Vol. 13-No. 5 Friday, February 2, 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, February 4, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship Service
– SANCTUARY: “All Things to All People”
– SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
ATTENDANCE – January 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 85
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, the February calendar, and January/February Newsline Digest are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
THIS WEEK . . . . . . . . . .
FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – OWLS FEBRUARY ACTIVITY
Come in from the cold and join the OWLS for some of Dolly’s delicious, hot Chicken Corn Soup on Thursday February 8 at noon in the Homebuilder’s classroom 154. Jeanette will be providing drinks and dessert, so just bring a sandwich. The activity for the afternoon will be table games and conversation. If you have a favorite game you would like to play, bring it along as well. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex no later than February 4 so we know how many to prepare for.
FEBRUARY 9, 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, (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.
FEBRUARY 11, 2017 ~ INTERGENERATIONAL CHURCH GAME NIGHT, SUNDAY February 11th at 3:30 pm – 6 pm in the Gym presented by the Hospitality 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 Tim Beckwith.
SYMPATHY & CONDOLENCES . . . . . . . . . . .
To the family of Elmer Allison. Elmer passed away Jan. 31, 2018. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral service information will be announced.
In January the Spiritual Enrichment Team shared the first three of “The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Violence” by Dr. Phillip E. Humbert. This month in keeping with our pacifist Church of the Brethren roots, we will look at four more ways.
4. TAKE ALL VIOLENCE SERIOUSLY. Playground bullies and sibling rivalries do not have to be accepted as part of life, at least not when children are getting hurt. Kids squabbling over ‘my toy’ is one thing; hitting or pulling hair is something else. We do not have to accept it as normal behavior.
5. TAKE TROUBLED, ANGRY PEOPLE SERIOUSLY. We talk about needing more early intervention with troubled kids, and I agree. But people of all ages get trapped in situations they can’t handle, with emotions they don’t know how to express. Domestic violence, violence among co-workers and among children should always be treated as a serious matter. Hitting and hurting, and threatening to hurt, are not OK.
6. DEAL WITH THE AVAILABILITY OF GUNS. Knives, cars, and a thousand other things also kill people, but guns have a unique place in the American imagination. Of course, they also have a place in the rich tradition of hunting and target shooting. I don’t have all the answers, but hunting seems different than having military-style weapons available to millions of homes across the country. There must be a better system.
7. ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN VIOLENT IMAGES AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR. I abhor censorship, so this is a tough one. But if 30-second images can sell up lipstick and Buicks, and change the way we vote, it seems likely that hours and hours of explosions, shootings, fights and mayhem may also influence behavior. To be blunt, I am particularly troubled by the violence in video games and the number of violent ‘action adventure’ movies we support as a culture. This is not healthy!
In March we will be sharing the last of the ten ways. Please try to practice these four new ones, in conjunction with the first three from January. Let us dedicate ourselves to non-violence and live out our faith in this way, continuing to seek the mind of Christ and the will of God.
LOOKING AHEAD. . . . . . . .
FEBRUARY 15, 22, AND MARCH 1, 2018 ~ The Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring a 3-part Lenten experience: On Waging Peace by David Radcliff
Session 1 – Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Session 2 – Thursday, Feb 22, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Session 3 – Thursday, March 1, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
In the Ensemble Room (Harmony Ridge) at Cross Keys Village
The sessions are based on a Study booklet written for the Witness Commission of the Church of the Brethren, and will include a Biblical reference, a brief presentation, and discussion. Sessions will be led by Villager Norman Cain (retired pastor). All are welcome to attend any or all sessions. For information, please contact: Merle Forney, Ext. 5685, Charles Snyder, Ext. 5965
FEB. 24 & MARCH 3, 2018 ~ STRAWBERRY HILL’S ANNUAL MOUNT HOPE MAPLE MADNESS maple sugaring festival – Held at Camp Eder, 914 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA 17320 – Sat., Feb. 24 & Sat., March 3, 7:30 – 11:30am Pancake Breakfast and Local Art & Craft Vendors
9:00am – 12:00pm Maple Sugaring Tours (90 minute tour; last tour begins at 12pm and runs until 1:30pm) Tickets available at the door. All-you-care-to-eat Pancake Breakfast: $8 Adult / $4 Child Maple Sugaring Tour: $8 Adult / $5 Child
“SWEET DEAL”: Best Price — Breakfast & a Tour $12 Adult / $7 Child (under 3 Free)
FEBRUARY 24, 2018 – MAN 2 MAN Workshop 2018, Men’s Spiritual Leadership Summit & Breakfast – Sat., Feb. 24th, 8 am – noon, Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, Man Enough to Follow the Son of Man? Guest Speaker: David Radcliff
See the bulletin board for additional information and for registration forms, and let Pastor Joel know if you plan to attend. Registration deadline: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018.
MARCH 22, 2018 – Young Center Durnbaugh Lecture 2018, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm, Durnbaugh Lectures: Update on the Boko Haram Crisis in Northeastern Nigeria” and “The Founding of CCEPI and Its Mission to the Displaced”
Samuel Dali, former president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, presents an overview of the Boko Haram crisis, the devastation to the Church of the Brethren, and the church’s response. Rebecca Dali, founder and executive director of the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI), gives a brief history of the organization and discusses the plight of women in northeastern Nigeria, and IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and refugees in Cameroon.
Cost: Free, Contact: Young Center at 717-361-1470 or email@example.com , Location: Esbenshade Gibble Auditorium, Organization: YOUNG CENTER, Web Site:www.etown.edu
JULY 21-26, 2018 – CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (NYC) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Youth who have completed grades 9-12 are invited to attend this exciting gathering of thousands of youth from across the country. It happens only once every 4 years, and includes many times of worship, small groups, workshops, service projects, recreation, social activities, and more! Visit http://www.brethren.org/yya/nyc/ for details. Please contact Pastor Joel if you or your children may have interest in attending. The church will cover most expenses, and it promises to be a life-giving experience that is not to be missed!
CAMP EDER ~ LIFE OUTDOORS ~ LIFESKILLS WORKSHOP, Free and open to the public RSVP @ 717-642-8256, Workshops will fill fast. Please R.S.V.P. – Register online now
First Thursday of every month. 6:30p – 8p at Camp Eder
March 1, 2018 – Outdoor Survival Skills ‘no problems’
April 5, 2018 – Beekeeping ‘bee ready for Spring’
Come hang out & learn the basics of some awesome life skills.
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
6 Becca Miller
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 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 at 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.