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June 4, 2023



1 Samuel 16:1,6-13,14-23


“Anointed for Song”


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Happening This Week

Music Celebration and Holy Communion

This Sunday in worship we will celebrate the Music inistry of our church, its choirs and many participants being recognized for how they have blessed God and all of us with their ministry. Our scripture lesson and message will recall the calling of young David, destined to become king of Israel, who was called to play music for the king who preceded him, a ministry of healing and comfort. We'll be reminded of the importance of music in the life of faith and service to one another.

The service will begin with a hymn sing, starting at approximately 10:20 AM, so please plan to arrive early and join us in song as we raise our voices together!

We will also receive Bread and Cup Communion this Sunday within worship, as we do each first Sunday in June. Please join us as we gather to learn and to worship together in word, song, prayer, and fellowship.

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 at 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


Sunday, June 4

9:00 am   Sunday School

 10:30 am  Worship Service -Music Celebration/Bread & Cup Comm. – Sanct.

Tuesday, June 6

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

Wednesday, June 7

9:00 am  Staff Meeting – Multi-Purpose Room

6:00 pm  Set up for Yard Sale – FH

Thursday, June 8

All day -  Set up for Yard Sale – FH

Friday, June 9

All day -  Set up for Yard Sale – FH

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


Saturday, June 10

8:00 am    York First Yard Sale – FH

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

Sunday, June 11

9:00 am    Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service - Sanctuary

11:30 am   Yard Sale – FH

12:00 pm   Yard Sale Clean Up - FH

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.

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."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher Patricia Carey. The class will be studying the

"Seeking Peace Together" crriculum.  

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

Exciting News!

A mural is being added to the nursery wall during the end of May and June! Staffed nursery care will be available for ages 0-4 in the sanctuary nursery during Sunday School and Worship.


The Leadership Team has approved a York First COB Lock Down Plan. 

Unfortunately, in today's day and age we need to have a plan in place to keep people safe in the event of a threat or emergency. Those involved in implementing the plan have already or will receive training. Contact the church office if you would like to see the policy.  


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



Where are your treasurers for others to explore?

Our garage is empty and we are looking at the floor.


June 10th is coming for our Yard Sale to take place,

So we need miscellaneous items in our empty space.


We are out at the garage in the mornings just waiting,

but no one comes, and we are just about fainting.


So help us out and bring lots of items for all,

for the yard sale to take place in the Fellowship Hall.


Don't forget! We are collecting items for Yard Sale.

Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at

717- 309-0678




Any large item such as furniture can be brought in June 7, 8 or 9 to the Fellowship Hall.

Upcoming Events


June 10 - Yard Sale

June 18-22 - Vacation Bible School

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, June 9, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, June 9, 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!


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



Volunteers are needed for the Yard Sale on June 10.

Work as many hours as you wish. 

Time for sale is 8 - 3 pm in Fellowship Hall. 


Also, DONATION of Food items & BAKED GOODS needed  Hot dogs (no beef) hot dog and hamburger rolls, chips, water and soda. A donation of soft pretzels from Epex would be appreciated. 



Please sign up to help in the area of your choice.

Any questions, contact Kathy Kovacs at 717- 309-0678

Join Us For Vacation Bible School 

Date: Sunday, June 18th - Thursday, June 22nd 

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Ages: 4 through 5th grade 


Please Register by June 11th

_____________________________________________Location: York First Church of the Brethren

~ Invite your friends & neighbors! ~ 

Join us as we travel the world as peacemakers! Get ready to make new friends, sing fun songs, meet peacemakers of the Bible, play active games, and enjoy art projects and science experiments. Practice strategies for experiencing peace within ourselves and learn how to live at peace with others!

~ Thursday Evening Family Night! ~

Click Here to Register

National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)

September 4-8, 2023 - Lake Junaluska, NC

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 to register and for complete details of this event, including bus trip information.

NOAC Event Registration
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

Southern PA District Newsletter

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Church of Brethren News

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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.

Church Website
Online Giving




01  Lauren Poland            

02  Ryan Sauder

03  Dorothy Lehman  

04  Rebecca Wolf          

05  Jeffrey Gipe

07 Tanya Dehoff

07 Suzanne Gray

07  Jonathan Soyke

08  Micah Gibbel          

10 Becky Wenger          

11 Michael Kovacs         

If your birthday is in JUNE and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

12 Shannon (McCracken) Kendig

12 Michelle Yingling

12  Deb Martin          

13  Trey Bradfield 

16  Nancy Gipe          

19  Helen (Lehman) Fay          

20  Justin Stehr          

22  Nancy Snyder

22 Benjamin Thomas Miller 

28  Roy Rollman

30  Arden Kile 

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.


May 28, 2023


Acts 2:1-18



“Amazed and Astonished”


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”