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June 9, 2024


Psalm 95:1-7


“Make a Joyful Noise”


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Music Appreciation Sunday:

"O Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord"

This Sunday in worship we will celebrate the music ministry of our congregation worship our Lord with much song and joyful noise! Expect anthems from our Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and J.A.M. (children's) Bell Choir. The service will begin with a congregational hymn sing beginning at 10:20 AM, so please pan to arrive early to worship this week!

We will also have a moment for consecration and sending of our youth on their FaithX service trip that they will depart for on Sunday afternoon. All are welcome and all are wanted among us! Classes 9:00 AM, worship 10:30 AM.

**Our Church Yard Sale is this Saturday from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Following our time of worship on Sunday, everyone will be invited to the Fellowship Hall to wrap up our Yard Sale. Shop for any remaining items, enjoy food items that remain, and help to clean up the space. Thanks in advance to all who assist with this huge event!**

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, June 8

8:00 am  Yard Sale – Fellowship Hall

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

Sunday, June 9

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service/Music Appreciation Sunday – Sanctuary

12:00 pm  Yard Sale Clean Up – Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, June 11

6:30 pm  Leadership Team – Rm 154

Friday, June 14

8:30 am  Soup Kitchen – (Casseroles due at church by 8:30)

Saturday, June 15

9:30 am Facility Care Team – Rm 154

Sunday, June 16 – Father’s Day

9:00 am  Sunday School

9:00 am  Fellowship & Hospitality Team – Multi-Purpose Room

10:30 am  Worship Service/Receiving New Members– Sanctuary  

Church Calendar

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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

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. This class is for youth in grades 7-12.


Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Joel Gibbel. The class is following the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum entitled "Hope in the Lord."


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

Register for VBS 2024

Seekers in Sneakers: Discover Jesus

June 23 - 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Children will use their investigative skills to discover Jesus! Through worship and drama, Bible study, art and science explorations, and active games, children are invited to follow the example and teachings of Jesus in every place and every part of life.

Join us for a great adventure!



VBS donations this year will go to our church Food Bank. We are hoping to raise $5,000.00 and are looking for matching grants from companies or individuals. 

Please let Sheryl Leaman know if you are interested in providing a grant.  

We need your help to offset the cost of VBS. Please look for the shoe box in the gathering space and take a paper shoe with an item we need donations for.

All donations can be given by check in the offering plate with a memo VBS or online through the church website.

SAT., JUNE 22 - VBS Volunteer Orientation and Decorating Party

VBS volunteer orientation (for everyone helping with VBS ) and a decorating party will be on Saturday June 22 starting at 9:00am. Hopefully with lots of help the decorating will not take too long. Name tags will be made then as well as group assignments.

Mark your calendars now!



Have you ever wanted your name to appear in lights on Broadway? Did you ever consider taking a stab at professional acting? Would you love to wear elaborate costumes like they do in Bridgerton? Well, if those are some of your dreams, our theater company is not for you! But… if you ever wanted to engage in a little bit of drama to help others learn more about the ways of Jesus and if you would like to have fun sharing the Good News with others, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is the place to be! 

We are looking for some eager, energetic, enthusiastic “characters” of all ages (starting around 8 years old and going to at least 88) who would be willing to give a little of their precious time the week before and during Bible School to present the daily lesson in drama. No memorization of lines required. No hours of rehearsal and painful choreography. Just a few minutes of your time to help our children learn how to be “Seekers in Sneakers”! The skits are already written and we can take our own twist on them. Won’t you please consider joining us for this meaningful summer children’s ministry? If you are willing, please contact Kim Witkovsky or Diane Gibble and we will be glad to have you join us! The more, the merrier! We will spend a short time together the week of June 16 reading through and practicing our roles and then we will share our skits each night of VBS – June 23-27 – during the opening worship time between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Then you are free to leave unless you want to volunteer in other ways during the rest of the evening. Even if you can only join us one night, we don’t want to miss your talent and desire to serve. Looking forward to hearing from you very soon! Thanks so much!   

Upcoming Events


Saturday June 8 - Church Yard Sale

Sunday June 9 - Music Appreciation Sunday

June 9-14 - Youth FaithX Trip, Denton, MD

June 16 - Receiving New Members within Worship

June 23-27 - Vacation Bible School


Proceeds from the yard sale will be going to Camp Eder.

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Great bargains and food!

There is always something for somebody!


WE NEED YOU! Volunteers are needed for the Yard Sale on June 8. Work as many hours as you wish.

Help is also needed on Sunday, June 9th to move all remaining items out of the Fellowship Hall. Any helping hands would be appreciated!


If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kovacs at 717-309-0678.

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, June 14, 2024


Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for

Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, June 14, 2024 (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. 

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Sunday-June 9, 2024 6:00 PM

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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.

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Dear Church Members,

We are in need of Volunteers, who are willing to prepare baked spaghetti casseroles for the soup kitchen in York city.

Presently, we have some very generous people who prepare 1, 2, or 3 casseroles once a month. I, for example, prepare 2 casseroles each month. You know if I can do it, it’s not that difficult.

The recipe is easy, and the foil baking pans are provided for you, the schedule is not difficult. Contact Sandra Bowser for more details, and scheduling (contact information below).

It is a very rewarding experience. I have to say that 95% of the people are very appreciative. It would be greatly appreciated if you could volunteer your time. Thank you.

Contact information: Sandra Bowser 717-825-7203 



Thank you to those of you who haven’t placed items on the top shelf of the kitchen freezer. Keeping that open and half of the second enables our spaghetti casserole “chefs” to have room to place their finished casseroles quickly.

We have learned that many items which people place in the freezer are never being removed. We have started removing such items and placing them in the garbage can.

Last week I found a full gallon of ice cream so I hesitated to throw it away.

Therefore we are asking that any committee, organization, group, church member, etc. placing items in the freezer place a label with date of the event, person responsible, and phone number. Hopefully doing this will enable us to handle the item in question wisely. Please be aware that the CDC is seldom using this freezer. When they do, it is only one shelf for a single week.

Thank you for listening to this request. Respectfully, Sandi Bowser

Gathering Area June Quilt

by Sid Innerst


Sid is a very talented quilter and we wanted to

thank her for sharing her beautiful work. As you are walking through the gathering area, please take a moment to enjoy the beauty and details of these quilts. 

To our church family:

We would like to thank everyone for the many prayers, cards, texts, calls, and words of care and encouragement. Searching for answers to Jeff's health problems has been very difficult but made much easier by the love and care given to both of us. We have finally gotten some answers that will involve surgery in the future.

With great thanksgiving, Jeff and Melanie Miller 

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.


June 2, 2024


 2 Corinthians 4:5-15


 “Jesus Made Visible” 


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”