Vol. 9-No. 53 Friday, December 31, 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”
“HAPPY NEW YEAR”
SUNDAY, January 3, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service – Bread & Cup
Sanctuary: “What’s on God’s Heart”
Scripture: Nehemiah 1:1-2:10
Thoughts on the Word: I want us to start the new year off with a visit to an old friend, the Old Testament prophet, Nehemiah. We will start our visit by asking the question, “What’s on God’s heart?” His words to his people of long ago are still challenging and worthwhile for the Church today. The key to understanding and making sense of the entire book of Nehemiah can be summed up in one verse, verse 4 says: “When I heard these things I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” I want to invite you to join me on this visit to our old friend and get to know him all over again. If this is your first visit with Nehemiah I invite you to read through his book and glean from it what God has to say to us through our friend, Nehemiah. Blessings and peace to you as the new year begins. Pastor Don
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – December 27, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 107
December 24, 2015, Christmas Eve Service – Total Attendance – 192
CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016
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.
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.
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!
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 the family and friends of Ruth Terrell, friend of Peg Eck, who passed away on December 22, 2015.
To the family and friends of Robert Ness, who passed away on December 26, 2015.
Thank you on behalf of Vivian and myself for the many expressions of love over the holiday season. The prayers, cards, and gifts are a very real blessing. May God’s blessing and peace be upon each member of God’s family here at York First. Vivian and Pastor Don Hubbell
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.
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
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.