In Traditional Service:
In Worship Today
Preaching - Leslie Gotwald
Organist - Ben Schellhaus
The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of grandson Wyatt's birthday and remembering Bill's Heavenly birthday by Judy Paes.
*Bette Renshaw is now our flower coordinator. To place flowers please call her at717-263-3660. Please remember to return altar vase liners to the church.
Traditional Service in Sanctuary at 9am
Sunday School at 10am
Contemporary Service in FLC (Family Life Center) at 11am
This Week's Member Spotlight
Mission Outreach through the Years
Check out the new display in the case at the entrance of the Family Life Center. Pictures depict our many Mission outreach activities through the years. Also look for another historic quilt in the hallway display case.
Multi-Generation Families of First Church?
Extensive research has been done to identify First Church families that have been a part of our church for four or more generations. Sixteen families have qualified with four, five, six and even seven generations of continuance membership/attendance. Some families have two or three ancestral lines of First Church connections.
A booklet is being prepared with all the names and dates for these sixteen families which include 24 different family lines. All families will be recognized during the Home Coming celebration on Nov. 13.
All sixteen families have been contacted by Joyce Horst. There is still time to include your family, if you think you might qualify. Contact Joyce Horst or Marie Agostinelli to do the research. We don’t want to miss anyone.
The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!
We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.
Food, Fellowship and Fun
Games for all ages
When: Sunday, August 21st @11 A.M. (following the combined 10 A.M. worship service at the band shell).
Where: Chambersburg Municipal Park Picnic Pavilion (beside play equipment in the back of park)
The picnic meal will be catered and everything will be provided. Please bring a lawn chair for the 10 o’clock service.
Please RSVP with count to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-263-2814
Sign up at “Next Step” counter in lobby
Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?
At First Church you can!
It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!
NEW 6 WEEK BIBLE STUDY!
Meets at 10 o’clock in the resource room at the end of the staff hallway. It is a study of God's Kingdom from Genesis to Revelation: Guiding Light And Warmth, Satisfying food And Water, Loving relationships with God And Others, Purposeful work And Rest.
An intergenerational, discussion-based group is meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Resource Room (at the end of the administrative hallway). This Fall, we will be studying the parables of Jesus. All are welcome!
The Chancel Choir invites all singers and those who love to sing to join us this summer for a Choral Singalong.
We will meet in the choir room to sing together (for fun) Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm on the following dates:
- August 17
Come when you can, no performance or membership required. Contact any choir member or Linda for further information.
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.
Help for Kentucky
On Thursday, Mission Central was able to get 1,872 Flood/Cleaning Buckets to Kentucky to assist with the devastation they are experiencing. The total value on those was just over $140,000.
In addition to mission outreach and mission education, part of Mission Central’s mission is disaster recovery. The process is relatively simple! We collect Flood/Cleaning Buckets and supplies for inside the Flood/Cleaning Buckets all year. These buckets are either made or collected at Mission Central. They are then verified, tagged with a Mission Central sticker, wrapped in shrink wrap and stored until a disaster strikes. Then, through our varying partners and UMCOR, they go out to impacted areas for cleanup to begin or continue.
These supplies then enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a natural disaster. We collect these supplies and buckets year around and are grateful for your support!
How You Can Help:
- Pray for those impacted by this devastation.
- Make a monetary donation to Mission Central’s disaster relief.
- Donate supplies – we are in need of the following for our Flood/Cleaning Buckets:
- 16 oz. to 40 oz. liquid concentrate household cleaners, no spray cleaners
- Re- useable cleaning wipes, no terry cloth or microfiber
- Scouring pads, no stainless steel or pads with soap in them
- Volunteer! We are in need of warehouse and donation door assistance. This can be short term or longer term. (Please email Laurie for details.)
Thanks to your support, Mission Central donated over $2.2 million in Flood/Cleaning buckets between 2019 and now.
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.
Post-High/Young Adult Sunday School Class meets weekly on Sundays at 10:00! The class will meet in the lounge and will be led by Young Adults. Post-High young adults in their late-teens or in their 20’s are welcome as we read through the book “The Ninefold Path of Jesus: Hidden Wisdom of the Beatitudes”
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”.
Endowment Fund Status June 30, 2022
The total amount of principal (market value) in the Endowment fund is $1,264,678. This is a decrease of $134,520 from year end 2021 ($1,399,198). As you know we cannot spend the principal amount. We can only spend the interest earned. The amount available (interest earned) is $203,946. This was an increase of $5,568. The total amount available by category is as follows:
General $93,658 Music $45,565 Facilities $15,125 Missions $7,765 Scholarships $41,833
Last year we spent $41,270 to support projects. We purchased sound equipment and supported the Haiti Orphanage. The Fund paid $29,500 towards the repair of the elevator and supported pastor salaries for Sierra Leone. So far this year we spent $6,500 for a roof for our Haitian Orphanage. Contributions so far this year are $3, 634.
Past year contributions were,
2018 - $9,926
2019 - $17,282
2020 - $14,341
2021 - $5,338.
Please consider giving to the Endowment Fund. The Fund is very
important to support future church projects.
Thank you. Dave Stevens
Note: The Endowment Fund is separate from the operating/general church budget and the Trustees budget. Endowment usually supports items for which funds would not be available, or are outside the normal purview of the general church and trustee budgets.
Missions – Extend ministries including local, national and international activities.
Scholarship – To provide opportunities for students from FUMC to enter Ordained, Diaconal or Christian Education.
Music – To provide support for continuing and expanding the music program.
Facilities – To maintain and improve the physical condition and beauty of the church building, parsonage, and other properties.
General – To provide support income to be used in the general operation of the church: Salaries, supplies, educational, office equipment, etc., when needed.