Sunday January 16, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore
Organist - Diaconal Minister - Linda Peppernick
Scripture Reader - Linda Peppernick

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and In honor of Cindy Robison whose birthday is today. Given by her family."

The first centerpiece is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Ed and Vonda Gunder who would have celebrated their 75th anniversary on January 13. Given by Barbara Johncour, Kim Woodall and families.

The second centerpiece is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Paul and Ruby Byers who both passed away in the month of January by Chuck and Diane Salter and Paula and Sam Hepser

We Rejoice to welcome Barbara Johncour -Rowan into the membership of First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg.  Please welcome her this morning as you have an opportunity.


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!


Children's Ministry

Pray with us on Tuesdays at 2:52pm.

Now recruiting volunteers for many areas! Sign up today!

Wednesday night programming for K-5th grade starts January 19 from 6pm-7pm.

Visit First for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

Visit for more

Hungry Hearts

Egg Cartons -We have more than enough and no more room to store egg cartons for HH so, please stop bringing them to the church. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Hungry Heart's Clothing MissionThe Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.


Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail for more information.

Pastoral Care Ministries

GriefShare group meets Mondays at 1:00 PM.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys. Please take a moment to read this wonderful testimony from Bill Holland entitled The Story of Rosemary's Bible

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

We will meet January 22, 2022 from 9-10:30 AM in the Connect Café and Lobby. Please note this is a change of date!

Winter Wonders: Pausing to Discover God’s Hidden Treasures. Joyce Horst will present her beautiful pictures of winter; Dianne Salter will lead discussion. There will be music and refreshments! Join Us!


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.





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

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 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 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

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 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  If you have any questions email Lindsay


Prayers for Healing

Lindsay Zubal

Dean Crow

Paul Bridegam

Rob Bulger

Dave Kauffman

Joan Kauffman

Prayers for Our World

Relief for areas hit by natural disasters.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.


Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry - Returning to regular programming

Illuminate Youth Ministry - Youth Lock In

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Prayers for the pandemic

Healing for those with Covid.

Safety and protection for those who are traveling.

Safety and protection for school children and those working in school systems.

Safety and protection for health care workers and those working in vulnerable places.

Wisdom for leaders, doctors and parents.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Betty Upperman

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Dean & Carol Crow

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Sarah & Barry Baker

Praise and Thanksgiving!

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. […]
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
Psalm 145:3, 8-9 (NIV)


Posted in Being the Church.