Vol. 12-No. 7 Friday, February 17, 2017
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”
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
– Sanctuary: “Red Letter Christians: Keep the Faith”
– Scripture: Matthew 11:1-6, Mark 6:1-13
ATTACHMENTS: Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School Schedule.
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – February 12, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – 77
COPIES OF this week’s e-news and the February calendar and Jan./Feb. Newsline Digest are available to be picked up on the table in the narthex and at YorkFirst.org
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.
The Spiritual Enrichment Team would like to offer a suggestion each month to help you personally have a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. In February we celebrate love. Remember God loves you each and every day and wishes to have a personal relationship with you. Here are some scriptures that can help you to remember the love God has for you and the change that love can make in your life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
And, now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you: abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. John 15:9 -10
Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:9b – 10
2017 DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE IN THE NARTHEX
The church email groups are moving to new email addresses! If you are a member of the Prayer Shawl, Prayer Concerns, Deacons, Chancel Choir, Hospitality Team and Lamplighter Sunday School class you should have already received emails containing information about the new email group addresses. If you have not received the test emails, please check your spam folder and then reach out to Tim Beckwith. If you would like to create an email group, please reach out to Tim Beckwith.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS ARE HERE ~ Lent is a time for reflection and meditation, a time of revisiting Christ’s journey to the cross, a time of accepting God’s mercy and grace, a time of healing. This year’s Lenten devotional invites us to experience “God anointing us with the medicine of mercy, a healing balm that draws us Back to God’s ways and strengthens us to extend this generous mercy and forgiveness to a world in need.”
Pick up your copy of the Church of the Brethren’s Lenten devotional “Medicine of Mercy” in the narthex. This daily devotional guide is written by Theresa Eshbach. Many of us know Theresa from her work on the Children’s Aid Society and other Church of the Brethren committees and boards. One per family, please. Two large print copies are also available.
FEBRUARY 23, 2017 – Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies presents “A Glimpse of Life in the Dawdihaus,” a talk by Claire Marie Mensack, on Thurs., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., in Hoover 212. Mensack conducted a case study of rural health and gerontology among the Amish and other Plain people of Pennsylvania and Delaware in 2016. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit www.etown.edu/youngctr/events.
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 ~ INTERGENERATIONAL CHURCH GAME NIGHT, SATURDAY February 25th at 6:30 pm in the Gym presented by the Fellowship Team. Bring your favorite board/card/etc. game to share! Pickleball is back! This game is less strenuous than tennis, and is played with a paddle and a wiffle ball. Everyone can learn! Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. Come fine out what it is all about!!! Bring a dessert to share, drinks will be provided! Questions? Please contact a Fellowship Team member, Sid Innerst, Jayne Baldwin, Alicia Weyant or Tim Beckwith.
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 – MAN 2 MAN Workshop 2017 – Men’s Spiritual Leadership Summit & Breakfast: A Spiritual Man According to Jesus – The Call to Becoming a Spiritual Man, Characteristics of a Spiritual Man, and the Danger to Avoid.
Guest Speaker: Jim Myer, Minister, Teacher, and Speaker, Saturday – Feb. 25th, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon, Location: Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, $16.00 Registration Fee, Sponsored by: The Nurture Commission, Southern PA District COB
FEBRUARY 25 AND MARCH 4, 2017 ~ MOUNT HOPE MAPLE MADNESS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – February 25 & March 4, Cost: Pancake Breakfast – $8 Adult, $4 Children
By partnering with our neighbors at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, we’re able to provide our sweetest program of the year. Come to Camp Eder to learn about “Sugaring,” the process of turning the sap from Maple trees into delicious Maple syrup! Strawberry Hill naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a Maple tree, collect the sap, and boil it down into syrup. You can also enjoy the fruits of our labor by sampling real Maple syrup at a pancake breakfast. Also featured will be local arts and crafts vendors.
THANK YOU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
We would like to thank everyone for the prayers, kindness, and condolences expressed to our family during Bill’s illness and passing. Thank you Pastor Bob. Anita Jacobs and family
SYMPATHY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
To Bonnie Brinks on the passing of her husband, Jim on Jan. 31, 2017. Please keep Bonnie, their children and grandchildren in your thoughts and prayers.
Bonnie’s address is 8707 N. Fitzgerald Way, Missouri City, TX 77459
Congratulations to Jarret & Katie Stehr on the birth of the daughter on Feb. 9, 2017 at 7:53am. Her name is Calla Michelle Stehr. She weighed 7lbs. 6 oz., and 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Barry & Tammy Stehr, and great grandmother is Dolores Mann.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . . .
MARCH 8, 2017 – NEW WINDSOR WORK DAY – Wednesday, March 8th will be the next work day at New Windsor.
We will work in SERRV with fair trade gift and craft products from developing countries. Our job will be to quality check, sort and pack new items for sale. We will leave the church parking lot at 7:15 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Please sign up in the narthex to reserve your seat on the bus. If you have questions, call Helen Stoner (624-3398). Hope you can join us in this service project.
MARCH 10, 2017 ~ 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, March 10, 2017 (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.
MARCH 24 & 25 2017 – NEW FAIRVIEW CHURCH FUNDRAISER YARD SALE, March 24th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, March 25th 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, New Fairview Church, 1873 New Fairview Church Road, York – Bake Sale and Good Food – 1,000’s of items
APRIL 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, & 25, 2017 ~ 2017 Meat Canning Project – It is scheduled for six days a the Christian Aid Ministries. The goal is to can approximately 50,000 pounds of chicken. The meat canning project is a great way for us to minister to those in need during these difficult economic times. A shift of 25 persons is needed to work from 6 AM to Noon (20 of those persons should be able to process the chicken, while the others are needed for labeling) A second shift of 17 persons is needed to come in at 9AM and relieve some of the first shift. Canning will continue until approximately 11AM with labeling to continue until about 2:30 PM. Volunteers needed to provide meals ~ The meat canning committee is very grateful to those congregations who will be providing free snacks and a light lunch (for all workers) to be available during each shift. The Mid-Atlantic District will be partnering with some of the SO PA District congregations who are willing to prepare a meal, but are short on funds. Please contact your district office if your congregation is willing to provide a meal or funds. Please see John Anderson.
Contacting the Pastor: Pastor Bob can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday—Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Afternoons and evenings are set aside for visiting those in need, for meetings, and for other pastoral duties. Pastor Bob is also available for Pastoral Counseling by appointment. If you need to reach the pastor outside of office hours, his cell phone number is (717) 818-0653. You can also email him at Pastor@yorkfirst.org. By the way, HIPA laws prevent the hospital from contacting the pastor when you are admitted, so you will need to let hospital staff know that you would like the hospital to contact your pastor.
Contacting the Youth Director, Garrett Page: His phone number is (614) 400-9533 or by email at: email@example.com