9am Worship at Memorial Park Bandshell

11am Traditional service in the church sanctuary

REMINDER: Please do NOT mail checks or other communication to the church through the U.S. postal system. We continue to have very spotty or non-existent mail service. The church office has gone up to two weeks without receiving mail, even with going into the post office for pick up.

View the service later! You can watch any of our services on our YouTube channel. Just search for First United Methodist Church Chambersburg or click the link above.

We also have a dedicated phone number so you can listen to latest recorded service at 717-899-4JOY (4569).

We are asking folks not to mail donations through the US Postal service. Please hand-deliver them to the church, because we are having issues with receiving mail. We also have online giving available as well. Thank you for blessing us!


Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm.

Worship with us Sundays at 9am.
Don't forget that kids who complete their worship bulletin get a 'punch' for each bulletin and when all ten holes are punched, they receive a $10 gift card. You can pick up kids' worship bulletins at the welcome tables.

First Lights Kids Ministry will not be meeting after worship for Sunday School in July.

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Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm, and on Sundays at 10am. A full schedule is on the events page at

IMPACT - Thank you all SO much for your response to our food list! If you wanted to donate something but did not get to sign up for anything, please contact me and I can let you know how else you can help. A reminder that I'd like these items to my office by July 25. Collin –

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Hungry Hearts
Please save your egg cartons and drop them off for Hungry Hearts so we can repackage flats of eggs for distribution. If you would like to serve with this ministry, please contact Dan Renshaw at
Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission is NOT accepting donations at the present time due to the church elevator being out of operation and several of our regular volunteers not being available due to health issues. We are looking for some additional volunteers.  The job includes sorting and sizing incoming donations, maintaining the store in the church basement, storing out-of-season clothing, and greeting our guests on Thursday afternoons.  Parents and children may want to consider helping during the summer months. (We find younger volunteers to be very helpful in sorting toys.) Our usual hours are from 1 pm to 5pm on Thursday but we can be flexible. Call Carel Fish 717-264-4354.

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Team Haiti

Pastor Gener is currently in Haiti with the orphans overseeing the building of the new building and looking to safely transport goods for the school and orphanage and school from the docks in Port au Prince. We are on summer hiatus with scholarships, but they will begin again in September. Please remember the needs of the orphans whom we support year-round. Our current project is the construction of the Orphanage known as Kaendra’s Place. If you would like to support the work of constructing the new orphanage, please write your check out to “FUMC Haiti Mission” and write “Orphanage Construction” in the memo. More than ever the people of Haiti, especially the children and Pastor Gener are in need our prayers and support.

Stephen Ministry

Bear One Another's Burdens...

In Galatians 6, Paul tells us to "carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Here at First United Methodist your Stephen Ministers have been trained and organized to do just that. They provide one-to-one care, prayer, and support to those who are going through a difficult time. If you would like more information on our Stephen Ministry, please call Gail Vaughn at 717 263-8491

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Women Connect

 Ladies, feeling the need for a little room to breathe in your life?  Mark your calendars now for our annual Women’s Retreat that will be held on October 15th-17th at the Mt. Asbury Retreat Center in Newville, PA.  Registration coming soon.

Please join us for Women Connect this Saturday, July 17th, for guided discussion on “Freedom & Faith,” light refreshments and music! We are meeting on Paula Hepfer’s Porch. View Flyer.


VIRTUAL LEARNING WRAP - UP Our total cost for 2021 virtual school for 50 kids was $21,000. Because of generous contributions from our congregation we have now lowered the unfunded portion for the year to $3,300.  Your donations are helping us wrap-up the debt by the end of July. Thank you!


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Please pray for...

...the people of Haiti following the assassination of their President. Pray for the safety of the people from the violence and unrest that is occurring.

...Pastor Genre's safety as he is in Haiti now.

...healing for Dave Decker - Chambersburg Hospital.

...for Dennis (Carrie Lynn's father) - diagnosed with CA and is starting chemotherapy.

... those involved with building collapse in Florida - safety, wisdom and comfort.

...healing for Bev Rensch.
...healing for Blanche Mock.

...healing for Noreen Selby.

...healing for Cathy Butterbaugh

...those in difficult care-giving situations.
...healing for Evelyn Jones- Chambersburg Hospital
...the Postal Service.

Prayers for those facing life struggles -

John & Bunny Parson
Larry & Avis Guise
Al & Linda Lojacono
Jay & Betty Upperman
Bill & Mary Butts
Jack & Bette Bowers
Dean & Carol Crow
Paul & Erma Collins
Bill & Thelma Peerce
Richard & Susan Briggs
Kirk & Kathy Paul
Chuck & Dianne Salter

Praise and Thanksgiving

Praise for a successful family workcamp! We were able to do a lot of upkeep on trails, flower beds and woodsheds!

Praise that Bev Rensch is at Menno Haven rehab (July 15, 2021).


Important Dates to Remember

Church Picnic

August 15, 2021

The schedule for the day will be as follows:
9:00 am - Sunday school classes at the church.
10:15 am - Combined Blended Worship in the Sanctuary.
12:30 pm - Church Picnic at Pine Pavilion at Caledonia State Park.

With games/events planned and led by the Leadership Team.
The picnic will be catered and table service provided. Come with just your appetite.

Kiwanis Blueberry Sale

FLOWERS for the 11 o’clock service on July 25th are still available to be donated.  Please contact Vikki Eckert at if you are interested in this date.


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