Where’s the warmth? It’s spring and still for most of the month we have been stuck in a deep freeze. No doubt about it, this was one of the coldest winters in recent years. The cold weather took its toll on many people as they tried to stretch their dollars to provide all the usual necessities plus increased fuel bills.
Many charitable organizations have been inundated with requests for food, clothing and help to pay for heat and other utilities. The LIHEAP program even had a Crisis Exception this year for those whose fuel supply was shut off. Those of us who were able to keep up with expenses were fortunate. Which should make us very grateful. Just how grateful are we? Enough to “share the wealth” (as they say)? Charitable organizations have received many more requests for assistance than before. They depend on generous people who see the need and respond to it.
Lent is a time for reflection; a time to reassess what we believe and how we will express our belief. Live up to your faith. Demonstrate it through your donations of your time, your talents and your money. There are several local organizations such as the Mountain Top Food Bank at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Wapwallopen Food Bank at Emmanuel UCC, McKinney Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and so many more that would welcome your support.
Come join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent for supper and worship. A light meal will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm and then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Our 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 as we worship our God and Savior, reflecting on the amazing gift of salvation.
The Kids Choir will continue to practice at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays during Lent. We will just keep things moving so that we will be finished by the time Evening Worship Service begins at 7 pm. So if you like to sing, loud and strong, come join us. More kids means more fun!!
On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. After Sunday School, we meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On March 23, our greeters will be Camille Daniels and Diana Decker and our liturgist will be Sharon Moyer.
Mar. 19 –Lenten Supper (6 pm) and Service (7 pm); Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; and Chancel Choir after Service (about 7:30 pm)
Mar. 22 –Hoagie Sale pick-up at 12 pm
Mar. 26 –Lenten Supper (6 pm) and Service (7 pm); Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; and Chancel Choir after Service (about 7:30 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 for privacy 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 us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.
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 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 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.