Vol. 12-No. 1 Friday, January 6, 2017
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, JANUARY 8, 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “No Greater Love”
– Scripture: Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
Bob Krouse, our Interim Pastor, spent several days in the office this week and will be preaching for the first time on Sunday. Hope you are able to attend church on Sunday as Bob shares his first message with our congregation!
Sunday, January 15th – Meet and Greet with Interim Pastor Bob and Carol Krouse. Please stay after the worship service on Sunday, January, 15th to get to know our Interim Pastor and his wife in the Narthex. Light refreshments will be served.
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – January 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 63
COPIES OF this week’s e-news and the January calendar and Jan./Feb. Newsline Digest 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.
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.
ADVENT DECORATION TAKE DOWN PARTY, Saturday, January 7th at 9 am.
For those interested in helping take down the Advent decorations, we will be meeting at the church on Saturday, January 7th at 9 am. If you have questions, please contact Brittney Beckwith.
ALTAR FLOWERS – A new flower chart for 2017 is on the bulletin board if you would like to sign up to donate altar flowers.
The church email groups are moving to new email addresses! If you are a member of the Prayer Shawl, Prayer Concerns, Deacons, Chancel Choir, Hospitality Team and Lamplighter Sunday School class you should have already received emails containing information about the new email group addresses. If you have not received the test emails, please check your spam folder and then reach out to Tim Beckwith. If you would like to create an email group, please reach out to Tim.
MESSENGER – It is time to renew your Messenger subscription or you may also begin subscribing to it. The cost through First Church is $14.50 which is a savings of $3.00. Messenger envelopes will be available in the narthex beginning on Sunday, January 8, through Sunday, January 29, for you to complete and put your payment in. They can be placed in the church offering plates OR given to the person manning the Messenger table that Sunday. You can also place it in the box marked Messenger on the counter in the church office. Checks NEED to be made payable to First Church of the Brethren because we need to send one check from the church for the total amount. If you have any questions contact Elizabeth Eisenhart.
JANUARY 6, 11, & 26, 2017 ~ The new Brookside care center at The Brethren Home Community will hold three open houses in January. Once they are in operation the facility will not be open for casual visitation because of privacy and security considerations, so January will be the time to see the excellent facility that has been provided. The dates are Friday, January 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 Wednesday January 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 Thursday January 26, from 2:00 to 4:00.
JANUARY 12, 2017 ~ OWLS NEWS – JOIN the OWLS at noon on Thursday January 12 for lunch and an interesting program centered around the ONE DOLLAR BILL. Bob Anderson will join us to lead the discussion. Bring your bag lunch, a crisp, new ONE DOLLAR BILL and a MAGNIFYING GLASS so we can explore the hidden treasures to be found there. We meet in the Homebuilders classroom 154. Everyone is invited. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Please sign up in the narthex by January 8 so we know how many to prepare for.
JANUARY 13, 2017 ~ 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, January 13, 2017 (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.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
APRIL 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, & 25, 2017 ~ 2017 Meat Canning Project – It is scheduled for six days a the Christian Aid Ministries. The goal is to can approximately 50,000 pounds of chicken. The meat canning project is a great way for us to minister to those in need during these difficult economic times. A shift of 25 persons is needed to work from 6 AM to Noon (20 of those persons should be able to process the chicken, while the others are needed for labeling) A second shift of 17 persons is needed to come in at 9AM and relieve some of the first shift. Canning will continue until approximately 11AM with labeling to continue until about 2:30 PM. Volunteers needed to provide meals ~ The meat canning committee is very grateful to those congregations who will be providing free snacks and a light lunch (for all workers) to be available during each shift. The Mid-Atlantic District will be partnering with some of the SO PA District congregations who are willing to prepare a meal, but are short on funds. Please contact your district office if your congregation is willing to provide a meal or funds. Please see John Anderson.
Contacting the Pastor: Pastor Bob can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday—Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Afternoons and evenings are set aside for visiting those in need, for meetings, and for other pastoral duties. Pastor Bob is also available for Pastoral Counseling by appointment. If you need to reach the pastor outside of office hours, his cell phone number is (717)818-0653. You can also email him at Pastor@yorkfirst.org. By the way, HIPA laws prevent the hospital from contacting the pastor when you are admitted, so you will need to let hospital staff know 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