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Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:53:37 +0000

According to the Bible, every Christian has been given at least one spiritual gift to use in service to the body of Christ. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one [...]

According to the Bible, every Christian has been given at least one spiritual gift to use in service to the body of Christ. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen”. So, an important step in determining how to best serve in the church is for us to discover what our spiritual gifts are. Of course, we don’t have to know what our gift is before we start getting involved in the church. In fact, we often discover our gifts in the process of serving.

There is a difference between the Body of Christ universal and the local church Christians attend for corporate worship. But there is no difference in how Christians ought to use their spiritual gifts, because serving God is a twenty-four-hour proposition, not a Sunday-only enterprise. All Christians everywhere should be serving God in their local churches and looking for opportunities to serve outside the walls of a church building. It may be difficult to discover which spiritual gift(s) God has bestowed, but it’s better to serve somewhere than nowhere. Often, the discovery of gifts becomes more clear in the doing—as we serve in various jobs, we learn what we are good at and what we have a heart for.

There are always more needs than willing workers; this was true in Christ’s day and is still true today. It’s never a problem to find a need in the local church. From evangelizing the community to cleaning the bathrooms, there is always plenty of work to be done. It is good to inquire of the church leadership regarding the needs of the church.

Every member of every church should be serving in some way, and every servant of the Lord should remember that it’s more than just serving others; it’s loving them: “Serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13). Serving the church can take on many forms: preparing a meal for a family struck by illness, visiting an elderly, housebound widow, or just picking up a phone and saying, “I was thinking about you today.” Christians may busy themselves in tasks of service like the ones listed above, but endless performing, without love, is meaningless. As we go about serving God and others, let us do so with a spirit of humility and brotherly love.  Yours in Christ,

Pastor Lou Aita

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Thank You

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:52:43 +0000

Thank you to Bonnie Silvetti for the beautiful fresh flowers from her garden that were used as altar flowers a few Sundays in August.

Thank you to Bonnie Silvetti for the beautiful fresh flowers from her garden that were used as altar flowers a few Sundays in August.

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Teen Talk on Sunday Mornings

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:52:02 +0000

Our Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above.  We meet on Sunday mornings starting on September 8 at 9:30 am. to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us.  There are so many things that try [...]

Our Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above.  We meet on Sunday mornings starting on September 8 at 9:30 am. to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us.  There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God.  This is our own time to dig deeper into our faith.  It’s not just another “Sunday School class” or Bible Study.  It’s all about us – who we are, what’s happening in our lives right here and now, and how does any of this relate to God and our faith.  We’ll be discussing the important things going on in the world, our town and our lives.  And if you have any particular ideas to discuss, just give them to me. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.   We’re looking for everyone in 7th grade and up to come out and talk about how God really relates to us – not just in theory, but in reality.

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CARDS FOR A CAUSE

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:45:19 +0000

Thanks to everyone who buys Weis or Carone’s cards.  We appreciate all your support.  See Deb or let a Youth Group member know if you want some more! There are also envelopes on the table in the narthex to put in with the offering and receive the following week.

Thanks to everyone who buys Weis or Carone’s cards.  We appreciate all your support.  See Deb or let a Youth Group member know if you want some more! There are also envelopes on the table in the narthex to put in with the offering and receive the following week.

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WE ARE IN NEED OF FOOD FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:44:43 +0000

As our food pantry is used by the community on a regular basis, we are running low.  We do have an abundance of pasta and cereal.  Please try and help us stock the pantry so we could continue to offer this outreach to our community members.

As our food pantry is used by the community on a regular basis, we are running low.  We do have an abundance of pasta and cereal.  Please try and help us stock the pantry so we could continue to offer this outreach to our community members.

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150 YEARS OLD ! …

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:42:48 +0000

Did you know our church is 150 years old this year?  What a Great Cloud of Witness we are (from the Book of Hebrews)!  We have deliberated this fact at our last consistory meeting and decided to celebrate! On Sunday, October 6th, there will be a special service during our regular worship time. We [...]

