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November 10, 2019

Luke 20:27-38

“Children of the Resurrection”    
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
IN-GATHERING - November 24 (Sunday)
Plan to give and share above and beyond on Sunday the 24th (prior to the Thanksgiving holiday), as we will be collecting various items for donation to a local food bank and our food pantry. More information will be forthcoming, and we will also have a special time of distributing "blessings" to all who are present on that Sunday.
A LECTURE ON PEACEMAKING, November 20 (Wednesday) - You may be interested in attending a lecture at York College by Vamik Volkan entitled "Annual Perspectives on Peace". Mr. Volkan has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia. He is internationally known for his four decades of bringing together conflictual groups for dialogue and mutual understanding. Mr Volkan will be discussing peace from a psychological perspective. The lecture is Wed., November 20, 5:30 pm at DeMeester Recital Hall, York College. There is no charge to attend. For more information, go to this address:
ORDER POINSETTIAS - Nov. 17, 24 & Dec 1 (Sundays in the narthex) Order your poinsettias in honor or in memory of friends or loved ones. $10.00 for a 6 ½ inch pot with 5+ red blooms.

DECORATE THE NARTHEX AND SANCTUARY - Nov. 30 (Saturday) 9:00 am to noon - Volunteers are needed to help decorate the narthex and sanctuary for the Christmas season.
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list of Holiday Happenings
A Celebration of the Birth of Jesus,
Friday - Dec. 6th and Saturday - Dec. 7th , Daily 5 pm to 8 pm

Christmas Lights & Music Horse Carriage Rides Friday Night Hayrides Saturday Night 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
"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." John 1:5-11

Come 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!
Click on tab for the Sponsorship Form for this event.
This form is also on the bulletin board.
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
A WISH LIST for Heather Gibson and her 5 children that have been displaced due to a failed electrical inspection where they were told to leave quickly and was only able to take a few things from the house. These are the children that come to church with
Diane Gibble.  If you have any of the small items new or used you can give them to Diane. Thank you so much for helping and showing God's love. Pray they will find affordable housing. Please click on the tab for what they will need once they get housing.
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 LifePath Ministries, 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
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

P. 13 - Jess & Amie Dietrich's new address: 11 Sigsbee Ave., York, PA 17404
Phone number remains the same.  
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 16, By Mike Frock

"What are all those little numbers?" Part 6-Basic Considerations

I had said before that if two hymns have the same poetic meter, that their tunes and lyrics could "technically" be interchanged. This is true, and yes, “technically” is a bit of a qualifier. There are some matches that are more appropriate or work better than other matches. There are some things to be considered. One consideration is that the tune used should be familiar enough that the congregation can sing it without needing the music in front of them. This allows the singer to turn to another hymn and read the words from that page, again without having the music in front of them.  It is also sometimes easier just to print the lyrics in the weekly bulletin. That way the unused music on the lyrics page does not distract or confuse the singer.

While one wants to choose music that is familiar, one probably wants to avoid using tunes that are inextricably linked to a specific season (e.g. Christmas or Easter), or a specific text. So even though both hymns have CMD poetic meters, and you could sing the lyrics of #493 "I heard the voice of Jesus say" to the tune of #195 "It came upon a midnight clear," it would be kind of weird and/or confusing to sing a Christmas tune if it was not during the Christmas season. Lastly, there is the consideration of the mood or character of the two hymns. Imagine you have a crazy picture frame (think zebra stripes with purple polka dots and gold frill). This may be a great frame for that picture of you and your friends at Hersheypark, but it probably would not be the greatest choice for the Mona Lisa. Now think of the frame as the tune and the picture as the lyrics. Although both hymns are in CM poetic meter, one would not want to put the very solemn lyrics of #253 "Alas! and did my Savior bleed?" to the tune of the upbeat #110 "Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing." 
Scripture Lesson:   Luke 19:1-10
Message:   “A Climber Rescued”
Worship Attendance: 85
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”