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: A Sustainable Life


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- Gideon Hill

Flowers - The altar flowers for this Sunday are in memory of J. Arthur "Art" St. Clair and George G. Wenger whose birthdays were Sept. 1 and Sept. 11 respectively from Jenny and Joe Kohler.
The centerpiece, given by the Robison Family, is in memory of Tom Robison.

Traditional Service Bulletin

Contemporary Service Bulletin


9:00am Traditional Worship Service

10:00am Haitian Church Service

10:00am New Member Class

10:00am Sunday School

11:00am Contemporary Worship Service


1pm Greif Share

6:30pm Adult Mission Team Meeting


12pm Staff Meeting

2:00pm New Horizons String Orchestra Practice



6:30am Men's Bible Study

1:00pm Pastor's Study

5:30pm Homecoming Parade

7pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal



9:00am Food Pantry

1:00 pm New Horizons Band Practice

5:00pm Dinner Church


9:00am Women Connect

Adult Mission Trip

Adult Mission Trip planning meeting will take place here on September 11th at 6:30.

The Mission trip will be to Kentucky to clean up following flooding.

The group leaves Sunday morning, January 7th and returns on the 13th.

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!

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

Illuminate Youth meet Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM.


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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.

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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

School of Hope scholarships are due for the first semester and we need your help! The cost per semester per scholar-ship at the School of Hope is $140.00. The cost for support for an orphan at Kaendra’s place is also $140.00. There’s also an offering plate at the door to help pay for school uniforms for the children. Your support is really appreciated!

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 (single packs), Kids shampoo, hairbrushes, Kids summer clothes (all sizes of kids' items)

Pastoral Care Ministries

GriefShare -

A 13-week GriefShare Support group will start at First Church Monday, September 11, 2023, at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. For more information or to register, call Gail at 717-263-8491 ext. 207.

How will GriefShare help you?  When a loved one dies, it can feel like you’re alone.  Few people understand how painful and isolating your grief can be.  But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer by yourself. At GriefShare, you’ll find a safe, comforting place where you can talk with others about your grief.  You’ll find support, direction, and guidance on how to make it through.

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Music & Worship

A Message from Ministry Staff

Exciting things are happening here at FUMC this fall! We know that there are many reasons why someone may not be able to participate as an active member of the church, but we would like to encourage you to join us in new adventures and experiences as this season of ministry begins.

Our ministry staff is dedicated to serving the individual needs of each one of our members and you are no exception. If you would like to meet with one of us to discuss your current situation and needs for spiritual growth and guidance, we would love to visit with you. You can contact us at 717-263-8491 to arrange a meeting with a member of our ministry team to help you determine how FUMC can best address your spiritual needs or to pray with you.

We have many opportunities for members to grow spiritually outside of our regular services that you may not be aware of.  There is individual discipleship or alternative group studies in lieu of attending more traditional services and classes. Very often, lifestyle changes can inhibit regular church participation, so we want you to know that we work to provide options you may not have considered that can reconnect you with your family of faith.

We are deeply committed to your spiritual growth and if that means finding alternatives that will better suit you at this time, we can help.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and will be keeping you in prayer. Above all, we encourage you to seek God’s guidance and direction in your journey of faith, and in so doing, we pray that He will lead you to deeper connection with Him and with our church family.


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

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

Lindsay Baker

Delores Burkhart

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

Chuck Salter

Pastor Steve's Father-in-law

Sharri Ewing -diagnosis of breast Cancer

Jen Vaughn

Sherrill Kessinger - Chambersburg Hospital

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Pray for the Chambersburg Area School District Network Issues

Pray for the Chambersburg students and teachers

Pray for those attending Grief Share starting September 11 at 1:00 pm

Pray for those attending the Illuminate Youth Kick Off September 6 at 6pm

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
Pastor Steve, Susan, and family as Ralph, Susan's father 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.


**NEW** Thursday Morning Receptionist needed at the welcome center - 9:00 AM to Noon. Contact Stacey at the office.

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.

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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