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November 5, 2023


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This Sunday in worship, we will welcome many guests for our annual Child Development Center (CDC) Celebration Sunday. Expect a vibrant service including a choir of Pre-Kindergarten students singing for us! We will give thanks to the many teachers, staff, and board members who make our Child Development Center thrive by their service, and we'll welcome many children and families who are served by the CDC each week. Anticipate a very brief message, many visitors, and much youthful energy in our sanctuary this week. Please come and be encouraged by how much we appreciate one another and the success of the center.

A *Special Sunday School Presentation* is being held in the Lamplighter's Classroom at 9:00 AM this Sunday, and all adults are encouraged to join, regardless of your usual Sunday School attendance. Katallasso Family Health Center will be our Advent/Christmas Offering project this year, and this presentation will inform us of their work. Katallasso is based in this congregation's former church building, located at King St and Belvidere Ave in York City. More information is below. See you there!

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 before 10:30 AM Sunday or anytime afterward. DVD copies of the services are also available.

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This Sunday's Bulletin



Reminder: Turn clocks back one hour on Saturday Night


Sunday, November 5

9:00 am Sunday School - Katallasso Presentation – Rm 145

10:30 am Worship Service - CDC Celebration Sunday – Sanctuary

4:00 pm  Youth Group – Fellowship Hall


Monday, November 6

6:45 pm  Worship Team – Anna Mow Room

Tuesday, November 7

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Anna Mow Room

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

Thursday, November 9

6:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, November 10

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


Saturday, November 11

10:00 am  Food Pantry Open 10:00 to 12:00 Noon


Sunday, November 12

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service Sanctuary

4:00 pm Youth Group – Fellowship Hall

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

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 Class

9:00 AM in Room 149. Teacher Joel Gibbel. This class is for youth in grades 7-12. A series on church membership and our church's core beliefs and practices will continue this Sunday and progress into mid-November.


**Combined Adult Class - Katallasso Family Health Center**

9:00 AM in Room 145. Presenter Steve Kurtz. Come and learn about this vital ministry in our community and how our former church building has become a place for healing and service to those in need.

Homebuilders Class

Mondays - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM by conference call. 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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2024 is just around the corner...

Planning will start in January. The Education Team is looking for some volunteers to be a chair and co chair of this year's VBS. If you are interested in helping or have some questions please see Diane Gibble.  

Upcoming Events


November 8 - Camp Eder Senior Day

November 12 - NOAC Celebration Sunday

November 18 - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training 101 (Saturday AM)

Katallasso Family Health Center will provide a presentation during the

Sunday School hour (9:00 AM) on Sunday, November 5th

in the Lamplighter's Classroom. ALL are welcome to attend.

Katallasso is a wonderful faith-based operation located in the previous First Church of the Brethren building on 38 South Belvidere Avenue, York, PA. We intend to support their work through our special Advent and Christmas Eve offering project.

Their mission is for the uninsured families of our community to encounter the love of Jesus. Through compassionate healthcare our hope is to see them restored physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Katallasso exists to love people the way that God loves people. Sacrificially and unconditionally. We are nothing more than the extended hands and feet of God to those in need.

Please join us to hear how they serve our community and click on button below to access Katallasso's website.

Katallasso Website


914 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA 17320

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

9:30 am - Check in/Breakfast

10:00 am - Craig Caltagirone brings his one man song and dance act with musical selections from Classic Broadway show tunes and the Great American Songbook. - Followed by Apple Tasting Activity

12:00 pm Lunch - Pork and Turkey Meal, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Apple Crisp and Ice Cream

1:00 pm Afternoon Program - Seasonal Craft Time

It is a great day of fellowship and fun! Only $20. to register call (717) 642-8256. RSVP BY 11/1

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, November 10, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, November 10, 2023 (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!

