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December 4, 2022


Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13



“The Gift of Peace”


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Advent Peace:

With the Spirit of the Lord, Christ Welcomes You

This Sunday the Advent season continues, a time of waiting in expectation for the coming of Christ which we will celebrate at Christmas. This week we will be reminded of the desire we all have for peace, both inside and outside of ourselves.

The prophet Isaiah foretold an ideal ruler who was to come, noting his wisdom, counsel, and knowledge of the Lord. We who know Jesus can recognize that this vision has come to fruition already... and yet we might still live with a certain tension, believing some things about God but not fully at home in relationship with Jesus, God-with-us.

May we find the God of hope and peace and truly come to know the one who has made God known, destined to be praised not for his power but for his mercy. Be encouraged and welcome one another, just as Christ welcomes all.

Come and worship with us this season each week, joining our voices and spirits in recognition of the God who has come to us and dwells among us always. All are welcome.

Live Stream Worship

Our worship services are available via YouTube for those who wish to join that way. Click the link above to join us at 10:30 AM Sunday or anytime afterward.  DVD copies of the services are also available.

Click here to view the bulletin for this Sunday.

This Sunday's Bulletin

"Christmas From Scratch" Children's Musical

Saturday December 3

Plan to come out Saturday, December 3 at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary to support our church's young peoples as well as CDC children as they bring Christmas to life and do it ALL from scratch!! Share in the journey of our "homeless" cast as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. Watch as they begin with grumpy faces and sing "I don't want Christmas" all the way through to where they wonder if Mary and Joseph felt the same as they do, and eventually learn that all Jesus wants is our hearts. They have worked hard and would love to have a large audience. 


Join us for a small reception in the Narthex after the musical to celebrate the children and the amazing job they did. We know this musical performance will truly make you feel the Christmas spirit and start your holiday season with a bang!!

~Rebecca Wolf, Director

Winter Craft Show and Gift Fair

All are welcome to attend this new event in our Fellowship Hall on Saturday December 3 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Expect many vendors with a variety of crafts, gifts, refreshments, plus Santa and face painting for children! The event is free to enter, and proceeds will benefit our Child Development Center. Thank you to the CDC staff for coordinating and hosting this event. It will coincide with our Christmas Musical, so please attend both in one trip!


Saturday, December 3

9:00 am Winter Craft Show & Gift Fair – FH

11:00 am "Christmas from Scratch" Musical Performance – Sanctuary

Sunday, December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 6

9:30 am Pack Cookies for Truck Stop/Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

4:00 pm Food Pantry Open 4:00 to 5:30 pm


Wednesday, December 7

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-Purpose Room

1:30 pm Shared Ministry Priorities Team – Multi-Purpose Room


Thursday, December 8

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, December 9

8:30 am Soup Kitchen – (Casseroles due at church by 8:30)


Saturday, December 10

9:30 am Food Pantry Open 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon

6:00 pm Rebecca Wolf – Sanctuary/Gathering Area

Sunday, December 11 – Third Sunday of Advent

9:00 am Advent Breakfast - FH

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Church Calendar

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Prayer Requests

Additions and updates for prayer list or calendar of events are welcome by contacting the church office.

Special note for all Ministry Teams: Please notify the church office with any upcoming meetings or events for your team so we can add these dates to the calendar.

Sunday School News

There will be no Sunday School on December 11, December 25, and January 1

Children's Sunday School Classes

9:00 AM in Rooms 151, 152, and 155. Children grades PreK (age 4) and up will have class lessons, with singing included as well. Children ages 3-4 and younger are welcome to attend nursery care.


Youth Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in the Youth Room 149. Teacher Dave Witkovsky. This class is for youth in grades 6-12. Preparation for Advent Breakfast crafts will be the project this Sunday.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. The class will begin studying the new "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum, this winter's series entitled "From Darkness to Light."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. The class is studying Bob Goff's "Dream Big".


Homebuilders Sunday School Class

8:00 AM by conference call, holding class remotely. To join, contact Mike Martin at 717-840-4184 or and leave a phone number. The class studies lessons from the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum. 

Children's Ministry Schedule
Online Giving

Online Giving is safe, easy, and convenient. Sign up by going 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!

Church Website
Online Giving


We will begin taking orders for poinsettias this Sunday. There will be someone at the table outside the sanctuary on the following Sundays: December 4 and December 11.

You may purchase them “in honor, in memory, or in appreciation of" loved ones if you wish.

The cost is $ 10.00 each for a red 6" poinsettia. You may also email ( or call the church office (717) 755-0307 to place your order. 


Advent Breakfast on Sunday December 11th at 9:00 am

Sign-up sheets to bring a dish to share and to loan out personal nativity scene or other decor for centerpieces are on the counter in Gathering Area. 

Please plan to come even if you don’t sign up to bring a dish - your presence is valued!

Setup is on Saturday December 10th at 5:30 pm.


"Simple Gifts" by Kathy Fuller Guisewite

Advent devotional books are available for pick up in the Narthex.

Please take one per household and let it guide you this Advent Season.

