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300 Club Today!!!

Emmanuel UCC Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:08:45 +0000

Come for a great picnic and terrific chances to win the hourly drawings!

Come for a great picnic and terrific chances to win the hourly drawings!

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Emmanuel United Church of Christ

Old River Church Services

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 02 Jun 2019 13:26:06 +0000

Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 7 and continues to the end of August.  If you can help with refreshments for July 7 when we are host, please see Cindy.

     July  7   Emmanuel UCC

     July 14  St. Peter’s UCC

     July 21  St. John’s UCC

     July [...]

Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 7 and continues to the end of August.  If you can help with refreshments for July 7 when we are host, please see Cindy.

     July  7   Emmanuel UCC

     July 14  St. Peter’s UCC

     July 21  St. John’s UCC

     July 28  St. James Lutheran

     Aug.   4  New Hope UMC

     Aug. 11  St. Mark’s Lutheran

     Aug. 18  Mt. Zion UCC

     Aug. 25  Cemetery Association

We hope everyone will find time to worship in this historic setting. 

** THIS IS A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE, ORDER OF HOSTS MAY CHANGE. I WILL KEEP EVERYONE UPDATED AS I RECEIVE INFO ** THANK YOU, PENNY

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Turkey Supper Report

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 02 Jun 2019 13:22:13 +0000

DINNER INCOME     Door Sales       176 @ $11.00 1,936.00 Advance Sales       181 @ $11.00 1,991.00 Donations & Surplus Sold   158.00 TOTAL INCOME   4,085.00       DINNER EXPENSE     Veggies 55.74 Turkeys, Bread Cubes, Broth, Cranberry, Potatoes, bread, etc. 1186.58   TOTAL EXPENSE   [...]

DINNER INCOME    
Door Sales    
  176 @ $11.00 1,936.00
Advance Sales    
  181 @ $11.00 1,991.00
Donations & Surplus Sold   158.00
TOTAL INCOME   4,085.00
     
DINNER EXPENSE    
Veggies 55.74
Turkeys, Bread Cubes, Broth, Cranberry, Potatoes, bread, etc. 1186.58  
TOTAL EXPENSE   1,242.32
     
  TOTAL INCOME   4,085.00
  TOTAL EXPENSE -1,242.32
  DINNER PROFIT 2,842.68

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300 CLUB!!

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 02 Jun 2019 13:20:27 +0000

Only 300 tickets are sold for this “exclusive” Club!! Hurry up and get your ticket for our 10th annual 300 Club fundraiser! Where else can you get great food, excellent entertainment and terrific cash prizes for two people for $35!!  At our annual 300 CLUB on June 15 from noon to 6 pm!  That’s [...]

Only 300 tickets are sold for this “exclusive” Club!! Hurry up and get your ticket for our 10th annual 300 Club fundraiser! Where else can you get great food, excellent entertainment and terrific cash prizes for two people for $35!!  At our annual 300 CLUB on June 15 from noon to 6 pm!  That’s a bargain!  And if you’re not into the prizes, you can still come and enjoy all that food and music for only $15 a person.  There will be two bands:  The Mud Pond Boys and Sundance. On top of that, every hour from 1:00 to 5:00 there will be a drawing for five CA$H prizes ranging from $25 to $50.  At the 6:00 pm drawing, we award the grand prizes of $1,000, $500, 5 at $100, and the remaining $50 and $25 prizes.  Plus, all during the event, you will be able to bid on items for our Silent Auction which will be called at 5:00 pm.  It’s going to be a wonderful day with lots of excitement – so don’t miss out!

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SILENT AUCTION

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 02 Jun 2019 13:19:47 +0000

We always need items for the Silent Auction.  These need to be new items for a Silent Auction.  Many items are donated by local merchants and businesses.  If you have something to donate or think of someone who might donate, please take some of the donation memos on the table in the narthex.  Fill [...]

