Vol. 9-No. 25 Friday, June 19, 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, June 21, 2015 -Father’s Day
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “O Teacher, don’t you care”
Scripture: Mark 4: 35 – 41
Thoughts on the Word: First of all, Happy Fathers Day to all of our Dads! The Gospel lesson from Mark 4:35-41 for this week depicts the one who carried no sword as having power over the very elements of earth and water and wind. The heavenly Father had given him the authority to speak peace into every situation. Jesus’ presence with us gives us the courage to face danger and overcome our fears, for God listens and responds to those who call on the name of the Lord.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – June 14, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 94
Secretary’s Office Hours until August 19TH – 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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.
WOW! WHAT AN AMAZING YARD SALE… OF COURSE! OUR FINAL TOTAL FOR OUR YARD SALE COMES OUT TO ……………… DRUM ROLL please!!!! $ 4,669.70 which is $ 484.55 more than last year. THIS IS PHENOMENAL!!!! All monies go into an account that will benefit our youth for Youth Conference. And we could not have done it without the many hands and hearts that spent hours pricing, loading and unloading, setting up, taking money, helping with food, or watching the doors, but also a big thank you to those who donated – clothing, home-goods, baked goods, and monetary donations. We just can’t thank you enough for all the good that came out of this yard sale this year. ~ Kathy & Dolly
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
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. We encourage you to visit the Nigeria blog site www.brethren.org/nigeriablog for weekly stories, EYN devotions, and reports from church leaders and volunteers in Nigeria
Nigeria Crisis Team: Carl Hill, Roxane Hill, Roy Winter, Jay Wittmeyer
$10,000 Schwab Grant, $10,000 Witness Estate Funds, $531.00 designated offering/fundraisers
Thanks so much for your recent contribution to support On Earth Peace as we help peacebuilders work with the tools of active nonviolence and conflict transformation to end violence and war.
$100, Witness Commitment
Thank you for your ongoing financial support towards the Outdoor Ministry of Camp Eder….I am grateful also for your prayers as our Camp Eder Family continues to share the love of Jesus Christ throughout the year.
Alan Patterson, Camp Director
$200, Witness Commitment
Children’s Aid Society: Your generous gift &…..will have an effect that you will not see. The child who is helped today because of the generosity of the congregation of York First Church of the Brethren will be one more person who can see and appreciate the beauty of a spring day. That child will grow up to be a parent who will raise their child with kindness rather than abuse.
Jan Zeigler, Interim Executive Director
$200, Witness Commitment
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 (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 The Marriage You’ve “Always Wanted by Gary Chapman:
Love is kind. Acts of kindness are one of love’s strongest voices. One limited only by her(his) imagination and will. Supermarket tulips on a dull winter day say “I love you” to all but the wife who is allergic to flowers. That text message in the midst of the workday to say “You are the greatest husband in the world” may well make it so……How long has it been since you wrote your mate a love letter? “Don’t be silly,” someone will say. “I see him every day. Why write a letter?” Because you will say some things in a love letter that you do not say in verbal conversation. A love letter a month will keep a marriage alive and growing. A letter is an act of kindness…..Think of something you can do every day to express your love to your mate. Having completed the deed, say verbally, “I love you!” Do not be like the man who told me: “I told my wife I loved her when I asked her to marry me. If I ever change my mind, I’ll let her know.” Love is not a once-and-for-all act. It is a way of life.
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.
JULY 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, July 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.
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 14, 2015 – SWEET FROG FUNDRAISER to benefit The Friends of CKV-TBHC will be occurring on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 12:00 – 9:00 pm at 151 Wilson Avenue, Suite D, Hanover, PA 17331, and at 2071 Springwood Road, York, PA 17403. The Friends will receive 15% of the sales during that time period. Don’t forget to say “The Friends of CKV” at the register!
JULY 19 – 23, 2015 ~ Vacation Bible School, July 19-23, is quickly approaching . We’re so excited to share Everest VBS with our church members and community. The children will learn how to “Conquer Challenges with God’s Mighty Power” – God has the power to provide, to comfort, to heal, to forgive and to love us forever. Registration forms are available on-line or in the narthex to give to family and friends. We would like to thank all who attended the training on Sunday. Let’s continue to Gear Up for Everest!
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, email@example.com, 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.