Vol. 10-No. 41 Friday, October 14, 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, OCTOBER 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Return to your First Love”
– Scripture: Revelation 2:1-7
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – October 9, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 69
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, October calendar, and October 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.
From the Hospitality Team : Enjoy a free 2017 calendar. Available in the narthex. One per family, please
‘CHANGE FOR A DAY’~ The Friends of CKV-TBHC ‘change for a day’ is due Sunday, November 6, 2016 ~ Please place your donation in the container in the church narthex that is marked “Change for a Day”. Thank you! Keyperson – Anna Miller
There will be a training session on the A/V equipment on Saturday, October 29th starting at 10 am in the balcony. Anyone that is interested, is invited to attend. If you have questions, please see a member of the A/V Team.
An envelope was put into the Youth mailbox on Sept. 11th
with GARRETT’S name on it.
If you know of it’s whereabouts, please return it to Garrett
or the Youth mailbox.
Thanks, Lamplighters SS Class
OCTOBER 15, 2016 ~ Brethren Heritage Festival: All are invited to the Brethren Heritage Festival at The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, on the Elizabethtown College campus, between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Children will enjoy crafts and games, art projects, huge old-fashioned bubbles and hands-on experiences like making cornhusk dolls. Special features include a quilting bee, acapella singing and more! Enjoy homemade treats like ice cream churned by a bicycle, apple butter on fresh bread and popcorn from the historic Reist popcorn wagon. Contact Janice Holsinger (717-838-4848) with questions or to volunteer.
OCTOBER 19, 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. Wednesday Evenings, October 19th and will continue the following dates 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 20, 2016 – Cor Trompetter presents “Mennonite Elites in the Frisian Southwest, 1580–1850,” on Thurs., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. The author of several books on social and economic history, Trompetter is also the deputy mayor of the county of Weststellingwerf in Friesland. For more information about the talk, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
GIFTS DISCERNMENT is still in need of persons to fill spots for the following:
Gifts Discernment-2nd person
The District Board of Southern PA is seeking a Treasurer. See the bulletin board for copies of the Plan of Organization regarding the Treasurer position and memos regarding the Cash Receipts and Accounts Receivable Policies and Procedures and the Accounts Payable Policy and Procedures. Interested persons should contact Board Chair, Terry Smith at 717-463-3311 or email@example.com or District Executive, Bill Waugh, at 717-624-8626 (office), 724-875-0958 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org. This position offers an honorarium.
My family and I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all the kind words, prayers, and concern for all of us during my dad’s illness and his passing. Thank you for the many, many cards and a special thank you for the First Church members who attended my dad’s service. It meant a lot. We really appreciated the generous love offering that was given to us. It was a very nice gesture. I also appreciated your patience with me on the difficult days when I could not even talk about it. All of this truly shows how caring, giving, and thoughtful the members of First Church are. Thank you so much ~ Karen Bowman and family
My family and I want to thank everyone for your prayers, kind words, cards, and phone calls on the passing of our mother, Mary Giambalvo. All were very comforting during a difficult time. ~ Linda Wisner
CAMP EDER’S 38TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL ~ Sat., Oct. 15th, 9 am – 4 pm. Fall Festival is a Harvest & Heritage celebration designed for the whole family. Attractions include a benefit auction, food & craft vendors, music, games, and many other activities. An authentic Pit-Roasted Pork lunch is offered as the highlight of the day and will leave folks sharing memories for months and years to follow. Many other pioneer-style demonstrations are also featured. Things to do: Pit Roasted Pork & Turkey Meal. All you can eat! Pork and Turkey Meal which is cooked overnight buried in pits. No advance tickets are available. The tickets will be ONLY available at Fall Festival. Adults $12.00 and Kids (6-12) $ 7.00. Live Auction 9:30am Live Music, Apple Butter Making, Petting Zoo, Craft Vendors, Glass Blowing Demonstration, Kid’s Crafts, Kid’s Games, Bounce House, Food Court, Bake Sale, & Much More. For more information see the poster on the bulletin board OR contact Kathy Kovacs.
PIES, PIES, PIES – CAMP EDER FALL FEST!
SING A SONG of sixpence a pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
Pies for the Fall Fest are what we need, So get out that rolling pin and do a good deed.
Cherry, apple, blueberry or peach – it’s all for the Fest! So remember – no blackbirds are needed – because it’s all for the best.
I do hope your pies will have fruit and not blackbirds! FALL FEST IS APPROACHING at Camp Eder. So any pie is acceptable that needs NO REFRIGERATION. The Festival is held on October 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Camp Eder. We are in need of 40 pies. Can you do it? Lets really roll out the dough $$$ Bring to the church lounge on Friday, October 14 by noon. Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs.
TRICK OR TRUNK, Tues., Oct. 25th, ~ Don’t get Spooked! – Rain or Shine! 5:30 to 7:00pm/York First Church Parking Lot and Fellowship Hall. This is a church sponsored community event. WE NEED A LOT OF HELP!! Decorate a car, work in the kitchen, park cars, donate candy, donate money, or dress in a costume. We are planning for a large crowd so we will need a lot of volunteers. Sign-up sheets are posted in the Lobby
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
OCTOBER 28-30, 2016 – YORK FIRST COB ~ 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
OCTOBER 29, 2016 – Children’s Aid Society Annual Fundraising Dinner, Sat., Oct. 29th, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. The Annual Dinner will be in Greencastle this year at Greencastle Church of the Brethren. Featuring music by DayStar. For more information, please contact Jan Zeigler at 717-624-4461 or email@example.com See registration forms on the bulletin board and please mail by October 14, 2016.
NOVEMBER 12, 2016 ~ INTERGENERATIONAL 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! The game of Pickleball will also be happening on the pickleball court. This game is less strenuous than tennis, and is played with a paddle and a wiffle ball. Everyone can learn! Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. Come fine out what it is all about!!! Dessert & drinks provided! Questions? Please contact a Fellowship Team member, Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin or Tim Beckwith
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