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St. Paul United Methodist Church
The Reminder Pastor’s Page
Rev. James O. Parker
A Grand New Year’s Resolution Becoming the Aroma of Christ For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ
2 Corinthians 2:15
Visitation Pastor’s Page
C & Y Pastor’s Page
Tithes & Offerings
Sunday School Schedule
Birthdays & Anniversaries 11
St. Paul U.M. Church Mission Statement:
To share Christ’s love through Worship, Ministry, Mission and Fellowship
Opening Bible Verse
The words I have spoken to you are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63
God’s own life is in the words of scripture. Put a handful of flower seeds in your window box, under the sunshine, and they will soon become lovely flowers. Put the truths of the gospel into a human heart, and soon the life will begin to grow into the beauty of Christ. Its effects will be seen in the disposition, in the character, in the conduct, in all the daily acts. At an auction, a crude jar of common earthenware was bought by a seller of perfumes for a penny. But he filled it with attar of roses, and soon every particle of the jar had partaken of the sweetness. The fragrance within it had permeated it. Long, long afterward, when emptied and broken, every smallest fragment was still sweet with the precious perfume. So it is, when even the most common life is filled with the Word of Christ. It flows out, as it were, in the character, in the feelings and affections, in the thoughts and desires, in the tempers and dispositions, until the whole being is permeated, filled with the spirit of Christ. For where the Word of Christ dwells-the Holy Spirit dwells; and where the Holy Spirit dwells-is the kingdom of heaven, heaven begun in a human life. We see the effects of this indwelling-in the gentleness, the sweetness, the purity of heart, the truth, the patience, the love, which the Word of Christ always produces. J.R. Miller – “Miller’s Year Book” 1895
Pastor’s Page Cont’d The Pleasing Aroma of Christ Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17
When we speak of something being NEW, it can create a variety of feelings! If it is a product that we have used in the past, we may view the new version as something to anticipate or something that may bring skepticism. New relations, places, situations, etc. often create a sense of expectancy either with excitement or dread! When we came into this world as babies we had no reckoning as to what to expect because we had no past upon which to see ourselves. From that birth, everyday in that beginning was a new day with no prejudices or fears as to what we expect! We were new creatures in a new setting! As we face another new year, we may be happy or sad, looking forward or wanting to go back to the Good Old Days with everything the way it used to be! However, when we experience the New Birth in Jesus Christ, going forward is our only option! We are a new creation again, born not of the physical body but rather of the Spirit! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) It is a spiritual resurrection (Ephesians 2:1-3) partaking of the divine nature of God (2 Peter 1:4)! What really is the New Birth, i.e. you as a New Creation! This is when you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord by faith! (John 1:12-13) says “but as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Never be embarrassed to ask about Salvation-what it is and how to receive it! It’s a new day and a new year when Christ comes into our hearts. Make 2019 a year where the blood of Christ makes our lives white as snow through the cleansing blood of the Christ of Calvary! May you receive the peace of Jesus now and forever!
Thanks to everyone for their generosity in our recent gift card fundraiser. We raised $1,290, which is our most successful sale to date! This brings our grand total raised to $7,772...54% of our total goal! As always, thanks for your support to make our trip to Charleston, South Carolina possible.
Acolyte Training Weds, January 23rd at 5:15 p.m. Any child or youth (4th grade and older) who is interested in serving as an acolyte during the 8:45 a.m. worship service is invited to attend a training to learn how to serve in this role. If you already serve as an acolyte, you do not need to attend.
I would like to personally and publicly thank all of the parents and youth leaders who have stepped up over the last few weeks while I have been on new parent leave to help keep the children and youth ministry of the church going in my absence. Your willingness to serve and help out in so many ways has truly been a blessing. Pastor Tiffany
LESS: Restricted Designated Funds $ (90,992.15) Bazaar, Building Fund, Memorials, Music Fund, Missions, etc. Total Non-Designated Funds
BUILDING FUND Current Month Beginning Cash Balance ACTUAL
$ 2,032.94 BUDGET
PAID ON LAND LOAN:
Current Month Ending Cash Balance
Land Loan Beginning Principal Balance minus $0 paid in November 2018 = remaining principal:
GENERAL FUND - YEAR TO DATE FUNDS SUMMARY, JAN.–NOV. 2018 YTD INCOME:
All Giving, Specials, Interest, Misc.
