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April 30, 2023



Romans 10:8-13


  “The Word is Near”


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

One Generous Lord of All

This Sunday in worship as we continue within the season of Easter, we will draw from Romans 10 and its message that all are invited to know God through Jesus by faith. "The word is near" to us, and not embedded in any legal or cultural construct, Paul teaches. It is a message that the Gospel is not confining but expansive, an invitation to the entire world. We will be reminded that Jesus, rather than religious tradition, is our hope for abundant life. We'll also be assured that seeking God together is beneficial, so as not to be left alone.

Come and join us as we worship together in word, song, prayer, and fellowship. A group of PreK children from our Child Development Center will be singing as our special music this week. Expect many visitors - the families who will accompany them!

**Note - the potluck picnic following the service has been cancelled due to forecasted heavy rain. Please do not bring food, only a willing spirit and a hungry heart.

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, April 30

9:00 am  Sunday School

             10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 2

9:30 am  Ladies Bible Study – Anna Mow Room

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

6:45 pm  Worship Team – Anna Mow Room

Wednesday, May 3

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-purpose Room


Thursday, May 4

7:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, May 7

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service - Youth Sunday - 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 -12. The class will be preparing for Youth Sunday.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Ruoxia Li. The class is studying the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum, this spring's series entitled "Jesus Calls Us."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher John Anderson. The class is studying a series by

Adam Hamilton called “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White.”


Homebuilders Sunday School Class

Mondays - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM by conference call. 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

Guidelines for Information Distribution to Promote Organizations and/or Events

Due to frequent requests from church members and other organizations in the community to promote or advertise their events or fundraisers, the Leadership Team has approved a procedure to manage these requests. Please see the attached guidelines and submission form which gives a complete description of the purpose for this policy and the organizations that are given priority.

Copies of the guidelines and submission forms are available in the church office.


Please contact me if you have questions.

Greg Klinedinst, Leadership Team Chair

Guidelines and Request Form
Upcoming Events


Sunday May 7 - Youth Sunday

Sunday May 14 and 21 - Combined Sunday School Hour Presentations

Friday May 19 - Community Campfire

Saturday June 10 - Yard Sale

June 18-22 - Vacation Bible School


Friday, May 12, 2023

Carroll Valley Golf Course at Liberty Mountain

78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, PA 17320

Click on button for registration and sponsorship form.

This information is also posted on the bulletin board.

Registration and Sponsorship Form - Golf Outing

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, May 12, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, May 12, 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 Brethren Home Commnity

Cross Keys Village

2990 Carlisle Pike

New Oxford, PA 17350

10:00 am by the Pond

Fun for all ages!

Special Musical Performances

Please click on buttons for brochure, butterfly tribute,

The Good Samaritan Fund.

Butterfly Tribute Form
The Good Samaritan Fund

74th Annual Women’s Camp Retreat

Camp Eder ~ Fairfield, PA

Our Guest Speaker: Doris Hess Ortman

Please complete and return the enclosed registration form along with your check in the total amount due no later than FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2023, PLEASE NOTE: LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Please Make Checks Payable to: Southern PA District C.O.B.

Please Mail Registration Form and Check to: Southern PA District C.O.B. 3375 Carlisle Road, Suite A, Gardners, PA 17324

Please Note: No refunds will be issued after May 26, 2023.

Click on button for registration form and brochure. This information is also posted on the bulletin board.

Registration Form/Brochure

Join Us For Vacation Bible School 

Date: Sunday, June 18th - Thursday, June 22nd 

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Ages: 4 through 5th grade 


Please Register by June 11th

_____________________________________________Location: York First Church of the Brethren

~ Invite your friends & neighbors! ~ 

Join us as we travel the world as peacemakers! Get ready to make new friends, sing fun songs, meet peacemakers of the Bible, play active games, and enjoy art projects and science experiments. Practice strategies for experiencing peace within ourselves and learn how to live at peace with others!

~ Thursday Evening Family Night! ~

Click Here to Register
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



HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Time is near,

Bring those treasures from far and near.

YARD SALE! YARD SALE coming in June,

Join us, for it will be soon.

Items needed brought into the church,

That buyers have fun as they go on a search.

Bring by car, or bring by truck,

Garage is ready just by luck.

YARD SALE! YARD SALE! coming here,

SO, HELP US OUT for another year.


Garage is now ready for yard sale items. Please drop off after church on Sundays or before noon throughout the week. If you are unable to bring in items, we will pick up. 

 NO CLOTHING, Computers/equipment or TV’s.

Call Kathy Kovacs with any questions 717-309-0678



“Check out” these books that are new to The First Church Library! Directions for borrowing a book can be found on the countertop to the right after entering through the library door. We kindly ask that you take a maximum of two (2) books at one time and return at least one (1) before selecting a new one. Please sign and leave the white card in the blue flowerpot. When finished reading your book(s), return the book(s) to the multilevel shelf labeled “Book Return”.  

First Church Library

“Grandparents” Needed!

The Child Development Center at our church is starting a program in which grandparents come into a classroom each week to read with preschool children over the summer months. Times will be mid-morning, but you may pick the day of the week!

Volunteer clearances are necessary.

Contact Kim Moore if interested 717-757-6390 or Thank you!

Click the button below for

more specifics.

The Grand-Project




02  Emily Vuono 

02  Briella Hamill  

08  Eric Jones 

13  Dale Paules

13  Carole Bradfield

14  Jean Carson             

15  Barbara Jo Brown            

16  Paige Striebig 

If your birthday is in MAY and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

18  Jean Lauver

18  Amie Dietrich            

21  Stephen Carey

25  Malakai Wolf

26  Doris Markel

26  Rick Boogher            

27  Brenda Harlacher                  

28  Shea Martin

28  Cheryl Weyant  

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, and capital campaign contributions, as well as many other specific outreach ministries that we sponsor.

Church Website
Online Giving

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 2023 the gift card sales will support The Lehman Center (Children’s Aid Society), New Community Project, and Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry. 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. April link is:

Connecting through music:


April 23, 2023


Romans 5:10-11,18-21, Romans 6:1-11



“Reconciled to God”


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”