NEWSLETTER                           York Association
                                                                     NEWS of the 29
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                                               Mission Statement
           We, the members of the York Association of the United Church of Christ,
                                     are called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to represent Christ by:
                   supporting one another in our covenantal relationship;
                   calling clergy and laity to mutual accountability to the faith and order of the church;
                   witnessing together to God’s redeeming love. (adopted April 28, 1991)
                                                                                   The vibrancy of Spirit can be felt in worship as well.
                                                                        We continue to utilize seasonal worship ministry teams that
       Sensing the Pulse of God in our Congregations                    have begun to think even more creatively about the ways that
           Ever since Mt. Zion became part of the Road to               we worship. As a community, we are sensing the pulse of God
Vitality initiative, God has been speaking and working in               in all of these fresh new ways, but we are also excited and
surprising ways!                                                        unafraid to see where God will lead us next—because it is
           Approximately 80 Mt. Zion members have already               always unexpected! For example, five non-members attended
participated in a small group reading Unbinding the Gospel.             a recent fellowship event, three new families join the summer
Out of those small group experiences, participants deepened             family camping outing this year, and a man shows up out of
their connection with God and their church family, but also             nowhere offering to help around the church. Members are
began seeking new opportunities to share the love of Christ             becoming disciples, the disciples are reaching out into the
outside of the immediate Mt. Zion family, focusing on outreach          community and the Trinitarian Relationship with God, one
and hospitality. Outgrowths of this new perspective include             another in the community and the unchurched as Martha Grace
“Welcoming Teams” comprised of Mt. Zion members to assist               Reese outlines in Unbinding the Gospel is being strengthened
at weddings, funerals and any or all church events. Advertising         daily!
and an invitational focus on annual events such as the egg
hunt and VB has doubled the number of children that attend.             Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Follow up notes now keep these families engaged in upcoming                      Many of you are aware that the Penn Central
children’s events at Mt. Zion.                                          Conference and the Dakota Association are linked in a
           Just for fun when we began R2V, we asked members             partnership. The Dakota Partnership Committee has asked
to guess how many guests we had that Sunday in worship.                 each Association in PCC to identify with a specific church in the
They were surprised to learn we had eleven that day. Since              Dakota Association. Following is an excerpt from a letter
then we have been posting the number of guests from the                 Council received from Rev. Peter Emig, Dakota Partnership
previous Sunday in our weekly bulletin. Last year we averaged           Chair, which I hope will bring some clarity to this request:
18 guests per week. As we as a community have become                              “When this proposal was first offered to the
more open to the prospect of guests, the number of guests has           Association we were not suggesting a prayer partnership in the
increased.                                                              traditional sense, but were simply asking that the
           Like most churches, finances have been challenging in        churches/associations of Penn Central offer up prayers on
recent years. Last November, Church Council presented a                 behalf of individual churches on the Cheyenne River
bare-bones budget from which financial support was removed              Reservation – it’s more or less a one way path.
for key programs. A tree was prepared with a variety of                           “I wish it were a traditional prayer partnership. I wish
construction paper leaves hanging on it. Each leaf had a                I could identify for you significant members of Virgin Creek
program and dollar amount needed to help support that                   Church. But the fact of the matter is that this is a church,
initiative. Members took leaves, signed their names as a sign           located pretty much in the middle of nowhere, whose
of their commitment above their “normal” weekly contribution            membership has waned to the point that I would be surprised
and placed them in the offering plates. Within 3 weeks, all 38          if it meets once a month for worship. It si served by the only
leaves disappeared. Not only did this help cover the cost of            ordained minister, Norman Blue Coat, on a reservation the size
these programs, but also helped members see how much of                 of Connecticut. Norman is essentially a circuit pastor who not
impact their gifts have on the life of the church.                      only serves four other congregations but also administers the
           Our ministry of caring for one another has blossomed.        sacraments for all eight churches on the reservation. When I
Members make weekly “Care Calls” and two times a month                  see Norman in August I intend to make him aware that there
groups come together to prepare and deliver meals to families           are churches in Penn Central praying for Virgin Creek on a
that may need some extra support. Small groups formed                   regular basis…
through R2V continue to meet and host new fellowship events.                      “Virgin Creek remains open and is relevant because
                                                                        there are people on the reservation, granted few in number,
                                                                        who consider it to be their church home, and the church still
                                                                        provides for them a needed service – a conduit to pastoral
                                                                        care; a connect to the wider church and to people like you and
          “…We (are) simply requesting that each Association in             Installation of Rev. Dr. Thomas Webster
Penn Central identify with one of the eight churches on the                Penn Central Conference Associate Minister
reservation, and do what should come naturally for a people of                Pastoral Leadership & Discernment
faith – offer up prayers on behalf of those who are in need.                    Sunday, September 30th at 3:00pm
Specifically, we are asking you and the people of the York                       St. Thomas UCC – Harrisburg, PA
Association to pray for a fellow UCC church, Virgin Creek.”