Dues, Payroll, Committee Expenses DIFFERENCE OF:
Tithes & Offerings Offerings & Tithes for NOVEMBER, 2018 SERVICE DATE Nov. 1 - Comm. All Saints Nov. 4 - First Svc. Building Fund Missions Flowers Clothing Bank Grocery Gift Cards 10:30 Worship E-Giving Building Fund Missions Offset Fee Nov. 11 - First Svc. Building Fund Missions Flowers Clothing Bank Sunbeam Station Bazaar 10:30 Worship E-Giving Building Fund Missions Offset Fee Nov. 18 - 8:45 Worship Building Fund Flowers U.M. Student 10:30 Worship Building Fund E-Giving Building Fund Missions Offset Fee Music Program Nov.. 25 - 8:45 Worship Building Fund Memorial-Horace Albright Missions Flowers U.M. Student Organ Fund 10:30 Worship Missions E-Giving Building Fund Offset Fee Music Program Clothing Bank
Tony and I would like to thank our St. Paul Church family for remembering us during the Christmas season and for my birthday, with gifts, cards and well-wishes. It is a blessing to serve this congregation. Tony & Karen Heath
With A Grateful Heart What a joy to be surrounded by such a loving, kind and generous congregation. We feel so blessed to worship, fellowship and serve the Lord Jesus Christ together with you. With a truly grateful heart we thank you for all the many expressions of joy and love shared with us over this time when we celebrate the Messiah’s birth. Your greeting cards are posted all around the living area of our home, surrounding us as we eat our meals. Blessed by your love! Pastor Jim and Vonnie Parker
I would like to thank Brenda Frigm and Marsha Sharp for covering the office on Friday, January 4 so that I could go to see “JESUS” at Sight & Sound theater. Karen Heath Thank you so much for your kindness in contributing to our food drive for the Water Street Rescue Mission. Sincerely, Jane Walker, Project SEARCH Lancaster General Hospital
Dear Friends at St. Paul, Bob and I want to thank you all for the lovely cards and helpful prayers during the last two months while Bob visited the hospital twice and Skilled Care at SpiritTrust twice. He is doing much better. Thanks Pastor Eddie and Pastor Jim for their regular visits. He loved seeing Vonnie also. In Christian Love, Eva Mae & Bob Slaugh
St. Paul UMC, Thank you so much for the box of goodies. The family and I are very grateful for all of the great treats. Thanks, The Wilhide Family
On behalf of the Northeastern School District, thank you for your generous donations of clothing and toys for 50 kids. Our program would not be possible without your kindness. Thank you for your continued support and for making Christmas special for children in our community. The Operation Help-a-Neighbor Elves
I want to thank St. Paul’s congregation for the Birthday and Christmas cards that were sent to me and also thanks to the Brother’s Keeper’s class for the wonderful bag of gifts they brought. It’s nice to be remembered. Blessings, Liz Bruaw
We’d like to thank everyone for the many cards, gifts, and kind words we received this Christmas season. Your thoughtfulness means so much to us. It is truly a blessing to serve such a generous congregation. Pastor Tiffany & Nate Manning
Cheryl and I want to thank you, the congregation, for all of the prayers, cards, well-wishing and gifts that we received throughout the Christmas season! Being present in this congregation has been a blessing for both of us and we wish you well in the New Year! Love, Pastor Eddie and Cheryl
Announcements Northeastern Food Pantry 4832 N. Sherman St. Ext. Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania 17347
January / February Upper Rooms
December 2018 e-Newsletter
If you are wishing to sign up to have the Upper Room issues placed in your mailbox, please contact the church office. Upper Rooms are available on the table next to the mailboxes, at church entrances and in the holder on the signup table for your use. Please also let the office know if you no longer wish to receive them in your mailbox.
Thanks to you, the Northeastern Food Pantry provided supplemental groceries and personal care items for 303 people during the month of November, 2018. There were 112 families which included 86 children, 138 adults, and 79 seniors. Your donations mean you understand the importance of fighting hunger, creating hope, and making a difference in our community. The Northeastern Food Pantry has been incredibly blessed this year and we have many to thank.
The Outreach Committee continues its collection of supplies for the Northeastern Food Pantry. In the month of January, they will be collecting Paper Products. Place your items in the grocery cart located in the Narthex.
A heartfelt Thank You goes out to Starview United Church of Christ, all of the neighboring churches, businesses, schools, organizations, families, individual donors, and volunteers for the generosity you have shared with us throughout the year. Whether you have organized food drives, donated food or money, or volunteered your time, we are so grateful you have chosen to partner with us in the fight against hunger. We believe it is a privilege to help feed those in need and we could not do it without you. We continue to pray for a time when no one is hungry.
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food - A Bible Study
Wishing you a Happy New Year.
A six-session study, helping us realize God created us to crave so we’d ultimately desire more of Him in our lives. Beginning Sunday, January 6 at 6:00 PM and led by Susan Barto. Signup in the hallway.
