Emmanuel United Church Of Christ Collecting Valentines For Vets
EMMANUEL UCC RECEIVES DONATION-Mt Post 781 Sons of theAmerican Legion (S. A. L.) recently donated 100% of the proceeds from it’s Christmas Raffle. The S. A. L. donated $1000 each to the Mt Top Community Food Bank, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church and Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance. In 2017, the 781 S. A. L. donated over $7000 to local, state and national causes that benefit veterans, children and other community groups. Shown, from left, are Ed Baker, S. A. L. chaplain; Lou Aita, pastor; Len Biel, S. A. L commander; Logan Wyman, S. A. L. member; and Joe Polega, 2nd vice commander. Tom Flannery is missing from photo.

The sun is rising earlier and the days are getting longer as we make our way to Spring. Just as the sun brightens our earth, the Son of God brightens our lives. The baby born at Christmas grows into a child and then a man, bringing the true light of God’s love to the world. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

We are glad that God gave us such a brilliant light to illumine our path to Heaven and be an example to us. The light that Jesus shines on us is to be reflected in all that we say and do so that everyone around us can know the love of God through us. Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world…. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” So, shine on, Christians, and spread God’s light to all.

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Once again, Lenten suppers will be prepared prior to services on the Wednesday evenings during Lent starting Wednesday February 21. These light meals will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm. , and then gather at 7pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Lenten meals and services are open to everyone and we welcome you to come and join us. Whether you can come for supper or not, please gather with us for worship.

There is a box in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets. These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are residents at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The last date to deposit your Valentines will be February 11. Remember those who served.

Sunday mornings at 9:30 am is Sunday School for ages 3 through 6th grade that features 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. The group meets 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.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and is led by Pastor Lou Aita. Visitors and friends are welcome to join us for worship every Sunday.

Upcoming events:

February 8 –Bible Study with Pastor Lou at 6:30 pm

February 11 –Kids Choir 9 am; Youth Choir 9:15 am; Chancel Choir 9:30 am; Sunday School 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 in Dorrance Township, 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_ ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.