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).

Donations can be made in person, by mail or through online giving.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Deanna Nolder

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of parents, Max and Thesta Schwarz, sister Jean, and brothers Bud and David. They are given by Joan Schwarz Eby.

The Centerpiece is given to the glory of God and in honor of Judy Paes's granddaughter Aubrey and grandson Erich's birthdays.

Flowers placements are available  for March 13, 20, 27,  April 3.  To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)



Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner March Focus: Pray that kids’ hearts would be open so they may be able to understand that because God has forgiven us, we can also forgive others. Ask God to help them—and you, too—walk in love and forgiveness, not just today, but every day.

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Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

Illuminate youth will be hosting a game night at the church on March 17, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm. We'll be playing some group games in the gym in addition to having plenty of board and card games available! Sign up is not necessary, just come, bring a friend, and have a good time!


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Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.


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Women Connect

Next Meeting Date: March 18, 2023

Music, discussion and refreshments.

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

Earthquakes in southern Turkey and northwest Syria

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey at 4:17 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, the most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. In the hours that followed, at least 78 aftershocks were reported, followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and responders are still recovering victims. The earthquake also heavily impacted northwest Syria, where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance. The majority are women and children. At this time, Syrian communities are simultaneously facing an ongoing cholera outbreak and extreme winter weather events, including heavy rain and snow. UMCOR has released initial solidarity grants to longstanding partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC) and Forum for Development Culture and Dialogue (working in Syria) to help provide tents, heaters, blankets, warm clothes, ready to eat meals and first aid kits to those who have been displaced. IBC has offices in Turkey.

Write UMCOR Earthquake on a pew envelope to contribute.


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 March 6, 2023 at 1pm until 3pm in Alda Bower.

Loss of a Spouse is February 27, 2023. There are 2 sessions: 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

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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!

Lenten Study - Prodigal God Wednesday’s at two times:

1:00 PM and 6:00 PM beginning March 1st then every Wednesday through April 5th.  Please sign up by emailing Pastor Steve at or text or call at 717-873-6626.  We need a count to be sure we have enough books.  We will meet in the Hope Sunday School Room.




Thank you, dear friends of First Church, for the many faithful prayers, cards, visits, and expressions of concern these past 3 months. Don is experiencing some movement in his affected arm and leg which is truly an answer to prayers. Gratefully, Don and Deanna Nolder

Liberty University Chamber Singers Concert, March 12th 2023 at 4:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary.  Reception to follow in Connections Café.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or

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.

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Gideon Hill

John Parson

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Helen Rice

Sam Rice

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker- in Chambersburg Hospital

Jane Pensinger

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing

Sherrill Kessinger - medical procedure 3/2

Everett Slocum-Strock

Marie Agostinelli

Prayers for Our World

Disaster relief for Turkey and Syria after Earthquakes.

Humanitarian aid to all people in Syria and Turkey who need help.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Traveling mercies for the upcoming weekend.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Grief Share

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Dottie Vidil

Linda Lojacono

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.


Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to by Wednesday)


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