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:

Welcome back, Pastor Steve!

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Mark Davis

Acolyte - Cindy Robison

The flowers are placed to the glory of God.

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.

Toddler Teas on 2nd Saturdays! 9am.

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.

Visit First for more

Youth Group

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

Visit for more

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.


Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect


April 15, 2023 – Save the Date, We’re Having A TEA! 9-11am in the Family Life Center.

“You Are My Cup of Tea” Steeped in God’s Love.

Invite a friend and join us for scones, tea sandwiches, and dessert, served with tea, and a wonderful morning of fellowship! Registration is required to attend. Donations are welcome at the tea tables that day and benefit the Women Connect Ministry and Outreach. Sign-ups and more information coming soon!

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Mission Central needs:

Crayons - 24 count box; Colored pencils or markers - 10 or 12 count box; Pencils - sharpened or unsharpened; Pocket folders; Packs of notebook paper; 1 subject notebooks; Pencil sharpeners; Washcloths; 1 gallon zip-lock bags.

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.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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 - The Prodigal God 


1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Hope Sunday School Classroom

Now through April 5th

Thank you, Dave Wright!

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee, on behalf of the congregation, expresses it’s gratitude for the years of service that Dave Wright has given First Church as our Weekend Custodian.  Dave’s continuing training as a mortician requires extra time in an internship position which necessitates his resignation.  We pray God’s blessings on Dave in this new phase of his career.



Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services

Palm Sunday

April 2nd

9:00am and 11:00am

Palms and Communion


Maundy Thursday

April 6


The Lord's Supper

Good Friday

April 7


Tenebrae Service


Easter Sunday

April 9

6:30am Sunrise at Memorial Park Band Shell

7:30 - 9:45am Easter Morning Breakfast in the FLC

9:00am Resurrection Celebration in the Sanctuary

11:00am Resurrection Celebration in the FLC




Service Opportunity.  We are looking for church members who would be able to unlock the church Sunday mornings around 8:15 and then lock up following the 11 o’clock service.  This can be two people.  If you can assist with this please contact Pastor Steve (pastor4fumc@ or the church office.

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

Please pray for Lori Kelsey - Ron and Mary Diehl's daughter - she was in a hit and run accident. Keep Ron, Mary and Carla in prayer also.

Don Nolder

Gideon Hill

John Parson

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker

Jane Pensinger

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing

Sherrill Kessinger

Scott Tarner

Bill Holland - medical procedure 3/28

Karen Brennon - medical procedures

Brandy Ashley - medical procedure 3/29 and 4/12

Dave Kauffman - medical procedure 4/10

Brianna Renshaw - healing

Dave Waskfield - healing of CA

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.

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 and Grief Share Participants

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
Comfort for the Sonny Rock family and friends as he has entered the Church Triumphant.
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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