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Blue Christmas

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:51:38 +0000

Recently, our church and community has experienced the passing of many people. This holiday season is a difficult time for many of the friends and relatives of those whose presence will be sorely missed. But, you do not have to be alone or keep your feelings inside. I am hosting a time of fellowship on [...]

Recently, our church and community has experienced the passing of many people.  This holiday season is a difficult time for many of the friends and relatives of those whose presence will be sorely missed. But, you do not have to be alone or keep your feelings inside.  I am hosting a time of fellowship on Wednesday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 19th 2019,  both nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. with those who are mourning. We are going to look at 7 stages of grief and discuss how, with the help of God, we could move forward.  You may contribute as much or as little as you feel in our togetherness. Refreshments will be available, and you may want to bring a favorite recipe for all to enjoy!  So, bring a friend if you like! Anyone with transportation issues need only to call me, and I will pick you up

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Mark Your Calendars

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:49:32 +0000

Bible Study is starting January 9th, 2019. This is a Wednesday evening, and we will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a one hour session. The study will last for 7 weeks! The Bible Study is titled “Give it Up!” and will prepare us for Lent. We will be reflecting on all the [...]

Bible Study is starting January 9th, 2019.  This is a Wednesday evening, and we will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a one hour session.  The study will last for 7 weeks!  The Bible Study is titled “Give it Up!” and will prepare us for Lent. We will be reflecting on all the things that hold our attention, occupy our minds and monopolize our time, yet still isolate us from God and the world around us. Things like social media, phones, the noise of life, and focus on the external. During this seven-week study, we will take a journey of self-discovery, where he or she learns that the power of release brings great gain. The biggest gain is a stronger relationship with Christ. In the release, each person is freed to “give it up” in applause and praise for a life deeply lived in Christ.

As always, our Bible studies are open to anyone 18 and up, and you need not be a member of Emmanuel UCC, so bring a friend!  All you need is a Bible, or we could provide one to you.  Miss a class, no problem.  You will be able to jump right back in!

Look forward to a book study after Lent.  The book will be “Jesus, The Greatest Psychologist That Ever Lived.”  More information to come.

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From The Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:20:23 +0000

The season of Advent begin the patient waiting and watching for the birth of Christ. Advent began on November 25th, 2018. We also began a new liturgical year, Year C. That means we get to explore more of the Bible as a congregation. This December, especially Christmas Eve, I plan on focusing on the Incarnation [...]

The season of Advent begin the patient waiting and watching for the birth of Christ. Advent began on November 25th, 2018. We also began a new liturgical year, Year C. That means we get to explore more of the Bible as a congregation. This December, especially Christmas Eve, I plan on focusing on the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. Here is some further information about that important word “incarnation.”

What is the incarnation of Christ and why is the incarnation important?

In Christianity, the word “incarnation” is used to express the idea of Jesus Christ coming to earth in human form. The word is a Latin term that literally means “the act of being made flesh.” This Latin term was used in John 1:14, which speaks of Jesus who “became flesh and dwelt among us.” Theologically, the humanity of Jesus is an important aspect of His earthly life. Jesus is divine (John 1:1; Colossians 1:16), yet also took on a human body to identify with humanity. He was born of a woman, ate food, slept, and experienced temptation. Like other humans, he could perspire and bleed. He also displayed human emotions, including anger, joy, and sorrow. In terms of His divine plan, Jesus also became human as part of His plan to die in our place as a sacrifice. Further, in order to resurrect, He first had to physically die, which required taking on a physical body. In fact, our salvation completely depends upon Jesus coming to this world in human form clearly states, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” His love was fully displayed in taking on human form and allowing this form to be destroyed as a sacrifice on our behalf. Unlike any other human, Jesus lived in a human body yet did not sin. Hebrews 4:15 shares, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” He resisted temptation perfectly, revealing both His full deity and full humanity. Also unique is the resurrection of Jesus. He raised others from the dead during His life, but only Jesus returned to life of His own power. His resurrection is only possible because He took on human form and first died. This resurrection surprised His followers, yet also compelled them to share His message with others. In fact, the apostle Paul called the resurrection a matter of “first importance” and wrote, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins.” He realized that apart from the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christianity’s foundation would not exist. The incarnation is valuable for our study in many ways. In it we discover a God who loves us so much that He came to earth and took on a human form on our behalf, ultimately to give up His life to pay for our sins and offer us eternal life with Him. As John 3:16 declares, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

To find out more about the saving and healing power of God, join us! We are at Emanuel UCC in Dorrance every Sunday at 10:30 am. And of course, all are welcome.

Happy Holidays,

 

Pastor Lou Aita

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Gift Card Fundraiser

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:01:29 +0000

With Christmas approaching, now is a great time to stock up on the gift cards!

We have Gift Card Fundraiser through Great Lakes Scrip Center and includes tons of cards – from Advance Auto Parts to Wet Seal (young women’s clothing). By purchasing the gift card through Great Lake Scrip, our church earns a percentage [...]

With Christmas approaching, now is a great time to stock up on the gift cards!

We have Gift Card Fundraiser through Great Lakes Scrip Center and includes tons of cards – from Advance Auto Parts to Wet Seal (young women’s clothing).  By purchasing the gift card through Great Lake Scrip, our church earns a percentage of the sale price.  With this newsletter is a copy of the list and more copies are on the bulletin tables.  Just write in the quantity of the cards you want and give the list and the amount due to Lisa Ceaser.

