This week is one service at 10am!

Join us at Memorial Park Bandshell at 10am Sunday May 29, 2022!

This Week's Member Spotlight


Empty, cleaned Peanut Butter Jars with lids.

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.


Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm

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!

We will not meet for Sunday School on May 29, 2022 because we will be at the park for a combined service at 10am.

MX Prep Nights - June 1, 8, 15 at 6pm.

MX June 19-23, 2022.

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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

Prayer Partners for High School Youth are needed during MX week, June 19-23.  Please sign up at the “Next Steps” counter.


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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 bins are available in the lobby.  We are accepting summer clothing, especially children's clothing and small household items.  When the three bins are full;  please hold your donation for the next week.

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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.  Mondays @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.

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Women Connect

Women Connect Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect: June 18 at the home of Pam Reed.

The acronym S.I.S.T.E.R.S. teaches us a lot about our connection –
We Support, Inspire, Serve, Teach, Encourage, Respect and Share.

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.

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 Study is changing the start time to 7:00 am every week in the FLC lobby

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.


Next Steps

Next Steps is the the counter area by the lobby high-top tables is the new spot for forms, information, devotionals, study guides, and sign ups.



Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Don Ardery

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Bill Peerce
 Steve Hessong
Ron Deihl
Prayers for Uvalde, TX
We join with so many broken-hearted around the world in sorrow and grief. When we think of the tragic and senseless deaths of the children and the teachers at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas; when we think of the pain and suffering of families and a community, our hearts are filled with sadness and despair. We pray the impossible: comfort for their families. But we also pray that no other children or families will have to suffer this way again. We pray that as a nation we will come together and protect our children - that we will protect their lives and futures before all else. We pray God’s mercy for failing to put the lives of children first. We pray God’s strength to end hatred and violence and bring peace.
Prayers for Our World

Humanitarian Corridors in Ukraine.

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:
Shirley Jones
Mary Butts
Linda Leidig
Lucille Lower
Jane Pensinger
Barb Armstrong
Susie Bulger
Kathy Beaston
Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

The Swan family. McKenna's sister passed away.

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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