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November 22, 2023

Worship Bulletin

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Ben Schellhase


The altar flowers are in loving memory of Nancy Bowser who would have celebrated her birthday today. They are given by Jerry and Kim Overcash and family.

Dave and Shirley Wright place a centerpieces in loving memory of their son David Thomas Wright.

A second centerpiece is in loving memory of Eddie Polk from his wife, Candy Polk.

Traditional Worship Bulletin

Contemporary Worship Bulletin


You are invited to an informal fellowship gathering to meet Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman

The Zimmermans are UMC Global Ministries missionaries to Nepal. The Zimmerman’s have recently retired from the mission field, and they desire to thank each of the churches that supported their mission over the past 30+ years. They will share their experiences and give us some insight on how God is mightily at work in Nepal and all over the world.

This event is an opportunity for us to thank and honor the Zimmerman’s and elevate our passion to Connect, Ignite and Shine for the glory of God!

  • Sunday, November 19th in the Family Life Center
  • 5:30 pm light meal will be provided
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm Presentation by Mark and Deidre followed by a time for Q&A
  • Questions can be directed to John and Lynn Hostetler (717) 504-9022

Bible Studies

Pastor’s Bible Study UPDATE: The Galatians study will resume in the new year.  In the meantime…. ADVENT STUDY will be held on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the Alda Bower classroom beginning November 29 through December 20.  Books are available for pick up at the welcome desk.

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

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. Normal Program resumes January 10, 2024.
  • We will be meeting for Advent 2023 [December 6, December 13, December 20]. December 13 is our special Caroling Caravan. It will be from 6pm-8pm.
  • Little Lights are invited to join us Wednesday nights during Advent from 6-7PM in the preschool room for a service-oriented Advent activity. We'll learn about advent and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus with each other and our community.

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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

College Students

We'd like to send our college students a Finals Care Package. If you're willing to donate something for them, scan the QR code to sign-up or contact Beth Stahl (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.

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Women Connect


Women of all ages are welcome at Women Connect meeting on Saturday, December 2nd at 9 am. We will meet in the Connect Café for refreshments, music and lesson “Advent: The Light of Christ Comes.” Following the lesson Denise Lucas will lead us in making an advent wreath or a long arrangement. Deadline for making an arrangement is today, the 19th of November. Sign up in the lobby at the Next Steps area.


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

Christmas Party for the YMCA’s Sam Program Kids.

Tuesday, December 19th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. We are looking for homemade cookies to be placed in the church kitchen by noon December 19th and marked for “Sam’s Kids.” Also, monetary donations toward the pizza meal. See Susie Kunkle 717-352-2562 or John Hostetler or use the Sign-Up Sheet for Sam’s Program Christmas Party located at the Information Desk in the FUMC Lobby.

Pastoral Care Ministries

GriefShare -

A 13-week GriefShare Support group will resume in the spring. For more information, call Gail at 717-263-8491 ext. 207.

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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

Ann, a friend of Glennis Parris

Dottie Vidal

Dick Jenkins

Deb Ewing

Karen Brennan

Dave Kauffman

Joan Kauffman

Brianna Renshaw

Lori Kelsey

Doris Bitner

Judy Glass

Bill Holland

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

Sherrill Kessinger recovering at home

Emmitt Kessinger recovering at home

Bob Thomas

Sarah Baker

June Maring

Marie Agostinelli

Pam Shatzer

Prayers for Israel

Peace of Israel, Palestinians and the Jewish people.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry


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.


New! Scam Emails Please do not respond to any emails asking you for Urgent help or gift cards which proport to be from the pastor or a staff member.  This is always a scam.

New! Save the Date - On Tuesday, November 28, you’re invited to join us at 9 am to decorate the church for Christmas! More details will come. We are planning for a time of fellowship -- with cookies!!

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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