Vol. 9-No. 36 Friday, September 4, 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, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service- Cathy Carson
Sanctuary: “First Let the Children Eat All They Want”
Scripture: Mark 7: 24-37
Thoughts on the Word: As we study and consider the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus we see him continually breaking down barriers that would divide people. Rich and poor, insider and outsider, male and female, body and spirit, on and on the list could go. God welcomes all, and we are called to likewise! This is in effect where we left off last Sunday but it bears repeating again this week. I want to follow those comments up with the theme of universal desire for healing and wholeness, and that God’s healing embraces everyone. While it is necessary that we work for peace and justice, we must also recognize inner peace and communion with God and neighbor as equally important gifts. Faith in action is made real or manifest when we genuinely care for the least of these, the hurting, and the vulnerable. Healing gestures contribute to the wellness of the individual as well as the community, and reflect our faith in God.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 – Dedication of all children, youth, and adult Sunday School Class teachers will be included in the 10:30 Worship Service on Sept. 13th. We want to recognize and dedicate your service in the up-coming 2015/2016 year. Hope everyone can attend – Christian Education Ministry Team
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – August 30, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 100
SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 – CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 7-11, 2015 – National 50+ Adult Conference held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. NOAC is a spirit-filled gathering of adults who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world. Come and listen to the stories of Jesus Discern what truths are being revealed for our lives. Explore the echoes of Christ’s parables in our own life stories. Discover the unfinished chapters in God’s story of our lives. Then go…share the stories of Jesus and your own stories with others. For more info visit http://www.brethren.org/noac/
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – OWLS NEWS ~ BINGO at the Church??? Yes. Join the OWLS on Thursday September 10 at noon for fun and maybe a prize. Bring your lunch and 2 inexpensive wrapped gifts to be awarded as prizes. Dessert & Beverages will be provided. PLEASE SIGNUP BY SEPTEMBER 6 so we know how many to prepare for. Upcoming events: October 8 – Women of the Bible – Andrea Adams
SEPTEMBER 11, 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, September 11, 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.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 – The Friends of CKV-TBHC are having their MUM SALE at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community in the Nicarry Meetinghouse on Friday, Sept. 11th from 10:00 a.m. until sold out. Come early to get your beautiful fall decorations; the mums were popular in 2014! The proceeds assist in meeting the 2015 Friends goals.
SEPTEMBR 12, 2015 – Life Line Screening will be here at First Church of the Brethren on Saturday, September 12, 2015 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To be more proactive about your health and to live longer for yourself, your family and your community, please register for these potentially life-saving tests today. Please refer to the attached flyer to get more info about how you can sign up while receiving $10 off any package priced above $139. For only $139 (regularly $149) you can learn your risk of having stroke or vascular disease. There is no time like the present to take action! Learn more by watching this short video: http://www.lifelinescreeningblog.com/introduction/ SEE bulletin board for information. Jenifer Seboek, Health Service Coordinator, Life Line Screening, Phone: (800) 897-9177 1504, Mobile: +1 6109992764, Fax:(888) 897-9153, Email: email@example.com Sign up online at: www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners
RUN FOR “Relief”…..
NEW this year at the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction is the First 5K Run on September 26, 8:00 AM at the Lebanon Expo Center.
First Church is organizing a TEAM to participate. So far there are four interested persons, and our goal is to have a large group representing First Church. Financial Support is needed to sponsor the TEAM for the Race. This support will pay the registration fees and contribute to the Auction.
If you can run or walk please consider participating with the TEAM in this run. If the physical activity is not for you, please consider financial support. So far $15.00 has been raised, which translates to $3.00 a mile. The goal is $500.00 or $100.00 per mile.
All the proceeds from the Run for “Relief” will directly support disaster ministries, locally and worldwide.
Please see Jolene Zeigler, First Church Auction Contact Person, with questions.
NOTICES FOR TWO UPCOMING MEETINGS:
1) SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: This is a notice of the Annual Corporation Meeting of the members of Children’s Aid Society, Inc., on Sat., Sept. 19, 2015 at 11:45 AM at the Ridge Church of the Brethren, 1095 Ridge Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Notice is posted on the bulletin board.
2) SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: As a member of the The Brethren Home Foundation, a Corporation, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of the members of The Brethren Home Foundation is to be held in conjunction with the Annual District Conference of the Church of the Brethren of the Southern District of PA and will be held at: Ridge Church of the Brethren, Shippensburg, PA, Sat., Sept. 19, 2015 at 1:25 PM. Notice is posted on the bulletin board.
