14 January 2022 Greetings Yorkshire!
Well, we made it to Friday! It has been a great week. It has been a great week of meetings. Every night. When I look back on this week, I would not change a thing. I would not have wanted it to be any other way. Now, some of you may suggest this is an area where I need help in my life, others may suggest that I simply need a life, others may just say, “that’s not life.” But I say “au contraire!” I see
meetings as an opportunity for fellowship. I see meetings as an opportunity to get to know many of you and learn that you’re not just a face in a pew. I appreciate the dialog, the interaction, the sharing of ideas, the benefit of each of your experiences, and I enjoy the laughter and the joy that occurs. This week, I had four nights of that, and to me, that is life. That makes for a great week. And although this was a particularly busy week for many, it is not the pace of every week.
The first meeting that I enjoyed this week was the Finance Team meeting. Next week, we will share our 2021 financial numbers with you and I am certain you will be pleased with the work of this team. I want to share one item in particular that we spoke about, and that is our natural gas bill. In 2021, we spent $4,862.00 for the natural gas that we utilize. Now, a little over a year ago, we installed a new boiler system, funded by a fundraising drive which raised about $32,000.00. Your generosity was incredible in this endeavor. So, what did you get for this investment? Previous to the new boiler initiative, Yorkshire Church paid an average of $12,000.00 per year for natural gas. This year, under $5,000.00. That is a 60% savings! That investment will pay itself off in only a few years, and our Trustee team believes that through our upcoming renovations and some other adjustments, the system will operate even more efficiently. So thank you Yorkshire for your support of the Boiler Campaign and thank you to Steve Spangler and the Trustees for guiding our church in very positive ways. Thank you to team Finance that helps us to be able to invest wisely and properly in our church infrastructure needs and share with us the results of the gifts that we give!
We also held a Hospitality Team meeting. This included our Greeters and Ushers and we discussed how we greet those who come through our doors each Sunday morning. Seems simple enough to simply say hello, but we want to ensure that we have a coordinated effort to greet each person that worships at Yorkshire in a manner that makes them feel welcome. Of course, the emphasis of our discussion is on first time visitors. Going to a new church can be frightening. What lies beyond the front doors of a church can be a great mystery and sometimes intimidating. Where will I go once I enter? Where are the restrooms? Will they make me stand up and introduce myself? Will I have to fill out a card and divulge all my information? Will I know what to do? Would if they recite prayers and liturgies that I don’t know? What about my kids? Are there places that I can sit that will accommodate my wheelchair, or my rollator?
These are the topics that we discussed at this meeting as well as the logistics of opening doors, security, and the lobby (or narthex) environment. This was a great time of fellowship with about a dozen of our church fellowship. Yes, it was a meeting, but we were speaking about things that are important to each of us and
important to our church. The sharing of ideas will bring great benefit to how we can intentionally make our fellowship participants feel welcome and make our church an easy and friendly one to navigate. We would love to have, and need more of our fellowship involved in this process.
While the focus was primarily on how we provide support to first-time visitors and those who may still considerthemselves “new,” another point was brought to my attention after the meeting. It is of utmost importance for us to also be cognizant of every person in our fellowship. As we are in a growth mode, Sundays are not only a time for worship and personal interaction– it is the execution of the plans to conduct worship, Sunday School, on-the-fly repairs, find our children, be found by our children, adjust the heat, fix a microphone, unclog a toilet, or find out why the livestream cut off mid-service. It can be answering questions for new folks, or addressing some situation with our not-so-new folks. And this is important, but it also results in our taking our eyes off of what is most important, and that is each other.
What I enjoy most about Sunday mornings is the same thing I enjoy about a week of meetings, and that is fellowship with each of you. On the list above, none of those things come close to a personal time of interaction with you. When I get home, I don’t share with Holly about how much I enjoyed troubleshooting some technical glitch, but I do speak about how much I enjoyed discussions that I had that morning. And I recognize that most of your commentaries when you get home are not about some technical aspect of the message or a harmony of one of the songs or hymns that was sung. What you reflect on and remember is the joy of the fellowship that you shared that morning. As a fellowship, this is a need of each person and our challenge is to ensure that we keep our priorities focused on the personal element of who we are, and not the procedural elements of what we do.
With that said, we need to recognize there are things that need to be accomplished in order to carry out our worship services. And this is why meetings are of great value. It is an additional opportunity to meet with one another, share with one another, catch up with one another. Being involved in the activities of the church not only help the church, but it also provides benefit to each of us individually in being a part of something larger than ourselves- with our brothers and sisters in Christ. And it is in the voice of the church that we can share new ideas, benefit from your experience, grow as a collective effort, and enjoy our interactions with one another in addition to the hour or so on Sunday morning! If you would like to be a part of one or more of our teams, please let me know. You are important. If you would like to speak with me or spend some time in discussion, let me know, I will make myself available. It is in our interaction that I find my deepest joy – it just may need to be after the services or on another day of the week that meets your schedule.
There is so much more I could write about this great week, but I am out of space. (I could say the same thing about my sermons each week!). But I thank each of you for making this week the blessing that it was. Yes, we had some challenging moments, mysterious comma’s, early mornings and late evenings, but I give thanks to God for allowing me to be a part of this fellowship. Be blessed Yorkshire!
Have a great week! -pastor dave.
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org
6 January 2022 Good Day Church Yorkshire!
It’s 2022. I saw a meme that said that the only problem with 2022, is that it is pronounced, twenty-twenty, too.
Well, I don’t have any concerns that we will experience anything like what we have seen in the near past. I believe we will see new things. As a church that seeks the Lord, we can count on new opportunities that will challenge us both internally and externally. Growth requires transformation and transformation is a synonym for change. And, of course, change can be difficult. Some people might be heard to say things like, “I hate change.” But, in the church and in our growth as Christians, change is not only anticipated, it is desired. If we don’t change, then we will be the same. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be a repeat of any previous year. I want to live in 2022, not 2020, too. And this is how I see my life. This year, I want to be where I was a year ago–plus all that I have gained. I do not want this to be a year where my faith life and my relationship with God is just another year with a “too” designation. I want it to be a new year with new opportunities and I want to reap the benefits of all that last year and the year before taught me.
