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7 May 2021
I hope this day finds you at peace with God and seeking to share peace with others! It has been a great week at Yorkshire. We started it off with a Sunday filled with the sounds of great music, first Matt Baird at 9AM and then the Messiah Brass Quintet at 11AM. I have always enjoyed Sundays like that and the fellowship that surrounds them. Music enlivens the soul!
This week we spent some time focusing on recruiting efforts for our staffing needs at Yorkshire Church. Currently, we are in need of two teachers and at least one teacher aide for our 2021-22 Joyful Noise Christian Preschool school year. We have been running ads on two job boards which has yielded only minimal applications for the positions. Research has told us that we may be in some of the most difficult times for recruiting and hiring personnel, especially through the traditional means.
We are also recruiting for a new custodian as our last hire decided to not continue in the position for personal reasons-she truly loved her job- so we will continue to pray for her as we seek a new person to join our team to address our facility cleanliness. I am very thankful to Alison for taking the initiative to make sure that our facility remains in tip-top shape. On top of everything else that she has been doing, she still takes the time, most often her own time, to vacuum the sanctuary, clean the bathrooms, and ensure our hallways are debris free. Alison, your efforts are greatly appreciated!
So, we are looking at some different ways to recruit new team members to Joyful Noise and Yorkshire Church. We are using an opportunity to connect with people we know, or people that know people we know, who may be feeling a calling to serve as teachers and aides in our preschool. We have endeavored on a social media- Facebook campaign where we are using image-based posts to advertise our positions. The way this works is that we put post, or an advertisement, on our Joyful Noise and Church Facebook page. Anyone who is “friends” with us on that page will see the ad. One of the keys to making this a successful effort is that each of you who may be “friends” and see the ad can bring the greatest value by “sharing” the ad to your page. Each time a post is “shared,” it reached an exponentially higher number of people. We are also “boosting” our coverage which means that for a small fee, our posts are being seen by people in targeted geographical areas. But we do need your involvement and your assistance.
For those of you reading this who do not participate in social media and/or Facebook, you can help through sharing our needs with your friends and neighbors. Word of mouth will most likely be the effort that allows us to find the team members that we are looking for – and, in effect, this is what we are using Social Media to help us with, as well. It is no secret that finding people to work in our current societal conditions is very difficult, but finding Christ-centered folks who are seeking to serve in the capacities we are seeking adds another
challenging element. I am including a few of the social media ads that we have created to share how we are approaching these challenges.
The models for our Joyful Noise ads are our own staff and students, and yes, if you were wondering, that is actually our vacuum cleaner that is waiting for a new driver! We are trying to have some fun and be creative with our approach. Of course, this writing comes with a challenge for all of you. If you have an idea for a phrase or a quote that you think would be fun to see in a marketing ad for our church, send it to me, either at my email below or through the church office. If I can find a way to incorporate it into an ad or an image, I will do that! Can’t promise anything, but maybe we all can have some fun getting involved in this effort!
The times in which we live are proving to be challenging in many ways. But, if we can join together and approach some of the challenges together, I believe that collectively we can meet any needs that Yorkshire has. Right now, we needs people! Thanks for your help in sharing this information with everyone that you know! Thanks for your help sharing your creativity in our marketing ideas!
Peace and Blessings to each of you!
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org
29 April 2021
Good day Yorkshire!
I enjoyed a short break in the action last week as I drove to Rochester, NY on Thursday to spend a day with my daughter Grace. We had a great time hitting some of her favorite “dive” restaurants, the George Eastman Museum (Kodak), and a great dinner overlooking what they call the “Falls” in the historic downtown section of Rochester. It is always wonderful to have a day like that!
As I reflect on that trip, I realize that it was only seven days ago. Yet for most of my time in Rochester, it was snowing… at times even blizzard conditions (no accumulations). Today, just a week later, it is 80 degrees out and we are anticipating thunder storms. I think this is what makes this time of year so interesting- it’s also what challenges my allergies to the max!
