Vol. 10-No. 17 Friday, April 29, 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, MAY 1 , 2016 – YOUTH SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Servant’s Heart”
– Scripture: Luke 10: 29-35
Next week: Sermon title: “What Happens Next” Text: Luke 24: 44-53
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – April 24, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 104
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, May calendar, and May 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.
Dear youth, parents of youth and congregation,
Garrett Page’s six month trial period is at an end. The Leadership Team is evaluating his work thus far and would like input from youth, parents of youth, and the congregation. Please contact either Pastor Don at email@example.com 717-818-6266 or Judy Deitch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-887-0251 to share reflections and comments? All comments will be held in strict confidence and used only to help the Leadership Team and Garrett in their work together. Blessings and peace as we seek to be faithful in our life together “for the glory of God and our neighbors good.”
Our Peace Pole has been “planted” and will be dedicated this Sunday at the close of Worship. It is located outside the main church doors. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the ceremony. ~The Spiritual Enrichment Team.
OK FOLKS – DO YOU KNOW THERE IS A YARD SALE COMING JUNE 11 HERE AT FIRST CHURCH?
BUT DID YOU KNOW? We have the BEST YARD SALE this side of town? Did you know we have the BEST BAKERS for our goodie table? And did you know shopping in our AIR CONDITIONED fellowship hall is a plus for everyone? SO BRING IN THE HOME GOODS! Kathy Kovacs and Jeanette Brickner are both looking for work. They stand in the garage each week looking very sad as you pass by each day with nothing in the trunk of your car to contribute. Please bring tissues to wipe the tears from their eyes as you pass by, OR better yet, bring them many valuable treasures from your garage or attic that you no longer use or want…and this will make them very happy! Please don’t forget we will have Chicken Corn soup available by the quart to take out (first come-first served) – and food for lunch that day.
PRAYER AND FASTING:
We, as Christians, speak often of prayer, and of studying scripture. But of late, there’s been little discussion of fasting. In the Bible, prayer and fasting are often linked, as when Christ fasted and prayed during his 40 days in the wilderness.
We would like each of you to consider whether a period of fasting might help you draw closer to God in your spiritual walk. There are many ways to do this — fasting from dawn to dusk could be one way; or fasting from one meal, or perhaps abstaining from meat or sweets for a time. The idea is to abstain from something you regularly enjoy, and to fill the space you’ve opened in your life this way, with God.
This is a private thing and a personal decision in the quest to draw closer to God. If this is of interest to you, you can consult Richard Foster’s chapter on fasting in his book, “Celebration of Discipline.” Remember: the idea is to open a space with your fasting, to let more of God in. It is personal and is not spoken aloud. ~ Pat Gibble for Spiritual Enrichment Ministry Team
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!
Lennox Gabriel Jan was born April 26, 2016 to Michael and Amanda Jan. He weighed 10 lbs. 4 oz at birth and was 21 inches in length. The proud grandparents are Pastor Don & Vivian.
The Baldwin Family welcomes Brock Francis to the clan of 3 sons and 5 grandsons. The proud grandparents are Jayne & Mike. God has truly blessed us!
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
MAY 12, 2016 ~ The OWLS will gather in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 at noon on Thursday May 12. Bring your bag lunch. After we eat we will take a half hour musical tour of the beautiful EPCOTT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL 2016! If you like to hear a “Concert in the Park” with the Boston Pops and enjoy beautiful flowers and interesting topiary figures, then you don’t want to miss this one! Margaret Eck will be providing drinks and dessert. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE SIGNUP SHEET IN THE NARTHEX BY SUNDAY MAY 8 so we know how many to prepare for!
MAY 13, 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, May 13, 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.
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
If your birthday is in MAY and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office
2 Emily Vuono
3 John Minnich
8 Eric Jones
11 Mary Giambalvo
12 Jussett Grier
13 Dale Paules
14 Jean Carson
15 Barbara Jo Brown
16 Paige Striebig
17 Fran Seiffert
18 Jean Lauver
20 Betty Viering
21 Stephen Carey
22 Nadine Diehl
23 Darrell Howe
26 Doris Markel
27 Brenda Harlacher
28 Marlet Naill
30 Ron Rutland
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: email@example.com