Vol. 10-No. 9 Friday, March 11, 2016
Karen Bowman, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Vision Statement: “To become a community of committed Christians who Love God, Share Christ, and Serve the World”
Our Mission Statement: “People dedicated to Spiritual Growth, Loving Relationship, and Sacrificial Service”
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “God Sends a ‘Messiah’”
– Scripture: Isaiah 43: 16-21
Thoughts on the Word: The text from Isaiah 43:16-21 for this Sunday presents us first of all with a history lesson. The prophet calls on his readers to remember the greatest single event in all of Jewish history, the Passover and the Exodus from Egypt nearly 700 years before his writing. Then he tells his readers to forget it all, and focus on God who wants to do a “new thing” for his people, Israel. This Sunday, March 13th is a special day in the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is Charter Day. The day on which the King of England granted the charter for the colony to be established by William Penn. For you history and trivia buffs out there, the date was March 13th, 1681. Now can you name the King of England at that time? Hint: it was not King George. Here is another question for us to consider, what new thing does God want to do in your life and in the life of York First Church of the Brethren?
Next weeks message: “Who is this?” based on Luke 22:14-23:56, we will be celebrating Love Feast as a part of our morning worship.
cid:image005.jpg@01D17AA5.28ADDB10REMINDER: TIME CHANGE, SUNDAY MARCH 13th – Move clocks ahead one hour.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016: SPRING LOVE FEAST & ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
One Great Hour of Sharing reaches those near and far, sometimes changing the life of someone in distress in your own community, while at other times impacting the lives of those we may never meet but who are in need of our compassion. God provides the resources so that we can give back. It’s not the size of the gift that matters; it’s that we give of what we have. We’re simply giving back to God what is already God’s—and that means everyone has a gift to bring!
Gifts given through this special offering empower ministries like the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service, Congregational Life Ministries, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Brethren Volunteer Service, workcamps, the Global Food Crisis Fund, and many others.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20: Go the Extra Mile to share Christ’s peace and God’s love.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016 ~ SPRING CONGREGATIONAL FORUM, following worship service
Weather Related *CHURCH CANCELLATIONS
A. Cancellations will be announced through our church phone system.
Please use the following process:
1. Call the church office at 755-0307.
2. When answering machine message begins, press 6
3. A recorded message will indicate the status of church services/activities.
B. Cancellations will be announced on the church’s web site at www.yorkfirst.org, and when possible, emails will be sent to all online mailing list members and added to our Facebook page and Twitter, and in that 1, 2, 3, 4 order. *Weather related cancellations will not be announced on radio or TV.
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – March 6, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 85
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, February calendar, and March Newsline Digest (formerly Mission and Ministry newsletter) are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
2016 DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE IN THE NARTHEX
SOUP KITCHEN: Please, put casseroles on metal trays, NOT on brown trays in the kitchen. Please use towels also.
REMINDER: To All Team Chairs – If your team has something going on that you want in the e-news, it is your responsibility to let the office know a month ahead!
Copies of the pastor’s sermons will be available on our website at http://www.yorkfirst.org/sermons.SHTML You may also contact the church office to request a copy.
MARCH 13 through 16, 2016 – REVIVAL SERVICES – New Fairview Church of the Brethren with Pastor Stafford Frederick of the Summerdean Church of the Brethren. See bulletin board for the schedule and message titles for these days. For More Information call 755-3836.
MARCH 13 & March 19, 2016 – Dear Friends at York First: Our son, Matthew, and daughter-in-law, Anabel Ramirez, and their quartet, Apollo Chamber Players, will return to our area for an East Coast concert tour in March. YORK: They will perform for the St. John’s Concert Series, Sunday, March 13, 4:00 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Bea ver St. York, PA. LANCASTER: On Saturday, March 19, 7:00 PM, they will perform for the Starlight Tea Concert Series at the Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Avenue, Lancaster, PA. We would be delighted for you to join us at these free concerts! Joe & Venona Detrick
MARCH 16, 2016 – W.E. GATHER – Began Feb. 10th and continues through March 16th. We will begin at 6 pm with a carry-in supper and then a study time starting at 7 pm. The subject is: Survey of Isaiah, the evangelical prophet include; themes, impending judgment, coming of the Messiah, and establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom
MARCH 15, 2016 – Jeff Bach presents “Gender, Shame and Jacob’s Hip: One Communal Society’s Views,” a discussion of the Ephrata Community’s unique interpretation of the biblical story of Jacob, on Tues., March 15, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Bach is the director of the Young Center and a professor of religious studies. For more information about the talk, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
MARCH 18 & 19, 2016 – FUND RAISER YARD SALE – New Fairview Church, 1873 New Fairview Church Road, York ~ Bake Sale, Good Food, 1,000’s of items~ Friday, March 18th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat., March 19th 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
EASTER FLOWERS ~ It’s that time of year to be ordering flowers for Easter Sunday, March 27. Orders will be taken on Sundays -March 13 in the lobby by Linda Horner. It is not too early to think SPRING!!!
