Vol. 12-No. 8 Friday, February 24, 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, FEBRUARY 26, 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Red Letter Christians… A Change of Heart”
– Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-6, Mark 7:14-23
Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule.
Church Fundraising: Audio System Update
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – February 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 83
COPIES OF this week’s e-news and the March calendar are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
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.
2017 DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE IN THE NARTHEX
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 at email@example.com.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS ARE HERE ~ Lent is a time for reflection and meditation, a time of revisiting Christ’s journey to the cross, a time of accepting God’s mercy and grace, a time of healing. This year’s Lenten devotional invites us to experience “God anointing us with the medicine of mercy, a healing balm that draws us Back to God’s ways and strengthens us to extend this generous mercy and forgiveness to a world in need.”
Pick up your copy of the Church of the Brethren’s Lenten devotional “Medicine of Mercy” in the narthex. This daily devotional guide is written by Theresa Eshbach. Many of us know Theresa from her work on the Children’s Aid Society and other Church of the Brethren committees and boards. One per family, please. Two large print copies are also available.
THIS WEEK. . . . . . . . . . . .
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 ~ INTERGENERATIONAL CHURCH GAME NIGHT
SATURDAY, February 25th at 6:30 pm in the Gym presented by the Fellowship Team. Bring your favorite board/card/etc. game to share! Pickleball is back! 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!!! Bring a dessert to share, drinks will be provided! Questions? Please contact a Fellowship Team member, Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin, Alicia Weyant or Tim Beckwith.
FEBRUARY 25 AND MARCH 4, 2017 ~ MOUNT HOPE MAPLE MADNESS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – February 25 & March 4, Cost: Pancake Breakfast – $8 Adult, $4 Children
By partnering with our neighbors at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, we’re able to provide our sweetest program of the year. Come to Camp Eder to learn about “Sugaring,” the process of turning the sap from Maple trees into delicious Maple syrup! Strawberry Hill naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a Maple tree, collect the sap, and boil it down into syrup. You can also enjoy the fruits of our labor by sampling real Maple syrup at a pancake breakfast. Also featured will be local arts and crafts vendors.
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thank you for the many cards, prayers, and kind words of sympathy following the passing of my father, Elmer Q. Gleim. – Dianne Gleim Bowders
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 8, 2017 – NEW WINDSOR WORK DAY – Wednesday, March 8th will be the next work day at New Windsor.
We will work in SERRV with fair trade gift and craft products from developing countries. Our job will be to quality check, sort and pack new items for sale. We will leave the church parking lot at 7:15 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Please sign up in the narthex to reserve your seat on the bus. If you have questions, call Helen Stoner (624-3398). Hope you can join us in this service project.
MARCH 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, March 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.
MARCH 24 & 25 2017 – NEW FAIRVIEW CHURCH FUNDRAISER YARD SALE, March 24th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, March 25th 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, New Fairview Church, 1873 New Fairview Church Road, York – Bake Sale and Good Food – 1,000’s of items
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 firstname.lastname@example.org