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: Flourish in Gratitude


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 - Mark Davis

Acolyte - Ryan Eckert

10am Order of Worship

Don't forget:

Pick a Pumpkin from the patch and Take a Pic at the photo spot!

Donation Lunch at 11:15 in the FLC for the Adult Mission Trip.



OCTOBER 31, 2023 6PM-8PM


First Lights will be with friends at LifePoint Church for Trunk or Treat this year! We hope you will join us as we work together to share the sweetness of Jesus with our downtown community and neighbors!

We will need lots of candy to give out with God's love and Good News! Donations are key to sharing the message!

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 beginning this Wednesday October 23, 2023 will be held on Wednesdays at 1:00 and 6:00 PM in the Alda Bower room.  We will be studying the book of Galatians.  Guides are available this morning for pick up at the Welcome Center.

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!

Kids Konnect 

  • Wednesday night programming for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Parents can sign in children in the lobby at 6pm and pick children up at 7pm in the lobby.

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Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meet Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM.

The youth group middle school retreat is coming quickly! On November 10-12, all students in 6th-8th grade are invited to join for this event. We place a lot of value on our retreats, and we hope all can join. Sign up is necessary (sign up by October 25). Please contact Collin for more details.

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

College Students always enjoy a note from home, especially their home church. These are the students we watched take their first steps in faith and these are the students that we will hopefully witness get married. Keep the connection with First Church alive. Send a card to a college student today!


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.

Maddie Harmon’s Update on Clothing and Cleaning Supplies in honor of tackling hunger month: I have been collecting donations for hungry hearts ministry and the clothing room for my all star gives back project through my cheer organization! I am so happy to say that the bins at the church and at my cheer gym are being filled rapidly! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. I am so grateful! I am also happy to say that I have found a generous donor who is willing to donate $200 if we collect 200 donations! So for the last week let’s keep pushing to meet that goal!

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Women Connect


December 2, 2023 - Sign up to reserve your spot to make Advent wreath or centerpiece.

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)

Adult Mission Trip The Mission trip will be to Kentucky to clean up following flooding.  The group leaves Sunday morning, January 7th and returns on the 13th.

Joyful for Jesus Monday, Dec 11th 1:00-6:30 pm join the opportunity to serve God with Joyful for Jesus in the church lobby. This year’s focus will be to show Jesus love to our community with hospitality, cookies, an adult gift and prayers along the pathway to seeing Jesus change lives. You can serve in these ways ahead of time: pray for volunteers and donations, volunteer to bake cookies, donate adult gifts or items for gift baskets, or help assemble gift baskets on Sunday’s Dec 3 and 10 after church. Join in the fun Monday, Dec 11th by serving cookies to guests, helping guests select a gift and praying individually with guests. See sign-up sheets at the Next Step Center or call Susie Kunkle 717-352-2562 or email

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.

What are your plans this holiday season? If the thought of Thanksgiving traditions and Christmas trees brings feelings of loneliness, sadness, or despair I encourage you to come to the "Surviving the Holidays", which is being offered in person at First United Methodist Church, 225 South Second Street, Chambersburg on November 5th at 3:00 pm.  For more information you can call 717-263-8491 and ask for Gail.

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Music & Worship

The Chancel Choir invites all who would like to sing the Christmas cantata with us to come to rehearsal Wednesdays at 7:45 pm in the choir room.  “Joy to All the World” by Lloyd Larson will be presented Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 am.



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

Doris Bitner

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

Bill Holland

Donna Thomas

Paul Collins

Erma Collins

Leslie Gotwald

Mike Preisler

Jim Wright

Linda Peppernick

Delores Burkhart's daughter-in law, Karen

Connie Love -at Chambers Point – in hospice care

Chris Preisler

Wayne Gettel [is home]

Kathy Paul

Delores Burkhart

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

Chuck Salter

Sharri Ewing- beginning chemotherapy

Sherrill Kessinger in Chambersburg Hospital

Emmitt Kessinger in Chambersburg Hospital

Bob Thomas in Chambersburg Hospital

Sarah Baker

June Maring

Marie Agostinelli

Prayers for Isreal
Pray for comfort for those who have lost loved ones whether killed or missing in Isreal
Pray God will confuse Hamas. The Bible tells us God confuses the enemy.
Pray for protection for Israel’s military and our US soldiers and for the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.
Pray that many Jews will come to know Jesus.
*Pray  Psalm 121
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 those attending the Women's Retreat October 20-22, 2023

Pray for FUMC to invite friends and families to the October 29, 2023 service

Pray for those who will be attending "Surviving the Holidays" on Nov. 5 at 3:00

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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