17 September 2021
Good day Yorkshire!
Well, Rally Day has come and gone, and what a success it was! I am so thankful to have been a part of the festivities of the day and interacting with so many of our fellowship, scouts, preschool families, and so many neighbors from our community. I just want to again extend my thanks and gratitude to the team that made this happen at Yorkshire- it was certainly an effort of the masses! I could go on and on about it, but it was truly a special day.
How about our Women’s Bible Study on Monday evening! Nineteen women gathered together to share in fellowship as they are working through a study called Anxious, Fighting Anxiety with the Word of God by Scarlet Hiltibidal. I know that I can speak from Holly’s perspective that this was an incredible evening of sharing and prayer! They outgrew the room that they were meeting in before they even met! So, as a result, the staff of the church tackled the challenge and we will be resetting Rooms 201 & 203 prior to our weekly studies to accommodate larger groups while the fellowship hall is being repaired. This room is large enough to accommodate up to 30 people very comfortably. This will also accommodate our Men’s Fellowship on Wednesdays during both the 6AM and 6PM studies.
The Men’s Fellowship had a great time at the York Revolution Stadium on Wednesday evening! Thanks to Doug Berman for organizing this great outing and hosting us in a Skybox for what was a very good game. It was a time of simple fellowship and breaking of bread (well, actually meatballs, chicken fingers, hot dogs, cheese steaks, and moz-sticks and soft pretzels). It was nice to be able to grow in our relationships with one another as a group of Christian men. I am looking forward to starting our studies on Wednesday, Sep 22nd on the sixes which will be David Platt’s, Something Needs to Change, which is a video-based series built around an 8-day journey in the Himalayan Mountains. It is a challenging but compelling study.
We are now into our Fall season in the life of the church and with this brings administrative processes that we must undertake such as beginning the process of leadership selection for next year. In the next few weeks, the Nominations and Leadership team will be speaking with our current leadership team as well as recruiting members from our fellowship to serve in various roles. In most churches, this is a well-known process of begging and arm-twisting, but I see this as an opportunity to work with our leaders as well as those who are feeling a calling to lead within the church. I believe that a church that has leaders with a passion to serve will thrive.
This past year, our leadership team has begun to consider each of the administrative roles as a ministry, not a position. For example, Rick Focht is not just holding the Education Team Chair position, he is leading the ministry of education at Yorkshire. His gifts, insights, discernment and leadership of those who serve as part of
this valuable team is a critical part of how we are able to support the body of the church. Doug Berman and Justin Mann, who serve as our Finance Team leaders (Chair and Treasurer) do not simply hold positions, but they lead the ministry of supporting the processes that allow us to have a facility to worship in, have the resources to provide for the needs of the Education Team for example, as well as ensuring that the church has the means to carry out the missions that it is called to serve. Their talents, gifts, and leadership are critical elements of how God can use us as we seek to grow in our relationship with God and carry out the commissions of Jesus Christ. Of course, this carries through all of our leadership positions, Missions, Trustees, Nominations and Leadership, etc. If you are feeling a calling to serve as a leader in the church, please let me know or communicate your interest to Alison in the church office. We have some new areas that we would like to grow into as well as some existing vacancies –we will be in touch!
A quick update on the Fellowship Hall repairs. We have now received quotes from several contractors to get the work started. The insurance claim has been approved and is being processed. This will provide us $25,000.00 toward the work which is necessary to not only clean up the fellowship hall, but to repair the cause of the issues that we have been experiencing. We know that this will cover less than half of what we will need to invest, but our Trustees and Finance teams are doing an incredible job assessing the situation and strategizing how we will accomplish the financing of the project. The scope of the work includes new rain gutters, ground water drainage assessment and remediation, sump pump improvements/replacements, wall repairs and painting, new flooring in the fellowship hall, stage removal (black mold/mildew), removal of four large trees in front yard (fungal root disease-trees dead and/or dying causing year round leaf dropping clogging outdoor drains), and the expense of removing the black mold infested materials from the fellowship hall (years of flooding and moisture). So, again I must extend special thanks of appreciation to the efforts of Steve Spangler and Josh Strange in managing this process!
As usual, there is a lot going on at Yorkshire Church and I can’t begin to thank our leadership and our teams enough for all that they are doing. Next week I will share our finances through the end of August and we will again celebrate our thanks for everything that all of you are doing through your generosity to our fellowship. We remain financially stable and are able to manage our finances in ways that allow us to carry out the missions and tasks of the church, but also to be able to take care of our facility and property, as well. God is doing incredible things here through each of you, using each of your gifts in unique ways to further His Kingdom here in York County and the places He is calling us to serve!
Have a great and blessed day!
Peace and blessings, -pastor dave.
When the world is living in the darkness of fear, it is an opportunity for God’s Church to shine His light.
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