Classes for All Ages (see below)


In the Sanctuary and Online


September 25, 2022


Galatians 5:13-25  


“Live by the Spirit”


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

Fruit of the Spirit:

Opposed to Works of the Flesh... and the Law

This week in worship, we conclude a message series based on the book of Galatians, in which the grace of God and the Spirit of God are commended over "the law" and any of our base desires that cause harm and keep us apart. We will see that Christ sets us free and also binds us to one another through love, forming us to bear fruit worthy of his calling. 

Come and join us for worship this week as we sing, pray, and receive words of instruction and inspiration. We'll also receive a brief report from the recent District Conference this week. 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

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, September 25

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

2:00 pm Deacon Meeting – Rm. 154

Tuesday, September 27

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:30 pm Worship Team – Lounge


Wednesday, September 28

6:00 pm CDC Board Meeting – Lounge

Thursday, September 29

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, October 2

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

4:30 pm Love Feast - Fellowship Hall

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

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 encouraged - hope to see you all on Sunday!

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 2 - Love Feast 4:30 PM

Sunday October 9 - Congregational Forum 11:45 AM : The forum booklet and treasurer's reports are available for pick in the gathering area. A slate ballot for calling leaders will be forthcoming.

Sunday October 23 - CDC Sunday

Wednesday October 26 - Trick or Trunk

The Brethren Disaster Relief Auction BEGINS TODAY!

At Lebanon Valley Expo, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon, PA 17042

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

Many auction items such as theme baskets, quilts, and household goods... plus food!

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

Special Event this Sunday Evening: A show presented by Ted & Company

"Holy Surprises"

Sunday September 25 at 7:00 PM

Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren

Click Here for More Information

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, October 14, 2022

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for

Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, October 14, 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!


October 15th, 10:00 am - 3 pm, Meal Served 11am - 3pm, Auction 10:30 am

Join us a day of Family Fun!

Outdoor Event, Barrel Train Rides, Hay Rides, Silent Auction, Kid's Activities, Pork Meal cooked overnight inground brick pits, Craft Vendors, Eder made Apple Butter, Yard Sale Vendors

How can you help? Over 100 volunteers are needed to serve an hour or two (or more),

donations needed for live auction, be a vendor, sponsor an item for fund raising meal

Please click on button for all the information for volunteering, vendor, and sponsorship information. This information can also be found on the bulletin board in the gathering area.

More Information


Friday, October 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Held at Out Door Country Club, 1157 Detwiler Drive, York, PA 17404

Join us in Love, Faith & Courage for Life, and hear about what God is doing in the York community through Human Life Services! Please note: $10.00 suggested donation to register for individuals not sponsoring a table.

Dinner will be followed by our Keynote Speaker: Mr. Scott Klusendorff. Scott is the President of Life Training Institute and the author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. 

Contact us at or 717-854-7615 for

updates about this year’s banquet. We look forward to having you join us!

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 


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


Please don’t think we “STUTTER-STUTTER”.

A Sale is what we have today,

So, step right up and don’t delay!

What used to be a Five-dollar pint,

Is now three dollars for a great big bite.

Half pints that sold for three,

Are now one dollar, and almost free.

So, get yours now, while the sale is on,

Because if you wait, they’ll be ALL gone!



on until Oct., 9th or until all gone.

Pint - $3  Half- $1

Contact Kathy Kovacs at

717 -309-0678 or email 


SEEKING CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT “IDEAS” FOR CAMP EDER CHRISTMAS TREE.  Christmas season is fast approaching, and as many of you know as a congregation, we participate in Camp Eder’s Festival of Trees every Christmas season. Each year, Kathy Kovacs finds an idea for a Christmas ornament to decorate our tree. This year, she is asking that YOU get involved and help HER with an IDEA for a Christmas Ornament. All Ages are invited to participate. Kathy will pick from the winning idea. This idea will be used to make the ornaments for the tree. Each of you will have an opportunity to decorate you own ornament, as we have done in the past. This tree will go on display at Camp Eder and be judged with other trees for the 2022 Christmas season. So, let’s make Christmas magic this year with someone’s creative idea.


Pass on your idea to Kathy at 717-309-0678 or email her at  

Sincere thanks are sent for all the love this congregation has shown to Greg and me through visits, calls, cards, and meals.. They are all deeply appreciated. May God bless You all.    

Deb and Greg Klinedinst




01 Diane Gibble

02 Christopher Logue

07 Rick Ault 

07 Jarret Stehr

08 Winnie Fickes

11 John Anderson

14 Terry Wueschinski

14 Marty Reigle                            

15 Marcus Carey

15 Michael Carey

If your birthday is in OCTOBER and is not on the list below or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office.

17 Anna Elise Stoolmaker

19 Helen Stoner

21 Marjorie Schardt

21 Jared Beuschlein

21 Jasmine LeGrand

23 Barry Stehr

24 Benjamin Gennarelli-LeGrand

25 David Gibble

28 Pat Gibble

29 Dylan Sauder

31 Vesta Statler

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.

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. 

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



Galatians 3:23-4:7


“Belonging to Christ”


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”