SUNDAY SCHEDULE


9:00 AM - Sunday School Classes for all ages - click here for more information

10:30 AM - Worship, Sanctuary


THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP
August 25, 2019

SCRIPTURE LESSON:
   Luke 13:10-21

    MESSAGE:
     “Always at Work”
The following resources are available on the table in the Gathering Area:

  • This week's e-news and the August calendar, which can also be viewed here
  • July/August Church of the Brethren Newsline Digest 
Click for Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School
SUMMER MUSIC AT YORK FIRST

The choir had the month of February off this 2018-2019 season. To make up that time we sang through the first 3 Sundays in July. It was a welcome change for our summer season due to the fact that the choir was not absent for so much of the summer. Soloists for the remainder of the summer are practicing their music to inspire you through the end of the summer season.

Aug 25 -York Symphony violinist and our dear sister Nonie Detrick will be playing her violin. She will be doing contemporary arrangements of familiar hymns.

Sept 1 - Dan Snook, our choir member and wonderful storyteller will be blessing us with some music from the piano. I am excited to hear him play the offertory.
Also, our baritone Chancel Choir soloist Barry Hollinger will be singing for us.

Sept 8 - Our 2019-2020 choir season begins.

David Diehl
Brethren Disaster Relief Auction will be held Fri., Sept. 27 & Sat., Sept. 28 at Lebanon Valley Expo Center. Books now available in lobby.
Runners for 5-K Run can pick up papers to register. Turn in by August 31 to guarantee Tee Shirt. Registration is FREE, if turned in at our Church.
AND***Again this year a Donor will MATCH UP TO $ 4,000.00 for the Run. All money raised will go to Disaster Relief.
Cash should be put in envelopes and marked for 5-K Run. Checks made out to York FCOB and on memo line PLEASE put 5-K Run so it goes there and you will also get credit for tax purposes. Thank You! More information will follow.
Upcoming Events

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - September 8, 2019 (Sunday)
The Master Planning Team invites the whole church to attend a presentation and meeting featuring proposed facility improvements and associated fundraising. Lunch will be provided following worship, and the meeting will follow. More information will be forthcoming, but get it on your calendars now and plan to attend!
Click here to view the video about upcoming improvements to sanctuary seating
FAITH MARKERS - September 8, 2019 (Sunday)
As a congregation, we desire to see our children grow in their walk with Jesus. To celebrate with them and to walk along side them, the Education Team will be presenting our children and youth with age-appropriate "Faith Markers" during the worship service on Sunday, September 8th. Those who will be receiving a Faith Marker will receive a letter in the mail this week. However, to avoid missing anyone, please feel free to contact the church office if a letter is not received. Faith Markers will be given to those entering Kindergarten, 3rd, 5th and 9th grades.    
OWLS VISIT to KING & BELVIDERE
Everyone is invited to join the OWLS to visit our former 1ST Church facility at King and Belvidere streets on Thursday September 12, to learn about the clinic now operating there in the former church school area of the building. We will meet at our current church location at 11:00am with those who wish to car-pool to the Central Diner located on North George street for 11:30am lunch. (Or meet us at the diner.) We are scheduled to meet at the Clinic at King & Belvidere at 1:00pm. Park at the back of the church and enter by the back door. Note there are some steps to negotiate on the tour. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by Sunday September 8 and indicate if you are joining us to car-pool (11:00), at the diner (11:30), or at the clinic (1:00). We are looking forward to learning more about how our former facility is being used to serve the community around it.
Upcoming Events:
October 10 – Eleanor Issacson “Little Girl Survives the Holocaust”
November 14 – TBA
December 12 – Christmas Tea
SOUP KITCHEN - Sept. 13, 2019 Sign up in the narthex to make a casserole or to work at the Soup Kitchen on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 (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.  
LADIES BIBLE STUDY STARTING TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 at 9:30 am in the Church Lounge.   Our study this year will be “The GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE”. Lots of Christians talk about the gospel but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? We will focus on nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, practical exercises, “The Gospel-Centered” Life helps participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life.
This year, the class teaching and leading will be a bit diversified with three different leaders rather than one. Your leaders will be Dolly Furst, Mary Esther Anderson and Judy Yingling, who will alternate weeks of teaching and discussion. We are hoping you will enjoy the different teaching styles that should benefit each of you in drawing closer to Jesus.
We welcome all ladies of all ages, so if you think you would be interested in joining us, please let Dolly Furst know by Sunday, Sept 1, so a book can be ordered for you.  You may call (717) 244-8218 or Email her at furstdol@aol.com or see her at church.  The cost of the book will be $12. Payment is not due until the first class on Sept 17. 
PEACE DAY - September 22, 2019 (Sunday)
The Spiritual Enrichment Team invites everyone to a special service and meal to mark International Peace Day this year. We will host Pastor Belita Mitchell as our preacher during worship and speaker for a program following the lunch hour. Mark your calendars for this important time of witness and prayer for peace in our world.
Children's Ministry Schedule
Thank you to all who assist with Children's Ministry. Your time, energy, and dedication are appreciated. If you need to make a schedule change or would like to serve as a teacher or in the nursery, please contact Michele Gibbel (717)318-5442 or mgibbel@yahoo.com     
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AND REQUEST FOR TEACHERS:
Beginning in September, we will be starting a second Sunday School class for our children. This means that we are in need of additional teachers and helpers.  Our plan is to have a class for PreK-1st grade and a class for 2nd-6th grade. Ideally we would like teachers to serve several weeks in a row to allow for continuity and to provide the best for our children. Helpers can be that extra set of hands and eyes and could be part of a more rotational schedule.  If you would like to teach or be a helper, please contact Michele Gibbel or Diane Gibble. Thank you!  
J.A.M. CHOIR NEWS

Calling all children ages 4 to 6th grade J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Choir will begin practicing Sunday Sept. 29th at 9:50 am to 10:10 am in the basement choir room. For those children in Sunday school you will be escorted to the choir room and return to the Sunday school room to meet your parents after practice each week.  J.A.M. Choir will sing in worship every 2nd Sunday of the month. We will be singing, moving, using puppets, and playing musical instruments. Join us every Sunday as we make music for our Lord!
What’s new at Online Giving?
5K Run – Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

Go to our church website at: www.yorkfirst.org and click on the Online Giving Link or go directly to the Online Giving website at:  www.acionlinegiving.com/4706 . For assistance setting up your account, call Donor Support at:  800-348-2886 – Option 2 – Online Giving
Questions? Contact Sheryl Leaman - Thank you for your support!!!!!
LAST SUNDAY IN WORSHIP
Scripture Lesson:  Hebrews 13:1-8,14-16
Message:    “Jesus Christ is the Same”
Worship Attendance: 96
CONTACTING THE PASTOR
Pastor Joel Gibbel can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to noon. Afternoons and evenings are often set aside for visiting those in need, for meetings, and for other pastoral duties. Pastor Joel is also available for Pastoral Counseling by appointment. 
If you need to reach the pastor outside of office hours, his home phone number is
(717)318-5442, and his cell number is (717)271-4888 . You can also email him at pastor@yorkfirst.org. Note that laws prevent hospitals from contacting a pastor without your permission when you are admitted, so you will need to let hospital staff know that you would like the hospital to contact your pastor.
Our Mission Statement:
“People dedicated to Spiritual Growth, Loving Relationship, and Sacrificial Service”
Our Vision Statement:
“To become a community of committed Christians who Love God, Share Christ, and Serve the World”