Lisa will be collecting orders Sunday December 2rd and will distribute them as they arrive.  If you have any question, please see Lisa.

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Annual Meeting of the Congregation

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:53:51 +0000

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 16, after our Worship Service. The proposed 2019 Budget was approved by the Consistory for distribution in the weekly bulletins and extra copies are available on the table in the Narthex.

NOTICE TO ALL COMMITEES, TEAMS AND ASSOCIATIONS: In accordance with our Constitution [...]

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 16, after our Worship Service.  The proposed 2019 Budget was approved by the Consistory for distribution in the weekly bulletins and extra copies are available on the table in the Narthex.

NOTICE TO ALL COMMITEES, TEAMS AND ASSOCIATIONS:  In accordance with our Constitution Article 10, All committees should have a report prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.

Article 10  ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES.  All organizations and societies of the Congregation are subordinate to the Consistory and shall make an annual report (Activities and Financial) to the Congregation.”

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Christmas Caroling

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:52:11 +0000

We will meet after Worship on December 2 for caroling. We’ll raise our voices and spirits as we sing songs of the season to residents of our local nursing homes and to our home bound. Come with us and sing glory to the newborn king!

We will meet after Worship on December 2 for caroling.  We’ll raise our voices and spirits as we sing songs of the season to residents of our local nursing homes and to our home bound.  Come with us and sing glory to the newborn king!

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Christmas Cards For Vets

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:51:10 +0000

There is a box in the bell tower for Christmas Cards for our local veterans who are residents at the VA Hospital. The last day to put cards in the box is December 16. Thank you for remembering those men and women who served our country.

There is a box in the bell tower for Christmas Cards for our local veterans who are residents at the VA Hospital.  The last day to put cards in the box is December 16.  Thank you for remembering those men and women who served our country.

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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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  • Diana Decker
    Secretary
  • Allen Dennis
    Trustee
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    Trustee
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    Treasurer

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Upcoming Events

  • Dec
    15
    Sunday School Christmas Party
    10:00 AM
    Our Christmas Party will be held on December 15 from 10 am to 12 pm. We are asking all the kids to bring a couple pieces of fruit for the baskets for our shut-ins.
  • Dec
    15
    Pizza Lunch during Sunday School Party
    12:00 PM
    Pizza Lunch during Sunday School Party
  • Dec
    15
    Dress Rehearsal
    01:00 PM
    Dress rehearsal for our Christmas Program will be from 1-2 pm after our pizza lunch. This will be a very important rehearsal and all cast, crew and choir members are asked to attend it.
  • Dec
    16
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    Kids Choir
  • Dec
    16
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    Youth Choir
  • Dec
    16
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    Chancel Choir
  • Dec
    16
    Sunday School
    09:30 AM
    Sunday School
  • Dec
    16
    Christmas Cards For Vets
    10:00 AM
    There is a box in the bell tower for Christmas Cards for our local veterans who are residents at the VA Hospital. The last day to put cards in the box is December 16. Thank you for remembering those men and women who served our country.
  • Dec
    16
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Dec
    16
    ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION
    11:30 AM
    The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 16, after our Worship Service. The proposed 2019 Budget was approved by the Consistory for distribution in the weekly bulletins and extra copies are available on the table in the Narthex. NOTICE TO ALL COMMITEES, TEAMS AND ASSOCIATIONS: In accordance with our Constitution Article 10, All committees should have a report prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. “Article 10 ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES. All organizations and societies of the Congregation are subordinate to the Consistory and shall make an annual report (Activities and Financial) to the Congregation.”
  • Dec
    20
    Consistory Meeting
    06:30 PM
    The next Consistory meeting will be on Thursday, December 20, at 6:30 pm.
  • Dec
    21
    Newsletter Deadline
    12:00 PM
    The deadline for information for the January Messenger is Monday, December 21. Please get all information to me before this date. Thanks, Penny
  • Dec
    23
    CHRISTMAS CANTATA
    10:30 AM
    The Sunday School students would like to invite you to a celebration of Christmas music. This year’s Sunday School program will be all about the songs of Christmas. Our choirs will all join together to bring us the joy of the season. Each choir will be showcased in their own numbers as well as joining all voices in certain pieces. Short narrations about the songs will tell of their special place in our Christmas festivities. The Kids Choir will ring in the season with Come On Ring Those Bells and the Youth Choir will sing The Snow Lay On the Ground, encouraging us to come worship Jesus. There will be solos and duets mixed in the cantata giving our children the opportunity to showcase their abilities. The Kids, Youth and Chancel Choirs will also combine their voices in praise of our Savior’s birth. The Cantata will be presented on Sunday, December 23, during our worship service. We look forward to spreading our Christmas cheer with you.
  • Dec
    23
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Dec
    24
    Christmas Eve Music
    07:00 PM
    Anyone wishing to present music prior to the Christmas Eve Service is asked to see Denise Dean. We will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at 7:30 pm. If you are more inclined to read a poem or selection, that would be very welcome also.
  • Dec
    24
    Christmas Eve Service
    07:30 PM
    Our Candlelight Service will begin at 7:30 pm and will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We hope that everyone will come to worship our new-born King. Come, let us adore Him.
  • Dec
    30
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Jan
    6
    Epiphany
    12:00 AM
  • Jan
    6
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Jan
    13
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services