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 - Bob Foor
Acolyte - Cindy Robison
Flowers - Last week’s altar flowers were given by Bob and Becky Foor in loving memory of their parents Oscar and Harriet Foor and Charles and June Wilhite.
The vase of flowers this week is part of God’s beautiful creation.
The centerpiece is in memory of Alma and John Harvie from Linda Harvie.

June 2, 2023

Join Team '1st United' during registration!

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

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

Cheering on the participants and connecting with the community are also part of the event!

RAP Official Event Schedule:

5:00 p.m. Same Day Registration and Pre-registration Packet Pick-up Opens at King Street Church parking lot. (Closes at 6:30 p.m. for 5K walkers and runners)

Raber Runs for Kids (11 and under)
6:00 p.m. Raber Kids Dash Begins
6:20 p.m. Raber Kids 1 Mile Begins

Race Against Poverty 5K
7:00 p.m. 5K Runners Begin
7:05 p.m. 5K Walkers (Begin right behind the runners)
8:00 p.m. Door Prizes Posted
8:00 p.m. Runners Award Ceremony

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Food Vendors
Information Tables
Music and more

The race starts at the Franklin Fire Dept.

Let's Meet Up!

Check out the maps below and look for us on West King Street at the Conococheague Creek sign on the Rails to Trails!


Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect will return in September! We will not meet on June 7.

Check out our summer calendar!

Prayer Partner June Focus:

Since the beginning, God has always been deeply involved in the world. We see God’s handiwork on display in creation. We see God’s love on display through Jesus, who came to rescue us. We respond to God in faith, believing in what we can’t see because of what we can see. When we focus on what we know to be true about God and the world God created, we can have faith in what we can’t see or fully understand. We put that faith into action as we follow Jesus and show His love to the world.

Ask God to guide our Children's Ministry team as we plant the seeds that will set a foundation for kids’ faith in the future.  Ask God to help answer some of the questions kids have in a way they can understand but also helps fuel their curiosity about Jesus and how to have a relationship with Him.

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Youth Group

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

Worship Night: Illuminate Youth is excited to be hosting Salt ‘n Light Youth Ministry for a worship night! Everyone is invited to join us for an intimate night of outdoor worship and fellowship on Wednesday, July 12 at Mike and Sue Stouffer’s home — 4198 Edenville Road.
Collin is looking for some extra volunteers for this event to help with set-up, parking, and preparing dinner for Salt ‘n Light’s worship team. If you are interested, please contact Collin:

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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 will be announced.

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.

Card Shower: Former Pastor Rev. Dr. Samuel Sheffler and wife Sharon will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this sum-mer. Their daughter is organizing a card shower and is inviting our congregation to send cards to help celebrate! Please send cards no later than Friday, June 16.

You can send cards to:
Samuel and Sharon Sheffler
6041 Anthony Hwy
Waynesboro, PA 17268



The Custodian (aka Toby) will be on vacation from June 10 - 18.

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 rehab

Leslie Gotwald

Lisa Stouffer

Prayers for Our World

High School and College Graduates.

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

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
Ray Heckman's family as he enters 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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