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January 8, 2023



Psalm 72:1,10-16, Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-14



“The Wise Ones”


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Epiphany Sunday

Bread and Cup Communion

This week in worship we celebrate the conclusion of the Christmas season, recalling the events of what has come to be called "Epiphany," the coming of the magi ("wise ones") to visit the Christ Child in Bethlehem. We will learn about where many assumptions about these visitors have come from, even if not portrayed in the Gospel text. We'll also be assured that the meaning of the story reaches deep into what God was doing in Christ, welcoming strangers and "outsiders" into a new covenant marked by hope, peace, joy, and love.

In our service this Sunday we will also receive bread and cup communion, in remembrance of our Lord Jesus' death and resurrection, even as we celebrate his coming as a child. There is a place for you at the Lord's table.

Please join us in person if you are able, as our live stream has been non-functional recently.

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, January 8

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service - Bread and Cup Communion – Sanctuary

3:00 pm Epiphany Concert - St. Joseph Church - Our church choir will participate

Tuesday, January 10

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:30 pm Leadership Team – Rm 145

Thursday, January 12

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice - Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, January 13

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

Saturday, January 14

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


Sunday, January 15

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Church Calendar

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Click for Friends to Remember in Prayer

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 the Youth Room 149. Teacher Dave Witkovsky. This class is for youth in grades 6-12. A new series from the "Generation Why?" curriculum will begin.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Joel Gibbel. The class will begin studying the new "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum, this winter's series entitled "From Darkness to Light."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. The class is studying Lee Strobel's "Case for Christmas".


Homebuilders Sunday School Class

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


Are available for pickup on the counter in the narthex.



1.   Some envelope numbers have changed for 2023.

2.  If you are using Online Giving, your envelope number is in the 200 range, and you will not receive a box of envelopes. See the listing located with the boxes of envelopes.

3.   TO ASSURE CORRECT RECORDING OF YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, DO NOT use your old (2022) envelopes after DECEMBER 31, 2022.                                                                 

DO NOT use your new (2023) envelopes before JANUARY 1, 2023.

4.   If you would like to receive envelopes, please inform the church secretary and she will see that they are provided.

Thank you

We need your help with the 2023 Directory.

We have placed the Members and Friends pages in the gathering area.

Please make any necessary updates to your family's information on these pages. We want to have all current information before we print the directory.

You may also email your information to ~ Thank you!


It's time to renew your Messenger subscription. The cost is $14.50 and you can pay thru on-line giving or mail a check to church (payable to First Church - put Messenger on the memo line). Payments are needed by the end of January. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bradfield.

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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Online Giving
Upcoming Events


Sunday January 8 - Bread and Cup Communion 10:30 AM

Sunday January 8 - Epiphany Concert - St. Joseph 3:00 PM Our church choir will participate.

4th Annual Epiphany Concert Series

Held at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Our church choir will be participating in this annual event on Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 PM

Please click on the button below to view additional dates and times for this event.

Epiphany Concert Schedule


The Ladies Bible Study will meet to start the Spring 2023 session on Tuesday 1/10/23 at 9:30 am in the lounge. We will continue in the blue cover Biblical Studies book “Living in Covenant” on page 82. All are welcome to attend, even if you are new to our Bible Study. We will be looking for our next study book, so bring any suggestions with you. Also, bring a picture of you and your mother to share. Any questions contact Mary Esther Anderson.

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, January 13, 2023

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, January 13, 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! 


JANUARY 27th - 29th

For Grades 1st - 12th & Shining Stars Campers


Arrive 7:00 PM Friday - Pickup 2:00 PM 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

Man 2 Man Men's Spiritual Leadership Summit

Building Bridges: Embracing Diversity and Facing Division

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Bethany Seminary President

He will be sharing about recent experiences with the World Council of Churches and their Assembly in Germany that he attended last September, representing the Church of the Brethren there. Expect an excellent presentation and much to learn about the church worldwide.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Held at Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale St., Mechanicsburg, PA

Registration Deadine: February 1, 2023

Please click on button befor complete brochure and registration form.

This information is also posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Man 2 Man Information
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




07  Greg Minnich

09  Jeffrey Yingling   

11  Nathan Beuschlein

14  Beth Drawbaugh

14  Clarence Sauder

15  Ron Horner

15 Steven Fitzkee

If your birthday is in JANUARY and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

16 Cathy McCracken

16 Tanner Ferro

18 Melanie Schaefer

19  Luke Miller   

20 Spencer Ginder

20 Dana Stump

23 Danielle Gibbel

23 Beth Anne Bahn

25 Valerie Sauder

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. January's link is:

Brain Changes:


January 1, 2023

“The Heart of Christmas – Stories behind the Carols”

We apologize that last week's service was not live streamed due to technical malfunction. We hope to find a way to upload another form of video so the service can be received from home. We do have copies of the DVD recording available to borrow, located in the church lounge. Thank you all for your patience and understanding


Pastor Joel Gibbel can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday - Friday 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”