In regards to the church, I look to see the benefits that 2022 brings. Most of our leadership team will remain in place for this next year. Our leadership team consists of the following individuals:
Administrative Council Chair: Jim Valentine
Lay Leader: Frank Herron
Trustees Chair: Josh Strange
Staff Parish Relations Chair: Joe Blackwood
Finance Chair: Doug Berman
Treasurer: Justin Mann
Education Team Chair: Rick Focht
Missions/Outreach Chair: Susan Workinger
We have come a long way as a leadership team in the past twelve months and it is
go over the next twelve months. Each team now has experience that they will use
brings. Each of these leaders is supported by team members that now also have experience. For some it is not new experience, but it is more experience, and with more experience can come more ideas which result in new change, new directions, new growth which guarantees that 2022 will be different than 2021, a “2” and not a “too.”
This year, I am praying that God will lift up an individual to lead our Worship Team who would oversee our music processes, ushers, greeters, and media center procedures while working with Pastor Megan and me as we constantly evaluate our worship and worship events. And this is an important area that we must pray is not a “too” this year. We continue to have a need for folks who are willing to spend some extra time a few Sundays a month greeting those that choose to worship at our church. We are seeing many new folks and we must ensure that they feel welcome from the time they are greeted at the door. We have come a long way in 2021, but we must continue to improve in 2022. If you would like to check out this great opportunity and find out more information about the blessings that it provides, we are having a Hospitality meeting (Greeters and Ushers) on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30PM. The meeting will be held in the Sanctuary Lobby. It will be a great time of fellowship as we discuss our experiences over this past year, and identify opportunities for improvement for 2022.
Another area that we are seeking God’s provision is in the Media Center. A few folks currently provide sound system and media presentation support each week. I am deeply appreciative of their commitment. But it is an area where we need more hands-on deck. Maybe you have an interest but not experience. That is great. Many of our media center volunteers are also supporting other areas of our ministry needs such as ushering, teaching, and participation in our praise team. We have worked hard this past year to streamline many of the process and we are looking to make some technology investments to make our sound management more intuitive and improve the quality of what is being streamed to those who worship on-line. None of these things will be of any benefit if we do not have folks who will operate it. I am planning a gathering of our media team and anyone that would like to find out more information about the media center on Tuesday, January 25, at 6:30PM. This time of fellowship will occur in the Sanctuary Lobby, as well.
I am looking forward to the next few weeks of Biblical Study during our worship. I have been spending time in the Book of Isaiah these past few weeks and have been deeply moved by what God is revealing to me. Isaiah is a book that was written to the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. It addressed things that were happening there at the time of its writing. The idea we will be considering is that Isaiah is not about us, but it is a book that was written as much for us as it was the original audience. As I considered how to approach this book in a message series, I continued to hear Pastor Megan’s voice from Christmas Eve. She introduced the element of “response” to the Christmas story. God sent His Son to live among us. Jesus became Emmanuel, God with Us. And this resulted in a response. The angels responded, the shepherds responded, Elizabeth responded as well did her unborn son John. Mary responded, and last week we saw that the Magi, Gentiles from other parts of the middle east, responded. We often say that Christmas is about the arrival of the baby Jesus in a manger, but maybe another consideration about Christmas is that it also tells about the world’s response.
When I read Isaiah and consider the events of the author’s concern, I think about the response, or lack of response, of the Jewish people. I have approached the scriptures with the idea that these scriptures are not about us, but are rather an example for us. If I am to learn from these texts, what is it that I am to take away? Is it merely a history lesson about some Jewish folks in Jerusalem and Judah? Does God simply want me to learn about events in history? Or, is God showing us something that we should be cognizant of, and can we see similarities in ourselves with the audience to whom Isaiah writes? And what if we do see some similarities? So, with all of this said,
we will encapsulate our messages over the next few weeks under a heading, “Response Required.”
I am looking forward to this study and I think it will be a rewarding one. I know that as Yorkshire Church, we are seeking God’s revelation of Himself to us. We are seeking to grow in our faith. These things will require our response. I believe our response will result in change. This change will ensure that we will grow throughout 2022 and eliminate any chances of simply experiencing a “too.”
Have a great week! Blessings! -pastor dave.
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org
29 December 2021
It is my hope that each of you had a Merry Christmas and an opportunity to share the peace, joy and love of what this season is truly about. We had a very nice Christmas and it is always a special blessing to have all of the kids and grandchildren together.
I enjoyed our Christmas Eve services. What a blessing it was to have the musical talents of Steve Fieldhouse Jazz Ensemble during our 5PM service and the Choir, Brenna Richard and both of our organists Jackie and Beth for the 7PM service! I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the message with Pastor Megan as we had a great time working through both the preparation and the presentation of the Christmas story.
This week, we have enjoyed some time with reduced hours at the church as we take a quick breather from the hustle bustle of the Advent Season and get ready for the kick-off of a new year. There is a great deal to look forward to in 2022 while we reflect on all of the accomplishments of 2021. Some of the more noteworthy ones are our new entrance doors to the sanctuary, kitchen and office/preschool entrances. We have made significant improvements to our exterior lighting including improved LED lighting in our north parking lot area. Of course we have begun a major transformation of the fellowship hall following flooding issues that have been many years in the making. This has included significant effort and work to repair damaged drainage pipes, pumps, and rain gutters on the exterior of the building.
The Joyful Noise Christian Preschool has experienced significant growth resulting in the transformation of old office space into new Preschool teachers ’offices and expanded JNCP support rooms (old Preschool office). This, of course was to support more than double registrations and growth from one teacher to four.
Our finance team has successfully implemented a new financial system with new levels of detailed reporting, a culmination of two years of hard work by this team. This is so important as we now look for ways to finance necessary facility repairs, upgrades, and improvements in ways that don’t put financial stress on our church.
We have added three missionaries to our list of dedicated support- two overseas and one in local campus ministry. Our mission’s team is looking forward to growing this ministry not only in the number of missionaries that we support, but also in the amount that we can pledge to support them. This is great as Jesus told us to “make disciples of all nations,” and this is one small way that we can make an impact!
The education team has developed and implemented a curriculum-based Sunday School program that has expanded to four adult classes, a youth class, and two elementary and preschool level classes. This is supported by a dynamic children’s church program for young children during our times of worship. This is an exciting part of our ministry and continues to grow on a monthly basis. I have always believed that a growing Sunday School program is a sign of a healthy church. I am certain that this is at least one of the validating points that Yorkshire is vital church!
