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May 21, 2023



Acts 1:1-14


“Out of Sight”


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Ascension Day: Goodbye is not the end

This Sunday in worship we will celebrate the account of Jesus' ascension as recorded in Acts 1, which followed 40 days after his resurrection. Within this scripture lesson is a "commission" that Jesus gave to his disciples: "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

God intends the message of Jesus to continue on through his followers, yet only by those who are patient and devoted enough to await the Holy Spirit and commit to prayer and worship together. We will seek to remember well our calling to be God's messengers on earth, rather than ones merely "gazing up toward heaven." Please join us as we gather to learn and to worship together in word, song, prayer, and fellowship.

Special Sunday School Hour Presentation this week in the Sanctuary at 9:00 AM with Eric Miller, Director of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren. See below for more information.

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


Friday, May 19

6:00 pm Community Campfire - Outdoors

Sunday, May 21

9:00 am   Combined Sunday School Hour Presentation– Sanctuary

10:30 am   Worship Service – Sanctuary

12:00 pm   Deacon’s Meeting – Rm 154


Monday, May 22

6:00 pm   CDC Board Mtg. – Anna Mow Room

7:00 pm Worship Design Team- Multi-purpose room


Thursday, May 25

6:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, May 26

10:00 am CDC Graduation - Sanctuary

Sunday, May 28

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

Combined Adult and Youth Session

9:00 AM in the Sanctuary - Presenter Eric Miller, Director of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren. Everyone is invited!

2023 is the 100 year anniversary of the Church of the Brethren Mission in Nigeria. Come learn about the faithfulness of God in Nigeria and the commitment of the church there to peace in the midst of great violence. Also learn a bit about the scope of Church of the Brethren Global Mission in more than a dozen countries around the world.

For some preliminary information, visit here

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.

Children's Ministry Schedule


Proceeds from the yard sale will be going to Camp Eder.



Where are your treasurers for others to explore?

Our garage is empty and we are looking at the floor.


June 10th is coming for our Yard Sale to take place,

So we need miscellaneous items in our empty space.


We are out at the garage in the mornings just waiting,

but no one comes, and we are just about fainting.


So help us out and bring lots of items for all,

for the yard sale to take place in the Fellowship Hall.


Don't forget! We are collecting items for Yard Sale.

Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at

717- 309-0678




Any large item such as furniture can be brought in June 7, 8 or 9 to the Fellowship Hall.

Upcoming Events


Friday May 19 - Community Campfire

Sunday May 21 - Combined Sunday School Hour Presentation

Sunday June 4 - Music Celebration Sunday, Bread and Cup Communion

Saturday June 10 - Yard Sale

June 18-22 - Vacation Bible School

74th Annual Women’s Camp Retreat

Camp Eder ~ Fairfield, PA

Our Guest Speaker: Doris Hess Ortman

Please complete and return the enclosed registration form along with your check in the total amount due no later than FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2023, PLEASE NOTE: LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Please Make Checks Payable to: Southern PA District C.O.B.

Please Mail Registration Form and Check to: Southern PA District C.O.B. 3375 Carlisle Road, Suite A, Gardners, PA 17324

Please Note: No refunds will be issued after May 26, 2023.

Click on button for registration form and brochure. This information is also posted on the bulletin board.

Registration Form/Brochure

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, June 9, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, June 9, 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!


Proceeds from the yard sale will be going to Camp Eder.



Volunteers are needed for the Yard Sale on June 10.

Work as many hours as you wish. 

Time for sale is 8 - 3 pm in Fellowship Hall. 


Also, DONATION of Food items & BAKED GOODS needed  Hot dogs (no beef) hot dog and hamburger rolls, chips, water and soda. A donation of soft pretzels from Epex would be appreciated. 



Please sign up to help in the area of your choice.

Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at 717- 309-0678

Join Us For Vacation Bible School 

Date: Sunday, June 18th - Thursday, June 22nd 

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Ages: 4 through 5th grade 


Please Register by June 11th

_____________________________________________Location: York First Church of the Brethren

~ Invite your friends & neighbors! ~ 

Join us as we travel the world as peacemakers! Get ready to make new friends, sing fun songs, meet peacemakers of the Bible, play active games, and enjoy art projects and science experiments. Practice strategies for experiencing peace within ourselves and learn how to live at peace with others!

~ Thursday Evening Family Night! ~

Click Here to Register

National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)

September 4-8, 2023 - Lake Junaluska, NC

NOAC is a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world.

 “God is Doing A New Thing”

 “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

 I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19

 Click on the button to register and for complete details of this event, including bus trip information.

NOAC Event Registration
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

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
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, and capital campaign contributions, as well as many other specific outreach ministries that we sponsor.

Church Website
Online Giving

I Much Appreciated your cards, phone calls and well wishes, and Especially the Prayers sent up for me the past 2 weeks. God got me through a rough time and I am all healed now.

~Jolene Zeigler 

I want to thank everyone for the e-greetings, cards, calls, and prayers. I am home and very slowly recuperating. ~ Melinda Carlson

Dave & Cathy McCracken are elated to announce the birth of their first grandchild. 

Rori Ann Kendig, daughter of Shannon and Brett Kendig,

arrived on May 10, at 12:05 AM. Mom and baby are doing great.  



Dear Church Members,


We are in need of Volunteers, who are willing to prepare baked spaghetti casseroles for the soup kitchen in York city.

Presently, we have some very generous people who prepare 1, 2, or 3 casseroles once a

month. I, for example, prepare 2 casseroles each month. You know if I can do it, it’s not that difficult.


The recipe is easy, and the foil baking pans are provided for you, the schedule is not difficult. Contact Sandra Bowser for more details, and scheduling (contact information below).


It is a very rewarding experience. I have to say that 95% of the people are very appreciative. It would be greatly appreciated if you could volunteer your time.

Thank you. Contact information: Sandra Bowser 717-825-7203

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.



May 14, 2023


Romans 12:9-21



 “Bringing Life, Conquering Death” 


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 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 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”