Please See Below for Sunday School Class Information

In the Sanctuary and Online

January 2, 2022

Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12

“Go and Search”

Listening Assistance Devices are here for those worshiping in person!  

Anyone is welcome to visit the AV booth each Sunday and request a hearing-assistance device for use during worship. You may also use your own smartphone and download the iPhone app here or the Android app here and bring your own headphones. Please note, you need to be connected to the church wifi (SimplePeace2gether) to listen. 
Click for Friends to Remember in Prayer
Click for Weekly Calendar of Events
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.
CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Monday, January 3, 2022
Sunday School News
Children's Sunday School Class
Children's Sunday School meets at 9:00 AM each Sunday, in-person, in the classrooms just past the nursery. Children grades PreK and up will have class lessons, with singing mid-hour as well. Children ages 3-4 and younger are welcome to attend nursery care, which may include a brief lesson in addition to playtime. All children are welcome!
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 for the time being. 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 Sunday mornings in-person at 9:00 AM in their classroom, Room 145. The class is studying “The Essential Commandment: A Disciple’s Guide to Loving God and Others” by Greg Ogden in collaboration with Compelling Vision. Beth Anne Bahn will be teaching.
Vine & Branches Sunday School Class
The Vine & Branches Class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, in-person, in the room near the Gathering Area. The present lesson series engages with Richard Rohr's "The Universal Christ" - exploring a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God's constant, unfolding work in the world. This week's will be the last session of this series. Pastor Joel will be leading discussion. 
*Jr and Sr High Youth Sunday School Class*
This class will begin Sunday January 9, 2022 at 9:00 AM in the Youth Room
Teachers are David Witkovsky, John and Diane Gibble, and Deb Klinedinst.
We hope to see you there! 
Upcoming youth events:
Camp Eder Winter Camp January 28–30. Sign up through Camp Eder
District Youth Retreat the weekend of March 18-20.
Let an adviser know if you are interested. 

**Adult Membership Class - Upcoming**
This class will begin Sunday January 9, 2022, lasting for 8 weeks
Pastor Joel will be teaching a series that is an invitation into the Christina faith as well as a summary of beliefs and practices of the Church of the Brethren. Any new attendees, prospective members, interested learners, or existing members are welcome to attend. Adults of all ages are invited. Please let Pastor Joel know if you plan to be part of this series
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!!!!!
Are available for pickup on the counter in the narthex.

  1. Many envelope numbers have changed for 2022.
  2. If you are using Online Giving, your envelope number may now be in the 200 range, and you will not receive a box of envelopes. See the listing located with the boxes of envelopes.
  3. DO NOT use your old (2021) envelopes after DECEMBER 31, 2021
DO NOT use your new (2022) envelopes before JANUARY 1, 2022.

If you don't have envelopes and would like to have them, please contact Karen in the church office.
Thank you
Upcoming Events

January 28-30 - Winter Camp, Camp Eder
February 19 - Man2Man Men's Spiritual Leadership Summit, Mechanicsburg CoB
March 18-20 - District Youth Retreat, Camp Eder
OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, January 14, 2022
Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for
Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, January 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! 
Ladies Bible Study will begin again on Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022.
We meet in the Church Lounge from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.  We have decided as a group to study JOSHUA. The books are free and are provided by our Church Library. Books will be available at the first Class.
We welcome any ladies who wish to join us. Any questions or comments may be forwarded to Dolly Furst at 717-244-8218 or or Mary Esther Anderson at 717-848-1065 or 
Camp Eder Winter Camp 2022 - January 28-30
Winter Camp 2022 is just around the corner!
Join us for an action packed weekend full of camp fun and friends.
Drop off will be 7pm on Friday with pick up at 2pm on Sunday.
The Church will cover 80% of the registration expense!
Winter Camp 2022 is going to be a blast!
Please click on the button for the flier to view information and registration information or visit
Men's Spiritual Leadership Summit
Saturday - February 19, 2022
Unity and What it Means for the Church

Guest Speaker: David Sollenberger 2022 Church of the Brethren Annual Conf. Moderator
Location:Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2022
Click on the button below to view the brochure and information.
This information will be posted on the bulletin board in Narthex area.
Church of the Brethren Denominational News
Denominational news and information is always available by visiting
Church of the Brethren
Newsline Digest - Jan./Feb. 2022

P. 19 Terry & Sandy Yeager - New address and phone numbers:
Manchester Park Apts., 240 Elizabeth Lane, Apt. 1, Manchester, PA 17345
Cell Phone numbers: Terry (717) 515-3418, Sandy (717) 818-0317 (They have NO land line)

07  Greg Minnich
09  Jeffrey Yingling 
11  Nathan Beuschlein
14  Beth Drawbaugh
14 Clarence Sauder
15  Ron Horner
15 Steven Fitzkee
16 Cathy McCracken
16 Tanner Ferro
If your birthday is in JANUARY
and is not on the list below or is listed incorrectly, please call the church office. 

18 Melanie Schaefer
19 Greg Bachman
19 Luke Miller   
20 Spencer Ginder
20 Dana Stump
23 Danielle Gibbel
25 Valerie Sauder
Concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and church operations:

The church Leadership Team's policy on face coverings for our gatherings: following with CDC guidance, masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, however we encourage all attendees to wear face coverings when near others. 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.

Most Sunday School classes have resumed meeting in person. Check the class information above for weekly updates.

We have every intention of continuing to provide worship, teaching, and encouragement while maintaining some “physical distancing” 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 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

December 24, 2021
Luke 2:1-20
“The Messiah, the Lord”

December 26, 2021

Colossians 3:12-17

“Let the Peace of Christ Rule”
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”