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September 1, 2019

Proverbs 25:6-14
   Luke 14:1,7-14  

    “A Humble Place”

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

  • This week's e-news and the September calendar, which can also be viewed here
  • September Church of the Brethren Newsline Digest 
  • 2019 Annual Conference Wrap-up
The wrap-up DVD is now available for anyone to borrow, view, and return. Please contact the church office to make sure it is available when you want to sign it out.
Click for Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School
Caroline Wolfe Summer Recital with Leah Jorgensen ~The recital is held at Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane,York, PA 17404 on Saturday, August 31 at 7pm
Summer is not officially over until you attend my annual summer recital in tandem with Leah Jorgensen!  This year's recital, called A Light in the Darkness , features music for French horn (Leah Jorgensen), euphonium (Jordan Moore), ocarina (also Jordan), piano (Randy Yoder), and voice (me).  There will be solo music, duets, and trios performed a capella and in collaboration with piano.
As you may know, York County has lost many fine musicians in the past year. Mike Baldwin (piano/organ) passed away last July, followed by Randal Woodfield (baritone) in November and Justine Boyle (oboe/saxophone) this March. To honor these individuals, a portion of the program is dedicated to them and will be performed in their memory. Please consider attending to celebrate these lives.
We hope to see you there! ~ Caroline Wolfe

The choir had the month of February off this 2018-2019 season. To make up that time we sang through the first 3 Sundays in July. It was a welcome change for our summer season due to the fact that the choir was not absent for so much of the summer. Soloists for the remainder of the summer are practicing their music to inspire you through the end of the summer season.

Sept 1 - Dan Snook, our choir member and wonderful storyteller will be blessing us with some music from the piano. I am excited to hear him play the offertory.
Also, our baritone Chancel Choir soloist Barry Hollinger will be singing for us.

Sept 8 - Our 2019-2020 choir season begins.

David Diehl
Brethren Disaster Relief Auction will be held Fri., Sept. 27 & Sat., Sept. 28 at Lebanon Valley Expo Center. Books now available in lobby.
Runners for 5-K Run can pick up papers to register. Turn in as soon as possible. Registration is FREE, if turned in at our Church.
AND***Again this year a Donor will MATCH UP TO $ 4,000.00 for the Run. All money raised will go to Disaster Relief.
Cash should be put in envelopes and marked for 5-K Run. Checks made out to York FCOB and on memo line PLEASE put 5-K Run so it goes there and you will also get credit for tax purposes. Thank You!

There is a box in the Lobby for which we are collecting NEW TOYS for the Children's Auction. GAMES, BOOKS, PUZZLES, TOYS, ETC. will be Appreciated. Thanks!
Upcoming Events
OWLS VISIT to KING & BELVIDERE - Sept. 12, 2019
Everyone is invited to join the OWLS to visit our former 1st Church facility at King and Belvidere streets on Thursday September 12, to learn about the clinic now operating there in the former church school area of the building. We will meet at our current church location at 11:00am with those who wish to car-pool to the Central Diner located on North George street for 11:30am lunch. (Or meet us at the diner.) We are scheduled to meet at the Clinic at King & Belvidere at 1:00pm. Park at the back of the church and enter by the back door. Note there are some steps to negotiate on the tour. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by Sunday September 8 and indicate if you are joining us to car-pool (11:00), at the diner (11:30), or at the clinic (1:00). We are looking forward to learning more about how our former facility is being used to serve the community around it.
Upcoming Events:
October 10 – Eleanor Issacson “Little Girl Survives the Holocaust”
November 14 – TBA
December 12 – Christmas Tea
SOUP KITCHEN - Sept. 13, 2019 Sign up in the narthex to make a casserole or to work at the Soup Kitchen on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) PLEASE add your name and number of casseroles, to the SIGN UP sheet, so we can let the Soup Kitchen know how many casseroles to expect.  
LADIES BIBLE STUDY - Starting Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at 9:30 am in the Church Lounge.   Our study this year will be “The GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE”. Lots of Christians talk about the gospel but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? We will focus on nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, practical exercises, “The Gospel-Centered” Life helps participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life.
This year, the class teaching and leading will be a bit diversified with three different leaders rather than one. Your leaders will be Dolly Furst, Mary Esther Anderson and Judy Yingling, who will alternate weeks of teaching and discussion. We are hoping you will enjoy the different teaching styles that should benefit each of you in drawing closer to Jesus.
We welcome all ladies of all ages, so if you think you would be interested in joining us, please let Dolly Furst know by Sunday, Sept 1 , so a book can be ordered for you.  You may call (717) 244-8218 or Email her at or see her at church.  The cost of the book will be $12. Payment is not due until the first class on Sept 17. 
PEACE DAY - September 22, 2019 (Sunday)
The Spiritual Enrichment Team invites everyone to a special service and meal to mark International Peace Day this year. We will host Pastor Belita Mitchell as our preacher during worship and speaker for a program following the lunch hour. Mark your calendars for this important time of witness and prayer for peace in our world.
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 will be starting a second Sunday School class for our children. This means that we are in need of additional teachers and helpers.  Our plan is to 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

