Vacation Bible School Goes on a “Faith Expedition”

Come on a “Faith Expedition” with us at Emmanuel.  August 7-11 we’ll travel with our guides on a “Faith Expedition” at Vacation Bible School.  VBS will run from 9:30 to 12:30 Monday through Friday with a closing program and pizza dinner on Friday night.  Each day will be filled with activities including Bible lessons, Bible memory, crafts, music, a mid-morning snack, and outdoor recreation.  Register here.

First State Symphonic Band Spring Community Concert

Emmanuel will host the First State Symphonic Band for their annual spring concert June 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Join us for this wonderful opportunity.  The concert is free.  Learn more about the band at


February 17-19, 2017

Streamside Camp & Conference Center

Stroudsburg, PA

The Presbytery of Philadelphia is hosting a Winter Youth Conference called “Kamélos” which is the Greek word for camel. The conference will take place on the weekend of February 17-19, 2017 in the Poconos in the shadow of Camelback Mountain at Streamside Camp and Conference Center.  This beautiful facility, which provides meals, heated cabins with bathrooms as well as activities like snow-tubing, table tennis and a rock climbing wall, is a great place for youth to be able to have fun and fellowship during the cold of winter while also being challenged with the truths of God’s Word. The conference is open to girls and boys in grades 8 through 12.

Rev. David Landow will be giving a series of messages called “#blessed” on the beatitudes. The focus will be on qualities which characterize a disciple of Jesus.  Parents are welcome to attend the Sunday worship service on Feb. 19th at 10:30 am and for $10 extra can join the kids for lunch on that day. (This option will be provided when registering.)

The cost for the weekend is:

  • $75 – Early Registration (on or before February 6th)
  • $115 – Late Registration (after February 6th)

The final deadline for registration is February 13.

For more information and to register, please visit:

First State Symphonic Band Christmas Concert

The First State Symphonic Band Christmas Concert was at Emmanuel on December 2nd.  The lively, holiday concert featured such music as Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “The Nutcracker”, Symphonic Prelude on “Adeste Fidelis”, and two Leroy Anderson Christmas classics: “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride”.   A light reception followed the concert.



Operation Christmas Child

THANK YOU!  We packed 69 boxes this year!


Emmanuel will host a packing party in November.  Bring items from this list to pack into shoeboxes for children around the world.  More information will be coming.

Samaritan’s Purse’s website offers the suggestions below for items to put into your shoebox.  For specific age suggestions,  examples, and much more, please visit their website at



A “Wow” Item

Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.

Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths…

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Candy specifications: During 2016, the following types of candy can be included in shoebox gifts: hard candy, gummy bears, caramels, taffy, and gum—as long as its expiration date is at least six months after National Collection Week: Nov. 14-21, 2016. Starting in 2017, no type of candy can be included in shoebox gifts.

Toothpaste specifications: Toothpaste can be included this year as long as its expiration date is at least six months after National Collection Week: Nov. 14-21, 2016. Starting in 2017, toothpaste cannot be included in shoebox gifts, but a child’s oral hygiene can still be improved by regular use of a toothbrush alone.


Community Group

cg-logo-1-0Community Group will meet at church and begin the evening with a simple catered dinner from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.  The meal is free.

We’re currently watching a thought provoking video series called “Life Explored”   After the video and discussion, we break into small groups for prayer.  If you can’t make it in time for dinner, please come anyway and join us for the study and prayer.  Nursery will be provided, but please let us know as soon as possible if you need it.  Community Group will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month, year-round.  The general schedule for each Community Group gathering is listed below.  We hope to see you there!


  • 5:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:45 p.m. Video/Bible Study
  • 7:30 p.m. Prayer
  • 8:00 p.m. End



Block Party Fun Photos

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Ice Cream Social

After the evening service on September 4, we’ll have another ice cream social. Join us for this informal fellowship time around a yummy treat!


Coffee Break Summer Session

Coffee Break plans to meet this summer on Wednesdays beginning June 15 and continuing to August 10 with the week of July 4th off. We will meet at Talley Day Park from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If it is raining, we hope to meet inside the library. The kids will love Talley Day Park as they have a great playground. We will plan to meet at the covered pavilion. For our study, we will use short studies that will not require advanced preparation. They are topical and devotional in nature. We look forward to spending the summer together. Contact Nancy Krizan or Karen Grubbs for more information or call the church office at (302) 478-7776.

Emmanuel’s 120th Anniversary


Join us during the month of May as we celebrate our 120th anniversary.   We are delighted to have five of Emmanuel’s past ministers each preach one Sunday morning in May.  Our morning service begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday school for all ages.  Nursery is provided for children infant through three years.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Rev. Richard C. Miller           May 1
  • Rev. Dr. S. Edd Cathey          May 8
  • Rev. Jonathan F. Peters        May 15
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Letham        May 22
  • Rev. Rollin P. Keller               May 29