November 25, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir will perform the Christmas Cantata on December 18, 2022 at 10am in a combined worship service.

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Acolyte  - Cindy Robinson

Reader - Ben Schellhase

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in loving memory of Lucas Coons, Grandson, whose life was taken from him during Thanksgiving week 2014.  Flowers are placed by Wayne and Sally Gettel and family.

There is an opening for altar flowers on Sunday, December 11 Please contact Bette Renshaw by Thursday, December 1 if you would like to place flowers on that day.(717-263-3660)

Bicentennial Spotlight

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS are available for pick up at the Welcome Center.

 

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR YMCA’S SAM’S PROGRAM KIDS

FUMC has had the privilege to support the Chambersburg YMCA for several decades as they outreach to underprivileged kids, 1st through 7th grade. Keeping with this longstanding mission opportunity, we have been asked to provide volunteer help, food and gift items for the 2022 Sam’s Program Christmas Party.

We have sufficient teddy bears for gifts this year but please continue to bring in new teddy bears now and throughout the new year. Just place them on top of the mailboxes near the sanctuary so we are sure to have plenty for next year. If you would like to volunteer to serve at the event, or to donate money for the meal or homemade cookies for dessert, please contact Susie Kunkle 717-352-2562 or use the Sign-Up Sheet for Sam’s Program Christmas Party located at the Connect Center in the FUMC lobby. The party is on Tuesday, December 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (children in Sam’s Program meet each Tuesday at the “Y” during the school year for physical activities, fellowship, mentoring and Christian education). This Christmas event is only a few weeks away so mark it on your calendar and tell us how you can help! Thank you!

 

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).

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

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner November Focus: Fear is contagious, especially when it comes to kids. Pray for God’s protection around your partner as they may be facing things that are frightening or scary. Ask God to give them courage to help them be brave in the presence of others who are fearful.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Next Gathering: December 17, 2022

Team Haiti/Missions

THE OLD KNIT, CROCHET MARKETPLACE will be open Sundays starting November 27th in between church services and after services until Christmas.  Come do some Christmas shopping with us.   Proceeds will support UMCOR. Thank You

Joyful for Jesus  - Volunteers are needed to shop, donate, prepare/wrap the gifts and then to provide Christmas snacks, hospitality and fellowship at the event to distribute  gifts December 16th. Contact Susie Kunkle or Michelle Brubaker. Please mark Sundays December 4 and 11 (immediately after the 11 am worship service) to assemble the gift baskets for our neighbors/friends. Consider purchasing Kisses or Miniatures to drop off in the big red tub in the church lobby near the information desk. Joyful for Jesus signup sheet will be at the Connect Center table or contact Susie Kunkle directly.

 

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

December 4th at 2:00pm in the Family Life Center, a second informational meeting will be held to discuss changes in the United Methodist Church. This is the beginning of a process of discernment regarding our relationship with the denomination.  It is vitally important that members attend one of the meetings. In January a Church Conference will be held  of voting on the issue of disaffiliation.

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.

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Fred Kraemer

Gideon Hill

Bobbi Snyder

David Kauffman

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook

Dianne Salter

Deb Bard

Keegan Parris

Jan Horst

Tristan - heart surgery 11/16
Gary Gettle
Prayers for Our World

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Grief Share

Joyful for Jesus

The future of the denomination and FUMC.
Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Ed Wentz's Daughter and Son-in-law

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Ed Polk's family as he 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.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

November 18, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir will perform the Christmas Cantata on December 18, 2022 at 10am in a combined worship service.

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader—Olivia Keller

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and  in loving memory of Nancy Bowser who would have celebrated a birthday on November 19 by Kim and Jerry Overcash and family.

The centerpiece is placed to the glory of God in loving memory of David Thomas Wright, son on Dave and Shirley Wright.

There is an opening for alter flowers on Sunday December 11, 2022. Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) by December 1 to place flowers on that date.

Bicentennial Spotlight

Copies of the “200th Anniversary” booklet and the “Celebrating Families with Four or More Generations of Membership/Attendance” booklet are available at the “Next Steps” area of the main foyer.  Help yourself if you did not get one last week.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR YMCA’S SAM’S PROGRAM KIDS

FUMC has had the privilege to support the Chambersburg YMCA for several decades as they outreach to underprivileged kids, 1st through 7th grade. Keeping with this longstanding mission opportunity, we have been asked to provide volunteer help, food and gift items for the 2022 Sam’s Program Christmas Party.

We have sufficient teddy bears for gifts this year but please continue to bring in new teddy bears now and throughout the new year. Just place them on top of the mailboxes near the sanctuary so we are sure to have plenty for next year. If you would like to volunteer to serve at the event, or to donate money for the meal or homemade cookies for dessert, please contact Susie Kunkle 717-352-2562 or use the Sign-Up Sheet for Sam’s Program Christmas Party located at the Connect Center in the FUMC lobby. The party is on Tuesday, December 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (children in Sam’s Program meet each Tuesday at the “Y” during the school year for physical activities, fellowship, mentoring and Christian education). This Christmas event is only a few weeks away so mark it on your calendar and tell us how you can help! Thank you!