I believe the church is in such as season, as well. As each week brings us new revelations and concerns, we begin to look forward to the consistency of fair weather. With new confidence that folks are finding in the vaccines and easing restrictions regarding masks and gathering, the benefits of “fair weather” are being enjoyed. We may still have some “snow” in the air from time to time, but each day is following a trend of continuous improvement.
As we anticipate the joys of “a new season,” I have challenged the leadership team with some questions as to what our future will look like, what we need to improve, and what type of things should we be addressing immediately for the good of our fellowship. As a result of the nearly two years of being in a state of transition, we want to begin to reconstruct what the vision for Yorkshire is- and I say “is” because through our various discussions, I hear many of the same things from each of you.
Over the next few weeks, I will be compiling the list of responses and working with our leadership to evaluate what our priorities need to be. There is great consistency in the information that I have received to date, but, because of the “season” and the “weather” that we find ourselves in, we need to truly understand what our resources are to accomplish our objectives. There are two ways to assess our fellowship in regards to this matter. We have “attendance” numbers which currently are around the one hundred mark between the two services. But, of that “one-hundred,” only certain elements are in a position to participate in activities beyond Sunday morning worship. And there are all kinds of verygood reasons for this, and this, in itself is also “seasonal” for many. Work schedules, sports schedules, children’s schedules, travel, mobility, are all very valid weather factors that provide us fluctuations in our worship and church activity participation. Holly and I have experienced such seasonality in our lives as we reflect back on the past 20 years. There were times where we were very involved, and then times where we were not- it was based on the season of life that we were in.
It has been encouraging at Yorkshire how many folks are coming forth to participate in renewed areas of our ministry. We are working to reinvigorate our “Greeting and Welcoming” ministry at the beginning and end of each service. We continue to look for more volunteers for our media center- especially some
folks that may want to receive additional training to help us take our presentation and sound capabilities to new levels! Our education team has been seeking folks who have a calling in the area of education to lead new Sunday School classes – and many of you are responding to this need.
One of the consistent themes in the survey responses of our leaders is the desire for Yorkshire to implement and grow in the area of missions and activities outside of the church. Praise God! There is a deep desire to take the Gospel into our community and beyond. What we need to figure out is “what does that look like for us?” If we were preparing an army to go take the message forth, how many of you are feeling the call to enlist? I often hear the words, “we should be doing more in the community,” “we should do more missions work outside of the church.” And I agree wholeheartedly. What I need to know is who has a personal calling to turn our “shoulds” into “shalls” so we can do more.
What makes this a challenge, is the “weather” that we find ourselves in as the seasonality of some of the limitations on the church are still somewhat unknown. But we will be stepping out in many different areas over the next several months. Some of these steps will be in areas of established ministry for Yorkshire Church, others will be in new directions. Some wisdom that I have lived my life by comes from the Christmas Classic, Santa Clause is Coming to Town. The scene is where Kris Kringle is giving advice to the Winter Warlock as to how to move forward in his ways, or to change the disposition that he finds himself. The wisdom that is provided is timeless. Kris tells (sings) him to,
(Chorus) Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floor,
You put one foot in front of the other, And soon you’ll be walking out the door.
You never will get where you’re going
If ya never get up on your feet
Come on, there’s a good tail wind blowin’
A fast-walking man is hard to beat (Chorus)
If you want to change your direction
If your time of life is at hand
Well, don’t be the rule; Be the exception A good way to start is to stand (Chorus)
So, Yorkshire Church, may I suggest that our interim vision include simply putting one foot in front of the other. If you are discerning that God is calling you to action in service to the church and are not yet engaged in an element of our ministry, a good way to start is to stand. Let us know of your interest, take that step, and then another- one foot in front of the other! Soon, we’ll be walking ‘cross the floor!
Peace and Blessings to you!
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org