Vol. 9-No. 24 Friday, June 12, 2015
Karen Bowman, Editor, email@example.com
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, June 14, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “Mustard is a Creeper”
Scripture: Mark 4: 26 – 34
Thoughts on the Word: God does not see as humans see, but rather looks at the human heart and the seed of faith that is planted there. Dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ Jesus, we are made new to live according to faith. Then bearing the good news of God’s love and grace, we plant these seeds in the hearts of others. Faith is the seed planted in us and our hearts are the fertile soil in which they are planted.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – June 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 101
Pastor Don on vacation Monday, June 15, 2015
Secretary’s Office Hours until August 19TH – 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Codorus Chaplain – We are looking for a place to house our Chaplain at the park at Codorus State par222k for the summer. It would be a place for 2 adults & two children. The need would be immediate. Where we housed him last summer is not available. We do have some funds available to help. If you know of someone who would be willing to help, please have them contact the district office ASAP! The phone number for William Waugh is (717) 624 – 8626 and the office is (717) 624 – 8636
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – Peanut butter, corn, peas, canned fruits, cookies, pop tarts, instant potatoes, and green beans
BABY BOTTLE BOMMERANG IS “ON” – Starting May 10, Mother’s Day. Pick up baby bottles in narthex (lobby), fill bottles with change, and return to church office by June 21, Father’s Day. Funds will help young families at Human Life Services of York.
JUNE 13, 2015 – 2015 KICKOFF BANQUET FOR THE BRETHREN DISATER RELIEF AUCTION. SATURDAY, JUNE 13 — 6:00 P.M.
FAMILY STYLE DINNER AND CONCERT AT YODER’S RESTURANT, NEW HOLLAND, PA. FEATURING THE TRIBUTE QUARTET.
FOR TICKETS AND INFOMATION, CONTACT SALLY BINGAMAN OR JOLENE ZEIGLER
JUNE 14, 2015 – VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL TRAINING – For all those who are helping with Vacation Bible School this year, we will have a short training session immediately after church on June 14th. Please plan to attend.
A few more volunteers are still needed to be crew leaders and floaters and to help set up, tear down and serve the dinner on Thursday July 23. Please contact Carol Gordon or Judy Deitch if you can help. Thank you.
JUNE 14, 2015 – YARD SALE CLEAN UP – SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH – 2:00 pm – Volunteers needed to help move items out of Fellowship Hall
If anyone can help, please call Kathy Kovacs
JUNE 14, 2015 – Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry: Please consider visiting one of the following HOSS’S locations on Sunday, June 14, 2015 (Group No. 26704), York East, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Chambersburg.
“Flyer” is needed for this event (one flyer per check). There are some flyers on the table in the narthex to be picked up and it explains how this works.
JUNE 19 – 21, 2015 – National Junior High Conference 2015, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA ~ LIVING THE CHANGE: Our offering to God, Come for a weekend packed with powerful worship, fun workshops, music and recreation! For junior high youth (those who have completed grades 6 – 8) and their advisors, www.brethren.org/njhc ~ $185.00 per person and First Church will pay half the cost.
THANK YOU ~
Brad and Lisa Striebig would like to thank the members of First Church for their prayers, thoughtfulness and kind words extended to our family during this last month after the passing of Brad’s father Jay Striebig. The compassion shown from of our congregation is so graciously appreciated especially the heartfelt condolences and sympathies extended to Connie who is handling this loss with dignity, grace and strength from our loving God above. Thank you so much again !!! With Love, Brad, Lisa, Paige, Chris, Connor and Connie.
