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 - Ben Schellhase

Acolyte - Gabriel Cieza

The flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of my Veteran brothers Robert and Nelson Schwartz. Given by Joan Schwartz Eby.

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 6pm-8pm.

Toddler Teas for Little Lights on 2nd Saturdays! 9am.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner April Focus: We live in a “me-centered” world, where people act as if the world revolves around them. It can be hard to figure out how to be humble throughout the different circumstances we face. Thankfully, we don’t have to figure this out on our own. When Jesus was on earth, He gave us the ultimate example of humility. Jesus is God, and He put that aside for us. Through His life and death, Jesus also showed us how to serve others and put them first. Pray that you would be able to model what it looks like to put others ahead of yourself and pray the same for your prayer partner.

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Youth Group

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

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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


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.

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.

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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 - 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




From Deanna Nolder:

We are so grateful to this congregation for all the support you have given us during these last 4 months since Don’s stroke. Your prayers have uplifted us and brought healing and hope , your cards and visits have brightened so many days, and your offers of help have been amazing. We are deeply touched!  Don will come HOME on March 31. Praise God!


Thanks is expressed to Network Ministries and the men’s basketball team for cleaning the chairs in the FLC.  They did this as an expression of gratitude to First Church for allowing them to use the FLC for basketball practices.


Safe Sanctuary Monitor Needed - We need an additional Monitor/Romer on Sunday mornings to walk the halls during Sunday School hour as part of our Safe Sanctuaries ministry.  If you are Safe Sanctuaries trained, or willing to be and have secured your clearances or are willing to secure them and serve, please contact Pastor Steve at or 717-873-6626.

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 4/12

Dave Kauffman - medical procedure 4/10

Brianna Renshaw - healing

Dave Waskfield - healing of CA

Bob Glass - Chambersburg Hospital

Carol Wallace - continued healing

For one who was in the hospital this week

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.


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