Classes for All Ages (see below)


In the Sanctuary and Online


October 23, 2022



1 Corinthians 13:1-13


“The Way of Love”  


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

Upcoming Events

COB News

Last Week

Contacting the Pastor 

Happening This Week

This week in worship we will focus on the message of love and its central importance for our lives of faith. However important God's gifts are for our mutual upbuilding, using them with love is the only way that they have value. 1 Corinthians 13 is our scripture lesson, a passage commonly read at weddings but most useful for the church!

Our very special worship service this week will include the music ministry of children from our Child Development Center, and we will recognize all who serve the center including teachers, support staff, and board of directors. Expects many guests and children this week, and be prepared to welcome them warmly into our sanctuary!

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



Sunday, October 23

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – CDC Sunday – Sanctuary

12:00 pm Musical Rehearsal – Sanctuary


Tuesday, October 25

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:30 pm Worship Team – Lounge

Wednesday, October 26

5:30 pm Trick or Trunk – Parking Lot/Kitchen/FH


Thursday, October 27

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Saturday, October 29

10:00 am Facility Care Team Meeting – Multi-purpose room

Sunday, October 30

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!

Church Website
Online Giving
Upcoming Events


Sunday October 23 - CDC Celebration Sunday

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


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:

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! 

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



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. This months link is:

An introduction to Teepa Snow visit:



Genesis 32:22-31


Benefit of the Struggle


Fall Congregational Forum was held on Sunday October 9.

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


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”