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May 19, 2024


Acts 2:1-21


“A Holy Expansion”


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Directory Change

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Happening This Week


The Holy Spirit Poured Out

This Sunday in worship, we will recall the coming of the Holy Spirit as told in Acts 2, the miracles of speech and hearing that followed, and the words Peter gave to explain what had happened. This is a great holiday for the church, so please be present to celebrate together! Wear red if you wish to be especially festive. All are welcome and all are wanted among us! Classes 9:00 AM, worship 10:30 AM.

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


Our Food Pantry continues to serve people needing food. We have seen a big increase in recent weeks. If you would like to donate to our pantry we can always use gift cards to the local grocery stores, or cash. I know some people like to give food items, so here is a list of items we can always use. Bring them to worship and our children will collect them within the service.

•Saltines, •Bread, •Canned Chicken •Pancake Mix & Syrup

•Cooking Oil •Fruit Juice •Oranges •Carrots •Canned Ravioli •4 lb Sugar

•Tiolet Paper •Paper Towels •Bars of soap

Thank you to all who donate and those faithful volunteers who help in the Pantry whenever we are open. ~ Mary Esther Anderson


Sunday, May 19

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:15 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

12:00 pm  Deacon’s Meeting – Rm 154

Monday, May 20

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


Tuesday, May 21

   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, May 22

1:00 pm  Master Planning Team – Multi-Purpose Room

Thursday, May 23

6:00 pm  Chancel Choir Practice – Sanctuary

7:00 pm  Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

Saturday, May 25

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


Sunday, May 26

9:00 am   Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – 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

*Adult Membership Class*

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Pastor Joel Gibbel. This week we will be covering Church of the Brethren understandings of church structure, ministry, administration, and leadership. Assigned reading is Chapter 6 of "To Follow in Jesus' Steps."

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 the Anna Mow Room. Teacher Eric Miller. 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

Amendment to the Congregational Structure

The amendment to include a description of the Child Development Centers Ministry to our Constitutional Structure was first shared at the Congregational Forum May 5th. That was the first reading, we're required by our Constitution to have two readings of any amendment to the Congregational Structure. November 3rd at the Congregational Forum we will have the second reading and vote on the inclusion of this document to our Congregational Structure. 


The reason this is being changed/added is that all of the Ministry Teams that report to the Leadership Team have a description and outline of the work that is to be done by the ministry team. The Child Development Center was listed as a Ministry Team but never had an outline of the work to be done. 


This change from using the terminology of Child Development Center Board to the Child Development Center Ministry Team also aligns with the other Ministry Teams. 


Please click on button to see the change we shared at the Congregational Forum.  

Proposed Congregational Structure Constitution Amendment

ATTENTION 2024 graduates we would like to include you and your accomplishments in our June 2nd graduation recognition Sunday during the worship service. If you are a graduate of High School, Trade School, College or another form of Higher Education please let Diane Gibble (email: know so you can be included.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Register for VBS 2024

Seekers in Sneakers: Discover Jesus

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 2024 Craft Supplies Needed:

(If you have any of these items please give them to Kim Tomevi or Diane Gibble).

•Colored cardstock paper •Jumbo popsicle sticks •Craft seashells •Sand for sand art

•White envelopes jumbo size •Battery operated tea lights

Use of Bounce House:

VBS is looking for person(s) who may have a bounce house available for the children to use on June 27th. If you have one please let Diane Gibble know.

Upcoming Events


Sunday May 19 - Pentecost Sunday

Saturday June 8 - Church Yard Sale

Sunday June 9 - Music Celebration Sunday


Camp Eder - Fairfield, PA

June 3rd and 4th, 2024

Guest Speaker Gretchen Sortzi: Gretchen has been an educator and speaker as a faith-based entrepreneur for the last 25 years. Born and raised in the Church of the Brethren, she comes from a long line of faith and ministry.

Please complete and return the registration form along with your check in the total amount due no later than MAY 20, 2024

Please note: Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please click on the buttons for complete information and the registration form.

Camp Retreat Brochure
Registration Form



Yard Sale is calling ALL volunteers to hear,

Asking all bakers and helpers to share.   

The date is Saturday, June 8, So, plan to sign up and don’t be late.

Sign-up sheets available now, In Hospitality area where we get our chow.

Only LARGE items accepted on June, 5, 6 or 7



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. 

Church of the Brethren Denominational News

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

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You may also subscribe to receive Newsline via email if you wish

Church of the Brethren News
Southern PA District Newsletter

District-Wide Prayer

Ask and keep on asking and it will be given.

Sunday-June 9, 2024 6:00 PM

Carlisle Church of the Brethren

1340 Forge Road Carlisle PA 17013

Questions - 717-778-2264

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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Thanks be to God!! My mom, Vicky's biopsy came back benign.

No cancer! ~ Jessica Jasitt

Directory Change:

P. 16, Jack Myers - New address:

6 Moulstown Rd., Abbottstown, PA 17301



Cross Keys Village sorts used stamps for profit. The money from these stamps is used to provide some much needed items to the campus community. You may drop your stamps here at York First in the box located in the Anna Mow Room.

Thanks for your used stamps that benefits the residents at the home, please keep them coming! This project goes all year long.

God Bless you all. ~ Keyperson, Anna 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.



May 12, 2024


Acts 1:6-9,12-14


“Including Mary”


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”