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From the Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:42:04 +0000

The last week of July, 2018, with consistory approval, I mailed out letters to approximately 27 of our brothers and sisters in Christ about what’s happening at Emmanuel UCC. Those who received letters were the folks on our directory list whom I haven’t met before, or have not seen in a while. I want them [...]

The last week of July, 2018, with consistory approval, I mailed out letters to
approximately 27 of our brothers and sisters in Christ about what’s happening at
Emmanuel UCC.
Those who received letters were the folks on our directory list whom I haven’t
met before, or have not seen in a while. I want them to know all of the great things we
have to offer at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance. Worship, fellowship, Bible study,
youth group, choirs, confirmation, all here under the roof of the house of God.
On Sunday, July 29th, 2018 we heard again the miracle story of Jesus feeding
the 5,000 according to the Gospel of John (6:1-22). What I find so significant in this
story is Jesus’ empowerment to His disciples in delivering the food to the masses.
Discipleship equips the Christian with God’s Word, prayer, doctrine, worship,
encouragement, and service. We can then add to our list of offerings from Emmanuel
UCC the making of disciples.
Yes, you are being prepared through the Word of God to provide service to those
in need. Bearing that in mind, let us begin by inviting friend’s neighbors, and family
members to join us for worship. We are all concerned with falling attendance rates in
all of the Christian denominations, but it is more than that. It is our concern that the
unchurched are missing out in a chance to have a real personal relationship to God.
The education we receive through our Sunday service cannot be replaced by staying
home. Yes, we could pray to God anywhere, anytime, yet let’s be concerned with
getting even more from those prayers.
God wants us to be 100%. He is always there for us, even when we stray. So
let’s practice our discipleship and feed the masses. Those that hunger for the word of
God can share at the banquet set before us. Not just Sunday morning, but every day.
Through the work of Christ, we have the opportunity to be transformed into the
person we strive to be. UI am speaking of fulfillment here.
The good have a chance to be better. So as disciples of Christ, let’s hold out our
hand and say, come, I have found a better way. Always remember, God wants the
best for you, and so does Emmanuel UCC!
Shalom,

Pastor Lou Aita

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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:40:05 +0000

Ethel Fine will be celebrating her 95th birthday on August 7. Let’s all give her a great birthday by sending her cards showing her how much she means to our church family.

Ethel Fine will be celebrating her 95th birthday on August 7. Let’s all give her a great birthday by sending her cards showing her how much she means to our church family.

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Picture Perfect

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:39:44 +0000

Some of our graduates are pictured with their class. Crestwood’s graduating class included Aaron Kleger. We wish them God’s guidance and encourage them as they pursue the next phases of their lives.

Robert Duffy is shown with his teammates from the Mountaintop All-Stars team.

Our annual 300 Club and Silent Auction was [...]

Crestwood students excel at PJAS meeting

Some of our graduates are pictured with their class. Crestwood’s graduating class included Aaron Kleger. We wish them God’s guidance and encourage them as they pursue the next phases of their lives.

Pirates clinch 2018 league championship

Robert Duffy is shown with his teammates from the Mountaintop All-Stars team.

Emmanuel UCC hold 300 Club fundraiser

Our annual 300 Club and Silent Auction was enjoyed by many people. The very popular Mud Pond Boys are shown performing during the day for the large crowd of fans. Megs Yenchik, her grandson Mason and sister Jeannie Haydt are shown enjoying some of the delicious food. Our thanks to all who came out to support this fundraiser.

Emmanuel youth help animals

Morgan Hodle, Robert Duffy, Nick Aita, Victor Saraceno are shown helping animals. They collected various donations including
dog food, biscuits, paper towels, and bedding for Mureille’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary.

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9th Annual 300 Club & Silent Auction Report

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:37:22 +0000

Silent Auction Profit: $1740.00 300 Club: Income: 259 tickets @ $35.00 each $9,065.00 8 Guests @ $15.00 each $120.00 50/50 raffles $206.00 Donations from winners $225.00 Additional Donations $5.00 Extra Sausage & hot dogs sold $65.00 $9686.00 Expenses: Prizes from drawings $ 3500.00 2 Bands $775.00 Small games license $125.00 Moonwalk for children $225.00 [...]

