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May 12, 2024


Acts 1:6-9,12-14


“Including Mary”


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Happening This Week

The Ascension of our Lord

and Mother's Day

This Sunday in worship, we will recall the ascension of Jesus as told in Acts 1. We will also reflect on those who gathered to continue in prayer after he had departed, awaiting God's empowering Spirit. The disciples named there include Mary, the mother of Jesus! What a tribute to her faithfulness and the ideal for mothers everywhere who are loyal to Jesus as well as to their children.

In honor of Mother's Day, our service on Sunday will include two children's choirs. All women will receive flowers as a special gift as well. Come and join in as we celebrate and appreciate all who wait upon the Lord and set an example of faith, and especially those who nurture us as mothers. All are welcome and all are wanted among us! Classes 9:00 AM, worship 10:30 AM.

Live Stream Worship

Our worship services are available via YouTube for those who wish to join that way. Click the link above shortly before the service begin to join in 10:30 AM on Sunday or anytime afterward. DVD copies of the services are also available.

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This Sunday's Bulletin


Saturday, May 11

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

12:00 pm  Shannon Kendig – Fellowship Hall/Kitchen

Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day

9:00 am   Sunday School

10:15 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary

Monday, May 13

10:00 am Activities Committee – Multi-Purpose Room

Tuesday, May 14

9:30 am  Ladies Bible Study - Anna Mow Room

6:30 pm  Leadership Team – Room 154

Wednesday, May 15

9:00 am  Staff Meeting – Multi-Purpose Room


Thursday, May 16

10:00 am  Prayer Shawl – Anna Mow Room

6:00 pm  Chancel Choir Practice – Sanctuary

7:00 pm  Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

Sunday, May 19

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:15 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.

In addition to this prayer request list contained within each Friday's e-newsletter, we also have a "prayer chain" email list. We occasionally send immediate prayer requests to those who have opted in to receive the prayer chain and are committed to praying for each concern as they come. If you would like to be added to the prayer chain list, please notify the church office by email at or by phone (717) 755-0307. If you have a prayer request and desire it to be sent to this group, feel free to contact the church office anytime. Thank you!

Sunday School News

*Adult Membership Class*

9:00 AM in Room 154. Teacher Pastor Joel Gibbel. This week we will be covering Church of the Brethren emphases on social responsibility, especially peace, service, and outreach. Assigned reading is Chapters 7, 8, and 9 of "To Follow in Jesus' Steps."

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. The Youth will be preparing for Youth Sunday during the Sunday School hour. This class is for youth in grades 7-12.


Vine and Branches Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in the Anna Mow Room. Teacher Sam Weyant. The class is following the "Guide for Biblical Studies" curriculum entitled "Examining Our Faith."


Lamplighters Sunday School Class

9:00 AM in Room 145. Teacher Cathy Carson. This week we will be continuing “The Upside Down Apocalypse,” a study of the book of Revelation.


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

ATTENTION 2024 graduates we would like to include you and your accomplishments in our June 2nd graduation recognition Sunday during the worship service. If you are a graduate of High School, Trade School, College or another form of Higher Education please let Diane Gibble (email: know so you can be included.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Register for VBS 2024

Seekers in Sneakers: Discover Jesus

Children will use their investigative skills to discover Jesus! Through worship and drama, Bible study, art and science explorations, and active games, children are invited to follow the example and teachings of Jesus in every place and every part of life.

Join us for a great adventure!

Click on button for registration form

Registration Form

VBS 2024 Craft Supplies Needed:

(If you have any of these items please give them to Kim Tomevi or Diane Gibble).

•Colored cardstock paper •Jumbo popsicle sticks •Craft seashells •Sand for sand art

•White envelopes jumbo size •Battery operated tea lights

Use of Bounce House:

VBS is looking for person(s) who may have a bounce house available for the children to use on June 27th. If you have one please let Diane Gibble know.

Upcoming Events


Sunday May 12 - Mother's Day

Sunday May 19 - Pentecost Sunday

Saturday June 8 - Church Yard Sale

Sunday June 9 - Music Celebration Sunday




NO DELIVERIES will be taken Monday, May 6 through Saturday, May 11. Kathy Kovacs will be away and will not be here to take any items for June yard sale. Drop off's will resume May 12th at the Church Garage. 


Also, sign-up sheets will be available in the Hospitality Center on Sunday, May 12 for volunteers, donated food items and help before and after the yard sale. Your help is appreciated for this yard sale. 

Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 AM by the pond at Cross Keys Village, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350

The magnificence of butterflies taking flight will highlight the 17th Annual Butterfly Release, held to benefit the Good Samaritan Fund at Cross Keys Village, which supports residents who have exhausted their financial resources. Money is raised through butterfly sponsorships, which honor or memorialize a loved one. 

The 2024 Butterfly Release will take place at the Cross Keys Village pond, starting at 10:00 on Sat., May 11.

Please Note: 

The names of honored or departed loved ones will be read aloud prior to the butterflies being released. Online butterfly sponsorships will be accepted until May 3. Please sponsor your butterfly by May 1 for inclusion in the list of names.

Butterfly sponsorships will continue up to and including the day of the event, according to supply. Please call our Foundation office at 624-5208 to reserve a butterfly or if you have any questions, and see you on May 11!

Click on this link to sponsor a butterfly or donate to the Good Samaritan Fund.


Camp Eder - Fairfield, Pa

June 3rd and 4th, 2024

Guest Speaker Gretchen Sortzi: Gretchen has been an educator and speaker as a faith-based entrepreneur for the last 25 years. Born and raised in the Church of the Brethren, she comes from a long line of faith and ministry.

Please complete and return the registration form along with your check in the total amount due no later than FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2024

Please note: Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please click on the buttons for complete information and the registration form.

Camp Retreat Brochure
Registration Form
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Sunday-June 9, 2024 6:00 PM

Carlisle Church of the Brethren

1340 Forge Road Carlisle PA 17013

Questions - 717-778-2264

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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Thanks be to God!! My mom, Vicky's biopsy came back benign.

No cancer! ~ Jessica Jasitt



Cross Keys Village sorts used stamps for profit. The money from these stamps is used to provide some much needed items to the campus community. You may drop your stamps here at York First in the box located in the Anna Mow Room.

Thanks for your used stamps that benefits the residents at the home, please keep them coming! This project goes all year long.

God Bless you all. ~ Keyperson, Anna Miller

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 2024 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 of the Brethren) to 3011 Bedford Pl, York, PA 17408 and your cards will be mailed to you.



May 5, 2024


Jeremiah 29:10-14, Psalm 139:1-6,13-18


“Your Life, God’s Direction” 


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 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”