It’s trying to rain as I sit down to write you this week. That is appropriate, it is April after all, and I am looking forward to the flowers that will blossom in May. All around we see the evidences of new life: trees budding, daffodils and tulips, green grass, birds singing. As the vaccine roll-out continues there are other signs of new life as more people begin to resume normal activities.
We are still asked to be cautious, because the Coronavirus is still very real, and people are still getting sick. Here at First Presbyterian we are worshipping in-person and online. For those who are choosing to attend in-person we are following the guidelines the session established last year: masks, distancing, no singing, etc. Like all of you, I look forward to the day when these things will be but a memory.
Until that new day we have the promise of God’s presence, guiding, leading, and directing us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as the rain falls fresh to nourish the earth, so may the Holy Spirit fall fresh upon you, to nourish and sustain your life in Christ.
Our THANKS to those serving in worship this Sunday:
Rev. Bill Beck, worship assistant; Susan Meehan, reader; Kari Kornish, vocalist; Bruce & Anita Ashbaugh, Rick Line, Fred Seltzer, ushers; Joe Shane, camera; Ray Thomas, recorder
This Week's Events in the Life of the Church
Tuesday, April 20, 7 PM: Session meeting (Zoom)
Wednesday, April 21, 6 PM: Prayer Community meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, April 22, 2 PM: Faith Circle (Gathering Room)
New Bible Study Opportunity
Join us for an 8- week tour of Mark’s Gospel! Mark is usually thought to be the first gospel written (around AD 70) and one of the sources for the other gospel writers. Mark tells the story of Jesus quickly, often without some of the details we usually associate with the other gospels.
When: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, April 28-June 16 Where: On Zoom! Register: Call the office (717-243-4612) or email Pastor Tony (email@example.com)
Mother's Day is traditionally also "Blanket Sunday" at First Church.
The Presbyterian Women will host this year's event (Sunday, May 9).
Watch for details!
All adults in PA are now eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine. Appointments are open at the Cumberland County Community Vaccination Clinic and can be scheduled at qcpharmacy.com or by calling 717-918-9880.
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would sy, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'" Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"
Members of the Congregation, Ministers
The Rev. Anthony D. Lorenz, Pastor
The Rev. Jon A. Black, Pastor Emeritus
Debby Madden, Educator Emerita
Arthur Thompson, Organist
Ron Richcreek, Music Director
Avis Allen, Administrative Secretary
Chuck Adler, Sexton
Church Administrative Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 9-2
Office Phone: (717) 243-4612; Office E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Lorenz’ email: email@example.com
Rev. Lorenz’ phone number: cell (717) 609-3780