We always need items for the Silent Auction.  These need to be new items for a Silent Auction.  Many items are donated by local merchants and businesses.  If you have something to donate or think of someone who might donate, please take some of the donation memos on the table in the narthex.  Fill in the person/business name, the date, and the item and its value and give it to the person/business for their tax records.  Also note the value of the item for us so we can put that on the bid sheets for the auction.  We’ve had some amazing items in the past, from kid’s toys to kitchenware, hand-made clocks to fine jewelry, and everything in between.  We’d like to have an even greater variety for this year’s auction.  So please see what you can find to add to our assortment.  THANKS!!

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2019 Vacation Bible School

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 02 Jun 2019 13:18:31 +0000

Sonquest Rainforest July 14th – 18th

Our first meeting was on May 7. We decided to hold our program from Sunday, July 14, through Thursday, July 18. We reviewed the materials and discussed preliminary decorating ideas. We have leaders for all the centers but for everyone who would like to help, assistants are needed [...]

         Sonquest Rainforest

July 14th – 18th

Our first meeting was on May 7.  We decided to hold our program from Sunday, July 14, through Thursday, July 18.  We reviewed the materials and discussed preliminary decorating ideas.  We have leaders for all the centers but for everyone who would like to help, assistants are needed for the snacks, crafts and PreK areas.  The PreK leader is asking for one or two adults for extra hands for in-class projects. Please see Cindy if you can help with snacks or Pastor Lou for other areas.

          Our next meeting will be on May 28 at 7:00 pm.  We will continue discussing decorating and what will be our mission.  Each year, our VBS decides on a mission project.  Our projects have helped children here locally and around the world.  All ideas are welcome and we will all decide then which one is right for this year.

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From the Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Mon, 27 May 2019 12:21:32 +0000

At a recent meeting with my mentor, the Rev Dr. Jane Hess, we talked about our churches and what is important to us.  I mentioned community and relationships.  We both agreed that both are important and that relationships are just another gift the church has to offer.  One reason why relationships are such an [...]

At a recent meeting with my mentor, the Rev Dr. Jane Hess, we talked about our churches and what is important to us.  I mentioned community and relationships.  We both agreed that both are important and that relationships are just another gift the church has to offer.  One reason why relationships are such an important part of the Christian life is because God values relationships. That’s why we should value relationships as well.

God himself is relational

The Bible teaches that God has eternally existed as three persons in one divine being. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been in relationship with each other forever. In Genesis 1:26, we read, “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image…’” Notice that God says “us”, not just “me”. This is why the Bible can say that “God is love.” God was able to express and experience love long before any created beings existed, because God encompasses three persons. Without going into detail on the Trinity, we need to understand that God is not a solitary being. The Father loves the Son and the Son, in turn, loves the Father. If God is relational, why should we think that we can go it alone?

The Old Testament shows that God values relationships

We can find many examples in the Old Testament scriptures that prove how important relationships are to God. For example, when God called Abraham (Genesis 12:2), he told him, “I will make you into a great nation.” God wasn’t content to establish a relationship with just one man. His purpose was to create a people – made up of families, clans, and tribes. God chose to bring redemption into the world through human relationships.
Another point of data from the Old Testament is the special care God shows toward people who are alone in the world. In particular, God’s heart is for widows and orphans. These are people who are the vulnerable and most subject to oppression and neglect, because they lack people who can provide a structure of support. So God told Israel in Isaiah 1:17, “Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” And Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the lonely in families…” Relationships are important to God!

The New Testament shows that God values relationships

To begin with, God created the church. While the people of Israel were all related to each other, the church encompasses people from every national and ethnic group. The church includes everyone who is united to Jesus by faith in him. As a result, we are all united to each other as well. The New Testament calls the church a family. It compares it to a living body. Metaphors like this emphasize our interconnectedness as Christ-followers.
In light of this, the New Testament contains hundreds of verses that instruct us on how  to live in relationships. There are dozens of “one another” statements that direct how we should live: forgive one another, be patient with one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, love one another, and many more. It is quite clear, then, that no one can be obedient to God’s Word in isolation. God’s design is for us to connect in relationships. That’s why he told us how to do it.

God never called anyone to a purely individual salvation

The New Testament teaches that salvation places each of us into a web of relationships centered on Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:1-10describes our salvation in individual terms. We were dead in our sins. God made us alive in Christ. He saved us by his grace, through our faith, for a life of good works. But the rest of Ephesians 2 describes the relational aspects of this same salvation.

