the perfect gift which was needed to bring true perfection to our world –the gift of his only son, Jesus. On January 6, Christians celebrated Epiphany, the day the wise men found the baby Jesus and gave him their extravagant gifts in homage to a newborn King. They had been seeking him for approximately two years and had probably put a lot of thought into finding the perfect gift for this baby. They brought gold as a proper tribute befitting the new king; frankincense which was a sweet incense only allowed to be burned in religious ceremonies and signifying the child’s future role as the anointed one of God; and myrrh –a fragrance used to prepare bodies for burial, foretelling the child’s future.
Although their gifts were luxurious, those wise men also understood that a greater gift had been given to them and to the whole world in the birth of this small child. The gift of life everlasting had come from heaven. Come begin the new year at Emmanuel as we seek for the perfect gift together.
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.
January 11 –Bible Study with Pastor Lou at 6:30 pm
January 14 –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 in Dorrance Township, 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_ email@example.com our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.