Every part of the Christmas story is miraculous. God’s love was made manifest in a lowly barn, in the dark of night, for ordinary people. We need not believe that we must do anything extraordinary to make this season magical. There’s no need to worry about shopping for it or allowing the stresses of life to weigh us down. Perhaps if we practice leaning into the simplicity of the holy story and the sacredness of our ordinary lives, we will find joy and peace.

Upcoming Events


Saturday December 3 - "Christmas from Scratch" Children's Musical, 11:00 AM

Christmas Craft Fair 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Sunday December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent

Advent Breakfast 9:00 AM, Fellowship Hall

Sunday December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Holiday Strings Concert for Joanna 4:00 PM, Sanctuary

Saturday December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 PM

Sunday December 25 - Christmas Day Worship 10:30 AM


Sunday, December 4th

3:00 PM

First Baptist Church, 3375 Druck Valley Rd., York, Pa 17406






Christmas & cookies all go together,

Sunshine or rain, no matter the weather.


So, bake those cookies for Christmas now,

Freeze for Truck Stop Ministry’s chow.


Truckers on the road all night,

Need a lift and something bright.


So, bake those cookies because the clock is ticking,

Bring to the church lounge for the truckers picking,


And know the job of giving something so small,

Is a job that is BIG and appreciated by ALL!

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, December 9, 2022

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, December 9, 2022 (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

PLEASE contact Sandi to add your name and number of casseroles, so we can let

Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen know how many casseroles to expect.

The pans are located in the church lounge. Thank you! 




“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” ~ John 1:5-11


Come and join us for an evening of family festive fun! The woods will be illuminated with lots and lots of Christmas lights, warm fires, hot cocoa and children activities will be happening each night. This is a beautiful festival you most certainly will not want to miss!

Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10, 5pm - 9pm

● Christmas Lights & Music

● Hay Rides - Friday & Saturday Night 5-8pm

● Tree Decorating Contest

● Delicious Turkey Dinner & Soup (per donation)

● Luminary Garden (honoring our loved ones)

● Decorated Trees

● Warm Drinks and Lots of Cookies (free)

● Bake Sale

● Kid's Activities

● Cozy Fires

● Live Music

Click on button below to view the Sponsorship Form for the Christmas Tree Festival 

Sponsorship Form



Sunday, December 18, 2022, 4:00PM

York First Church of the Brethren

Local artists perform classic and

pop holiday music.

Click on button below to view the

flyer for this event.

Holiday Concert Flyer



For Grades 1st - 12th & Shining Stars Campers

Arrive 7PM Friday - Pickup 2PM Sunday

Grab your sleds and strap on your snow boots and join us for a weekend of winter fun at Camp Eder!

Click below to register online or

contact Camp Eder at or (717) 642-8256

Online Registration
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

2022 Annual Conference Wrap-Up DVD is available to borrow in the church office. There will be a sign up sheet in the office to take the DVD.

You may want to contact the church office to make sure the DVD is available for pick up.

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

December issue of the Southern PA District Newsletter

Click on the button for current

Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline


How Heifer International Began: In 1944, Dan West began outlining a simple but groundbreaking plan to tackle hunger around the world. West, a farmer from the Midwest and Church of the Brethren member, had recently returned from feeding weary refugees during volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War. He’d seen firsthand that giving people food was a short-term solution, whereas providing them with animals offered a steady supply of nutritious food for an entire family. His philosophy still inspires Heifer’s work today. Partnering with farmers across a range of different livestock and crops, we create unique solutions to local challenges. Together, we build inclusive, resilient economies, so communities can develop effective ways to end global hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.

In coming weeks there will be more information about Heifer International history. 




02       Melinda Carlson

04       Haley Grace Yingling

04       Paige Noelle Yingling

07       Brynleigh McCracken

08       Todd Plymire

10       Barbara Rollman

12       Bob Stoolmaker

12       Tim Beckwith

14       Peggy Metzger

14       Christina Deitch

14       Kelly Boogher

If your birthday is in DECEMBER and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

15       Dave Bradfield, Sr. 

16       Brad Shenk

17       Jon Beuschlein

17       Linda Min

18       Eric Brickner

18       Julie Ilyes

21       Lindsey McCracken

23       Dave McCracken

24       Matthew Klinedinst

26       Emma Stoolmaker

29       Stephen M. Hoover

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 2022 the gift card sales will support The Lehman Center (Children’s Aid Society), New Community Project, Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, and LifePath Christian Ministries (formerly York Rescue Mission). You may purchase the cards in amounts of $100, $50, $25, or $10. 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.

If you’d like to support this program, please see Becky Wenger before/after worship service OR mail your check (paid to York First Church) to 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408 and your cards will be mailed to you.

The Education Team would like to share free monthly video links from Teepa Snow. Hoping you will get a chance to watch them and learn something that may be helpful when dealing with those you come in contact with who have dementia.

Teepa Snow’s care strategies and techniques look at what is known about brain function and changes that happen with various conditions and integrate that information with therapeutic approaches. December's link is:

The GEMS characteristics focus on ability instead of loss and are an invaluable tool to assist with changing abilities that impact relationships and expectations.



Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:8-14


“The Gift of Hope”


Pastor Joel Gibbel can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to noon, and usually well into the afternoon as well. Some afternoons and evenings may be 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 mobile 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”