Vol. 9-No. 12 Friday, March 20, 2015
Karen Bowman, Editor, email@example.com
Our Vision Statement: “To Love God, Share Christ, and Serve the World”
SUNDAY, March 22, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “Little Book of Consolation”
– Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34
Thoughts on the Word: We worship a God of renewal. The prophet Jeremiah proclaims in 31:31-34, that the days are surely coming when God will make a new covenant with Israel, a covenant written on the heart, not on parchment. The passage from Psalm 51 declares that God will put a new and right spirit within us. Jesus proclaims in John 12:20-33, that renewal is neither easy nor free, but requires sacrifice, even to the point of death. For unless a grain of wheat dies and is buried, it yields no fruit. The author of Hebrews 5:5-10 says, that Christ has made the sacrifice necessary for this renewal in our lives.
DAFFODILS ~ Please pick up your Daffodils for Hope order this Sunday before or after Worship. If you cannot do so, please arrange for someone to get them for you. Thank you.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – March 15, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 110
MARCH 22 – 25, 2015 – The New Fairview Congregation invites you to their SPRING REVIVAL MEETINGS with Eric Brubaker as their speaker. Services are Sunday, March 22nd thru Wednesday, March 25th.
MARCH 25TH – W.E. GATHER – WED. EVENING – Dinner: 6:00 pm / Study: 7:00 pm / Room # 145 – If you were inspired Kyle Idleman at Christmas and Advent, you will also be inspired by him for Lent and Easter through “The Easter Experience”, what if what happened then changes everything now? Make Easter more than a holiday. The Easter Experience is a study with the power to change lives with the message of God’s loving plan for us. Using dramatic story-telling and challenging teaching by Kyle Idleman, the six-episode series brings the passion and resurrection to life. (1) My Life Has a Purpose (2) My Life Can Change (3) My Pain is Understood (4) My Life Has a Plan (5) I Have the Promise of Eternal Life (6) My Hope is Secure
MARCH 25, 2015 – CAMP EDER SENIOR CITIZEN’S DAY – 9:30 am Meet & Greet – 10:00 am: Tom McPherson will present and demonstrate his fabulous artistic ice sculptures.- 12:00 pm Lunch $ 15/Person (Covers all food & activities – 1:00 pm: Ruthmary McIlhenny presents a program on Camp David which has served as the weekend refuge for Presidents since 1942. See flyer on the bulletin board for more information. RSVP by March 18th to reserve your place 717-642-8256 or email Lori Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org OR contact Kathy Kovacs.
MARCH 27 & 28, 2015 – NEW FAIRVIEW COB will be holding their Annual Spring Yard Sale/Bake Sale (Fellowship Hall) on Friday – March 27, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday – March 28 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be a variety of yard sale/ bake sale items available. The proceeds will benefit the New Fairview Women’s Ministries. Call Ruth Chronister at 858-2350 for more details.
Parents and Grandparents of First Church – Plan now to bring your child/children to the First Church Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, April 1st, rain or shine. It begins at 5:30 PM with a light supper. Enjoy this fun event with those special children in your life! Your children may bring friends. Each child is to bring his/her Easter basket. In order for the committee to know how many to plan for, please sign up on the sign up sheet in the narthex by Sunday, March 22.
LOOKING FORWARD TO EASTER MORNING? April 5th – Plan for the Easter Breakfast during Sunday School hour. Look for signups in the narthex and inSunday School classrooms OR talk to the Beuschleins or LeGrands.
HELP IS NEEDED for the Food Pantry. A volunteer is needed for the food pantry team for the second Tuesday of each month. You will have to come to the church at 9:00 and get the food ready for pick up. If anyone is interested, please contact Dan Snook.
EASTER FLOWERS: Orders for Easter Flowers in Honor of or in Memory of Friends and Family will be taken on Sundays, March 22 and March 29 in the narthex, between Sunday School and worship service AND after worship service. An order form will be provided, or you may place order through the church office at 755-0307. A pot of tulips OR daffodils will be $ 10.00, and a hardy azalea will be $ 15.00. Any profits will go to the Nigerian Relief Fund.
