Classes for All Ages (see below)


In the Sanctuary and Online


October 16, 2022


Genesis 32:22-31


Benefit of the Struggle


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

Upcoming Events

COB News

Thank you

Directory Change

Last Week

Contacting the Pastor 

Happening This Week

This week in worship we welcome Jonathan Brenneman as guest speaker, sharing a message from Genesis 32 in which Jacob "struggles" with God.

In the Genesis narrative, Jacob spent the night alone on a riverside during his journey back to Canaan. He encounters a "man" who proceeds to wrestle with him until daybreak. In the end, Jacob is given the name "Israel" and blessed, while the "man" refuses to give his own name. Jacob then names the place where they wrestled Penuel meaning "face of God" or "facing God".  Together we will explore the struggle Jacob had with this "angel" and discover the joy and spiritual growth we can experience through the trials and challenges life brings to us, knowing that God is always with us through it all, guiding and directing us with His love and grace.

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.

Click here to view the bulletin for this Sunday.

This Sunday's Bulletin

Pastor Joel will be out of the office from

Thursday, Oct. 13th through Sunday, Oct. 16th

He will be attending Mission & Ministry Board Meetings in Elgin, Illinois. Appreciate prayers for travel and for the meetings being held for the work of the church.


Fall Congregational Forum was held on Sunday October 9.

If you were unable to attend, please click on the video below.



Sunday, October 16

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

    Monday, October 17

6:00 pm CDC Board Mtg. – Lounge

Tuesday, October 18

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

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

            6:30 pm Worship Design Team- Lounge/Multi-purpose room

 Wednesday, October 19

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-purpose room


Thursday, October 20

10:00 am Prayer Shawl – Lounge

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

    Sunday, October 23

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – CDC Sunday – 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!

Church Website
Online Giving



FIRST REHEARSAL: Sunday, October 16th, 12:00 to 3:00 pm

All Read/Sing Through

Please click on tab for the complete Musical Schedule

Complete Schedule  - Dates & Times
Upcoming Events


Sunday October 23 - CDC Sunday

Wednesday October 26 - Trick or Trunk 5:30-7:00 PM


October 15th, 10:00 am - 3 pm, Meal Served 11am - 3pm, Auction 10:30 am

Join us a day of Family Fun!

Outdoor Event, Barrel Train Rides, Hay Rides, Silent Auction, Kid's Activities, Pork Meal cooked overnight inground brick pits, Craft Vendors, Eder made Apple Butter, Yard Sale Vendors

How can you help? Over 100 volunteers are needed to serve an hour or two (or more),

donations needed for live auction, be a vendor, sponsor an item for fund raising meal

Please click on button for all the information for volunteering, vendor, and sponsorship information. This information can also be found on the bulletin board in the gathering area.

More Information


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

5:30 to 7:00 pm


It’s that time again to decorate your car trunk for our annual Trick or Trunk event. Cars will be parked in our parking lot so children can walk by, view the trunks and receive a treat. We ask those bringing their car to also provide the treats. SIGN UP IN THE GATHERING AREA ON SUNDAY if you plan decorate your trunk. Thank you!

Car owners should hand out the treats instead of little hands all reaching into the treat bowl. Cars need to be in place by 5:30 pm.

CDC and neighborhood families will be invited to come starting at 5:30 until 7:00 pm. The Fellowship Hall will be open to all with treats and surprises and a place for warming up if it’s cold.



Saturday, November 5th

York First Church of the Brethren, 2710 Kingston Rd, York, PA 17402

Our annual dinner recognizes our donors, volunteers, staff, and community for helping us complete the mission of CAS. Local entertainment creates a festive atmosphere while dining on a delicious meal! 


Special Guest Performance:  Mark Cable

An accomplished acoustic guitarist and songwriter, Mark has released 22 CDs and has received radio airplay on Christian stations across the U.S. Mark Cable has been ministering full-time through music and humor since 1981. His travels take him to churches and conference centers throughout the Eastern United States.

Click here to Register and for Sponsorship Opportunities

We hope you can join us!


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:

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

Click on the button for current

Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline

A big thank you for all the cards, concern, and prayers for my husband and family for the passing of his father. It was greatly appreciated. ~ Karen & Scott Bowman

Directory Change:

P. 22 - Louise Stremmel

New address: 1075 Jessamine Drive, Hartsville, SC 29550

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. This months link is:

An introduction to Teepa Snow visit:

Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies presents: 

Enjoy family fun Saturday, October 15 from 12 to 4 pm at the Brethren Heritage Festival at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College. Join us in the tent by the Center for children’s crafts including play dough, bicycle-churned ice cream, popcorn from the historic Reist Popcorn coach popper and homemade bread and homemade apple butter. Step into the Young Center and help to quilt. Join the much-loved Family Magic Show by Marty Thomas-Brummé or Janice Holsinger leading the a cappella hymn sing in the Bucher Meetinghouse. Pedal the bike made by the Etown Engineering Club to churn our homemade ice cream. Tour the Bowers Interpretive Gallery, including visual exhibits, displays and sound, where you’re sure to learn something new. GPS address: 450 Campus Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

“Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet’s Margins” by Lindsay Ems, on Thurs., October 20, 7:00 p.m., in the Bucher Meetinghouse. Ems is an associate professor of communication and media studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her new book, Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet’s Margins, explores Amish communities’ approaches to resisting the damaging forces of high-tech capitalism. For details, visit or call 717-361-1470.



1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31


“Varieties of Gifts”


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”