Vol. 10-No. 42 Friday, October 21, 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 23, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Return to YOUR First Love”
– Scripture: Revelation 2:1-7
Thoughts on the Word: Last Sunday we started a three part series of sermons looking at the passage in Revelation 2:1-7, where the Church in Ephesus is talked about. We began this series of sermons looking at the city of Ephesus, the Lumen Asiae or The Light of Asia as it was known in the ancient world. We saw how it was not unlike our own city of York today. It sat on a major route from Asia to Rome the greatest city of the day. York sits on I-83 which as you may know, goes to Baltimore and connects with major roads going to perhaps the greatest city in the world of today, Washington D.C. We saw how Ephesus was a cultural, economic, and religious center in that part of the ancient world. It was a vibrant city and yet it had it’s seamy underside as well. There was a problem with crime and especially prostitution. Into this major city, Paul came to plant a Church. Take the message of the Gospel to the place where the people are would make sense.
This week we are taking a look at the Ephesians’ Church. Like any Church that has ever existed it had it’s ups and it’s downs. We will talk about their early zeal for sharing the Gospel of God’s love with their community and how we started out that way here in York. John calls them to return to this very basic practice of sharing the love of God with everyone they come in contact with. In so doing leading people to Christ Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Next week: “Return to YOUR first love” Text: Revelation 2:1-7
FALL CONGREGATIONAL FORUM WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016
Packets are available to be picked up on the table in the Narthex. There are three sections. The forum booklet, the affirmation of slate, and the treasurer’s report.
YOUTH SUNDAY will be on Sunday, November 6, 2016
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – October 16, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 111
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.
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
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 26, 2016 & 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, 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or District Executive, Bill Waugh, at 717-624-8626 (office), 724-875-0958 (cell) or email@example.com. This position offers an honorarium.
I would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and concerns for my friend, Irene Gass. She is doing marvelous!! ~ Peg Eck
CONGRATULATIONS to Tomas & Austyn Deardorff who welcomed their daughter, Katherine Elizabeth into this world. She weighed 7.8 lbs and is 20.5 inch long.
To Evelyn Chronister on the passing of her daughter, Audrey L. Weaver. Audrey passed away on Oct. 14, 2016. Please keep Evelyn and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
NOVEMBER 3, 2016 – Aini Linjakumpu presents “The Entrepreneurship among the Conservative Laestadian Movement,” a discussion of entrepreneurial activities among the largest revival movement group in Scandinavia, on Thurs., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Linjakumpu is a lecturer in politics at the University of Lapland and an adjunct professor at the University of Tampere. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
NOVEMBER 11, 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, November 11, 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 ~ 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
If your birthday is in NOVEMBER and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
3 Barb Wueschinski
8 Jill McCracken
10 Erin Hand
15 Greg Klinedinst
16 Helen Naill
18 Dolores Mann
19 Tanner Martin
20 Carlyn Hoke
21 Elizabeth Eisenhart
22 Charles Innerst
24 Pat Paules
25 Laura (Thomas) Lash
27 Michelle Sauder
29 Tammy Stehr
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