Tulips – 6″ pot -5 bulbs, Yellow, purple, two tone ~ $ 9.00
Daffodils – 6″ pot-4 bulbs ~ $ 9.00
Azaleas – 1gallon -red or pink ~ $ 12.00
MARCH 23, 2016 – Easter Egg Hunt ~ Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!! The East Bunny might be making a special visit to First Church during the Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, March 23 2016. This event is for families of our church children and our CDC children and is from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, rain or shine. Let’s hope for a warm, sunny evening!!!
It will begin with a light supper in the Fellowship Hall. Afterwards we will have Easter Egg hunts for the following age groupings: 0 – 3 years, 4 -6 years, 7 – 12 years. Children will also get to do a craft and hear the Easter story. Church children are encouraged to bring a friend. Grandparents, bring your grandchildren! Please have your child/children bring their Easter basket in which to put their eggs.
The only requirement is that you must sign up by March 13. The sign up sheets will be in the narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Gipe (717-755-1438)
We hope to see you at this fun event so get March 23 on your calendar now!
EASTER EGG HUNT DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ Donations of the following will be greatly appreciated for the March 23, Easter Egg Hunt: plastic eggs; monetary donations to help with the expenses; and/or volunteers to help that evening or to fill the plastic eggs with a surprise. There will be a carton in the narthex marked: Easter Egg Hunt in which you can put your donations. Monetary donations can be put in the offering plate on Sundays or given to Nancy Gipe, Vivian Hubbell or Audrey Ginder. Please mark it Easter Egg Hunt. We would like to have all donations by Sunday, March 13. If you wish to volunteer, please tell one of the persons listed above. Thank you!
MARCH 27, 2016 – EASTER BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH! Enjoy a great breakfast and fellowship time during the Sunday School hour. Sign-up sheets are located on the narthex. If you have questions please see the Fellowship Team, Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin or Tim Beckwith.
2016 MEAT CANNING EVENT – The 2016 Meat Canning Project is scheduled for March 28, 29, 30, 31, April 4, 5, April 6 (labeling only). The congregations in our three district area participate in this event including ours. The cans of chicken are given by these congregations to needy individuals and families. This is a tremendous witness opportunity. Make checks payable to the SO PA District and designate for Meat Canning. Checks can be placed in our church offerings or mailed to SO PA District Church of the Brethren, P O Box 218, New Oxford, PA 17350-0218.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP…..Men Mentoring or Fellowshipping other Men…….Growth and Study through Topics: *The Armor of God *Fruits of the Spirit *Men of Honor *Dad’s of Destiny or Grand Dads or Uncles *Support/Adopting/Mentoring of Youth of the Church *Other Suggestions……Possible Missions at Local Nursing Homes – “African Missions” – “Men’s Missions” – “New Life Tribes” – Helping at Habitat for Humanity – Outings of Interest that promote Growth and Friendship within and without the FCOB!!
Contact Brian LeGrand at 717-968-4638. ~ Brian LeGrand, Spiritual Enrichment Team Member
GET READY – YARD SALE COMING SATURDAY, JUNE 11th – Looking for nice donated items starting April 18th. Home goods, collectibles, jewelry, yard items, and nice furniture. Please NO LARGE TV’s, computers or computer parts. BIG ITEMS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON JUNE 8 & 9 – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Clean out those closets and garage. Sale to be held again in air conditioned Fellowship Fall. Chicken Corn Soup, hot dogs, and homemade baked goods will be served. We will need baked goods and food items donated, so start thinking about what you can bring in. Sign up sheets will be displayed soon in the narthex for volunteers to help, food & paper items, baked goods, and drinks donated. So check the boards. All proceeds will benefit youth projects, conference and trips. Any questions, please call Kathy Kovacs at 309-0678 or e-mail her at email@example.com
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Richard & Barbara Brown are very proud to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Nova Lazzarini. She was born on Feb. 27, 2016.
MANY, MANY, THANKS for all the cards, phone calls, e – mails, e – cards, visits and meals that were so kindly given while I was in the hospital and at home. We are indeed grateful for all of our Church Family! Blessings, Jolene Zeigler
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU for all of the wonderful birthday wishes! What a nice surprise to receive so many cards, emails and calls to help me celebrate my special day. I am very blessed by my church family! ~ Becky McCracken
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MARCH 30, 2016 – NEW WINDSOR WORK DAY – After cancelling in February, we decided to wait until spring. We will travel to New Windsor MD to work in SERRV the day of Wed., March 30th. Leaving the church parking lot at 7:15 a.m. our day will include working in the warehouse, having lunch provided by SERRV, shopping in the gift shop and returning to the church by 5:00 p.m. Hope you can join us. Soon there will be a sign up sheet in the narthex. Call Helen Stoner (624-3398) if you have questions.
