Vol. 10-No. 25 Friday, June 24, 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 26 , 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Cost of following Jesus”
– Scripture: Luke 9: 51-62
Thoughts on the Word: This week’s text is very timely in light of this week’s Annual Conference in Greensboro N.C. Jesus makes the deliberate choice to face the conflict, rejection, condemnation, and even death itself, for the sake of the good news of God’s love and saving grace for all people. I dare say that, as with many conferences in the past, there will be those who will come away from conference un-happy with the results of the business and those who will come away thinking the church got it right and it was the best conference ever held.
Dr. Luke, being the Doctor that he is, has a keen eye for details and for timing, he is writing his version of the gospel in a very logical fashion. He introduces in our text the coming trials and testing of Jesus to be the messiah, savior of the world, the very presence of God in human form. This is such a powerful text for us at a time like this in our denominations history. We are facing the trials of changing social norms and of national insecurity. How will the church respond? Will we be the people who carry the light of God’s love to every creature or will we take the comfortable and safe route? We are called to carry the light, to share the message, to be prophetic in the face of a world and culture caught in the pain of separation from God. Please pray, pray hard this week as the conference gathers and does it’s work. Pray that all may be said and done in a spirit of love, peace, and understanding for the glory of God and our neighbors good. Amen.
Pastor Don will be out of the office…….
Annual Conference – June 26 to July 3, Pastor Don will return to the office Tuesday, July 5, 2016. In case of an emergency, you may contact Melinda Carlson.
Church Office will be closed Monday, July 4th.
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – June 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 84
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.
LOVE is the theme of our new Spiritual Renewal booklet. It includes three LOVE related scripture backgrounds as well as summaries of Pastor Don’s sermons. Those sermons address Positivity, Spirituality and Servanthood and were preached on selected Sundays from October 4, 2015 through May 15, 2016. For those with Internet capabilities, link addresses are provided to access the complete sermons for your meditation. You can pick up your booklet while the supplies last at the table located in the narthex.
Larry Gibble – a Spiritual Renewal Team member. ~ SEE ATTACHMENT
MUSICIANS NEEDED for the Summer Season – contact David Diehl.
If anyone is interested being on the CDC Board, please contact Carol Gordon.
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
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!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DONATIONS – Our service project for Cave Quest VBS this year will be having the children pack boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. We will need many items to fill the boxes for boys or girls ages 5-9. These boxes are delivered during the Christmas season to children in need throughout the world. The boxes will be delivered to a local collection center later in the year, so we will not have any shipping costs. Items such as dolls, musical instruments, stuffed animals, balls, jump ropes, crayons, markers, coloring books, picture books, toothbrushes, soap, combs, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, etc. may be purchased to put into the boxes. Here is a web site that shows items that may or may not be included if you would like to see how a box is filled –
The bulletin board in the narthex will have additional items listed that you may want to donate such as the Cave Quest outdoor banner sign, the Cave Quest starter kit, CDs for each family attending VBS, the chalk talk by Joe Hurst after the dinner on the last evening and more. New items will be added each week as we discover what is needed for snack time, story time and game time. We are still in need of black or brown fabric, brown paper such as comes in the packaging of a box from Amazon, and clear or colored cellophane. Your donations will help spread joy to children in our local area and throughout the world! There will be a donation box by the bulletin board or you can place your donations in the church office.
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
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To the family of Nancy Lebsock who passed away on June 19, 2016. Nancy is Garrett Page’s sister’s mother-in-law. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
To Larry & Pat Gibble on the passing of their nephew, Benn Kipp. Ben passed away on June 12th. Please keep Larry, Pat, and Larry’s sister, Judith and her 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 . . . . . . . . . . .
JULY 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, July 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.
JULY 14, 2016 ~ OWLS NEWS – The OWLS will gather in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 at noon on Thursday July 14 for lunch and a program of beautiful music and scenery to celebrate July 4th! Bring your bag lunch. The Rollmans will provide drinks and dessert. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE SIGNUP SHEET IN THE NARTHEX BY SUNDAY JULY 10 so we know how many to prepare for! Upcoming events: August 11 – Annual Indoor Picnic, September 8 – Home Care & Hospice Nursing Presentation
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.
If your birthday is in JULY and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
1 Kathy Kovacs
2 Doug Martin
3 Jeanette Brickner
6 Don Hubbell
7 Dave Bradfield II
11 Jay Crist
13 Robert Sharp II
14 Lorene Trimmer
15 Bill Bernhardt
17 Deb Klinedinst
18 Betty Lynn Bernhardt
21 Irene Rauhauser
22 Sheryl Leaman
25 Erin Ferro
26 Beth Brickner
30 Sally Bingaman
31 Jill Wueschinski
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