Tag: Compassion

Youth Mission News Clip – CBS 21 News

Youth Mission News Clip – CBS 21 News

Picture 1A clip about the Youth Missions Endeavor in York City that City Church is involved with.

YorkCounts – Annual Summit

YorkCounts – Annual Summit

This morning at the ballroom in the Yorktowne Hotel, York Counts had their annual summit review of the past year’s activities. York Counts is a non-profit group working specifically for the betterment of York County. A short description from their website is below

Strength in numbers. When we work together, were stronger. Better. YorkCounts is a premier nonprofit coalition working to assess, sustain and enhance the quality of life in York County, Pennsylvania — building alliances, introducing partners, spotlighting issues and facilitating conversations on education, economic development, health and safety, diversity and more.

Today along with presentation of the county health department committee’s findings we heard from PA Gov. Rendell’s Chief of Staff, Gregory Fajt, who detailed how the recent federal stimulus money will benefit Pennsylvanians and those from York County.  We also heard an informative talk from Clarence Page, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, who spoke about our government, President Obama and the current state of race relations in our country.

The big development of the summit was the release of York Counts 2009 Indicators Report. The report is described as covering “38 indicators that are used to build a multi-faceted picture of the county, with data on diversity, poverty, education, employment, workforce, public health and arts and entertainment.”  

Taking this information from the various available resources gives a glimpse into the status of York County as it relates to the average of the rest of the state of Pennsylvania.  I’d encourage you to read the report and see how these indicators can effect our ministry to York City

 

via YorkCounts: York County, PAs quality-of-life coalition. Count me in..

Jesus, Move Me to Do the Little Things

Jesus, Move Me to Do the Little Things

Living in York City affords me many opportunities to show the love of Christ. As I was sitting in my home office that faces West Street, two African-American young men walked by, caught my eye and I waved. I recognized Daniel, a former student of mine at Logos Academy. Daniel and his brother, Matthew, were walking to the Dollar General up the street. Today was a surprisingly warm February day, so I walked outside and Daniel, now a seventh grader, shared that he was writing a book and wanted to publish it. He didn’t know how he would get the book published. I told him to bring me the story when he was done and I’d help him self-publish it. The little time it would cost me was well worth helping Daniel fulfill a dream.

 

Derisabel BaezThe whole scene made me reflect to a moment last week when I saw another young man from the City in a courtroom. This young man didn’t bring a smile to my face. Instead, my stomach dropped and my neighbor, Margarita, wept. This young man was in court for a pre-trial hearing related to his pending first-degree murder charges. You see, in April 2008, Harve, was arrested for brutally murdering my two-year old little neighbor girl, Darisabel. Apparently, she accidentally unplugged his XBOX controller while he was playing a video game, so he beat her to death with it. Ten months have passed since that fateful day. I don’t weep anymore, but tears still fill my eyes when I think about her, when I think about Harve and how he got to this place. Justice will have its day, but I wonder what path Harve’s life might have taken if someone had bothered to help him publish a book or just given him some guidance and love as a young man. Daniel just passed by the house again and waved. Next time I see him I’ll ask him how that book is coming.