Our adult Bible Studies have also seen significant growth this year with both our women’s and men’s fellowships. I have personally been overwhelmed by the support and commitment from the Men’s Fellowship
on the Sixes that began last year during Lent. I truly believed that we would do an eight-week study and then plan to do another one this year. Well, that eight-week study is still going on- over forty-five weeks later! It has been exciting to see the women’s Bible study group grow and include other fellowship activities as well.
New outdoor activities this year have let our neighborhood and community know that we are here for them. From our Spoken rock concert in July, to our Rally Day activity day in September and then the Trunk or Treat in October, we introduced ourselves to hundreds of our neighbors and offered a time of fun and fellowship for all to enjoy. This was a benefit to not only our community, though, as it also offered our church family great times of interaction and fellowship.
As we look back, the key to our vitality is not the events or the accomplishments of facility improvement. The key is in our spiritual growth as the body of Christ. It has always been my belief that when a body of believers prays together, communes together, breaks bread together, and worships together that their love for one another grows together. It is when we love one another as Christ loves us, that He will add to our numbers. And this is not indicated by attendance, but in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:42-47, John 13:34- 35). Of course to support our fellowship, all of the accomplishments and activities are a necessary part – but they are not the key. Looking forward, we need to ensure that our priorities remain our focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
In 2022, I would like to see continued growth in our existing Sunday School and Small Group activities. To me, this is where we can really dig into God’s Word and not only listen to it as in the weekly sermons, but we can discuss it, question it, and share in our learning with our brothers and sisters. I would also like to see continued growth in our missions’ programs, as mentioned, and our efforts within our local community as we have enjoyed this past year.
I would also like to focus on visitation and support to those that do not worship within our facility for various reasons. We have been dedicated to rebuilding much of our logistics infrastructure and ministries which has been of tremendous importance. But now we need to wean off of that focus as new leadership and teams are now self-sufficient and can manage these areas effectively. It has been wonderful to take part in a few visitations and Communion visits over the past few weeks, but we need to establish this as a regular part of our ministry activities. I have found my recent visitations to be most rewarding. It is my goal to set aside time each week to continue to do this- either in person, or at least through phone calls. I have not done a very good job of this since beginning my service to this church – but I will do better.
I look forward to what God has in store for us over the next twelve months and beyond. It has been a great year for Yorkshire which was made possible by our dedicated staff, leadership and all of you as we navigated many difficult challenges. I am sure 2022 will continue to give us things we are not expecting, but I know that God is Good, All the Time! Holly and I are very thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of Yorkshire Church. You have been a blessing us!
Here’s to 2022…
Happy New Year!
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402
22 December 2021
Merry Christmas Yorkshire Church!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There is truth in this statement. It qualifies as “most” because it is simply the time of year that we focus “most” on the arrival of our Messiah, Emmanuel, God with us! This focus results in a great deal of wonderful activity for us in addition to a couple of weeks or months of hearing music on the radio proclaiming the Newborn King!
I am reminded of this each day when I get home as there are several Christmas cards on the counter that arrived in the mail that day. This time of the year is wonderful in that we think a little bit more of others- even to the extent that we mail them a specific message- often proclaiming our love of God and the blessing of having Jesus in our life. Many cards come with a personal note of sharing good tidings and cheer-if not a reflection of the sender’s joy, often a wish for our own.
We share gifts. For us, it may not always be extravagant gifts or major awards. The gifts may simply be a box of Christmas cookies, fudge, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup snowman, or maybe a wrap to put around your evening cup of tea. Each represents the thoughts and love of others, and their efforts to share with those around them; which is a blessing of Christmas. It is wonderful to see a focus on giving to others in need during this time of the year. Yorkshire Church’s Angel Tree tradition exemplifies our willingness and desire to share the Holy Spirit of God. This is wonderful.
We often take time during this wonderful time of year to partake in additional fellowship with one another. This may be at the church, or maybe in a gathering room where you live, or even on a group phone call with family members. Many of you have shared travel plans to see friends and family- in each case to share the holiday; share the sentiments of a season that generates a desire to experience time with folks that you don’t get to see on a regular basis. Each of you that have shared such plans, have done so with an extraordinary twinkle in your eye- because you know it will be wonderful.
I felt tremendously blessed a week or so ago to have dinner with our church and preschool staff as we gathered together in a simple time of fellowship, a time of reflection and conversation about where each of us were in the cycle of Christmas preparation; it was a time of sharing in who we are in our daily lives with no focus on the responsibilities of our work or the tasks that were at hand. It was simply a time for us, to be us, and celebrate a
common bond for which God has brought us together. This wonderful time of year seems to remind us to do this- we should do it more often.
During this wonderful time of the year, I look back at the previous 12 months and assess all that has occurred, all that has been accomplished, and all of the goals and objectives that have been fulfilled. At Yorkshire, this brings many great reflections for me; but not of the accomplished tasks, but of the teamwork and comradery that brought about the results. Hours of discussions with our leadership team, staff, and members of our preschool board, Boy Scout leadership, and the sharing of ideas with many of our fellowship are now manifested in my heart as wonderful elements that God is bringing together to carry out His plans for our church. (OK, so some of the “hours” are not quite as wonderful as others, but they are still wonderful!).
This is a wonderful time of year as it also finds a way to heighten our awareness and memories of those who are no longer with us. This can be difficult and one might challenge how it can be considered wonderful in any such way. But it is through the difficult emotions that we understand how wonderful our time with our loved ones were. And we remember that it is in Him that we know that our love lives on, both in our hearts as well as those that we love that are now with Him. It is in the difficulty of loss that we find new ways to lean on the wonderful love of our Heavenly Father.
As we celebrate the pinnacle of this Christmas season on Friday evening, we will hear in our scriptures validation of why we consider this the most wonderful time of the year. Our Father in Heaven personally sent an angel to make the following announcement, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Then He sent an angelic choir that filled the sky to proclaim, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Of all of the elements of wonderful that I have discussed, there is one constant. Jesus Christ. He is present in all of our activities, our fellowships, ministries, gatherings, outreaches, and even our meetings. He is present in our hopes, joys, and even our sorrows. He has been central to all that we have done over this past year, and we know He will be present in all that is to come. He has led us to tremendous restoration in all aspects of our lives, and He continues to provide us with Hope for what lies ahead. He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace. And this is why when we keep Him at the center of all that we do throughout the year, and our reflections on it are nothing short of wonderful.
