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.

Dinner Church Thursday Evenings at 5pm!

In Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Rachel Gotwald

The altar flowers this week are in memory of Franklin "Uncle Punk" Strock who would have celebrated his birthday on July 12. Given by the Robison family.

NOTE—Whenever we worship in a combined service at 10 AM the Sunday School hour will be 9 AM that Sunday.  The next combined service is July 31st.



July 9

Grace and Acceptance

Luke 14:16-24

July 16

Grace and Respect

Matthew 22:1-14

July 23

Grace and Preparation

Matthew 25:1-13

July 30

Grace and Petition

Matthew 7:7-12


Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Little Lights Story Time!

Check out our summer calendar!

Prayer Partner July 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.

Thank God for sending Jesus for each of the children in our ministry. Thank God for the kids who have already put their faith and trust in Jesus. Pray for those who aren’t sure what they believe or just haven’t reached the phase where they’re ready to make a decision. 

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Youth Group

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

We are hosting Salt 'n Light Youth Ministry for an outdoor Worship Night this Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30pm. This event is for ALL! Not just for youth. We hope you join us at Mike and Sue Stouffer's home -- 4198 Edenville Road in Chambersburg for a beautiful night of worship, creative arts, and a message from the Salt 'n Light team. Please bring a camping chair or blanket to sit, and carpool with others if you can since parking will be limited. Contact Collin with any questions --

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Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down and sweep up the floors after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or anytime that is convenient for you, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.


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Women Connect


A Hope and A Future - Susan Livermore
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a fu-ture.” Jeremiah 29:11

We are meeting at the home of Pam Reed, 1577 Marilyn Ct., Chambersburg, PA 17202

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.

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Madison Guyer's senior art portfolio on the book of Revelation will be on display Sunday in the lobby. Please plan to check out her inspirational pieces of art before or after service or Sunday School this week.

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.

Pastor's Bible Study!

Beginning Wednesday July 5th we will be studying the book of James. We will meet every Wednesday at 1:00 and 6:00 PM in the Hope Class room. Study guides are available at the welcome center.

Friday, July 7th, is on-your-own.

We’ll provide some conversation starters.  Maybe you can have a nice dinner out or just a glass of wine on the back porch after the kids are in bed. Do whatever works for you.

On Saturday, we’ll gather together in the morning for breakfast, discussion, and fellowship.

We’ll end with lunch. Again, make this work for your schedule.

If you need to come late or leave early no worries.

Mark your calendar for July 7th and 8th. Contact Leslie ( or John Gotwald ( to receive materials and more detail closer to the weekend.

Marriage Mini Retreat


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

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.

First Lights is partnering with the United Way to 'Stuff the Bus'!

Look for 'Stuff the Bus' boxes July 10 in our lobby to drop off supplies!

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder - Rehab

Gideon Hill

Gary Gettle

Glennis Parris

Dottie Vidal

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing - Procedure 6-23

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 Chambersburg Hospital

Cindy Glance (Brianna's Mother)

Paul Collins

Erma Collins

Bob Thomas in rehab

Leslie Gotwald

Lisa Stouffer

Mike Preisler

Geri Rosental

Alan Hassler - Rehab

Connie Love - Rehab

Jim Wright

Linda Peppernick

Bob Glass

Bernard Clopper

Delores Burkhart's daughter-in law, Karen

Cindy Robison

Prayers for Our World

Humanitarian aid to all people in countries around the world in need.

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


Promotion 2023

Back to School 2023

Mission Experience 2024

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

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Dottie Vidil

Linda Lojacono

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence
Ed Wentz and family as Karen Wentz 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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