 

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).

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

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Kids Konnect Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (early drop off 6-6:30p / late pickup 7:30-8p)

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner November Focus: Fear is contagious, especially when it comes to kids. Pray for God’s protection around your partner as they may be facing things that are frightening or scary. Ask God to give them courage to help them be brave in the presence of others who are fearful.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Saturday, November 19: 9:00am "Thankful Hearts" Snack, Music, Lesson - 10:00 Preparing For Advent led by Denise Lucas. If you would like to make a wreath or an arrangement contact dsalter@susumc.org, so that we have adequate supplies.

Team Haiti/Missions

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Joyful For Jesus (Previously known as “Joyful Jingle Shop”) is part of FUMC’s mission ministry to our neighbors/friends who would otherwise receive little or no Christmas gifts. At this time the Missions Committee is asking you to consider how you might help this year. Volunteers are needed to shop, donate, prepare/wrap the gifts and then to provide Christmas snacks, hospitality and fellowship at the event to distribute the gifts in December 16th. If you desire to be a volunteer or to donate in any way to this special outreach activity, please contact Susie Kunkle or Michelle Brubaker. Please mark your calendar for Sundays December 4 and 11 (immediately after the 11 am worship service) to be part of the group that will assemble the gift baskets for our neighbors/friends. Thank you for all your awesome generosity in the past and now! Continue to Connect, Ignite and Shine for Jesus! Candy left over from your Halloween celebrations can be donated for use in the Joyful for Jesus gift baskets. Also consider purchasing Kisses or Miniatures that you find on sale now. You may drop off the candy and other donations for Joyful for Jesus at the big red tub in the church lobby near the information desk. If you want to be a volunteer in this project in any way, the Joyful for Jesus signup sheet will be at the Connect Center table or contact Susie Kunkle directly. Your help is needed especially on Sundays December 4 and 11 for preparing the gifts, Thursday, December 15 for setting up for the event, and Friday, December 16 for assisting with hospitality, gift giving and cleanup.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY and December 4th @ 2:00 PM - Discussion on current denominational issues and the future of the UMC and First Church.  Your attendance is vital to making informed decisions regarding First Church!

Parking lot  - Please do not park in the lot across from the side of the church by Smith alley (the stone parking lot next to the garage) from Noon, October 30th to November 13th.  This area is being paved.

THE OLD KNIT, CROCHET MARKETPLACE will be open Sundays starting November 27th in between church services and after services until Christmas.  Come do some Christmas shopping with us.

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.

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder - in CCU with hemorrhagic stroke

Tye- 2 1/2 year old boy in hospital with metabolic crisis

Gideon Hill

David Kauffman

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook

Dianne Salter

Deb Bard

Gary Gettle - medical procedure 11/14
Keegan Parris
Jan Horst

Tristan - heart surgery 11/16
Gary Gettle - surgery went well
Mary - recovering for pneumonia
Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Grief Share

Surviving the Holidays

Joyful for Jesus

The future of the denomination and FUMC.
Praise for the 200 years God has blessed FUMC!
Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Ed Wentz's Daughter and Son-in-law

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 left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

November 11, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir will perform the Christmas Cantata on December 18, 2022 at 10am in a combined worship service.

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Assistant Organist - Ben Schellhase

Reader—Rev. Don Nolder

Acolyte -  Rachel Gotwald

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and  in loving memory of Paul and Gerry Kriner who would have celebrated their anniversary on November 15.  Placed by the Culler Family.

The centerpiece is in loving memory of mother Susie Robison whose birthday was November 19, from the Robison Family.

The Floral arrangement is from Work Camp Friends in loving memory of John Martin, November 25, 1946 - November 5 2021.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers

Our Bicentennial Spotlights will resume on November 20, 2022!

Today is Homecoming Sunday!

There will be one worship service at 10am followed by a luncheon.

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

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

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Kids Konnect Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (early drop off 6-6:30p / late pickup 7:30-8p)

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner November Focus: Fear is contagious, especially when it comes to kids. Pray for God’s protection around your partner as they may be facing things that are frightening or scary. Ask God to give them courage to help them be brave in the presence of others who are fearful.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Saturday, November 19: 9:00am "Thankful Hearts" Snack, Music, Lesson - 10:00 Preparing For Advent led by Denise Lucas. If you would like to make a wreath or an arrangement contact dsalter@susumc.org, so that we have adequate supplies.