Holly and I, on behalf of our entire family, wish each of you a Merry Christmas. We consider being a part of the fellowship of Yorkshire Church to be a wonderful blessing and we thank each of you for that!
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org
9 December 2021
Advent Greetings to Yorkshire Church!
I spent some time this morning reflecting on the various traditions of the Advent wreath and candles throughout history. We have become very familiar with the focus of Advent as a season of expectation as we celebrate the first coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, yet look forward to His second coming ushering in His new Kingdom.
I was planning on writing about each of the candles and how their focus meaning came to be. At Yorkshire, we are celebrating the four weeks of Advent with the lighting of the Advent Candles reflecting on Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. Each week we are discussing these terms and how they are important to today’s church. As I researched the history of the celebration of Advent, I found that for me to write about my findings, would require something more than a two-page letter. But this week’s worship focus will be on the topic of Joy.
One of my go-to verses for the joy that we feel as Christians is Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This sums up so much of what we have discussed during our messages this year. Our God is a God of hope and Paul is stating that as we trust in Him, he will fill us with all joy and peace. As we give our lives to God through His Son Jesus Christ, He sends His Spirit to be in our hearts. This is a gift from God. We no longer have to seek Him; he is with us. When we begin to understand this, we begin to trust Him in new ways, learn to lean on Him, and to walk confidently knowing that we are not alone. The result of our trust in Him is an unexplainable, inexplicable joy. So, in this one verse, we see that the love of God, provides us with hope, joy, and peace- the same things we celebrate during the Season of Advent.
I am looking forward to our time of worship together this week. On Sunday, our Youth Group will the 9AM and 11:15AM services. This includes the word and the witness that will be shared. We are blessed with a great group of students here at Yorkshire! We are also blessed to have Pastor Megan, Claudia Mingora, Joe Blackwood, and Linda Feeser who work to support them in Youth Group activities, Sunday School, and one- on-one support. Holly and I are blessed that we get the opportunity to host this group at our home from time to time and simply enjoy our interactions with each of them! So, this is a Sunday you won’t want to miss- either in person or on the livestream.
As a church and as a community, we are experiencing an increase of Covid cases, including some within our fellowship. So far, each case has been quickly isolated and we are most thankful that in all cases, illness has been mild for those dealing with it and additional spread has been effectively avoided. We continue to allow those who choose to attend in-person worship, to act in their own discretion in regards to various safety protocols, and we honor one another’s choices. Pastor Megan and I do our best to refrain from any type of physical contact with the congregation including hugs and handshakes, but expect that a few slip in here and there as it is simply natural for all of us to share such affections and greetings with those that we are close to. We regularly use the hand sanitizers located throughout the facility and generally try to keep a distance as we discuss and interact with each of you. As I have stated before, we do this because we interact with about 120 of you each week! I just ask that everyone simply take an extra step of caution during this time of elevated sickness. With the weather recording 60-degree temps one day, and 30 degree temps the next, even the
common cold becomes a normal element to deal with. (This is why I pray for cold weather and snow – its healthy!)
I would like to share our Year-to-Date financial information with you.
Yorkshire financial picture including Joyful Noise Christian Preschool: January 2021 thru November 30, 2021:
Income: Expenses: Working Capital:
$ 20,398.00 (Positive Working Capital)
These numbers reflect that the total of all of our offerings and gifts supports the expenses of operating our church and preschool in a manner that leaves about 5% to cover things above and beyond what we might expect or foresee. So, the question is, what have or are we doing with the $20,398 extra dollars shown above? Well, let me share that with you. So far, we have spent $54,485 dollars on repairs and improvements to our facility. We received a payment from our insurance company for $25,000 toward that amount, so the net money we have spent so far on the needs of our building is $29,485.00. This is a little over $9,000 more than we have to spend from our Income minus Expenses this year.
Our Finance team has done an incredible job in 2020 and 2021 in stabilizing our church’s financial standing. By evaluating all of our expenses, re-managing our cost of operations, and renegotiating several service-type contracts, the church has funds available to cover the necessary things that we need to do. The funds that they manage are a reflection of your generosity with your gifts and offerings. The combination puts us in a financial situation that allows us to operate our church effectively.
Although we continue to operate effectively, the repairs, investments, and work that we have done in our facility this year have reduced our “General Operating Fund” by about $26,000 since June. So, in effect, we are using our “savings” to finance much of the work around the church as well as to buffer our cash flow during months that have increased expenses. But we have not begun to reconstruct any of the damaged portions of the fellowship hall or improved access plans for the building as of yet. By the end of this month, we will pay out an additional $10,000 for our Shares of Ministry to the United Methodist Church, as well as an additional 6- 8,000.00 for the tree removal along Edgewood Road.
So what does all of this mean? It means that your gifts and offerings have allowed us to not only manage our day-to-day functions, ministry, missions and preschool, but also to invest in the repair and functionality of where we do these things. We are anticipating significant increases next year in many different expense areas, though, and we know each of you are anticipating the same in your households. So, we need to continue to be diligent in the management of our expenses as well as praying for continued generosity among our fellowship in your giving of offerings and gifts. We are growing all facets of our ministry, preschool, missions and worship attendance and we have faith in God’s provision to allow us to continue to support the additional expenses that come along with growth.
It is a joyous time to be a part of God’s church. It is a joyous time to be a part of the fellowship of Yorkshire Church. It is a joyous time to be part of God’s family through our fellowship at Yorkshire Church!
With all Joy and Peace!
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org
2 December 2021 Good day Yorkshire!
I write this week’s rendition of What’s Brewing with a particular joy as we have completed our last few meetings of 2021. Of course this includes our church Charge Conference which occurred on Sunday evening, but the highlight of that evening was the Hanging of the Greens which followed the conference! As you read this, you may think to yourself that my “particular joy” is the result of not having any more meetings. And although there is an element of truth to that, the joy that I feel is actually a result of the meetings that we had.
