May 15, 2016 Sermon– “Feast of Weeks”

Deuteronomy 16:9-12 9 You shall count seven weeks; begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain. 10Then you shall keep the festival of weeks to the Lord your God, contributing a freewill-offering in proportion to the blessing that you have received from the Lord your God.11Rejoice…

Weekly Update–March 26–Barbeque Dinner Edition

Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church, Tonight is the Mid-Week Lenten Service at Apollo Church.  Our host is our own Ryan Lucas, who is serving there as their lay pastor.  Preaching will be the Rev. John Titus.  The offering, as in every Mid-Week Lenten Service will be split three equal ways: 1/3 for Typhoon Relief…

193rd Homecoming — Kids Games

This year I thought for the children’s games at our church’s homecoming that we would do some old fashioned games. Our Pastor dressed up like the 19th century pastor of Hills Church–Jacob Snyder. I figured to fit the theme I should find out what types of games people played  in the 19th century. As I…

Our Church Transformed

The church recently has undergone some very much needed changes to better accommodate our growing youth. Here are some photos and descriptions…. Three rooms transformed for our three main age groups: 0-3 Nursery There is not a before photo provided for the nursery. This room was the main room to teach ALL ages. It had a large…

Saying Grace Series

The holidays are coming and you know what that means! A lot of big family dinners! I can’t speak for other people and their families but I know when my family gets together there is always this awkward moment when everyone is trying to figure out who will say grace. Sometimes that person gives a very…

Anti-bullying Starts at Home

My family and I were at the mall in Pittsburgh Mills one evening and Ella was excited to play at the indoor playground there. They have these little model homes that kids can play in. Ella really liked walking in and out of the houses to peer through the windows. There was also two little…

Last Day of VBS! August 22!

Dear Friends, Wednesday is the last day of our three-day VBS. It’s Heritage day! Kids will celebrate how God made them each different but how we are all one in Christ. Important things for parents with participating kids to know: When you arrive you are invited to stay with your kids for hot dogs and…

Youth Updates

VBS is next week, Monday-Wednesday. It’s free and all ages are welcome (17 and under). There is a little Talent Show Wednesday night at 8 pm. Everyone is invited to participate or come see. Please consider sharing your talents with our kids! (Or having your kids share their talent with us!) Please send me an…

VBS is BACK!

America’s Got Culture VBS Part II August 20-22 6 to 9 pm Cost: Free! Ages: 0-17 (children 3 and under may leave early but all other children are asked to stay the entire time) VBS Part I in June was entitled Jesus Around the World. We are building on what children learned then with VBS Part II…

Pirates Game, Skyblast Fireworks and Lifehouse concert!!!

It’s time for our annual Pittsburgh Pirates trip! This year is very special because you get three events in the same night–the Pirates game, the Skyblast Fireworks Show and a concert performed by Lifehouse! (They are well known for hit songs like “Hanging on a Moment”, “You and Me” and “All in”) There will be free bus transportation available that…

A Little Youth News

Hello friends, I am on a mission to explore different ways I can upcycle in my home and I want to share my findings with the kids in different projects. What is upcycling? It is like a do-it-yourself form of recycling. Instead of shipping off unwanted recyclable materials to a recycling plant, you can re-purpose these items…

Benefit Barbeque Dinner

Even though I am worn out and tired after a long day, I had to get online and express my gratitude to all of you who made our BBQ Benefit Dinner such a huge success. We raised a lot more money for our youth than I expected. Thank you for supporting our youth!!!! Thank you…