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April 14, 2024


Luke 9:28-36


    “Holy Moments: Awakening”


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Holy Moments: Aware and Awake

This Sunday in worship we begin a series called "Holy Moments" based on a book by Matthew Kelly, which focuses on the need to be aware of and respond to God's many invitations and challenges us to be awakened to what is possible when we respond to to God's leading.

This week we will look closely at the account of Jesus' transfiguration as told in Luke 9, in which some disciples were "weighed down with sleep" but awoke to see the glory of Christ in the midst of those who stood with him. It is a profound revelation of God's beloved, as well as an invitation for all disciples to "be awake." All are welcome! 10:30 AM worship, 9:00 AM classes.

**Adult Inquirer's Class begins this Sunday at 9:00 AM in Room 154. Please contact Pastor Joel if you wish to attend!**

Live Stream Worship

Our worship services are available via YouTube for those who wish to join that way. Click the link above shortly before the service begin to join in 10:30 AM on Sunday or anytime afterward. DVD copies of the services are also available.

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This Sunday's Bulletin


Saturday, April 13

10:00 am  Food Pantry Open 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday, April 14

9:00 am  Sunday School - Membership Class Begins

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

Monday, April 15

10:00 am  Activities Committee – Multi-Purpose Room

6:45 pm  Worship Design Team – Multi-Purpose Room

Tuesday, April 16

9:30 am  Ladies Bible Study - Anna Mow Room

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

6:00 pm  CDC Ministry Team – Anna Mow Room


Wednesday, April 17

9:00 pm  Staff Meeting – Multi-Purpose Room


Thursday, April 18

10:00 am  Prayer Shawl – Anna Mow Room

6:00 pm  Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:00 pm  Chancel Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, April 21

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

Church Calendar

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Book Fair! This week only, in the church library…

Our Child Development Center is having their 1st book fair this week, commemorating the “Week of the Young Child.” There are many ways to celebrate our children, and they love books! The book fair has been open all week in the library and will be available for us on Sunday morning! You may browse at your convenience, with a few things to note:

1. Please DO NOT take any books with you. Books are there to look at and touch, but all purchases will come by order.

2. There are envelopes for orders and payment. There is also a tax sheet that will tell you what the exact taxes are.

3. Each classroom will have a wish list to add to their collection. If you choose to buy books to donate to children’s classrooms please do so. I will be present to take orders from 10:00 AM until noon on Sunday.

Thank you for your support!

Miss Rainie, CDC Teacher

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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.

In addition to this prayer request list contained within each Friday's e-newsletter, we also have a "prayer chain" email list. We occasionally send immediate prayer requests to those who have opted in to receive the prayer chain and are committed to praying for each concern as they come. If you would like to be added to the prayer chain list, please notify the church office by email at or by phone (717) 755-0307. If you have a prayer request and desire it to be sent to this group, feel free to contact the church office anytime. Thank you!

Sunday School News

Church Membership Class - Starting April 14

Pastor Joel will be leading an adult "Inquirer's Class" beginning this Sunday April 14, a survey of Church of the Brethren beliefs and practices, a broad introduction to church history and theology, and an opportunity to learn about this congregation, our values and priorities.

Anyone who is considering church membership or simply desiring to learn more about our church is welcome. Expect an 8-week series that will met each Sunday at 9:00 AM in Room 154.

Anyone is welcome, whether you are a new attendee, a long-time attendee, or are already a church member. Family members and significant others are welcome. This is a great opportunity for fellowship as well. Please contact Pastor Joel immediately if you wish to take part!

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 Room 149. Teacher Dave Witkovsky. The Youth will be preparing for Youth Sunday and studying the meaning of Jeremiah 29 this week and next. This class is for youth in grades 7-12.


Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in the Anna Mow Room. Teacher Justin Tomevi. The class is following the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum entitled "Examining Our Faith."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher Cathy Carson. This week we will be continuing “The Upside Down Apocalypse,” a study of the book of Revelation.


Homebuilders 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
Upcoming Events


Saturday April 20 - 2024 District Women's Spring Luncheon

Friday April 26 - Church / Community Campfire

Sunday May 5 - Youth Sunday and Congregational Forum



Ham & Swiss and Turkey & American Pretzel sandwiches will be for sale in the hospitality area on Sunday, April 14 before and after church. $5 each. Take one home. These sandwiches can be frozen with good results.   

Proceeds are part of the church's Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8 and benefit Camp Eder.  

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The Lehman Center Auxiliary Presents

33rd ANNUAL AUCTION benefiting

Children's Aid Society - The Lehman Center

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Location: New Fairview ChurcH

1873 New Fairview Church Rd., York, Pa 17403

12:00 pm Auction Preview and Food

5:00 pm Live Auction

Silent Auction including Art Collectibles, Theme Baskets, Gift Certificates

Live Auction Featuring Art Collectibles, Sports Items, New Merchandise

Kitchen Will Be Open & Serving: Homemade Soup, Bar-B-Que, Homemade Pies

Join us also online! Some of our items will be available "Virtually" prior to the

Live Auction starting Saturday April 27th till Monday April 29th!

For more information Call 717-845-5771,



Auction (New Fairview April 30th):

· Theme Baskets & Art - 2 people from 8:00-9:30PM

· Gift Certificates & Theme Baskets -

3 people from 6:00-8:00PM and 2 people from 8:00-9:30PM

· Dining Area - 1 person from 6:00-8:00PM

· Church lobby -

2 people from 12:00-2:00PM, 1 person from 2:00-4:00, and 2 people from 6:00-8:00PM

· Data Entry - 4 people from 5:30-7:30PM and 4 people from 7:30-9:30PM

· Customer Service -

1 or 2 people from 6:30-8:30PM and 1 or 2 people from 8:30-CLOSE


PLEASE CONTACT AMANDA ZEAGER @ 717.624.4461 Ext. 211


Carroll Valley Golf Course at Liberty Mountain

78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, PA 17320

7:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Shotgun Start (Four Player Scramble Format)

1:00 Lunch at Camp Eder

Please click on the button for complete details and registration form.

Golf Registration and Sponsorship Form
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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.

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DEMENTIA COURSE - We wanted to provide the link for the free course that was presented here at York First COB on April 6th.

Kimberly Korge, Memory Support Coordinator at Cross Keys Village presented the course, Embracing Challenges in Memory Support.

The objective is to understand what dementia is and how it differs from Alzheimer’s disease, discuss tips to manage difficult situations/conversations with individuals impacted by a neurocognitive disorder, and discuss tips of how to effectively communicate with individuals impacted by a neurocognitive disorder.

If you were unable to attend and are interested in hearing this course, please click on the

button below.

Dementia Presentation

Directory Change:

P. 13 - Violet Chronister - New address: 11 Tristan Dr., Apt. 101, Dillsburg, PA 17019, Phone (717) 991-8969

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

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 2024 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 of the Brethren) to 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408 and your cards will be mailed to you.


April 7, 2024


John 21:1-14


“Breakfast at Galilee”


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 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”