Bible Study of the Books of the New Testament

Pastor Russ leads these discussions on Tuesdays at 1:30 and 7 pm in the Pastor's Parlor. All are welcome! ​Use the front door of the church office. 

The Learning Hour - Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 9:15 am (September - May)

Jesus himself once asked the disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"  How would your personal, religious and social understanding of Jesus prompt you to respond to this question?  Do you have one or more perspectives about Jesus' life and ministry?  Whatever your responses, let the Learning Hour give you an opportunity to know Jesus better.

Spring 2018
April 8 - May 20

​"Job and the Life of Faith: Wisdom for Today's World"
by Carol M. Bechtel
The book of Job cuts straight to the heart of what it means to be human. It is the most profound exploration of the life of faith ever written, and wrestles with some of life's most perplexing questions. Why do bad things happen to good people? Is there a correspondence between sin and suffering, obedience and blessing? Why should we serve God if there are no guarantees of blessings and freedom from loss and harm? We do not have all of the answers; God does. Faith, as Job comes to understand it, is an exercise in radical trust.

For information, contact Brian Frederick at 717-451-3977 or


Children's Sunday School
Becci Bair and Jamie Brown coordinate the One Room Sunday School program for children ages 3-12. It includes stories, crafts, and music and meets weekly. After "A Time for Children" during the worship service, children are led to the classroom downstairs to participate in planned activities. Children's Sunday School is not held in the summer.


Puppet Ministry

The Puppet Ministry at Emmanuel provides an optional activity for children ages 3-9 to build leadership and performance skills while delivering Bible messages and music during "A Time for Children" during occasional worship services.


​The theme for 2018 will be Game On! Gearing Up for Life's Big Game. Children ages 3-11 are invited June 25 to 29, from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Youth age 12 and up may volunteer as assistants. Registration forms are available in the church office.

Past Book Discussions

"The Shack" by William P. Young

"Three Cups of Tea" by Mortenson and Relin (led by Mrs. Fran Bartlett, former missionary teacher in Lucknow, India) 

"Fearless" by Max Lucado (led by invited guests and members of the congregation including: Dr. Phil Livelsberger, Pastor Pat, Franklin Williams, Brian Frederick, and Barb Horneff

"Love Wins!" by Rob Bell  

"Living Your Legacy" by Larsen and Larsen

"Made for Paradise: God's Original Plan for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Rest" by Dr. Patricia Hart Terry

"10 Men of the Bible: How God Used Imperfect People to Change the World" by Max Lucado

"Amos and Hosea: Boundaries, Tough Love, Amazing Grace" (Kerygma Publications)

​"God of Justice" 2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner for International Justice Mission (IJM) Institute Global Church Curriculum

​"Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk & True Flourishing" by Andy Crouch

"All Things New: Rediscovering the Four-Chapter Gospel" by Hugh Whelchel

​"Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God" by Tim McConnell

"Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation" by Bruce M. Metzger




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