Classes for All Ages (see below)


In the Sanctuary and Online


September 4, 2022


Galatians 1:1-12


“Seeking God’s Approval”


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

Seeking God's Approval

An Insistence that God's Grace is the only Good News

This week in worship, we begin a message series based on the book of Galatians, Paul's impassioned letter to churches reminding them of his core Gospel message: the grace of Jesus Christ. We'll see how this message was being "confused" and "amended" in ways that upset Paul tremendously. People seemed to prefer structure, rules, even painful ritual to the idea of generous-yet-costly grace and the abundance of forgiveness that God offers.

Come and join us for worship this week as we sing, pray, and receive words of instruction and inspiration. As people of Christ, let us gather and recall our first love, the God who called us and has made us whole. 

Live Stream Worship

Although most of us gather in person, our worship services are available via YouTube for those who wish to join that way. Click the link below shortly before the service begins at 10:30 AM on Sunday to join with us in worship.

The video will be available to view after the worship hour in case you miss the 10:30 AM time or wish to watch it again. DVD copies of the services are available in the church lounge any weekday, in case you are not able to view online.

Click here to view the bulletin for this Sunday.

This Sunday's Bulletin


Sunday, September 4

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

Monday, September 5

Church Office Closed

Tuesday, September 6

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

Wednesday, September 7

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-Purpose Room


Thursday, September 8

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, September 9

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


Saturday, September 10

9:30 am Food Pantry Open (9:30 am to 12:00 pm)


Sunday, September 11

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

4:00 pm Aligning with God’s Purpose Event

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

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. We hope to see you there! 

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 September 11 - Aligning with God's Purpose Event, 4:00 PM

Sunday September 18 - Faith Markers during worship service, youth trip to Antietam

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, September 9, 2022
Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for
Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, September 9, 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!


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Program for Senior Day: 9:30 Meet and greet with continental breakfast

10:00 Morning Program, 12:00 Delicious Lunch, 1:00 Afternoon program

Join us as we paint terracotta flower pots & plant seeds that will grow this fall. We will also be taking a guided orchard tour on a tractor wagon ride. For lunch we will be having BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, salad, and a brownie with ice cream.

Cost $ 18. PLEASE RSVP by calling (717) 642-8256.

Brethren Disaster Relief Auction will be live this year and held at Lebanon Valley Expo, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon, PA 17042

Friday, Sept. 23th and Saturday, Sept. 24th

Auction booklets with complete information are located in the church lobby. Please click on the button to view the events for both days.

Schedule for the BDRA
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

August/September issue of the Southern PA District Newsletter

Church of the Brethren

Newsline Digest - September 2022

Newsline Digest 
Notice of Annual Corp. Meeting

The Brethren Home Foundation

Notice of Annual Corporation Meeting

September 17, 2022

Please click on button to view the notice.


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

Baby Bottle Boomerang - More than $776.00 was collected to help babies and young families. Thanks to all who contributed! 

~ Dan Snook




02  Sarah Dietrich

04 Lisa Striebig

04 Daniel Beuschlein

04 Alexander Baldwin

05 Ed Martin

05 Judy Richcreek

06 Leonard Stoner

06 Diane (Ginder) Goetz

07 Evan Brickner

If your birthday is in SEPTEMBER and is not on the list below or is listed incorrectly,

please call the church office.

11 James Knaub

13 Steve Jones

14 Michele Gibbel

16 Bernetta Kile

21 Loretta Bachman

22 Deb Rosenzweig

23 Arlene Martin

25 Hannah Taylor

26 Bob Drawbaugh

29 John Gibble

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.

I plan to attend our in-person worship services and will have the gift cards available
for your purchase before or after the service.  However, if you will not be attending our in-person worship services, I will continue to send cards in the mail if you want to support this outreach ministry. Send your check to Becky Wenger, 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408. The Giant or Weis cards will be mailed to you. Make your check out to York First Church.

Thank you for supporting this program - Becky Wenger, Cash for Causes representative
Lehman Center "Wish List"
Items for donation to the Lehman Center are being collected in the basket in the
Gathering Area. Due to changes in the food pantry operations, these must be collected separately from food pantry supplies. Here are some items that are needed at Lehman Center.
Instant pudding (chocolate, banana)
Instant jello (orange, blue, green, grape, cherry)
Can fruit (pears, pineapples, fruit cocktail)
Applesauce (individual or jar)
Can vegetables (lima beans, peas, green beans)
Baby food - all stages
Baby snacks

Concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and church operations:


We recommend that you exercise special precaution and be vigilant for any symptoms that you might experience. If you do have any, we strongly encourage you to contact your physician and take a covid test. The recent church policy has been that face coverings for our gatherings are optional for all attendees. We will continue to gather in person to worship fully. Please be aware of those around you that are most vulnerable to disease and operate out of regard for the well-being of all.


Worship will be live streamed on our YouTube channel and recorded each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM indefinitely for those who are unable to be present, but it is not intended to replace physical attendance long-term.


Thank you all for understanding and for your faithful participation in our life together. Please do your part to prevent the spread of contagious disease as a holy expression of loving our neighbors as ourselves.



Luke 4:16-21


“Called to a New Vision”


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”