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September 17, 2023


Luke 10:1-11,21-24


“Into the World”


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Upcoming Events

COB News

Online Giving

Directory Changes

Last Week

Contacting the Pastor 

Happening This Week

Join us this Sunday, September 17, as we worship together, our message pointing us toward the third and last of our congregational priorities that we have been focusing on this season. The theme is "movement into the world" with hands of service and voices of peace. Come and be part of this time of encouragement and building up in faith and commitment!

In addition, we will be giving "faith markers" (Bibles and books) to many of your young people who have reached milestones in age and stages of learning. We are delighted to have many among us receive these gifts this year.

Finally, we will also invite a time for calling deacons to serve our church, making use of an open ballot process for gathering names of those who we may call to serve this role. See below for more information and please come prepared to offer names, having given it prayerful consideration.

We look forward to our time together this Sunday. As usual, all are welcome!

**Note: The Southern PA District Conference is being held this Friday and Saturday September 15-16 at Chambersburg Church of the Brethren. Our delegates are Steve Jones, John Gibble, Ed Martin, and Pastor Joel Gibbel. Please be in prayer for them and our district ministries this weekend.**

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 before 10:30 AM Sunday or anytime afterward. DVD copies of the services are also available.

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This Sunday's Bulletin



Sunday, September 17

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

11:30 am  Deacon Meeting – Rm 154

Monday, September 18

6:45 pm  Worship Design Team – Multi-purpose room


Tuesday, September 19

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

Wednesday, September 20

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-purpose room

6:30 pm Gifts Discernment Team – Multi-purpose room


Thursday, September 21

10:00 am Prayer Shawl – Anna Mow Room

5:30 pm  BDM Concert Committee Mtg. – Multi-purpose room

6:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, September 24

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

6:30 pm   Brethren Disaster Ministries Concert – Sanctuary

Church Calendar

Click on this button to view the full calendar

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 Room 149. Teacher Dave Witkovskyl. This class is for youth in grades 7-12.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Alicia Weyant. The class is beginning new series using the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum entitled "God's Law is Love."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher Beth Anne Bahn. The class is concluding their series on "Seeking Peace Together" with open discussion on the church's witness for peace.

Homebuilders Class

Mondays - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM by conference call. 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


As we approach the last quarter of 2023, the Finance and Leadership Teams are working on the budget for 2024. In order to determine a level of income for next year, we hope to have a good estimate of this year’s total giving. To help us in this process, please consider catching up on your offering, giving a little extra, or making your year-end gifts early! If you plan to schedule a Required Minimum Distribution, you may do that now. The distribution can be made any time before December 31.

If you use On Line Giving, now is a good time to check your account, including your profile and your designated gift type and amount.

New church members and friends who wish to have envelopes for the remainder of this year, please contact Roy Rollman.  

Stewardship is an important part of being a member of First Church of the Brethren. We all work together with our time, talent and treasure to do great things!

Upcoming Events


September 15-16 - District Conference, Chambersburg CoB

September 17 - Faith Markers Presentation

September 22-23 - Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, Lebanon Expo

September 24 - Brethren Disaster Ministries Benefit Concert, Sanctuary

October 1 - Love Feast 4:30 PM, Fellowship Hall

October 8 - Congregational Forum 11:30 AM, Sanc


As a congregation, we celebrate the faith journey of our children and youth. Books and Bibles will be presented to those entering Kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, and 9th grades during worship. If your child is entering one of those grades and did not receive a letter, please contact the church office. We look forward to celebrating this time together. 


On Sunday September 17 during worship, our church will hold an open ballot process for calling people to serve as Deacons among us. Deacons are members of the church who are dedicated caregivers, encouragers, and overseers of sacred ordinances. They "use their spiritual gifts in a shared ministry of concern for the total well-being of God's people," as our Annual Conference statement concerning Deacon Ministry states. Their roles include visitation and sending greeting cards, assisting with love feast, communion, and baptisms, and keeping in touch with church members, upholding them in prayer and service.

Several deacon teams who currently serve us are voluntarily stepping down from their roles, having served for many years. We are eager to invite new deacons, but not without the discernment and suggestions from the entire congregation. Please give this matter your careful, prayerful, consideration. Those who are called and accept will be shared and affirmed by the congregation at a later date.

Click the button below to view the form we will receive within worship on Sunday. If you will not be able to join us in person, you may email names to pastor Joel and he will see that the deacons receive them. Thank you.

Open Ballot for Deacons

Benefit Concert for Brethren Disaster Ministries

Sunday September 24, 2023, 6:30PM

This event is being held at York First Church of the Brethren. Our chancel choir as well as several other musicians will be involved, and proceeds will benefit Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Benefit Concert Flyer

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training 101

**Postponed - previously scheduled for September 30**




Our Ladies Bible study will begin Tuesday, October 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 am in the Church Lounge. 

We will be exploring several studies that interest everyone. If you are available and think you would enjoy a social gathering sharing God's Word and prayer support each Tuesday with one another, then please plan to join us. All are welcome and church membership is not a necessary. Invite a friend to attend with you.

Questions or comments can be made to Dolly Furst at or

call 717- 891-1419 or Kim Witkovsky at or call 814-599-7055. 

CAMP EDER FALL FEAST - 914 Mount Hope Rd., Fairfield, PA 17320

Saturday, October 21st

10 AM - 4 PM, Meal Served 11 AM - 3 PM

Live Auction 10:30 AM

Pork Meal - Barrel Train Rides - Hay Rides - Live Auction - Kid's Activities

Craft Vendors - Eder Made Apple Butter - Yard Sale Vendors - Live Music

**This information will also be posted on the bulletin board**

Letter for Fall Feast
Vendor Application
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

Current Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline

Annual Conference Wrap-Up

2023 Annual Conference Wrap-Up DVD is available for pick up 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. 

Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the SOPA District Church of the Brethren,


Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is to inform you of the retirement of our District Executive, Rev. Dr. William Waugh. His retirement as District Executive is effective at the close of District Conference on September 16, 2023. Please click on button for full announcement and details of honoring Bill and his wife, Dawn.

Retirement Announcement
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

Directory Changes:

P. 14 - Winifred Fickes - Remove home phone number (717) 848-2496

and add cell phone number (717) 676-1651

P. 14 - Matthew & Brianna Herbst -

Correct address is: 2745 Kingston Rd., York, PA 17402



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.

The Brethren Home Foundation

Notice of Annual Corporation Meeting

September 16, 2023

Please click on button to view the notice.

Notice of Annual Corp. Mtg. Brethren Home

Children's Aid Society, Inc.

Notice of Annual Meeting

September 16, 2023

Please click on button to view the notice.

Notice of Annual Meeting Children's Aid Society

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College presents “Herrnhut: A New Look at the Origins of the Moravian Church” by Paul Peucker, on Tues., Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m., in the Bucher Meetinghouse.

Peucker is archivist of the Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His new book, Herrnhut: The Formation of a Moravian Community, 1722–1732 received the 2023 Dale W. Brown Book Award. For details about the talk, visit or call 717-361-1470.


September 10, 2023



 Luke 7:36-50, 1 Corinthians 13


"Anointed by a sinner"


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”