I would like to express my sincere feelings of appreciation and thanks for the numerous cards and words of sympathy from my church family. Also to Pastor Don for his offering of the book “Good Grief”. ~ Barry Stehr
Thank you for the cards, thoughts and prayers on my brother’s recent passing. Your caring is deeply appreciated. ~ Brad & Ruby Nicholas
Thank you notes received from our Ministry Partners:
Thank you for your support of the mission and ministry of the Church of the Brethren. It is through your generosity that ministries grow and lives are changed. It is a blessing to partner with you to carry the light of Christ into the world, and to boldly share the love of Jesus with neighbors down the street and around the world.
Stanley J. Noffsinger, General Secretary
$1208 Witness Commitment
Thank you for your generous support of the Nigeria Crisis Response. With this gift, you are walking in solidarity with Nigerian people who have been left homeless, hungry and in mourning by the escalating violence of the terror group, Boko Haram.Please pray for peace in Nigeria. Your prayers serve as a lifeline of grace to comfort and strengthen our Nigerian sisters and brothers during this painful crisis.
Nigerian Crisis Response Team: Carl Hill, Roxane Hill, Roy Winter, Jay Wittmeyer
$727.25 Nigerian Relief
Your belief in Children’s Aid Society and the future of the children we help is heartwarming. Thank you for joining us in making our community a better place.
Jan Zeigler, Interim Executive Director
$200, Witness Commitment
Page 18: Fran Seiffert’s new address is 3326 Glen Hollow Drive, Dover, PA 17315, her phone number remains the same.
Page 19: Gail Wynn is now in Manor Care – North, 1770 Barley Road, York, PA 17404, Rm. 701
Page 24: Children’s Aid Society – Remove Robert Witt as Exec. Director and add Jan Zeigler, Interim Executive Director
CAMP EDER IS LOOKING FOR SUMMER STAFF: Camp Eder is looking for young men and women who desire to make positive impacts in the lives of our campers. Our mission is to boldly and without hesitation, present the message of God’s grace that is given to us by the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. We fulfill that mission by welcoming campers into a safe and caring community, studying Scriptures together, exploring God’s Creation, and making sure that their week at camp is the most fun week of their summer.
The “Camp Eder Experience” includes rustic living in our unique covered wagons or long huts, cooking over fires, hiking mountains, playing in the creek, and captivating young minds with stories shared round the campfire at night. We have two full weeks of counselor training to equip our counselors with the hard skills necessary to facilitate that experience with confidence. Although previous experience in camping or youth ministry is a plus, it is not necessary for hiring. As the saying goes, “God does not always call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”
Contact Kathy Kovacs if interested or want additional information.
MARCH 31, 2015 – LOVE FEAST: – Let us break bread together…., Sunday, March 31st following the morning worship service. Invite someone to sit with you!
APRIL 9, 2015 – The OWLS (Older, Wiser Loving SENIORS) will gather in the Homebuilder’s Classroom 154 on Thursday April 9 at NOON. Bob Anderson will join us again, this time to talk to us about “DREAMS”. Bring your bag lunch. DRINKS AND DESSERT will be provided by Pat Trimmer! PLEASE SIGN UP BY APRIL 6 so we know how many to prepare for.
APRIL 9 & 10, 2015 – You are invited to attend the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies’ annual banquet on Thurs., April 9, at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be followed by a program at 7:00 p.m. that includes the Durnbaugh Lecture: “The Young Center: From Swamp to International Center of Scholarship” by Donald Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the Young Center. Cost for the dinner is $15 and reservations are required by March 26; the lecture is free of charge and reservations are not required. On Fri., April 10, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Kraybill and others present the Durnbaugh Seminar: “How a Maverick Amish Group Impacted Federal Hate Crimes.” Cost for the seminar, which includes lunch, is $10 and reservations are required by March 26. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
APRIL 10, 2015 – 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 10, 2015, (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.
