In Traditional Service this week:
Pastor - Steven M. Livermore
Organist - Diaconal Minister - Linda Peppernick
Scripture Reader - Maddie Harmon
Altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in In honor of granddaughter Aubrey's and grandson Erich's birthdays.
Given by Judy Paes.
FUMC 200th Anniversary!
As we begin celebrating our church’s 200th anniversary, we will be displaying artifacts from our church history. This month, we are displaying hymnals that were used in worship, the earliest from 1880. Many are displayed in the case beside the entrance to the Family Life Center. Included in the display are worship bulletins, the earliest is dated Easter, 1929. Please take a few minutes to view these wonderful items that are a part of our church history.
In conjunction with the Bicentennial of the First United Brethren/First Evangelical United Brethren/First United Methodist Church, we would like to recognize families with four or more generations of First Church continual/current membership/attendance. If you think you qualify, please contact Joyce Horst (717-375-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with ancestor/current family names. Old Membership records are available to help identify your ancestors.
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).
Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.
This card party is for John Parson's 90th birthday. His children and grandchildren would love for everyone to send a card.
His birthday is this Sunday March 6th.
His address is 248 Woodvale Dr 17201.
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. This study is online only. We will be studying the book of Matthew. Printed guides will be available at the Welcome Center the previous Sunday.
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!
Sunday 9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.
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 email@example.com
The Veterans Fellowship will meet Tuesday March 8 at 6:30p.m. in the Alda Bowers class room.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-375-8011).
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 is online via Zoom and 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.
Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.
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 Vaughn 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.
Check Out The Library Books!
Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter!
The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester
The Cross by Max Lucado
Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems
God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado
The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado
Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado
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 use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Our next meeting will be March 8, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.