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January 22, 2023



Matthew 16:13-23



“The Rock: Peter”


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On This Rock:

A Foundational Disciple

This week in worship we continue a series examining the disciples of Jesus, and this week we will confront the most prominent and famous of the 12: Simon Peter. A remarkably bold yet imperfect disciple, we have much to learn form his life and his faith.

This series is intended to be especially engaging as a congregation, incorporating portions of drama and dialogue within our services rather than typical sermon format. We hope that these messages are enriching and remind us tat we participate in God's work, in the way of Jesus.

We will also be receiving new members into our congregation this Sunday within worship. Please plan to join us as we welcome them and commit to our mutual support for one another in life and faith.

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, January 22

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service – Sanctuary


Monday, January 23

6:00 pm CDC Board Meeting – Lounge


Tuesday, January 24

9:30 am Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:45 pm Worship Team – Lounge

Wednesday, January 25

              3:00 pm Worship Leader Orientation – Multi-purpose Room

              6:30 pm Worship Leader Orientation – Multi-purpose Room

Thursday, January 26

7:30 pm Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, January 29

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. Teacher Cheryl Weyant. 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.


Homebuilders Sunday School Class

8:00 AM by conference call, holding class remotely. 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

We need your help with the 2023 Directory.

We have placed the Members and Friends pages in the gathering area.

Please make any necessary updates to your family's information on these pages. We want to have all current information before we print the directory.

You may also email your information to ~ Thank you!


It's time to renew your Messenger subscription. The cost is $14.50 and you can pay thru on-line giving or mail a check to church (payable to First Church - put Messenger on the memo line). Payments are needed by the end of January. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bradfield.

York First COB

Sponsorship of Flowers for Worship


Happy New Year! And with a new year comes a chance to begin something new or to begin again something we have done and loved in the past. The Worship Ministry Team would like to bring back the practice of having live flowers in worship again in memory, honor or celebration of special persons or events in our lives. We understand that this was a valued and appreciated practice in the past but Covid interrupted the flow so we are trying to revive it again in 2023!

There is a Flower Chart with all the Sundays in 2023 listed on the bulletin board across from the family bathroom near the church office. If you are interested in sponsoring flowers on a particular Sunday, please list your name under that date and write beside your name if you will provide your own flowers (from another location or your own garden) or you would like Karen Bowman, Administrative Assistant, (717-755-0307) to order them from Lincolnway, the florist we have dealt with in the past. If you list Lincolnway (the cost runs about $40), Karen will contact you to gather more information and then place the order for you. You can just let her know if you want them delivered by the florist ($10 delivery fee) or you will be picking them up.

You may choose another florist or source and see that the flowers arrive at church Sunday morning since the church is usually locked on Saturdays. If you are providing your own flowers, there is no need to contact Karen unless you have questions about the process. Or you can share flowers from your own garden – what a treat for all! We would just appreciate it if you would let Karen know no later than the Wednesday prior to the Sunday the flowers will be presented the wording for your sponsorship, so she has the correct information for the bulletin.

Also, we want you to know that, depending on what the design is for the Worship Center on the Sunday you sponsor flowers, they may appear on the worship center or on a small table in the front of the sanctuary. We request that you pick up your flowers immediately following the worship service. If you are not interested in keeping them, please consider sharing them with one of our homebound members or reach out to the deacons so they can do the same on your behalf.

We are excited to bring back this celebration of live flowers as part of our worship experience and hope you can be a part of it in some special way. If you have any questions, please refer them to Karen Bowman (see contact info above). Thank you in advance for your part in creating a beautiful and meaningful worship experience for all!  

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 (e.g. Christmas Eve), and capital campaign contributions, as well as many other specific outreach ministries that we sponsor.

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Online Giving
Upcoming Events


Friday-Sunday January 27-29 - Winter Camp, Camp Eder

Sunday February 5, 10:30 AM - Service Sunday

Saturday February 11, 5:30 PM - Roller Skating Party

Saturday February 18, 8:00 AM - Man2Man Event, Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren


JANUARY 27th - 29th

For Grades 1st - 12th & Shining Stars Campers


Arrive 7:00 PM Friday - Pickup 2:00 PM Sunday

Grab your sleds and strap on your snow boots and join us for a weekend of winter fun at Camp Eder!

Click below to register online or

contact Camp Eder at or (717) 642-8256

Online Registration


Recognized annually the 1st Sunday in February (Feb 5)


Celebrate those who serve in our communities and throughout the world.

Discover opportunities to serve through Church of the Brethren Ministries.

Explore possibilities for service in our local communities.

Be transformed by serving one another in the name of Christ.

This year First Church will be accepting food donations on Sunday February 5 during worship for the Lehman Center. Please see the list of items that are currently in need:

Baby Food and Baby Snacks

Pudding - Chocolate and Banana


Jello - Orange, Blue, Grape, Green, Cherry

Canned Food - Pears, pineapple, mixed fruit

Canned Vegetables - Limas, green beans, peas, etc.

Any questions, please contact the Witness Team.

OUR DAILY BREAD/SOUP KITCHEN - Friday, February 10, 2023

Sign up by calling Sandi Bowser at 717-825-7203 to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread/Soup Kitchen on Friday, February 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! 

Man 2 Man Men's Spiritual Leadership Summit

Building Bridges: Embracing Diversity and Facing Division

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Bethany Seminary President

He will be sharing about recent experiences with the World Council of Churches and their Assembly in Germany that he attended last September, representing the Church of the Brethren there. Expect an excellent presentation and much to learn about the church worldwide.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Held at Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale St., Mechanicsburg, PA

Registration Deadine: February 1, 2023

Please click on button befor complete brochure and registration form.

This information is also posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Man 2 Man Information
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

Thank you for all the cards, phone calls, and spoken expressions of support and sympathy for me and my family following the death of my mother. ~ Becky Wenger

CKV/TBHC thanks you for your prayers and financial support this past year. Thanks for your used stamps that benefits the residents at the home, please keep them coming! That project goes all year long. Thanks again. God Bless you all. ~ Keyperson, Anna Miller

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. January's link is:

Brain Changes:


January 15, 2023



Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 3:13-19



“The First Disciples”


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”