Team Haiti/Missions

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Joyful For Jesus (Previously known as “Joyful Jingle Shop”) is part of FUMC’s mission ministry to our neighbors/friends who would otherwise receive little or no Christmas gifts. At this time the Missions Committee is asking you to consider how you might help this year. Volunteers are needed to shop, donate, prepare/wrap the gifts and then to provide Christmas snacks, hospitality and fellowship at the event to distribute the gifts in December 16th. If you desire to be a volunteer or to donate in any way to this special outreach activity, please contact Susie Kunkle or Michelle Brubaker. Please mark your calendar for Sundays December 4 and 11 (immediately after the 11 am worship service) to be part of the group that will assemble the gift baskets for our neighbors/friends. Thank you for all your awesome generosity in the past and now! Continue to Connect, Ignite and Shine for Jesus! Candy left over from your Halloween celebrations can be donated for use in the Joyful for Jesus gift baskets. Also consider purchasing Kisses or Miniatures that you find on sale now. You may drop off the candy and other donations for Joyful for Jesus at the big red tub in the church lobby near the information desk. If you want to be a volunteer in this project in any way, the Joyful for Jesus signup sheet will be at the Connect Center table or contact Susie Kunkle directly. Your help is needed especially on Sundays December 4 and 11 for preparing the gifts, Thursday, December 15 for setting up for the event, and Friday, December 16 for assisting with hospitality, gift giving and cleanup.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parking lot  - Please do not park in the lot across from the side of the church by Smith alley (the stone parking lot next to the garage) from Noon, October 30th to November 13th.  This area is being paved.

THE OLD KNIT, CROCHET MARKETPLACE will be open Sundays starting November 27th in between church services and after services until Christmas.  Come do some Christmas shopping with us.

November 20th and December 4th @ 2:00 PM - Group discussion on current denominational issues and the future of the UMC and First Church.  Your attendance is vital to making informed decisions regarding First Church!

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.

Lisa McNair will be at Carlisle UMC (333 S. Spring Garden Street, Carlisle) on Sunday, November 13th from 5:00-6:00pm for a discussion on her newly released book Dear Denise.  Her sister Denise was one of four little girls who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Books will be available for purchase ($20 hardcover). Signing will also be available. If you are interested in attending contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626 or pastor4fumc@gmil.com for transportation.

 

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

David Kauffman

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook

Dianne Salter

Deb Bard

Gary Gettle - medical procedure 11/14
Keegan Parris
Jan Horst

Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Grief Share

Youth Middle School Retreat

Surviving the Holidays

Joyful for Jesus

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Ed Wentz's Daughter and Son-in-law

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 left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

November 4, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir has started rehearsing the Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas” to be presented Sunday, December 18.

All singers are welcome to join us Wednesday evenings at 8:00 in the choir room.

 

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Terri Stevens

Acolyte - Ryan Eckert

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in loving memory of Earl and Mary Kean. Given by Jed and Susie Detrich, Shirley Jones and families.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers

Our Bicentennial Spotlights will resume on November 20, 2022!

November 13, 2022 is Homecoming Sunday

There will be one worship service at 10am followed by a luncheon.

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

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

Traditional

Contemporary

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Kids Konnect Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (early drop off 6-6:30p / late pickup 7:30-8p)

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner November Focus: Fear is contagious, especially when it comes to kids. Pray for God’s protection around your partner as they may be facing things that are frightening or scary. Ask God to give them courage to help them be brave in the presence of others who are fearful.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

November 19

Team Haiti/Missions

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Joyful For Jesus (Previously known as “Joyful Jingle Shop”) is part of FUMC’s mission ministry to our neighbors/friends who would otherwise receive little or no Christmas gifts. At this time the Missions Committee is asking you to consider how you might help this year. Volunteers are needed to shop, donate, prepare/wrap the gifts and then to provide Christmas snacks, hospitality and fellowship at the event to distribute the gifts in December 16th. If you desire to be a volunteer or to donate in any way to this special outreach activity, please contact Susie Kunkle or Michelle Brubaker. Please mark your calendar for Sundays December 4 and 11 (immediately after the 11 am worship service) to be part of the group that will assemble the gift baskets for our neighbors/friends. Thank you for all your awesome generosity in the past and now! Continue to Connect, Ignite and Shine for Jesus! Candy left over from your Halloween celebrations can be donated for use in the Joyful for Jesus gift baskets. Also consider purchasing Kisses or Miniatures that you find on sale now. You may drop off the candy and other donations for Joyful for Jesus at the big red tub in the church lobby near the information desk. If you want to be a volunteer in this project in any way, the Joyful for Jesus signup sheet will be at the Connect Center table or contact Susie Kunkle directly. Your help is needed especially on Sundays December 4 and 11 for preparing the gifts, Thursday, December 15 for setting up for the event, and Friday, December 16 for assisting with hospitality, gift giving and cleanup.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parking lot  - Please do not park in the lot across from the side of the church by Smith alley (the stone parking lot next to the garage) from Noon, October 30th to November 13th.  This area is being paved.

