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February 26, 2023



John 12:1-7

Matthew 26:14-16,47-50



“The Unfaithful: Judas”


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Loyalty and Temptation:

The Tragedy of Judas

This week in worship we near the end of our series on the disciples of Jesus, and we'll hear the story of Judas - the one who betrayed Jesus into the hands of those who wished to have him killed. Judas was a disciple of Jesus who succumbed to temptation and chose money over his Lord in a shocking act of unfaithfulness. His is a lesson in human frailty, tendency toward sin, and the ever-present lure of money that can threaten our very souls. May we always choose loyalty to God over the temptations that we face.

This is the first Sunday in the season of Lent, a time for recalling our mortality and our need for redemption Please join us each week for our sacred time of worship - an opportunity for fellowship, teaching, prayer, and song. Centered in Christ, we are committed to love, share, and serve as God so leads us.

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, February 26

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

11:45 am Worship Leader Orientation – Multi-purpose room


Monday, February 27

6:00 pm Education Team – Rm 155


Tuesday, February 28

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Anna Mow Room

6:45 pm Worship Team – Anna Mow Room

Wednesday, March 1

9:00 am Staff Meeting – Multi-purpose room


Thursday, March 2

6:30 pm Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Saturday, March 4

11:00 am John Minnich Celebration of Life Service – Sanctuary

12:00 am Meal following Service – FH

Sunday, March 5

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 is studying a series from the "Generation Why?" curriculum.

Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teachers Rob and Christine Wuhrman. The class will be studying the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum, this winter's series entitled "From Darkness to Light."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. The class is surveying a sermon by Tony Campolo: "It's Friday, but Sunday's Coming." John Anderson will be leading discussion.


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

Calling New Sunday School Teachers

Are you seeking a way to connect with the children and youth of our congregation?

Do you wish to share your love of Jesus with others?

Would you like to support and work with the already dedicated Sunday School teachers? If so, please consider being a Sunday School teacher. Curriculum is provided.

Current age groups are Pre-K to 2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; 6th-12th grade.

Training can be provided. Please contact Michele Gibbel if you’re interested. Thank you  

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

2023 DIRECTORY is now available for pick up in the gathering area.

*** YEAR END STATEMENTS are available for pick up in the gathering area. ***


Now Available in the Gathering Area

Daily Devotions for Ash Wednesday through Easter

(February 22 - April 9)

"My Soul, My Life, My All" by Liz Bidgood Enders

We who follow Jesus are called to live into the fullness of our humanity as we seek to grow closer to God's glory. In the words of hymn writer Isaac Watts, "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all." Scripture challenges us to offer our souls in devotion, our lives in service, and our very being as we grow in love for God.

Please pick one up and use it during the season that is before us. 


Saturday evening, February 11th, York First Church and the Child Development Center co-sponsored a skating party at Roll ‘R’ Way Family Skating Center. With over 100 skaters and more spectators present, the evening was a huge success. We celebrate the relationship between the CDC and the congregation. What a joy to see so many people just having fun together. We look forward to strengthening this relationship with the CDC with more opportunities in the future. Thank you to all who attended and made this even so much fun. 

Upcoming Events


Wednesday March 8 - Senior Day at Camp Eder

Friday March 24 thru Sunday March 26 - Youth Retreat

Wednesday April 5 - Egg Hunt

Thursday April 6 - Love Feast

The Lehman Center is having a

Stromboli, Calzone,

Apple Dumpling and Sandwich Sale

(Italian & turkey sub, and soft pretzel Ham/ Cheese, and Turkey /Provolone) 

All items are $6 each.

•You can order by seeing Diane Gibble in the gathering space after church

or email her at by MARCH 1st.


•Pick up is at York First in Room 153 (old food pantry) on March 14th

between 4:15 and 5:15.


•Checks can be made to CAS.

 Thank you for your continued support of the Lehman Center.



Camp Eder - 914 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA 17320

•9:30 am - CHECK IN/Light Breakfast

•10:00 am - Join us as we learn about Natural Clean Living! We will make and learn about natural soap, laundry detergent, and more! You will even get to take home a sample.

•12:00 pm - LUNCH - Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Salad, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Salad, and Lemon Cookies with Ice Cream

•1:00 PM - AFTERNOON PROGRAM - Natural Clean Living Trivia

COST: $ 20. Per Person

RSVP by calling 717-642-8256 or Email:

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, March 10, 2023 Sign up by calling

Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, March 10, 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!



Friday, March 24, 2023 7:00 pm thru

Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:00 pm

at Camp Eder, 914 Mt. Hope Rd., Fairfield, PA

THEME: "What Next, What Now?"

There will be 3 sessions focusing on where we developed our faith, what is currently engaging us in our faith, and finally, what we will do to further our faith in the future! We will learn more and how we can spread it onto others.

Led by: Interdistrict Youth Cabinet from Bridgewater College

Cost $ 80. per attendee

Checks Payable: SOPA District COB


Click on the button for the brochure for this event and

this is also posted on our bulletin board.

Brochure for Youth Retreat

Save the Date

VBS 2023 (Vacation Bible School) will be on

June 18 to June 22, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at York First COB

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

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




02 Zoë Grace Miller  

05 Edward Sweigard 

05 Fred Rosenzweig                

06 Kevin McCracken

06 Thessa Sollenberger

06 Jackie LeGrand 

08 Jason Wolf     

If your birthday is in MARCH and is

not on the list below or is listed

incorrectly, please call the church office.

10 Chris Baldwin

11 Jacob Boogher

13 Gail Rutland

14 James Baldwin

22 Audrey Ginder             

24 Anna Boogher

25 Sheldon Markel             

28 Seth Brickner

The Friends of Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community

Become a Friend in 2023!

The purpose of the Friends of Cross Keys Village is to benefit the lives of residents and team members of Cross Keys Village-the Brethren Home Community.

To accomplish this objective, funds are raised through an Annual Membership Drive, donations, and various fundraising events throughout the year. Membership in the Friends of Cross Keys Village is open to all residents and friends of Cross Keys Village.

Funds raised by the Friends are principally used to support: Good Samaritan Fund, Brethren Home Educational Assistance Program, Professional Artist Series.


Becoming a member or renewing your membership gives you the satisfaction of helping others!

The membership form is also available on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Membership Form

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 2022 the gift card sales will support The Lehman Center (Children’s Aid Society), New Community Project, Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, and LifePath Christian Ministries (formerly York Rescue Mission). 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. March link is:

Filling the day with meaning:

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College presents: “Holy Cow: Religion, Race, and Milk in Lancaster County, PA” by Rachel Feldman and Ayala Fader, on Thurs., March 2, at 7:00 p.m., in the Bucher Meetinghouse. Feldman, assistant professor of religious studies/Judaic studies at Franklin and Marshall College, and Fader, professor of anthropology at Fordham University, discuss the connections between Orthodox Jews, Amish and Mennonite farmers, and kosher dairy products. For details, visit or call 717-361-1470.

Free and open to the public, this is an in-person event. Using GPS Address: 450 Campus Rd, Elizabethtown, PA 17022, brings you directly to the parking lot of the Young Center; no stairs, and fully accessible.


February 19, 2023


John 11:7-16, John 14:1-7, John 20:24-29  


“The Hesitant Confessor: Thomas”


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”