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Bulletin, January 17, 2021

What’s Brewing, January 17, 2021

13 January 2021

Great day to you Yorkshire!

Just a few things to bring you up to date on this week as things continue to move along well for our fellowship.  First, our new signage has been installed at the church.  If you are in the area, drive by and check them out, I trust you will find them to add a bright, fresh look to our facility.  I will include some pictures in next week’s “what’s brewing” letter.  

We have begun the process of transitioning our leadership teams to our newly elected leaders and team members. Typically, we would have had team meetings which would have included all members.  Due to current challenges in holding meetings, I have started meeting with the leaders of each team to discuss transition elements.  Our first meeting was last night with the Finance team leaders. In addition to transitioning leadership, we are upgrading and improving our financial software platform which includes the outsourcing of the payroll function.  Next week I will be meeting with the SPRC leadership.  For teams that had no leadership change, we will simply be scheduling team meetings over the next two to three months (first quarter) with the hope that some of the restrictions that we are residing under may begin to ease a bit.  These meetings will include newly structured teams such as a Worship Team, Education Team, and Missions Team.  

Over the past 11 months, York District Churches have been operating under the premise that we need to move forward in a specific way until pandemic restrictions are no longer necessary.  Since we don’t know when that will be, we need to continue to adapt our ministries to not only serving in this current environment, but also in understanding new requirements that it is creating.  The virus itself is of great concern, but how can we be a light in the midst of growing mental health issues, anxiety, depression, and suicide?  Is this an area that the church should arise in, or should we remain cautious and reserved?  What does this look like?  How do we adapt our small group ministries, youth ministries, and Sunday morning worship ministries to not only be visible in dark times, but to be an ever present beacon of hope to those seeking respite, relief, and searching for hope?

These questions and more will challenge our leadership and our team members.  I believe that those that have been called to serve as part of our leadership team have a great opportunity to seek God’s will and direction for Yorkshire Church for a time such as this.  It is a time for the voice of the entire fellowship to be heard in identifying new ways to be the church that we are called to be.  The mission of every element of our church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through the specific gifts they have been given.  From the Finance team to the Worship Team, the Trustees to the Education folks, Missions, SPRC, and our Nominations and Leadership folks- our task is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  Our fellowship, the body of the church has the same responsibility.  Make disciples.

Sounds pretty simple!  But to do this, we must remain a unified body in our efforts.  Jesus stated;

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 

-John 13:34-35 (NIV)

So, we have a great challenge ahead of us in 2021 as Yorkshire Church!  How do we shine the light of Christ into this world in a way that others will know of our discipleship?  Last week, at the end of each worship service, I challenged the church that as we pray for the concerns of the day, we also pray specifically for the wisdom and discernment for ourselves as Christians.  I cited the examples of Solomon and the Bereans.  I believe the context of the biblical lessons of each of these examples is different than the world in which we live.  But the prayer of seeking wisdom from God in a similar manner as Solomon and gaining the gift of discernment like the Bereans will help us grow in our faith and in our understanding while we navigate an unprecedented time of informational chaos.  The scripture references for these examples are:  1 Kings 3:1-15 and Acts 17:10-15.  As you read and study these, I challenge you to read all of the footnote reference scriptures, as well- a little extra guided reading devotional time for you!

Our new Sunday School study is off to a great start, Goliath Must Fall.  This week, we will be looking at the giant of fear in our lives and our study will be supporting by the message in our worship, as well.  This week’s message is titled, “Fear Not.”  Of course all of this will be live streamed.  If you have had difficulty finding the Sunday School video on our church website (yorkshirechurch.org), it is linked into the 9AM worship video.  Because of the short time between services, we do not have enough time to allow the first worship service stream to completely process into a storable format, so the two services link together.  We will add this to the title on the website for the 9AM worship time.  But, you can find the Goliath Must Fall weekly Sunday School video at the end of the 9AM service online.

On a closing note, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued generosity to Yorkshire Church.  During our Finance Team leadership transition meeting last evening, we reviewed our 2020 financial statements. Yorkshire Church ended the year in the black, meaning that we received more money than we paid out in bills.  Over the last 3-4 months, we have gone from operating at a deficit to operating in a means that allows us to be solvent, meaning we can pay our bills and continue to invest in our church ministries, facilities, and missional outreaches to our community.  Praise God.  I will provide the church’s financial overview to you next week.  

As I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, it is an honor to serve this fellowship and be a part of the leadership of a church that is seeking God’s direction in all that we do.  Thank you again for the role that each of you play in our vital mission as God’s church.

Peace and Blessings!

– pastor dave.

dkominsky@susumc.org                                

Announcements, January 17, 2021

Scripture References for 1.10.21 

Message:  Rescued!

1 Samuel 17:1-49, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 11:1-3, Romans 15: 7-13, Isaiah 43:1-3 (Next Week)

Other Scripture Reference:  Challenge- Read the Gospel of John!

1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Timothy chapter 4

Scripture References for 1.10.21  Message:  Rescued!

1 Samuel 17:1-49, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 11:1-3, Romans 15:7-13, Isaiah 43:1-3 (Next Week)

Other Scripture Reference:  Challenge- Read the Gospel of John! 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Timothy chapter 4

Sermon Notes, January 10, 2021

Scripture References for 1.10.21  Message:  Rescued!