Announcements New address Jack & Linda Morningstar 2000 Cloverton Drive Columbia, PA 17512
Young Adults Ministry The Young Adult group will meet again on January 20, place to be determined. They are searching for a service project in which to involve themselves.
Dot Fisher Masonic Home Ben Franklin Building, W3922B 600 FreeMason Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Confirmation Class for Youth, Grades 7-12
The class begins on January 20 and runs until May 5 with no class on April 21, which is Easter. We will be exploring a basic knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith to become confirmed on May 19 as a professing member of the United Methodist church. We will meet downstairs in the first Sunday room during the Sunday School hour, 10:30-11:30 on Sundays. Sign up in the hallway if you plan to participate.
2019 Offering Envelopes are now available in and below your mailboxes. Please take them to make room for other mail.
2019 Signup Sheets for Children’s Sermon, Fellowship Time, Lay Readers and the Altar Flower chart are now available in the hallway. Make it your New Year’s resolution to become more involved in your church and consider serving in one of the many areas of worship needed to make our Sunday services run smoothly and pleasing to those in attendance.
The United Methodist Women will NOT meet in January.
Special Session of General Conference Delegate Discussions
Join General Conference Delegates and Conference Leadership on Saturday, January 19, 911:30 a.m. at Camp Hill UMC, 417 S 22nd St., Camp Hill, PA 17011, in a discussion about the Special Session of General Conference in February. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, voice your concerns, and have your voice heard. Register today at susumc.org/discussions Please sign up in the hallway if you are planning to register to attend. If you need help registering, please contact the church office. 8
Sunday School Schedule Youth Sunday School (Junior & Senior High) Teachers: Barbara Heilman and Kirk Wisler The Teen Sunday School Class continues to study Biblical lessons and apply them to their daily lives. One of the major resources for the content of the lessons is a website specifically for teen lessons. The seasons of the church calendar are reviewed and discussed as they occur. A weekly objective is for the students to use the Bible to locate books and chapters appropriate for the day’s lessons. Students are encouraged to take turns reading aloud. Discussion is held. Students also take turns each week to close the class in prayer.
Presents for a King Where Is Jesus? Jesus Is Baptized Twelve Special Friends
The Stars (Grades1, 2 & 3 ) Teacher: Pat Smith Jan. 6 Jan.. 13 Jan.. 20 Jan.. 27
Jesus, the Word Jesus’ Baptism Wedding at Cana Jesus Goes to Nazareth
Double Ring Class (Adults) Teacher: Leo H. Walters
This class bases the weekly presentations on a quarterly lesson plan developed by the Cokesbury Publishing Company. There are four different teachers that present the lessons on a rotating basis. Our goal is to provide insight on a scriptural topic while exploring ways that we can incorporate the teaching into our daily lives. A study guide is provided for each attendee.
Eagles (Grades 4, 5 & 6) Teachers: Kelly Walters & John Rode Jan. 6 Jan.. 13 Jan.. 20 Jan.. 27
Jesus, the Word Jesus’ Baptism Wedding at Cana Jesus Goes to Nazareth
OUR LOVE FOR GOD Unit 2: Loving God By Trusting Christ Jan. 6 Hold Fast to God’s Love Jan. 13 Submit to God in Love Jan. 20 Devote All to Christ Jan. 27 Renounce Everything for Christ
Brother’s Keepers (Adults) Teacher: Evelyn Rider This class will continue to study in their book, ”Do Your Best and Trust God for the Rest” by James W. Moore during the month of January. They may then revisit an old book.
Faith & Film Sunday School Class Various Facilitators This class, which meets in the Library, bases their lessons on DVD series and movies. All adults are welcome to attend. During the month of January, they will be viewing the movie, “Balanced.” The description is to the right of this article.
What does it mean to be financially balanced? In Balanced, Andy Stanley makes the case that in order to be free to truly follow Christ, you must have your finances in balance. Balanced is filled with insightful perspectives and practical exercises to build a biblical foundation for our finances. When applied, these laws of financial balance will transform your life and give you the freedom to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. In this 6-session, video-based study, Andy Stanley will challenge you to examine what you really believe about finances and faith. 9
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LEAD PASTOR James Parker 4350 Board Road, Manchester, PA 17345 Phone: 717-329-7332 E-mail: [email protected] CHILDREN & YOUTH PASTOR Tiffany Manning, 90 Shalimar Drive, York Haven, PA 17370 Phone: (717) 881-0475 E-mail: [email protected] VISITATION PASTOR Eddie Miller, 809 East 10th Ave., York, PA 17402 Home: 717-600-1707 Cell: 991-1594 E-mail: [email protected] ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Karen Heath E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM CUSTODIAN Greg Hileman - 717-501-4835
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