Vol. 9-No. 43 Friday, October 23, 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, OCTOBER 25, 2015.
9:00 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Sanctuary: “The Lost Son and the Dutiful Son”
Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32
Thoughts on the Word: Our series of sermons on renewal, and the story of the Prodigal Son, have caused me to reflect on family and sibling rivalry, since that is a part of this powerful short story. These are walls or barriers that get in the way of the two sons being in relationship as God intends it for them. It hurts their relationship with each other and with their father. In the story there is a very clear item that can tear down these barriers. We see it demonstrated by the Father. That item is the love of the Father demonstrated for both of his sons. How can a renewal of God’s love in the life of the church bring about renewal in our lives as individual Christians and as a church community? Seek the leading of the Holy Spirit as you prepare your hearts and minds for worship this Sunday.
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.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29th – Advent is fast approaching! The annual ADVENT BREAKFAST will be held on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29th. In the next few weeks, sign up sheets will be posted, so please pray about how you can help. Thanks!
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – October 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – Total Attendance – 89
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, October calendar, and October Mission and Ministry newsletter are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
Starting next Sunday, First Church of the Brethren calendars and pens will be available in the narthex. Please feel free to pick up your calendar (one per family please). – Hospitality Ministry 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.
OCTOBER 28, 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.
‘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
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 ~ Soup, cereal, grape jelly, canned meats (ham, spam, tuna, beef stew), instant potatoes, spaghetti, rice, canned broths, canned fruits, jello, cocoa mix
Thank you so much for the birthday cards for Erika Bergmann. It was greatly appreciated! ~ Erika and her family
Joy on the birth of our 7th grandchild! Lydia Faith Dietrich was born on Sept. 25th, and is the daughter of Emily and Nathan Dietrich – Bob & Beth Drawbaugh
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES…….
To Steve Jones’ brother Charles and his family on the passing of Charles’ wife after a long battle with cancer. Please pray for Steve’s brother Charles and family
SMART911.com. The life you save might be a family member or your own! Recently, York County introduced a new emergency service called SMART911. By entering your data into the York County 911 system, when you make a 911 call, your file will be displayed immediately on the 911 dispatcher’s computer, whether it be for fire, police or ambulance assistance. It may assist them in their decision-making process to assist you more quickly..
For those on computers, to register key in SMART911.com and fill out the information blocks with as little or as much information as you desire.
911’s prime target is the elderly, those with problems, and school systems. 911 is anticipating that 10% of the total York County population will be registered by the end of the first year (mid-October 2016). The article appeared in the October 7, 2015 YDR.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
NOVEMBER 7, 2015 – Children’s Aid Society Annual Dinner– This year the annual Children’s Aid Society fundraising dinner will be held on Sat., Nov. 7th. This annual dinner alternates its location between the three CAS centers and this year The Lehman Center in York will be hosting the dinner at New Fairview Church of the Brethren. This dinner is an occasion to celebrate special friends, share the joy of another year of service to children, and to raise funds to support the CAS mission. Funds from the annual dinner support services to children in crisis. Because CAS serves children without regard for their family’s income level, they rely on charitable gifts to support the costs of services for low income children. Additional information about the dinner can be found on the Children’s Aid Society website at www.cassd.org or by calling 717-624-4461
NOVEMBER 7 & 8, 2015 – Spiritual Renewal Weekend – All “ize” on God: Gifted with Promise for a Purpose, featuring guest speaker Belita Mitchell at Hanover Church of the Brethren, 601 Wilson Avenue, Hanover, PA. Sat. Nov. 7th – 6:15 pm Ice Cream Social in Fellowship Hall, 7:00 pm Worship:”Filled with the Power” and Sunday Nov. 8th – 10:30 am Worship “ We Have this Treasure”, 12:00 Noon Carry-in Fellowship Meal, 6:30 pm Hymn Sing, 7:00 Worship: “Serving from the Overflow” – refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the Service. See flyer on bulletin board for additional information.
NOVEMBER 11, 2015 – Camp Eder Senior Citizen’s Day – Friday, Nov. 11th : 9: 30 am – Continental breakfast bar & fellowship, 10:00 am – Christmas Craft or Brethren History Presentation by Leah Hileman, 12:00 pm – Lunch: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Peas, Roll, & Salad, 1:00 pm – Leah Hileman Performance, Only $ 15/person (includes food & program) Reserve your spot by November 9th. If any questions, please contact Kathy Kovacs and see poster on the bulletin board for complete details.
NOVEMBER 12, 2015 – OWLS NEWS – THANKSGIVING HISTORY, TRADITIONS AND MEMORIES will be the theme for the OWLS gathering on Thursday November 12. Join us at noon in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 for lunch. Bring your bag lunch and any thoughts about Thanksgiving that you would like to share. Dessert & Beverages will be provided. PLEASE SIGNUP BY NOVEMBER 8 so we know how many to prepare for. Upcoming events: December 10 – Annual Christmas Tea
NOVEMBER 13, 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, November 13, 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.
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
NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study- Starting Tuesday, Nov. 24th, we will be starting a new series of study. We will be using the book, To Live is Christ – The Life and Ministry of Paul by Beth Moore. It is not necessary that you buy the book but, you may desire to do so. If you would like to see the book first, see Pat Trimmer. Hopefully we can look forward to seeing some new faces.
If your birthday is in NOVEMBER and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office
3 Barb Wueschinski
8 Jill McCracken
10 Erin Hand
15 Greg Klinedinst
16 Helen Naill
18 Dolores Mann
19 Tanner Martin
20 Carlyn Hoke
21 Elizabeth Eisenhart
22 Charles Innerst
24 Pat Paules
25 Laura (Thomas) Lash
27 Tammy Stehr
30 Chad Eisenhart
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.