Vol. 9-No. 46 Friday, November 13, 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, NOVEMBER 15, 2015 – YOUTH SUNDAY
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Sanctuary: “Identity Crisis”
2 Corinthians 4:18
Pastor Don will be on vacation the week of November 9th to 15th. In case of an emergency, you may contact Melinda Carlson at Home – 717-792-9511 or Cell – 717-891-4699 OR Frank Leaman at Home – 717-741-3762or Cell – 717-891-4989
ATTACHMENT: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule and Judy Deitch First COB-Lehman Center Letter
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – November 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – Total Attendance – 87
COPIES OF this week’s e-news, November calendar, and November Mission and Ministry newsletter are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
First Church of the Brethren calendars and pens will be available in the narthex. Please feel free to pick up your calendar and pen (one of each per family please). – Hospitality Ministry Team
REMINDER – STATEMENTS are available for pick up in the narthex.
NOVEMBER 14, 2015 – The 2015 Founders Club Dinner, Sat., Nov. 14th, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Cross Keys Village-the Brethren Home Community ~The shooting of 10 innocent Amish schoolgirls at Nickel Mines, Pa., in 2006 shocked the world and then taught an amazing lesson in the forgiveness shown by the Amish. No one was more affected by that forgiveness than Marie Monville, wife of the killer. The author of “One Light Still Shines” is our guest speaker for the 2015 Founders Club Dinner, which is open to those who join the Founders Club by supporting its annual project. To find out more about the dinner and the Founders Club, call the Brethren Home Foundation at 717-624-5208.
NOVEMBER 14, 2015 – Christmas Craft Show, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Hanover COB, 601 Wilson Ave., Hanover, PA ~ Featuring: Our famous homemade soups, various homemade baked goods – Vendors include: Tupperware; Origami Owl; Chair Massages; Jewelry; Candles; Paintings; Scentsy; Christmas items; and much more!
NOVEMBER 17, 2015 – Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study- Our study of the book, Traveling Light will end on November 17. There is a change for the dates of November 24, December 1, 8, and 15. No study on November 24th. On the dates of Dec. 1, 8, and 15 we will explore a video and lessons on Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas. We will finish this study on January 12 and 19. Our study of Paul will begin on January 26. On December 15 we will end our year with a group luncheon at a restaurant. Please join us for these sessions of love and joy. Blessings Dolly and Pat
LAST WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY IN THE LOUNGE WILL BE DECEMBER 8TH. We will meet again on January 12, 2016.
NOVEMBER 17, 2015 – Conrad L. Kanagy, professor of sociology at Elizabethtown College, presents “Anabaptists around the World” on Tues., Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Kanagy will report on the preliminary findings from the Global Anabaptist Profile, a study of twenty-two Mennonite groups from eighteen countries. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
APPLES, APPLES AND LOTS OF APPLES! So, what do you do with all those apples? Of course…WE MADE DELICIOUS, HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER. Lots of hands were involved in this large project at Camp Eder on October 17. PINTS – $6 and Half-PINTS – $3 … AND we did not forget those who cannot have sugar in their diet. SUGAR FREE APPLE BUTTER AVAILABLE TOO.
~ See Kathy Kovacs in the Narthex either in the beginning or end of service for your APPLE BUTTER TREAT! Can’t you just taste your toast tomorrow morning for breakfast? YUM!
CASH FOR CAUSES
Purchase Giant &/or Weis cards for those extra grocery purchases;
and don’t forget our Food Pantry needs restocking.
