Vol. 10-No. 15 Friday, April 15, 2016
Karen Bowman, Editor, email@example.com
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, APRIL 17, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “I and the Father are One”
– Scripture: John 10:22-30 & Isaiah 50:4-9
Thoughts on the Word: Last Sunday we began a look at the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, and his example of servant-leadership that we are to follow. We will continue our study of his style of leadership this Sunday with a look at the areas of Listening and the Manner of our Love. Last Sunday we briefly examined what it means for us to be Called of God and Strengthened by God for the work of ministry and how important it is for us to be Spiritually Centered in Christ Jesus.
When we think of listening as believers, we first must listen to God. We cannot stress enough in our over stimulated world the need to come away from all the distractions, and just listen to the “still small voice” of God speaking to us. Likewise, listening to others becomes increasingly important as God speaks to us through them. The manner of love with which we serve is demonstrated in kindness and humility. Rather than overpower people, we are to respect people and treat them with love. In this way we fulfill the “Great Commission” of “doing unto others as you have them do unto you.”
Next week: Sermon title: “Living it” Text: John 13:1-35
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – April 10, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 74
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
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.
A video showing the ministry of the Children’s Aid Society will be shown in the sanctuary every Sunday between Sunday School and Worship during the month of April. Please plan to view it at your convenience. The Leadership Team has made a decision to match the contributions made by members up to $ 10,000.00 total. There are informative contribution packets in the Narthex and we encourage you to pick one up and use it for your gift.
On Sunday, April 24 at 9 am there will be a combined Sunday School session for all adults & youth in the Fellowship Hall. Mike Kovacs will be there speaking about all the great things that are being planned for Camp Eder for both old & young. Plan to be there.
ITEMS BEING ACCEPTED NOW FOR THE JUNE 11 YARD SALE – All proceeds benefit the “Youth” of First Church. When cleaning out your basements, attics, closets or garage, and you have boxes that may have been stored for a while, please check them before bringing them into the church. The items should be clean, and in fairly nice shape. PLEASE NO BROKEN ITEMS. We thank you, in advance, for your donations as it helps our youth attend summer conference. Any questions, please call Kathy Kovacs at 309-0678 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
WORSHIP TEAM meeting cancelled for Wed., April 20th.
HELP IS NEEDED on April 29 & 30 to pack 15,000 Gift of the Heart Health Kits for The Brethren Disaster Relief Auction. April 29 is set up starting at 12 noon, and April 30 is the assembly starting at 8:00 am at Florin Church of the Brethren. See Auction website for details and contact person. You may contact Jolene Zeigler with any additional questions.
APRIL 14-17, 2016 ~You are invited to attend Revival/Evangelistic Services at New Freedom Church of the Brethren, 15660 Country Club Rd., New Freedom, PA, Thursday, April 14 to Sunday April 17, Brother James Myer Evangelist, 254 Keener Road, Lititz, PA. Everyone is welcome.
APRIL 20, 2016 – SENIOR DAY AT CAMP EDER – 9:30 am Gathering/Morning Program “Tulip Time in Holland” Brad Nicholas shares his beautiful photos of his trip to see the famous tulips of Keikenhoff Gardens. 12:00 pm Lunch, 1:00 pm Afternoon Program, Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center and Friends. Cost $ 17.00 per person, Please RSVP by April 15th. Call 717-642-8256 or email email@example.com OR contact Kathy Kovacs at (717) 309-0678
APRIL 21, 2016 – Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies presents two honors student lectures on Thursday, April 21 7:30 p.m. Annemarie Hartzell, a senior at Elizabethtown College, will present “Men of War, Men of Peace: Brethren Ideologies and the Civil War.” And Quinton Meil, a senior at Temple University, will present “Amish and Criminal Law: The English Response to Amish Crime and Its Implications on Due Process.” For more information, 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 TODAY: April 8, 2016
APRIL 24, 2016 – Elder Care Presentation sponsored by the Bermudian Deacon Body- Sunday, April 24th, 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Light lunch will be served between 12:00 and 12:30 pm. This event will be held at Bermudian Church of the Brethren in The Gathering Place, Speaker: Linda Thompson from Adams County Office of Aging. See information on bulletin board. Please contact Associate Pastor of Visitation, Georgia Markey at 292-6002
I would like to thank Pastor Don, Church members and families for the visits, calls and cards. It was greatly, greatly appreciated! ~ Elmer Allison
Egg Hunt A Success ~ A hearty THANK YOU to all the folks who helped to make the Easter Egg hunt successful again this year. Everyone including 60 children, 51 parents and grandparents, as well as many helpers, all had a great time. Thanks to those who volunteered to stuff and hide the eggs, shop for novelties or stuffed animals, cook and serve the meal, lead the crafts, and set up and tear down furniture. Also, we were grateful to those who donated items or money. You were much appreciated, First Church folks. ~ Nancy Gipe
I want to thank everyone for all the prayers, cards and visits during recovery from my surgery. It was completely successful and I was released from my surgeon last week. However, complete recovery will take some time. First Church and it’s people have become an enduring source of comfort for me. Your kindness shows we are all walking in our Savior’s footsteps. ~Terry Yeager
P. 20 – Betty Crowe – Betty’s new address is 18328 Prettyboy Dam Road, Parkton, MD 21120
To the family of Alan Patterson. Alan, age 38, was called into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, April 2. Alan worked as a Counselor and Program Director for Camp Inspiration Hills, Burbank, Ohio, Youth Leader at Elm Street Church of the Brethren and was currently Executive Camp Director for Camp Eder, Fairfield, PA. Alan was an ordained minister through the Church of the Brethren ~CAMP EDER WILL HOLD A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT CAMP ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH AT 4PM. Tentative plans are to hold it in the chapel on the hill. Please share this info with your congregations.
To Elmer Allison on the passing of his daughter, Georgeann. Please keep Elmer and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
To the family of Linda Smith. Linda passed away and she was a member of our Women’s Bible Study Group.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
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.
MAY 7, 2016 – CAMP EDER SPRING FLING RUMMAGE/YARD SALE – Sat., May 7th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Huge Rummage Sale featuring clothes, furniture, books, housewares, and much, much more! Free Hayrides, Site/Building Tours, Picnic @ noon (per donation). All proceeds benefit Christian summer camp for kids!
MAY 14, 2016 – CARLISLE TRUCK STOP MINISTRY, INC 2016 SPRING DINNER CONCERT – Featuring Mercy’s Vessel. On Sat. May 14th at 5:30 pm held at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 West Big Spring Ave., Newville, PA 17241. Cost $ 12.00/ticket, Ticket Deadline: May 2, 2016. If you have any questions, please see Glenn & Anna Miller
MAY 14, 2016 – 2016 ANNUAL CAMP EDER GOLF OUTING – Sat., May 14th at Briarwood East Golf Course, 4775 West Market St, York, PA 17408, Registration: $ 75. Per person/ $ 300 per-four person team. See bulletin board for more information, the registration form, and the sponsorship form. Contact Kathy Kovacs at 717-309-0678 for additional information or any questions concerning this event.
JUNE 13 & 14, 2016 – 68th Women’s Camp Retreat – Southern PA District COB ~ Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 14th. Retreat Leader: Leah Hileman. Registration deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016. See pamphlet and registration form on the bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kovacs at (717) 309-0678
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