August 25, 2023

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).

Make every day a day to connect with Jesus!

This week's Featured Bible Plan: Back to School Prayers


Donations can be made in person, by mail or through online giving.

Dinner Church Thursday Evenings at 5pm!

Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader- Terri Stevens

Flowers - Bonnie Harmon and family have placed the altar flowers in loving memory of John A. Harmon who would have celebrated a birthday on August 30.

The centerpiece is given in loving memory of Sandy Jenkins from Dick Jenkins and family.



9:00am Traditional Worship Service

10:00am Haitian Church Service

10:00am New Member Class

10:00am Sunday School

11:00am Contemporary Worship Service


1:00pm Loss of a Spouse

6:30pm Loss of a Spouse



6:30am Men's Bible Study

1:00pm Pastor's Study

6:00pm Youth Group

6:00pm Pastor's Study


9:00am Food Pantry

5:00pm Dinner Church

Bible Studies

Pastor’s Bible Study of the book of James.  We will meet every Wednesday at 1:00 and 6:00 PM in the Alda Bower Sunday School Classroom.

Men’s Bible Study meets every Wednesday in the church lobby at 6:30 AM and concludes by 8:00 AM and is open to all the men in the church.  This week will be studying Luke 20:20 and following.



Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

First Arts & Crafts Swap - A new WHOLE CHURCH & Parent Connection for the 2023 2024 School year! Check it out!

Old Marker/Crayon Discard Drive - Helping to motivate kids to declutter! Winner collects the most and gets to spin to win our wheel of prizes!

Promotion Sunday August 27, 2023

Kids Konnect (First Lights K-5th grade Wednesday Night Program 2023-2024)

  • Let's Kick off Konnect on the right foot! Just for fun, we are putting a new spin on kickball with tons of kicking inspired activities, games and tournaments. At our Konnect Kick off, kids and parents will have the chance to compete in a variety of station-based mini-games and activities, as well as a few all-play games with their teams. We are not pulling your leg when we say a fun and silly night together can really help us kick off the best year of ministry ever! So, no more dragging our feet! Let's kick it on October 4 at 6pm!

Praise & Play (Little Lights Wednesday Night Program 2023-2024)

  • Open House September 20, 6pm-6:30pm

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Youth Group

Youth's annual Fall Kick-off is Wednesday, September 6 from 6:00-8:15pm! All students in 6th-12th grade are invited to join us in celebrating the start of our ministry year. There will be food, door prizes, all sorts of games, and more! Invite your friends and be a part of what God wants to do in our youth group this year!


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College Students Group

We have 10 members attending college this year. We would love to connect each of them with another member who will pray for them as well as send occasional notes and/or texts to let them know we're thinking of them and praying for them. If you are willing to do this, please contact Beth Stahl ( or 717-375-8011).


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.

Clothing Ministry—We are looking for Volunteers to take the lead in the clothing ministry.  Carol Fish has been serving for more than a decade, and while wanting to continue helping would like to pass the reins off to one, or ideally two leaders, to share the responsibility.  If you are interested, please speak to Pastor Steve.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect


Next Meeting: September 16, 2023 9am-10:30am

Images From God Journaling Workshop 

Lead by Dawn Hamsher in the Connect Cafe

Dawn returns to share her new book, offering a new way to enhance your devotions. Sandy James will join us in our music time.

Women's Retreat is October 20-22!


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. Our next support group will start Sept 11 at 1:00 pm in the Ministry Resource Room.

Loss of a Spouse

You have begun a journey you did not want.  We are sorry for your loss, and we want to come alongside you on this journey of grief.  Our desire is to help you process your grief and think about what life after the loss of you spouse might look like.  Your life will never be the same, but we believe that Loss of a Spouse seminar will enable you to face the future with a measure of hope.

When:  August 28, 2023

Where:  Alda Bower Class Rm

Time:  1:00 pm or 6:30 pm

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Music & Worship

The Chancel Choir’s annual picnic will be on Wednesday, August 30 at the Menno Haven picnic pavilion.  Gathering time is 5:30 with dinner at 6:00.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  See you there!



Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder who is now at Shook Home in Hospice Care.

Gideon Hill

Gary Gettle

Glennis Parris

Dottie Vidal

Dick Jenkins

Deb Ewing

Karen Brennan

Dave Kauffman

Joan Kauffman

Brianna Renshaw - epilepsy

Lori Kelsey

Dave Waskfield - healing of CA

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

Josh (battling bone CA)

Bill Holland

Donna Thomas Chambersburg Hospital

Paul Collins

Erma Collins

Leslie Gotwald

Mike Preisler

Geri Rosental

Alan Hassler

Jim Wright

Linda Peppernick

Delores Burkhart's daughter-in law, Karen

Connie Love -at Chambers Point – in hospice care

Bob Thomas– Village Square

Chris Preisler

Wayne Gettel in rehab

Kathy Paul - UPMC Harrisburg

Lindsay Baker

Delores Burkhart

Janet Shultz Wood (Dick Jenkins sister-in-law)

Chuck Salter

Pastor Steve's Father-in-law

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Pray for those attending Promotion Sunday 2023.

Pray for those returning to school in 2023.

Pray for those attending Loss of a Spouse on August 28, 2023 at 1:00 pm or 6:30 pm.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Linda Lojacono

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence
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.


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.

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