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Collecting Coat Donations Did you ever think about the first people who were told about Jesus’ birth? What was God thinking? Shepherds!? No one bothered with the shepherds. They lived out in the fields with the sheep, not in town with the respectable folk. But on one special night God showed us how important everyone is to him. Imagine their amazement when they are chosen as the first people to be told about the birth of our Savior. It must have been quite a shock to the shepherds when the angels announced the birth of the Christ to them of all people. Lowly, unimportant shepherds. But that night God picked them –not the priests, not the governor, not

even King Herod. How like God to do the unexpected and lift up ordinary people for an extraordinary purpose. How happy they must have been. Whatfeelings of self-worth and dignity must have inspired them to venture into town and seek out their Messiah. And then they proclaimed to anyone who would listen that our Savior had been born. Not too shabby for

shabby shepherds, right? On December 15 during our worship, our Christmas Program entitled A Shepherd’s Story by Hal H. Hopson will tell us about the birth of Christ from their point of view. The cast, choirs and crew have been working hard to bring this story to life so come hear the story and songs of celebration and wonder. The shepherds were the first proclaimers of the birth of the Messiah and they told everyone they could. Now we are chosen to continue proclaiming the story of our Savior. Glory to God in the Highest and peace to all people!

Christ is born! The Sunday School will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, December14, at 11: 00 am. We will be wrapping gifts for the children who are served by the McKinney Clinic. The Sunday School is gathering new and gently used toys to bring Christmas cheer to children who may not have such a Merry Christmas without our Class in December. a great way to teach our young ones the importance of sharing and the happiness it brings to both the one who gives and the one who receives. We will also assemble fruit baskets for our homebound members. Each child is asked to bring a couple of pieces of fruit for the baskets. After all that hard work, we’ll enjoy a pizza party. Also on December 14, we will practice for our Christmas program. This is dress rehearsal and we need everyone at thechurch at

12: 30 pm. On Sunday mornings, we start with SundaySchool at 9: 00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. We thenmeet at 10: 30 am for Worship Service. On December 8, our greeters will be Dave and Rosemary Myers and our liturgist will be Brooke Rinehimer. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. We welcome everyone into

our Father’s

house. Upcoming events: Dec. 11 –Kid’sChoir at 6: 30 pm; ChristmasChoir at

6: 30 pm Dec. 14 –Sunday SchoolParty at 11: 00 am; Christmas ProgramPractice at

12: 30 pm Dec. 15 –Christmas

Program during Worship Dec. 18 –Kid’sChoir at 6: 30 pm; ChancelChoir at

7: 00 pm Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need forprivacy and self-esteem. 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 usat 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 help. This is 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 withAlberdeen Road ( across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, Mountain Top, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for SundaySchool at 9: 00 am and Sunday WorshipService 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 PennyDollarat 570-706-6476 or the churchofficeat570-868-5675. E-mailaccessisemmanuel_ucc@ hotmail. com and ourwebsiteis