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October 6, 2019

Lamentations 1:1-6,3:19-26    

 “Afflicted with Hope”

The following resources are available on the table in the Gathering Area:

  • This week's e-news and the October calendar, which can also be viewed here
  • October Church of the Brethren Newsline Digest
  • Packets for the Congregational Forum are available to be picked up, including the forum booklet and the treasurer’s report. 
Click for Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School
Upcoming Events
Congregational Forum following Worship - October 13, 2019 (Sunday) - Plan to attend this semi-annual meeting following the worship hour. In addition to affirming leaders for the coming year and receiving reports from ministry teams, an important item of business will be the building project(s) as presented by the Master Planning Team. All members should plan to attend. Forum Packets are available for pick up on the table in the Gathering Area, along with Treasurer's Report and information about the proposed building project from the Master Planning Team. Please take one this Sunday and review them in advance of next week's meeting. Thank you!
Oct. 15, 2019, (Tuesday) Ann Hostetler presents “A Life Revealed in Letters: Insights from the Correspondence of John A. Hostetler” on Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Hostetler, professor of English at Goshen College and editor of the  Journal of Mennonite Writing , will discuss changes in her father’s thinking and interpretation as he emerged from an Amish family, gained higher education, and became the leading cultural interpreter of the Amish in the second half of the 20 th century. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit .
Camp Eder FALLFEST & Live Auction - October 19, 2019 (Saturday) - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Live Auction with Larry Schwartz, pit roasted pork & turkey meal - Adults $12. Kids (12 + under) $ 8., 4 + under free, silent auction, apple butter, Strawberry Hill Nature Center, vendors, Eder's Fallfest Fries & Sandwiches, kid's games & prizes, candy treasure hunt & bounce house, food court & bake sale, live music with Werner Family Bluegrass Band, face painting by Elizabeth, Michael Peluso glass demo, bee keeping demo, fiber arts demo, and more.  PIES, PIES, PIES - SING A SONG of sixpence a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. Pies for the Fall Fest are what we need, So get out that rolling pin and do a good deed. Cherry, apple, blueberry or peach - it's all for the Fest! So remember - no blackbirds are needed - because it's all for the best. I do hope your pies will have fruit and not blackbirds! FALL FEST IS APPROACHING at Camp Eder. So any pie is acceptable that needs NO REFRIGERATION. The Festival is held on October 20 at Camp Eder. We are in need of 20 pies. Can you do it? Lets really roll out the dough $$$. Bring to the church lounge on Friday, October 19 by noon. Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at : 717-309-0678.
Trick or Trunk - October 23, 2019 (Wednesday ) - 5:30 PM, Come join us for this annual community event! Volunteers are needed to decorate trunks and distribute candy/trinkets to the children, assist with light snacks in Fellowship Hall, direct cars and participants in the parking lot, and assist with cleanup. Signup sheets are available in the narthex.
There is a basket in the narthex for anyone who wants to donate candy.
CDC Sunday - October 27, 2019 - The last Sunday in October, we will welcome many staff persons, children, and families who are part of the Child Development Center which operates in our church building. Expect many visitors, and a special time of worship focused on the children and recognizing those who serve as teachers in the CDC. Some of the children will sing for us during worship, artwork will be on display, and more! Please plan to attend and greet the many people who are part of the CDC program. It will be a great day to celebrate all that they do!
Children's Ministry Schedule
Thank you to all who assist with Children's Ministry. Your time, energy, and dedication are appreciated. If you need to make a schedule change or would like to serve as a teacher or in the nursery, please contact Michele Gibbel (717)318-5442 or     
Beginning in September, we have started a second Sunday School class for our children. This means that we are in need of additional teachers and helpers.  We now have a class for PreK-1st Grade and a class for 2nd-6th Grade . Ideally we would like teachers to serve several weeks in a row to allow for continuity and to provide the best for our children. Helpers can be that extra set of hands and eyes and could be part of a more rotational schedule.  If you would like to teach or be a helper, please contact Michele Gibbel or Diane Gibble. Thank you!  
J.A.M. Choir News

Children ages 4 to 6th grade J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Choir is practicing Sundays from 9:50 am to 10:10 am in the basement choir room. For those children in Sunday school you will be escorted to the choir room and return to the Sunday school room to meet your parents after practice each week. J.A.M. Choir is scheduled to sing in worship every 2nd Sunday of the month. We will be singing, moving, using puppets, and playing musical instruments. Join us every Sunday as we make music for our Lord!
Parish Resource Center Events

