Vol. 10-No. 7 Friday, February 19, 2016
Karen Bowman, Editor, email@example.com
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, FEBRUARY 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Joy in the Story”
– Scripture: Luke 15:11-31
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL: We look forward to our 2nd Spiritual Renewal Congregational Luncheon this coming SUNDAY, (February 21st) following worship (snow date is the 28th). The youth will be preparing lunch for us and we want to extend the invitation to everyone to stay and be a part of this uplifting event in the life or our church. The emphasis will be on “Spiritual Appreciation.” We pray that you will choose to be a part of this Spiritual Appreciation luncheon experience.
And now the final four. The four upward disciplines. They are: Confession, Worship, Guidance and Celebration.
Confession: We bring our lives before God, seek God’s forgiveness, and seek to forgive others.
Worship: We express the worth of God; praising and adoring, confessing, receiving pardon, listening to a challenge, and responding, “Here am I. Send me!” Worship is vital to the renewal of people and of the church.
Guidance: Can be on an individual or a group basis. It incorporates the discipline of dialogue.
Celebration: The Christian life is joyful. We remember the life-giving breath of the gospel.
So now you have them . . . all twelve Spiritual Disciplines: Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study, Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service, Confession, Worship, Guidance and Celebration.
We hope to see you on Sunday after worship. –The Spiritual Renewal Team
Weather Related *CHURCH CANCELLATIONS
A. Cancellations will be announced through our church phone system.
Please use the following process:
1. Call the church office at 755-0307.
2. When answering machine message begins, press 6
3. A recorded message will indicate the status of church services/activities.
B. Cancellations will be announced on the church’s web site at www.yorkfirst.org, and when possible, emails will be sent to all online mailing list members and added to our Facebook page and Twitter, and in that 1, 2, 3, 4 order. *Weather related cancellations will not be announced on radio or TV.
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – February 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 76
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, February calendar, and January/February 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.SHTML You may also contact the church office to request a copy.
FEBRUARY 23, 2016 – Christine Nelson-Tuttle presents “Assessing Vaccination Receptivity in the Old Order Amish in Cattaraugus County, N.Y.” on Tues., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Nelson-Tuttle is an associate professor of nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
FEBRUARY 24, 2016 – W.E. GATHER – Began Feb. 10th and continues through March 16th. We will begin at 6 pm with a carry-in supper and then a study time starting at 7 pm. The subject is: Survey of Isaiah, the evangelical prophet include; themes, impending judgment, coming of the Messiah, and establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom
FEBRUARY 27 AND MARCH 5, 2016 – Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve’s Camp Eder Mount Hope Maple Madness! Saturdays: Feb 27th and March 5th. Pancake Breakfast 7:30 – 11:30 am, Maple Sugaring Tours 9 am – 12 pm (last tour begins at 12pm) Tree to Table: learn the origins of maple sugaring and today’s tricks of the trade (and practice tapping a tree!) with a 90-minute tour. Perfect Pancakes for drizzling with real maple syrup, plus sausage, eggs, and more! Local Art & Craft Vendors showcase a variety of homemade goods. Pennsylvania Maple Syrup available for purchase while supplies last. “Sweet Deal” Package Best Price: Breakfast & a Tour $ 12. Adult, $ 7 Child (under 3 Free) **Visit StrawberryHill.org for single admission fees. See flyer on bulletin board or contact Kathy Kovacs with any questions
FEBRUARY 27, 2016 – The New Life Center for Mothers and Children invites you to participate in their fund raising banquet on Saturday, February 27 at 6:00 PM at Shrewsbury AOG, 234 Main Street. There is no cost for the meal. RSVP to Brad 717 654 6745.
EASTER FLOWERS ~ It’s that time of year to be ordering flowers for Easter Sunday, March 27. Orders will be taken on Sundays -March 6 and 13 in the lobby by Linda Horner. Details on type of pots and cost will follow next week.
It is not too early to think SPRING!!!
REMINDER……“SIMPLY PRAYER” – A small prayer group will meet every Tuesday in the Lounge at 1:00 (except for every 2nd Tues. of the month we will meet at 2:00) Anyone is welcome to join us in prayer. The sessions will be about 30 minutes in length. You can contact Pat Gibble at 717-755-0019 if you have questions.
2016 MEAT CANNING EVENT – The 2016 Meat Canning Project is scheduled for March 28, 29, 30, 31, April 4, 5, April 6 (labeling only). The congregations in our three district area participate in this event including ours. The cans of chicken are given by these congregations to needy individuals and families. This is a tremendous witness opportunity. Make checks payable to the SO PA District and designate for Meat Canning. Checks can be placed in our church offerings or mailed to SO PA District Church of the Brethren, P O Box 218, New Oxford, PA 17350-0218.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP…..Men Mentoring or Fellowshipping other Men…….Growth and Study through Topics: *The Armor of God *Fruits of the Spirit *Men of Honor *Dad’s of Destiny or Grand Dads or Uncles *Support/Adopting/Mentoring of Youth of the Church *Other Suggestions……Possible Missions at Local Nursing Homes – “African Missions” – “Men’s Missions” – “New Life Tribes” – Helping at Habitat for Humanity – Outings of Interest that promote Growth and Friendship within and without the FCOB!!
Contact Brian LeGrand at 717-968-4638. ~ Brian LeGrand, Spiritual Enrichment Team Member
BHA Position Opening: Opening for Brethren Housing Association Executive Director – This position focuses on providing strategic direction and vision consistent with BHA’a mission. You may contact BHA at BHA_Search@dasherinc.com. See letter on bulletin board.
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To Judy Yingling and her family on the passing of her husband, David. David passed away on Feb. 17, 2016. Please keep Judy and family in your thoughts and prayers. (Judy’s address is: 41 Camelot Arms, York, PA 17406)
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 4 & 5, 2016 – District Youth Event – Held at Mechanicsburg COB, 301 Gale St. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, 7:00 PM on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th, $ 15.00 per person – Come join us for a night of fun and fellowship! This will be an overnight event filled with games, worship, and plenty of time to meet new friends! What to Bring: sleeping bag & pillow, card games, board games, snacks to share. Sign up online: www.campeder.org, (717) 642-8256, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 10, 2016 – OWLS NEWS – Join us as the OWLS gather in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 at noon on Thursday March 10. Our friend, BOB ANDERSON will present a program about the RELIGIONS of the U. S. PRESIDENTS. Bring your bag lunch. The Millers will be providing drinks and dessert. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE SIGNUP SHEET IN THE NARTHEX BY SUNDAY MARCH 6 so we know how many to prepare for!
MARCH 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, March 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.
MARCH 13TH through 16th, 2016 – REVIVAL SERVICES – New Fairview Church of the Brethren with Pastor Stafford Frederick of the Summerdean Church of the Brethren. See bulletin board for the schedule and message titles for these days. For More Information call 755-3836.
SAVE THE DATE ~ APRIL 26, 2016 ~ THE 25TH ANNUAL AUCTION BENEFITTING THE LEHMAN CENTER will be held Tuesday, April 26th at the York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown, Rd., York PA. Doors will open for auction preview, silent auction and food an Noon. Live Auction begins at 5:00 pm.
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 rese rves 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: email@example.com