Vol. 10-No. 38 Friday, September 23, 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, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Rich but poor”
– Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Thoughts on the Word: Our text for this Sunday, from Luke 16:19-31, may seem like a difficult text from which to preach a message on peace upon first reading. This weeks emphasis is on building blocks for peace. The story of the poor man, Lazarus, and the rich man, Dives(not specific in the text), shows the injustice of our world that leads to violence in many parts of the world including our own country. In light of the events in Charlotte North Carolina and other places in our country and around the world this past week, Christians need to proclaim the message of God’s love and peace and recognize that it can be proclaimed from just about any text of the New Testament. Please continue to pray and seek ways to share the message of peace in your homes, places of work, schools, anywhere you go. Jesus is the prince of peace. Amen.
Next week: Special speaker, David Stauffer. Fall Love feast
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – September 18, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 86
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, September 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.
CHILDREN’S STORY ~ Consider signing up to do Children’s Story. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the narthex with available dates. Any questions, please contact Dan Snook.
Naylor’s Peanut Crunch, Cashew, & Buttermint ~ It’s time to place your orders for Naylor’s Peanut Crunch, Cashew Crunch, & Buttermints. They make the perfect gifts for around the holidays and they make wonderful gifts for you to enjoy as well. The Friends of CKV-TBHC thanks the members of your congregation for helping to make this candy sale a huge success every year. Sunday, October 9, 2016, is the deadline to place your candy order with your keyperson (Anna Miller) or place in box on church office counter. Payment must accompany order form and made payable to The Friends of CKV-TBHC.~ Order Forms will be in Sunday’s bulletin.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 ~ Camp Eder Senior Day, Wed., Sept. 28th, Morning: Hymn Sing in Chapel/Orchard Tour, Lunch: Pork loin, mashed potatoes, carrots, salad, bread, apple pie, Afternoon: Shaver’s Creek Birds of Prey
OCTOBER 1, 2016 ~ Fall Fundraising Banquet – Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry : Featuring “The Vine Street Boys” on Saturday, Oct. 1st, at New Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1873 New Fairview Church Rd., York, PA 17403, There is a silent auction, full-course dinner, ministry update, and door prizes. See flyer on bulletin board. Contact Glen & Anna Miller for tickets. Tickets are available until September 17th. (No ticket sales at the door.)
OCTOBER 2, 2016 ~ COMBINED SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON OCTOBER 2 – David Stauffer, a member of the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren, will be presenting “The Church of the Brethren at Work” during a combined Sunday Class at
9:00 AM on October 2. He will be talking about the variety of ministries, projects, and programs of the Church of the Brethren. David will also be preaching on October 2 about the unity and purpose of the church. His sermon is based upon Ephesians 4:1-16 and is entitled
“In Mission Together.” David will be joining us for Love Feast as well.
OCTOBER 2, 2016 ~ Life Chain, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3pm along Market St. at Home Depot. Come stand/sit and pray for babies in the womb.
WELCOME to the new Praise Singers Band Members that will join Evan Lentz for the Season: Matt Diehl-Guitar and Hunter Jones –Bass – Please see the attachment for their bios and photos.
GIFTS DISCERNMENT is still in need of persons to fill spots for the following:
Gifts Discernment-2nd person
YORK FIRST MEMBERS, YOU ARE FANTASTIC! You have met our goals of $ 1,500. and our anonymous donor has matched $ 1,500. AND MULTITUDES OF THANKS TO THE DONOR. It was greatly appreciated! We will be presenting a check for $ 3,000. on Saturday at BDRA for the 5K run. Also, many thanks for the new toys. The box was full. Again, MANY, MANY THANKS!
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE for your kind thoughts, words, prayer, cards, and phone calls. The passing of my sister was devastating to me. We were very close. I will greatly miss her. You have been a very great help getting me through this rough period. – Terry Yeager
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! First Church is truly blessed! I believe our congregation appreciated the variety of vocalists and instrumentalists this summer just ended. There were vocal solos and duets, a singer with guitar accompaniment, brass with piano accompaniment, violin, and piano. And of course, many were backed up by our very capable keyboardist, Mike Baldwin. Greg Bachman also accompanied a duet. We had the opportunity to share the musical renditions of Ann and Brian Moul, Emma Stoolmaker, Jay Gibble and Lisa Mattia, Ben Detrick, Keith Grimm, Jackie LeGrand and Hannah Taylor, Caroline Wolfe, Cathy Carson, Julie Poland and Morgan Orndorff. Thank you! Thank you for sharing your talents with our First Church congregation. And thanks to whoever made all of the arrangements! – Larry Gibble – from the back pew in the sanctuary.
