Vol. 10-No. 12 Friday, March 23, 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 27, 2016 ~ EASTER SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: Easter Dawn service at 7:30, “Oh Happy Day” Mark 16:1-7
Easter Breakfast 8:30
Easter Service at 10:30, “Doubt, Faith, & Faithfulness” Luke 24:1-12
Thoughts on the Word: Christ the Lord is risen we will proclaim with great joy & enthusiasm on this Easter Sunday morning. But that is not how the message was received that first Easter morning! The scriptures record for us in several places how the message of the women was received. Think for just a moment what they had seen done to Jesus. His beating and scourging, the nailing to the cross and the piercing of his side, to say nothing of the insults and abuse he had endured. Think also of the testimony of trusted friends in your circle of friends. The women had been supporters of Jesus and his ministry in many ways. Now consider that it has been three days and you are sharing the news with the group you are a part of and no one believes your testimony. It is too hard to believe! Are we any different today? The Bible not only declares that Jesus rose from the dead but also that one day he will return. Do you believe it? How can we sing “Christ the Lord is risen today” and not believe all that is said about him? Indeed Christ the Lord is risen and one day he will return! Amen and Happy Easter. – Pastor Don
April 3rd, Sister Melinda Carlson will be sharing the morning message. Message: # 1 “The Power of God’s Peace” & # 2 “Free to Serve God” Scripture: John 20: 19-31 & Acts 5: 27-32
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016 ~ SPRING CONGREGATIONAL FORUM, following worship service
Packets are available to be picked up on the table in the Narthex. There are two sections. The forum booklet and the treasurer report.
Pastor Don will be on vacation March 28 to April 3, 2016. He will return to the church office on April 4, 2016. In case of emergency you may contact Melinda Carlson.
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – March 20, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 91
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, April calendar, and April 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/ You may also contact the church office to request a copy.
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.
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– 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.
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.
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.
**FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE: There is a need for about 13 volunteers to help with meat canning on March 30th from 6 am to noon. If you can help out with this need please contact Rich Shaffer directly 717-891-3939. Also there is a need for 7 volunteers on April 5th from 6 am to noon.
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
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LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
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 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 9, 2016 – Leadership Team/Renewal Team Retreat – The Leadership Team and Renewal Team will be attending a retreat at church on Saturday, April 9th from 9 AM to 3 PM. We are looking forward to working together and learning from our leader, Doreen Lecheler. Please pray for us as we prepare our hearts and minds for the day. If you have any thoughts or insights to share with the LT/RT prior to the retreat, or at any other time during the year, please contact any member of these teams. Thank you! Judy Deitch, Leadership Team Chair
APRIL 14, 2016 – OWLS NEWS – Join us as the OWLS gather in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 at noon on Thursday April 14. We’ll play BINGO! Bring a $1.00 wrapped gift as a prize! Also bring your bag lunch. Nadine will be providing drinks and dessert. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE SIGNUP SHEET IN THE NARTHEX BY SUNDAY APRIL 10 so we know how many to prepare for! Upcoming on May 12 – A tour of the 2016 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
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.
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.
If your birthday is in APRIL and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office
1 Jolene Zeigler
4 Louise Stremmel
6 Richard Brown
8 Meriam Copenheaver
9 Elmer Allison
11 Nancy Jones
12 Vivian Fitzkee
14 Sara Stoolmaker
15 Brad Nicholas
19 Emily (Drawbaugh) Dietrich
20 Frank Leaman
23 Greg Metzger
28 Julia Sweigard
29 Trish Martin
30 Mary Esther Anderson
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.