In the past two to three weeks, we have had Finance, Staff Parish, Missions, General Staff, and several other meetings that were in preparation for the church conference. If these were simply meetings, then anyone would feel joy to be finished with them. But, for our various teams, these meetings have become times of great fellowship. Sure, we are working through the business stuff of the church, but in each case, it is a gathering of brothers and sisters in Christ, in fellowship, to work together seeking God’s will for how our church is being called to serve Him for a time such as this. In these times of fellowship, we have not only worked through the tasks at hand, but we have laughed together, sometimes to tears, and we have shared a joy in our relationships with one another.
I have learned a few things during this period of time, as well. I have learned that the church has “squishy- things” from which we serve coffee. You pour coffee into these “things” and then “squish” the top which then pumps the coffee from inside the container, out of the spout, and into your cup. We also have variations of these things known as “flippy things…” from which the coffee is dispensed by the pulling of a lever (In other churches that I have served, these were known to me as carafes.) I have learned that when purchasing socks for our mission’s outreaches, we should never buy “jicky-jack” socks, but only cotton or wool as they wick moisture away from the skin. Although I don’t personally purchase socks often (because I get
them as Christmas gifts on Christmas morning), I don’t recall ever making a decision between “jicky-jack” types and any other type of sock. I’ll look closer next time I am at Kohl’s.
In addition to critical-minded thinking through the elements of “squishy, flippy, and jicky jack” discussions, a great deal of business has been discussed and decisions made that bring value to our fellowship. We will be publishing our 2022 Financial Budget shortly so that you can see how we are planning to use your gifts and offerings in support of our church operations, worship, facility, and missions’ outreach over the next year. There is still a great deal of work to do on our facility to not only repair the issues of our flooding this past year, but also to update the space with improved ADA access, restroom equipment, many other general maintenance concerns. The finance team has considered rising costs in energy and other areas that will impact our financial resources and will continue to not only look at how we are spending our finances, but also in seeking places where we can operate more efficiently- even while we are experience growth in our attendance, and our preschool enrollment.
Two goals of the Finance team are to improve our participation in our Online giving platform in 2022 and to simplify the giving categories in both the online program and our envelope giving. You will hear more about this in the near future, but the concept is to have four major areas of giving; 1) General Fund, 2) Missions Fund, 3) Joyful Noise Christian Preschool Fund, 4) Building Fund. Through these various “funds,” the church
leadership will be able to manage the needs of each area more effectively. Online giving through the website or what many know as Stripes, benefits us as it significantly simplifies our counting processes on Sundays and the beginning of the week. This change in fund focus will NOT eliminate any preferred giving methods.
From a Staff Parish perspective, we will continue to support our staff and personnel resources while continuing our search for a Worship Leader. Discussions were held with each of our staff members on their goals and objectives for next year- with every member of our team focusing diligent efforts on seeking God’s will in their areas of responsibility in serving Yorkshire Church.
Our Missions team is continuing to look at ways to serve our fellowship. We discussed the overwhelming success of this past year’s community outreaches starting with the Spoken Concert in July, the Rally Day program in September, and our most recent event, the Trunk or Treat in October. The team wants to grow our support of our missionaries in 2022. The Finance Team has supported this goal by at least doubling the amount that we contributed in 2021 to Henry Hauser in Africa, Rebecca Jacobs in the Dominican Republic, and James Reacher, in our college campus ministry support at West Chester University (Cru). The Casserole ministry remains strong and there are so many that support this great community outreach. If you would like to learn more about how you can participate in this ministry, please reach out to Mary Beaverson who can get you connected to this program. You may even learn a new recipe – Zippy Beef. (I am beginning to see a very unique Yorkshire trend here… “squishy, flippy, jicky, and yes, Zippy- you can’t make this stuff up!).
In other news, it looks like our new member induction service will be held during the services of 19 December. We will be welcoming 12 new members into the Yorkshire family membership. Membership is a personal choice for each person and does not change any status in worship participation. Some will choose to “join” a church, and others will simply choose to worship at a church and participate in its services and ministries. All are equally valuable and important. All folks that enter our portals, regardless of their “membership” choices, are part of our Yorkshire family. The important thing to celebrate is that we have many people choosing to be a part of our family. Jesus tells us that this will happen when we are a family that loves one another and our neighbors, just as He does. (John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42-47). Jesus also tells us in John 15:11-12,
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. Love each other as I have loved you.” -Jesus.
So, how can we find joy, even in our meetings? Well, I believe it is the result of our love for one another. And it is this joy that the world will see and experience as we witness to those around us and share with those that God leads through our doors. The joy is you, Yorkshire Church, through God’s presence within you.
Peace and Blessings!
My command is this:
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952
24 November 2021 Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving!
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. -Psalm 7:17
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and times of the year. In reality, it is probably because it is the beginning of the Advent Season, or as I was most familiar with it most of my life, the start of the Christmas Season. I love the lights, the music, and the hustle bustle that always just seemed to be what Christmas was all about. The essence of cinnamon apple candles mixed with the smells that were emanating from the kitchen as a stack of vinyl records were producing the sounds of Nat King Cole and Perry Como singing various holiday favorites are sensory things that I can feel just as much today as I did when I was growing up.
When I reflect on why these memories have left such an indelible imprint in my mind, the emotions that are triggered are far more powerful than any smell or musical genre would be capable of. These were the things that were present during times of family fellowship and just generally great times. As a child, it was about seeing my grandparents, aunts and uncles and fun with cousins. There was always the trip to the King of Prussia Mall to do Christmas Shopping and hear whatever musical group was performing at the base of the spiral ramp that was the centerpiece of the mall. There was, of course, the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and share what my desired gift(s) may have been…(not an “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” -Ralphie, A Christmas Story), HO, HO, HOHHHH….
Great memories and I’m thankful that I have them. Today, we are making memories that are similar, but different. It is still about family, though. Now it is having the kids home for a few days, our annual Black-Friday-First-Gift-of-Christmas outing, and a new tradition, decorating the tree (on Thanksgiving). This year we have taken a difficult step and migrated to an artificial Christmas Tree so that we can all decorate it together and it is not dead by Christmas. Last year, to accommodate our children’s schedules, we decorated the tree at Thanksgiving and by Christmas morning, ornaments were actually falling off of the tree- was somewhat entertaining, but the tree simply looked sad! So now, our tree will last all season long!