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.

Lisa McNair will be at Carlisle UMC (333 S. Spring Garden Street, Carlisle) on Sunday, November 13th from 5:00-6:00pm for a discussion on her newly released book Dear Denise.  Her sister Denise was one of four little girls who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Books will be available for purchase ($20 hardcover). Signing will also be available. If you are interested in attending contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626 or pastor4fumc@gmil.com for transportation.

 

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

David Kauffman

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook

Dianne Salter

Deb Bard - medical procedure 11/7
Gary Gettle - medical procedure 11/14
Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Joyful for Jesus

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Ed Wentz's Daughter and Son-in-law

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence
Comfort and peace for the Abam Diehl family as he has entered the Church Triumphant.
Comfort and peace for the Harold Angle family as he has entered the Church Triumphant.
Comfort and peace for Bob and Bobby Snyder as their son Bryan 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 left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

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October 28, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir has started rehearsing the Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas” to be presented Sunday, December 18.

All singers are welcome to join us Wednesday evenings at 8:00 in the choir room.

 

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Terri Stevens

Acolyte - Ryan Eckert

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in loving memory  of Earl and Mary Kean. Given by Jed and Susie Detrich, Shirley Jones and families.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers

Today's Spotlight

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

Great News!

Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Kids Konnect Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (early drop off 6-6:30p / late pickup 7:30-8p)

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partners: Pray for kids this month as they discover what having 'Grit' has to do with God's character.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.  On Saturday, October 29 we will have our annual Fall Party at the Byers home from 4:30-9:30pm. There will be Capture the Flag, Pumpkin Rolling, Food, Games, a Bonfire, and more! Sign up is not required but recommended -- please contact Collin for additional information.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

All profits go to support our Missions in Petit Goave, Haiti. Order forms are  available next to the service bulletins and the welcome center.  Place your name and phone number on the yellow envelope.  Place your completed order form along with your money or check in the envelope.  You can drop off the order form in the glass cookie jar at the welcome center.  All orders are due by Sunday October 30th.  Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Next gathering - November 19

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday

One United Service in the Sanctuary at 10am followed by luncheon.

Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.

Joyful for Jesus (previously known as “Joyful Jingle Shop”) is part of FUMC’s mission ministry to our neighbors/friends who would otherwise receive little or no Christmas gifts. At this time the Missions Committee is asking you to consider how you might help this year. Volunteers are needed to shop, donate, prepare/wrap the gifts and then to provide Christmas snacks, hospitality and fellowship at the event to distribute the gifts on December 16th.

If you desire to be a volunteer or to donate in any way to this special outreach activity, please contact Susie Kunkle or Michelle Brubaker. Please mark your calendar for Sundays December 4 and 11 (immediately after the 11 am worship service) to be part of the group that will assemble the gift baskets for our neighbors/friends. Thank you for all your awesome generosity in the past and now!

Continue to Connect, Ignite and Shine for Jesus!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parking lot  - Please do not park in the lot across from the side of the church by Smith alley (the stone parking lot next to the garage) from Noon, October 30th to November 13th.  This area is being paved.

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.

Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family.  Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Lisa McNair will be at Carlisle UMC (333 S. Spring Garden Street, Carlisle) on Sunday, November 13th from 5:00-6:00pm for a discussion on her newly released book Dear Denise.  Her sister Denise was one of four little girls who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Books will be available for purchase ($20 hardcover). Signing will also be available. If you are interested in attending contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626 or pastor4fumc@gmil.com for transportation.

 

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

Harold Angle

David Kauffman (Joan Kauffman's husband)

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook who needs a kidney transplant

Margie Stamm - medical procedure soon

Hunter Hockenberry

Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Joyful for Jesus

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Joe Wachter's family as his mother 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 left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

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October 21, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir has started rehearsing the Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas” to be presented Sunday, December 18.

All singers are welcome to join us Wednesday evenings at 8:00 in the choir room.

 

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Landen Bistline

Acolyte - Rachel Gotwald

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God by Cheryl Houser in loving memory of her Mother, Delores Roher who passed away in February and whose birthday would have been October 26, and of  her Dad, Charles "Bill" Roher, her cousin Larry Shoemaker, and her Aunt, Helen Shoemaker.

The centerpiece has been given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Myrtle Bulger and in honor of Brenda Wright Riddle by the Wright family.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers

Today's Spotlight

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

Great News!

Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Kids Konnect Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (early drop off 6-6:30p / late pickup 7:30-8p)

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partners: Pray for kids this month as they discover what having 'Grit' has to do with God's character.