1 Samuel 17:1-49, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 11:1-3, Romans 15:7-13, Isaiah 43:1-3 (Next Week)

Other Scripture Reference:  Challenge- Read the Gospel of John! 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Timothy chapter 4

Yorkshire Bulletin, January 10, 2021

What’s Brewing, January 10, 2021

6 January 2021

Greetings to you 2021 style!

Isn’t it great to know that 2020 is now behind us, and we are in 2021!  It just felt great to say “see ya later” to a year that was probably one of the most challenging ones for all of us.  And now, we can look forward to the New Year, which will probably look, well, maybe, sort of the same for a while yet.  I don’t know about you, but it seems that each glimmer of hope also comes with some level of additional setback.  Not sure if it 3 steps forward, 2 steps back, or 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.  For 9 or 10 months, it seemed we were hopeful that a vaccine would solve our dilemma, cure our ills, and eradicate the “virus.”  But now, we have a vaccine, and guess what, the glimmer of hope is again clouded with doubts of efficacy, rollout capability, and the challenge of new strains.  My “go-to” response to all of this in the news media cycle has become a consistent, “Really?”

Well, we want to start off the New Year on a positive foot, so my intent of the opening paragraph is certainly not doom and gloom.  It is to set a simple tone that we cannot count on humanity to provide us with good news and we certainly can’t trust what we see or hear represented by a media that is more about sensationalism than simply reporting the news.  When I was growing up, I heard somewhere in school that a reporter’s job was to simply report what had happened, or to inform of what was going to happen.  News was just that, news and there were specific forms of media that one could purchase that presented opinion and sensational story lines that were known to present partial truths spun to gain a response, which could most often be found in the grocery store checkout aisles – I think we called them “rags.”  But what used to be used for entertainment is now what we term mainstream, and when reading or hearing such information, the greatest challenge is in discerning what is true and what is false.

Maybe there is a silver lining in all of this.  In a world where truth is difficult to understand, and so much is, well, at least a challenge to believe, we know that the Bible is a place that only Truth can be found.  We know from John 1:1 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (New International Version).  We know that the Word is truth.  We may also speculate the words of the apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy where he is teaching him the importance of sound teaching or the work of an evangelist.  He warns Timothy;

3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers tosay what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.   -2 Timothy 4:3-4

So, in the midst of the world in which we, as Yorkshire Church find ourselves, one of the great things we can do is to continue to focus on the Word of God through our worship, our studies, our prayers, and our witness to all of those we come in contact with.  When times are difficult, the church needs to be a beacon of hope for those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Regardless of the limitations that are in place for our ministries, we need to see them as hurdles and not barriers.  There is still an objective to be sought and a race to be won.  (Check out 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Galatians 5:7, Philippians 2:16; 3:14, Hebrews 12:1, and 2 Timothy 4:7)

Ok, so now for some information.  We are currently working to understand how to best handle prayer requests during our times of worship.  In the past, we might pray for our neighbor, “John Smith,” and never think anything about it.  Praying for a neighbor is a good thing.  But, now that we live stream our worship, when we pray for “John Smith” and note a condition that we are praying for, we may be violating his/her rights.  Since we now have an infinite and unknown audience, we need to be careful what we “publish.”  You may request prayer for “John Smith,” but only hear the name “John.”  You may list a prayer for a “Covid” diagnosis, yet hear a prayer for “a health situation.”  This is not to undermine any request and please know that as a staff, we will pray for the specific requests that are received by name and specific condition request.  This is simply to protect those that we are praying for as there are very specific laws about the divulgence of personal information without a person’s consent.

On an exciting note, we WILL begin a new 6 week Sunday School series THIS Sunday during the 10AM hour, “Goliath Must Fall.” This will be live streamed, as well!

In Goliath Must Fall, Pastor Louie Giglio examines the story of David and Goliath to reveal how we must slay the giants of fear, rejection, complacency, anxiety, anger, and addiction in our lives. In this six-session video study, he shows how the key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer: Jesus. Put your hope in him, and watch Goliath fall.

And last but not least, I want to thank everyone who has made our Children’s Church time during the 9AM worship so special for our young ones!  Special thanks to Lexy Morrow, Kristin Berman, and Julie Mann for your dedication to this special time.  It is exciting on Sunday mornings to see the enthusiasm of the children as they head to Children’s Church! I also want to take this time to ask the church to pray about the need for a volunteer to lead this time with the children on the 4th Sunday of each month.  We are one person short to meet our ministry goals in this area- but of course two or three would be welcome, as well.  Please pray about this to discern if this is an area that you are being called to serve those within our fellowship!  

I again thank each and every one of you for your role in the fellowship of Yorkshire Church.  I am honored to serve and participate in this fellowship as God is using us “for a time such as this.”

Peace and Blessings!

– pastor dave.

dkominsky@susumc.org                                

Scripture References, January 3, 2021

Message: Rise and Shine

Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 19:7, 119:130, Malachi 4:2, John 8:12, 9:5, 15:5, Matthew 2:102, 5:16, 8:8, Jeremiah 15:16, Joshua 1:8, James 2:20, Daniel 12:3

Other Scripture References 

Matthew 2:1-12, Ezekiel 12:25, Psalm 150:6, John 1:4, 9, 12:46, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 6, Proverbs 4:18, Job 22:28, Romans 4:17

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