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10:30 AM - Worship, Sanctuary

October 13, 2019

Luke 17:11-19
2 Timothy 2:8-15

“Remember and Give Thanks”

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

  • This week's e-news and the October calendar, which can also be viewed here
  • October Church of the Brethren Newsline Digest
Click for Calendar of Events, Friends to Remember in Prayer, & Sunday School
Upcoming Events
Trick or Trunk - October 23, 2019 (Wednesday ) - 5:30 PM, Come join us for this annual community event! Volunteers are needed to decorate your trunks and distribute candy/trinkets to the children, assist with light snacks in Fellowship Hall, direct cars and participants in the parking lot, and assist with cleanup. Signup sheets are available in the narthex. Come on out, and invite anyone with children to join us!
There is a basket in the narthex for anyone who wants to donate candy.
CDC Sunday - October 27, 2019 - The last Sunday in October, we will welcome many staff persons, children, and families who are part of the Child Development Center which operates in our church building. Expect many visitors, and a special time of worship focused on the children and recognizing those who serve as teachers in the CDC. Some of the children will sing for us during worship, artwork will be on display, and more! Please plan to attend and greet the many people who are part of the CDC program. It will be a great day to celebrate all that they do!
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 have started a second Sunday School class for our children. This means that we are in need of additional teachers and helpers. We now 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

Singing this Sunday! 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!
Parish Resource Center Events

Church leaders and anyone else who is interested - click below or visit their website at parishresourcecenter.or g 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!
Anyone interested in attending the below workshops at PRC and want to car pool
see Diane Gibble.
Explore Christian Response To Immigration (Oct. 15 7-8:30)
Children and Music Awesome Worship (Nov. 11 7-8:30)
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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!
Dear First Church Friends , Spencer and I are so very thankful for all your prayers. I felt loved and lifted up to God. I'm home now and feeling good. I have very little pain, and I'm following my surgeons instructions. Spencer is home taking care of me this week, so I'm very thankful for that, too. We're waiting to hear back from the lab and praying for a clean, cancer free result. Please keep praying for us. We send you our love and gratefulness.  Feeling Very Blest, Chris and Spencer Ginder

 P. 17 - John & Ruby Minnich's new address: 3470 Carlisle Road, Dover, PA 17315
Add Cell phone numbers: John’s Cell (717) 818-8911, Ruby’s cell (717) 968-0464
P. 22 - Carmon & Thessa Sollenberger's new address: 6460 Common Circle, Apt. 105,
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Event at Elizabethtown College ~ Ann Hostetler presents “A Life Revealed in Letters: Insights from the Correspondence of John A. Hostetler” on Tuesday, October 15th,
7:30 p.m., at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Hostetler, professor of English at Goshen College and editor of the  Journal of Mennonite Writing , will discuss changes in her father’s thinking and interpretation as he emerged from an Amish family, gained higher education, and became the leading cultural interpreter of the Amish in the second half of the 20 th century. For more information, call 717-361-1470 or visit .
Notes from the Console," Article 12, By Mike Frock

The Offertory this week is an arrangement of the hymn “Jesus Paid It All.” This sounds like a quintessential Good Friday hymn, and indeed it is located in the Celebration Hymnal under the section The Life of Christ: Suffering and Death. However, the core of the lyrics is that one is unable to attain salvation through personal strength, but only through the blood of Jesus. While this hymn is certainly appropriate for the Easter season, the lyrics also provide a message that is not limited to one day, week, or season. In fact, this piece comes from a September/October issue of The Organist, and not a March/April issue which is their usual Lenten/Easter issue.
The Postlude this week is a piece titled “Rigaudon” by Jean-Baptiste Lully. A Rigaudon (or Rigadon, or Rigadoon) is a type of French Baroque dance in duple meter. This form originated as a type of seventeenth century folk dance and became a popular court dance under King Louis XIV. Lully (1632-1687) was born in Florence, Italy, but lived and worked in France, and was more of a French composer than an Italian composer. He was a dancer, instrumentalist on guitar and violin, and composer of both instrumental and vocal music. Lully worked in the court of King Louis XIV, and it is not surprising that he composed much dance music. He is credited with creating the French overture, the comédie-ballet, and the French opera. Moreover, Lully is remembered as a master of the French Baroque style. 
Scripture Lesson:    Lamentations 1:1-6,3:19-26  
Message:       “Afflicted with Hope”
Worship Attendance: 90
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.
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“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”