Vol. 10-No. 33 Friday, August 19, 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, AUGUST 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Healing on the Sabbath”
– Scripture: Luke 13:10-17
Thoughts on the Word: We are continuing our look at the Gospel of Luke this Sunday. We have a story this week that appears no where else in the Bible. A story that challenges the religious and cultural norms of the day. The leaders of the synagogue have long taught that you must not work on the Sabbath. Jesus heals a woman who has had a bad back for many years on the Sabbath and is criticized for doing so. He uses that word, “hypocrite” that we talked about last Sunday, to defend himself. He points out that many things need to be done on every day of the week including the Sabbath, such as feeding animals, taking care of meal preparation and so forth. This passage brings up thoughts of the old “Blue Laws” of years gone by when our society didn’t allow for much work to be done on the Sabbath. The Gospel lesson for this week speaks of physical appearance, it takes us to a much deeper place. A place where rules are broken, where conformity is cast aside. A place where what you see is not what you get! The love of God confounds all expectations.
Next Sunday: “When you are invited” Text: Luke 14:1, 7-14
SUMMER WORSHIP MUSIC SOLOISTS
August 21 – Julie Poland
August 28 – Morgan Orndorff
September 4 – Emma Stoolmaker
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – August 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 80
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, August calendar, and August/September 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.
2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WRAP UP DVD is available in the church office. The DVD can be checked out to view and return. Please contact the church office to make sure it is available when you want to sign it out.
There is also a printout of the Wrap-up on the table in the narthex for you to pick up. You can find the Wrap Up at Annual Conference 2016 news index page at www.brethren.org/ac2016
LETTER FROM THE COB Leadership concerning violence in our nation: Follow this link http://support.brethren.org/site/R?i=OMtatwXeqF93zHBR20mjrQ to view the letter Church leaders call the Brethren to be ‘a landmark of refuge’ in a time of ‘great civil violence’
DEADLINE TOMORROW, AUGUST 20TH ~ CAMP EDER CHICKEN BBQ ~ Enjoy southern style BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, slaw, dinner roll and a tasty dessert. All packaged and ready for you to take home and enjoy! Pick up time is 2:00 pm, August 27th here at York First. Advance ticket sales only. We have 40 tickets. Deadline for tickets is August 20, 2016. For tickets, contact Melinda Carlson, Galen Trimmer, Arlene Martin, or Kathy Kovacs. Any questions, please contact Kathy Kovacs.
AUGUST 22, 2016 ~ REMINDER: CDC Board Meeting will be held in the lounge at 6:00 pm on Monday, Aug. 22nd.
AUGUST 24, 2016 ~ CAMP EDER SENIOR DAY – On Wed., Aug. 24th, 9:30 AM Gathering/Morning Program: Paul & Brandy Liepelt- Co-pastors of Somerset Church of the Brethren in Somerset, PA and former missionaries to Nigeria share with us some of the challenges faced by a country in conflict.; 12:00 Lunch; 1:00 PM Afternoon Program: Tom Harbaugh & The Flinestones Quartet – Enjoy the fun & entertaining tunes of this laughable an inspiring group of musicians. – See flyer on bulletin board for additional information or contact Kathy Kovacs 717-309-0678.
AUGUST 27 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 ~ SIXTY-FOURTH ANNUAL CAMP MEETING of the Church of the Brethren – Held at Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center, 7693 Browns Mill Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202, The camp is located in a grove of trees and is a cool, restful, and ideal place for refreshing soul and body. Theme: The Attributes of God, Theme Versus: To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One, Isaiah 40:25, Bible Study: Christian Perspective on Current Issues (COB continuing Education Units -0.5) This year’s main speaker and morning Bible study leader is Bro. Ray Mummert from the Pleasant Hill congregation. Camp & Conference Center Information/Lodging, please contact John & Sandy Shelly, 7535 Talhelm Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202, 717-375-2510. Also see program schedule and more information on the bulletin board.
OWLS NEWS – IT’S TIME TO GO TO THE YORK FAIR! The OWLS will NOT meet in September. We encourage everyone to visit some of our group who will be working at the fair this month!
October 13 – Sophie will join us to share some PA Dutch humor
November 10 – To be announced
December 8 – Annual Christmas Tea
SAVE THE DATE! All-church Western themed picnic on Sunday, September 11th after worship. Come out and enjoy food, fun and fellowship! Food and Games provided….dust off your cowboy hat and other western themed attire! – Fellowship Team (Jayne Baldwin, Sid Innerst and Tim Beckwith)
The BDRA again this year will have a 5K Run. First Church was very successful both with Runners and Donations last year. We hope to repeat that again this year. The congregation will have a chance to sponsor our FCOB Team by donating in the offering on Sundays. You may put your check or money in an envelope (found on the back of the pews). We also encourage you to sign up to run or walk. Also new this year is The Family Fun Run. Register by August 31 to receive T -Shirt. Cash Prizes will be awarded in all age groups. The date is Sat., Sept. 24. All age Runners /Walkers Welcome. For questions, more information or a registration form, see Mike Baldwin Or Jolene Zeigler
ATTENTION PIE BAKERS ~ Plan to bake a pie or two or more for the Disaster Relief Auction Bake Goods Table. Most popular pies are peach, ground cherry and wet bottom shoo fly. Your own crust or store bought are acceptable. September. 23 &24 Auction Dates. Let’s ” bake up a storm” for world disaster. – See Jolene Zeigler for details.
