Vol. 13-No. 36 Friday, September 7, 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, September 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School (classes for all ages)
10:30 a.m. – Worship, Sanctuary
– SCRIPTURE: James 2:1-17
– MESSAGE: “Mercy not Favoritism”
From Pastor Joel: At the start of Sunday during worship this week we will hear a brief report about the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference which took place in July. Nancy Jones, our delegate to the conference, will share some reflections and highlights. In addition, the official Annual Conference Wrap-up video will be shown in the sanctuary prior to the service. The video will begin at approximately 10:10 AM, so please plan to be seated early this week if you wish to view it. The worship service will begin at its regular time, 10:30 AM, where we continue our sermon series on the book of James. All are welcome!
SEPTEMBER SERMON SERIES:
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
ATTENDANCE – September 2, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 86
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, the September calendar, and September Newsline Digest are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and can be viewed at yorkfirst.org
2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WRAP UP DVD is available in the church office. The DVD can be checked out to view and return. Please contact the church office to make sure it is available when you want to sign it out. There is also a printout of the Wrap-up on the table in the narthex for you to pick up.
York First Church of the Brethren Children’s Ministry
|2||Bob Stoolmaker||Stephanie Stoolmaker||Bob & Stephanie Stoolmaker|
|9||Kathy Kovacs & Gail Rutland||Michele Gibbel||Kathy Kovacs & Gail Rutland|
|16||Michele Gibbel||John Anderson||Sam & Alicia Weyant|
|23||Tom McCracken||Jill McCracken||Tom & Jill McCracken|
|30||Jolene Zeigler & Audrey Ginder||Barbara Jo Brown||Ashley/Tanya DeHoff & Michele Gibbel|
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.
NOTICES FOR TWO UPCOMING MEETINGS:
1) SEPTEMBER 14, 2018: As a member of the The Brethren Home Foundation, a Corporation, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of the members of The Brethren Home Foundation is to be held in conjunction with the Annual District Conference of the Church of the Brethren of the Southern District of PA and will be held at Newville Church of the Brethren, 16 Carlisle Rd., Newville, PA, on Friday, Sept. 14th at 10:55 am. Notice is posted on the bulletin board.
2) SEPTEMBER 14, 2018: This is a notice of the Annual Meeting of the members of Children’s Aid Society, Inc., on Friday, Sept. 14th at 11:10 am held at the Newville Church of the Brethren, 16 Carlisle Rd., Newville, PA 17241. Notice is posted on the bulletin board.
THIS WEEK. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 ~ OWLS SEPTEMBER ACTIVITY
It is time to plan the OWLS activities for 2019! Everyone is invited to join us at noon on Thursday September 13 in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 for some games, lots of conversation, and to discuss activities for next year. Bring a favorite game, your bag lunch, and some ideas to share for activities. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by September 9 so we know how many to prepare for.
Up-coming 2018 events: October 11 – Pictures & stories from Brad & Melinda’s recent trip to NOAH’S ARK, November 8 – Visit Jay Crist’s Vehicle Museum, December 13 – Annual Christmas Tea in the OWL’s Tea room
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 ~ 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, September 14th, (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.
SEPTEMBER 14-15, 2018 – DISTRICT CONFERENCE for the South PA District of the Church of the Brethren is being hosted by the Newville Church of the Brethren on Friday and Saturday Sept 14-15. Please hold all leaders and attendees in prayer for wise discernment, decision-making, and beneficial reports. Don Hubbell is serving as Moderator for the conference, and delegates representing York First Church are Becky Wenger, Brad Nicholas, Arlene Martin, and Pastor Joel Gibbel.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 ~ MISSION OFFERING, Sunday, Sept. 16th, UNITED Pursuing peace together – “Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” – Romans 14:19
This Church of the Brethren special offering highlights our relationships with international partners and churches. It supports Core Ministries like Brethren Volunteer Service. Global Mission and Service, and others as we pursue the peace of Christ around the world.
