April 2017



146 Main Street, Emmaus, Pa. 18049

Phone 610-965-6067; Fax 610-966-5420


Office hours: Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm


The Rt. Rev. J. Christian Giesler ~ Pastor~

Linda Wisser ~ Dir. of Growth & Development ~

Adam Goodrich ~ Student Pastor ~

Melissa Heckman ~ Secretary ~

Martha Cox Popichak ~ Director of Music ~

Christopher Klump ~ Director of Brass Choir

Al Kneller ~ Sexton


2017 Watchword

Jesus Christ says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  Matthew 28:18


Worship Schedule


Sunday, April 2nd ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 9:15 Main St. Worship; 10:30 Worship;

6:00 pm Palm Cross making


Sunday, April 9th ~ Palm Sunday ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 9:45 Egg Hunt;

10:30 Worship ~ Reception of new members


Holy Week Schedule ~ Tuesday, April 11th Holy Week Readings 7:00;

Thursday, April 13th Holy Communion 7:30; Friday, April 14th Tennebrae Service 7:30


Sunday, April 16th ~ Easter ~ 6:00 Early Dawn Worship with breakfast to follow;

9:30 Worship~ Joyful Noise Offering benefitting 270th anniversary

(no Sunday School or 10:30 service)


Sunday, April 23rd ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:00 Fellowship Days; 10:30 Worship


Sunday, April 30th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship


Sunday, May 7th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 9:15 Main St. Worship; 10:30 Worship


Sunday, May 14th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship with Lovefeast celebrating Mother’s Day; Sunday School Choir to sing



       Our Mission Statement: Living in Fellowship, Growing in Christ!



Monthly Message



Dear Emmaus Members and Friends:


We have again come to that most sacred time of year when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord from the grave; giving each of us the promise of eternity, and assuring us that death never has the final say.  This is certainly a wonderful promise that has not only eternal implications, but it also has a lot to say about the living of our daily lives as well.


But how did Jesus come to be nailed on a cross?  Was it an accident? Was it happenstance? Was it some cruel joke?  To truly understand the Easter miracle, we need to know how Jesus got there.  So I would extend to each one of you not just a kind invitation, but rather a heartfelt challenge to consider attending our Holy Week services which will more effectively bring you to Easter morning.


Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9th when we will begin to review the activity of Jesus during this final week leading up to Good Friday.  Our services for Holy Week will allow us to follow each and every step that Jesus took, and hear each and every word that Jesus spoke during this final week.


Here is the schedule for the week:


Tuesday, April 11 – 7:00 p.m. Reading Service

Thursday, April 13 – 7:30 p.m. Reading Service and Maundy Thursday Communion

Friday, April 14 – 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Tennebrae Service

Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday

6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service – beginning in the Sanctuary

7:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Worship Celebration


To truly understand and appreciate the meaning of Easter it takes a sacrifice of time and effort to be here during the week before.  I hope that you can join me as we follow Jesus’ footsteps to the cross, experience his passion for the world, and feel the sadness of those who laid him in the tomb.  With all of this dwelling within our souls, the joy of Easter is all the more profound.

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Chris


Student Pastor Adam has challenged us to give of our time for Lent rather than give something up.  Here are a few service opportunities for Lent and throughout the year ~


Sr. Care Ministry – Last Wednesday and Thursday of the month at Lehigh Commons

and Willow Lane Senior Centers.  Come out and spend time with residents and help them with small purchases.  Contact Kate Dekker for more information 610-965-1879

H.O.P.E. for the Lehigh Valley ~ Helping Other People Everyday ~ Lehigh Valley H.O.P.E. is a new community resource room which opened in 2016. When someone is transitioning out of homelessness or lost everything due to a fire or other emergency, loss of a job, or other situations, this is a huge burden.  H.O.P.E wants to reduce their concerns by providing essentials for their new “home”, whether permanent or temporaryAll for Free!  H.O.P.E. is located at 555 Union Blvd., Allentown, PA. They are open Tuesdays from 10-2. Volunteers sort donated items, stock shelves, or assist clients who come for help.


