First Week of Lent 2022

Picture Credit: Pastor Joseph and Tim Florian, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, share a moment outside of church recently.

Good morning Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church, 

It is a sunny Thursday up on God’s hill!  Last night was a beautiful and meaningful Ash Wednesday service, which brought us to the threshold of Lent and our experience of God.  Thanks to all who came out and prayed for the needs of this world.  

This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent and Communion.  We will be continuing with the Gospel of John series.  I will be preaching on John 11; Jesus’ raising of Lazarus.  You are invited to bring a dish to pass for the Social Hour after church.  We will also be taking through March an offering for humanitarian relief in Ukraine through the United Church of Christ.  More info can be found here.

On Wednesday, March 9th will be the first Mid-week Lenten service at Hill’s at 7 p.m. The theme for next Wednesday is “The Prayers of Jesus” and Joseph Hedden will be speaking on John 12.   You can attend in person or remotely.  If you would like to attend remotely, there will be a Zoom link set up. For the Zoom link, email me or the church office at or  

On Saturday, March 19 the Program Committee is sponsoring a trip to the Carnegie Science Center to see the Pompeii exhibit.  We will gather at the church at 9 a.m. Cost is 12 dollars and you can pay the morning of the event.  Call the church office or sign up in the Steele building to reserve your spot.  After the display and the Imax movie on Vesuvius, we will stop somewhere convenient for lunch.  Hope to see you there!

 A small group spirituality class will be taking a light hearted look at thorny church questions starting on Thursday evenings from 7-8  in late April.  The series is entitled: “How do you mess up a baptism?”  Bring your questions and Pastor Joseph will attempt to answer them.  Why do we sit or stand in worship?  When will Jesus come back?  Is playing cards on Sunday (or any day for that matter) a sin?  See the above flier.  

As always, we have Tuesday morning Bible Study at 10 a.m.  We are right now studying Ezekiel and the life of prayer.  All are welcome.  

Grace and Peace, 

Pastor Joseph
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