Church leaders and anyone else who is interested - click below or visit their website at parishresourcecenter.or g to view some of the many upcoming events through the Parish Resource Center in Lancaster - an organization that provides many class and study materials in addition to programs that serve to build up leaders and the church's witness. Take a look and see what may interest you or benefit us all!
Anyone interested in attending the below workshops at PRC and want to car pool
see Diane Gibble.
Godly Play Basics 2.0 (Oct. 8 7-8:30)
Explore Christian Response To Immigration (Oct. 15 7-8:30)
Children and Music Awesome Worship (Nov. 11 7-8:30)
Go to our church website at: and click on the Online Giving Link or go directly to the Online Giving website at: .
For assistance setting up your account, call Donor Support at:  800-348-2886 – Option 2 – Online Giving Questions? Contact Sheryl Leaman - Thank you for your support!!!!!
Since 2011 our Witness Team has sponsored the Cash for Causes program by selling Giant & Weis gift cards. The church receives 5% of sales to support various ministries. For 2019 the money is sent quarterly to Camp Eder, Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, and Children’s Aid Society. You may purchase the cards ($100, $50, $25, $10) by cash or check made out to York First Church. The cards make great gifts, especially at holidays. Consider donating cards to the Food Pantry or using them yourself any time you shop at Giant or Weis. 
Call me at (717) 793-9320, send an email , or just see me on Sunday morning at church. Thank you for supporting this program.
Becky Wenger, Cash for Causes representative
Hi Dear First Church Friends , Spencer and I are so very thankful for all your prayers. I felt loved and lifted up to God. I'm home now and feeling good. I have very little pain, and I'm following my surgeons instructions. Spencer is home taking care of me this week, so I'm very thankful for that, too. We're waiting to hear back from the lab. My doc took out my sentinel lymph nodes for a biopsy. They freeze and make thin slices to see if the cancer has spread. We're praying for a clean, cancer free result. Please keep praying for us. We send you our love and gratefulness.  Feeling Very Blest, Chris and Spencer Ginder.

Run for Relief 5k at the Disaster Relief Auction - Congratulations York First!!! We made our Goal of $4,000!!! It has been matched and we will Donate $8,000 to Disaster Relief!!!

2  Christopher Logue
5  Robert M. Wetzel       
7  Dick Ault
7 Jarret Stehr
8  Winnie Fickes
11  John Anderson
12  Dick B. Ault
14  Terry Wueschinski
14  Bill Zeigler 
14 Marty Reigle               
15  Marcus Carey
15 Michael Carey    
If your birthday is in  OCTOBER and it is not on the below list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.  
17  Anna Elise Stoolmaker
19  Larry Harlacher
19  Helen Stoner  
21  Jared Beuschlein
21  Jasmine LeGrand
23  Barry Stehr
24  Benjamin Gennarelli-LeGrand
25  David Gibble
28  Pat Gibble
29  Dylan Sauder
31  Vesta Statler  
Friends of Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community Annual Candy Sale
OCTOBER 6, 2019 - Deadline to place your order for Naylor’s Peanut Crunch, Buttermints, & Cashew Crunch. You may place your candy order with Anna Miller or place in box on church office counter. Payment must accompany order form and made payable to The Friends of CKV-TBHC.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 - "Life Chain" 2:30 pm - 3:30pm will be held across from Home Depot alone E. Market Street. Come stand/sit/pray for the safety of the unborn. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Snook.
"Notes from the Console," Article 11, By Mike Frock

THANK YOU to Dianne Bowders.  A couple of weeks ago, Dianne donated three large boxes of music to the church. The music included pieces for piano, organ, piano/organ duet, four-hand piano duets, as well as some vocal music, piano/instrumental duets, and several reference books and magazines. I have already sorted through most of this new music and collated it into the church's prior collection. It is always nice to continually add new variety and options to the music library.

The Postlude this coming Sunday is a piece titled "From Greenland's Icy Mountains." This probably deserves an explanation as it does not sound very religious. "From Greenland's Icy Mountains" is the name of a hymn set to a tune called Missionary Hymn. While "From Greenland's Icy Mountains" is the most frequent text set to this tune, there are other texts which have been set to the same tune. The gist of the text is to encourage the story of Jesus be spread "from Greenland's icy mountains," to India, to Africa. If the tune sounds a bit familiar, it might be because the first several notes are the same as the beginning of the verse in "Go, Tell It on the Mountain," but they are separate hymns. The text was written by Reginald Heber in 1819, and the music was composed by Lowell Mason in 1823. Dr. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is most remembered as the composer of over 1,600 hymn tunes, of which 10 appear in the Brethren Hymnal. However, he also wrote several hymn texts. He is considered the "Father of American Church Music," the first important American music educator, and is credited with introducing music into American public schools.

Scripture Lesson:    Jeremiah 32:1-15
1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19
Message:      “A Foundation of Faith” 
Worship Attendance: 102
Pastor Joel Gibbel can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to noon. Afternoons and evenings are often set aside for visiting those in need, for meetings, and for other pastoral duties. Pastor Joel is also available for Pastoral Counseling by appointment. 
If you need to reach the pastor outside of office hours, his home phone number is
(717)318-5442, and his cell number is (717)271-4888 . You can also email him at Note that laws prevent hospitals from contacting a pastor without your permission when you are admitted, so you will need to let hospital staff know that you would like the hospital to contact your pastor.
Our Mission Statement:
“People dedicated to Spiritual Growth, Loving Relationship, and Sacrificial Service”
Our Vision Statement:
“To become a community of committed Christians who Love God, Share Christ, and Serve the World”