Vol. 12-No. 3 Friday, January 20, 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 22, 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Red Letter Christians… Conspiracy of Faith”
– Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-26, Mark 1:1-15
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – January 15, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 104
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.
YEAR END STATEMENTS are available for pick up on the table in the narthex.
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 – Reminder – Renew your Messenger subscription this Sunday, January 22. Look for the Messenger table in the narthex.
FEBRUARY 5, 2017 – ‘Have a Cup of Joe’ – Sunday, Feb. 5th following worship service, have coffee with the Youth.
BRINKS FAMILY – This note was received from Bonnie Brinks. What a difference a year makes. In 2015 Jim and I traveled 36 states and 2 Canadian Provinces. It was at least 4,000 miles on these separate trips! This year 2016, we have been either in our home in Houston, in the Methodist Hospital or in a physical rehabilitation facility. In April, just as we were planning to return to Michigan. Jim got pneumonia which led to seizures and eventually Parkinson’s Disease. He has not walked since. Thankfully we have a house here and I’m well enough to care for him at home with Paige helping out in the evenings. Unfortunately, he has very little memory left. All girls have visited us here in the last year and we are very happy! Now all we need is peace and justice in this world. God, please give strength, patience and courage to us all!, Love Jim and Bonnie Brinks – If you would like to send cards of encouragement, their address is Jim & Bonnie Brinks, 8707 N. Fitzgerald Way, Missouri City, TX 77459
JANUARY 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.
Dear First Church Friends. Thank you for your many cards and kind words as we celebrated our 60th Wedding Anniversary last week! We are truly grateful for our many friends at First Church! — Pat and Larry Gibble
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
JANUARY 27-29, 2017 – Camp Eder Winter Camp 2017 – Winter Camp 2017 is just around the corner! Join us for an action packed weekend full of camp fun and friends. Grab your sleds and pack your bags; Winter Camp 2017 is going to be a blast! Grades: 1st – 12th , Registration Fee: $98, Register Online: www.campeder.org/registration , contact Mike Kovacs, or Kathy Kovacs .
FEBRUARY 9, 2017 – OWLS NEWS ~ JOIN the OWLS at noon on Thursday February 9 for lunch as we make plans for the remainder of the year and enjoy some games and conversation. Bring your bag lunch, a favorite game and any program ideas you want to share. We have folks signed up to provide drinks and desserts for the year, but we need program ideas for many of the months. We meet in the Homebuilders classroom 154. Everyone is invited. Drinks and dessert will be provided by Suzanne. Please sign up in the narthex by February 5 so we know how many to prepare for.
FEBRUARY 10, 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, February 10, 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.
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
If your birthday is in FEBRUARY and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
2 Lori Beuschlein
Christopher Jon Baldwin
4 Christina Snook
8 Sidney Innerst
10 Darrell Gipe
11 Anne Ault
14 Patricia Carey
16 Barry Hollinger
17 Joshua Kovacs
18 Doris Plymire
21 Judy Yingling
22 Becky McCracken
23 Pat Trimmer
25 Ruth Schmidt
26 Mike Baldwin
27 Owen Statler
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