          I am pleased to say that your York Association Council
has affirmed this request, and is asking our membership to                          Blessed Past – Bold Future
begin to hold Virgin Creek in prayer on a regular basis. Virgin                    PCC Celebration of 50 Years
Creek is located 33 miles east from the main town of Eagle                        50th ANNIVERSAY LUNCHEON
Butte, SD. The Lakota name for this church is Ta’ Sna Wakpa                           Saturday, January 19 1pm
– which translates to Virgin Creek. I encourage you to use this          Best Western Premiere The Central Hotel, Harrisburg
link: http://www.caimucc.org/index.html to learn more about              Save the date for now & watch your e-mails for more
Virgin Creek and The Council for American Indian Ministry.                                   information.
Let us pray so excitedly for Virgin Creek that, as God pulses
through the prayers of the York Association, they may gain                    The Reformed Documents Study Group will meet
strength - flowing ever closer to God.                              again on the third Thursday of every month @ the PCC in
Grace & Peace,                                                      Harrisburg @ 10AM. (beginning September 20th) We are
Barbara J. Senft, President                                         finishing up the Episcopalian 39 Articles but on January 17th,
York Association Council                                            2013 will begin to study the Heidelberg Catechism starting with
                                                                    Question # 1 for the second time. We are doing this for two
                      November 11, 2012                             reasons. First some members were not in the group the first
                        Annual Meeting                              time we did this and second in 2013 we are celebrating the 450
                     12:30-1:30 Luncheon,                           year celebration of the publication of the catechism in 1563.
                    1:00-2:00 Registration,                         The study is open to anyone who is interested. We'd love to
     2:00 PM Worship Gathering & Business Meeting                   welcome new members! If you have any questions please call
           Host church: Starview UCC, Starview                      Chris Anderson at 717-855-7952. Car pooling from York is
         This is a reminder to please make note of the fact that    available.
the York Association's Annual Meeting date is now the second
Sunday in November. This change was made in response to
requests from the membership to move it off of All Saints                          Interfaith Dialogue Symposiums
Sunday. As part of our covenant with one another each                         The York Interfaith Dialogue Forum is sponsoring
Member Churches is to send 2 delegates along with their             three interfaith dialogue symposiums with speakers from a
pastor, and for all Authorized Ministers of the York Association    variety of faiths and affiliations. Each speaker will have 15-20
to attend the Annual Meeting.                                       minutes to present the core beliefs of their faith/affiliation and
                                                                    address how they impact their life. There will be time for
   Chicken BBQ to Benefit Hoffman Homes for Youth!                  questions following the presentations, and light refreshments
             Saturday, September 8th, from 11am-3pm,                will be served. Admission is free and the public is invited.
                                                                              All three symposiums will be held at the Unitarian
Hoffman Homes for Youth will be holding a Chicken BBQ
                                                                    Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St., York, PA.
Fundraiser at Scozzaro's Old Mill Inn on Rt. 30 West in New         September 4th, 2012, 7-9 pm
Oxford. For $8 you will receive ½ chicken, baked potato,
applesauce, dinner roll, cookie, and a drink. Not only will you     Speakers                  Faith/Affiliation
receive a tasty dinner, you will also feel joy from helping raise   Ann Booth                 The Baha’i Faith
funds for updates and renovations to the residences where the       Wareesha Tariq            Islam
                                                                    John (Sivali) Mulligan    Buddhist Chaplain
children live during their stay at Hoffman Homes. For more
                                                                    Pastor Dave Woodruff         Seventh-day Adventist Church
information and tickets, please contact Alicia Stanley at (717)     October 3rd, 2012, 7-9 pm
359-7148 x1404. Hope to see you there!                              November 1st, 2012, 7-9 pm
                                                                              The York Interfaith Dialog Forum is dedicated to
     Dover UCC Celebrates Installation of New Pastor                fostering respect for people of every faith, no faith or
          Dover UCC warmly invites you to the September 23,         searching, and providing opportunities for learning about the
2012 installation service for our new pastor, Rev. Aristides        beliefs of others. For more information, contact Dan Sindlinger
(Aris) Fokas. The service will begin at 3:00 at the church          at DanSindlinger@juno.com
located at 45 West Canal Street in Dover. A reception will          (717-292-6465) or Bill Niehaus at wbn2@aol.com (717-792-
follow in the church fellowship room. We hope that you will be      3980).
able to join us for this important time of worship, celebration
                                                                            Tour of Downtown York Historic Churches
and fellowship.
