Vol. 10-No. 43 Friday, October 28, 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 30, 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: This Sunday is our last message in this three part series of sermons dealing with the letter to the church in Ephesus as found in the book of Revelation. There is one verse that I want to single out for our reflection and three little words in that verse, which if taken to heart can bring about renewal within us as individual believers and within the community of faith here at York First. The fifth verse says: “Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first.” This isn’t even the whole verse and yet there is a very important message here for every believer in Jesus Christ. Three words, “remember” “repent” and “do.” We will unpack these words and what they have to say to us about being renewed this Sunday.
Next week: Youth Sunday Text: Matthew 7:24-27
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 23, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 87
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, November calendar, and November 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.
‘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.
SAVE THE DATE ~ New Windsor Work Day – Wed., November 16, 2016
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH is Child Development Center Open House Sunday. Everyone is invited to visit the CDC classrooms and enjoy the artwork in the hallway. Cookies and drinks will be served from 10:00-10:30 and after the Worship Service. Please join us in celebrating our Child Development Center!
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 Evening, November 2nd. We will meet 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.
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.
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.
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 10, 2016 – OWLS NEWS – HAVE YOU HEARD THE BUZZ???? Gather with the OWLS on Thursday November 10 at noon in the Homebuilder’s classroom 154 for lunch and an interesting presentation on the topic of BEES, by our own bee keeper, Richard Brown. Bring your bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Please sign up in the narthex by Sunday November 6.
December 8 – Annual Christmas Tea
January 12 – Bob Anderson – All about the one dollar bill
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
NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2016 ~ WEST YORK Church of the Brethren (York, PA) is observing their 50th Anniversary on Sat., November 12th and Sunday, November 13th. On November 12th there will be a special time of music at 7:00 pm led by former pastor Warren Eshbach. On November 13th during the 10:00 am worship service there will be Biblical Teaching through music and mime by Drama Ministry from Lancaster. Also, former pastor, Warren Eshbach, will lead us in looking back; current pastor, Gregory Jones, will lead us in looking at today; and ministerial son of the congregation, Matthew Hershey, will lead us in looking ahead.
Please join us for this special weekend where we celebrate “the crowd of witnesses” whose faith laid the spiritual foundation of our church, and the faithful today who “run with endurance the race God has set before us”.
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.