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November 13, 2022


1 John 1:1-5

1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16



“Symbols of our Faith”


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and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

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Happening This Week

Symbols of Faith:

Pointing us to Christ

This Sunday in worship we will share a somewhat unique message and theme, an exploration of the meaning and significance of various "symbols" that are present in our sanctuary and elsewhere in our church's past and present.

We'll be reminded of the meaning of these core symbols that we treasure as a church, and more importantly the centrality of Jesus for our lives and faith, our one foundation upon which we are built. Come and join us for worship this week as we sing, pray, and receive words of instruction and inspiration. 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


Saturday, November 12

          9:30 am Food Pantry Open (9:30 am to 12:00 pm)


Sunday, November 13

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

11:30 am Christmas from Scratch Practice – Sanctuary


Monday, November 14

6:00 pm Education Ministry – Lounge

Tuesday, November 15

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

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

6:45 pm Worship Design Team – Lounge/Multi-Purpose Room

Wednesday, November 16

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-Purpose Room

1:00 pm Pastoral Compensation Advisement Committee – Multi-purpose room


Thursday, November 17

10:00 am Prayer Shawl – Lounge

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary


Saturday, November 19

11:30 am Christmas from Scratch Practice – Sanctuary


Sunday, November 20

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Church Calendar

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Click for Friends to Remember in Prayer

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

Children's Sunday School Classes

Sunday mornings at 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 Membership Class

Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Youth Room 149

Teachers are Pastor Joel and Dave Witkovsky. We'll be following the "Heart, Soul, and Mind" curriculum. This class is for youth in grades 6-12. Consistent attendance for this important class series is strongly encouraged.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in Room 154. The class will be studying the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum, this fall's series entitled "God's Exceptional Choice."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in Room 145. The class is studying Max Lucado's "Begin Again."


Homebuilders Sunday School Class

Sunday mornings at 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

CDC Director Announcement

The CDC Board is pleased to announce that

Kim Barron Moore has been named

Director of the Child Development Center.

Please click on the button below for the full announcement and more information about Kim's experience and family.

Please hold Kim and all Child Development Center teachers in your prayers this season. We look forward to an increasingly positive relationship and fruitful collaboration in the months and years to come.

CDC Director Announcement


"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


Sunday November 20 - Baptisms, 10:30 AM Worship

Sunday November 27 - First Sunday of Advent

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

Please click on button for an Invitation To The Friends of Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Annual Meeting


The Friends of CKV are having their annual Naylor's Candy Sale ~ Peanut Crunch, Butter Mints, Cashew Crunch.



Please make checks out to

“Friends of CKV”

Order Form




“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
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

October/November issue of the Southern PA District Newsletter

Click on the button for current

Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline


A few people are needed to help with our coffee service on Sunday mornings. It is very easy to do because it is pre-measured. We could use your help. You may have noticed how much our church family appreciates it. If you can help please call, message, or email me, Jayne Baldwin (717) 676-1957.

I want to say thank you so much to my church family for your prayers, cards, and words of comfort through my cancer diagnosis. Each message seemed to come at just the right time. Your support is so appreciated. ~ Jayne Baldwin

Lehman Center "Wish List"

Items for donation to the Lehman

Center are being collected in the

basket in the Gathering Area. Due

to changes in the food pantry

operations, these must be

collected separately from food

pantry supplies. Here are some

items that are needed at Lehman


Here are some items that are needed at Lehman Center.

Instant pudding (chocolate, banana)

Instant jello (orange, blue, green, grape, cherry)

Can fruit (pears, pineapples, fruit cocktail)

Applesauce (individual or jar)

Can vegetables (lima beans, peas, green beans) Baby food - all stages

Baby snacks 

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 you check to 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408 and your cards will be mailed to you. Make your check out to York First Church.

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. November's link is:

Your noticing changes- Dementia 101-Difference between Forgetfulness and Alzheimer's visit:

Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies presents “Peacemaking Beyond the Boundary: Lessons from EYN,” by Dauda A. Gava on    

Mon., Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m., in the Bucher Meetinghouse. Gava is currently International Scholar in Residence at Bethany Theological Seminary, in Richmond, Indiana. He is the provost of Kulp Theological Seminary, the theology school of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. If attending in person, use GPS address 450 Campus Rd, Elizabethtown, PA to arrive at the Young Center, a fully accessible building. In addition to being held in person, this event will also be livestreamed at



Matthew 22:15-22 

Philippians 3:17-21


“Things that are God’s”


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. 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”