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January 1, 2023

“The Heart of Christmas –

Stories behind the Carols”


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

Upcoming Events

COB News


Last Week

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Happening This Week

All around the world, regardless of their age, nationality, or status in life, people love Christmas! For some, the pleasure comes from gifts and parties. For others, it’s the deeper realization that God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, was born in a stable in Bethlehem to become the way of salvation for humanity.

But for almost everyone, there’s something special about the music of Christmas – those wonderful songs, ancient and contemporary, that spread the same “good tidings of joy” that angels shared with the awed shepherds of Judea so many years ago.

Even though this Sunday is New Year’s Day, we are still in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas or Christmastide which begins on Christmas Day, December 25 and ends on Epiphany, January 6 when we celebrate the coming of the Wise Ones. And since it seems like we never have enough time to sing all the Christmas carols we want before Christmas, we want to extend our joy through this week’s worship by sharing some of the stories behind our most favorite and maybe least familiar carols of the season with an invitation to join our voices in singing them together.

Come join us to worship – to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, to hear the stories and sing the carols that tell about the blessed birth and to ring in the New Year as we raise our voices and offer our hearts in praise to God!   

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

There will be no Sunday School on January 1


Sunday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Monday, January 2

Church Office Closed


Tuesday, January 3

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

Thursday, January 5

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice - Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary


Sunday, January 8

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service -Bread and Cup Communion – Sanctuary

3:00 pm Epiphany Concert - St. Joseph - Our church choir will participate

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.

Children's Ministry Schedule


Are available for pickup on the counter in the narthex.



1.   Some envelope numbers have changed for 2023.

2.  If you are using Online Giving, your envelope number is in the 200 range, and you will not receive a box of envelopes. See the listing located with the boxes of envelopes.

3.   TO ASSURE CORRECT RECORDING OF YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, DO NOT use your old (2022) envelopes after DECEMBER 31, 2022.                                                                 

DO NOT use your new (2023) envelopes before JANUARY 1, 2023.

4.   If you would like to receive envelopes, please inform the church secretary and she will see that they are provided.

Thank you

We need your help with the 2023 Directory.

We have placed the Members and Friends pages in the gathering area.

Please make any necessary updates to your family's information on these pages. We want to have all current information before we print the directory.

You may also email your information to ~ Thank you!

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.

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Online Giving
Upcoming Events


Sunday January 8 - Bread and Cup Communion 10:30 AM

Sunday January 8 - Epiphany Concert - St. Joseph 3:00 PM Our church choir will participate.

4th Annual Epiphany Concert Series

Held at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Our church choir will be participating in this annual event on Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 PM

Please click on the button below to view additional dates and times for this event.

Epiphany Concert Schedule



OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, January 13, 2023

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, January 13, 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! 



For Grades 1st - 12th & Shining Stars Campers

Arrive 7:00 PM Friday - Pickup 2:00 PM Sunday

Grab your sleds and strap on your snow boots and join us for a weekend of winter fun at Camp Eder!

Click below to register online or

contact Camp Eder at or (717) 642-8256

Online Registration

MAN 2 MAN Men's Spiritual Leadership Summit

Building Bridges: Embracing Diversity and Facing Division

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Bethany Seminary President

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Held at Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale St., Mechanicsburg, PA

Registration Deadine: February 1, 2023

Please click on button for complete brochure and registration form.

This information is also posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

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




07  Greg Minnich

09  Jeffrey Yingling   

11  Nathan Beuschlein

14  Beth Drawbaugh

14  Clarence Sauder

15  Ron Horner

15 Steven Fitzkee

If your birthday is in JANUARY and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

16 Cathy McCracken

16 Tanner Ferro

18 Melanie Schaefer

19  Luke Miller   

20 Spencer Ginder

20 Dana Stump

23 Danielle Gibbel

25 Valerie Sauder

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. January's link is:

Brain Changes:



10:30 AM, December 25, 2022


 John 1:1-14



“The Light of All People”





Pastor Joel Gibbel can be reached most mornings in the church office Monday - Friday 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”