                                                                              York Habitat For Humanity, Building on Faith 2013, is
      Guest from the DRC to Speak at Mt. Zion York                  sponsoring a Tour of Downtown York Historic Churches,
                  Wed. Sept. 26 at 6:30 PM                          including a Luncheon and Prayer Service, that will take place
         Mt. Zion will host an Opportunity International            Sunday, September 16, 2012. This date coincides with the
speaker from the Congo in September. Join us at 6:30 PM for         International Day of Prayer for Habitat for Humanity, as well as
coffee and dessert. Our speaker will share firsthand stories of     the National Back to Church Sunday. There is a $7.00 advance
OI’s work in Africa. All Welcome! Invite a friend to attend with    ticket charge or $10.00 at the door (no charge for children and
you!                                                                students). There are Three Ways To obtain advance
                                                                    Tickets: Contact your Church Habitat Representative, Call York
Habitat for Humanity: 854-6168, or Online:                                      The goal is to get 3000 people wearing bright rainbow
www.mycommunitytickets.com (search “York Habitat”).                   scarves around Long Beach, CA, at General Synod 29. When
Churches participating are: 1) St. John Episcopal Church, 140         someone asks about it United Church of Christ Synod delegates
N. Beaver St., 2) Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, 408 W.           and visitors will tell them about the Scarf Project to raise
Market St., 3) First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 E. Market       awareness about violence. Offering to give them their scarf or
St., 4) St. Patrick Roman Catholic, 231 S. Beaver St., and 5)         inviting them to the Scarf Project booth to pick out one of their
Trinity United Church of Christ, 32 W. Market St. Information         own.
about Building On Faith 2013 can be found at                                    Yarn artists of the York Association let’s support the
www.tinyurl.com/bof2013                                               Scarf Project! How many scarves can we send to General
                                                                      Synod? Begin now and bring completed scarves to the
                   Around the Association
                                                                      Association’s Annual Meeting in November. While making
                                                                      scarves be sure to use this opportunity to spread the word and
        New Hope Fissel's UCC – Glen Rock - will
                                                                      raise awareness about violence to folks in our local churches
hold their Annual Family-Style Roast Beef Supper on
                                                                      and neighborhoods!
Saturday, October 6, 2012. Serving begins at 3 pm.                              Together, we can make a difference in stemming the
Tickets are available at the door. New Hope UCC is                    tide of violence in our communities and in the world. Watch
located at 3426 Fissel's Church Road. Handicapped                     our denomination website, www.ucc.org for resources about
Accessible Additional information may be obtained by                  violence.
contacting the church office at 235-2033. Everyone

         Locust Grove UCC – York - 1035 Locust Grove                   October 2012 Newsletter Deadline is September 5th.
Road, is holding a chicken barbecue and bake sale on                     The October Newsletter will be mailed on mailed
Saturday, September 1, 2012, beginning at 11:00 AM, rain or               September 15th. Newsletter submissions should be
shine. The public is invited. Dinners will be available on a first-                         addressed to:
come, first-served basis, until sold out. The cost of the dinner is                    Lisa K. Young – Editor
$7.50. The dinner will include one-half chicken, baked potato,                3421 Stone Ridge Road - York, PA 17402
applesauce, dinner roll and butter, cupcake, and beverage.                                       Or
Dinners can be eaten on site or carried out. Our contact                           Itsaboutme0503@comcast.net
number for the chicken barbecue is 755-1318. To reserve
dinners, please leave your name, phone number, and number
of dinners. When picking up your dinners, please give your
         St. Paul UCC – Shrewsbury - 161 S. Main St -
CHICKEN BBQ Saturday, September 29th beginning at 10:30
AM. the public is invited. Dinners will be available on a first-
come, first-served basis, until sold out. The cost of the dinner is
$8.00 and includes one-half chicken, baked potato, roll
w/butter, and dessert (applesauce & beverage included when
eaten on site). Carry-outs available. Call 235-7003 for more
information or to pre-order. Proceeds will benefit the church
sign fund.

         Salem UCC – Dover - Salem UCC located at 2705
W. Canal Road, Dover, Pa is holding a Rummage Sale on
Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. (Early admission at 7:00 a.m. with $5.00 donation)
$1.00 bag sale starting at noon on Saturday.
Homemade baked goods, breakfast and lunch available.

         Scarf Project to Raise Awareness about
Violence: Can knit and crochet artists raise awareness about
violence? YOU BET WE CAN!! How? Make a scarf about 60
inches long, 4-6 inches wide in any pattern you like using Red
Heart Super Saver’s “Primary” colored yarn. Educate yourself
about violence against women, in high schools [bullying],
against elders, between gangs, against children, between

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