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February 5, 2023



John 1:43-51



The Disciples of Jesus

“Come and See: Philip and Nathaniel”


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

Upcoming Events

COB News

Thank you


Last Week

Contacting the Pastor 

Happening This Week

Invitation and Enthusiasm:

Philip and Nathanael

This week in worship, our series on disciples and discipleship continues. We'll encounter Philip and Nathanael, a story of excitement and invitation, as well as skepticism turned to wonder. Our message will remind us that faith is meant to be shared but not demanded, made known with enthusiasm without need to explain everything. Perhaps the best way to share our faith is to allow Jesus to do most of the talking!

Please join us each week for our sacred time of worship - an opportunity for fellowship, teaching, prayer, and song. Centered in Christ, we are committed to love, share, and serve as God so leads us.

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, February 5

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 7

9:30 am  Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

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

Wednesday, February 8

3:00 pm Worship Leader Orientation – Multi-purpose Room         

6:30 pm Worship Leader Orientation – Multi-purpose Room

Thursday, February 9

6:30 pm  Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Saturday, February 11

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

           5:30 pm  Roller Skating Party – Roll R Way Skating Center

Sunday, February 12

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. The class is studying a series from the "Generation Why?" curriculum.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

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


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145.


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
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.

Church Website
Online Giving

*** YEAR END STATEMENTS are available for pick up in the gathering area. ***

Upcoming Events


Sunday February 5, 10:30 AM - Service Sunday

Saturday February 11, 5:30 PM - Roller Skating Party

Saturday February 18, 8:00 AM - Man2Man Event, Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren

Wednesday February 22, 6:30 PM - Ash Wednesday Service, Sanctuary


Recognized annually the 1st Sunday in February (Feb 5)


Celebrate those who serve in our communities and throughout the world.

Discover opportunities to serve through Church of the Brethren Ministries.

Explore possibilities for service in our local communities.

Be transformed by serving one another in the name of Christ.

This year First Church will be accepting food donations on Sunday February 5 during worship for the Lehman Center. Please see the list of items that are currently in need:

Baby Food and Baby Snacks

Pudding - Chocolate and Banana


Jello - Orange, Blue, Grape, Green, Cherry

Canned Food - Pears, pineapple, mixed fruit

Canned Vegetables - Limas, green beans, peas, etc.

Any questions, please contact the Witness Team.

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, February 10, 2023

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, February 10, 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! 

The Lehman Center is having a

Stromboli, Calzone,

Apple Dumpling and Sandwich Sale

(Italian & turkey sub, and soft pretzel Ham/ Cheese, and Turkey /Provolone) 

All items are $6 each.

•You can order by seeing Diane Gibble in the gathering space after church

or email her at by MARCH 1st.


•Pick up is at York First in Room 153 (old food pantry) on March 14th

between 4:15 and 5:15.


•Checks can be made to CAS.

 Thank you for your continued support of the Lehman Center.

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

Thank you for all the cards, phone calls, and spoken expressions of support and sympathy for me and my family following the death of my mother. ~ Becky Wenger




02 Lori Beuschlein

02 Christopher Jon Baldwin

04  Christina Snook

06  Becca Miller

08  Sidney Innerst

09  Calla Michelle Stehr

10  Darrell Gipe

14  Patricia Carey

16  Barry Hollinger

17  Joshua Kovacs

If your birthday is in FEBRUARY and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

18 Doris Plymire

21  Judy Yingling

22  Becky McCracken

22  Ava Soyke

23  Pat Trimmer

23  Justin Drawbaugh

23  Luca Ferro

26  Jayne Baldwin

26  Sandy Yeager 

27  Owen Statler 

The Friends of Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community

Become a Friend in 2023!

The purpose of the Friends of Cross Keys Village is to benefit the lives of residents and team members of Cross Keys Village-the Brethren Home Community.

To accomplish this objective, funds are raised through an Annual Membership Drive, donations, and various fundraising events throughout the year. Membership in the Friends of Cross Keys Village is open to all residents and friends of Cross Keys Village.

Funds raised by the Friends are principally used to support: Good Samaritan Fund, Brethren Home Educational Assistance Program, Professional Artist Series.


Becoming a member or renewing your membership gives you the satisfaction of helping others!

The membership form is also available on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Membership Form

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. February's link is:

Challenging behaviors:


Dear Church Family and Friends,


Please accept our apologies for not being able to offer a live stream of last week's worship. We are working to resolve technical issues and have service restored in the near future. This is broken into several parts, so please be sure to watch them in order. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 


Uploaded videos for worship Sunday January 29:


Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:


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”