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July 9, 2023



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 “Living God’s Love”


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Happening This Week

Annual Conference 2023: Living God's Love

This weekend worship we will receive the recorded service from Tuesday July 4th at the Church of the Brethren annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moderator Tim McElwee preaching, Kyle Remnant leading music, and Becca Miller accompanist. Please join us this Sunday as we gather and worship together as always, joining in prayer, song, and attention to God's word. 

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

Pastor Joel will be out of the office from Monday July 3 through Saturday July 8 

to attend the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. If you have an immediate need,

please contact the church office or your assigned deacon.


Saturday, July 8

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

Sunday, July 9

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service Sanctuary

Tuesday, July 11

6:30 pm   Leadership Team – Rm 154

Friday, July 14

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

Sunday, July 16

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 Room 149. Teacher Beth Anne Bahn. This class is for youth in grades 7-12.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Sam Weyant. 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 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

The nursery will be open for use again this Sunday. The animals will be

added throughout the summer. Thank you to all the painters who

donated their time to make the nursery a beautiful space. 


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.  

Upcoming Events


July 4-8 - Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, July 14, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, July 14, 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!

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

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Southern PA District Newsletter

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Duke Energy Convention Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

July 4-8 (Tuesday-Saturday)

Please hold all who are attending and in leadership in prayer this week, that we would seek the movement of God among us and be open to the Spirit's leading. We will have 15 people from our congregation in attendance there. Kim Witkovsky is serving as our delegate, and Becca Miller is serving as piano accompanist for all worship services!

You may use this link to access Annual Conference information:

Anyone is welcome to tune in each evening to watch the worship service webcasts.

You may access by clicking on this link:

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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Online Giving

Dear Church Friends, I am doing extremely well in my recovery from my knee replacement and leg straightening surgery.

Thank you for your many prayers and cards. I feel it was extremely successful and I would do it again. ~ Elizabeth Eisenhart

EDUCATION TEAM would like to share a resource on mental health Programs and Services that are available in York and Adams County:

National Alliance on Mental Illness York-Adams County

Is a family-based, grassroots support and advocacy organization.


Lehman Center "Wish List"


Items for donation to the Lehman Center are being collected in the basket in the Gathering Area.

Due to changes in the food pantry operations, these must be collected separately from food pantry supplies.

Here are some items that are needed at Lehman Center:

Instant pudding (chocolate, banana)

Instant jello (orange, blue, green, grape, cherry)

Can fruit (pears, pineapples, fruit cocktail)

Applesauce (individual or jar)

Can vegetables (lima beans, peas, green beans)

Baby food - all stages

Baby snacks

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.


July 2, 2023



2 Samuel 11-12  


  “A Broken Throne”  


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”