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10:30 AM - Worship, Sanctuary

December 1, 2019

     Isaiah 2:1-5, Luke 1:76-79
       “War No More” 
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list of Holiday Happenings!
The following resources are available on the table in the Gathering Area:

  • This week's e-news and the December calendar, which can also be viewed here
Click for Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School
Upcoming Events
ADVENT BREAKFAST, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 , 9:00 am - Start off your day at the annual Advent Breakfast. Food is being provided. Activities for the children and crafts for all ages are being planned. No sign-up needed. Just come and enjoy!
On Thursday, December 12 the Homebuilder’s Classroom 154 will be transformed into the OWLS TEA-ROOM and decorated for the season.
Join us at noon for tea, soup and sandwiches prepared by Dolly Furst, cookies shared by those gathered, (bring along a half dozen of your favorites to share if you want to) and enjoy a time of good food and fellowship in the Christmas Spirit. The program will be a 45 minute DVD of “ An Old Fashioned Christmas” – familiar Christmas songs & carols, sung in beautiful surroundings. 
Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by December 8 so we know how many to prepare for. 
Coming events – January 9 – Reorganize and plan for 2020
SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 Sign up in the narthex to make a casserole or to work at the Soup Kitchen on Friday, Dec. 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.  
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     
Nursery Caregivers Needed!
In the recent weeks we have experienced a boom of young ones in the nursery during both Sunday School and Worship. This is so exciting! But to care for these little ones, we need more help. There are between 16-20 volunteer slots to fill each month. How can you help out?  
        * A love for children 
        * A desire to support and encourage parents of young children 
        * An interest in seeing our congregation grow 
         * Background checks are required.  
Please contact Michele Gibbel ( ) to be added to the rotation or with any questions. Thank you. 
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!
COOKIE BAKERS NEEDED - The Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry
REMINDER - Homemade Cookies Needed
Bring your homemade cookies to the lounge on Sunday morning, December 1, and place on the table. Thank you for sharing the love of Christ with others.

December 3 - Class will meet at 9:30 a.m., in Lounge for a short lesson by Judy Yingling. We will transfer to the Homebuilders room (time to be announced later) to bag cookies for the Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry.

December 10 - Will be our last lesson for the 2019 year.

December 17 - Will be our Christmas Luncheon at the Eagles Nest Restaurant. We will meet at the restaurant at 11:45 a.m.  SIGN UP SHEET will be on snack table next Tuesday if you wish to attend. We will need to place reservations.   DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP is December 10 .

January 7 - We will reconvene for Ladies Bible Study for the 2020 Winter session.
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!
Thanks to everyone who supported the Friends of Cross Keys Village for 2019 with your prayers, gifts of your time as you volunteer for the activities that help the residents enjoy the activities that take place all year long. Thank you for the used stamps, keep them coming.
God Bless You. Keyperson, Anna Miller

I am slowly recovering from my surgery. Thank you to Pastor Joel and deacons, Greg and Deb Klinedinst for the anointing service. I truly appreciate the cards, phone calls, prayers and prayer shawl. These expressions of your care and concern mean a great deal to me. Thank you! Nancy Jones

Thank You for the Many Donations ~Thank you for your overwhelming response to the request for donations to our Food Pantry. We received so many food items it took over an hour to place them all on the shelves. We also received over $225 in cash and gift card donations. Your generous outpouring is appreciated and allows us to continue to serve those in our community who need food. A big, heart-felt thank you, First Church!
From your Witness Team

2 Melinda Carlson
2 Larry Logue
4 Haley Grace Yingling
4 Paige Noelle Yingling
7 Brynleigh McCracken 
8 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 it is not on the below list 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  

“Catch the Spirit, Build for the Future” has been chosen as the theme for our Capital Fund Campaign. As we prepare to launch the campaign, we want to share with you two tax saving options that may be available to you as you consider your pledge to the campaign. You will need to complete these transactions prior to December 31 st for the 2019 tax year. These options are qualified charitable distributions and donation of appreciated securities.

