March 10, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Message - Leslie Gotwald

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Linda Peppernick

Acolyte - Rachel Gotwald

The flowers are placed to the glory of God.

Flowers placements are available  for March 19, 26.  To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

 

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner March Focus: Pray that kids’ hearts would be open so they may be able to understand that because God has forgiven us, we can also forgive others. Ask God to help them—and you, too—walk in love and forgiveness, not just today, but every day.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

Illuminate youth will be hosting a game night at the church on March 17, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm. We'll be playing some group games in the gym in addition to having plenty of board and card games available! Sign up is not necessary, just come, bring a friend, and have a good time!

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect

Join us on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 9 – 10:30am in the Connect Café for a special presentation from the Director of Development at “She’s Somebody’s Daughter” and the opportunity for awareness on the topic of human trafficking.
Music & refreshments.

Scripture for March – Luke 4:16-20, Isaiah 61:1

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect:
April 15, 2023 – Save the Date, We’re Having A TEA! 9-11am in the Family Life Center.

“You Are My Cup of Tea” Steeped in God’s Love.

Invite a friend and join us for scones, tea sandwiches, and dessert, served with tea, and a wonderful morning of fellowship! Registration is required to attend. Donations are welcome at the tea tables that day and benefit the Women Connect Ministry and Outreach. Sign-ups and more information coming soon!

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Mission Central needs:

Crayons - 24 count box; Colored pencils or markers - 10 or 12 count box; Pencils - sharpened or unsharpened; Pocket folders; Packs of notebook paper; 1 subject notebooks; Pencil sharpeners; Washcloths; 1 gallon zip-lock bags.

Earthquakes in southern Turkey and northwest Syria

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey at 4:17 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, the most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. In the hours that followed, at least 78 aftershocks were reported, followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and responders are still recovering victims. The earthquake also heavily impacted northwest Syria, where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance. The majority are women and children. At this time, Syrian communities are simultaneously facing an ongoing cholera outbreak and extreme winter weather events, including heavy rain and snow. UMCOR has released initial solidarity grants to longstanding partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC) and Forum for Development Culture and Dialogue (working in Syria) to help provide tents, heaters, blankets, warm clothes, ready to eat meals and first aid kits to those who have been displaced. IBC has offices in Turkey.

Write UMCOR Earthquake on a pew envelope to contribute.

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 March 6, 2023 at 1pm until 3pm in Alda Bower.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Lenten Study - The Prodigal God 

Wednesdays

1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Hope Sunday School Classroom

Now through April 5th

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*NEW*

MX: Mission Experience 2023 Creative Meeting March 15, 2023 6pm Connect Cafe. If you have project ideas, creative ideas, or suggestions for improvement, we invite you to join us for this initial meeting.

From Rev. Cathy Boileau—”After much prayer, conversation with my medical team as well as family, I have requested to retire at the end of this appointment year, effective June 30th, 2023...Please know that I believe retirement to be God’s call on my life for this next season.” (Pastor Cathy’s full letter is posted across form the display case.)

Liberty University Chamber Singers Concert, TODAY, March 12th 2023 at 4:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary.  Reception to follow in Connections Café.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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

Please pray for Lori Kelsey - Ron and Mary Diehl's daughter - she was in a hit and run accident. Keep Ron, Mary and Carla in prayer also.

Don Nolder

Gideon Hill

John Parson

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Helen Rice

Sam Rice

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker- in Chambersburg Hospital

Jane Pensinger

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing

Sherrill Kessinger

Bill Holland - Medical Tests

Scott Tarner

Prayers for Our World

Disaster relief for Turkey and Syria after Earthquakes.

Humanitarian aid to all people in Syria and Turkey who need help.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Grief Share and Grief Share Participants

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Dottie Vidil

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.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

March 3, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Deanna Nolder

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of parents, Max and Thesta Schwarz, sister Jean, and brothers Bud and David. They are given by Joan Schwarz Eby.

The Centerpiece is given to the glory of God and in honor of Judy Paes's granddaughter Aubrey and grandson Erich's birthdays.

Flowers placements are available  for March 13, 20, 27,  April 3.  To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner March Focus: Pray that kids’ hearts would be open so they may be able to understand that because God has forgiven us, we can also forgive others. Ask God to help them—and you, too—walk in love and forgiveness, not just today, but every day.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

Illuminate youth will be hosting a game night at the church on March 17, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm. We'll be playing some group games in the gym in addition to having plenty of board and card games available! Sign up is not necessary, just come, bring a friend, and have a good time!

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect

Next Meeting Date: March 18, 2023

Music, discussion and refreshments.

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

Earthquakes in southern Turkey and northwest Syria

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey at 4:17 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, the most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. In the hours that followed, at least 78 aftershocks were reported, followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and responders are still recovering victims. The earthquake also heavily impacted northwest Syria, where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance. The majority are women and children. At this time, Syrian communities are simultaneously facing an ongoing cholera outbreak and extreme winter weather events, including heavy rain and snow. UMCOR has released initial solidarity grants to longstanding partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC) and Forum for Development Culture and Dialogue (working in Syria) to help provide tents, heaters, blankets, warm clothes, ready to eat meals and first aid kits to those who have been displaced. IBC has offices in Turkey.