Ephesians 2:19-22: So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.  When you’re connected to Jesus, you are also connected to his people. We are now members of a single family. We are citizens of the same kingdom. We are connected like stones in a house. In fact, as our lives are joined together, we become a temple. God lives among us by his Spirit – not individually, but in the unity of our relationships.  Relationships are important to God. God’s people are completely out of step with his values and priorities when relationships are not important to us.

Our relationships continue, especially with the young people in our church. Starting on July 14th, and ending July 18thy, 2019 we will gather every evening for our vacation Bible school! We have many educational activities planned, and also time for fun.  We will meet in our church social hall beginning at 6:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  Enrollment forms are available at church or by calling the church office at 570- 868-5675. Our relationships continue, hope to see you there!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Lou Aita

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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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  • Jun
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    Mission Trip to Gatlinburg, TN
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    Worship Services
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    Old River Road Church Services
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    Hosted by Emmanuel UCC
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    14
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    10:30 AM
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    14
    Old River Road Church Services
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    Hosted by St. Peter’s UCC
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    21
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
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  • Jul
    21
    Old River Road Church Services
    06:00 PM
    Hosted by St. John’s UCC
  • Jul
    22
    Vacation Bible School
    05:00 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will learn that we are Accepted by Jesus, Protected by Jesus, Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus and Living for Jesus. There are cool songs, spirited games, nature crafts, sweet treats and rock-solid lessons, all with a camping theme. Our first meeting was on May 14. We decided to hold our program from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. We reviewed the materials and discussed preliminary decorating ideas. We have leaders for all the centers but for everyone who would like to help, assistants are needed for the snacks, crafts and PreK areas. The PreK leader is asking for one or two adults for extra hands for in-class projects. Please see Cindy if you can help with snacks or Denise for other areas.
  • Jul
    23
    Vacation Bible School
    05:00 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will learn that we are Accepted by Jesus, Protected by Jesus, Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus and Living for Jesus. There are cool songs, spirited games, nature crafts, sweet treats and rock-solid lessons, all with a camping theme. Our first meeting was on May 14. We decided to hold our program from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. We reviewed the materials and discussed preliminary decorating ideas. We have leaders for all the centers but for everyone who would like to help, assistants are needed for the snacks, crafts and PreK areas. The PreK leader is asking for one or two adults for extra hands for in-class projects. Please see Cindy if you can help with snacks or Denise for other areas.
  • Jul
    24
    Vacation Bible School
    05:00 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will learn that we are Accepted by Jesus, Protected by Jesus, Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus and Living for Jesus. There are cool songs, spirited games, nature crafts, sweet treats and rock-solid lessons, all with a camping theme. Our first meeting was on May 14. We decided to hold our program from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. We reviewed the materials and discussed preliminary decorating ideas. We have leaders for all the centers but for everyone who would like to help, assistants are needed for the snacks, crafts and PreK areas. The PreK leader is asking for one or two adults for extra hands for in-class projects. Please see Cindy if you can help with snacks or Denise for other areas.
  • Jul
    25
    Vacation Bible School
    05:00 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will learn that we are Accepted by Jesus, Protected by Jesus, Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus and Living for Jesus. There are cool songs, spirited games, nature crafts, sweet treats and rock-solid lessons, all with a camping theme. Our first meeting was on May 14. We decided to hold our program from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. We reviewed the materials and discussed preliminary decorating ideas. We have leaders for all the centers but for everyone who would like to help, assistants are needed for the snacks, crafts and PreK areas. The PreK leader is asking for one or two adults for extra hands for in-class projects. Please see Cindy if you can help with snacks or Denise for other areas.
  • Jul
    28
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Jul
    28
    Old River Road Church Services
    06:00 PM
    Hosted by St. James Lutheran
  • Aug
    4
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
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    4
    Old River Road Church Services
    06:00 PM
    Hosted by New Hope UMC
  • Aug
    11
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
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    11
    Old River Road Church Services
    06:00 PM
    Hosted by St. Mark’s Lutheran
  • Aug
    18
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Aug
    18
    Old River Road Church Services
    06:00 PM
    Hosted by Mt. Zion UCC