NEWSLETTER York Association website: NEWS of the 29 www.yorkassociationu Churches of the York cc.org Association e-mail: September YAPCCUCC@aol.com 2012 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 me. “…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 email@example.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 welcome! 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 name. 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 nations.
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