Prayer Concerns


Carl Gingrich, David Wisser (nephew of Matt and Linda Wisser), 

Jeffrey Oplinger, Rev. Diane Joseph, Bonnie Eckrode,

Carol Campbell and our homebound members

Please uphold these church members and friends in your prayers.

Contact the office whenever a visit is needed or to inform us of any situation.

Also contact us when you or a family member is hospitalized.

It is no longer hospital policy to ask the patient’s church affiliation.


Congregational News


Dear EMC, Thank you so much for the lovely flowers delivered to me on Monday by Ruth Ann.  Also, the Pastor’s visits are very pleasant and helpful.  It means a lot to have a caring church family.  God Bless each and every one of you.  Sincerely, Vivian Gruber

Upcoming Events at EMC


The EMC Book Club meets the second Monday of each month in the Comenius Room at 7 p.m. Please pick up our current book and join us for some friendly discussion.

April 10th ~ The Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

May ~ In 20 Years by Allison Winn Scotch,

June ~ Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

July ~ Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

August ~ The Last Child by John Hart


Ladies Night Out

We will be meeting out and about the next few months to promote fun and fellowship!  Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm at the TGI Fridays on Cedar Crest Blvd.

Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 at the China Buffet in Dorneyville

To RSVP to any of these events, please contact Lea Ann Buchman at 610.393.8935


CPR class has been rescheduled for April 4th at 6:00.  There is still room!  $15.00 per person and open to anyone, whether it is a first certification or recertification.  Contact Janet Feldman or the office to reserve your spot.



Christian Education News


Moravian Open Door – Day of Service

On Saturday, April 1st, we will be travelling to Moravian Open Door (MOD) in New York City with our Confirmation Class.  MOD is a ministry of the Moravian Church that serves older homeless adults.  During our visit, we will serve lunch and share a meal with the residents, receive a tour of MOD, and complete a service project.  Thank you to all who have signed up to send food with us.  We are asking for  4 more people to provide a 9×12 foil pan of Baked Ziti or Lasagna (with or without meat), and for 2 more desserts!  If you would like to help bless the people at MOD with a delicious meal, please call the office or email

Visit for more information about Moravian Open Door.

Christian Education News Continued

Palm Cross Making/ Family Night at EMC

Sunday, April 2nd 6 p.m.

We are gathering to make Palm Crosses, which are handed out on Palm Sunday as part of our Lent/Holy Week tradition.  It is a great night to sit with friends or to meet new friends here at church.  Activities are planned for the kids as well.  So bring the family, or come alone and join the church family for a night together!


Youth Flash Light Egg Hunt

Friday, April 7th 7-8:30 p.m.

4th-12th graders are invited for a fun night to celebrate the upcoming Easter season!    Games, craft, snacks and FLASHLIGHT egg hunt!  Friends welcome.  Please RSVP by April 1st to sign up!


Parents’ Night Out!

Saturday, April 8th 4-7:30 p.m.

BRING US YOUR KIDS!!!  The Christian Ed. Committee is hosting a night for children here at the EMC on Saturday, April 8th.  It’s a way for us to spend time with the kids during the holy season of Lent,  and a GREAT way for parents to get some much needed quiet time; either at home or out for an evening.  All ages are welcome.   We will watch a movie, do kids’ crafts, eat supper, and play Easter- themed games.  Pre-registration required, space is limited!

Call the church office or email  to register.


Project Help Information meeting on April 9th

Trip dates: July 28th – August 5th 2017

A mission trip to Maine with our friends from the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is planned!    This trip is for any youth who has completed grade 9-12, for young adults who want to be part of this meaningful trip, and for adults willing to go and serve people in one of the poorest parts in the state of Maine. While in Maine we assist with tasks such as painting and remodeling projects, preparing for the harsh winter, (firewood/insulation/roof repair) or serving at a local food bank.

A Pre-trip information meeting will be held Sunday, April 9th from 12-1:15 p.m. at the Holy Spirit.  Contact Carolyn Carter or Linda Wisser for information about the meeting or the trip.


Sunday School Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 9th 9:45 a.m.

An egg hunt is planned for Sunday School kids (3rd grade and younger) at 9:45 on April 9th.  Parents and Grandparents are welcome to join in on the fun with our littlest learners as we share time together in this special season of the year!  Donations of wrapped candy appreciated!