Did you know our church is 150 years old this year?  What a Great Cloud of Witness we are (from the Book of Hebrews)!  We have deliberated this fact at our last consistory meeting and decided to celebrate! On Sunday, October 6th, there will be a special service during our regular worship time. We would like to continue the celebration with a covered dish luncheon after the service.  Please consider preparing your favorite German themed dish to share.  Also, bring along family and friends to make our celebration meaningful to all. I will be contacting former ministers of Emanuele UCC to join us that afternoon.

In addition, we ask that if you have any memorabilia to share start collecting it now and bring it to me.  I do plan on setting this up in our social hall for all to enjoy!           I will be looking for anyone who would like to be on the anniversary committee for our 150th anniversary.  This is going to be a think-tank to help plan for our celebration October 6th. We need ideas to make this a fun and memorable afternoon.  Please see me after church if interested or call me at 570-582-9550.  Thanks,

Pastor Lou Aita

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Emmanuel UCC Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:42:29 +0000

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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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    President
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    Vice President
  • Diana Decker
    Secretary
  • Allen Dennis
    Trustee
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    Trustee
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    Trustee
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    Treasurer

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    19
    Consistory Meeting
    06:30 PM
    The next Consistory meeting will be on Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 pm.
  • Sep
    22
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    The Kid’s Choir is for anyone from age 3 age to 3rd grade. We have a great time learning fun songs. Our practice will be on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Sep
    22
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    The Youth Choir is for anyone in 4th grade through high school. Our songs will be more geared to your abilities to perform a bit more complicated music, but still with a fun twist. Practices are Sunday at 9:15 am.
  • Sep
    22
    Sunday School
    09:30 AM
    WELCOME BACK to another GREAT YEAR at Emmanuel UCC!! Our first day of Sunday School will be Rally Day, Sept. 8 at 9:00 am. We’ll be practicing for the special worship service centered around US.
  • Sep
    22
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    The Chancel Choir practices Sundays at 9:30 am for all those older than elementary school age who love to praise the Lord in song and music. We perform a variety of music, from praise to gospel to traditional.
  • Sep
    22
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Sep
    29
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    The Kid’s Choir is for anyone from age 3 age to 3rd grade. We have a great time learning fun songs. Our practice will be on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Sep
    29
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    The Youth Choir is for anyone in 4th grade through high school. Our songs will be more geared to your abilities to perform a bit more complicated music, but still with a fun twist. Practices are Sunday at 9:15 am.
  • Sep
    29
    Sunday School
    09:30 AM
    WELCOME BACK to another GREAT YEAR at Emmanuel UCC!! Our first day of Sunday School will be Rally Day, Sept. 8 at 9:00 am. We’ll be practicing for the special worship service centered around US.
  • Sep
    29
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    The Chancel Choir practices Sundays at 9:30 am for all those older than elementary school age who love to praise the Lord in song and music. We perform a variety of music, from praise to gospel to traditional.
  • Sep
    29
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Oct
    6
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Oct
    6
    150th Anniversary Celebration!
    11:30 AM
    Did you know our church is 150 years old this year? What a Great Cloud of Witness we are (from the Book of Hebrews)! We have deliberated this fact at our last consistory meeting and decided to celebrate! On Sunday, October 6th, there will be a special service during our regular worship time. We would like to continue the celebration with a covered dish luncheon after the service. Please consider preparing your favorite German themed dish to share. Also, bring along family and friends to make our celebration meaningful to all. I will be contacting former ministers of Emmanuel UCC to join us that afternoon. In addition, we ask that if you have any memorabilia to share start collecting it now and bring it to me. I do plan on setting this up in our social hall for all to enjoy! I will be looking for anyone who would like to be on the anniversary committee for our 150th anniversary. This is going to be a think-tank to help plan for our celebration October 6th. We need ideas to make this a fun and memorable afternoon. Please see me after church if interested or call me at 570-582-9550.
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    13
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Oct
    19
    Fall Turkey Supper
    03:00 PM
    Fall Turkey Supper
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    20
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
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    27
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
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    3
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
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    10
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
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    17
    Worship Services
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