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November 6, 2022


Matthew 22:15-22 

Philippians 3:17-21


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God and Government, Church and State is forever, the other is temporary. One deserves our whole selves in faithful commitment that we freely give, the other is corruptible and is unworthy of our full allegiance. Our Lord had quite explicit teaching on the question of taxes, and his words teach us about much more than just money. 

This Sunday in worship, recognizing that this coming week brings an election in our nation, we'll consider the relationship between government and our commitment to God in Christ Jesus. In whom do we affirm our true identity, our nation or our God? Have we been led to believe that country or political party matters more than faith, or that Christians ought to seek power in government in order to advance God's kingdom?

We'll be reminded that our ancestors in faith wanted nothing to do with such ideas, and neither should we. 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.

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This Sunday's Bulletin


Sunday, November 6 – Daylight Saving Time Ends

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

1:30 pm Youth Gathering - Youth Room

Tuesday, November 8

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:30 pm Leadership Team – Rm. 145

Thursday, November 10

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, November 11

8:30 am Soup Kitchen – (Casseroles due at church by 8:30)

6:00 pm Deacon Meeting – Rm. 154

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

Church Calendar

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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!

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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


November 9th


9:30 am - Gathering /Morning Program

Join us for a Chalk Talk done by Elva Hurst. This Chalk Talk will be about Faith and Thanksgiving, so we will listen to stories from the journals of Christopher Columbus and William Bradford. We will also hear about the perseverance of the pilgrims and how we can consider our own blessings!

12:00 pm Lunch - Pork Dinner, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Salad, & Apple Crisp

1:00 pm Afternoon Program - Christmas Story & Activity

Cost is $ 18.00, RSVP by calling (717) 642-8256 or Email:

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, November 11, 2022

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for

Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, November 11, 2022 (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) PLEASE contact Sandi to add your name and number of casseroles, so we can let

Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen know how many casseroles to expect.

The pans are located in the church lounge. Thank you! 

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
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

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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





03  Barb Wueschinski

04  Dolly Furst

08  Jill McCracken

08  Jan Vuono

08  Brad Striebig

10  Dianne Hollinger

10  Jess Dietrich

15  Greg Klinedinst

17  Rebecca Soyke

18  Dolores Mann

If your birthday is in NOVEMBER and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

20  Carlyn Hoke

20  Bob Fitzkee

20  John Copenheaver

21  Elizabeth Eisenhart

21  Dan Snook

22  Charles Innerst

22  Bernadette Snook

24  Pat Paules

25  Laura (Thomas) Lash

27  Michelle Sauder

29  Tammy Stehr

29  Luke Baldwin



You are invited to see what is new to The First Church Library!

Click on the button to "check out" new books added to the library.

First Church Library

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:

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College presents “Keeping Track of Settlement and Population Growth of the Amish in North America,” by Joe Donnermeyer on Thurs., Nov.10, 7:00 p.m., in the Bucher Meetinghouse. Donnermeyer, professor emeritus in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, has published two books and numerous book chapters and articles about the Amish. For details about the talk, visit or call 717-361-1470.

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



1 Corinthians 15:20-26,



“Made Alive in Christ” 

We regret that the livestream was non-functional last Sunday morning. A recording has been recovered and can be viewed here:


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”