Esperanza – Homework Club

4-6 p.m.  Last Wednesday of each Month

Do you have a few hours to spare one afternoon each month?  You can truly make a difference by spending a little time with kids who need your encouragement and attention.   EMC is serving at Esperanza for Bethlehem every month and we invite your participation.  We serve after school snacks and help with homework. No experience necessary… just a willing heart!  You can go with us as a group, or you can go on your own on a day that works for you.  Email or call the office for more information or to sign up.   Thank you!


Looking Ahead:

Vacation Bible School will be held August 7th-11th this year! Save the dates!


270th Anniversary Celebration


The 270th anniversary committee has planned many special events for our celebration this year!

  • Cookbook to be published and ready for sale by Mother’s Day
  • June 25th, 2017 6:00 p.m.  – Potluck dinner and showing of 250th pageant
  • July 29 – am – tours that will feature the Historical Society Building, God’s acre, and our church building.
  • July 30 –
    • 7:30 a.m. dawn service at God’s Acre to begin our day where the first church was located and to honor our forefathers and mothers that are buried there.
    • 9:30 a.m. Worship Service with lovefeast for our congregation
    • 6:00 p.m. Worship Experience with lovefeast for the community at Community Park

Please give prayerful thought to the above and volunteer your time and talents.

Contact the office, Pastor Chris, Linda Wisser, or Judy Rau with any questions.  Thank you!


Joyful Noise Offering ~ The April 16th offering will benefit our 270th anniversary celebration!


Fund Raisers and Sales


Homemade Easter Candy Sale

Emmaus Moravian Easter Bunnies will be making and selling Easter Candy.

All profits go to the Emmaus Moravian Church General Fund.


To order candy, fill out and return to Church Office by March 27th, 2017


Name: _________________________________________________


Phone: _________________________________________________


Qty Boxes   Total Cost

(1/2 lb)       $6.50/Box

Peanut Butter inside

Dark Chocolate Coating

Coconut Cream inside

Dark Chocolate Coating

Peanut Rolled – Cream inside

Dk Chocolate Coating & Rolled in Peanuts

Chocolate Peanut Butter inside

Dark Chocolate Coating

Butter Cream inside

Dark Chocolate Coating



Pick-up on April 9th following Church (11:30)


Candy will be made on April 5-8, contact Lori Maurer at 610-966-2966 if you would like to help


Sponsor a Lily

Each year the Sanctuary is decorated with lilies and palms for our Easter services.

If you would like to purchase a lily or palm to be used in decorating, return the form with payment by Sunday, April 2nd.

Easter Lily 3-5 Blooms~ $9.00, Palms ~ $15.00


Name _________________________________________________________


# of Lilies at $9.00 each _________  # of Palms at $15.00 each __________


___I will pick up the lily/palm after the 9:30 service on Easter

___I will not pick up the plants, and welcome its delivery to a

shut-in or as appropriate.


___In memory of ____________________________________________________




___In Honor of ______________________________________________________





The Cash Card program We have over 50 cards available for immediate purchase every Sunday before and after our Worship Service, outside the Chapel.   We have access to hundreds of other cards, in addition to those we keep in stock.  Special orders can be made.  They can be used when you shop, or given as gifts!  These cards don’t expire!

Typically in stock:  Applebee’s, Arby’s, Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Cabelas, Carrabba’s, Cracker Barrel, CVS, Dominos, Dunkin Donuts, Giant, Home Depot, Itunes, JCPenney, Kohl’s, L.L. Bean, Macy’s, Olive Garden, Outback, Panera, Petsmart, Papa Johns, Starbucks, Staples, Subway, Target, TGI Friday’s, Walmart, Weis, Wawa, Wendy’s



Community and Moravian Happenings



The Kiwanis Club of Emmaus is holding its annual Walter C. Stoudt Memorial Prayer Breakfast on Good Friday, April 14th, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 5th and Chestnut St. in Emmaus.  The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.  The speaker will be Pastor Mia White from Hope UCC Church in Allentown.  Donation will be $ 6.oo for an all you can eat egg casserole, sausage, muffins, orange juice coffee or tea.


