Emmanuel UCC
Join us for Worship every Sunday 
@ 10:00 AM
Communion 1st Sunday of the month

Phone: 330-483-3655
Email: emmanuccvlycty@zoominternet.net

From the Desk of Pastor Bert
Dear Friends,

Several years ago, a friend told me of one of his many journeys. He rode the train round trip through Pennsylvania at the peak of all four seasons. He spoke of how very different each one was even though he rode the exact same route and on the same side of the car. “After I did this,” he told with a smile, “I came to realize that change is constant, even if we try to travel the same path all the time.”

In the Gospels, when Jesus says “Follow me!” the first disciples just leave their nets and follow. At the end of the Gospel of John, Jesus again tells Peter “follow me.” Peter asks about the others, especially the beloved disciple. Jesus basically says, “Don’t be concerned about the others, “You follow me.”

Change in my life journey ahead is inevitable and I trust the Spirit’s guidance. This is also true in the journey of Emmanuel UCC. Paul writes in                  1 Corinthians, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  

There are many things we at EUCC are seeing dimly. There are many signs pointing to a different way of being and doing. They will require a change from what has been. Yet as my good friend reminds us. “Change is constant, even if we try to travel the same path all the time.”  

Blessings on the Journey,
Pastor Bert