Calling all children ages 4 to 6th grade J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Choir will begin practicing Sunday Sept. 29th at 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 will 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 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!
What’s new at Online Giving?
5K Run – Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

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!!!!!
We want to thank everyone for your prayers, concern, and cards for our grandson, Carter, our son, Travis and his wife, Shelby. It meant so much to all of us. ~ Karen & Scott Bowman and Travis & Shelby Bowman

2    Sarah Dietrich
4    Lisa Striebig
4    Daniel Beuschlein
4   Alexander Baldwin
5    Ed Martin
5    Judy Richcreek
6    Leonard Stoner
6   Diane Colvin
7    Evan Brickner
8    Joann Klinedinst
10  Ruby Minnich      
If your birthday is in  SEPTEMBER and it is not on the below list or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.  

11    Linda Horner
11    James Knaub
12    Bonnie Wetzel
13    Steve Jones
14    Michele Gibbel
15    Peg Crist
16    Bernetta Kile
17    Dave Jacobs
23    Arlene Martin
25    Hannah Taylor
26    Bob Drawbaugh
Save the Date     
(More information will be provided for these events)

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 - Love Feast following Worship

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 - Work Day at New Windsor

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 - Congregational Forum following Worship

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 - Camp Eder Fallfest, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 - Trick or Trunk, 5:30 PM
"Notes from the Console," Article 6, By Mike Frock

This week's Prelude is the tenth of eleven variations Bach composed based on a hymn titled "Be Thou Welcome, Gentle Jesus."  I wanted to give you some insight into his compositional process since the form in this week's piece is so well delineated. When Bach writes a fugue, variation, or fantasia based on a hymn, the melody line of the hymn becomes what is called the cantus firmus (cf) in his piece. Depending on the piece, the cf can be embellished, but as a rule, it is not changed. In last week's Prelude, he took the cf and made it the bass line in the piece (played on the pedals). Everything else played on either manual was original material composed by Bach to create new harmonies above the cf. This week's piece is the opposite in that each note of the cf is a prolonged note in the highest voice, and everything below these notes is original material. Each note of the cf gets it's own measure (the piece is in a slow 3/4 so each cf note is a dotted half note and has six slow moving eighth notes underneath). Even more revealing than the length of the cf notes is that the cf will be played by itself on the Swell manual using an Oboe stop, which is a distinctive reed stop which cuts through everything else. All of the original material will be played using a blend of softer principal, flute, and string stops on the Great manual and the Pedals.
The form of the piece alternates in about eight-measure phrases (sometimes seven- or nine-measure phrases) where the first phrase is entirely original material all played on the softer stops, then the next phrase is the cf played on Oboe and the other material played on the softer stops. This pattern continues until the cf has come in 6 times, and finishes with another phrase of original material. In this manner, the 51-note cf comprises 51 of the 105 measures of the piece. The fifth and sixth times the cf appears, it is in harmony, so two notes at a time are played with the Oboe sound. Some of the dotted half note cf notes are embellished with a trill, but they are always the full measure (three beats). Given that we are not familiar with this hymn, it would be very difficult for anyone listening today to hear the melody of the hymn with it being broken into sections and with one verse of the hymn being prolonged over the entire duration of the variation, about eight minutes. Given the fact that Bach wrote eleven variations on this hymn, it is a fair assumption that this used to be a popular hymn, and it was probably a lot easier for listeners of the day to follow the cf. However, now that you have an understanding of the form and registration of the piece, you should at least be able to distinguish what is cf and what is not, and have an understanding as to why that annoying nasally Oboe is playing all of those really long notes.
Scripture Lesson:  Luke 13:10-21
Message:      “Always at Work”
Worship Attendance: 115
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”