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February 12, 2023



Matthew 9:9-13



“No Compromise: Matthew”


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Sunday School News

Children's Ministry Schedule

Online Giving

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Tax Collectors and Sinners:

Mercy over Judgment

This week in worship, our series on disciples and discipleship continues. We'll encounter Matthew, a tax collector who became a disciple of Jesus - but not without some controversy and judgment by others. No one like paying taxes, right? We also tend to look down on those who gain wealth by corrupt methods. The invitation of Jesus to change welcomes all, however, even those we might be inclined to despise. We will discuss the idea God desires "mercy not sacrifice" and what it speaks to us today.

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


Saturday, February 11

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

5:30 pm  Roller Skating Party – Roll R Way Skating Center

Sunday, February 12

9:00 am  Sunday School

10:30 am  Worship Service – Sanctuary


Monday, February 13

7:30 pm  Worship Design Team Bible Study – Multi-purpose room

Tuesday, February 14       

9:30 am  Ladies Bible Study – Lounge

6:30 pm  Leadership Team – Rm 145

Wednesday, February 15

9:00 am  Staff Meeting – Multi-purpose room


Thursday, February 16

10:00 am  Prayer Shawl - Lounge

6:30 pm  Bell Choir Practice – Bell Choir Room

7:30 pm   Choir Practice – Sanctuary

Sunday, February 19

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 Luke Miller. 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

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
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.

Church Website
Online Giving

*** 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. 

Upcoming Events


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

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

Wednesday February 22, 7:00 PM - Ash Wednesday Service, Sanctuary

Friday March 24, 7:00 pm thru Sunday March 26, 12:00 PM - Youth Retreat

Ash Wednesday Worship Service – “Ashes to Ashes”

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary


In less than 2 weeks we will enter into the season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. Lent is forty days long (not counting Sundays) and calls to mind the forty years God’s people wandered in the desert, as well as the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai and Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.

The observance of Ash Wednesday, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, dates from at least the eighth century A.D. The ancient custom was for the worshippers to approach the altar before the beginning of Mass. A priest would dip his thumb into ashes made from the previous year’s Palm Sunday palms and make the sign of the cross on each person’s forehead.

There are 3 reasons why the faith community may receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. First, the ashes remind people of their sinfulness. Second the ashes remind us of our mortality. Finally, the ashes remind God’s people that they have been redeemed.  

Ash Wednesday is a time for repentance and the beginning of Lent. Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express penitence. Dusting themselves with ashes was the penitent’s way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. And ancient example of one expressing penitence is found in Job 42:3-5. Job says to God. “I had heard of you by hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (vs. 5, NRSV)

This year Ash Wednesday is on February 22. We invite you to join in this sacred worship service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Come - all are welcome. All are in need of salvation. Let the Lord use the ashes of your past to create in you a clean heart and a new life in Christ. 

(If you are in need of transportation, please contact the church office at 717-755-0307)

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.



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

Thank you so very much for all your prayers, cards, best wishes, flowers and food. Everything is greatly appreciated.

The surgery was successful and the P.T. hurtful but helping. Your kindness, thoughts and prayers brighten my day!

In Christian love,

Barbara Rollman 

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 

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. February's link is:

Challenging behaviors:


February 5, 2023


John 1:43-51



The Disciples of Jesus

“Come and See: Philip and Nathaniel”


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”