Sunday May 8, 2022

Mother's Day Memories at FUMC

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Ben Schellhase

Scripture Reader - Terri Stevens

Altar flowers are placed this morning to the glory of God and in loving memory of mothers Elizabeth Upperman and Ivy Miller by Betty Upperman and her family.

This Week's Member Spotlight

Initial Jobs List

We are still planning and organizing service projects. Look for Stop the Bleed, AED and CPR training during MX as well!

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).

Great News!

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.



*Healing Prayer will be offered at the conclusion of both worship services at the altar and the cross respectively on Communion Sundays beginning Sunday May 1.


Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm: This week we are praying for teachers as the school year comes to an end!

Kids Konnect is officially on Summer Break - but First Lights is jamming all summer long!

Pray Through May with us!

Because prayer is such a big part of our relationship with God, we want our children’s prayer lives to grow and flourish. That’s why, starting on May 1 we’re launching the Pray Through May Calendar. We hope that this will be a great way for your children (and even you) to go on a prayer adventure and experience the joys and challenges of praying. There are 31 prompts, but it is up to you how many prompts you do and when you do them. To keep the kids engaged, Ms. Brianna will be out and about praying. Sometimes I might pop up somewhere as a surprise for kids, but here is a schedule of locations and times where I invite you to join me for prayer!

Moms are invited to join us for Mamas or Llamas on May 8 at 10am for snacks, games and fun.

We will not meet for Sunday School on May 29, 2022 because we will be at the park for a combined service at 10am. We hope you will join us in Worship to kick off the summer season!

Visit First for more

Youth Group

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

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin


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Hungry Hearts

Egg Carton supply is full. We do not need egg cartons at this time.

Hungry Heart's 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/Missions

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.

Mission Central is in need of Women's briefs, Feminine hygiene items, Hand and foot warmers, Dental floss, Toothpaste
Deodorant (men's and women's), Small personal size shampoo and conditioner, New blankets, Medical wound care supplies, school rulers, children's scissors, and all sizes of shoes.

Pastoral Care Ministries

GriefShare -Help and encouragement after the death of a loved one - is a special weekly (13) seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life.  We know it hurts and we want to help.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

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


May 21, 2022 – Connect with us again
Joyce Horst – April 15
Cathy Cellucci – April 25

Worship at Memorial Park

May 29, 2022 

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

June 19-23, 2022

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.


Worship at Memorial Park

August 21, 2022

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.


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

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).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

The Veterans Fellowship will meet Tuesday May 10 at 6:30p.m. in the Alder Bowers Class room. “

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”.

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.

A district conversation on our current understanding of what is occurring with the UMC General Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 18th , at 10 a.m., at Calvary UMC in Dillsburg. Our District Superintendent, Cathy Boileau will be hosting to talk about what we know, what we don't know, and how to continue in ministry together. The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, assistant to our bishops, as well as Secretary for the NE Jurisdiction, will be joining us and leading the conversation. You are invited to submit questions ahead to the District Office ( so that Dr. Salsgiver has time to research. Feel free to submit questions that evening and if necessary, Dr. Salsgiver will research and share answers at a later date.

Organ Options

Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, or wishing more information, please contact Linda Peppernick: 717-360-6425;

  1. A new 29 note extension, allowing the existing Pedal Trompet to play in the manuals as a solo stop.  Cost: $10,900.
  2. Addition of 12 pipes, wind chest, electronic extension, and action changes to allow the Swell 4’ Oboe to also play at 16’ and 8’ pitch.  Cost: $15,100
  3.  Addition of a new stop to the Swell, an 8’ Geigen Principal with vintage pipes, new wind chest and necessary action.  The scale of the existing Swell 4’ Principal will also be increased.  Cost: $11,200.


Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.


New Member's Class

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email -


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 use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at for information. Our next meeting will be May 3, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.


Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Don Ardery

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Please let us know if your or loved one is hospitalized.
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military and humanitarian groups in eastern Europe.

Humanitarian Corridors.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather.

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

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Wisdom, strength and comfort for in-home caregivers.

Families struggling with grief and loss.

Families struggling with housing and financial issues.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.



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