MARCH 30, 2016 – CAMP EDER SENIOR DAY, Wed., March 30th, RSVP no later than March 25th, 9:30 am Gathering/Morning Program, 12:00 Noon Lunch, 1:00 pm Afternoon Program – Cost $ 17.00 per person. See flyer on bulletin board for program information and lunch menu. Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at (717) 309-0678.
APRIL 2, 2016 – FREE BREAKFAST AT STILLMEADOW CHURCH, 400 Stillmeadow Road, York, to hear your own YOUTH PASTOR, GARRETT PAGE share his incredible journey of life on Sat., April 2nd. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., and Garrett will be speaking at 9:15 a.m. Please come and support your youth pastor. Our young people need to hear his compelling story. Reservations not required. Just come, eat, and hear Garrett. Any questions or concerns, please call Dolly Furst at 244-8218.
APRIL 2, 2016 ~ Camp Eder Father & Son Day – Camp Eder would like to invite all Fathers and Sons for a weekend of bonding and fun on Saturday, April 2nd at 9:00 am. Matt Ilko will join us for a gun safety lesson followed by a beginner skeet shooting experience. We will then head to the shop for afternoon filled with woodworking and a chicken BBQ on the ball field. Cost: Father & Son Combo- $35 Adult- $25 Child- $10 Register online: www.campeder.org or Phone: 717-642-8256 If you have any questions about this event, you may contact Kathy Kovacs at (717) 309-0678
APRIL 2, 2016 – Camp Eder Mother and Daughter Retreat ~Buttons and Bows” A Girls Day Out. Camp Eder formally invites all mothers and daughters to join us in Geigley lodge for a day of sharing, pampering, crafts, and friendship during our annual tea gathering on Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Spend a day being spoiled by hostess Melissa Shaffer as she prepares a variety of food courses and treats for your enjoyment. Mothers and daughters, this is a fun-filled day you surely will not want to miss! Cost: Mother & Daughter Combo- $35, Adult-$25 Child- $10, Register online: www.campeder.org or phone: 717-642-8256. If you have any questions about this event, you may contact Kathy Kovacs at (717) 309-0678
APRIL 4, 2016 – Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (Continuing Education Series) – Memory Care: Embracing the Journey – Monday, April 4th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. at Nicarry Meeting House, Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home, New Oxford, PA, Led by Jennifer Holcomb.
This course explores the world of dementia and what it means to live in the moment. Cost: $ 60 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and .5 CEU’s) Registration Deadline: March 17, 2016. If any questions, contact (717) 361-1450 OR firstname.lastname@example.org – See bulletin board.
APRIL 7, 2016 – You are invited to attend the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies’ annual banquet on Thurs., April 7, at 6:00 pm. The dinner will be followed by the Durnbaugh Lecture at 7:30 p.m.: “Getting Hitched Amish Style: Change and Continuity in Amish Weddings” by Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. Cost for the dinner is $23 and reservations are required by March 24; the lecture is free of charge and reservations are not required. On Fri., April 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Johnson-Weiner will present the Durnbaugh Seminar, “Hinglefleish Frolics,” a discussion about Swartzentruber Amish courtship and wedding practices. An optional luncheon follows the seminar. Cost for the lunch is $10 and reservations are required by March 24. For more information and to make reservations, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
APRIL 23, 2016 – Southern PA District COB 2016 District Women’s Spring Luncheon, Saturday Morning, April 23rd, Registration begins at 8:00 am. Guest speaker Jill Hastings. See pamphlets on the table in the narthex. Registration Deadline: April 8, 2016
APRIL 26, 2016 ~ THE 25TH ANNUAL AUCTION BENEFITTING THE LEHMAN CENTER will be held Tuesday, April 26th at the York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown, Rd., York PA. Doors will open for auction preview, silent auction and food an Noon. Live Auction begins at 5:00 pm.
Contacting the Pastor: Pastor Don can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday—Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The pastor rese rves afternoons and evenings for visitation, meetings, and other pastoral-related activities. If you need to reach a Pastor Don outside of office hours, please call him at home at 792-4090, or cell phone 818-6266, and leave a message on his home answering machine. He will return your call at his earliest opportunity. If you would specifically like a pastoral visit, please contact the pastor. HIPA laws prevent the hospital from contacting the pastor when you are admitted. You MUST specifically note to hospital staff that you would like the hospital to contact your pastor.
Contacting the Youth Director, Garrett Page: His phone number is (614) 400-9533 or by email at: email@example.com