Please See Below for Sunday School Class Information

In the Sanctuary and Online

June 20, 2021
Daniel 2:24-49

“Visions and Dreams”

Click for Friends to Remember in Prayer
Additions and updates are welcome by contacting the church office
Sunday School News
Homebuilders Sunday School Class
The Homebuilders Class is continuing to meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM by conference call, planning to remain holding class remotely at least through the end of June. All are welcome to join. To be included, contact Mike Martin either by calling 717-840-4184 or by emailing, leaving the phone number at which you would like to be called. You will receive a phone call in the vicinity of 9:00 am. The class continues to examine lessons from the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum.

Lamplighters Sunday School Class
The Lamplighters Class meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM by zoom (video) conference, continuing to meet via zoom at least through the month of June. If you wish to be included and haven't received an email already, please contact Pastor Joel at, and he will forward you the link. The class lesson this week will continue a series entitled "The Color of Compromise" by Jemar Tisby, studying connections between the church and racism. Deb Klinedinst will be leading discussion.

Vine & Branches Sunday School Class
The Vine & Branches Class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, in-person, beginning this Sunday June 20. Pastor Joel will be teaching, and the class will be following the Adult version of the Shine Curriculum entitled "Seeking Justice Together," incorporating the same scriptures and themes that the children will be studying. The class will temporarily be meeting in the new multi-purpose room adjacent to the sanctuary.

Children's Sunday School Class
Children's Sunday School meets at 9:00 AM each Sunday, in-person, in the classroom beside the nursery. The class will include children Pre-K through 6th grade. The children will be following the Shine Curriculum entitled "Seeking Justice Together" during the summer season. Children ages 4 and younger are welcome to attend nursery care, which may include a brief lesson as well.
Children's Ministry Schedule
Nursery Care Attendants Needed!

As more people begin returning for in-person worship, we look forward to reopening the nursery. However, we need your help! We need at least 2, maybe even 3, adults to staff the nursery safely for both Sunday School and Worship. Please contact Michele Gibbel (717)318-5442 to have your name added to the volunteer list. Background checks and covid vaccinations are required. We look forward to seeing our little ones return soon. Thank you!  

  > Pick up bottle in the Gathering Area.
  > Fill with change.
  > Return to the Church Office or to the table by this Sunday June 20th.
Donations will be collected from
Mother's Day (May 9th) to Father's Day (June 20th).
Funds are used to help young families at Human Life Services.
All Church Inter-Generational Work Day is being scheduled for
Saturday, July 10 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon

All are invited to join a group of volunteers at church run by Roy Rollman. Jobs to do will be pressure washing, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, moving chairs, moving items from one room to another throughout the building, dusting, wiping down the pews, hymn racks, window washing and any other task he deems necessary. Bring any tools/ equipment you may have such pressure washer, bush trimmers, gloves for weeding, etc.... Snacks/drinks will be provided for volunteers.

In addition, a group of 5 or 6 people will be organizing and sorting through donations for Lehman Center families at 21 Church Street in Seven Valleys.

Sign up sheet will be at church or you can sign up by emailing Diane Gibble at Diane would like to know the number of people coming and which place you wish to work. Thank you!
Southern PA District Conference will be held here at York First Church
Saturday September 18, 2021

This is an opportunity for us to extend the hand of hospitality to those in our district that will be attending the conference. The conference begins with a live-streamed (online-only) worship service on Friday evening (9/17) and then a full day of in-person gathering on Saturday (9/18). Times we need volunteers will vary, and we’ve listed the range of times so you can determine how this might fit into your schedule for both Friday and Saturday or for any portion of those days.

We will need help in the following areas:
        Food service either help in kitchen or serving. Light breakfast, full lunch. See Dolly Furst
       Parking/traffic – directing visitors where to park and enter. Saturday from 7-9 AM and 3-4 PM
      Internal direction – directing visitors within the church. Throughout the day
      Set-up in fellowship hall and balcony. Friday evening from 6-9 PM and Saturday from 3-5 PM

Please sign up at the new gathering area in the narthex. If you are not planning to come to church and would like to volunteer, please call Karen in the church office 717-755-0307 or email and she will sign you up.

Hospitality Servers Needed for Conference

      - Do you enjoy prepping and serving food? 
       - Socializing and enjoying different events at the church?

We are looking for individuals who enjoy food preparation and serving others. 
Many hands are necessary to help prepare and share a light breakfast with coffee, lunch, and an afternoon snack for approximately 150 people who will be attending. This will be an all-day event. Basically, helping to set-up and serve will be needed. If you are able to help all day or just one hour, or any time you can serve, would be appreciated.  

If you think, you would be interested, please see or call Dolly Furst at
717-244-8218 or email

Soup Kitchen - 331 South George Street, York
Sandi Bowser, Chairperson

Greetings Everyone,

In the past year Audrey Ginder asked me to become Chairperson for the Soup Kitchen Committee. I said yes. At first, the position involved taking calls from members who make the casseroles and deliver them to the freezer in the church kitchen. I soon began making two casseroles myself, which should tell you making them is not difficult. On the Sunday or Monday before the 2nd Friday, I transfer the casseroles to the refrigerator. Then on that 2nd Friday Dan Snook takes them to the Soup Kitchen. I would like to add 2 or 3 more cooks to this. Call if you’re interested please.