Qualified Charitable Distribution
If you are age 70½ or older, IRS rules require you to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) each year from your tax-deferred IRA’s. This additional taxable income may push you into a higher tax bracket and may also reduce your eligibility for certain tax credits and deductions. For example, your taxable income helps determine the amount of your Social Security benefits that are subject to taxes. Keeping your taxable income level lower may also help reduce your potential exposure to higher Medicare premiums. To eliminate or reduce the impact of RMD income, you may want to consider making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from an IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. Amounts distributed as a QCD can be counted toward satisfying your RMD for the year and can also be excluded from your taxable income. This is not the case with a regular withdrawal from an IRA, even if you use the money to make a charitable contribution later on. In this scenario, the withdrawal would be counted as taxable income. You must be at least 70½ years old at the time you request a QCD. If you process a distribution prior to reaching age 70½, the distribution will be treated as taxable income.
Funds must be transferred directly from your IRA custodian to the qualified charity. This is accomplished by requesting your IRA custodian issue a check from your IRA payable to the charity. You can then request that the check be mailed to the charity, or forward the check to the charity yourself.

Donation of Appreciated Securities
With the stock market setting all-time record highs, many investors are holding securities in their taxable accounts that have appreciated in value. Appreciated securities are investments that have increased in value from the time they were purchased, and can take the form of publicly traded stock, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closely held stock, or mutual funds. For example, if a stock was purchased for $30 per share and sold for $50 per share, the stock has appreciated by $20 per share. When appreciated stock is sold, the owner generally realizes capital gains equal to the appreciation and may be liable for either short-term or long-term capital gains taxes. With a charitable gift of appreciated securities, the donation you make and the deduction you get are greater than they would be if you were to sell the shares and donate the cash proceeds instead. That is because when you donate shares, you avoid paying the capital gains tax. The church will receive the full market value of the securities donated.
We encourage you to take advantage of these tax saving measures as you finalize your year-end giving.
"Notes from the Console," Article 19, By Mike Frock

Psalms, Psalters, and Psalmody
You are all familiar with the book of Psalms which contains 150 chapters or individual Psalms (some other denominations have up to 155, or 173 if you include the apocryphal book of the Psalms of Solomon). And you have probably heard that the book of Psalms was written by or credited to David, although most modern scholars do not accept this. Just as hymns are contained in a book called a hymnal, there is a book of Psalms called a Psalter. In addition to the Psalms themselves, a Psalter may contain other liturgical materials such as a calendar, litanies, canticles, prayers, and/or devotions. The oldest extant Psalter dates from the fifth century. If anyone has ever heard of the word “hymnody,” then psalmody would be its counterpart. While hymnody/psalmody can refer to singing, writing, or arranging hymns/Psalms, I think a more common use of these words is to describe hymns/Psalms as a whole or those things that relate or pertain to hymns/Psalms. E.g. I might say, “In the world of hymnody/psalmody…”
The Psalms were more than likely written over the course of about five centuries, starting about 500 BC. By the first century BC, the Psalms had started to be collected, and would have been an important part of Jewish worship by the time of Jesus. Psalms were the hymns of the day with singing and instrumental accompaniment. While most of the music has been lost over the centuries, some music does still exist in liturgical chants. What has survived is the poetry which we use today mostly as prayer text. While hymns have existed as long as religion, the Psalms were used in worship almost exclusively until the fourth century. But it was not until the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s when Martin Luther began to give hymns equal status to the Psalms. And even then, John Calvin only allowed Psalms and not hymns in his church. This is a practice called Exclusive Psalmody and is still practiced in some very conservative Protestant denominations, mostly Reformed Presbyterian denominations. While the use of Psalms as an integral part of the worship service remains strong in Judaism and some Christian denominations (Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, etc.), in most Protestant denominations their use had been replaced by hymns by the twentieth century. However, Protestants have set many of the Psalms to music and have used the poetry as the basis for many hymns. 
Scripture Lesson: Jeremiah 23:1-6,Colossians 1:11-20   
Message:      “Days are Coming”   
Worship Attendance: 96
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”