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From the Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:50:02 +0000

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ’s true followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Jesus told His apostles…

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the [...]

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ’s true followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Jesus told His apostles…

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

The Holy Spirit is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. He is considered to be the third member of the Godhead. Jesus said to His apostles…

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And all the divine attributes ascribed to the Father and the Son are equally ascribed to the Holy Spirit. When a person becomes born again by believing and receiving Jesus Christ, God resides in that person through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has intellect, emotion, and will.

A primary role of the Holy Spirit is that He bears “witness” of Jesus Christ. He tells people’s hearts about the truth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also acts as a Christian’s teacher. He reveals God’s will and God’s truth to a Christian. Jesus told His disciples…

“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

The Holy Spirit was given to live inside those who believe in Jesus, in order to produce God’s character in the life of a believer. In a way that we cannot do on our own, the Holy Spirit will build into our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Rather than trying to be loving, patient, kind, God asks us to rely on Him to produce these qualities in our lives. Thus Christians are told to walk in the Spirit and be filled with the Spirit. And the Holy Spirit empowers Christians to perform ministerial duties that promote spiritual growth among Christians.

The Holy Spirit also performs a function for non-Christians as well. He convicts people’s hearts of God’s truth concerning how sinful we are — needing God’s forgiveness; how righteous Jesus is — He died in our place, for our sins; and God’s eventual judgment of the world and those who do not know Him. The Holy Spirit tugs on our hearts and minds, asking us to repent and turn to God for forgiveness and a new life.

Yours in Christ, 

Pastor Lou Aita

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CURRENT OFFICERS AND CONSISTORY MEMBERS

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:44:31 +0000

President………………………. Sandy Kleger

Vice President………………….. Jim Stewart

Secretary………………………. Diana Decker

Treasurer……………………… Chris Dietrich

Trustees………. Allen Dennis, Harry (Butch) Peters & Lisa Ceaser

President………………………. Sandy Kleger

Vice President………………….. Jim Stewart

Secretary………………………. Diana Decker

Treasurer……………………… Chris Dietrich

Trustees………. Allen Dennis, Harry (Butch) Peters & Lisa Ceaser

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Record of Giving

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:43:17 +0000

This is a list compiled by our Recording Secretary, Penny Smith, showing a breakdown of our member’s offerings by how much they gave for the year. I hope that you will think about where you want your heart to be and the importance of your church in your life as you review this list. [...]

This is a list compiled by our Recording Secretary, Penny Smith, showing a breakdown of our member’s offerings by how much they gave for the year.  I hope that you will think about where you want your heart to be and the importance of your church in your life as you review this list.  Thank you for believing in Emmanuel and our mission as a community of Christ’s followers.  Recording Secretary,

PennySignature
Amount Given
Last Year
Number of Members Who Gave That Amount
00
1.00 to 49.0013
50.00 to 100.008
101.00 to 500.0017
501.00 to 1000.0012
1001.00 to 2000.0014
2001.00 to 3000.005
3001.00 to 5000.001
Over 5,000.001

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Emmanuel is Closed Today

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:45:54 +0000

We will be closed today, Sunday January 20, 2019, due to road conditions. Consistory wishes everyone to stay safe and warm today. 

We will be closed today, Sunday January 20, 2019, due to road conditions. Consistory wishes everyone to stay safe and warm today. 

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From The Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:53:39 +0000

How the Reformation Shaped the Church

From Reformation theology flows seven characteristics or identity markers of the church.

First, the church is doxological, it’s oriented to the glory of God.

Second, the church is Word-centered. It’s centered on the incarnate Word, who is Jesus Christ, and the inspired Word: Scripture. The church confesses sound [...]

How the Reformation Shaped the Church

From Reformation theology flows seven characteristics or identity markers of the church.

First, the church is doxological, it’s oriented to the glory of God.

Second, the church is Word-centered. It’s centered on the incarnate Word, who is Jesus Christ, and the inspired Word: Scripture. The church confesses sound doctrine—what it believes about God, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit.

Thirdly, the church is to be Spirit-activated. It’s created, gifted, united, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, the church is covenantal. It exists in new covenant relationship with God, and together, the members exist in a covenantal relationship with one another.

Fifth, the church is confessional. Each member had a personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Together the church confesses sound doctrine—what it believes about a triune God, Jesus Christ, the Son incarnate, and the Spirit.

Sixth, the church is missional. It’s the body of divinely-called, divine ministers who proclaim the gospel throughout the world.

Seventh, the church is here, but not here. It’s already, but not yet. We’re sojourners, we’re strangers. We’re pilgrims in this world. We enjoy walking with the Lord and doing his will now, but we look forward to something greater in the future.  Reformation theology gives impetus to these seven characteristics or identity markers of the church.

The above 7 characteristics of the church were taken from an article by Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). Dr. Allison is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The reason for including this in our newsletter is because I feel we embody all 7 characteristics at Emmanuel UCC.

We are sojourners, pilgrims in the world, walking with the Lord.  In our little corner of the world we are helping to make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors around the world.

The year 2018 brought to us many joys, and a good share of concerns and sorrows.  We weathered many storms together, and laughed in the sunshine together.  It is the word “together” that makes such a difference if we step back and look at our church and each other.  Our commitment to God and His Son Jesus Christ are exemplary.  I firmly believe that on that premise alone, we will continue to succeed in anything we undertake, and be present in the life of the community and world for a long, long time.

I am coming into the year 2019 excited about continuing my ministry at Emmanuel, and am going to begin the process of ordination following Penn Northeast Conference guidelines. Thanks to all of you I have decided to continue my religious education and pursue this ordination track.

Again, in our togetherness we will remain string and continue to uphold those wonderful 7 identity markers of the church. Peace be with you and Happy New Year,

Pastor Lou Aita

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Valentines for Vets

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:52:09 +0000

A box will be in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets.  These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.  The last date to deposit your Valentines will be Sunday, February 3.  Remember those who served.

A box will be in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets.  These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.  The last date to deposit your Valentines will be Sunday, February 3.  Remember those who served.

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ALTAR FLOWER CHART

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:51:38 +0000

The chart for the altar flowers is on the table in the Narthex.  They are $14 for 1 vase or $24 for 2 vases. Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates you sponsor.

The chart for the altar flowers is on the table in the Narthex.  They are $14 for 1 vase or $24 for 2 vases. Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates you sponsor.

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Starting in 1849, Emmanuel (then the Reformed Church) began its service to God. Men, women and children would gather in a one-room schoolhouse to worship Jesus Christ. Throughout the years, there has been a great deal of growth at Emmanuel. Membership has grown, the church building has been expanded and lives have been changed spiritually.


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Current officers and consistory members

  • Sandy Kleger
    President
  • Jim Stewart
    Vice President
  • Diana Decker
    Secretary
  • Allen Dennis
    Trustee
  • Lisa Ceaser
    Trustee
  • Butch Peters
    Trustee
  • Chris Dietrich
    Treasurer

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