Vol. 9-No. 6 Friday, February 6, 2015
Karen Bowman, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Vision Statement: “To Love God, Share Christ, and Serve the World”
SUNDAY, February 8, 2015
9:00 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Service
Sanctuary: “Someone had to Stay Behind”
– Scripture: Mark 1: 29 – 39
Thoughts on the Word: All of the scripture lessons this week, from Isaiah 40, Psalm 147, 1 Corinthians 9, and Mark 1, speak about the power of God to perform mighty deeds on behalf of the needs of his children. The emphasis is on God’s actions on behalf of the powerless, the weak, and the broken. If we will wait and hope for God, we will be lifted up, healed and strengthened. The story of the healing of Peter’s mother -in-law exemplifies the way Jesus demonstrates God’s strength and healing power for those who will wait and hope. All who are in need are invited to wait and hope for God’s power which heals and strengthens those who trust in Jesus.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – February 1, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – Total Attendance – 91
COPIES OF this weekly e-news, the monthly tapestry and monthly calender are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org.
COB Disaster Relief Effort in Nigeria
Cracker Sunday and Offering: $569
$1159 raised in the past three weeks for the Southern PA District challenge to reach $250,000.00 by District Conference in September.
The next special giving Sunday will be on February 15 when we ask you to “Have a Heart” and help those suffering in Nigeria.
LAST SUNDAY to purchase daffodils – First Church is participating with the Eastern Branch of the YMCA by offering ” Daffodils For Hope ” This is a Free 12-week program that ministers to cancer patients, caregivers and cancer survivors by encouraging them to regain their physical, emotional and spiritual strength. If you would like to share in this ministry, see Arden Kile in the narthex before or after the Worship Service.
NEW WINDSOR WORK DAY – Wednesday, February 11, 2015
It is time to return to New Windsor to assist in the SERRV program. On Wednesday, February 11th (weather permitting), we will board the bus in the church parking lot at 7:15 a.m. to travel to New Windsor for a day of work and fellowship, including lunch and shopping in the gift shop. Shipments from many countries are waiting to be unpacked, priced and packed for sale in gift shops around the country and through the catalog sales. We always have a fun day. Please join us. There is a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to reserve a seat on the bus. If you have questions, call Helen Stoner (624-3398).
FEBRUARY 12 – OWLS NEWS – The OWLS (Older, Wiser Loving SENIORS) will gather in the Homebuilder’s Classroom 154 on Thursday February 12 at NOON for lunch, games, conversation, and to PLAN ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR. Please plan to attend and bring your ideas so the committee can plan for the remainder of 2015! Bring your bag lunch. DRINKS AND DESSERT will be provided! PLEASE SIGN UP BY FEBRUARY 8 so we know how many to prepare for.
FEBRUARY 13 – 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, February 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.
FEBRUARY 15 – YORK COUNTY JR HONORS CHOIR will perform at 3:00 here at First Church. Greg and Marie Bachman will be hosting this event. Please come and support Emma and Sara Stoolmaker as they will participate at the honors choir performance.
York County Junior Honors Choir is comprised of 100 select singers in grades 7, 8 and 9 from the many school districts of York County. Under the direction of Mrs. Donna Knott, the group has been selected to perform at the Naval Academy Chapel, Eastern Division ACDA Conferences in Philadelphia and Baltimore, PMEA and Pennsylvania ACDA Conferences, and invited to sing for the Music Education Department of Penn State University. The group has traveled to and hosted public school choral programs throughout the state. A highlight was singing in Heinz Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. They have participated in choral workshops with such conductors as Dr. Anthony Leach, director of Penn State’s “Essence of Joy,” and Dr. Chris Kiver, director of the Penn State Glee Club, as well as Dr. Lon Beery from Rochester, NY, Christine Jordanoff from Duquesne University, and Adlai Binger from Albright University. They have also sung with the White Rose Barbershop Chorus and the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club. They have performed with the York Symphony Orchestra and in numerous venues around York County. Most recently, Junior Honors Choir joined with Senior Honors Choir for a combined Holiday Concert in December. The choir travels annually to various elementary schools in York County to promote choral education.
In addition to Junior Honors Choir, the 40-member Synergy Vocal Ensemble is available to sing in smaller venues and in special situations when the full choir is not appropriate. The Ensemble has performed with the David Benoit Jazz Quartet and as part of “Christmas with The Celts.”
Our students have learned to make beautiful music in a non-competitive environment, and they have come to value the new friendships, self-esteem and camaraderie that are the philosophic hallmarks of York County Junior Honors Choir.
York County Honors Choirs is organized and maintained by a volunteer advisory board that is responsible for managing the choirs’ operations, fundraising, and marketing efforts. York County businesses, grants, and private patrons support the group financially.
MEMBERSHIP CLASS to be offered soon. Are you interested in membership at York First? If so, please contact the church office or Pastor Don as soon as possible.
