Vol. 9-No. 51 Friday, December 18, 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, December 20, 2015 9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: Chancel Choir Cantata 2015 – “Festival of Lessons and Carols” by Hal Hopson
December 24 – Christmas Eve Services – 7:00 pm – Family Service
December 27- Jared Bueschlein will be preaching. Guest Pianist: Stephen Carey
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – December 13, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 109
DECMBER 19 & 27, 2015 – Eshbach Railroad ~ Warren and Theresa Eshbach are opening their home again this year to benefit Children’s Aid Society. Their model railroad display has grown even larger and is a wonderful holiday event for children of all ages. roups, families, or individuals are invited to the annual MODEL TRAIN SHOW Theresa & Warren Eshbach, 3885 Lauer Lane, Dover, PA 17315 No admission charge, but ALL contributions received will support CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY, CALL: (717) 292-4803
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TO SCHEDULE A VISIT: Saturday 12/19/15 3:00pm OR Sunday 12/27/15 3:00pm
2016 OFFERING ENVELOPES – ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO PICKUP on the table in the Narthex. Please pickup yours today! NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE : MOST ENVELOPE NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED FROM 2015 TO 2016. DO NOT USE YOUR 2016 ENVELOPES UNTIL AFTER JANUARY 1, 2016. Also, DO NOT USE any left-over 2015 envelopes after the end of December 2015. This is necessary to assure that all funds received are credited to the correct contributor. Thank you for supporting First Church ministries through your offerings!
HELP IS NEEDED: On Wed., December 23rd after 5:30 pm, help is needed to remove items from the infant care center to the adjoining garage storage area. This is so painting can be done in the center. If you can help, please contact Frank Leaman.
A GREETER OPPORTUNITY! Want to be a church greeter but have no long term obligation? We’ve got just the spot for you! There is an church greeter opportunity for the second Sunday of the months of January, February and March before Sunday school. The duty is from 8:40 to 9:05 A.M. on the Sundays of January 10, February14 and March 13. All you need to do is contact Larry Gibble via email at Larry@Gibble.org or at 755-0019 and he’ll fill you in with the particulars. Thank you for your consideration.
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
FOR ALL TEAM CHAIRS: For the 2016 Directory, please provide all the information for your team – Chair, Vice-Chair, and all members by December 7, 2015 – Thank you, Pastor Don
ATTENTION: Volunteer-driven fundraiser needs more postage
Your help is needed for a group of volunteers called, “stampers”, as they are most often called. The Brethren Home/Cross Keys Village “stampers” meet two mornings a week to trim and remove stamps from envelopes. These used stamps are assembled in packets for re-sale to collectors. The money raised goes to Good Samaritan Fund or funds to benefit the residents. Fewer stamps are coming in since e-mail and other electronic means of communication. You can help by placing your cut off or torn off stamps and put them in a box outside the church office window with stamps pictured on box. I will take them to the Brethren Home. This project continues all year long. Thanks for your help. Keyperson-Anna Miller
GREAT APPLE-DELICIOUS IDEA!
Are you scrambling for a small gift idea? Well, your problem is solved. Pints and half-pints of delicious HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER in decorative jars, make a nice basket or bag item for a friend, a family member, your dog groomer, hairdresser, doctor or whomever you care to share with. Decorate a basket or small bag and place a few homemade items along with a pint or half-pint of APPLE BUTTER from Camp Eder. Pints $6 and half-pints only $3. Sugar-free available too. Call or see Kathy Kovacs if you would like to purchase. Makes a great inexpensive gift idea.
A GROW MONEY PROJECT~ With grow money from BDRA, I am trying to double the money to give back. I will be selling Homemade Jelly from Hemlock Hollow Ent. It is all natural, no artificial ingredients or colors, inspected by Pa. Dept. Ag. The price is $3.50 and packaged for Christmas giving $4.00. I will be in the Lobby after Church. Thank you, Jolene Zeigler – P.S. I sold out of jellies the first week. But, I will have more this Sunday. J.Z.
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To the family of Leah Marquet. Leah passed away on December 5, 2015. Please keep Deb and Greg Klinedinst and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
To Greg Klinedinst on the passing of his mother, Charlotte Klinedinst. Charlotte passed away on December 13, 2015. Please keep Greg, Deb, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
THANK YOU to all who supported our cookie project for the Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry! A special thanks to our bakers, bag decorators, packers and especially to Glenn and Anna Miller for delivering 240 bags of cookies!! Pastor Don has already received an email from one of the truckers who really appreciated the cookies she received.
Advent Breakfast – extending a big and joyful thank you to all who helped with the Advent breakfast. So many helping hands made the morning run smoothly – set up crew, fellowship hall and table decorators, kitchen crew, food preparers and clean up crew – you did a great job! Did you see the box filled to overflowing for Destiney, Dylan and Liyana, the Lehman Center family we sponsored? Thank you for helping make Christmas more JOYFUL for this family. Please continue to pray for them as they celebrate Christmas and move into the New Year.
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. 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
$315, Proceeds from sale of Grocery Cards, $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.
$200, Good Samaritan Fund, Witness Commitment
JANUARY 8, 2016- 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, January 8, 2016, (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.
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.
Weather Related *CHURCH CANCELLATIONS
A. Cancellations will be announced through our church phone system.
Please use the following process:
1. Call the church office at 755-0307.
2. When answering machine message begins, press 6
3. A recorded message will indicate the status of church services/activities.
B. 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.