Sunday January 9, 2022 is online only. There will be no in-person services.
Covid in Franklin County
Keystone Medicine will conduct a vaccination clinic on Saturday, January the 15th from 9 AM to 5 PM to administer the Pfizer COVID vaccine. No prior registration or forms will be required. A second dose vaccine clinic will be held on Saturday, February the 5th. If you have already been fully vaccinated and needed a booster, you can receive it at this clinic with your card and if it has been 6 months since your last shot. Home COVID tests will be available.
Watch our services on youtube at 12pm!
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!
Worship is online only this week due to freezing rain in the forecast.
Welcome, Announcements and Call to Worship
Hymn “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”
Hymn “My Hope is Built”
Special Music – “God Loves You” Doug Harbach
Hymn “Break Thou the Bread of Life”
Scripture - Colossians 4:6 - Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Hymn “Rock of Ages”
New Year: New Studies!
Sunday Morning Study: Christianity is not about following a set of rules, but about following a Person. Jesus came into our world, lived a life of perfection, died to pay the price of our sin, and rose again to show us the way of resurrection life. And He offers us a brief but challenging invitation—“Follow Me.” If you are interested in seeking a greater understanding of what it means to follow Jesus and being supported in a daily practice of the Scripture reading, prayer, and simplicity that He modeled during his life, please consider joining us. We will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning on January 9th. You can check the study out at Firm Foundation Study.
Weekly Evening Bible Study begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM. We will be studying the book of Matthew. Printed guides will be available at the Welcome Center the previous Sunday.
With the increased price of greeting cards...how would you like to make your own and be able to say “I made this especially with you in mind”.
I would like to get a small (6-8 people) group together once a month on the second Tuesday to get creative and make cards and sometimes little gifts. I will have everything cut out with samples you can copy or do your own thing! There are NO wrong ways....we can always come up with a fix.
I am proposing our first gathering on January 11, 2022 at 10 a.m. We will be meeting in the Alda Bower Sunday School room. You would be making 2 cards (1 birthday; 1 get well/thinking of you) with envelopes. I'm asking for a small fee of $10.00 to cover supplies. If you are interested, please contact Judy Paes at 717-753-3104 (h) or 813-220-6773 (c) no later than December 30th so I can prepare. If I do not answer, please leave a message; and I will get back to you.
ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@GMAIL.COM
Important Note regarding upcoming events: If you are planning a church event, please contact Stacey in the church office so that we can coordinate all events in the church and are not overlapping ministries. Thank you!
Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.
Attention: Sunday School Classes and Organizations It is now time to audit your 2021 records. Please turn in your checking account/bank statements to Stacey in the Church Office as soon as possible. If you bring them in when Stacey is not in her office they can be placed in the mailbox on the wall outside Stacey’s door. Thank you!
Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com or 717-375-8011).
200th Anniversary Planning Meeting - Monday, January 17th at 7:00 PM in the FLC. If you have expressed interest or are interested in helping us plan, please join us. Please email Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend. If you expressed interest earlier but can’t make this meeting please email Pastor Steve.
Evening Bible Studies:
Intergenerational Study -Interested in making connections between faith and real life? In building intergenerational relationships within the church? Consider joining this discussion-based Bible study at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. Study is designed for youth Grade 7 or higher in the company of their parents. All adults welcome!
Weekly Bible Study begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM. We will be studying the book of Matthew. Books will be available at the Welcome Center Sunday the 9th and online.
Elevator Update -We have been told it will be 10 weeks from the time the parts are ordered until work begins which is the end of January or the beginning of February. The bulk of funds has come from endowment and a CD, leaving $20,000 to be raised. To date contributions of $10,310 have been received. Thanks for giving as we fund the remaining $9,690 needed.
Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.
Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family. Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.
Gail Vaugh began her sabbatical on January 1st Please keep her in your prayers, for a time of refreshment and renewal. For pastoral care call Pastor Steve 717-873-6626. Please send prayer requests, needs and concerns to email@example.com.
An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage. First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer. If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.
Prayer and Study Group
25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM
FUMC Prayer & Study Group-
You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We will meet on Zoom December 14th at 6:30 here.
Meeting ID: 869 2125 5975 Passcode: 7yWCpF
We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences All the group information will be on Padlet. The link is https://padlet.com/lindsayzubal/18h7uvhpvekgim5k. If you have any questions email Lindsay