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December 11, 2022


Isaiah 25:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 11:2-5



"The Gift of Joy"


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Advent Joy:

Restorative Justice, Unexpected Fulfillment

This Sunday Advent season continues, as we move ever closer to our celebration of the coming of Christ at his birth. This week we will be reminded of the desire we all have for joy, something the the scriptures connect to restoration and healing of land and people alike.

The prophet Isaiah had a vision for displaced people returning to their true homeland, filled with joy as people newly set free from captivity, as if blind people given sight or the lame made to walk. This is what the scriptures portray as bringing "everlasting joy."

This sort of restorative work is merely a glimpse of what God desires, and Jesus brought about profound examples of it in his ministry. Jesus set for us an example, that if followed might evoke joy in all people.

Come and worship with us this season each week, joining our voices and spirits in recognition of the God who has come to us and dwells among us always. 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

Please plan to attend the Advent Breakfast

Sunday December 11th at 9:00 AM

We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a buffet-style meal together. Those who signed up, please bring a breakfast dish or fruit to share. We expect to have plenty of food, so please come even if not bringing a dish! Enjoy a time of fellowship with others during the Christmas season. No further sign up is needed. Sunday School classes will not meet this week, as the breakfast will occupy the entire hour.

Children's activities and crafts are being provided by our youth group. See you there!

Setup is on Saturday December 10th at 5:30 PM for any who wish to assist


Saturday, December 10

9:30 am Food Pantry Open 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon

6:00 pm Rebecca Wolf – Sanctuary/Gathering Area

Sunday, December 11 – Third Sunday of Advent

9:00 am Advent Breakfast - FH

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 13

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:30 pm Leadership Team – Rm 145

Thursday, December 15

10:00 am Prayer Shawl – Lounge

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, December 18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Following Worship – Christmas Caroling – Gather in Lobby

4:00 pm Holiday Concert for Joanna – 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.

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!

NOTE: Online giving can be used for regular weekly or monthly offerings, special offerings (e.g. Christmas Eve), and capital campaign contributions, as well as many other specific outreach ministries that we sponsor.

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“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” ~ John 1:5-11


Come and 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!

Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10, 5pm - 9pm

● Christmas Lights & Music

● Hay Rides - Friday & Saturday Night 5-8pm

● 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

● Live Music

Click on button below to view the Sponsorship Form for the Christmas Tree Festival 

Sponsorship Form


Please make checks payable to York First Church of the Brethren, noting Heifer or Christmas Eve Offering, or you may give online. Click on Online Giving tab above and select Christmas Eve Offering

How Heifer International Began:

In 1944, Dan West began outlining a simple but groundbreaking plan to tackle hunger around the world. West, a farmer from the Midwest and Church of the Brethren member, had recently returned from feeding weary refugees during volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War.

He’d seen firsthand that giving people food was a short-term solution, whereas providing them with animals offered a steady supply of nutritious food for an entire family. 

His philosophy still inspires Heifer’s work today. Partnering with farmers across a range of different livestock and crops, we create unique solutions to local challenges. Together, we build inclusive, resilient economies, so communities can develop effective ways to end global hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.

These days, Heifer International generally provides animals to participating families through local channels in the countries we serve. But early on, the organization shipped livestock from the United States to other countries. During their travels, these animals were cared for by "seagoing cowboys": ranchers and farmers who aided Heifer in its mission by lending their expertise in animal husbandry and agriculture.



There will be someone at the table outside the sanctuary.

You may purchase them “in honor, in memory, or in appreciation of" loved ones if you wish.

The cost is $ 10.00 each for a red 6" poinsettia. You may also email ( or call the church office (717) 755-0307 to place your order. 

Upcoming Events


Sunday December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Caroling immediately following worship

Holiday Strings Concert for Joanna 4:00 PM, Sanctuary

Saturday December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 PM

Sunday December 25 - Christmas Day Worship 10:30 AM

Join us for some Christmas Caroling

Sunday, Dec. 18th

Immediately following worship

Gather in the Lobby; Song Sheets will be Provided 



Sunday, December 18, 2022, 4:00PM

York First Church of the Brethren

Local artists perform classic and

pop holiday music.

A free will offering will be received to assist the Wuhrman family purchasing a van to better transport Joanna. Come prepared to contribute as you are so led.

Click on button below to view the

flyer for this event.

Holiday Concert Flyer



For Grades 1st - 12th & Shining Stars Campers

Arrive 7PM Friday - Pickup 2PM Sunday

Grab your sleds and strap on your snow boots and join us for a weekend of winter fun at Camp Eder!

Click below to register online or

contact Camp Eder at or (717) 642-8256

Online Registration
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

December issue of the Southern PA District Newsletter

Click on the button for current

Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline


A big thank you to everyone who baked cookies, to Dolly for announcing this year's cookie drive, to those who decorated the paper bags, to the group of women from our Women's Bible Study who assembled 114 bags of cookies, and to Glenn and Anna Miller for delivering them. ~ Mary Esther Anderson

Please click on the button to view a thank you from Chaplain Mike, Chaplain Dave and the Board of Directors - Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, Inc.

Thank You


The Church of the Brethren Monthly Periodical

The subscriptions for the Messenger are coming due, and we highly recommend all church members receive it and stay informed of the work and perspectives from our larger church family.

If you are receiving the Messenger and wish to continue, I only need to know if there are any changes to your information.

If you DO NOT wish to receive it any more, let me know.

If you would like to BEGIN to receive the Messenger, email me or let the office know and I will put your name on the list.

Payment details will be in next month's newsletter.

Carole Bradfield 

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 

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 your check (paid to York First Church) to 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408 and your cards will be mailed to you.

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. December's link is:

The GEMS characteristics focus on ability instead of loss and are an invaluable tool to assist with changing abilities that impact relationships and expectations.



Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13


“The Gift of Peace”





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. 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 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”