Trunk or Treat - A Minion Tailgating Party! October 27, 2022 5pm. Take an invite card and give it to friends, family and relatives! There is food, fun and of course Good News to share! Sign up to participate in this fun outreach event - not just to kids, but to the entire downtown community! Help us to reach out to the parents and adults in the community!
Also - CANDY! Donations accepted gratefully!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.  On Saturday, October 29 we will have our annual Fall Party at the Byers home from 4:30-9:30pm. There will be Capture the Flag, Pumpkin Rolling, Food, Games, a Bonfire, and more! Sign up is not required but recommended -- please contact Collin for additional information.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Donation Breakfast for our Haiti Missions

You are invited to a delicious pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 23rd.  Stop in anytime between 8:15- 10:30 a.m.  The menu will include blueberry, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausage and homemade baked oatmeal. There will be orange juice, milk, tea and coffee to drink.   A free will offering will be collected for our School of Hope and orphanage in Petit Goave, Haiti.  Please come and enjoy fellowship with new and old friends while supporting this worthy cause.

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

All profits go to support our Missions in Petit Goave, Haiti. Order forms are  available next to the service bulletins and the welcome center.  Place your name and phone number on the yellow envelope.  Place your completed order form along with your money or check in the envelope.  You can drop off the order form in the glass cookie jar at the welcome center.  All orders are due by Sunday October 30th.  Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Next gathering - November 19

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday

One United Service in the Sanctuary at 10am followed by luncheon.

Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Donation Breakfast

In the FLC -Sunday, October 23, 8:15-10:30 for School of Hope and Kaendra's Place in Haiti.

 

 

Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.

Joyful for Jesus (previously known as “Joyful Jingle Shop”) is part of FUMC’s mission ministry to our neighbors/friends who would otherwise receive little or no Christmas gifts. At this time the Missions Committee is asking you to consider how you might help this year. Volunteers are needed to shop, donate, prepare/wrap the gifts and then to provide Christmas snacks, hospitality and fellowship at the event to distribute the gifts on December 16th.

If you desire to be a volunteer or to donate in any way to this special outreach activity, please contact Susie Kunkle or Michelle Brubaker. Please mark your calendar for Sundays December 4 and 11 (immediately after the 11 am worship service) to be part of the group that will assemble the gift baskets for our neighbors/friends. Thank you for all your awesome generosity in the past and now!

Continue to Connect, Ignite and Shine for Jesus!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family.  Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Lisa McNair will be at Carlisle UMC (333 S. Spring Garden Street, Carlisle) on Sunday, November 13th from 5:00-6:00pm for a discussion on her newly released book Dear Denise.  Her sister Denise was one of four little girls who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Books will be available for purchase ($20 hardcover). Signing will also be available. If you are interested in attending contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626 or pastor4fumc@gmil.com for transportation.

 

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

Harold Angle

David Kauffman (Joan Kauffman's husband)

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook who needs a kidney transplant

Margie Stamm - medical procedure soon

Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Joyful for Jesus

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

The family and friends of Kirk Paul who has entered the Church Triumph.

Wisdom, strength and comfort for in-home caregivers.

Families struggling with grief and loss.

Families struggling with housing and financial issues.

Families left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

October 14, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir has started rehearsing the Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas” to be presented Sunday, December 18.

All singers are welcome to join us Wednesday evenings at 8:00 in the choir room.

 

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Doug Harbach

Acolyte -  Landyn Stottelmyer

A centerpiece has been given to the glory of God and in honor of Granddaughter Gwen's 18th birthday. Given by Judy Paes.

A centerpiece has been given to the glory of God and in memory of Sandy Mills by the Hungry Hearts ministry.

 

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers. There is an opening for altar flowers on November 27.

 

Today's Spotlight

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

Great News!

Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Kids Konnect Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (early drop off 6-6:30p / late pickup 7:30-8p)

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partners: Pray for kids this month as they discover what having 'Grit' has to do with God's character.

Trunk or Treat - A Minion Tailgating Party! October 27, 2022 5pm. Sign up to participate in this fun outreach event - not just to kids, but to the entire downtown community! We will also accept any candy donations for the event. Help us to reach out to the parents and adults in the community!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth meets regularly at the church on Wednesdays from 6-8pm through December 14.  On Saturday, October 29 we will have our annual Fall Party at the Byers home from 4:30-9:30pm. There will be Capture the Flag, Pumpkin Rolling, Food, Games, a Bonfire, and more! Sign up is not required but recommended -- please contact Collin for additional information.

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Donation Breakfast for our Haiti Missions

You are invited to a delicious pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 23rd.  Stop in anytime between 8:15- 10:30 a.m.  The menu will include blueberry, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausage and homemade baked oatmeal. There will be orange juice, milk, tea and coffee to drink.   A free will offering will be collected for our School of Hope and orphanage in Petit Goave, Haiti.  Please come and enjoy fellowship with new and old friends while supporting this worthy cause.

