|We are constantly reminded of our blessings and the grace of God which has guided our path as a country, a nation, and a Christian people. Proven to be true throughout our past, the Church of Emmanuel UCC has faithfully served the members of our congregation. the needs of the citizens of our community, and the sponsorship of faith to our neighbors through Our Church's Wider Mission.
Emmanuel will continue to honor our past heritage with the same love of faith and dedication as previous faithful members and invites all people to witness the ongoing service and devotion of our congregation today. In a time of prosperity that promises confidence in the future, so likewise does the membership of Emmanuel look to its future with a promise of reverence to God and to the enrichment and service of our congregation.
~Estelle King on the occasion of the 225th Anniversary of the Congregation of Emmanuel
As the congregation of Emmanuel prepares to celebrate 250 years of worship and service, the following events are being planned:
December 31, 2014--8 PM-Midnight
Victorian (Civil War) New Year's Eve Ball
Live music, dance masters, and refreshments
January 4, 3 PM--Hymn Sing and Reception
Featuring the Gobrecht family of musicians and Don Horneff, organ with hymns through the ages including: O Come, All Ye Faithful (1751); Marching to Zion (1707); Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (1758); Amazing Grace (1779); How Firm a Foundation (1787); Angels, from the Realms of Glory (1816); Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (1844); Faith of Our Fathers! (1849); Holy, Holy, Holy (1861); Go Tel It on the Mountain (1865); Onward, Christian Soldiers (1871); How Great Thou Art (1885); Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (1907); Be Now My Vision (1912); Great Is Your Faithfulness (1923); Make Me a Channel of Your peace ((1967); Hymn of Promise (1985); I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry (1985); and Joy to the World (1719).
February 8--Covered Dish Luncheon
February 15, 3 PM--Celebration of Marriage and Mass Renewal of Wedding Vows
February 17, 4:30-6:30 PM--Fat Tuesday “Breakfast”
February 18, 7 PM--Ash Wednesday Service in Bowers Chapel
March 1, 6 PM--CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER--Taize Service in Bowers Chapel
March 7, 5 and 6:30 PM--Spaghetti Supper
March 15, 3 PM--"The Best of Baroque" Concert featuring Nicholas Curie, violin--Tim Anderson, cello--Rodrigo Tarraza, flute--Don Horneff, harpsichord
March 27, 5:30 PM (Doors open) and 7 PM (Games begin)—Gift Card Bingo
March 28--Easter Egg Hunt
March 29, 10:30 AM--Palm Sunday Service
April 5, 9 AM--Easter Breakfast followed by worship service
April 11, 11:45 AM—Heritage Tea
April 12—Service with message from Rev. Dr. Lee Barrett of Lancaster Theological Seminary
April 19, 3 PM--"Two Flutes and a Piano" Concert featuring Al Gifford, flute--Deb Handley, flute--Don Horneff, piano
April 26, following the worship service--Mass Renewal of Wedding Vows II
April 29--Women's Banquet with storyteller Beth Rebert reading Thunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco
May 9--CANCELLED--Victory in Europe Day (WWII) Celebration Dance
May 17--Graduation Recognition and Covered Dish Lunch
June 17--Men's Banquet
June 27--Civil War Walking Tour, Church Tour and Reception, Quilt Show
July 14--York Revolution Game and Buffet Dinner
July 19--Celebrating the "Fruits of Summer"
August 23--Outdoor Service at Gitt Memorial Library with Breakfast beginning at 9 AM
September 13--Rally Day, Lunch, Games
September 27, 3 PM--Concert by Simple Gifts--Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time!
October 11, 3 PM--Concert by David Kreider, piano and Maxim Kozlov, cello
October 25--Reformation Sunday
October 30--Cookbook Tasting Party, Ghost Walks
October 31, 8 AM-1 PM--Holiday Bazaar: Celebrate Fall and Shop for Christmas
November 14--Fall Fest--CANCELLED
November 15, 3 PM--Sentimental Journey: Concert featuring Jenny Anderson Myers and Tom Walker, vocalists
November 20, 5:30 PM (Doors open) and 7 PM (Games begin)--Gift Card Bingo
November 22--Hanging of the Greens (decorate Emmanuel)
November 29, 7 PM--"Star of Bethlehem" featuring an exciting multimedia event combining amazing astro-photography with stellar harpist, Janet Witman
December 5--Christmas Tea
December 13--Christmas Cantata
December 18 and 19--Mini Carol Sings
December 20--105th Annual Carol Sing--A Hanover Tradition: Christmas Carols sung and their stories (re)told by Steve McKonly and Landy Grimm--Accompanied by a community orchestra directed by Jamie H. Brown--Don Horneff, organ and Myfanwy Jacob-Smith, piano--Followed by a dessert reception
Events are subject to change.
More details will be available as we approach the events.
If you have any questions about any of these activities please contact Linda McKonly, 250th Anniversary Planning Committee Chair, at 717-632-6379.