APRIL 11, 2015 – REAL WOMEN SOAR – One day LIVE conference, held at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA (717) 560-2341, at 8:30 am -4:30 pm, Worship Leader-Tami Weissert, Keynote Sessions: Gail Dudley-Arise! Living Abundantly for God! and Jennifer Degler-No More Christian Nice Girl! See bulletin board for additional information and sign-up sheet OR register at RealWomenSOAR.org
APRIL 16, 2015 – The Friends of Cross Keys Village ~ The Brethren Home Community are having a “Previously Read” Book Sale in the Nicarry Meetinghouse on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you love to read and want to buy inexpensive books, you will want to come and check out this sale! Hard back books are primarily $ 1 and the soft back books are primarily 50 cents. All of the proceeds benefit The Friends of Cross Keys Village ~ The Brethren Home Community
APRIL 18, 2015, Saturday at 3:00 PM – The Friends of Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community presents “OPERATION HELPING HANDS” A Fundraising Event Featuring “The National Christian Choir”
New Oxford High School Auditorium – All seats assigned. Ticket Prices: VIP seats $ 100. Helping Hand seats $ 25. www.crosskeysvillage.org/friends and click on Purchase Tickets button or Phone 717-270-2112
APRIL 18, 2015 – The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and Seminary Ridge Museum present “Brethren and Mennonites and the Battle of Gettysburg” on Sat., April 18, 9:30 to 2:30, at Seminary Ridge Museum at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The event includes a tour of the museum, a visit to Marsh Creek Brethren meetinghouse, and lectures by Stephen Longenecker, professor of history at Bridgewater College and author of Gettysburg Religion, and Roger Heller, retired history teacher and volunteer with Adams County Historical Society. Cost for the day is $30 and reservations are required by April 8. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
APRIL 18-23, 2015 – Immigration, 2015 Christian Citizenship Seminar provides high school aged students the chance to explore the relationship between faith and a particular political issue, and then act from a faith perspective regarding that issue. All high school youth and their adult advisors are eligible to attend the seminar. There is a $ 400. Registration fee – First Church will pay half the cost. This seminar begins April 18th at 2:30 pm in New York City, and will end by 12:00 (noon) on Thursday, April 23rd in Washington, DC. To register, go to www.brethren.org/ccs See flyer on the student ministry bulletin board for additional information.
APRIL 25, 2105 – WOMEN’S SPRING LUNCHEON – BERMUDIAN COB (The Gathering Place), Guest Speaker: Ruth West (Praise Unlimited) – The Bermudian 2015 Spring Luncheon Committee is excited to announce that Ruth West will be this year’s speaker. As some of you may remember from Ruth’s previous District speaking engagements, her style combines practical insights and ideas with inspiration, encouragement and wit. SAVE THE DATE and watch for more details as they become available.
Information on the bus trip to the Annual Conference July 11-15, Tampa, Florida This is to inform you that I will be hosting an Elite Coach to the July 11 – 15 Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida this summer. People have been inquiring about this possibility.
With a minimum of 35 participants, the cost will be $789 per person double occupancy and that is all inclusive, conference lodging, enroute lodging, ,transportation and driver gratuity. It does not include meals (except breakfasts along the way) while traveling or at conference.
Since reservations for lodging open in late February, I cannot assure A.C. lodging, but I have requested and am assured that our conference stay will be at the Marriott Hotel which is across the street from the convention center. This trip of approximately 1100 miles will take two and one-half days with stops along the way. We will leave July 9 from Brethren Village at 7:30 a.m., pick up people along the way and return on July 17 around 6 p.m. We will take appropriate breaks but it will not be much of a sightseeing tour. We hope to stop at one or two interesting sites along the way. The minimum participants will be 35 persons to stay within the above price. Happy New Year and God bless! Earl K. Ziegler (See letter on the bulletin board)
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 Elmer Allison
11 Nancy Jones
12 Vivian Fitzkee
14 Sara Stoolmaker
15 Brad Nicholas
19 Emily (Drawbaugh) Dietrich
20 Frank Leaman
21 Anna Lehman
23 Greg Metzger
28 Julia Sweigard
29 Trish Martin
Contacting the Pastor: Pastor Don can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The pastor reserves afternoons and evenings for visitation, meetings, and other pastoral-related activities. If you need to reach a Pastor Don outside of office hours, please call him at home at 792-4090, or cell phone 818-6266, and leave a message on his home answering machine. He will return your call at his earliest opportunity.If you would specifically like a pastoral visit, please contact the pastor. HIPA laws prevent the hospital from contacting the pastor when you are admitted. You MUST specifically note to hospital staff that you would like the hospital to contact your pastor.