Vol. 13-No. 19 Friday, May 11, 2018
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 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship Service, Sanctuary
– SCRIPTURE: Acts 1:1-14
– MESSAGE: “Gazing into Heaven”
From Pastor Joel:
This week we celebrate Mother’s Day, a wonderful opportunity to say “thank you” to the ones who have nurtured us with compassion and love. We celebrate the blessings of parenthood and the joy of children on this day, and I rejoice with all for whom this is a welcome occasion. I also recognize that Mother’s Day can be a time of bittersweet reflection, silent suffering, or regret. Please be gentle with one another, and remember to celebrate all women who have blessed our lives. May we recognize the mothering spirit of God as we reflect on those who have shown us the gift of unconditional love.
MUSIC SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018 ~ Please join us in honoring the music program here at First Church. The choirs are preparing special musical selections for that morning and there will be some musical surprises as well. Come, enjoy the music, and help us acknowledge the efforts of the musicians and others who give so faithfully of their time and talents to the worship experience throughout the year.
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
ATTENDANCE – May 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 90
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 can be viewed at www.yorkfirst.org
Children’s Ministry Schedule:
|K- 5th Teacher
|6||Tom McCracken||Jill McCracken||Tom & Jill McCracken|
|13||Gail Rutland &
|John Anderson||Gail Rutland & Michele Gibbel|
|20||Audrey Ginder &
|Michele Gibbel||Sam & Alicia Weyant/
|27||Bob Stoolmaker||Stephanie Stoolmaker||Bob & Stephanie Stoolmaker|
Thank you to all those who help with Children’s Ministry. Your time, energy, and dedication are appreciated. If you need to make a schedule change or would like to serve as a teacher or in the nursery, please contact Michele Gibbel (717) 318-5442 or email@example.com.
With joy, we celebrate with the Weyant family the recent arrival of their new baby. If you would like to help in this time of transition by providing a meal, please use the following “Take Them a Meal” link. All meals should be labeled and placed in the church freezer in disposable containers. Please avoid using any nuts or products made in a factory with nuts. Eggs should be used sparingly. Thank you for welcoming this new child into our church family and continuing to support the Weyants in the days and weeks ahead. http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=RMWF9841
THIS WEEK . . . . . . . . . .
MAY 19, 2018 – Family Prom! – 4:30 – 7:30 pm, ATTENTION KIDS, FRIENDS, PARENTS, AND GRANDPARENTS! We’re having a Family Prom on Saturday, May 19th to help raise funds to buy a Big Blue Blocks Imagination Playground set for our Child Development Center. Volunteers, please contact Deb Klinedinst for set up schedule. Please click one of these links for the details: PDF Link: http://yorkfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Join-with-us-in-a-Family-Prom-1.1.pdf Webpage Link: http://yorkfirst.org/family-prom/
Baby Bottle Boomerang is “ON” 1) Pick up baby bottle in narthex ; 2) Fill with change (which is just as good as money); 3) Bring bottle to office. ~ Funds used to help young families and babies.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity – if anyone has interest in serving for a Saturday morning this summer at a Habitat for Humanity home construction site, please contact Pastor Joel very soon. We have an opportunity to partner with another local church and contribute to the work of building homes for people in need. The date will be determined in the near future, pending interest from our congregation to participate. Thank you!
Weeknights for Women ~ Ladies, Join us this summer as we engage in the video/study guide discussion of Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. If you feel exhausted from the pressures and expectations of life, this group is for you. If not, and you’ve got it all together, then this group needs you all the more. We will meet Thursday evenings in the church lounge from 6:30-8:00. (June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26). Please sign up in the gathering area. All participants will need the Present Over Perfect Study Guide. Reading the book Present Over Perfect is optional. Please pass this invitation on. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. Just sign them up too. Feel free to direct questions to Brittany Beckwith or Michele Gibbel.
YARD SALE – JUNE 9, 2018 ~ HEY…YARD SALE HELP!
Let’s fill the garage from side-to-side,
So Kathy and Jeanette have nowhere to hide.
Bring in those treasures and all that unwanted stuff,
Until Kathy and Jeanette say, “enuff is enuff”.
Camp Eder will benefit from all the money raised,
As renovations, the speakers and programs are praised.
Check our narthex the next time you swing by our doors,
Sign-up sheets are up for volunteers and more.
Where can you help or what can you bring?
Check it out… AND SIGN UP! and make Kathy sing.
So check out the yard sale and please give today,
Collection will end Sunday, June 3rd – to our dismay!
From the Spiritual Enrichment Team:
Peace – a state of calm and quiet (Webster)
Do we know and understand the background of our church stand on peace?
Do we diligently practice peace in our home?
Do we encourage our children to apply this peace in school?
Do we share this peace with friends?
Do we apply this peace in our church? In committee and leadership meetings?
Do we each encourage our children to study the information on Conscientious Objection? Do we assure our children of our support if they choose CO?
Do we have peace in our heart?
The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord bless his people with peace. Psalms 29:11
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
LOOKING AHEAD. . . . . . . .
MAY 23, 2018 – Camp Eder Senior Day will be held Wednesday, May 23rd, the morning program will be a piano program by Leah Hileman. The afternoon program will be a nature craft. We will be painting pots and planting flowers in them.
The menu will be ham, parsley potatoes, corn, rolls/butter, salad, devil eggs glaze on the side, fudge brownie Sunday.
JUNE 9, 2018 – Kick-off Dinner for the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, Sat., June 9th at 6:00 pm at Yoder’s in New Holland, PA. Entertainment by the Taylors, Gospel Music. If you have any questions about this event, see Jolene Zeigler.
JUNE 11 & 12, 2018 – 70TH Annual Women’s Camp Retreat, Camp Eder, Fairfield, PA ~ We are called to….. “PASS IT ON” Be the “Spark” – Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12th – Guest Speaker, Jill Hastings – Registration deadline is May 18, 2018, Late registrations will NOT be accepted. You can find a brochure and registration forms on the bulletin board. (Urgent Update: There is an error on the registration form. Under the section for Overnight Guest, these prices do not include the cost of the meals/beverages.) If you have any additional questions, please contact Kathy Kovacs at (717) 309- 0678.
JUNE 28, 2018 – The 7th Annual Franklin County Golf Outing on Thursday, June 28th, held at the Chambersburg Country Club – 4 Person Scramble – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration & Lunch – 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start – Individual Golfer: $85 – Foursome: $320
Registration Deadline is June 16, 2018. Proceeds from this event support the Frances Leiter Center in Chambersburg and the work our therapists do with children who need help coping with loss, abuse, bullying, or other challenges that life has put in front of them. So come out, have a wonderful day of golf and fellowship and benefit a program that makes an amazing difference in children’s lives. Men’s and Mixed Divisions – Golfer registration includes box lunch, cart, greens fees, range balls, snacks, prizes and dinner following the tournament. Mulligans and Powerballs will be available. Please see the brochure and registration form on the bulletin board. If you need more information, please contact Brandon Gething at 717-624-4461 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JULY 29 – AUGUST 2, 2018 – Vacation Bible School – Save the dates, more information to follow.
CONTACTING THE PASTOR: Pastor Joel 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 Joel is also available for Pastoral Counseling by appointment. If you need to reach the pastor outside of office hours, his home phone number is (717) 318-5442, and his cell number is (717) 271-4888 . You can also email him email@example.com. 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.