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: Tell Me The Stories of Jesus


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- Maddie Harmon

Acolyte - Rachel Gotwald

Flowers - The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Tom Patterson and family from Mom, Jane Pennsinger.

Traditional Order of Worship

Contemporary Order of Worship



Sunday October 8th @ 1:30. This annual meeting with our Conference Superintendent, Rev. Joleen Willis, elects church officers for the next year, sets the pastors salary, receives reports and does other church business.

Men's Retreat

Pastor Steve and Collin Moyer will be our speakers this year at our Men's Retreat.  Mt Asbury Retreat Center is reserved for us November 3 thru 5.

The request at this point is to:

  • 1. Pray for this event!
  • 2. Save the date!
  • 3. Consider inviting a friend or relative to join you in this opportunity for strengthening your relationship with God and your brothers in Christ.

The hope is that the Retreat will be attended and enjoyed by multiple generations!  Our time together at this very special setting with joyful fellowship, Bible teaching, worship time, break out discussion groups, food, fun outdoor activities and a good dose of relaxation is sure to benefit us all and more importantly equip the church to bring glory and honor to our great God. Save the dates and stay tuned!

Questions about the Retreat can be directed to John Hostetler (717 504-9022), Jared McIntire, Collin Moyer or Pastor Steve.


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

2023-2024 First Lights Permission Form

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 (not more clutter)!

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!

This year's Wednesday night programming will continue to be upper elementary but little lights are always welcome for special occasions!

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Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meet Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM.

Basketball It’s time for the FUMC boys youth basketball team to start practicing for the new season. Practice will start Monday October 9th from 7:00 till 8:30 for boys in grades 9 thru 12.  Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976) if your child would like to play.  No experience necessary.


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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


You are invited -

The Bride

Women's Retreat

October 20-22, 2023


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

Needs you!

Yes you!

Every week!

To praise the Lord with joy and gratitude!


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-starting treatment for CA

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 [is home]

Kathy Paul

Delores Burkhart

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

Chuck Salter

Sharri Ewing

Sherrill Kessinger

Sarah Baker

June Maring

Marie Agostinelli

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Pray for the Chambersburg students and teachers

Pray for those attending Grief Share

Pray for those attending Bible studies- that God may illuminate the Word in hearts and minds.

Pray for upcoming adult retreats

Pray for renewed passion and energy to invite people to church within members of FUMC

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.


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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