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April 16, 2023



Psalm 150


"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"


This Week

Prayer Requests

and Calendar

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Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

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COB News

Birth Announcement

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Directory Change

Last Week

Contacting the Pastor 

Happening This Week

Easter Cantata Sunday:

A Journey to and Beyond the Cross

This Sunday in worship we present a very special ministry of music as the season of Easter continues. In place of our usual spoken message, the chancel choir (plus friends and children) will present the cantata "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" arranged by Russell Mauldin.

Expect an especially meaningful and festive service of worship, filled with music and the whole account of Jesus' passion and resurrection told through song and narration. We are delighted to present such an event of praise and worship, and we encourage everyone to attend in person!

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

Spring Congregational Forum - Sunday, April 16, 2023

Immediately following worship, our Spring Congregational Forum will take place.

This is a meeting for all church members to attend and we will be looking to see you all there. Reports from leaders are the primary items of business, and we expect the meeting to last no more than one hour.

The Congregational Forum Booklet and Treasurer's Report are available for pick up in the gathering area.


Saturday, April 15

9:00 am  Choir Cantata Rehearsal – Sanctuary


Sunday, April 16

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service, Easter Cantata – Sanctuary

11:30 am  Congregational Forum – Sanctuary

Tuesday, April 18

9:30 am  Ladies Bible Study – Anna Mow Room

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

6:15 pm  Education Team – Rm 155

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

Wednesday, April 19

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-purpose Room


Thursday, April 20

10:00 am Prayer Shawl – Anna Mow Room

6:30 pm  Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm  Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Friday, April 21

5:30 pm Set Up for District Women’s Spring Luncheon - FH


Saturday, April 22

9:00 am District Women’s Spring Luncheon – FH

Sunday, April 23

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.

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 the Youth Room 149. Teacher Dave Witkovsky. This class is for youth in grades 6-12. The class will be preparing for Youth Sunday in the coming weeks.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teachers Eric Miller and Ruoxia Li. The class is studying the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum, this spring's series entitled "Jesus Calls Us."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher John Anderson. The class is studying a series by

Adam Hamilton called “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White.”


Homebuilders Sunday School 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

Guidelines for Information Distribution to Promote Organizations and/or Events

Due to frequent requests from church members and other organizations in the community to promote or advertise their events or fundraisers, the Leadership Team has approved a procedure to manage these requests. Please see the attached guidelines and submission form which gives a complete description of the purpose for this policy and the organizations that are given priority.

Copies of the guidelines and submission forms are available in the church office.


Please contact me if you have questions.

Greg Klinedinst, Leadership Team Chair

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
Upcoming Events


Sunday April 16 - Easter Cantata in Worship, Congregational Forum

Saturday April 22 - District Women's Spring Luncheon

Sunday April 30 - "Spring Fling" Picnic Following Worship

The 32nd Annual Auction Benefiting The Lehman Center is Tuesday, April 25th at New Fairview COB. The food and auction preview starts at 12:00. The live auction starts at 5:00.  

Thank you for your continued support of the Lehman Center.



Want to enjoy a weekend of camp fun with your family?

Well then The Eder Retreat is for you!

We are going to have different workshops throughout the morning that include Pinterest Palooza where we create different crafts, a wood workshop where you get to build in our very own woodshop, a backpacking 101 class where you get to learn the basics of backpacking and take a guided hike, & MORE! You will also have the chance to climb our climbing wall, complete challenges on our challenge course, enjoy a campfire, and many more classic camp activities! For more information or if you have any questions call (717)642-8256 or email Click on button for registration form. This information is also posted on the bulletin board.

Registration Form - The Elder Retreat


Friday, May 12, 2023

Carroll Valley Golf Course at Liberty Mountain

78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, PA 17320

Click on button for registration and sponsorship form.

This information is also posted on the bulletin board.