Your gifts do great things! Thank you for giving to the Mission Offering and supporting the Church of the Brethren!
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume its regular monthly meetings on Tuesday, September 11th at 1:00 in the church lounge. We would like to welcome new members to this important outreach of First Church of the Brethren. All levels of knitters and those that crochet are welcome. If you can’t knit, we would enjoy helping you learn. We also make hats and scarves for the children in the city schools. Hope to see you at our next meeting. Questions-contact Barb Wueschinski
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . .
I want to thank everyone who helped to make CKV/TBHC Chicken BBQ successful this year August 11, 2018. Each persons help was appreciated. – Keyperson, Anna Miller
Nadine Diehl Estate Auction: The First Auction will be held on Sat., Sept. 15th at 8:30 am. The items for this auction include all items related to quilting, sewing, all of her needle work, finished and unfinished items. This includes all her needlework, quilts, wall hangings, pillows, sewing machines, notions & supplies, as well as her jewelry and her automobile. The Second Auction will be held on Sat., Oct. 6th at 8:30 am. This auction will be for household items and furniture. These auctions will be held at the Steve Farmer Auction, Main St., Red Lion. There will be pictures and information online as well as live auction bidding available. If you have any questions, please contact Doris @ (717) 495-0853.
LOOKING AHEAD. . . . . . . .
SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, 2018 – Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, Lebanon Valley Expo, Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
- There is a box for New Children’s Toys, Games, Books in lobby for Children’s Auction.
- Bakers can find pans, etc. in lobby.
- Register to run in 5K Race on Sat., Sept. 22.
If you register through York First, you need not pay the fee. (Deadline to guarantee a tee shirt is Aug. 31. You may register after that, but shirt is not guaranteed.)
We once again have a generous donor who will match up to $3,000. Please consider giving. Your donation will be doubled! All money will go directly to Disaster Relief. You may use the tan envelopes in back of pews – mark on front 5K Run. If you write a check, make it payable to York FCOB, and note on memo line 5K Run. (That is important so it goes there.)
- Consider signing up to help at the Information Stand for 3 hours either day. (Help will be greatly appreciated.)
- Check Bulletin Board in lobby for all ways to help.
THANK YOU. Hope to see you at the auction!
SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE PRAYER SERVICE – We will be hosting a special service of worship and prayer on Sunday evening Sept 23 at 6:30 PM. We hope to hold this service outdoors on the lawn, so please plan to bring lawn chairs and join us for a time of spirited singing, prayer, and reflection. A snack and time for fellowship will follow.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 – COMPELLING VISION SESSION – York First Church is hosting a Listening and Visioning Session on Saturday afternoon Sept 29 at 1:30 PM. All members are encouraged to attend, as are many Brethren from nearby congregations. Donita Keister, current Annual Conference Moderator, will provide leadership and direction for all who gather. These sessions will play an important role in the greater work of the Church of the Brethren, which has committed to a process of discerning a “Compelling Vision” for our ministry and mission in the years to come. Please plan to attend as we seek God’s leading together.
OCTOBER 6, 2018 – Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry Fall Fundraising Banquet featuring the Vine Street Boys, Sat., Oct. 6th – 4:00-5:20 (only) Silent auction, 5:30 Meal served – New Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1873 New Fairview Church Rd., York, Pa 17403
Tickets are $12.00 and are available until September 22. No tickets sales at the door. For tickets or additional information, see Glenn & Anna Miller.
OCTOBER 7, 2018 – Love Feast following worship (Fellowship Hall)
OCTOBER 14, 2018 – Congregational Forum following worship (Sanctuary)
On August 19th we celebrated reception of two new members by baptism; Emma Stoolmaker and Ashley Dehoff
To anyone who would like to send Emma Stoolmaker cards or words of encouragement, her address is 964 Hubbard Road, South Hubbard Hall #106, East Lansing, MI 48825. (If anyone would like a college student added, please contact the church office.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.