Vol. 10-No. 23 Friday, June 10, 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, JUNE 12 , 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Do you see this woman?”
– Scripture: Luke 7:36 – 8:3
Thoughts on the Word: The text for this week has a very familiar and very powerful story for us to consider. The power of stereotypes challenges us in this passage. Simon the Pharisee struggled with prejudice when he judged the woman who was anointing Jesus. In another of this weeks lectionary passages, Paul, in Galatians 2:15-21, struggles to accept and include gentiles in the early church. In the Old Testament lesson for this week from 1 Kings 21:1-21, King Ahab and Jezebel seem almost caricatures of self-absorbed, evil rulers. We could think of them perhaps as the Darth Vader of Star Wars and the White Witch of Narnia playing their roles. In these stories, heroes fall short of the mark and villains still have a chance at redemption. This is, after all, the theme of our human experience. Sinful women become the first to worship and anoint Jesus, and murderous inquisitors become transformed into leaders of the church, just as Saul was transformed into Paul. Grace is indeed amazing in its power to transform.
Next week’s text: Luke 8:26-39 Title: Legion
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – June 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 102
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, June calendar, and June Newsline Digest (formerly Mission and Ministry newsletter) are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
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.
Secretary’s Office Hours until August 22nd – 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
JUNE 11, 2016 ~ WHOA! WHATZZZAA YA ALL DOIN TOMORROW? YARD SALE! YARD SALE! YARD SALE! COME ON OUT!
8 AM – 3 PM – IN OUR AIR CONDITIONED FELLOWSHIP HALL!
Lots of treasures and bargains! PA DUTCH Chicken Corn soup, Chili, Hamburger Bar-B-Q sandwiches & hot dogs.
STAY FOR LUNCH! LEAVE WITH A SMILE!
JUNE 12, 2016 – YARD SALE CLEAN UP – SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH – 2:00 pm – Volunteers needed to help move items out of Fellowship Hall
If anyone can help, please call Kathy Kovacs.
The barrel on the narthex table is collecting change for the Disaster Relief Auction…..coins for others in need. Let’s fill the barrel!
Baby Bottle Boomerang is “ON” 1) Pick up baby bottle in lobby ; 2) Fill with change ; 3) Return to office – Proceeds benefit Human Life Services –a crisis pregnancy agency
Children’s Aid Society Capital Campaign update – To date, we have received $1,750 for the Children’s Aid Society Capital Campaign. This amount will be matched using the $10,000 set aside by the Leadership Team through Witness funds. The Capital Campaign continues through the entire year 2016, so the $10,000 match will continue as well. If you made or make a contribution directly to CAS, please let Sheryl Leaman or any member of the Leadership Team know, so that we can match your contribution. Please make sure to indicate on any donation that the funds are specifically for the CAS Capital Campaign. Thank you for considering a donation! We would love to be able to present $20,000 to the Children’s Aid Society. What a blessing to be able to help children and their families in the local community!
SOMETHING GOOD TO ANTICIPATE: We are planning a retreat at Camp Eder during the weekend of October 28-30, 2016. It’s a beautiful place to be when the maples are showing their autumn colors! Carol and Ken Gordon are going to be our leaders and we look forward to sharing a time of learning and fellowship with you. Watch for more details to be revealed later. –Spiritual Enrichment Team
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To the family of Dan Lehigh ordained minister and Elder at Upper Conewago Church of the Brethren and Chaplain of “Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry” passed away Thursday May 26th. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
To Elizabeth Eisenhart and her brother, Bill Gross, on the passing of his wife, Joyce. Please keep Elizabeth, Bill, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thanks to all the “5’ers” who donated to the walk for Life at Cousler Park. It was all uphill!! I was able to raise $ 150.00 to benefit Human Life Services, a crisis pregnancy agency in York. ~ Dan Snook
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
JUNE 25, 2016 ~ LIFE LINE SCREENING, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at First Church of the Brethren on 6/25/2016. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
JUNE 30, 2016 – Children’s Aid Society 5TH Annual Franklin County Golf Outing, Thurs., June 30th. This tournament benefits the Frances Leiter Center’s play therapy services for at-risk children. Held at: Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. See flyer on bulletin board for additional information. Deadline: June 17, 2016
JULY 24-28, 2016 – Vacation Bible School – July 24 – 28, – CAVE QUEST: Following Jesus The Light of the World! Christian Ed has chosen the week of July 24-28, 2016 for VBS. Many volunteers are needed to make this outreach to our community a success. Please contact Nancy Gipe, Vivian Hubbell, Stephanie Stoolmaker, Deb Klinedinst, Carol Gordon or Judy Deitch if you are willing to help in any way. Big brown packing paper and black fabric will be needed for decorations. If you have either of these items, please bring them to church and place them in the office or in the Christian Ed room. Thank you!
CAVE QUEST VBS DECORATIONS – The following items would be helpful for the VBS decorating committee: brown craft paper of any size, empty 2 liter bottles, rolls of black plastic or black fabric, empty spray bottles such as a windex bottle, and clear and/or colored cellophane paper. If you have any of these items, please drop them off in the church office or in the Christian Ed room. Thank you!
AUGUST 13, 2016 – The Friends of Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community 56th Annual BBQ, Auction, Car Show, and Bake Sale – Saturday, August 13th. Mark the date on your calendar, round up the kids and grandkids and come enjoy the food, the sale and the fun for all.
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