PRAISE SINGERS: The following is a list of dates that praise singers will be singing this fall and up to the New Year.
SUNDAY – Rehearsals are all at 8PM
Sept 6 – NO Praise Singers
Sept 27 Rehearsal Thursday Sept 24
Oct 25 Rehearsal Thursday Oct 22
Nov 29 Rehearsal Thursday Nov 26
Dec 13 Rehearsal Thursday Dec 10
Jan 31 Rehearsal Thursday Jan 28
Page 17: Kevin McCracken’s new address is: 1615 Wind Flower Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202-7263
Page 16: Sarah Kovacs new address is: 203 Gale St, Apt. 301, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Did you notice the new plantings outside the church office area as you come into church? Please give a BIG THANK YOU to Richard Brown, who designed and planted the area this week. Thanks also to John Anderson for helping with the installation, and Brad Shenk for trimming some of the tall evergreens in the area. Now we should be able to enjoy this beautiful landscaping for many years to come. – Roy Rollman for the Facility Care Team.
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To the family of Janet Batdorf. Janet passed away yesterday, Aug. 27th. Please keep Janet’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
SEPTEMBER 18 & 19 2015 – SOUTHERN PA DISTRICT CONFERENCE, September 18-19, 2015~Held at Ridge Church of the Brethren, 1095 Ridge Rd., Shippensburg, PA 17257
See the information on the bulletin board for all the information and registration form. Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, September 1st
SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2015 – Camp Eder Fall Scrapbook Retreat ~ Join us as we gather for another wonderful weekend of Scrapbooking and relaxation. Hostess, Jen Coale will be with us as we work late into each night making memories that will last a life time. Arrive on Friday anytime after 6 pm. Head home on Sunday after lunch. See flyer on bulletin board or contact Kathy Kovacs at 309-0678.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 – 2015 Lumberjack Work Day – Call or Email to register for free (lunch provided!) Phone (717) 642-8256, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bring your chain saws, gloves, and safety goggles as we clean up the forest and split lots of wood for Camp. Ask about other equipment that you might bring. We’ll also need help to prepare lunch for our lumberjacks. Coffee & donuts will be available for breakfast. Lunch will be served at noon. Contact Kathy Kovacs at 309-0678
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015~ PEACE DAY ~ Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
What does peace mean to you?
A quiet hour at home? Inner peace that comes with prayer? People working together calmly and respectfully? The absence of war or conflict?
What does it take to be a peacemaker?
A good place to begin is always prayer.
International Peace Day is Monday, September 21st. Join York 1st Church of the Brethren as we celebrate Peace Day on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Set aside some time that day to pray for peace….peace at home, in church, in school, in the world.
SEPTEMBER 25 & 26, 2015 – Disaster Relief Auction held at Lebanon Valley Expo, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon, PA 17042, Arts & Crafts, Baked Goods, Coins, Farmers Market, Food, Heifer Auction, Pole Barn Auction, Share a Meal, Silent Auction, Theme Baskets, Quilts, Main Hall Auction, First Annual 5K Race, Blood Drives, Children’s Activites, and again this year….Amish Made Pretzels and Donuts while you watch! See bulletin board or pick up the pamphlet on the table in the narthex/lobby for additional information or contact Jolene Zeigler.
First COB, Here are some ways we can all help to make the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction a SUCCESS! It will be held Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. Thank You for your consideration.
1. Rent a space to sell your arts and crafts. 2. Share a meal. Have one at your house or buy tickets for someone else’s home, $ 20.00 each. 3. Make and donate a quilt for the quilt auction. 4. Baking cakes, pies, cookies, breads, etc. (pick up pans after Aug. 16) 5. Donations of items for the Main Auction. 6. Donate new toys, books, puzzles, etc. for the children’s auction. 7. Bring gently used items for the Children’s Store. 8. Make one or more theme basket worth at least $ 35.00 or donate money. 9. First Annual 5K race. All ages. Runners or walkers. Cash prizes. Tee Shirt. Be a Sponser. 10. Help — Set up for Auction on Thursday, Sept. 24 and/or tear down after on Sat., Sept. 26th. During auction help empty trash cans for a few hours….Individuals, couples, families or Youth Groups are welcome. Thank you!! Questions? Call Jolene Zeigler – 767- 4512
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.