Also, the American Diabetes Association just informed us that they closed their Harrisburg office. We are so grateful to anyone who may have mailed a donation on Jay’s behalf to the Harrisburg location. Since your payment was returned to you, please consider forwarding your donation to American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 – or making a donation through the ADA website which can be found through following American Diabetes Associations link below. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you again !!! Lisa & Brad
THANK YOU from Directors of Nigeria Crisis Response:
Thanks to your generous gift to the Nigeria Crisis Fund the people of EYN will be provided with basic human needs. The outpouring of concern demonstrated by you good people of York is a work of God in your midst. May God continue to bless you all. With much appreciation: Carl & Roxane Hill, Directors – Nigeria Crises Response. Also appreciation is extended by: Jay Wittmeyer, Roy Winter and Stan Nottsinger
LADIES BIBLE STUDY will continue to meet once a month on the following dates noted below during the summer months and we will continue our study “Traveling Light” with Max Lucado.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Lesson #8 – “A Heavenly Exchange”
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – Lesson #9 “Get Over Yourself”
BEGIN NEW YEAR –
September 15, 2015 – Lesson #10 “I will Lead You Home”
First Church is beginning an effort aimed at strengthening marriages. We will be establishing a new couples small group called “Two to One”, as well as periodically including a “Marriage Thought for the Day” in e-news. Questions/comments/suggestions can be directed to Carol and Ken via phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Marriage Thought for the Day: Depending on what we read or to whom we listen, we’ll find many “keys” to a good marriage. Different “keys” will be meaningful to some couples but not meaningful to others. We’ll write these with the hope that every once in a while one will strike a chord! This week, the quote below is from Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend:
Without action, James says, faith is dead (James 2:17). There is no such thing as a faith that doesn’t produce action. The same is true for love. Love is not just a feeling or an attachment to a person. Love is an expression of that attachment. The love that brings good boundaries to a marriage is the love that brings action to the relationship as well. The more familiar they are with someone, the lazier people get. Usually, in the beginning stages of courtship, the couple are working hard to express and show their love to one another. But as the relationship proceeds, and the knot has been tied, one or both begin to “work less” at showing, expressing, and giving love. They settle into a mutual “taking the other for granted.” True love will not allow itself to go cold. When it does, there is a call to action, a call to rekindling the flame. As Jesus says of our relationship to God, “do the things you did at first” (Rev. 2:5). I know a husband who writes his wife a note every day, communicating something about her that he values and loves. He connects the note to a specific action he has seen her do. The need for action in a love relationship never goes away.
JUNE 25, 2015 – The 4th Annual Franklin County Golf Tournament to Benefit Children’s Aid Society’s Frances Leiter Center in Chambersburg, Register today and Help Children! Held at Chambersburg Country Club, registration from noon to 1:00 pm, Registration includes box lunch, greens fees, carts, range balls, snacks, prizes, and appetizers following the tournament. 4 – person scramble, $ 85.00 for individual player and $ 320.00 for foursome team. Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Contact for more information: Jan Zeigler, Director of Development & Marketing, (717) 624-4461, ext. 203
JULY 3, 2015 – The Women’s Fellowship Choir of EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan-uwa, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) will perform on Friday, July 3, at 7:00 pm in the Nicarry Meetinghouse on the campus of CKV-TBHC. This free, public concert is in appreciation of the support Nigerians have received from American Brethren during the recent persecution, violence and hardship related to the Boko Haram jihadist group, which is estimated to have killed 10,000 civilians in Nigeria last year. The choir is part of a larger group touring the U.S. in June and July, concluding at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Florida. Come and hear the inspirational sounds of these women at their only appearance in South Central Pennsylvania.
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)
JULY 25, 2015 – The Lamplighter’s Sunday School class invites you to join them for a York Revolution ballgame on Saturday evening, July 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM. It is Christmas in July/Bike Night with post game fireworks. The Revs play the Camden Riversharks. Tickets are reduced rate for group seating. See John Anderson for more details and to reserve your tickets. Invite your friends and join the Lamplighters for fun and fellowship at the ballgame.
AUGUST 3 – 7, 2015 – Basketball Camp- This will be held here at York First Church of the Brethren. Sign up now! Register online, mail or bring information to: Emmanuel Christian Fellowship, 2309 East Philadelphia St, York, PA 17402 OR register online at http://registration.upward.org/UPW58041, Camp for 1st through 5th grade will be held Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each evening. Flyers are available at York First COB office. For more information contact Betsy Rubadue, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-840-0840
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.