Bible Study of the Books of the New Testament
Beginning on October 3, Pastor Russ leads these discussions on Tuesdays, 1:30 and 7 pm in the Pastor's Parlor. All are welcome!
Enter the front door of the church office.
"The Learning Hour" - Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 9:15 AM (Sept - 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.
September 17 - October 22
All Things New: Rediscovering the Four-Chapter Gospel
by Hugh Whelchel
Stories universally attempt to explain the brokenness of this world and give purpose to our lives, but they repeatedly fall short. In All Things New, Whelchel inspires Christians to join God's incredible redemptive story through their everyday work. The gospel, explained in the four chapters of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration, powerfully transforms our understanding of the flourishing God intends for his people. By rediscovering the four chapters of God’s redemptive biblical narrative, we can better understand our role in God’s story for creation and his ultimate plan to make all things new.
October 29 - December 31
Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God
by Tim McConnell
Most Christians resist the idea that we are to pursue happiness. We are more comfortable with the idea of finding joy or being blessed. But seeking happiness seems too superficial or too flighty for people of faith. In Happy Church, Tim McConnell offers a radical call for Christians to reclaim happiness. Happiness flows from the joy of the Lord and being glad in Christ. When the church expresses happiness, we are making a countercultural choice that the world cannot help but notice. "It's time to bring the happy back," he says. "It's time to get serious about happiness." This is a book to read with your small group or congregation, with discussion questions to help you become happy together. You'll discover that God's call to the church is to radiate happiness because we live in a world that desperately needs it."
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 resumes on the second Sunday in September.
Children present themes for puppets on some holidays, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Although Puppet Ministry does not meet in summer, we perform at the Outdoor Service at Gitt Memorial Library in late-August.
Puppet Ministry at Emmanuel began in Fall 2014. It provides an optional activity for children (ages 3-9) to build leadership and performance skills while preparing to deliver Bible messages and music during "A Time for Children" in the worship
service once a month or every 4-6 weeks.
Our first puppet performance on November 9, 2014 was filled with excitement!
In four months our puppet family grew from 4 to 12!
After a 10 year absence, Vacation Bible School resumed at Emmanuel in June 2016. We registered 14 enthusiastic children, ages 3-11!
The theme for 2017 is HERO Central: Discover your strength in God!
June 26-30, 9:30 am - 12 Noon
The Shack by William P. Young (led by Pastor Pat and Dr. Lee Barrett, Professor of Systematic Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary)
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 (led by Pastor Pat)
Living Your LEGACY by Larsen and Larsen (led by Barb Horneff)
Made for Paradise: God's Original Plan for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Rest by Dr. Patricia Hart Terry (led by Barb Horneff)
10 Men of the Bible: How God Used Imperfect People to Change the World by Max Lucado (led by Brian Frederick and others)
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
The Heart of Prayer
"What Did Jesus Look Like?”
Visitation 101, 102