IGLOO COOLER ~ An igloo cooler with lemonade, water bottles, and box of chalk was found in the kitchen after VBS. If it belongs to you, please contact the church office.
Please mark your calendars to reserve these dates: October 28, 29 and 30. First Church has reserved Tree of Peace Lodge at Camp Eder for a fall retreat. Carol and Ken Gordon will be our leaders. Autumn is especially beautiful in the woods where our camp is situated and this will be a weekend filled with fellowship and other good things. We will be placing registration papers on the bulletin boards as September approaches. –Spiritual Enrichment
The Hanover Church of the Brethren is looking for a part time secretary (20 -22 hours a week) in the church office. We have an updated office system and the candidate should be very personable, have good computer and graphic designing skills. A full job description will be posted at our website after August 14. The interview process will begin the week of August 22. Please call Pastor Gerry Godfrey at 632-2267. Thank you.
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES……….
To the family of Mary Giambalvo. Her daughter, Linda Wisner, contacted us that Mary passed away this morning. Please keep Linda and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE YARD SALE ON JUNE 11. To those who donated items, or money, the volunteers who donated their time, donated food, helped sell food, or helped to price items, set up and clean up — WE THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR HELP HAS MADE THIS YARD SALE A GREAT SUCCESS!! GOD HAS BLESSED OUR CHURCH WITH A TOTAL PROFIT WAS $4,044.75. – now that…. is a good day!
Page 13 ~ Jess & Amie Dietrich – New address: 517 N. George St, Apt. 1N, York, PA 17404
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 ~ Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community, Nicarry Meetinghouse, 7:00 PM CHANCEL CHOIR CONCERT – Bring your friends and family to support the choir by attending this program. It will be nice to see familiar faces in the audience!
SEPTEMBER 2- 5, 2016 ~ Family and Friends Camp, Labor Day Weekend, Friday-Sunday. Choose your family’s adventure such as worship with friends, relax by the pool, stories and laughter, food & cookouts, music, arts & crafts, swimming, hikes/walks, campfires, and much more! Choose your lodging. Registration includes meals and activities. Only $ 50. Per teen & adult (13 & over), $ 25. Per child (6-12) and children five & under are free! Register online at www.campeder.org or call 717-642-8256. Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs. ~ For more details, please see the flyer on the bulletin board.
SEPTEMBER 9, 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, September 9, 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.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 ~ LADIES BIBLE STUDY WILL BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We will be studying the WAR ROOM. The first class will consist of watching the entire movie on DVD. The following weeks will consist of watching 2 to 4 minutes clips each week and discussing along with prayer. Cost of study books – $10 If you wish to participate in this study and want a book, please e-mail Dolly at email@example.com or call 244-8218.
“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door and pray to your father who is in secret and your father who sees in secret will reward you” …Matt 6:6
The WAR ROOM Bible study features five inspiring movie clips and five challenging scriptural lessons adapted from the feature film, WAR ROOM.
1. DEALING WITH SPIRIUTAL LUKEWARMNESS
2. CHRISTIAN ACCOUNTABILITY
3. GRASPING GRACE AND THE GOSPEL
4. ENGAGING IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE
5. TRUSTING GOD IN PRAYER
Through this Bible study, believers will be called to evaluate their spiritual life and growth, to uncover their true character, to trust in the God of grace to declare victory over their true enemy, and to find their identity in their Savior. This study will serve as a reminder that prayer really is a powerful weapon.
SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2016 ~ FALL SCRAPBOOK RETREAT, Friday, Sept 16th to Sunday, Sept. 18th – Things to bring: Scrapbooking supplies, Snacks and stories to share, Crafty friends, Linens for sleeping, and Toiletries. See Flyer and Registration Form on the bulletin board. Or register online at www.campeder.org For any additional questions please contact Kathy Kovacs.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 ~ 46th Annual Dunker Church Service – This annual worship service will be held in the restored Dunker Church at the Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Md. on Sunday, September 18, 3:00 pm. This service will take place on the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam and commemorates the peace witness of the Brethren during the Civil War. Belita Mitchell, pastor at Harrisburg (PA) First Church of the Brethren, will be the preacher. This service is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic District Church of the Brethren and is open to the public. For more information, please call Eddie Edmonds, 304-267-4135; Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey, 301-733-3565 or Ed Poling, 301-766-9005.
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
York First Church of the Brethren, 2710 Kingston Road, York, PA 17402, Ph: 755-0307, Fax: 755-1382 www.yorkfirst.org