Vol. 14- No. 9 – Friday, March 1, 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 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School (classes for all ages)
10:30 a.m. – Worship, Sanctuary
– SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 55:10-11, Luke 6:39-49
– MESSAGE: “Well Built”
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule
ATTENDANCE – February 24, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 70
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 can be viewed at yorkfirst.org
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL GUIDES are available in the narthex – “New World Giving” 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.
YEAR END GIVING STATEMENTS are available for pick up on the table in the narthex.
2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY is available for pickup on the table in the narthex.
THIS WEEK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 6, 2019 – CAMP EDER SENIOR DAY – Wednesday, March 6th – 9:30 Meet and greet with continental breakfast, 10:00 Morning Program – Elva Hurst-Pastel Pain Along-Join us and learn “painting in pastels” 12:00 Delicious Lunch, 1:00 Afternoon Program – Dave Peters-“Krystyna Skarbek, Sir Winston Churchill’s favorite spy”. The private and professional life of a Polish Countess. Cost is only $18
MARCH 8, 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, March 8, 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.
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . . . .
Suzanne Gray and family would like to say thank you for all the calls, cards, visits, kindness, support and especially prayers during this very difficult time.
From the family of John Kovacs: Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your prayers, cards, encouragement, and support during our time of loss. We deeply appreciate each of you. Love and prayers, Kathy, Sarah, Michael, Josh, Alexandra and family.
I would like to thank pastor Joel for my healing service that I had in York hospital, it was a very powerful experience that helped me through a very tough time. I have had a wonderful outpouring of calls, visits, texts, emails, and cards LOTS of cards! It has been much appreciated. Collective prayer is powerful and has been felt. I know so many of you have been praying and I can’t thank you enough. Keep praying I do have a fast surgery (if there is such a thing) to get through. After surgery my life should get back to normal. ~ David Diehl
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 March17, May 12 and May 19th.
York First Church of the Brethren Children’s Ministry
|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 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 14, 2019 – OWLS NEWS – The OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving, Seniors, and friends) will gather in the Homebuilder’s Classroom 154 on Thursday March 14 at noon for lunch, followed by an interesting and informative program about the stars, moon, and sky, presented by Ron Bolton. Bring your bag lunch and a friend. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by March 10 so we know how many to prepare for.
MARCH 14, 2019 – Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies invites you to attend the dedication for its building expansion on Thurs., March 14, at 4:00 p.m. The dedication will feature a presentation by Jonathan Stayer of the Pennsylvania State Archives. An open house will precede the dedication, beginning at 3:00 p.m. The dedication will be followed by a reception featuring light fare in Leffler Chapel.
MARCH 14, 15 2019 – Christopher Herbert, in collaboration with Elizabethtown College’s concert choir, presents “Forgotten Sounds: Researching, Transcribing, Performing, and Reimagining the Music of the Eighteenth-Century Ephrata Cloister” on Thurs., March 14, 7:30 p.m., in the college’s Leffler Chapel. On Fri., March 15, 10:00 a.m. to noon, Herbert presents “Voices in the Pennsylvania Wilderness: An Examination of the Music Manuscripts, Music Theory, Composition, and (Female) Composers of the Eighteenth-Century Ephrata Cloister” in the Young Center’s Bucher Meetinghouse. Herbert is the Young Center’s Durnbaugh lecturer for 2019. A graduate of the Julliard School with a DMA in voice, he is an assistant professor at William Paterson University and the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony.
MARCH 17, 2019, 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!
SAVE THE DATE – 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.
SAVE THE DATE – 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.
SAVE THE DATE – 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 MARCH and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
2 Zoe Grace Miller
5 Edward Sweigard
6 Kevin McCracken
10 Chris Baldwin
11 Jacob Boogher
13 Gail Rutland
18 David Diehl
22 Audrey Ginder
24 Anna Boogher
25 Sheldon Markel
28 Seth Brickner
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