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training 101

Saturday, November 18th             9:30-12:00                    Hosted by the Education Team

Georgie Stanley with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing will be leading a Mental

Health and Suicide Prevention Training at our church on Saturday, November 18th. We are all familiar with Basic First Aid skills. But what if the person in need is struggling with anxiety or suicidal thoughts? Come learn about what you can do to help. We will look at the basic signs and symptoms of different diagnoses, how to spot if someone may be in distress or in need of support, how you can respond in the moment and how to support the person to get the help they may need. 

Please contact Michele Gibbel if you are in need of childcare.  



December 8th and 9th, 5 - 9 PM

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 beautiful festival you most certainly will not want to miss!

"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in his son." - John 1:5 - 11

Christmas Lights & Music

Hay Rides - Friday and Saturday Night 5-9 PM

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 & S'mores

Live Music

Christmas Tree Festival Flyer & Sponsorship Form

Results for Congregational Forum Slate Ballot

The following individuals were affirmed for the church leadership positions listed below at our Congregational Forum held on October 8. Their terms will begin January 1, 2024. We are grateful for their willingness to serve, and they appreciate your prayerful support.

Leadership Team Chairperson....................................Greg Klinedinst         

Worship Ministry Team...............................................Kim Witkovsky                                         

Education Ministry Team............................................Diane Gibble                                               


Witness Ministry Team.................................................John Anderson/Melanie Miller             


Facility Care Ministry Team........................................Steve Hoover                                            


Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry Team...............Ruoxia Li                                                    

Financial Resources Ministry Team............................Arlene Martin                                           

Annual Conference Delegate.......................................Rebecca Wolf                                            


District Conference Delegate........................................Deb Klinedinst, Dave Witkovsky


Deacons: Deb and Greg Klinedinst, Marty Reigle, Lyn and Ralph Miller, Melanie and Jeff Miller, Sarah Markey  

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call Donor Support at:  800-348-2886 – Option 2 – Online Giving Questions? Contact Sheryl Leaman - Thank you for your support!

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Thank you so much for your cards, concern, and prayers during my recent illness. Barbara and I really appreciated all of your support during this time.

~Terry & Barb Wueschinski

A healthy baby girl, Elouise Mae, was born to Brianna and Matt Herbst this Monday October 30. Proud big brothers are Bennett and Finnley, and aunt and uncle Katie and Daniel McEvoy are delighted as well. We give thanks to God for this precious gift of life and celebrate the growth of the Herbst family!

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 2023 the gift card sales will support The Lehman Center (Children’s Aid Society), New Community Project, and Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry. 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 your check (paid to York First Church) to 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408 and your cards will be mailed to you.

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 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

Thursday, November 9, 2023 • 7:00 pm

Bucher Meeting House at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

Elizabethtown College

SNOWDEN LECTURE: Philip Asura Nggada, EYN

Celebrating 100 Years of Brethren Witness in Nigeria

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, is the largest national body of the Church of the Brethren in the world. The origins of this church date to 1923 and the preaching, teaching, and medical ministry of Brethren missionaries in Garkida and surrounding areas. Philip Asura Nggada will share key developments in the history of the church, which moved from being a missionary enterprise to an independent indigenous church. Major events include national independence in 1960, the transfer of mission institutions to Nigerian control in 1972, and the growth and spread of the church since that time. The attacks from Boko Haram since 2011 produced much suffering but also sent the church into neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, where EYN is now organizing beyond Nigeria.

Philip Asura Nggada is a reader (associate professor) in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria, where he has been a faculty member since 2014. He previously taught at Kulp Theological Seminary in Kwarhi and at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria in Bukuru. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, including The Shepherd Motif in the Old Testament (2012).

Use GPS address: 450 Campus Rd, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 which brings you near the entrance to the parking lot of the fully accessible Young Center. For further details and directions to the lecture, visit or call 717-361-1470.


October 29, 2023



Revelation 20-22



“All Things New”


Pastor Joel Gibbel can be reached in the church office most weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Some 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 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 contact the church if you desire a visit or to request prayer.

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”