THANK YOU to everyone that helped set up/tear down, cooked food, provided entertainment and enjoyed the church picnic last Sunday. Special thanks to Jayne and Mike Baldwin, Sid and Charlie Innerst and Brittney Beckwith. If you have any suggestions on that event or thoughts on future events, please contact a Fellowship Team member. Thank you! Tim Beckwith, Fellowship Team Chair.
York First Church of the Brethren ~ Fall Spiritual Retreat ~ October 28 – 30, 2016 -Mission statement: People dedicated to Spiritual Growth, Loving Relationships and Sacrificial Service
The theme for the Fall 2016 York First Church of the Brethren Retreat is “Roots and Branches: Building Better Relationships”. In these days of Facebook, tweets and text messages real, personal relationships can become few and far between. Our church’s mission statement above stresses the importance of “loving relationships”. What a great time to work on building your relationships during a fall weekend at Camp Eder. The time spent in Retreat will include worship, prayer, interactive presentations, breakout sessions, fun and fellowship. The Spiritual Enrichment Team is pleased to announce that Ken and Carol Gordon have agreed to lead us for this adult retreat. Ken and Carol provided the following information of their vision for the retreat:
We plan to talk about relationship history, provide some examples and discuss how to strengthen them. The sessions will be interactive; however the Friday evening session will be more individual work. Then we will build on that work throughout the weekend. An opening worship will begin each session using both contemporary and traditional music. Saturday afternoon will be free time for whatever the participants want to do. Camp Eder is beautiful at this time of the year.
We will be staying in the Tree of Peace lodge again this year. The Tree of Peace lodge has 8 motel-style rooms each containing one double bed, a set of bunk beds, a single trundle bed and a bathroom with a single shower. The lodge also has a full kitchen, and a spacious meeting room with a wood stove where all sessions will be held. Meals will be served in the Geigley Lodge, only a short walk away.
Plan to join your friends of First Church for this exciting, enriching time in retreat at Camp Eder. Sign up now to reserve your place. Registration fee of $90 per person includes five meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast) and two nights lodging in the Tree of Peace lodge at Camp Eder. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex. While we encourage you to attend the entire weekend, day trippers or part-time attendees will be welcome. See Mary Esther Anderson or Pat Gibble for pricing if you cannot attend all 3 days. See any member of the Spiritual Enrichment Team or the Gordons for more information about the retreat
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
OCTOBER 5, 2016 THROUGH NOVEMBER 2, 2016 ~ W.E. GATHER ~ “I love to tell the story” this favorite hymn, number 398 in our hymnal, will be our theme for this fall’s WE Gather. You might guess from the title that the theme will be sharing stories from our faith journeys. Starting on Wednesday evening, October 5th and will continue the following dates Oct. 19th, Oct. 26th , and November 2nd. We will meet each Wednesday evening for a carry in supper starting at 6 and then a time of sharing starting at 7. We are looking for persons who are willing to share their faith stories. So look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex and pick a date. We have people signed up but we welcome more! Suggested Guidelines for sharing faith stories based on Hymn # 398 – “I Love to Tell the Story” 1) Satisfies my Longing (Jesus and his glory) 2) Some have never heard (the message of salvation) 3) For those who know it best (the old story made new because of God’s love). Start now thinking about how God has blessed you and been faithful to you in your journey through life.
OCTOBER 13, 2016 – OWLS NEWS ~ ARE YOU READY FOR SOME PA DUTCH HUMOR? Dolly Furst has made arrangements with SOPHIE to share her Pa Dutch humor with the OWLS on Thursday October 13 in the Homebuilders classroom 154 at noon. Bring your bag lunch. Suzanne is providing drinks and dessert! We look forward to seeing YOU there. Please sign up in the narthex by Sunday October 9.
November 10 – Richard Brown – All about Bees
December 8 – Annual Christmas Tea
January 12 – Bob Anderson – All about the one dollar bill
OCTOBER 14, 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, October 14, 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.
NOVEMBER 12, 2016 ~ CHURCH GAME NIGHT, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12TH at 6:30 pm in the Gym presented by the Fellowship Team. Bring your favorite board/card/etc. game to share! Dessert & drinks provided! Questions? Please contact a Fellowship Team member, Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin or Tim Beckwith
If your birthday is in OCTOBER and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
2 Christopher Logue
5 Evelyn Chronister
Robert M. Wetzel
7 Dick Ault
8 Winnie Fickes
11 John Anderson
12 Dick B. Ault
14 Janine Logue
15 Marcus Carey
17 Anna Elise Stoolmaker
18 George LeGore
19 Larry Harlacher
21 Jared Beuschlein
23 Barry Stehr
24 Benjamin Gennarelli-LeGrand
25 David Gibble
28 Pat Gibble
29 Dylan Sauder
31 Vesta Statler
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.