This year we are thankful for so much. We are thankful for Yorkshire Church and the many relationships that we are building. We are thankful that God is blessing this church and leading us into new areas of growth in ministry. We are thankful that even with many of our challenges, which are mostly building related, that He continues to provide for us so that we can do what needs to be done to make the necessary repairs and improvements. We are thankful for all those team members that are going above and beyond in evaluating the issues, spending countless hours on remediating them, and working with many contractors in getting the work completed. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
In regards to the building, the new rain gutters have been installed on the roof of the sanctuary and parts of the education wing. This will go a long way in improving our rain water management around the foundation of the church. They also look very nice as they add a nice white accent to the roof line. The trees will be removed within the next week or so. We are continuing the work on the repairs and renovations to the fellowship hall as we rebuild and replace the areas that have been damaged over the years from what they officially term, “ground water intrusion.” We are waiting for design drawings and estimates before those repairs can continue.
Other events that are happening include our Church Charge Conference which will be at 4PM this Sunday, 21 November and will be facilitated by the Rev. Chuck Sprenkle who serves as one of the assistants to the District Superintendent. This will be a positive meeting where we will review required elements of our administrative processes and approve our leadership selections for next year. Immediately following this conference on Sunday evening is the “Hanging of the Greens.” So following the conference, we will decorate the church and enjoy a time of fellowship with the sounds of live Christmas music presented by Steve Fieldhouse. And in great United Methodist fashion, there will be pizza and snacks. I am inviting anyone that would like to bring their favorite batch of Christmas Cookies to please do so! Just think, someday, one of our children who are present for this function will write some version of What’s Brewing to their church and talk about the great memories of Thanksgiving, including the “Hanging of the Greens” and all of the varieties of Christmas cookies! Please help contribute to their memories!
In our preschool news, the children are beginning to prepare for their Christmas program that will be coming up in a few weeks on Thursday, December 16th. We will have more info forthcoming on this event and we will livestream it so that each of you can enjoy the blessings that these children bring. Another thing the children are doing during Advent is that they are drawing pictures of something that they think of that represents our worship theme. Last week, they drew something they were thankful for. This week, they were asked to draw something about “Hope.” The staff then chooses one of the images for the cover of our weekly bulletin. Now, this is a very difficult decision as we have some incredibly talented kiddos and artists! Make sure to take notice of the bulletin each week and enjoy the contributions of our Joyful Noise Christian Preschool!
Well, that’s about it for this Thanksgiving version of “What’s Brewing.” There is so much to share about all that is going on at Yorkshire that Holly and I are thankful for. But please know this. We are very thankful for our opportunity to be a part of this church family. We are very thankful for the support that you give to us and the blessings we receive as we worship God together. I am thankful for those that I work with- both staff, and leadership, and your patience in dealing with me during this time of year where the challenges of logistics and paperwork sometimes seem a bit overbearing. Most of all, I am thankful that we serve a loving God who sees us for who we are, and loves us just the same.
Happy Thanksgiving Yorkshire Church! Peace and Blessings!
11 November 2021 Good Day to all of you!
Thursday, November 11th is the day on which I am writing this week’s What’s Brewing. For today, it is a day not unlike any other day, it has the same requirements, expectations, and ordinary to-do’s as yesterday and tomorrow. But, today is Veteran’s Day, a day that we celebrate our nation’s veterans. As a veteran, it is a day not necessarily about me, but it is a day that I reflect on a period of time that I basically gave up life as I knew it to go to foreign places and serve our nation’s principles and ways of life. We could say that “giving up life as I knew it” was in itself a sacrifice, but the sacrifice presented an opportunity for me to experience some things that I will never forget. It was a time where I developed deep relationships with the folks in
my unit. I developed friendships with men from various parts of Southwest Asia. I specifically remember Suresh, Karti, Ghandi, and Mumtaz. The relationships that we built and the experiences that we shared live on to this day as we gather together for reunions every five years.
The truth is that during our time of deployment, we did not cherish every day as wonderful,
nor did we realize at that time the value that living for such a purpose would have on the rest
of our lives. Most days were simply anything but enjoyable, we missed home, we missed
doing the simple things that we otherwise take for granted, we missed good food, and we
missed our loved ones. But we knew that our service was necessary, and we knew that our
efforts served the greater good of our nation. We witnessed the impact of our efforts on the
lives of those who lived in places that do not have the luxury of living in a nation such as ours. We knew we made a difference.
I served in the area of logistics, so my service in Desert Storm did not put me in the direct line of fire. I honor those men and women who have served and do serve in capacities in our military where their lives are at risk each day. They may or may not be able to look back as I can to memories and experiences in a positive light. But I know that every veteran shares the experience of comradery, fellowship, and the rewards of being a part of something larger than oneself for the cause of something other than self.
With Maj Zang , in Kuwait City, 1991
The purpose of Veteran’s Day is to honor all of those who have served in defense of our nation. And it is always good to recognize service. But, when you consider what we have accomplished, the ramifications can
Ghandi, Suresh, Mumtaz, Karti, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
With COL Zang (retired), Aug 2021 30 Year reunion
and will be measured in years. The output of the efforts of all of our nation’s conflicts will impact the next hundred or hundreds of years. We can measure our gratitude in what we think of as “lifetimes.”
Think about the same type of service for the church. We have been speaking about the church in the context of the result of the Gospel. Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church.” (Matt. 16:18). In building His church, He has set out a course for us to serve His church, share His Gospel message, and reach out to those in harm- specifically the harm of not knowing the Gospel, or understanding what it means to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We don’t often think of our participation in church as serving a purpose. We don’t look at it as being a part of something larger than ourselves to serve a purpose for the Greater Good.
Often, we look at making a commitment to the church as a sacrifice- it will take us out of our comfort zone. Our daily routines may be shaken up a bit to make space for the responsibilities of such a calling. We see this as not desirable in comparison to the alternative, after all, we need to live our lives, right? What many miss with this train of thought, though, is the relationships that will be built and the joy of seeing people served in new ways. It is through the church that we make the single largest impact on those around us that do not yet know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is through the comradery of fellowship and communal worship that a lifetime of memories and experiences will be cherished. This is the church. Compare this thought with the efforts of veterans who have made a succinct impact on all of those that they have been called to serve. Entire nations are free today because of our veterans- special shoutout to our Greatest Generation veterans!