Registration and Sponsorship Form - Golf Outing


FCOB CDC PICNIC - Outdoors Following Worship

Bring a little bit of your family's culture to our picnic

Click below to view the invitation to this lovely event, an opportunity to collaborate and fellowship with our Child Development Center teachers and families!

Spring Fling Flier

The Brethren Home Commnity

Cross Keys Village

2990 Carlisle Pike

New Oxford, PA 17350

10:00 am by the Pond

Fun for all ages!

Special Musical Performances

Please click on buttons for brochure, butterfly tribute,

The Good Samaritan Fund.

Butterfly Tribute Form
The Good Samaritan Fund

Vacation Bible School:

Save the Date & Spread the Word

June 18th – June 22, 2023

Sunday – Thursday Evenings

Ages 4 - 5th grade

We are looking for volunteers. 

If you would like to help in any way

please contact Diane Gibble at

Thank you for being willing to share God's love with His precious children.

Registration Form
Church of the Brethren Denominational News

Denominational news and information is always available by visiting

December issue of the Southern PA District Newsletter

Click on the button for current

Church of Brethren News

COB Newsline


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

Congratulations to A.J. and Morgan Farman on the birth of a daughter, Jenny Louise Farman, on Thursday April 6. Mom and baby are both home and doing well. We give thanks for this precious gift of life and celebrate the growth of the Farman family!

Ed Sweigard and family would like to thank the congregation for their thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time following Julia's recent passing.

Directory Changes:

P. 14 - Heather Gibson Family - Correct spelling of LaRyiaha to Lariyah.

P. 17 - Roy & Barbara Rollman - Remove Barbara's cell phone number.

Discontinued use of this phone.

P. 18 - Gail Rutland - Email address is changed to:

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 Education Team would like to share free monthly video links from Teepa Snow. Hoping you will get a chance to watch them and learn something that may be helpful when dealing with those you come in contact with who have dementia.

Teepa Snow’s care strategies and techniques look at what is known about brain function and changes that happen with various conditions and integrate that information with therapeutic approaches. April link is:

Connecting through music:

Young Center Lecture and Seminar Announcement

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 • 7:00 pm • Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall - DURNBAUGH LECTURE

Anabaptists and Secular Politics: Reflections on the Shifting Paradigm over Seven Decades

During the 49 years since his baptism into the Mennonite Church, Berry has closely followed changes in American politics and its impact on American Christians. He will consider these developments, including the effect of single-issue voting or the influence of talk radio and cable news, and will reflect on how social and political changes have impacted contemporary Anabaptists, perhaps resulting in the church losing some of its ability to be salt of the earth, as described in Matthew 5:13.

Curtis R. Berry is professor emeritus of political science at Shippensburg University, where he taught for 32 years. Berry was a founding board member of Work Team Partners, Inc. and has served on the boards of directors of Eastern Mennonite University, the Mennonite Publishing Network, and Menno-Haven Retirement Communities in Chambersburg, Pa. During his professional career he was active in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties local and statewide organizations. Free and open to the public. For further information, visit 

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 • 10:00 am to noon • Bucher Meetinghouse at the Young Center - DURNBAUGH SEMINAR

This panel discussion explores how Anabaptists should assess political issues and opportunities; the connections between local, national, and international policy choices; and the ways in which Anabaptist values might motivate authentic engagement and principled dissent. Panelists also consider how Anabaptists can talk across lines of political difference, including within their own churches.

Panel members include Curtis Berry, professor emeritus of political science at Shippensburg University; Nathan Hosler, the director of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy based in Washington, DC, and a pastor of the Washington City Church of the Brethren; Heather Wolf, an experienced political campaign advisor and mentor with the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, and active in Lititz (PA) Church of the Brethren; and Nathan Zook, a professor of political science at Montgomery College, Rockville (MD) Campus, and the pastor of Hampden Mennonite Church, a congregation in Baltimore affiliated with Keystone Mennonite Fellowship. Free and open to the public. For further information, visit


April 9, 2023


John 20:1-21, Acts 10:36-43



“Go and Tell”


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.

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“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”