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 Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Denise Lucas

Acolyte -

Flower Update - Dear Folks, There are 7 openings for altar flowers this summer. I am inviting anyone, who would like, to share a vase or a basket of flowers from their garden. This would be in place of the regular altar vases. So many of you have beautiful flowers during the summer. Wild flowers could be included, also. I thought this would be a way to share the beauty of your flowers. If you are interested let me know. My email address is or call me at (717)263-3660. I will also have a signup sheet at the Welcome Desk. Here are the dates: June 4, July 2, 9, 16, 23, August 6, and September 3. Thank you, Bette

June 2, 2023

Join Team '1st United' during registration!

Join the First United Methodist Church Team on Friday, June 2, 2023, for Race Against Poverty.

Running, walking and kid’s fun runs are all part of the event.

To register for the race, go to: Race Against Poverty and join our team, 1st United.

Note: Early bird registration ends on April 30.


Fun Runs in May

Go at your own pace!

Consider joining us for practice runs in May.

We will meet at Memorial Park at the bandshell on Monday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30.

If you have any questions, contact Laura Mellott, or 724-504-4708.



Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect - Our last official Kids Konnect for this school year is May 31, 2023 but we are still connecting all summer long! Check out our summer calendar!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner May Focus:

We might try to base our confidence on what we do well, or what someone might say about us. But true confidence should be built on something different. We think it’s found in understanding how God is both big enough to create the universe, but also close enough to be right here with us. We know that we can trust God no matter what. We are crated in God’s image. And God loves us so much! Nowhere is this more evident than in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And, when we trust Jesus with our life, the Holy Spirit is there to help us face whatever comes our way. We can respond to God’s love and care with confidence!

Pray and ask God to open each kid’s heart to receive God’s love. Ask God to help them learn to feel confident, knowing that the Holy Spirit is here to help them. Ask God to help the kids show the fruit of the Spirit in their interactions with others as they make the wise choice.

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Youth Group

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

Graduates! On Sunday, June 4, we will be recognizing and celebrating our graduates in our Sunday services! If you are/have a graduating student this Spring (or at the end of 2022), either High school or higher education, we want to recognize you! Even if you will not be in attendance at one or both services that day, we still want to celebrate with you.

Please contact Collin by e-mailing or calling 717-263-8491 ext. 206, and he will respond with information we hope to have for Graduation Sunday. Contact prior to May 24.


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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.

Clothing Mission In June, during MX week the clothing mission will be open and is seeking volunteers to sort, label and hang up clothing and to display household items for our customers.  Please look around at your house and donate any summer clothes, linens and household items that you do not need.  These items can be placed in the linen bins that are located outside the door of the Family Life Center.  Please consider volunteering with us on Thursday  June 15th.


Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect


June 17
MX Ministry
Join us as we pamper the ladies of Hungry Hearts Ministry.

July 15
Susan Livermore Biblical Finances at the home of Pam Reed.

August 19
Rev. Pat Wollover The Good Shepherd Location TBA

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Mission Central needs:

women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, shoes, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, school supplies and rulers Kids underwear, Kids socks, Kids summer shoes, Kids slippers, Mens underwear, Women's underwear, toothbrushes (singlepacks), Kids shampoo, hairbrushes, Kids summer clothes   (all sizes of kids items)

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

Join us at 5:00pm for dinner, worship and fellowship!  If you can help tear down afterward on Thursdays at 6:00pm or anytime Friday Morning please contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.


The MX Week Schedule is posted.

MX Sign Up Sheets are available at the Next Steps Desk in the Lobby.

VBS Registration is open!

MX Dates: June 14-18th, 2023

What is MX? MX is an abbreviation of Mission Experience. It's a new way of saying 'Service Project' or 'Work Camp'; except for these differences:

  • MX is intentionally as intergenerational as we can make the entire week-long experience be! It's not just a term we use to mean 'all ages'; it's a term we use in our vision! The church AND the family working in partnership to disciple their children. Discipleship happens in small age-appropriate groups; Discipleship also happens when two different generations sit next to each other and share EXPERIENCES!
  • MX is about being open to all possibilities and saying confidently and enthusiastically, 'Yes. Lord!' to opportunities instead of listing reasons why something is too expensive; too difficult; too bizarre; too different.
  • MX is about connecting FUMC with our neighbors, but also with each other!
  • MX is about experiencing our vision of 'Connect Ignite Shine' to understand our vision.

Every member of FUMC is invited to join us this summer as we set out to experience whatever moments God has in store for us!

Day 1

Creation Station


Day 2

From the pit to the Palace


Day 3

Stay on Track with Jesus!


5th Sundays at FUMC!

New Worship Schedule for 5th Sundays

We will meet together in one worship service at 10am in the sanctuary.

Sunday school classes will meet at 9am*.

The remaining 5th Sundays of 2023 are:

  • July 30
  • October 29
  • December 31

Combined services will be blended traditional/contemporary.

*Whenever we have a combined service (1,2,3, 4 or 5th Sunday), Sunday School will be at 9am.



For her retirement, the York District will gift Pastor Cathy by ask-ing local churches to make contributions to First UMC’s Haiti minis-try. You are invited to make a personal contribution to that gift to augment the gift the church will be making. Mark your check memo or cash envelope with “Haiti Gift for Cathy.”

Veteran’s Group - You are invited to make a donation to the Church Veteran’s Group. Containers are stationed at each entrance.

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- Trustees are looking to volunteers to mow the lawns at the church and trim once a week. Volunteers must be 18 years. Contact Doug Davis

Memorial Stone -There have been discussions over the last few years about memorializing the people who were buried in our grave yard, which was located next to the Family Life Center. Joan Bowen did extensive research to determine a complete list of names. She also donated $8,000 to the project. We have decided to contract with Shull-Koontz Memorials for a granite stone and bronze plaque. The estimated total cost is $11,500. If you would like to donate to this project please put your donation in a plain envelope marked Cemetery Memorial.

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

Gary Gettle

Glennis Parris

Dottie Vidal

Jane Pensinger

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing

Sherrill Kessinger

Karen Brennon

Dave Kauffman

Joan Kauffman

Brianna Renshaw

Lori Kelsey

Dave Waskfield - healing of CA

Bryan (Bev Barnes' son [recovery from heart surgery])

Josh (battling bone CA)

Bill Holland - continued healing

John Hostetler

Paul Collins

Erma Collins

Bob Thomas in Chambersburg Hospital

Prayers for Our World

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

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding.

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

VBS 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:
Matt Fegan has been deployed.  Please keep him, as well as his family, Lacey, Haley, and Lexee in prayer.

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

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Dottie Vidil

Linda Lojacono

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence
Helen Rice and family as her granddaughter Tiffany 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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