This is how it is to be with the church. Yet the efforts of God’s freeing Grace do not impact us for years, or hundreds of years, it impacts those who we serve for eternity. For eternity. That’s our purpose and it is why God is so adamant in the scriptures about our calling as His children. He is building His church not to be monuments to His glory, but He is building His church to be an active participant in His Glory and sharing it like a beacon, or a lighthouse to all of those that do not yet understand it, or have had an opportunity to witness it. There is an ongoing battle in the world and the Church is God’s army to serve in it. And, we know that we win!
This Sunday, we will speak about how the church reveals the presence of God in the world today. We will contrast this with how God’s presence was revealed in the Old Testament to the Israelites, how His presence was revealed in the incarnate Christ, and how today, His presence is still seen in His people, Christians, the Church; us.
When we began our series on the Gospel, we discussed that the Greek word for gospel, euangelion, was a term used for good news received from the battlefield. In ancient days when soldiers went out to battle, people waited breathlessly for a report from the battlefield about the outcome. And these soldiers were celebrated. Today, we celebrate the efforts of our modern soldiers for their efforts and accomplishments.
What would it look like to have a Euangelion Day to recognize churches and those who have served them for their efforts on today’s battlefields? What differences are we making in the lives of others and how many are we saving and keeping out of harm’s way because of our service? On Veteran’s Day, it is important to remember that it is not the Armories or military bases that make a difference- it is the soldiers who serve within them. So it is with the church. Our victories are in direct correlation to our commitment and our service. And the memories and experiences will not only last a lifetime- but eternity! Thanks Vets!
Peace and Blessings! -pastor dave.
125 Edgewood Road, York, PA 17402 • (717)755-4952 • www.yorkshirechurch.org
4 November 2021 Greetings Yorkshire!
It is November. I don’t know what happened to October. I remember something about September. I am sure many of you feel the same way. Although I love each and every season of the year, there is something about fall and this time of year that is my favorite. I appreciate the changing colors on the trees against the backdrop of dark clouds as the sun lights them from a seasonally lower angle. I love the sounds of leaves swirling on the ground in the autumn breeze. And I love walks in the park with my wife and my dog in this theater of color, light and sound that is pulled together and orchestrated by God himself. And there is one other thing that I really enjoy. And that is Christmas music on my car radio. Yes, it starts on November 1st, often to the dismay of my passengers. But my car is my space, and if you enter that space, you will hear the sounds of the season!
Something new for me this year was the celebration of Halloween with Yorkshire’s first Trunk or Treat Church and Community event. This was the brain-child of Jared Smith who attends our first service with his wife Jessica and their family. He put together, planned and led the event with the support of Susan Workinger and the missions outreach team. I didn’t know what to expect for this event, just as most of you didn’t know what to expect before Spoken began playing their music at our outdoor concert this summer. But, when I came out of the church after our second service to see what had developed in our lower parking lot, I was overwhelmed. There were 17 cars decorated in creative Halloween displays, folks dressed in festive costumes and attire, a fire truck, police cruiser, food truck, and the sounds of Steven Courtney’s Band of Friends was in the air. Someone asked me before the event began what I expected as far as a turnout and my response was, “well, it will probably be somewhere between 10 and 300 folks. Over the course of the afternoon, well over 300 folks came through our Trunk or Treat. The comments that I received from friends, family, and many, many folks from our community were very positive. Some came with a parade of children, other couples from Penn Oaks and Haines Acres simply came to walk around and enjoy the festivities. Families came from all over York County. I spoke with folks from Mount Wolf, Wrightsville, Hallam, York City, Red Lion and most commented on how well organized our event was and how much fun they were having here. I answered several questions as to what time our services were and a few commented that they were seeking a church home.
But this event could not have occurred without the support of the church. So many came out to volunteer to help with logistics, providing candy, dressing up in costumes such as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (Frank & Susan Herron) and even running around York County trying to procure additional pumpkins for our pumpkin painting activity as we painted over 50 pumpkins in the first 45 minutes of the event! (Thanks Steve Coates). Not only were children wearing costumes, but most of them had beautiful art added to their faces, handiwork of Jamie and Alexis Strange, also adorned with fire hats provided by Springettsbury Township fire department. It was a festive event that not only blessed our church, but blessed our community. I would have to say, though, my favorite part of this particular event was that there was no dunk tank– oh the relief!
Now we turn our focus on the season of Thanksgiving and Advent. With that comes some logistical things such as our Church Charge Conference which will be on Sunday, 28 November at 4PM. This involves a great deal of logistical effort leading up to it with the requirement of countless forms and reports needing to be completed and submitted prior to the event. Never an enjoyable task, but something we simply need to work through. I appreciate the leadership team’s efforts in their efforts in this undertaking. I appreciate Alison’s work on pulling much of the data together and in the administrative work required for this endeavor.
In our announcements this week, you will see a host of events and activities that are planned for the Advent season. This includes the “Hanging of the Greens” and a dynamic Advent Worship program based on Max Lucado’s “God Came Near” series. This will include a church-wide Sunday School program involving all classes 6th Grade through adult.
I would like to report on our financial picture this week. These number represent the first three quarters of this year, January through the end of September. Overall, the numbers are very positive. We have seen a reduction in gifts and offerings over the past three months, which could be attributed to normal trends based on the summer months, but we will continue to monitor these trends.
Yorkshire Financial Picture including Joyful Noise Christian Preschool: January 2021 thru September 30, 2021:
Income: Expenses: Working Capital:
$ 8,634.00 (Positive Working Capital)
During this time period, we have spent well over $20,000.00 in capital improvement projects that are not fully reflected in the numbers above as much of that funding came out of our retained earnings or savings account funds. As our finance team manages our income, much is put into these accounts to address maintenance and other non-recurring expenses such as the new doors and the ongoing expenses that are being incurred for the repair of the fellowship hall flooding issues. Although it looks at times as though we are bringing in much more than we are spending, this fiscal management is allowing us to have the funds (savings) we need when we need them. Therefore, we have actually spent more this year than we have brought in which has reduced the balances that we have in the bank.
