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August 27, 2023



Colossians 1:15-20,2:1-7


“Christ the Center”


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Upcoming Events

COB News

Online Giving

Thank you


Last Week

Contacting the Pastor 

Happening This Week

Christ-Centeredness: Our Top Priority

"Welcome Back" Sunday

This week in worship we seek to return to fullness of attendance and participation following a summer season of many travels and exciting experiences for our families. We will begin a brief series naming and affirming our congregation's top priorities in mission and ministry, the first being the centrality of Jesus Christ in our lives and the love of God that he has shown us.

The chancel choir will be returning to fullness, a new preaching series is beginning, we will be receiving new members within worship, and we are excited about how God will lead us going forward. Please dare to invite a friend or neighbor to join us, encourage a reluctant attendee, and see that we reunite with a spirit of openness and commitment to the way of Jesus together.

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 before 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



Saturday, August 26

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

Sunday, August 27

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary


Monday, August 28

6:00 pm  Education Team – Anna Mow Room


Thursday, August 31

6:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary


Sunday, September 3

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary

Church Calendar

Click on this button to view the full calendar

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 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 studying the Current curriculum, this summer's series entitled "Seeking Peace Together." This week's focus is on rejoicing with creation, celebrating the beauty of the earth as a reminder of God's faithful love, studying Isaiah 55.


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher Patricia Carey. The class is studying the Current curriculum, this summer's series entitled "Seeking Peace Together."

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


August 27 - "Welcome Back" Sunday, Receiving New Members

September 4-8 - National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)

September 13 - Camp Eder Senior Day

September 15-16 - District Conference, Chambersburg CoB

September 22-23 - Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, Lebanon Expo

September 24 - Brethren Disaster Ministries Benefit Concert

National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)

September 4-8, 2023 - Lake Junaluska, NC

Registration is now closed, but please pray for our many attendees and this entire event as it is only 1 week away!

NOAC is a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world.

 “God is Doing A New Thing”

 “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

 I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19

 Click on the button below for complete details of this event, including bus trip information.

NOAC Event Registration

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, September 8, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, September 8, 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!


Wednesday, September 13, 2023

9:30 am Check in/Breakfast

10:00 am Morning Program Join us for a wonderful musical performance from the Steel String Storytellers. Monte Leister and Adam Kruzic will be playing original americana compositions about life in small town America. It is going to be a blast!

12:00 pm Lunch BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Broccoli, Garlic Bread, Salad, and Peach Cobbler

1:00 pm Afternoon Program Hayride around Camp Eder (We will only be taking groups of 25 people at a time)

Only $20. per person

RSVP by calling (717) 642-8256




Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023

New Fairview Church of the Brethren,

1873 New Fairview Church Rd., York, PA 17403

Full-course dinner,

featuring Heaven 4 Shore,

Ministry update and Door Prizes

Tickets are $ 17.00 and are available until

September 15, 2023. No ticket sales at the door.

You can also purchase tickets

from Glenn & Anna Miller

Fall Banquet Flyer 
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

Current Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline

Annual Conference Wrap-Up

2023 Annual Conference Wrap-Up DVD is available for pick up in the church office. There will be a sign up sheet in the office to take the DVD. You may want to contact the church office to make sure the DVD is available for pick up. 

Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the SOPA District Church of the Brethren,


Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is to inform you of the retirement of our District Executive, Rev. Dr. William Waugh. His retirement as District Executive is effective at the close of District Conference on September 16, 2023. Please click on button for full announcement and details of honoring Bill and his wife, Dawn.

Retirement Announcement
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

Dear Church Family, A very special thank you to each and everyone for your birthday greetings of beautiful and thoughtful well wishes. ~ Sincerely, Betty Bortner

We would like to thank everyone for their loving care and prayers during Jeff's twelve-week recovery. We ask for your continued prayer as he returns to work this Monday. 

~ Jeff & Melanie Miller

Thank you for all of my birthday cards. I really appreciated them! ~ Peg Eck

I would like to thank my church family for the cards, phone calls, and visits during my brief illness. It was very much appreciated! You are a great church family. Thank you

~ Judy Yingling




02  Sarah Dietrich

02  Frank Soyke

04  Lisa Striebig

04  Daniel Beuschlein

04  Alexander Baldwin

05  Ed Martin

06  Leonard Stoner

06  Diane (Ginder) Goetz

07  Evan Brickner

11  James Knaub


If your birthday is in SEPTEMBER and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

13  Steve Jones

14  Michele Gibbel

16  Bernetta Kile

21  Loretta Bachman

22  Deb Rosenzweig

23  Arlene Martin

25  Hannah Taylor

26  Bob Drawbaugh

29  John Gibble

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 Brethren Home Foundation

Notice of Annual Corporation Meeting

September 16, 2023

Please click on button to view the notice.

Notice of Annual Corp. Mtg. Brethren Home

Children's Aid Society, Inc.

Notice of Annual Meeting

September 16, 2023

Please click on button to view the notice.

Notice of Annual Meeting Children's Aid Society


August 20, 2023



Romans 12:3-8   


  “Called to Lead and Build Up”


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”