Saturday, July 30, 2011


Thanks to Steve and to Zeigler Concrete for helping us fill our hole in the parking lot!

Thursday, July 28, 2011


My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.
Proverbs 3:1-2
We had a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School! Thanks to Laura and Bob for coordinating, thanks to everyone who served during the week, thanks to all who prayed, thanks to all who cared for young children at home, thanks to all who gave toward the Mission Central project!
We believe that kids are central to what God is “up to” in the world. We believe that children have so much to give and so much to teach. We believe that caring for Jesus’ little ones is caring for Jesus.

And, we believe that the Word of God in all its wisdom will make a practical difference in our lives, in the lives of children, in the life of our entire community. We believe that fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, have valuable gifts and a priceless legacy to share with the coming generations. We believe that, as the body of Christ and the people of God, we are called to transform our world – starting with our community – with the grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There’s lots ahead for children and families. Contact Laura, our children’s ministry director, for information or to help in the ministry.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vacation Bible School presentation

Thanks to those who helped out with the breakfast reception; to everyone for the wonderful hospitality; to Gregg for leading music; and to everybody else for their prayers, serving, and support!

In the news

Check out the article in the York Daily Record!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vacation Bible School survey

Please take a moment to complete our online VBS survey for 2011, to help us stay connected and get better.  Thanks!


Sunday's message, in notation form. Check out the Scripture with it. The focus was the first story from Vacation Bible School week.

Acts 13:4-12 (message focus)

Fires the imagination
not about the tech, but the STORY

Bobette Buster, story consultant and creative exec in the film industry (Sony, Pixar, Tony Scott, others)
film took off when it incorporated story (something Edison missed)
the first “action film” by the original Warner Brothers

But, a little disturbing:
Healing, deliverance – yes!
Harm – no!
John Wesley, General Rules, “First, by doing no harm”

Miracle – expand our definition: manifesting the perfect reality of the kingdom of God in a broken world
How often do I live with mist and darkness covering me? (the blindness of Elymas)
I can’t deal with the truth:
Pole saw – watch out for sawdust or a falling tree branch?
Judgment issues
Urgency or Importance
“See through the eyes of a child ... quite possibly the truest reflection of reality in its most untainted, unmotivated form. Without any ... agenda.”

Kids spot fake people like Elymas
Kids live with their imagination, the engine of belief

put off our blindness

Friday, July 22, 2011

VBS pics - 3

On Sunday, we have a breakfast reception for the VBS families at 10:15, followed by a program at 11:15.

VBS pics - 2

It's been a great week! Thanks to all who served, prayed, and invited!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

VBS pics

Still time to get in on the fun! Come one, come all!

New member, baptism!

Pam, presented by Curvin for membership; and Emily with mom Wendy, presented by Tina for baptism - both in our 9:00 service.

Satisfaction and Success

Last Sunday's message, in notation form only:

Psalm 119:129-144 (call to worship)

Genesis 1 (moments with the children)
Isaiah 55 (message focus)
First movement: Lesson in Economics – Satisfaction

Caleb, white bread
Wonder Bread
“Why spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”

What’s in your wallet?
Consumer Society: Spend what you don’t have (go in debt)
“You that have no money, come, buy”

But God’s invitation is not into debt but into promise, covenant, exchange
“I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love”
“Seek the LORD while he may be found ... let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”

Second movement: Lesson in Agriculture – Success
God’s Word gets the job done
“Author” “authority”
Genesis 1, “Let there be . . .”

Water cycle – 55.10
Related to a cycle described by Paul for grace (2 Corinthians 9:6-10): “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness”

Joyful creation – 55.12
Versus groaning for redemption (Romans 8:18-24)
Welcoming God’s new creation . . . “Let there be”

Curse reversed – 55.13
Versus Genesis 3:17-19 curse, sin/death – “Cursed is the ground because of you .... Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you.”

If you want to experience the satisfaction of God, then let God be successful in your life . . . let God speak . . . “Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in the richest of food” (55.2b)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vacation Bible School

It's coming soon!  Next week!

York City Day Camp

Khris and a team of young people provided meals for the York City Day Camp, an outreach of The United Methodist Church.

Ghana - Building Solid Foundations

A great blessing to hear from Francis Yawson, administrator of Apam Catholic Hospital in Ghana, this past Sunday in both services. And, a blessing to partner with Building Solid Foundations in Christian community development in Apam! In the pic, Seth, Beth, Grace, and Francis from BSF.

Testimony - "Ayn Rand Led Me to Christ"

Check out the story of Bishop Edward S. Little II (Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana), "Ayn Rand Led Me to Christ", from Christianity Today:

Ayn Rand changed my life. When I embraced her philosophy, Objectivism, the conversion was far more dramatic than my decision, several years later, to follow Jesus Christ—more dramatic, but in the end transitory. Yet Rand, the novelist, philosopher, and uncompromising atheist, inadvertently opened a door for the gospel. I don't believe dead people spin in their graves, but if they did and she could read these words, I imagine Rand would be twirling violently.  [Continue]

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Burden

Psalm 145:8-21 (call to worship)
John 8:2-11 (moments with the children)
Romans 7:15-25 (message)
Matthew 11:16-30 (message focus)

Frederick Bruner, in his marvelous commentary on Matthew, describes the theology of Matthew chapter 11 in three phrases:
Jesus is the Promised Messiah
Jesus is the Coming Judge
Jesus is the Present Savior
We are not going to follow his order, though it fits the entire chapter. Our focus will be upon one theme in the chapter – judgment – and how it works its way into the conclusion of this section. Judgment is a word we use in a number of ways, not all of them negative. We speak of a “judge”, generally with respect for the court and its officers. We talk about “judgmental” religious people, generally with pain and a loss of trust. We remind ourselves that it is not our role to “judge”, generally accurately, though sometimes we use that phrase to gloss over the obvious fact that over and over, in mundane tasks as well as bigger questions that impact other people, we each need to choose what is best and right. And, we like to think of ourselves as being a good “judge” of character, a reference to discernment, which is in itself a spiritual gift.

Despite the broad range of uses for “judgment” in our vocabulary, the fact is that judgment is a terrible burden we carry, and a burden that we sometimes impose on others. Hear Paul’s lament in Romans: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. . . . Wretched man that I am!” That’s some burden! And, witness the story of the woman caught in adultery and brought before Jesus: “The law of Moses commanded us to [kill by stoning] such women” (John 8). That’s some burden!

Let’s take a look at this section from Matthew, in each of its parts.

In the first part (11:16-19), which I’ll call, “can’t do nothin’ right”, we have Jesus and John – whom Jesus identifies as the greatest person in history prior to Jesus – Jesus and John as children in the marketplace, trying to entice their friends into a game. John says, “I played a dirge and you wouldn’t cry.” Jesus says, “I played a wedding and you didn’t dance.” And they wonder what they’ve got to do so their friends and neighbors will play with them.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

And the Rocket's Red Glare

From last night's fireworks at Springetts Park. Happy Birthday USA!

Palace Garden

A couple vacation pics from the Tryon Palace garden and pigeon coop, New Bern, NC, the colonial capital of North Carolina.