Sunday March 20, 2022
In Traditional Service this week:
Pastor - Steven M. Livermore
Organist - Diaconal Minister - Linda Peppernick
Scripture Reader - Ben Schellhase
If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653
FUMC Living History: The year 2022 marks the 200th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church. As part of our year-long celebration, we are sharing the faith stories of some of our oldest members. In the spotlight this week: Betty Upperman.
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 items from Sunday School. Many are displayed in the case beside the entrance to the Family Life Center. Included in the display are memories from cradle roll and up. 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.
Lenten Sermon Series
begins Sunday and is based on this Daily Bible Reading Plan.
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.
Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at email@example.com
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.
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.
As shared last Sunday, a 10% deposit of $13,600 on $135,600 upgrade has been paid to Lewis and Hitchcock, Inc., locking in the price. Repairs will not begin until January of 2023, due to a parts supply shortage. We have 95% of the funds needed to finish payment at the conclusion of the work. Incorporated in the contract are console preparations for options we may want to add. We will share the list of options, and their individual costs in the next few weeks. Anyone wishing to donate any particular sound or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Linda Peppernick, firstname.lastname@example.org 717-360-6425.
Repairs will begin the end of March and conclude by Easter. Thank you for your patience during this time.
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 email@example.com for information. Our next meeting will be April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.