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

All profits go to support our Missions in Petit Goave, Haiti. Order forms are  available next to the service bulletins and the welcome center.  Place your name and phone number on the yellow envelope.  Place your completed order form along with your money or check in the envelope.  You can drop off the order form in the glass cookie jar at the welcome center.  All orders are due by Sunday October 30th.  Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

October 14-16, 2022 - Women's Retreat @ Mt. Asbury Retreat Center

A note to Women Connect:

September 5, 2022,  Dear FUMC Women Connect, Your many kindnesses towards the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church have been recorded in our hearts and in heaven.  Your love abounds and we praise God for its richness.  The flowers bestowed on our oldest member brought such joy!  Your financial expression was placed in the John Wesley Church Ministry of Kindness and through you, lives are being enriched and anxieties are being relieved.  Thank you for your radical hospitality and your extravagant generosity!

I carry each of you in my heart! May the Peace of Christ be with you!  Lovingly, Renata

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday

One United Service in the Sanctuary at 10am followed by luncheon.

Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Donation Breakfast

In the FLC -Sunday, October 23, 8:15-10:30 for School of Hope and Kaendra's Place in Haiti.

 

 

Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family.  Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Help Please! Assistance is needed to set up/take down for Hungry Hearts' Thursday ministry.  There is flexibility regarding the days and hours to come in and do the set up and take down.  Please talk to Pastor Steve or Dan Renshaw as this is a big need right now at the church.

 

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

Harold Angle

David Kauffman (Joan Kauffman's husband)

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook who needs a kidney transplant

Margie Stamm - medical procedure soon

Kirk Paul - Chambersburg Hospital

Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Women's Retreat this weekend

Discipleship Pathway

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

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 left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

October 7, 2022

Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”

The Chancel Choir has started rehearsing the Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas” to be presented Sunday, December 18.

All singers are welcome to join us Wednesday evenings at 8:00 in the choir room.

 

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader -  Linda Peppernick

Acolyte -  Cindy Robinson

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and  in memory of Arlene Hoover Bottini who would have observed a birthday today. Given by her husband and family.

A centerpiece is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Lloyd Robison by The Robison Family.

A centerpiece is given to the glory of God and in memory of Martha Kyle who would have celebrated her birthday on October 7 by her daughter Tara Kyle Benton.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers. There is an opening for altar flowers on November 27.

 

Today's Spotlight

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

Great News!

Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partners: Pray for kids this month as they discover what having 'Grit' has to do with God's character.

Trunk or Treat - A Minion Tailgating Party! October 27, 2022 5pm. Sign up to participate in this fun outreach event - not just to kids, but to the entire downtown community! We will also accept any candy donations for the event. Help us to reach out to the parents and adults in the community!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry is back to meeting regularly on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm! All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Please contact Collin if you have any questions!

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Donation Breakfast for our Haiti Missions

You are invited to a delicious pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 23rd.  Stop in anytime between 8:15- 10:30 a.m.  The menu will include blueberry, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausage and homemade baked oatmeal. There will be orange juice, milk, tea and coffee to drink.   A free will offering will be collected for our School of Hope and orphanage in Petit Goave, Haiti.  Please come and enjoy fellowship with new and old friends while supporting this worthy cause.

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

All profits go to support our Missions in Petit Goave, Haiti. Order forms are  available next to the service bulletins and the welcome center.  Place your name and phone number on the yellow envelope.  Place your completed order form along with your money or check in the envelope.  You can drop off the order form in the glass cookie jar at the welcome center.  All orders are due by Sunday October 30th.  Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

October 14-16, 2022 - Women's Retreat @ Mt. Asbury Retreat Center

A note to Women Connect:

September 5, 2022,  Dear FUMC Women Connect, Your many kindnesses towards the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church have been recorded in our hearts and in heaven.  Your love abounds and we praise God for its richness.  The flowers bestowed on our oldest member brought such joy!  Your financial expression was placed in the John Wesley Church Ministry of Kindness and through you, lives are being enriched and anxieties are being relieved.  Thank you for your radical hospitality and your extravagant generosity!

I carry each of you in my heart! May the Peace of Christ be with you!  Lovingly, Renata

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday.

Women's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 14-16, 2022

 

Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Donation Breakfast

In the FLC -Sunday, October 23, 8:15-10:30 for School of Hope and Kaendra's Place in Haiti.

 

 

Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family.  Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Help Please! Assistance is needed to set up/take down for Hungry Hearts' Thursday ministry.  There is flexibility regarding the days and hours to come in and do the set up and take down.  Please talk to Pastor Steve or Dan Renshaw as this is a big need right now at the church.

 

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

Harold Angle

David Kauffman (Joan Kauffman's husband)

Paula Hepfer

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook who needs a kidney transplant

Margie Stamm - medical procedure soon

Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Discipleship Pathway

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

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 left with nothing after Hurricane Ian.

Families struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

Faith for those who struggle to believe in what they cannot see.

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September 30, 2022

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader -  Becky Foor

Acolyte - Maddie Harmon

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and In loving memory of William A. Peppernick who would have observed a  birthday today by his wife Linda, the children and grandchildren.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers.

