In Today's Service:

Organist/Choir Director - Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader -  Ben Schellhase

Acolyte - Rachel Gotwald

The altar flowers are place to the glory of God and in memory of Dell's son, Ryan Mills and in memory of Martha Mowen, Sandy's Mother. Given by Sandy Mills.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers.  There are openings for altar flowers on September 25.

Special Welcome

We welcome Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and thank her for being with us today and bringing this morning's sermon.

We also welcome Rev. Cathy Boileau, our Conference Superintendent and First UMC’s  beloved former pastor for joining us this morning.  We welcome as well Pastor Bruce Levy and members of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, which God planted nearly one hundred years ago with members of First UB Church.


Worship Schedule

10am One United Service in the Sanctuary followed by a gathering in the Family Life Center.

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.

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!

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 and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Wall for First Lights Kids in lobby. If you like, take a card as a reminder to pray for the child on the card for the entirety of this year. We will support and encourage you in praying with reminders, prompts and more! It's going to be a prayer-full year!

Conversation Matters happens Wednesday evenings in September from 6-8pm. Families are asked to pre-register for dinner and conversation with children and adult leadership. However, families can also just drop in, grab and go! We want to make this as easy for you as possible because we really want to listen to what you have to say!
Trunk or Treat - A Minion Tailgating Party! October 27, 2022 5pm. Sign up to participate in this fun outreach event - not just to kids, but to the entire downtown community! We will also accept any candy donations for the event.

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Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry is back to meeting regularly on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm! All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Please contact Collin if you have any questions!

On September 28, the youth will be having new event called an "ArTee ParTee" at the Bistline home from 6-8pm! We will distribute the annual youth group tee shirts and have some other creative (and messy) activities that will tie into our theme for the year in youth group. Anyone 6th-12th grade can join!

FUMC is starting a boys youth basketball team!  Starting in the first week of October we will begin practices for boys in grades 9 thru 12.  Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976) if your child would like to play.  No experience necessary.


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Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

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Team Haiti/Missions

The school year  will soon begin in Haiti.  The cost per semester for School of Hope scholarships is $140.00.  The cost for support for orphans is also $140.00.  We will have a Haiti Mission update later this month.

 Thank you for your continued support.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.


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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

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

You have begun a journey we know you did not want. We are sorry for your loss, and want to come alongside you on the journey of grief. Our desire is to help you process your grief and think about what life after the loss of your spouse might look like. Your life will never be the same, but we believe this seminar will enable you to face the future with a measure of hope.
Surviving the Holidays
Save the Date: Nov. 20   3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

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Women Connect

Women of all ages are welcomed  and appreciated. Join us Saturday, Sept 17, 9-10:30 in Church Cafe Area. Together we will grow and share “Fruits of the Spirit.” Sharing, Singing and snacks!

October 14-16, 2022 - Women's Retreat @ Mt. Asbury Retreat Center

Registration forms at the Next Steps Counter. Deadline to register is October 2.

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday.

Women's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 14-16, 2022


Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Donation Breakfast

In the FLC -Sunday, October 23, 8:15-10:30 for School of Hope and Kaendra's Place in Haiti.



Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.


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.

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”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Volunteers are needed to set up/take down for Hungry Hearts' Thursday ministry.  There is flexibility regarding the days and hours to come in and do the set up and take down.  Talk to Pastor Steve or Dan Renshaw.

The Annual Veterans Picnic will be held Saturday September 17, 12:00-4:00, meal at 1p.m. at Green Township Park . All Veterans and family members are invited. Contact

Prayers for Healing

John Parsons - Chambersburg Hospital

Gideon Hill

Joan Hill

Vickie Leisher

Deb Ewing

Paula Hepfer

Evert Slocum

Dottie Vidil

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Jenny Barnes

Travis Buffington - had a kidney transplant and is waiting for the kidney to start functioning.

Those struggling with Covid.

Prayers for Our World

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

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 - heat, drought, floods.

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

Start of a new school year

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

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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