Vol. 12-No. 9 Friday, March 3, 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, MARCH 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– SANCTUARY: “Red Letter Christians: The Way of the Cross”
– SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53:1-6, Mark 8:31-38
Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule.
Church Fundraising: Audio System Update
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – February 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 91
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, the March calendar, and March Newsline Digest 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
MARCH SUGGESTION FROM THE SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT TEAM TO HELP YOU HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 we read “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We can be cheerful givers in many different ways. The Spiritual Enrichment Team encourages you to give something away on a regular basis—-maybe once each week, or even every day. It could be a helping hand where needed, a phone call of caring, a flower from your garden, or pass on a book or magazine you have read, give useable clothing to the Salvation Army, make a casserole for the soup kitchen, give a smile to a stranger, etc. etc. Such generosity can bless the one who gives, the same as those who receive. And it helps us become more Christ like in our lives.
MARCH 19, 2017, ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING is a special opportunity for your congregation to show God’s love to people who are in need. When you give to the offering, you support the life-changing efforts of Global Mission and Service, Brethren Volunteer Service, Congregational Life Ministries, Brethren Disaster Ministries, the Global Food Initiative, the Office of Public Witness, the Office of Ministry, and many others. With God’s help, your gifts, and the dedication of faithful volunteers, the Church of the Brethren serves, loves, and partners with people all over the world. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing, Thank you for partnering in this important work!
THIS WEEK. . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 4, 2017 ~ MOUNT HOPE MAPLE MADNESS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Sat., 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.
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. 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.
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 15, 2017 – CAMP EDER SENIOR DAY – Wed, March 15th, 9:30 am –
3:00 pm, $18 includes two programs, breakfast buffet, and lunch. Morning Program (10am) Randy Motz and his wife will share about their hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. Lunch (12pm) Shepherds Pie, Corn Beef Casserole, Orange Romaine Salad, Afternoon Program (1pm) Randy Motz – Native American style flute, piano, cello, guitar, strings and percussion. See poster on bulletin board and if any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs.
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 8, 2017 – Camp Eder Mother and Daughter Day – “Take Me Away Spa Day”, Sat., April 8th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Cost: Adult $ 30, Child $
10 ages 6-15, ~ Camp Eder formally invites all mothers and daughters to join us in Geigley Lodge. Mothers and Daughters will be led by Melissa Shaffer for a day of fellowship, pampering, and relaxation. The day will be comprised of home-made spa treatments, delicious treats, and spiritual nourishment. This is a day of bonding and making memories to last a life time! See poster on bulletin board and if any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs.
APRIL 8, 2017 – Camp Eder Father and Son Day – Sat., April 8th, 9:00 am, Cost: Adult $ 30, $ 15 Ages 6-15, Fathers and Sons join us for a day of action packed adventure! We will spend the morning with Matt Iiko as he shares about gun safety and skeet shooting. The afternoon will be spent working on a carving project that you can take home to remember this great day of family fun and bonding! See poster on bulletin board and if any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs.
APRIL 12, 2017 – EASTER EGG HUNT – 5:30 – 7:00 pm, in church fellowship hall ~ more information to follow.
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.
APRIL 21-23, 2017 – Spring Scrapbook Retreat – Arrive on Friday, April 21st anytime after 6 pm. Head home on Sunday, April 23rd after lunch.
Two nights of lodging and five meals included! $105./Geigley Lodge or $135./Tree of Peace Lodge. See poster on bulletin board or contact Kathy Kovacs.
APRIL 29, 2017, Southern PA District COB 2017 District Women’s Spring Luncheon, Sat. morning, April 29th. Bermudian Church of the Brethren, Registration begins at 8:00 AM Our Nigerian Sister, Sarah Mambula will be speaking about “….be strong and of good courage” Joshua 1: 1-10. Bermudian Sisters pray as we gather as ‘Sisters in Christ’ we will reflect on ALL of our blessings. Traveling our paths requires much strength and courage, and above all a mighty faith in our Saviour. Please see the brochure and registration form on the bulletin board. Registration Deadline: APRIL 14, 2017
If your birthday is in MARCH and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
5 Edward Sweigard
6 Kevin McCracken
7 Anita Jacobs
10 Chris Baldwin
11 Jacob Boogher
13 Gail Rutland
18 David Diehl
22 Audrey Ginder
24 Anna Boogher
25 Sheldon Markel
28 Seth Brickner
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