Vol. 10-No. 11 Friday, March 18, 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”
UNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016 ~ PALM SUNDAY
SPRING LOVE FEAST & ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Who is This”
– Scripture: Luke 22-23
Thoughts on the Word: This week is Palm Sunday and we are reading from two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Chapters 22 and 23 give us the story of what is known as the “triumphal entry into Jerusalem” in church history. But suppose for a moment that it was a counter march to the entrance of the Roman governor Pilate. That it really wasn’t that big of an event after all. That people, that pilgrims, coming for the high holy days of the Passover, just came out to see the show and got caught up in the moment? Just suppose? Who is this anyway?
Easter Sunday messages: Easter Dawn service, “Oh Happy Day” Mark 16:1-7
Easter Service at 10:30, “Doubt, Faith, & Faithfulness” Luke 24:1-12
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, MARCH 27, 2016 – EASTER SUNDAY
7:30 SUNRISE SERVICE
8:30 EASTER BREAKFAST~ Enjoy a great breakfast and fellowship time directly after the Sunrise Service at 8:30 am. Sign-up sheets are located on the narthex. If you have questions please see the Fellowship Team, Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin or Tim Beckwith.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016 ~ SPRING CONGREGATIONAL FORUM, following worship service
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – March 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 91
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
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://yorkfirst.org/sermons.SHTML You may also contact the church office to request a copy.
An invitation to attend the Easter Egg Hunt at York First was extended to Destiney, Dylan and Liyana, the Lehman Center family we sponsored at Christmas. Destiney was happy to receive the invitation and plans to attend, so please extend a warm First Church welcome to this family if you meet them. Thanks!
CHURCH YOUTUBE ~ The church now has a YouTube channel and has begun promoting the videos! Check out our Welcome Video on the church website or subscribe to the channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpyLQ1buN5bdQZPb4I-og5w
York First has a new website design! Visit http://yorkfirst.org/ now! If the old website design appears, please hit the refresh button. The new website design is “mobile friendly” meaning that it will adjust to the screen of your computer, tablet or smartphone.
If you have any questions or suggestions about the new design, please contact Tim Beckwith at email@example.com or 717-304-6405.
CHANCEL CHOIR AND JUBILEE RINGER REHEARSAL CHANGE: Thursday, March 24th, Jubilee Ringers will meet in the sanctuary and Chancel Choir Practice will begin at 7:00
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
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. In 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 this free concert! Joe & Venona Detrick
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU for supporting Our Daily Bread with all the casseroles. Dan delivered 20 this past Friday…the most ever. Keep up the good work. It surely is appreciated.
THANKS to Pastor Don, Melinda Carlson, Glenn & Anna Miller for the cards while she is in the hospital. She stated “they always remember to send cards when she is hospitalized”. She appreciates this very much. ~ Ruby Nicholas
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
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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.
MARCH 30, 2016– Young Center/Elizabeth College Event – Conscientious Objectors to the Vietnam War,” interviews of conscientious objectors from the Historic Peace Churches about their experiences as religious objectors to participating in war in Vietnam, will be on Wed., March 30, 7:00 p.m., in Gibble Auditorium. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
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 7, 2016 – MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – Beginning Thursday, April 7th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Rm. 145, Kickoff Meeting beginning 8 week series: Armor of God
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 8, 2016 ~ SOUP KITCHEN – PLEASE BRING CASSEROLES TO CHURCH BY 8:30 AM ON FRIDAY.
Sign up in the narthex to make a casserole or to work at the Soup Kitchen on Friday, April 8, 2016 (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) PLEASE add your name and number of casseroles, to the SIGN UP sheet, so we can let the Soup Kitchen know how many casseroles to expect.
APRIL 9, 2016 – YOU’RE INVITED !!! The Lamplighters Class invites you to join us on Saturday April 9 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for an evening of FUN & ENTERTAINMENT, presented by the Reader’s Theatre Troupe of YLT (York Little Theatre).
The troupe of 8 to 10 professional performers will entertain you with humorous skits and readings from various shows, movies, radio and television, etc. (Remember “Who’s on First?”)
This is an evening you won’t want to miss, so, invite your friends and family, and join us in the fellowship hall on SATURDAY APRIL 9 at 7:00 pm.
The Lamplighters will be providing refreshments!!
APRIL 15-17, 2016 – Spring Scrapbook Retreat at Camp Eder – Arrive on Friday anytime after 6:00 pm, head home on Sunday after lunch. Two nights of lodging and five meals included! $85/Geigley Lodge or $125/Tree of Peace Lodge, Register online at www.campeder.org or email at campeder.org with your name and lodging preference. For more information or any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at 717-309-0678.
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.
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.
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 reserves 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: firstname.lastname@example.org