Vol. 14- No. 12 – Friday, March 22, 2019, Karen Bowman-Editor email@example.com
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 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School (classes for all ages)
10:30 a.m. – Worship, Sanctuary
– SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 55:1-9
– MESSAGE: “Return to the Lord”
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
ATTENDANCE – March 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 86
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
SPRING CONGREGATIONAL FORUM WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH following worship:
Packets are available to be picked up on the table in the Narthex. There are two sections. The forum booklet and the treasurer’s report.
2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY is available for pickup on the table in the narthex.
THIS WEEK. . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 28, 2019 ~ Joshua R. Brown presents “Amish Identities in Changing Context,” a discussion about the social and cultural changes from mother to daughter Amish settlements, especially with regard to linguistic change, on Thurs., March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Brown, the center’s 2019 Kreider Fellow, is an associate professor of German and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
EASTER NEWS . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 24 & 31, 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 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.
APRIL 19, 2019 – GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE – 7:30 PM in the sanctuary.
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 May 12th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We reached our lucky 13!!! – Thank you!!!
One Great Hour of Sharing and Meat Canning are available for a one time gift
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.
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
APRIL 12, 2019 ~ 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, April 12, 2019 (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.
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.
If your birthday is in APRIL and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
1 Jolene Zeigler
4 Louise Stremmel
6 Richard Brown
8 Meriam Copenheaver
9 Mike Martin
11 Nancy Jones
12 Vivian Fitzkee
14 Sara Stoolmaker
15 Brad Nicholas
19 Emily (Drawbaugh) Dietrich
20 Frank Leaman
22 Ken Gordon
23 Greg Metzger
28 Julia Sweigard
29 Trish Ryan (Martin)
30 Mary Esther Anderson
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 email@example.com. 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