 

World Communion Sunday

We are taking a special Love Offering to provide food for the orphans at Kaendra's Place and the families of the School of Hope.  Please make your checks to "FUMC Haiti Mission '' and in the memo write "Hunger Relief".  Love offering envelopes will be available as you enter the sanctuary and FLC.  Food costs have risen dramatically making it nearly impossible for people in Haiti to feed their families.  Our help will make a big difference in their lives.

Today's Spotlight

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

Great News!

Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

Homecoming Parade - October 5, 2022 5-8pm (families are welcome to come and go on their own timetable).

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partners: Pray for kids this month as they discover what having 'Grit' has to do with God's character.

Trunk or Treat - A Minion Tailgating Party! October 27, 2022 5pm. Sign up to participate in this fun outreach event - not just to kids, but to the entire downtown community! We will also accept any candy donations for the event.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry is back to meeting regularly on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm! All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Please contact Collin if you have any questions!

FUMC Boys Basketball Team, grades 9-12!  Practice starts Monday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30 and will be the same time every Monday. Games begin in early January.  Parents, please contact Bob Byers (717-816-6976).  No experience necessary.

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Donation Breakfast for our Haiti Missions

You are invited to a delicious pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 23rd.  Stop in anytime between 8:15- 10:30 a.m.  The menu will include blueberry, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausage and homemade baked oatmeal. There will be orange juice, milk, tea and coffee to drink.   A free will offering will be collected for our School of Hope and orphanage in Petit Goave, Haiti.  Please come and enjoy fellowship with new and old friends while supporting this worthy cause.

Cookie Dough  and Coffee Sale

All profits go to support our Missions in Petit Goave, Haiti. Order forms are  available next to the service bulletins and the welcome center.  Place your name and phone number on the yellow envelope.  Place your completed order form along with your money or check in the envelope.  You can drop off the order form in the glass cookie jar at the welcome center.  All orders are due by Sunday October 30th.  Pick up for your order will be on Saturday, November 19th.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

Surviving the Holidays Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

October 14-16, 2022 - Women's Retreat @ Mt. Asbury Retreat Center

Registration forms at the Next Steps Counter. Deadline to register is October 2.

A note to Women Connect:

September 5, 2022,  Dear FUMC Women Connect, Your many kindnesses towards the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church have been recorded in our hearts and in heaven.  Your love abounds and we praise God for its richness.  The flowers bestowed on our oldest member brought such joy!  Your financial expression was placed in the John Wesley Church Ministry of Kindness and through you, lives are being enriched and anxieties are being relieved.  Thank you for your radical hospitality and your extravagant generosity!

I carry each of you in my heart! May the Peace of Christ be with you!  Lovingly, Renata

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday.

Women's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 14-16, 2022

 

Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Donation Breakfast

In the FLC -Sunday, October 23, 8:15-10:30 for School of Hope and Kaendra's Place in Haiti.

 

 

Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family.  Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Help Please! Assistance is needed to set up/take down for Hungry Hearts' Thursday ministry.  There is flexibility regarding the days and hours to come in and do the set up and take down.  Talk to Pastor Steve or Dan Renshaw.

If you would like to view the commemorative tray given to FUMC, Sunday, September 18th by Park Avenue UMC, it is on display in the case by the double doors to the sanctuary hallway.

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

Harold Angle

David Kauffman (Joan Kauffman's husband)

Paula Hepfer

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Jenny Barnes

Jina Zook who needs a kidney transplant

Margie Stamm - medical procedure soon

Prayers for Our World

Recovery from Hurricane Ian.

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Start of a new school year

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Dottie Vidil

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Comfort and peace for Sandy Mills' family as Sandy has entered the Church Triumph.

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.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

September 23, 2022

In Today's Service:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader -  Addy Brubaker

Acolyte - Gabriel Cieza

The altar flowers are in honor of Tom, Stephanie, Madelyn, Bennett, and Emily Patterson, given by Mom and Grandma Jane.

The centerpiece is in celebration, today, of the birthday of Deborah Thomas given by her mother Elizabeth Renshaw, sister Rebecca and brother Daniel.

Please contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660) to place flowers.

 

Worship Schedule

9am Traditional Service in Sanctuary

10am Sunday School

11am Contemporary Service in FLC

Today's Spotlight

The Café is open. Stop by for some refreshments!

We are in need of a class or group to set up the Café on the 4th Sunday of the month. If your class or group can serve in this way, please contact Suzanne Everly.

Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?

At First Church you can!

It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!

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).

Great News!

Mail Service is up to only missing a day or two a week. We feel confident that tithes and offerings mailed to the church will arrive here safely. If you wish to send your contributions via mail, you are welcome to do so.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us and/or for us (see below) Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Wall for First Lights Kids in lobby. If you like, take a card as a reminder to pray for the child on the card for the entirety of this year. We will support and encourage you in praying with reminders, prompts and more! It's going to be a prayer-full year!

