Vol. 9-No. 42 Friday, October 16, 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, October 18, 2015 ~ Positivity Luncheon will follow worship service. After a light lunch, a brief gathering open to everyone will be held. Break-out groups will be invited to share positive things about York First. 9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “God’s Love for the Lost”
Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32
Thoughts on the Word: The story of the Prodigal Son is so familiar to us and yet there are still lessons for us to learn. This week we are looking at the role of the older brother. In my thinking about this passage, we are the older brother. We are the established older church that has done the work of the kingdom of God for so many years. I want to consider this thought in the message for this Sunday. I also want to consider just what ending we might write to this open ended story. I invite you to think with and come prepared with how you might end the story.
OCTOBER: SPIRITUAL RENEWAL MONTH ~ During the month of October we will be emphasizing Spiritual Renewal. The Sermon series is based on Luke 15: 11-32, the story of the prodigal son.
TODAY the emphasis is on the lost, and is entitled “God’s Love for the Lost” and the final message on October 25 is entitled, “The Lost Son and the Dutiful Son.” – Larry Gibble, Renewal Team Communicator
FALL CONGREGATIONAL FORUM WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015 Packets are available to be picked up on the table in the Narthex. There are three sections. The forum booklet, the affirmation of slate, and the treasurer report.
ATTENTION CHURCH MAILING LISTS USERS: Starting sometime yesterday, many of our mailing lists are not working. We do not know the reason why at this point.
The only lists working are the Prayer Concerns, Deacons, and Hospitality Team lists. The Prayer Shawl and Greeters lists have not been tested as of 7:00 A.m. this morning. All others are not working!
If you are attempting to email your usual groups, no delivery will be made.
Hopefully this situation can be corrected, but it might take a few days. In the meantime, alternate communications methods will be required.
You will be notified when the lists will again be working properly.
Good News: This has no effect on the general emailing lists managed and sent by Secretary Karen, such as this morning’s w-newsletter.
Larry Gibble- @yorkfirst.org emailing lists coordinator
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – October 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 118
OCTOBER 17, 2015 ~ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BRETHREN CONGREGATIONS A Brethren Heritage Festival will take place at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College during Homecoming on Saturday, October 17 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Activities include games, crafts, displays, snacks, quilting and a hymn sing at 4:15. The Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship will have a display. Come for a fun time!
OCTOBER 18 – 21, 2015 – Bermudian Church of the Brethren REVIVAL 2015 – Fall Days of Renewal & Spiritual Refreshment beginning, Sunday, Oct. 18th. From Surviving to Thriving with Don & Cathy Morrison, Sunday Morning 8:00 & 10:15 am/ Each Evening 7pm – For more details, please see information on bulletin board.
OCTOBER 21, 2015 – W.E. GATHER – We will begin at 6 pm with a carry-in supper and then a study time starting at 7 pm. The theme this fall is World Religions. Come and share in the conversation as we consider faith and what it means to all the peoples of the earth.
OCTOBER 21, 2015 – CANCELLED – New Windsor Work Day, scheduled for Wednesday October 21st has been CANCELLED. SERRV notified us that currently, they do not have the products for us to work on. We will have to wait until January to schedule a work day next spring. Thanks to all of you who had signed up.
OCTOBER 22, 2015 – Valerie Weaver-Zercher presents “Collecting Data While You Pass the Jell-O Salad: Researching Amish Fiction at Potlucks and Reunions” on Thurs., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Weaver-Zercher is managing editor of trade books for Herald Press and the author of Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events
CHANGE FOR A DAY – is due Sunday, November 1, 2015 ~ Please place your donation in the container in the narthex/church office that is marked “Change for a Day”. Thank you! Keyperson – Anna Miller
NEW AT FIRST CHURCH ~ Free table in Room 156 Bring your give-away items such as extra calendars, coffee mugs, etc. and place them on the free table. Please take items you need from the free table. Any questions, please see John Anderson.
First Church CDC is in NEED of child care substitutes. Flexible hours, we will paid for clearances. Contact Sharon 757-6390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTAR FLOWERS – You may donate altar flowers and the cost is $ 27.00. Please see the sign up on the chart on the bulletin board for available dates.
SPONSOR BULLETINS – You may sponsor bulletin covers throughout the year. If you are purchasing bulletins, you will need to purchase a 150 bulletins. If you are sponsoring a bulletin, you will need to donate $20.00. You should make the check payable to the church and give the check to Patricia Carey.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS ~ Canned fruit (large sizes), pancake mix, pancake syrup, jelly/jam, beef stew, canned ham/spam, soup
Thank you so much for the birthday cards for Erika Bergmann. It was greatly appreciated! ~ Erika and her family
Thank you to Charlie Innerst for the beautiful work on two new, sturdy air return grills recently installed in the fellowship hall. What a great improvement! ~ The Facility Care Team
OCTOBER 27, 2015, Tuesday ~ Trick or Trunk ~Don’t get Spooked! – Rain or Shine! 5:30 to 7:00pm/York First Church Parking Lot and Fellowship Hall.
This is a church sponsored community event. WE NEED A LOT OF HELP!! Decorate a car, work in the kitchen, park cars, donate candy, donate money, or dress in a costume. We are planning for a large crowd so we will need a lot of volunteers.
Sign-up sheets are posted in the Lobby.
NOVEMBER 13, 2015 – The “Grand Illusions” Jewelry Sale will be held Friday, Nov. 13th, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 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. It’s the perfect time to pick up early Christmas presents! The proceeds will benefit The Friends of Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community
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.