Community and Moravian Happenings Continued


The Moravian Church Eastern District, Northern Province is searching for an individual to serve as an intern in the position of Social Media Intern.  This person will assist in creating, cultivating, and promoting the use of social media in all Eastern District Churches and Agencies.  The Social Media Intern will in conjunction with The Eastern District Ministry Leadership Team educate Eastern District Churches and Agencies on the use of social media in an effort to build a tech-savvy online community.


The Social Media Intern will

  • Assist in developing strategies to increase the use of social media.


  • Monitor and as directed actively engaging followers in dialogue with the ultimate goal of bringing engaged individuals face to face as they follow and serve Christ.


  • Have the added responsibility of contributing to the development of an online Moravian Church Community.


Desired qualifications include but are not limited to

  • Expertise in the use of online networking sites and proficient standard in Office software applications.


  • The ability to quickly adapt those strategies in response to visitor, member, and or local church feedback.


  • A thorough knowledge of the Moravian Church is important, as the Social Media Intern is the conduit between the general public, District Leadership, and The Local Church.


Hours: 8 to 12 per week, remotely or on site.  Salary: $10 per hour.


To apply, please send your resume to



Central Moravian Travelers   Join us for a river cruise on the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest, traveling from Oct. 16 – 28, 2017 on Grand Circle’s M/S River Adagio, a 164 passenger river ship. 32 meals are provided including a home hosted lunch in Croatia. Visit five countries: Bucharest, Romania; Ruse, Bulgaria; Belgrade, Serbia; Vukova, Croatia; Budapest, Hungary and more stops along the way. River cruising is becoming quite popular and we encourage you to make your reservations early to assure your choice of cabins and be eligible for full payment discounts. Total fare for 13-days including airfare form Newark starts at $4595 per person depending on cabin choice. A deposit of $500 is required with your reservation. For more information and a flyer please contact Craig Mosebach at 610-625-4576 or



I am excited to share with you that the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society is reborn and is alive and well. In the past six months, we have formed a Board of 14 talented people including a representative from Cintas and St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, our neighbors. Our monthly Board Meetings have been engaging and fun.

In January, we had our first Annual Planning Meeting. Many ideas and work to be done. Bylaws to be updated, repairs to the made, and event/fund raisers to be implemented to do the restoration.

We need volunteers to help us in a variety of things. Ask us how you can use your talents and abilities to help us.

Do you have memorabilia related to the Knauss family? If you are willing to share with us we are building a library for our museum. Also, we are looking for wagons/buggies, farm tools, indoor light fixtures, etc.  from the early 1800’s.   Interestingly we have had an outhouse donated that we will be moving to the Homestead this Spring. Our desire is to restore the property to its original grandeur.

At the date of this writing we are 108 members strong. If you are not yet a member of the KHPS we encourage to do so to help us preserve this Moravian heritage. Our goal is to have 200 members by midyear. Applications are on line at or in the Church office. Like us on Facebook “The Knauss House” for the latest and updated information.

If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to contact me.


Gene Clock/President



Camp Hope

Hope Center 2017 Summer Camp Schedule ~

                   visit or email

                               Financial Asst. available-call the office to find out more!



PRE-PRIMARY       (grade 1-2)  June 14 – 17

PRIMARY                (grade 3-4)  July 16 – 22

MIDDLER                (grade 5-6)  June 25 – July 1

JR HIGH                   (grade 7-8)  July 2 – 8

SR HIGH                  (grade 9-age 21)  July 30 – Aug 5


Specialty Camps

NEW!  SPORTS CAMP (grade 7-12) June 18 – 24

FISHING CAMP         (grade 6-10)   June 18 – 24

SWIMMING CAMP   (grade 3-6)    July 9 – 15

MUSICAL THEATER CAMP (grades 5-9) July 9 – 15


Family and Adult Retreats

Memorial Day Family Camp        May 25 – 29

Memorial Day Picnic                      May 29

Quilt Camp (Women’s Retreat) September 27 – 30


Last year EMC sent more than 20 kids to Camp Hope to learn the love of Christ

and experience faith, love and joy in a camp setting!  Join the fun!

Call the church office and speak with Pastor Chris or Melissa about camp specifics!