Conversation Matters happens Wednesday evenings in September from 6-8pm. Families are asked to pre-register for dinner and conversation with children and adult leadership. However, families can also just drop in, grab and go! We want to make this as easy for you as possible because we really want to listen to what you have to say!
Trunk or Treat - A Minion Tailgating Party! October 27, 2022 5pm. Sign up to participate in this fun outreach event - not just to kids, but to the entire downtown community! We will also accept any candy donations for the event.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry is back to meeting regularly on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm! All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Please contact Collin if you have any questions!

On September 28, the youth will be having new event called an "ArTee ParTee" at the Bistline home from 6-8pm! We will distribute the annual youth group tee shirts and have some other creative (and messy) activities that will tie into our theme for the year in youth group. Anyone 6th-12th grade can join!

FUMC is starting a boys youth basketball team!  Starting in the first week of October we will begin practices 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.

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

We need a team to tear down Hungry Hearts on Thursday and to set up for Sunday service. This is a big ask -Huge! It's also a big need of the church. 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

The school year  will soon begin in Haiti.  The cost per semester for School of Hope scholarships is $140.00.  The cost for support for orphans is also $140.00.  We will have a Haiti Mission update later this month.

 Thank you for your continued support.

Mission Central is gathering baby kit supplies: cloth diapers, onesies, infant wash cloths, sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters, jackets, receiving blankets  We are also collecting warm kit supplies: heavy blankets, sleeping bags, hand towels, wash cloths, bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, composition notebook, pen, socks, gloves, hat, prayer shawl.

 

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. New Session Starts: Sept. 12 - Nov. 28   1:00 - 3:00 pm  in the Alda Bower Classroom.

Stephen Ministry is here to walk with you through difficult journeys.

You have begun a journey we know you did not want. We are sorry for your loss, and want to come alongside you on the journey of grief. Our desire is to help you process your grief and think about what life after the loss of your spouse might look like. Your life will never be the same, but we believe this seminar will enable you to face the future with a measure of hope.
Surviving the Holidays
Save the Date: Nov. 20   3:00 pm  in the Family Life Center.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect
 UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

October 14-16, 2022 - Women's Retreat @ Mt. Asbury Retreat Center

Registration forms at the Next Steps Counter. Deadline to register is October 2.

Bicentennial Events

November 13th - Homecoming Sunday.

Women's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 14-16, 2022

 

Men's Retreat

Mt. Asbury Retreat Center - October 28 & 29, 2022

Donation Breakfast

In the FLC -Sunday, October 23, 8:15-10:30 for School of Hope and Kaendra's Place in Haiti.

 

 

Church Conference

Church Conference will be November 1, 2022 in the FLC from 6:30-8:30pm.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Refugee Resettlement: Please contact Clint Bolte (717) 267-2157 to volunteer with helps for the family.  Donations can be sent to Congregation of the Sons of Israel, 209 East King Street, Chambersburg 17201—memo “refugee resettlement”.

The Chancel Choir meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the choir room. All singers are welcome!

Volunteers are needed to set up/take down for Hungry Hearts' Thursday ministry.  There is flexibility regarding the days and hours to come in and do the set up and take down.  Talk to Pastor Steve or Dan Renshaw.

If you would like to view the commemorative tray given to FUMC, Sunday, September 18th by Park Avenue UMC, it is on display in the case by the double doors to the sanctuary hallway.

 

The Annual Veterans Picnic will be held Saturday September 17, 12:00-4:00, meal at 1p.m. at Green Township Park . All Veterans and family members are invited. Contact raykauffman35@outlook.com.

Prayers for Healing

Gideon Hill

Dave Decker Chambersburg, Hospital

Vickie Leisher

Deb Ewing

Paula Hepfer

Evert Slocum

Dottie Vidil

Ed & Karen's son-in-law Mark

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Steve Hessong

Jenny Barnes

Travis Buffington - had a kidney transplant and is waiting for the kidney to start functioning.

Those struggling with Covid.

David Glance (Brianna's Dad) in hospital

Jina Zook who needs a kidney transplant

Margie Stamm - medical procedure soon

 

Prayers for Our World

Clean water for Jackson, Mississippi.

For an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

For meaningful productive peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

For the children and babies in Ukraine.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - heat, drought, floods.

Healing for our divided country, nations, and leaders.

All Military and Law Enforcement and First Responders and Essential Workers.

Prayers for Church Ministries, Events and Special projects

Stephen Ministry

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

200th Anniversary Celebration

Start of a new school year

Grief Share

Loss of a Spouse

Trunk or Treat (October 27)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Linda Leidig

Lucille Lower

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Prayers of comfort and peace for Becca & Jonathan Powers and family at the passing of their father.

Prayers of comfort and peace for John Reed and family at the passing of his mother.

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.

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