Silent Auction Profit: $1740.00
300 Club:
Income: 259 tickets @ $35.00 each
$9,065.00
8 Guests @ $15.00 each $120.00
50/50 raffles $206.00
Donations from winners $225.00
Additional Donations $5.00
Extra Sausage & hot dogs sold $65.00
$9686.00
Expenses: Prizes from drawings $ 3500.00
2 Bands $775.00
Small games license $125.00
Moonwalk for children $225.00
Supplies $432.39
Hot Dogs – Maine source $175.82
$5233.21
Income: $9,686.00
Expenses: $5233.21
 Profit from 300 Club $ 4,452.79
 Profit from Silent Auction $1740.00
Grand Total Profit $ 6,192.79

 

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From The Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:20:53 +0000

For our July Newsletter, I thought it would be appropriate to include this important pastoral newsletter found on the UCC website, UCC.org. As a minister, I do not preach politics from the pulpit, but I do feel it is important for us as Christians to allow our voice to be heard in government decisions. We, [...]

For our July Newsletter, I thought it would be appropriate to include this important
pastoral newsletter found on the UCC website, UCC.org. As a minister, I do not preach
politics from the pulpit, but I do feel it is important for us as Christians to allow our voice
to be heard in government decisions. We, as a people, are affected by these decisions.

Condemning the unconscionable assertion that migrant children should be separated
from their parents because of ‘orderly and lawful processes that protect the weak and
lawful,’ — a Biblical statement used to justify U.S. immigration policies — United Church of
Christ National Leadership has issued this pastoral letter, urging the people of the
denomination’s almost 5,000 congregations to take action now! First, by contacting their
Congressional representatives, and then by providing funds to keep families together. Money
to be used to support the people sleeping in the streets at the borders of this country, or
those parents and children separated upon entry!

“Still, when God saw the trouble they were in and heard their cries for help,
God remembered God’s Covenant with them, and, immense with love, took them by
the hand. God poured out God’s mercy on them while their captors looked on,
amazed.”
Psalm 106:44-47 (MSG)

Friends, once again we stand at the brink of a moral precipice in our society and the
question before us is will we choose to act in covenant with God on behalf of God’s people
or will we sacrifice our soul. The United Church of Christ has long been a supporter of
migrant families seeking refuge within our borders from intolerable and unsafe living
conditions in their homelands. As people of God committed to the sacredness of all
creation and the sanctity of every life, we are compelled to heed the cries of families now
being violently torn apart at our borders for political expediency and profitability. Such
violent acts are unnecessarily punitive and place at risk the physical, emotional,
psychological, spiritual, and developmental stability of hundreds of families who now find
themselves separated, caged, and commodified in a strange land.

All of our sacred texts, no matter the faith, identify the disregard of the humanity of
the vulnerable as sin.

And God hears the cries of God’s people. The plight of black and brown migrant
families whose children are ripped from their care cannot be the policy of a civilized land.
We’ve been here before. Our nation’s history bears witness to a legacy of lost love. We
separated the children of Native people from their families. We separated the children of
enslaved people from their families. We separated the children of Japanese people from
their families. Many of these families were never made whole again. This legacy of white
supremacist ideology is idolatrous and leaves an indelible mark of evil that can only be
redeemed by a conscious act of spiritual repentance and repair.

We must resist the evil of dehumanization enacted upon the vulnerable among us.
The United Church of Christ strongly condemns the dismantling of families, the
criminalization of the quest for freedom, and the caging of those whose only crime is to
seek shelter from harm. How we treat those who seek shelter in our midst is a direct
reflection of how we treat God. We call upon our 5,000 member churches to write letters to
your representatives in Congress as an act of worship this month. Remind Congress there
is a law that supersedes partisanship and political bantering, and that is the sanctity of all
people of God.

Faithfully yours,
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister, Justice and Witness Ministries
The Rev. James Moos, Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries
The Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ

 

 

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VOICES AND INSTRUMENTS WANTED

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:17:36 +0000

It’s summer and time for our choirs to be on vacation. But that doesn’t mean that we want a vacation from music. Anyone who will sing, play an instrument or (if you’re really talented) do both, is welcome to pick a Sunday to make a joyful noise to our God. Please see Denise Dean so [...]

It’s summer and time for our
choirs to be on vacation. But
that doesn’t mean that we want
a vacation from music. Anyone
who will sing, play an
instrument or (if you’re really
talented) do both, is welcome to
pick a Sunday to make a joyful
noise to our God. Please see Denise Dean so
we can fill the air with music on Sunday
mornings.

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300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:00:33 +0000

THANKS to everyone who helped in any way to make this year’s 300 Club and Silent Auction a fantastic success. Almost all the 300 tickets were sold, ensuring us a good profit. We also had additional guests who each donated $15 to enjoy the great food and bands. We are still waiting for some of [...]

THANKS to everyone who helped in any way to make this year’s 300 Club and Silent
Auction a fantastic success. Almost all the 300 tickets were sold, ensuring us a good profit.
We also had additional guests who each donated $15 to enjoy the great food and bands. We
are still waiting for some of the Silent Auction payments to be collected and will have and
update of the profit as soon as it becomes available.

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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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