Vol. 9-No. 52 Friday, December 24, 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”
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015
7:00 p.m. – Traditional family candle light Christmas Eve service
– Sanctuary: “Light in the Darkness”
– Scripture: Luke 2:1-14
SUNDAY, December 27, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service – Jared Bueschlein will be preaching. Guest Pianist: Stephen Carey
Sanctuary: “Tis the Season”
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – December 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 188
CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Friday, December 25th and Monday, December 28th
2016 DIRECTORY INFORMATION
There is a copy of the member’s pages of this year’s directory on the table in the narthex. PLEASE review and make any necessary changes on this copy.
We hope to have the most accurate information to print the 2016 directory.
DECEMBER 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: email@example.com 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!
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.
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
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
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.
To the family and friends of Ruth Terrell, friend of Peg Eck, who passed away on December 22, 2015.
Greg and Deb Klinedinst would like to thank all of members and friends of First Church for their prayers, cards and notes of encouragement during this most difficult times of both our mothers passing. Your concerns were heart felt and comforting.
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.
I just wanted to thank each of you who gave me a gift and cards for Christmas. Also, thank you again for your concern for my family. Words cannot express how much it means to me! Your prayers and kind words are always appreciated. I wanted to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and the very best for the New Year – Karen Bowman
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.
If your birthday is in JANUARY and it is not on the above list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office
6 Ruby Nicholas
7 Greg Minnich
9 Jeffrey Yingling
11 Nathan Beuschlein
14 Beth Drawbaugh
15 Ron Horner
16 Cathy McCracken
18 Melanie Schaefer
19 Luke Miller
20 Spencer Ginder
25 Valerie Sauder
27 Larry Gibble
28 Vivian Hubbell
31 Mikel Kile-Flickinger
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.