Vol. 14- No. 11 – Friday, March 15, 2019, Karen Bowman-Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: yorkfirst.org Facebook: “York First Church of the Brethren”
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 17, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School (classes for all ages)
10:30 a.m. – Worship, Sanctuary
– SCRIPTURE: “Foxes and Hens”
– MESSAGE: Psalm 27:1-13, Luke 13:31-35
THIS SUNDAY – Special Offering: “One Great Hour of Sharing” reaches those near and far, sometimes changing the life of someone in distress in your own community, while at other times impacting the lives of those we may never meet but who are in need of our compassion. God provides the resources so that we can give back. It’s not the size of the gift that matters; it’s that we give of what we have. We’re simply giving back to God what is already God’s—and that means everyone has a gift to bring!
Gifts given through this special offering empower ministries like the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service, Congregational Life Ministries, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Brethren Volunteer Service, workcamps, the Global Food Initiative, and many others. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. Thank you for partnering in this important work!
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
ATTENDANCE – March 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 83
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. The e-news and March calendar can also be viewed at yorkfirst.org
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL GUIDES are available in the narthex – “New World Coming” by Edward L. Poling, Devotions for Ash Wednesday through Easter. From the devotional; Lent is a season for transformation, a time to turn inward and consider the health of our own souls. It’s an opportunity to see how we are a part of Jesus’ beloved community, and where we are in Christ’s vision of God’s coming reign. Please take one and use it often this season.
2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY is available for pickup on the table in the narthex.
EASTER NEWS . . . . . . . . . . .
BEGINNING MARCH 17, 2019 ORDER EASTER FLOWERS ~ It’s that time of year to be ordering flowers for Easter Sunday, April 21st. Orders will be taken on Sunday – March 17th , 24th , and 31st in the narthex.
Tulips – 6″ pot -5 bulbs, Red, Yellow, Pink, White, Orange, Purple, Two-Tone $10.00 /Daffodils – 6″ pot – 4 bulbs $ 10.00 /Azaleas – 1gallon -red or pink $ 12.00
APRIL 17, 2019 – EASTER EGG HUNT (Rain or Shine)
The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 17th from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. There will be sign-up sheets on the bulletin board for those who plan to come. If you would like to help, there will be a column on the sign-up sheet. Sign up by April 10th.
****There will be a box in the narthex for donations of plastic eggs and any extra baskets you might be willing to share. The children are to bring their own but we might need extras. Monetary donations are accepted by using the envelopes in the pews and checks should be made out to First Church of the Brethren and in memo section put egg hunt. Volunteers are needed for Egg hiding, taking groups to hunt for eggs, setting and cleaning up, and helping children know where to go. If you have any time to donate, please see or call Terry Wueschinski (717-792-9860). Thanks in advance.
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Athena Gibble Cospito had twins born on Monday March 4th, Gibson Lloyd and Ansley Marie. Both babies spent several days in the NICU this week but all are doing well. Athena is the daughter of John and Diane Gibble and the granddaughter of Frank and Sheryl Leaman.
JAM CHOIR NEWS – We will NOT have JAM choir practice March 31, April 7 or April 14th. Otherwise practice will be from 9:50 to 10:10 am Sunday mornings for children ages 4 to 5th grade through May 19th. All children are welcome to join us! We meet in the children’s Sunday school room. The JAM choir will sing during Sunday worship on March 17, May 12 and May 19th.
York First Church of the Brethren Children’s Ministry
(birth-K) K-5th Teacher
9:00-10:00 Nursery 10:15-11:45
3 Tom McCracken Jill McCracken Tom & Jill McCracken
10 Kathy Kovacs & Gail Rutland John Anderson Kathy Kovacs & Gail Rutland
17 Greg & Marie Bachman Diane Gibbel Judy Yingling & Tonya/Ashley DeHoff
24 Bob & Stephanie Stoolmaker Alicia Weyant Bob & Stephanie Stoolmaker
31 Michele Gibbel & Audrey Ginder Barbara Jo Brown Sam & Alicia Weyant
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
We have #11 On Line Giver! Let’s make it lucky 13! ~ A special treat for the next 2 givers who sign up.
If you are not a regular church attender, please consider using our online giving. Even if you can’t make it on Sunday, you can still support our programs and outreach.
Go to our church website at: www.yorkfirst.org and click on the Online Giving Link or go directly to the Online Giving website at: www.acionlinegiving.com/4706.
You simply complete the information including your name, address, email address, and bank or credit card information. Then choose the fund, date and frequency for your contribution. Choose General Fund for tithes/offerings.
TIP: If you use a credit card that earns points, you get double benefits!! For assistance setting up your account, call Donor Support at: 800-348-2886 – Option 2 – Online Giving Questions? Contact Sheryl Leaman – Thank you for your support!!!!!
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APRIL 6, 2019 – From the Spiritual Enrichment Team: “Come Away” – A Time of Retreat, Saturday, April 6th, 8:30 am – Noon at York First ~You are invited to a time of quiet reflection and sharing of our faith journeys. The morning begins in the Lounge with light refreshments at 8:30 am. Our time together will be led by Nancy Jones. If you plan to attend, please add your name to the sign-up sheet posted in the narthex.
APRIL 6, 2019 – Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at First Church of the Brethren on 4/6/2019. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN FOLKS – Can you believe it? With the warmer weather approaching, we will be accepting YARD SALE DONATIONS APRIL 15 and AFTER. If you know of someone moving or downsizing, please inform them. Our Yard sale is June 8. Please no large items or electronics. Furniture Items to be collected at a later date. Questions? See Kathy Kovacs
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE EVENTS:
MEAT CANNING PROJECT – April 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 & May 1 ~ More information to follow. Sign-up sheets are posted on the board in the lobby.
APRIL 27, 2019 – The Hershey Handbell Ensemble will present a concert featuring handbells and other instruments in our sanctuary on Saturday April 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM. They are an auditioned group with a large following in the York-Harrisburg-Hanover area, and we look forward to a “full house” for their first visit to York First COB. Look for more information to follow in the near future.
APRIL 27, 2019 – 2019 District Women’s Spring Luncheon, “Living a Worshipful Life”, Sat., April 27th at 9:00 am held at Chambersburg Church of the Brethren, 260 S. Front St., Chambersburg, Pa. See bulletin board for more information and registration forms. Registration Deadline is April 15, 2019.
MAY 8th, 2019 – CDC 50th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday Evening, May 8th we will be hosting a dinner and celebration for the Child Development Center marking 50 years in operation! Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. More information to follow.
Save the Date & Spread the Word
June 23-27, 2019
Ages 4-5th grade
More info to come in the months ahead.
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, HIPAA 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.
York First Church of the Brethren, 2710 Kingston Road, York, PA 17402, Ph: 717-755-0307, Fax: 717-755-1382, yorkfirst.org