Vol. 12-No. 20 Friday, May 19, 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, MAY 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– SANCTUARY: “Growth is the Evidence of Life”
– SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:41-47
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule.
ATTENDANCE – May 14, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 94
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, the May calendar, and May Newsline Digest are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
Wanna help make Vacation Bible School a success? How can you? July 30 – August 3
1) Volunteer to help – leader, story teller, snacks, helper 2) Sponsor a part of the program – see Galactic Wish List on Narthex Bulletin Board (put your name on star when making donation for tax credit) 3) Start thinking about kids you know to invite. ~ Let Brian or Jackie LeGrand know of your willingness to help.
Baby Bottle Boomerang is “ON” 1) Pick up baby bottle in lobby ; 2) Fill with change ; 3) Return to office – Proceeds help young mothers, babies, and families through Human Life Services, located on George St, here in York. The bottles will be available from now until Father’s Day.
Greeters Needed – The Hospitality Team is in need of substitute greeters to fill in when regular greeters are unavailable. Requirements-A welcoming hello and warm smile. No meetings required . Just arrival 20 minutes before scheduled service. If interested contact Terry Wueschinski
GRADUATES – Could you please e-mail names of any graduating seniors from college and high school to Carol Gordon by May 30th? ~ Thanks from the Education Committee.
GET READY FOR FIRST CHURCH YARD SALE – JUNE 10
“Clean out that attic or garage of your trash
Turn it into a treasure for our Yard Sale Cash!”
TIME: 8:00 A.M. – 3 P.M.
NEEDED – Clothing, house hold items, tools, games, children’s toys, shoes, jewelry, bed clothing, trinkets, collector’s items or antiques, etc.
NO LARGE ITEMS – until Wednesday, June 7 or Thursday, June 8. and NO COMPUTERS OR ELECTRONIC PARTS accepted.
DONATED ITEMS NEEDED: Baked Goods, Ball Park brand hot dogs (please no beef), hamburger and hot dog rolls, CANS OF PEPSI, OR COKE, 7 UP OR SPRITE SODA, Bottled Water, oyster or saltine crackers, BAGS of ICE and Individual small bags of Martin’s Kettle Cooked chips – please no variety packs.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Any time during the day – 1, 2, 3 hours or ALL day. We need your help. Anyone can help. Don’t let your disability hold you back. We will have something for you to do that fits you. Come and enjoy the friendship and fun!
SIGN UP SHEETS IN NARTHEX AND SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS!
THE MAY SUGGESTION FROM THE SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT TEAM IS TO USE PRECIOUS MOMENTS TO HELP YOU HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST.
Moments ~ I have business friends who work with small business owners with the goal of helping them succeed by offering suggestions and coaching. Recently, they were meeting with a client who was receiving a variety of ideas and solutions from which to choose. He said to them “I don’t know if I have enough wisdom to think through all of this by myself.” And then he said, “Do you mind if I take a minute?”
And after they replied, “Certainly,” he bowed his head and closed his eyes. After a minute or so, he opened his eyes and said, “I’m ready!” You see, he had quietly taken that moment to share with his go-to source for decision making. A wise man.
All of us have moments in our day when we could make contact with our reliable Source of Wisdom and Strength. We wait impatiently for the signal light to change color so that we can step on the gas. We mutter under our breath waiting for the cashier at the market.
Why not take those precious moments and use them? Use them to give thanks to God or to share the burdens of the day. He beckons with open arms.
Our congregation at First Church is located in a busy, thriving community! We, on the Spiritual Enrichment Team, see opportunities for our church to become more involved as a part of what happens here. We are going to start a new ministry right here in East York, and it is called Prayer Walking. We will be looking for volunteers who are willing to walk about the area a bit and be in prayer for people and activities that take place in the neighborhood. We will attempt to be inconspicuous as we go about this, and to not draw attention as we pray in small groups at a variety of places. Our plan is to begin this ministry following the worship service on Sunday, June 4. If you are interested in learning more about the concept, you can research it on the internet — there is information available there. You can also feel free to ask members of the Spiritual Enrichment Team. There will be sign up sheets available for those who wish to participate. Prayer walking will not be an all-afternoon activity, so it will not consume your Sunday in entirety. One way to find this subject on the internet is to google Prayerwalking/Waymakers. This will tell you about the concept. Members of the team are: Barbara Jo Brown, Mary Esther Anderson, Jean Carson, Pat Gibble and Pastor Bob Krouse.
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . . . .
I thank all the friends who helped me celebrate my 90th birthday and for the many, many beautiful cards I received. These will be enjoyed over and over on snowy days and long winter evenings. Thanks again. Agape! Jean Carson
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pastor Bob’s sister, Marge, died Wednesday morning. Please keep the Harris family in your prayers in the loss a wife, mother and grandmother.
The funeral will be Saturday in Lancaster County. Please keep Pastor Bob and Carol in your prayers, too.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
JUNE 9, 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, June 9, 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.
JUNE 17, 2017 – SUMMER OUTDOOR GAME NIGHT, Saturday, June 17th starting at 6:30 pm! Rain or Shine (if it does rain we will move to the gym)!
Bring your favorite lawn activity and lawn chair for a night of fun, fellowship…and ice cream! Ice Cream, snacks and drinks will be provided. We will plan to meet on the grass next to the gym. Please see the Fellowship Team (Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin, Alicia Weyant or Tim Beckwith) with questions.
JUNE 29, 2017 – 6TH Annual Franklin County Children’s Aid Society Golf Benefit, Thurs., June 29th. This event will benefit Children’s Aid Society’s Frances Leiter Center in Chambersburg. CAS is a non-profit organization committed to helping at-risk children and their families. Held at: Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. See flyer on bulletin board for additional information and the registration form. Deadline: June 16, 2017
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