Sunday August 15, 2021

9:00am - Sunday school classes at the church. (There is no children's Sunday School.)
10:15am - Combined Blended Worship in the Sanctuary
12:30pm - Church Picnic at Pine Pavilion at Caledonia State Park
The picnic is catered, and table service provided. All you are asked to bring is your appetite and a lawn chair.


COVID19 Protocol Update

Because Franklin county has moved into the High category of COVID transmission, First Church leadership asks that congregants wear masks while inside the building per CDC recommendation. This is recommended NOT mandated. We understand that individuals have varied feelings on masks.

Movie Night at the Park

Join us at Memorial Park Band Shell on Saturday, August 21st at 8:00 PM for the family film, “Raya and the Last Dragon”. Invite friends to the movie and to worship Sunday as we look at the film’s theme of trust in worship.

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!

In Worship August 15, 2021:

Pastor - Rev. Steven M. Livermore

Organ - Diaconal Minister of Music: Linda A. Peppernick

Reader - Rachel Gotwald

Soloist - Justine Stevens

First UMC Praise Team


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 meet August 15, 2021. Please join us at Caledonia State Park for a picnic at the Pine Pavilion!

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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

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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

Please remember the needs of the orphans whom we support year-round.  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.  School of Hope scholarships begin again in September.

Pastoral Care Ministries

Loss of a Spouse Seminar

Monday August 30 at 7:00 PM

What is Loss of a Spouse?

Loss of a Spouse is a two hour outreach seminar designed to:

  • Bring grieving spouses together to receive care and practical teaching on dealing with their tremendous loss.
  • Introduce people to the regular GriefShare group which will start September 13 2021 at 1:00 PM.

For more information or to register for the seminar contact Gail at 717-263-8491 ext. 207.

Stephen's Ministry

If you are older than 18 years of age and in need of spiritual or emotional support or just need a listening ear, Stephen’s Ministry is here for you with friends who care.  To learn more, contact Gail Vaughn, our director of congregational care at 717-263-8491 ext 207 or email at

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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.

Join us for 'Streams in the Desert - Tools for the dry times in life.'

August 21, 2021 *  9-10:30am * Connect Café


Chancel Choir The Annual Chancel Choir picnic will be held Wednesday, August 25 at 6:00 pm at the home of Tom and Penny Buckus, 225 Meadow Lane.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  In case of rain, the picnic will be canceled.

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl ( or 717-375-8011).

200th Anniversary – 2022 will mark the 200th Anniversary of the birth of First Church.  We are looking for interested individuals to be part of the committee planning our celebrations. Please contact Pastor Steve at if you would like to help.

Flowers August 15, 2021

This morning's altar flowers are placed to glorify God In honor of grandson Wyatt's birthday. Given by Judy Paes.

If you would like to place flowers on that date call Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653 or email


"I am the Lord that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26 KJV

Please pray...

Healing for Carel Fish

Healing for Dave Kauffman

Bev Rensch – healing

Healing for John Parson

Pray for those having to work in the heat

Pray for those dealing with fire in the west and Canada

Pray for water shortage in the west

Pray for those traveling for work or vacation

Pray for those who will be attending Loss of a Spouse on  8/30

Continued prayers for Postal Service

Prayers for those facing life struggles -

  • Vickie Leisher
  • Bev Rensch
  • Barb Armstrong
  • Deb Ewing
  • Shirley Jones
  • Peggy
  • Kathy Beaston
  • Linda Leidig
  • Evelyn Jones

Praise and Thanksgiving

Praise for the goodness of God our Father!

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).


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