We will be facing significant expenditures over the next few months as we continue to bring our fellowship hall back into being a functional entity within our church. The current work that has been completed or is in the works; flooding damage removal including stage, asbestos abatement, rain gutters, drainage system repairs, and the forthcoming dead tree removal exceeds $35,000.00 in expenses. We received $25,000.00 from our insurance company which has been a significant help, but we will be facing ongoing expenses in the repair and restoration process. At this time, we have design and engineering work in progress to determine how the room will be reconstructed and as I have mentioned previously, our hope is to include a ramp for ADA acces- sibility as well as new ADA compliant bathrooms where the stage used to be. So your continued financial support and gifts are welcomed and needed! If you would like to contribute to the restoration process in addi- tion to your regular weekly giving, just designate your gift to “Building Fund.”
Well, there’s so much more that I could talk about- Joyful Noise Christian Preschool continues to grow, we continue to see new faces and families in worship, our choir is awesome, our greeting ministry is developing, Sunday School is growing-teachers are doing an incredible job, and the Spirit of Joy is ever present in all that we are endeavoring upon. It is an honor and a joy to be a part of this great fellowship! It is a joy to be a part of the church that God is blessing at Yorkshire!
Check out the pictures at the end of newsletter of the Yorkshire Trunk or Treat provided by Barbara Hudock’s daughter Jordan! She did an absolutely awesome job catching the joy of the event!
Peace and Blessings!
14 October 2021 Good Day to each of you!
I really enjoyed our men’s retreat this past weekend at Heritage Hills with David Dusek, the author of the Amazon #1 Best-Selling “Rough Cut Men: A Man’s Battle Guide To Building Relationships with Each Other, And With Jesus” and “The Battle: Tactics for Biblical Manhood learned from the 7th Cavalry in Vietnam.” David presented great content and challenged us all to new considerations for our walk of faith- and our walk-in faith with each other.
There were a few takeaways that I thought were of exceptionally great value that I would like to share. Colonel Hal Moore, the focus of David’s book “The Battle,” had some great principles that he lived and led by. Although this was a men’s retreat, the content is applicable to everyone:
- Three strikes and you’re not out. You’re never out unless you quit.
- There’s always one more thing you can do to influence any situation in your favor—and after that one more thing, and after that…. The more you do the more opportunities arise.”
- When there’s nothing wrong, there’s nothing wrong … except there’s nothing wrong! This is when a leader must be most alert! Danger lurks.
- Trust your instincts. They are the product of your education, your reading, your personality, and your experience. When seconds count, this is all you have. Learn to trust them and act on them.
Colonel Hal Moore was remembered for these principles, not only on the battlefield, but in the way that he lived his life. As I listened to our speaker on Friday and Saturday, I considered the relevance of these points to our lives, and the life of the church. To the first point, I think the easiest point to take away is that in our faith, God never turns His back on us. We can mess up (and do) time after time after time, and yet He is always there to grant us grace and forgiveness. In God’s love, we are never finished, so unless we quit, He will always be there, as a loving Father, willing to give us another at bat.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).
To the second point, the point of “in your favor” is relating to the battlefield, not personal gain. Sometimes in life, we get frustrated with whatever it is that we may be dealing with or working through and the tendency is to stop trying, do nothing, or sometimes quit. But, if we continue to move forward, even with little steps, it will reveal new realities for us, give us vision for new possibilities and directions that we would never see if we stay where we are. It is hard in any battle to move forward. But, even if your steps are small, it is still progress.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…” (Philippians 3:12-14).
The third point brings to mind the fact that we live in a world that will challenge us as Christians. For me, this is a tongue-in-cheek saying, “When there’s nothing wrong, there’s nothing wrong … except there’s nothing wrong!” We often say “things are going well,” and then look for a piece of wood to touch (as if touching wood provides protection from negative things happening as a result of our enjoying good times). The problem with this quote is that it may lead some to thinking that there will always be some negative thing going to happen to us if we enjoy the good things in life. But much of what we enjoy are blessings bestowed upon us by God! Why would he give to us to only later punish us? This would reveal a co-dependent trait of God- meaning he blesses us to then only inflict pain, or vice versa. But what I find positive about this quote is that although we may be enjoying positive times, blessings of God, or simply the joys of those that God gifted to our lives, that there is an enemy out there that is always seeking to bring us down. NOT God, but the enemy, even our own human nature. Therefore, it is good to be on guard to the existence of evil in the world, and not prepare for the worst, but always be strengthened to ward off its onslaught against us. (Safety Tip: Spend time in the Word of God and in Prayer!)
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
The final point is regarding the trusting of your instincts. This is so important as we live in a world where truth of any type is difficult to discern. Today, we often base truth and what we believe on the network we watch (or don’t watch). I have realized that in these cycles, the only “consistent” is inconsistency. But as Hal Moore stated, we have knowledge and experience that is a gift from God that we can count on. It seems to me that much of what I used to know as true is no longer true. We live in a world where being confident about our actions is difficult. But we also have to keep in mind that the doubt that we have has been delivered to us not by the Word of God, but by man. Therefore, sometimes we may just need to fall back on our instincts- what we know in our hearts to be right based on what we have read, been taught, and experienced. When in doubt, a prayer for wisdom and discernment from the ultimate Truth will never hurt! The following verse is in regards to our faith, and not the events of the world, but I believe the scriptures are clear that we will lose our focus, and an implication is that we will tend to be deceived by what we hear, what we want to hear, and especially that which others want us to believe.
“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 to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Tim. 4:3)
As a church, our strength is growing through our relationships with one another and the joy that we bring to our times of worship and fellowship. What a blessing it is to be a part of this church, and this body that God has brought together for a time such as this!
Just a quick update on the Fellowship Hall and flood remediations: Thanks again to everyone who was able to help clear out the stage and fellowship hall. The stage has been removed and the asbestos remediation is in progress as I write this. The rain gutters will be repaired and upgraded in the next two weeks. Spangler & Boyer in conjunction with Roto-Rooter have bored out, jet-cleaned and opened up our drain pipes and are repairing areas that are not currently serviceable or broken completely. Engineers are developing plans for restoration and renovation of the fellowship hall area which may include improved ADA access to the space and new interior drainage considerations. The dying trees out front will be addressed in November. So, stuff is happening and I am very appreciative of everyone’s efforts in getting us back in business! Your efforts, plans and visions will ensure that we come out of all of this in a better place with an updated facility!
Put on your calendars October 31st, 1-3PM for our Trunk or Treat Community Fellowship event. You will see much more information on this next week!
Peace and Blessings!