Everyone has seen the ads and even watched episodes of the show “Doomsday Preppers”. It details the steps some people are taking to be sure they are ready if a devastating event should occur. These preparations can be for anything from a “super storm” to a nuclear holocaust. The timing of the event is not known and so the need to be ready at a moment’s notice is crucial. They are convinced that these preparations are essential for survival. Their underlying assumption is that after the event there will be life and they will survive.
In some ways, Christians have been told they need to live in “prepper status” since Christ ascended to Heaven. In Matthew 24:36 Jesus explains, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” In contrast, though, we wait for the beginning, not the end. Advent begins our New Year in the Christian life. It is a time for assessing where we have been. Have we lived preparing for Christ’s coming? It is a time for looking forward to where we are going. How can we make ourselves and those around us ready for this new life? “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40,41) Who will be taken and who will be left? We need to share the fact that Christ came for all people. Christianity is not a “closed door club”. We cannot claim exclusive right to the second coming. To do that would be to go against Christ’s commission to make disciples of all people.
Our “prepping” is to tell others about Christ and the sacrifice he made for everyone. We need to share with others that Christ is coming again to gather up all who believe and follow him and will give us all a new beginning and a new life. Not just life, but a life worth living, and we will not just survive it, but celebrate it! “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42) Keep prepping!
The community Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held on November 27 at 7:00 pm. The host church this year is Cornerstone Christian Fellowship which is located near Rice Elementary School on Church Road. Invite your family and neighbors to join us as we joyfully thank God for all he has given us. “Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.” (Psalm 95:2)
On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. We then meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On December 1, our greeters will be Connie Davis and Diana Decker and our liturgist will be Sharon Moyer. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. We welcome everyone into our Father’s house.
Nov. 27 –Community Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 pm -Cornerstone Christian Fellowship
Nov. 27 –NO Kid’s Choir or Chancel Choir Practice
Dec. 1 –First Sunday of Advent
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 out our monthly calendar and photos of recent events.
Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 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. Please place the cans in large bags and drop them off in the large crates at the back of the lower parking lot. Again, thank you for your continued support.
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 School at 9:00 am and 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 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.
If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Penny Dollar at 570-706-6476 or the church office at 570-868-5675.E-mail access is firstname.lastname@example.org our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.