Just as important - Jim, Manager of the Soup Kitchen, called and stated that he would like 4 volunteer servers again starting Friday, July 9th, at 10:30. If 16 to 20 people would volunteer, I could prepare a schedule (I would check with these volunteers of course) whereby each person might only need to volunteer once every 4 to 5 months on the second Friday.

Please call me at 717-825-7203. Thank you so much! Sandi Bowser
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!!!!!

30th Annual Virtual Auction

Bidding Begins: June 26th at 12:01 a.m.
Auction Preview Night: June 28th, 4 p.m. @ New Fairview COB
Bidding Ends: June 29th at 9:00 p.m.
Art & Jewelry, Household Items, Gift Certificates & more, Baskets,
Food for pre-order, Sports Items & Memorabilia
Help us to celebrate 30 years of providing care at the Lehman Center
For more information visit:
SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, July 9, 2021
Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for the Soup Kitchen on Friday, July 9, 2021 (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) PLEASE contact Sandi to add your name and number of casseroles, so we can let the Soup Kitchen know how many casseroles to expect. The pans are located in the church lounge. Thank you!   
Save the Date & Spread the Word
Vacaction Bible School
Aug 1-5 2021
Sunday – Thursday Evenings
Ages 4 - 5th grade

More info to come in the months ahead.
If you are interested in volunteering for this year's VBS, please let Diane Gibble know.
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

Note that the Annual Conference is a virtual/online this year June 30-July 4. Pastor Joel will be serving as our church's delegate this year. All are welcome to register and participate fully online and attending evening worship services is free and open to anyone, registered or not. Please be in prayer for our whole church body, that God would guide us and inspire us throughout this gathering.
Church of the Brethren - Newsline Digest
June 2021
Directory Changes:

P. 20 - Ruth Schmidt - New address is 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350
Her phone number remains the same.

P. 22 - Louise Stremmel - New address is Deepwood Estates, Apt. 120,
203 Old Chapin Road, Lexington, SC 29072, her phone number remains the same.

David Diehl's Memorial Service

Service was held Wed., June 2, 2021 at Box Hill Mansion at Regents Glen, York, PA. Please click on the link to view the beautiful musical tribute, including our church's choir singing. 
I know what you're thinking. How can used books be on vacation? Well, let me explain. COVID came and we have not been able to have book sales up at the Brethren Home or otherwise. So all books are on hold for the moment taking a nice vacation and enjoying the storage room for now. In the meantime, keep in mind the book box has been removed in the narthex and is on a bit of a rest period. Resuming used books is questionable, and at this point in time, we are not sure we will again be taking donations. So, thank you for your past support by sharing your books with church families and the community as a whole. If anything changes, you will be notified.
Kathy Kovacs.
Concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and church operations:

The church Leadership Team has approved updated policy on face coverings for our gatherings: following with CDC guidance, masks are now optional for those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For those not vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask indoors. We are on the honor system and are trusting all attendees to respect this policy. All are welcome, as always, and we hope for further updates moving forward.

Staying home remains the safest option, yet we commend and affirm in-person gatherings as the ideal. Worship will be live streamed on our YouTube channel and recorded each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM indefinitely, but it is not intended to "replace" physical attendance long-term. So long as you are comfortable being near others, please plan to join our services of worship, classes, and other events.

Some Sunday School classes will resume meeting in-person this summer, others will not. Check the class information above for weekly updates. Several elements of worship will remain adjusted such as staggered seating, avoiding handshake greetings, and face coverings worn within the building. Please know that all of these measures are for our collective wellness.

We have every intention of continuing to provide worship, teaching, and encouragement while maintaining “physical distance” for the safety and well-being of the vulnerable among us. The pastor and secretary continue to be available and in the office most of the week. Visitation to nursing homes and hospitals continues to be restricted, although Pastor Joel is now fully vaccinated and open to home visits as requested.

Please recognize that your church will require funds to continue basic operation of property and facility, fulfill pledged outreach giving, and maintain staff who will continue to minister whether in-person gatherings happen or not. Online giving is a simple and easy way to support your church and those it serves during this time, and it is accessible through our church website Mailing your gifts and offerings to the church office is also welcome. Thank you to all who have given generously! We have been able to maintain our many outreach commitments thus far this year, and for that we give thanks!

Look for other announcements on our website and facebook page, and as always you may read current and/or recent newsletters through our website for other updates (and past sermons if you have spare time). **Note that you do not even need a facebook account of you own to view the church's page there. If you do have a facebook account, please "like" our church's page to view updates there. The more you "like" and "comment" and "share" our content, the better it "travels" and will be seen by others. Do your part to freely spread our messages of ministry during this time. Thank you!!**

Concerning the spread of COVID-19, here is a good resource with helpful links to other sites as well: Be careful to pay attention to public health experts, rather than every news headline or comment from your neighbors. We must act responsibly for the well-being of all, not merely ourselves.

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.
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 2021 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

Daniel 1:1-21

“The King’s Table”
Bread and Cup Communion

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”