March 16 Weekly Update

Dear friends and members of Emmanuel Church,

It’s a beautiful cold and snowy morning on God’s Hill!

This Sunday, March 18th will deal with the last night of Jesus’ life and the betrayal he suffers at the hands of Judas and others.  The sermon is about what we give up for Lent (and what Judas should have given up for Lent).


The Noisy Collection will be this week as well and we will be collecting for the Blessed Be Educators.  At the Consistory meeting on Tuesday night, we entered into a new partnership with this organization and became a sponsoring congregation of Blessed Be Educators, which works with Pittsburgh area churches and schools to improve the educational formation (both religious, as in Sunday Schools and youth group, or at a public school) for children and youth.   You will have a chance to give to this great cause on Sunday and this is our first offering of such type to Blessed Be Educators. This is part of the 3 Great Loves Initiative of the United Church of Christ that we are participating in for 2018-2019: Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation.

After worship the Women’s Guild will meet in the Steele Education Building to discuss the Spring Salad Luncheon in May.

Easter Breakfast sign up sheets are on the office door if you would like to help out.  You may also put what you are planning to donate on the list there as well.

Next Week:

Monday is Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Tuesday is Bible Study at 10 a.m.  We will be starting Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians.
Wednesday is the Deadline for the April Newsletter.
Friday, March 23rd is the Last of our Cluster Worship Services for Lent at 7:30 at First UCC, Harrison City.  Theme: Connecting with God through Angels.
Next Sunday, Palm Sunday:  Choir Cantata. The Choir has planned a musical expression of the gospel story through a Cantata entitled, “Resurrection Alleluias.”   Worship Procession with Palms.  Easter Egg Hunt following worship for the children
See you in church!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Joseph

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