Vol. 9-No. 16 Friday, April 17, 2015
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, April 19, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “Then Opened He Their Understanding”
– Scripture: Luke 24: 36 – 48
Thoughts on the Word: This is the third week of the Easter season. This week we encounter stories of resurrection and hope in our texts. Themes of repentance and righteousness flow through the Psalm 4 passage and from 1 John. The psalm writer assures us that the Lord hears our cries when we call out to God, and implores us to turn away from sin and selfishness and towards God who puts gladness in our hearts. 1 John offers a vision of hope, depicting a time when we will know what it means to be like Jesus. While we wait for that time, we are called to turn away from sin, and seek a life of righteousness. Encouraging us to repent and turn to God, Acts shares with us stories of healing and of receiving new life in the name of Jesus. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus makes a post-resurrection appearance amidst frightened and astonished disciples, proclaiming peace, easing their fears, and reminding them to be witnesses “of these things.” As we live a life of repentance, righteousness, and love, we can be witnesses of new life and seekers of resurrection moments.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – April 12, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 102
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 21, 2015 – The “Grand Illusions” Jewelry Sale will be held Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a favorite as most items are only $ 6.00, this also includes scarves, wallets, and watches. Come to Cross Keys Village ~ The Brethren Home Community, Nicarry Meetinghouse, and see for yourself the outstanding quality spring/summer merchandise offered. The proceeds will benefit The Friends of Cross Keys Village ~ The Brethren Home Community.
Thank you notes received from our Ministry Partners:
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
$1594.00 designated funds, Potato Bar, Relief Concert
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.
Stanley J. Noffsinger, General Secretary
$1208 Witness Commitment
Thank you for your ongoing financial support towards the Outdoor Ministry of Camp Eder. It is through your help that lives are touched and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared….
Alan Patterson, Camp Director
$200 Witness Commitment
DIRECTORY CHANGE: Effective April 21, 2015 ~ New address and phone number is: Ruth E. Schmidt, 610 Harmony Dr., Apt. 202, New Oxford, PA 17350, Phone # 717-624-4021
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.
Spring Cleaning for Yard Sale is here – so we need all your unused household, yard, crafts, jewelry and miscellaneous items. Bring in your donations to the church starting Monday, April 20th for our Yard Sale that is coming on Saturday, June 13. Remember NO large items until June 10 & 11. Need information? Contact Kathy Kovacs – at 309-0678
On the lighter side:
“Eagles Caught Smooching!” Many of us are watching the eagle-cam at Codorus State Park and we’re learning much about eagle life. One romantic moment was captured by Larry Gibble and it appeared on a Montgomery County (near Philadelphia) newspaper’s web site. Check it out at http://media.montgomerynews.com/2015/02/19/photos-central-pennsylvanias-bald-eagles/#4. The photo was found by Larry’s brother Marv, when he Googled “bald eagles hanover”.
APRIL 28, 2015 – 24th Annual Benefit Auction for Children’s Aid Society’s The Lehman Center, The Auction will be held at the York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown Road in York. Doors will open for auction preview, silent auction bidding and food at Noon. Live auction begins at 5:00 p.m. Come on out for wonderful food, lots of fun, and treasures you didn’t know you needed! For more information, please call (717) 845-5771 or visit www.cassd.org
MAY 2, 2015 – CARLISLE TRUCK STOP MINISTRY, INC. – 2015 Spring Banquet featuring Gospel Singers ~The Eastern Gate. May 2nd, 5:30 PM at Newville Church of the Brethren, 16 Carlisle Rd., Newville, PA 17241, Cost $ 12.00, Ticket Deadline – April 25, 2015. You may contact Glenn & Anna Miller
MAY 3, 2015, SUNDAY, “A Spring Butterfly Display” will be held in the church lounge.
Come see over 250 world butterflies from a collection of Eric Zimmerman. Specimens from rain forests of South America, Africa and North America will be on display. Light refreshments will be served.
MAY 5, 2015 – Nate Yoder presents “From Conservative Amish Mennonite to Evangelical Anabaptist: A Historical Overview of the Conservative Mennonite Conference” on Tues., May 5, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Yoder is professor of church history at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and author of Together in the Work of the Lord: A History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference (Herald Press, 2014). For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
MAY 7, 2015 – The Friends of Cross Keys Village ~ The Brethren Home Community are having their “Spring Plant Sale: at Cross Keys Village ~ TBHC in the Nicarry Meetinghouse on Thursday, May 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you are in need of plants to renew your landscaping, get your garden started, or obtaining hanging baskets for decorating, order some of these magnificent plants provided by Musselman’s nursery. Pre-order forms can be obtained from you keyperson, Anna Miller. The proceeds assist in meeting the 2015 Friends goals. Get those beautiful hanging baskets for Mother’s Day and help the mission as well. Check with your keyperson for order forms.
MAY 8, 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, May 8, 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.
MAY 9, 2015 – 3RD ANNUAL SPRING FAIR, Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Black Rock Church of the Brethren, 3864 Glenville Road, Glenville, PA , 717-637-6170, blackrockcurch.org – All Star York Suburban Jazz Band, York Jr. Symphony Wind Ensemble, EHMIS Show Choir, Rotisserie Chicken, Pit Beef, Bounce House, Silent Auction, Butterfly Release, Benefit: Lazarus Food Pantry, Carroll County, MD
MAY 13, 2015 – New Windsor Work Day – SERRV will take place on Wednesday, May 13TH. We will travel to New Windsor, MD by church van, leaving the church parking lot at 7:15 a.m. Working in the SERRV warehouse, we will unpack, inspect and repack items that have come from cottage industries around the world. Our lunch is provided and we will be able to visit the Gift Shop. The van will return to First Church by 5:00 p.m. Please sign the list in the narthex to reserve a seat. We hope you will join us. For more info, call Helen Stoner
MAY 16, 2015 – 2015 ANNUAL CAMP EDER BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Held at Mountain View Golf Course, 4099 Bullfrog Road, Fairfield, PA 17320, Proceeds Benefit the 2015 Camp Eder Summer Camp Program. $ 75. per person/ $ 300. per four-person team. See bulletin board for additional information, the registration form and the sponsorship form OR contact Kathy Kovacs, 717-309-0678
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)
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.