NO JUBILEE RINGERS REHEARSAL ON THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015
W.E. GATHER – FEBRUARY 18 TO MARCH 25 – If you were inspired Kyle Idleman at Christmas and Advent, you will also be inspired by him for Lent and Easter through “The Easter Experience”, what if what happened then changes everything now? Make Easter more than a holiday. The Easter Experience is a study with the power to change lives with the message of God’s loving plan for us. Using dramatic story-telling and challenging teaching by Kyle Idleman, the six-episode series brings the passion and resurrection to life. (1) My Life Has a Purpose (2) My Life Can Change (3) My Pain is Understood (4) My Life Has a Plan (5) I Have the Promise of Eternal Life (6) My Hope is Secure
The Southern PA District Office has an opening for an Office Manager. The position is a full-time, 40 hr/week job. This is an at-will position. Salary and benefits will be negotiable dependent on experience. This is an exempt position for purposes of all state and federal labor laws. Desired skills are:
Able to work unsupervised
Basic Microsoft Excel
Proficiency with office technology
Secretarial and Writing Skills
Social Media/ Website knowledge preferred.
The Office Manager supports the District Executive, District Board and Commissions as needed. This position entails often being the first “face” of the District when answering the phone, greeting visitors to the office and communicating with various members and agencies of the District. This position requires a combination of management and secretarial skills. Time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks are also essential. Because the office deals with sensitive issues, confidentiality is a must.
Interested persons should send their resumes and references to Bill Waugh, District Executive by email at email@example.com by February 13, 2015. (This information is posted on the Bulletin Board)
Information on the bus trip to the Annual Conference July 11-15, Tampa, Florida This is to inform you that I will be hosting an Elite Coach to the July 11 – 15 Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida this summer. People have been inquiring about this possibility.
With a minimum of 35 participants, the cost will be $789 per person double occupancy and that is all inclusive, conference lodging, enroute lodging, ,transportation and driver gratuity. It does not include meals (except breakfasts along the way) while traveling or at conference.
Since reservations for lodging open in late February, I cannot assure A.C. lodging, but I have requested and am assured that our conference stay will be at the Marriott Hotel which is across the street from the convention center. This trip of approximately 1100 miles will take two and one-half days with stops along the way. We will leave July 9 from Brethren Village at 7:30 a.m., pick up people along the way and return on July 17 around 6 p.m. We will take appropriate breaks but it will not be much of a sightseeing tour. We hope to stop at one or two interesting sites along the way. The minimum participants will be 35 persons to stay within the above price. Happy New Year and God bless! Earl K. Ziegler (See letter on the bulletin board)
SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES:
To the family of Arthur Bergey who passed away on Jan. 25th. Please keep Arthur’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
To the family of Grace Roseman who passed away on Jan. 23rd. Please keep Sid Innerst and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you to everyone for cards, prayers, sympathy, and love in the passing of Sheldon’s mother – Sheldon & Doris Markel
Tomas & Austyn Deardorff are very proud to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Tomas Deardorff on January 27th at 3:46 am. He weighed 6 lbs 11 oz and is 19 inches long.
FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – Nate Yoder presents “From Conservative Amish Mennonite to Evangelical Anabaptist: A Historical Overview of the Conservative Mennonite Conference” on Tues., Feb. 17, 7:00 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Yoder is professor of church history at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and author of Together in the Work of the Lord: A History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference (Herald Press, 2014). For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
FEBRUARY 25, 2015 – CAMP EDER SENIOR CITIZEN’S DAY – Glenda Shetter will present a lecture and demonstration of Quilts used as codes on the Underground Railroad to assist slaves on their journey North to gain their freedom. Also, Leah J. Hileman, Singer, Songwriter, and Recording Artist will present a fabulous musical program combining nostalgic favorites, hymns about the love of God and a few original love songs. Schedule: 9:30 am – Meet and Greet/Continental Breakfast, 10:00 am – Morning Activities, 12:00 Noon-Lunch, 1:00 pm – Afternoon program. For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board or contact Kathy Kovacs. SAVE DATES FOR THESE OTHER CAMP EDER EVENTS: Feb. 28th & March 7th – Mount Hope Maple Madness, March 13 – 15thr – Scrapbook Retreat (More information to follow)
MARCH 27 & 28, 2015 – NEW FAIRVIEW COB will be holding their Annual Spring Yard Sale/Bake Sale (Fellowship Hall) on Friday – March 27, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday – March 28 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be a variety of yard sale/ bake sale items available. The proceeds will benefit the New Fairview Women’s Ministries. Call Ruth Chronister at 858-2350 for more details.
APRIL 18, 2015, Saturday at 3:00 PM – The Friends of Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community presents “OPERATION HELPING HANDS” A Fundraising Event Featuring “The National Christian Choir”
New Oxford High School Auditorium – All seats assigned. Ticket Prices: VIP seats $ 100. Helping Hand seats $ 25. www.crosskeysvillage.org/friends and click on Purchase Tickets button or Phone 717-270-2112
APRIL 25, 2105 – WOMEN’S SPRING LUNCHEON – BERMUDIAN COB (The Gathering Place), Guest Speaker: Ruth West (Praise Unlimited) – The Bermudian 2015 Spring Luncheon Committee is excited to announce that Ruth West will be this year’s speaker. As some of you may remember from Ruth’s previous District speaking engagements, her style combines practical insights and ideas with inspiration, encouragement and wit. SAVE THE DATE and watch for more details as they become available.
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.