Vol. 10-No. 27 Friday, July 8, 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, JULY 10, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Who is my neighbor?”
– Scripture: Luke 10: 25-37
Thoughts on the Word: This week’s text brings us to a very familiar passage and question for us work through. The question that is asked in the passage is; “Who is my neighbor?” How do we answer such a question? Brethren down through our history have answered the question in what might have been unpopular ways. Welcoming refugees following WW 2 to help with resettlement is one that comes to mind and one that York First has been very actively involved in the past. Taking stands against violence and prejudice is another. Even going so far as to march in Washington and other places with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when it was controversial and un-popular. Today there seems to be a number of un-popular issues before our nation and world. As I look at this question, I have to ask again where will I draw the line and where would God have me draw it? Are they the same or do I need to spend some time in prayer and Bible study to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit?
SUMMER WORSHIP MUSIC SOLOISTS – FOR JULY
JULY 10 – Emma Stoolmaker, Jay Gibble and Lisa Mattia
JULY 17 – Ben Detrick
JULY 24 – Keith Grimm (Also doing worship service)
JULY 31 – Jackie LeGrand and Hanna Taylor
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – July 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 65
COPIES OF this week’s e-news and the July calendar 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. The booklet is one approach to consider for use during your meditations. You can pick up your booklet while the supplies last at the table located in the narthex. (see attachment)
For those with Internet capabilities, The booklet is now online at http://yorkfirst.org/srbooklet/. The link provides quick direct links to pastoral messages preached in this renewal journal series.
Larry Gibble – a Spiritual Renewal Team member
If anyone is interested being on the CDC Board, please contact Carol Gordon.
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. 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. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND MAY NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING LIQUID OR BREAKABLE. Items such as dolls, musical instruments, stuffed animals, balls, jump ropes, crayons, markers, coloring books, picture books, toothbrushes (a local dentist donated toothbrushes and dental floss for 50 boxes and toothpaste for 30 boxes, so we have all that we need of these items), 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 – https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoeboxsuggestions/. REMEMBER THAT ALL ITEMS NEED TO FIT IN THE SHOE BOXES.
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. Dinner items have been added this week, and when these items are brought to church, please have them labeled and dated for VBS dinner. All other food items posted on the board are for snack and should be marked accordingly as well. If you take a lantern, hiking boot or campfire paper off the bulletin board with a requested item, please put your name and item on the list on the easel. We are still in need of 2 LITER SODA BOTTLES 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. Thank you!!!
CASH FOR CAUSES
It has been a little over 5 years since we started selling Giant & Weis gift cards.
During that time we sold $167,000 worth of cards with $8,350 divided between Camp Eder, Children’s Aid Society, and New Life for Girls (as designated by the Witness Team).
I have Giant & Weis cards in $100, $50, & $25 denominations. Please call or email me or see me Sundays mornings.
MENNONITE DISASTER SERVICE is announcing an two employment opportunities at the Binational office in Lititz, PA.
1) Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), Lititz PA, is looking for a multi-tasking and self-motivated Executive Assistant to directly support the Executive Director, Board, and Leadership team members. The role requires attention to detail, efficient organizational skills and the ability to balance competing priorities. Applicants must be active in an Anabaptist church and committed to the Anabaptist faith and peace position.
2) Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is seeking a full time Development Manager in the Lititz, PA office. In this new position, the manager will effectively shape and execute the development plan and implement the information technology systems to support the function. Applicants must be active in an Anabaptist church and committed to the Anabaptist faith and peace position.
See the full job description at https://mds.mennonite.net/who-we-are/employment/ Resumes may be sent to email@example.com or MDS, Attn: Human Resources, 583 Airport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543. Review of resumes begins immediately. Recruitment continues until the position is filled. ~ Thank you, Ronald A Guenther, Assistant Executive Director, Mennonite Disaster Service
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
JULY 17, 2016 – VBS TRAINING – There will be a short training for VBS volunteers on Sunday, July 17th, directly after church to answer any questions you might have. We will meet in the lounge. Hope to see you there!
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A late and very sincere THANK YOU all for the beautiful and meaningful cards and gifts on my 91st birthday. Also as the oldest member of the family, the opportunity during the afternoon gathering of friends and family to share a photo pre-view of our soon to be the youngest member.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Liam. Again thanks to Pastor Don and our Church of Brethren friends and family for a beautiful and memorable day. I so much appreciated that day and the memories will last forever.
GRATITUDE is too small a word to describe how my family and I feel about the outstanding way my furniture was moved to Boiling Springs on June 25th. Considering the amount and size of the furniture and the heat of the day, this was not a small task! Nor was the wrapping and packing the breakable and delicate items in my home that Carol and Judy spent hours on. ~ Thanks and Blessings to all, Sincerely, Dottie Lehman
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
AUGUST 6TH AND 7TH, 2016 – Dunkard Valley Live Christian Music Festival, Sat., Aug. 6th 11:00 am – 8 pm and Sunday, Aug. 7th 10:30 am – 6:00 pm (Rain dates Aug. 13 and 14) This event will be held at Codorus Church of the Brethren, 1129 Dunkard Valley Rd., Dallastown, PA 17313. This event is free and open to the public. Come hear the gospel being shared through song and the spoken word. For updates and more info visit www.dunkardvalleylive.com
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.
AUGUST 18, 2016 ~ 20TH ANNUAL FORE CHILDREN GOLF BENEFIT ~ Thursday, August 18th. This tournament benefits Children’s Aid Society’s therapy services for at risk children. Funds raised make it possible for us to provide therapy services for low income children.
This year’s golf benefit will be held at: Hanover Country Club, 200 East Water St, Abbottstown, PA 17301, Phone: 717-259-8422, www.hanovercc.com – See Flyer on bulletin board for details and registration form. Or contact Jan Zeigler at 717-624-4461 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration and Sponsorship Deadline is August 5, 2016
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.