Sunday August 29, 2021

9:00am - Worship at Memorial Park Bandshell

10:00am - Sunday School

11am - Traditional service in sanctuary

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.

Get Ready for Fall!

Download the Church Center App by Planning Center for quick signups to events, studies, and groups.

Due to schedule conflicts there will not be a live stream video of the services today but the video will be posted in the evening. Thank you!

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 Traditional Worship August 29, 2021:

Pastor - Rev. Steven M. Livermore
Organ - Diaconal Minister of Music: Linda A. Peppernick
Reader - Mr. Mark Davis

Flowers are placed this morning to the Glory of God and In loving memory of John H. Harmon who's birthday would have been August 30. Given by Bonnie Harmon and family.


Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm.

Stay tuned with First Lights as we make Sundays Fundays in September!

Worship Bulletins for kids to engage them with the service are available at the welcome tables.

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Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry will be meeting in backyards this September on Wednesday nights. 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.

Haitian Earth Quake - UMCOR - United Methodist Committee On Relief is working with partners in Haiti on how to best meet the immediate needs of survivors following last Saturday’s devastating earthquake.  You can help by making a gift to the work of international disaster response by going on line here: or by writing a check to “First UMC” and writing “Haiti Quake Relief” in the memo or using an envelope and addressing it “Haiti Quake Relief” and put it in the offering plate.

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...

is your ministry. It is an important way FUMC members care for one another. If you are going through a difficult time, consider having a Stephen Minister walk with you. If you know of someone who is facing difficulties, suggest that they request a Stephen Minister visit! Please utilize this ministry! Stephen Ministry belongs to everyone. Contact Gail Vaughn for further information. 717-268-8491 ext 207

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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.



Important Note regarding upcoming events:

Anyone planning any church events please make sure you contact Stacey in the church office so that we can coordinate all events in the church and are not overlapping ministries. Thank you!

Chancel Choir- rehearsal will begin Wednesday, September 8th at 7:30 pm in the choir room.  All singers are welcome to come and join us.

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.


Alter flowers in sanctuary

If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary for worship, please call Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653 or email her at


We will begin an evening Bible Study on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM in what was the Apple Center. Look for details next week.

If you are interested in taking a Stop the Bleed Class please contact Dr. James Hurley at


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

Please pray...

For the people of Haiti & Afghanistan.

For our government leader.

For students, teachers, support staff, bus drivers and all who are involved in education.

Healing for Ron Shatzer.

Healing for Dave Kauffman.

Healing for Bev Rensch –(she's back in rehab).

Healing for John Parson.

For those having to work in the heat.

For those dealing with fire in the west and Canada.

For water shortage in the west.

For those traveling for work or vacation.

For those who will be attending Loss of a Spouse on 8/30.

For Stephen Ministry.

For Postal Service

For those making decisions on how we should care for each other and ourselves during increase of Covid.

For the Women's Retreat in October - those planning the retreat and those ladies coming.

Prayers for those facing life struggles -

Linda Leidig

Bev Rensch

Kathy Beaston

Barb Armstrong


Deb Ewing

Shirley Jones

Evelyn Jones

Praise and Thanksgiving

Paul and I want to thank all the church members for their prayers, lovely anniversary cards and gifts sent to us on our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks for remembering us on this special anniversary. It was deeply appreciated to hear from our church family.

Blessings to all of you.

Love and prayer, Paul & Erma



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