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November 3, 2019

Luke 19:1-10

     “A Climber Rescued”
The following resources are available on the table in the Gathering Area:

  • This week's e-news and the November calendar, which can also be viewed here
  • November Church of the Brethren Newsline Digest
Click for Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School
Upcoming Events
SENIOR DAY AT CAMP EDER - Nov. 13, 2019 (Wednesday) - Meet our summer staff, enjoy a great meal and awesome program! 9:30 Meet and greet with continental breakfast, 10:00 Morning Program, 12:00 Delicious Lunch, 1:00 Afternoon program.
OWLS NOVEMBER EVENT - Nov. 14, 2019 (Thursday) - At noon in the Homebuilders Classroom 154 – That’s the time and place to gather, to see the interesting wall hanging made by Marie Bachman and hear the story of its creation. If you missed Marie’s presentation at NOAC this summer or want to learn more, this is your opportunity to do so. Join us on November 14. Bring your bag lunch and join us for lunch at noon. (Drinks and a dessert will be provided). Or join us at 12:30 for the presentation. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by November 10 so we know how many to prepare for.
Coming events – The Annual Christmas tea – December 12
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     
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!
First Church cookie bakers are needed to put their talent to work because we are again packing homemade cookies for the truckers which will be handed out to them during the month of December at the Carlisle Truck stops. The Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry chaplains will do so. The goal for our church is to pack at least 225 bags with about 6 cookies in each bag. That calls for ALOT of cookies!! We usually exceed our goal so I am expecting the same this year, friends. Please put your freshly baked homemade cookies in the church lounge on the table on Sunday, December 1. They definitely MUST be there by 9:30 AM Tuesday morning, December 3. The Ladies Bible Study group will pack them in the decorated bags that morning. Thank you so much for helping to brighten a truck driver's day!   Elizabeth Eisenhart
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 workshop at PRC and want to car pool
see Diane Gibble:
Children and Music Awesome Worship (Nov. 11, 7:00 - 8:30 PM)
If you wish to begin contributing to the church using online giving, please visit our 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 if necessary, and 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
A big Thank You to all the volunteers and contributors to the Trick or Trunk Event. The weather was perfect, the 16 car trunks were well displayed, and the light meal was enjoyed by many. The attendance swelled to 280 attendees who appeared to be having a great time. The effort of many volunteers make the event a big success. - The Witness Team

Deb and Mike Martin and their son, Shea, thank the congregation for their expressions of concern, prayers, and cards. Shea is now conscious and ambulatory with the help of a walker and has been moved out of the ICU into the burn unit, where he will continue his recovery before moving to a rehab facility.

We wish to thank our church family for the many calls, visits, and expressions of sympathy before and after the passing of mother. ~ Ruby and John Minnich

We have received many cards and felt the prayers of the congregation and want to thank everyone for their love and concern during this time of grief at death of Vivian's mother, Mary Margaret Bowman Edwards at age 98.
Thank you and blessings, Don & Vivian Hubbell
3 Barb Wueschinski
4 Dolly Furst
8 Jill McCracken
8 Jan Vuono
8 Brad Striebig
10 Dianne Hollinger
10 Jess Dietrich
15 Greg Klinedinst
18 Dolores Mann
19 Tanner Martin
20 Carlyn Hoke

If your birthday is in  NOVEMBER and it is not on the below list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.

20 Bob Fitzkee
20 John Copenheaver
21 Elizabeth Eisenhart
21 Dan Snook
22 Charles Innerst
22 Bernadette Snook
24 Pat Paules
25  Laura (Thomas) Lash 
27  Michelle Sauder
29  Tammy Stehr
29 Luke Baldwin
Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies presents A Conversation with Clarence Spohn about Printing in Ephrata ,” on Tuesday, November 12 , 7:30 p.m., in the Bucher Meetinghouse . Spohn, who worked at the Ephrata Cloister from 1968 to 1996, will discuss his collection of imprints from the early presses. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit .
"Notes from the Console," Article 15, By Mike Frock

"What are all those little numbers?" Part 5-Other Uses

I used two common hymns in the example in the last article, thinking that you might be able to do those switches in your head without having a hymnal in front of you. But the most frequent use of this switch is to sing the lyrics of an unfamiliar hymn to the tune of a well-known hymn. So, maybe the person choosing the hymns really likes the lyrics to hymn #540 "Oh, for a closer walk with God," which is a hymn that I don't think has ever been sung here. It is also a little bit odd in that it does not have a time signature, but the hymn is listed with a poetic meter of CM. So maybe instead of trying to learn this new tune, the congregation could turn to hymn #540 and sing those lyrics, but to the tune of "Amazing grace!" So, reasons for making this kind of switch may be that a tune is unfamiliar or challenging (rhythm, range, etc.).

Or conversely, it may be that a tune is overused, and one wants something new, a variety, and/or a challenge. Maybe instead of singing #119 "Praise God from whom" to the OLD HUNDREDTH tune, the hymn has a poetic meter of LM (Long Meter 88.88), and the lyrics could be sung to any of the other 56 hymns tunes with that poetic meter. A rare use of the Metrical Index might be on the off-chance that the person picking the hymns would want to sing two hymns that have the same tune, such as #89 "For the beauty of the earth" and #218 "As with gladness men of old" (both to the tune of DIX), one tune could be changed. Lastly, the Metrical Index can be used to find a tune with a certain poetic meter to match to a piece of poetry without music. Maybe a poem is found or there is a wordsmith in the congregation who composes a poetic text, and that piece of poetry has a pertinent message which might make a good hymn. You can figure out the poetic meter of the poem and reference the Metrical Index to find a tune which would match that poetic meter. 
Scripture Lesson:   Luke 18:15-17
Message:   “Let the Children Come”
Worship Attendance: 140
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.
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“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”