See me in church to buy your cards. ~ Carole Bradfield
ADVENT BREAKFAST – Only three more Sundays until the Advent season begins! Please join us for breakfast on Sunday, November 29th, at 8:30 in the fellowship hall, followed by a combined Sunday school class with carol singing and Bill Waugh teaching about JOY! Also, there are still more trees to choose from on the “Spreading Joy” bulletin board for gift ideas for Destiney, Dylan and Liyana, the family we are sponsoring at the Lehman Center. So, pick a tree and bring your unwrapped gift to the Advent breakfast. If you are not going to be here for the breakfast and are purchasing a gift, please leave your gift(s) in the office. In addition,WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO BRING FOOD ITEMS TO THE BREAKFAST – casseroles, baked oatmeal, fruit/fruit salad, juices, muffins and breads. We need a few more people to decorate and host tables, too, so please sign up now! Thanks! ~ Please see attachment (Judy Deitch First COB
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES…….
To the family of Gail Wynn. Gail passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Please keep her son, Randall and the rest of the Wynn family in your thoughts and prayers.
To the family of Jean Sheaffer. Jean passed away on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.
To the family of Erika Bergmann. Erika passed away on October 31, 2015. Please keep her children, Jutta and Klaus and the Bergmann family in your thoughts and prayers.
Wow!!! What an awesome surprise I had last Sunday morning when my wonderful church family celebrated my years of working with the children at First Church!! I was overwhelmed with all the things that were done to say thank you to me. I especially want to thank the Christian Ed Team for all the work they did for this special event. I have loved reading all the many cards and notes I received and am still receiving in the mail. It was especially touching to me that you invited my family to also surprise me! It was my pleasure and calling to reach out and work with the children of our church. I treasure all those years and the many rich loving relationships I have developed with them. Again than you so very much and God bless you. ~ Elizabeth
THANK YOU NOTES RECEIVED FROM OUR MINISTRY PARTNERS:
I am always amazed by the numbers of lives that are touched each year by Children’s Aid Society. Last year we helped 586 children and 3,296 adults. We provided 38,217 hours of therapy, support groups, family advocacy, and crisis nursery care. But as impressive as these numbers are they don’t begin to tell how we have changed lives…………..We have been able to help them because of the concern of others like the congregation of York First Church of the Brethren.
You are a blessing to the children and families we help and you are a blessing to our mission. Thank you.
Jan Zeigler, Interim Executive Director ~ $200, Witness Commitment
Thank you for your support of the mission and ministry of the Church of the Brethren. It is through your generosity that ministries grow and lives are changed……..It is a blessing to partner with you to carry the light of Christ into the world, and to boldly share the love of Jesus with neighbors down the street and around the world. Stanley J. Noffsinger, General Secretary ~ $1208, Witness Commitment (Sept) – $1208, Witness Commitment (Oct)
The Brethren Home Foundation gratefully acknowledges your generous gift. Don Wilkinson ~ $200, Good Samaritan Fund, 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 – $115, proceeds from sale of grocery cards
Thank you for your gift. We are so blessed by your generosity….. God bless you.
New Life for Girls ~ $115, proceeds from sale of grocery cards
CORRECTION TO NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY LIST:
25 Laura (Thomas) Lash
27 Michelle Sauder
29 Tammy Stehr
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
NOVEMBER 28, 2015 – Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community Event ~ Christmas Bazaar held in the Nicarry Meetinghouse on Saturday, November 28, 2015, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Crafters from the Cross Keys Village community will offer their works for sale just in time for holiday gift shopping. Many of the items available will be Christmas-related. Woodwork, fiber arts, textiles and many more crafts will be available at most reasonable prices. Proceeds benefit residents at Cross Keys Village.
Contacting the Pastor: Pastor Don can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday—Thursdayfrom 8:00 a.m. to noon. The pastor rese rves 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.
Weather Related *CHURCH CANCELLATIONS
- Cancellations will be announced through our church phone system.
Please use the following process:
- Call the church office at 755-0307.
- When answering machine message begins, press 6
- A recorded message will indicate the status of church services/activities.
- Cancellations will be announced on the church’s web site at www.yorkfirst.org, and when possible, emails will be sent to all online mailing list members and added to our Facebook page and Twitter, and in that 1, 2, 3, 4 order. *Weather related cancellations will not be announced on radio or TV.