Vol. 9-No. 17 Friday, April 24, 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 26, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “The Good Shepherd and the Wolf”
– Scripture: John 10: 11 – 18
Thoughts on the Word: In the readings for this week we have some powerful and familiar images of God providing strength and comfort for his people. Take time to sit with the 23rd Psalm and ask God to make it new and fresh for you. Read it in a Lectio Devina fashion perhaps, 3 times through, pausing in between each reading for some minutes. Then turn and read John 10:11-18 and invite the Spirit to work these two familiar passages through your heart. The one thing, the important thing that we need to be reminded of over and over is that we are God’s people. Grafted into the tree, so to speak, of God’s people, the Jews. We have a new covenant of love and life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Pastor Don will be on vacation April 27 to May 3, 2015. He will return to the church office on May 4, 2015. In case of emergency you may contact Melinda Carlson or Frank Leaman.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – April 19, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 93
Message from CDC: Items left in the refrigerator must have the date on the item of when it was put in the refrigerator. If the item is not removed in seven days, the item will be thrown out.
YARD SALE ITEMS COMING IN – SO THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED… BUT we are still looking for more. We want to fill the garage. So bring in those things you no longer need, want or just take up too much room in your home and you want to clean out. This is a great opportunity for those moving, or relocating. Most items excepted except large TV’s, computer or computer parts. However, large items will be accepted and received on June 10 or 11. (no exceptions)
START THINKING what you can donate. We will need: Baked goods, Hot Dogs, (preferably Ball Park but any kind accepted) hot dog & hamburger rolls, soup bowls (sorry no Styrofoam), snack bags of chips, soda (Pepsi or Coke, 7up or Sprite) and bottled water, Oyster or saltine crackers for soup.
Parent-child dedication service is being scheduled for Sunday, May 31st during morning worship. If you are interested in having your child dedicated to the Lord please let Pastor Don as soon as possible. This will be a very special time of celebrating the precious gift of life that God has given, and the challenge of raising children that requires the presence of God in the family and the needed support of the faith community.
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.
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
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To Gail Wynn and her family on the death of her brother, Paul S. Gipe, Jr. on April 14, 2015. Please keep Gail and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
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 14, 2015 – OWLS NEWS – Come along! Join the OWLS (Older, Wiser Loving SENIORS) on Thursday May 14 at NOON in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 for lunch and an interesting and entertaining program presented by the York Little Theatre Readers! Bring your bag lunch. DRINKS AND DESSERT will be provided by Anna Miller. PLEASE SIGN UP BY MAY 11 so we know how many to prepare for.
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
MAY 22-24, 2015 – Young Adult Conference 2015 ~ “You Shall Go out with Joy: Transforming the World’s Thorns into Joyful Action!” (Isaiah 55: 12 – 13) – Event held at Camp Swatara in Bethel, PA and all young adults are welcome! (Ages 18-35). The cost is $125 ($150 after April 30) – First Church pays Â½ the cost. Register online at www.brethren.org/yac
JUNE 6, 2015 “Sip Back and Enjoy” Camp Eder’s 3rd Tea-Lightful Celebration, Camp Eder Geigley Lodge, 914 Mt. Hope Road Fairfield, PA 17320, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 12:00-3:00 pm, Fee: $35.00/person, Ladies & Gentlemen ages 12 & up welcome to attend! Includes: Afternoon Tea Inspirational Speaker – Sharon Weisser. Live music performed by Celtic Harpist, Sharon Knowles Come join us for a delightful, Tea celebration at Camp Eder. Please bring your own tea cup. Enjoy fellowship, encouraging Biblical message, and uplifting music. The Tea will consist of several delectable homemade courses: salad, scones, savory, and a sweet course. Three different types of tea will be served throughout the afternoon. Program will include poetry reading, health benefits of tea, vendors and door prizes. Giftware and tea merchandise, honey tasting & homemade soaps will be available to purchase from Tea Merchant, Mary Miller Myers from “An Early Elegance”, Kay Deardorff from “Shady Rest Apiaries, LLC” and Tiffanie Strickland from “Backwood Goods”. Limited seating available, please RSVP with payment, no later than May 15th. See flyer on bulletin board and contact Kathy Kovacs, (717) 309-0678 with any questions or for additional information.
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) VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – July 19 – 23, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30, children ages 4 – 5th grade The theme this year is: EVEREST: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of ways, so if we haven’t contacted you yet and you would like to help, please contact Carol Gordon @ email@example.com or Judy Deitch @ firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a spot for you. Supplies are always needed and you can help with your donations. Sign-up sheets will soon be posted. You can sponsor a child, provide Everest Sing & Play Music CDs, sponsor a science project, purchase snack items… There are so many ways to help.
If your birthday is in MAY and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.
2 Emily Vuono
3 John Minnich
8 Eric Jones
11 Mary Giambalvo
12 Jussett Grier
13 Dale Paules
14 Jean Carson
15 Barbara Jo Brown
16 Paige Striebig
17 Fran Seiffert
18 Jean Lauver
20 Betty Viering
21 Stephen Carey
22 Nadine Diehl
23 Darrell Howe
26 Doris Markel
27 Brenda Harlacher
28 Marlet Naill
30 Ron Rutland
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.