Write UMCOR Earthquake on a pew envelope to contribute.

 

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 March 6, 2023 at 1pm until 3pm in Alda Bower.

Loss of a Spouse is February 27, 2023. There are 2 sessions: 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Lenten Study - Prodigal God Wednesday’s at two times:

1:00 PM and 6:00 PM beginning March 1st then every Wednesday through April 5th.  Please sign up by emailing Pastor Steve at pastor4fumc@gmail.com or text or call at 717-873-6626.  We need a count to be sure we have enough books.  We will meet in the Hope Sunday School Room.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*NEW*

Thank you, dear friends of First Church, for the many faithful prayers, cards, visits, and expressions of concern these past 3 months. Don is experiencing some movement in his affected arm and leg which is truly an answer to prayers. Gratefully, Don and Deanna Nolder

Liberty University Chamber Singers Concert, March 12th 2023 at 4:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary.  Reception to follow in Connections Café.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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

Gideon Hill

John Parson

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Helen Rice

Sam Rice

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker- in Chambersburg Hospital

Jane Pensinger

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing

Sherrill Kessinger - medical procedure 3/2

Everett Slocum-Strock

Marie Agostinelli

Prayers for Our World

Disaster relief for Turkey and Syria after Earthquakes.

Humanitarian aid to all people in Syria and Turkey who need help.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Traveling mercies for the upcoming weekend.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

First Lights Children's Ministry

Illuminate Youth Ministry

Hungry Hearts Ministry

Grief Share

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Dottie Vidil

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.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

February 24, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Audrey Keller

Acolyte - Cindy Robison

The altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of of Mother and Dad Kohler, brother Jay and wife Jeanne, sister Lucille and husband Cal Garner, and son Bryan K. Kohler by Joe and Janice Kohler

A Centerpiece is to the glory of God and in memory of Parker Dyer Preisler, who went to be our angel on March 1, 2011. Mike and Chris Preisler and family are sharing this with us.

Flowers placements are available  for March 13, 20, 27, and April 3.  To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner February Focus: Pray that God would allow us to create a safe place in our groups where everyone feels respected and no one shows favoritism. Ask God to impress on kids’ hearts the importance of treating others with respect, no matter who they are, what they like, or how they act.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

March 17, 2023 6-8pm is Game Night! Bring a Friend!

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect

Next Meeting Date: March 18, 2023

Music, discussion and refreshments.

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are needed for a special program being initiated by the US Government to help Haitians and other impoverish country citizenry immigrate legally.  It does not require a financial commitment but a willingness to help people with completing required documentation.  For information contact Etzer Pierre etzerpierre3@yahoo.fr

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

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 March 6, 2023 at 1pm until 3pm in Alda Bower.

Loss of a Spouse is February 27, 2023. There are 2 sessions: 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Today! Sunday February 26, 2023!

Susquehanna University Choir concert at St. John’s UCC 1811 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, February 26 @ 3PM

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!

Lenten Study - Prodigal God Wednesday’s at two times:

1:00 PM and 6:00 PM beginning March 1st then every Wednesday through April 5th.  Please sign up by emailing Pastor Steve at pastor4fumc@gmail.com or text or call at 717-873-6626.  We need a count to be sure we have enough books.  We will meet in the Hope Sunday School Room.

 

February 22, 2023

Labyrinth Experience

8 PM - 5 PM

Ash Wednesday Service

7:00 PM in th Sanctuary

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*NEW*

From the Hospitality Team:

Thank you Leslie, Brianna, Amanda & Makayla for setting up The Café and the delicious meal served to the Hospitality team and Pastor Steve on Wednesday 2/15/2023. Special Praises to “First Lights” Declan, Owen, Peter and Matthew for the great service!! These young men were so attentive to all our needs. Also, Thank you to Caroline and Lily Baker for making our desserts!! With Great Appreciation and a job well done to all for a very memorable evening.     - The Hospitality Team.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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

Gideon Hill

John Parson

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Helen Rice

Sam Rice

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker

Jane Pensinger

Dick Jenkins

Bob Thomas

Deb Ewing

Marie Agostinelli

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

Dottie Vidil

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.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

February 17, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Linda Peppernick

Acolyte - Maddie Harmon

The left altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of Jean’s father Paul Hoover by Jean and Frank Flohr.

The right altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of mother Mildred Rice by Betty Clopper.

A Centerpiece is to the glory of God and in memory of husband Michael Agostinelli who would have celebrated a birthday on February 22nd by Marie Agostinelli.

A Centerpiece is to the glory of God and in memory of husband Robert who would have celebrated his birthday on February 23 by Lois Good .

A Centerpiece is to the glory of God and in memory of son, Eric, who would have celebrated his birthday on February 22. Given by Charles and Linda Hess.

Flowers placements are available  for March 13, 20, 27, and April 3.  To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner February Focus: Pray that God would allow us to create a safe place in our groups where everyone feels respected and no one shows favoritism. Ask God to impress on kids’ hearts the importance of treating others with respect, no matter who they are, what they like, or how they act.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

First Church’s Basketball team play February 21 at 7:15 PM at the Rec Center.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect

Next Meeting Date: February 18, 2023

Seeking the Mind of Jesus
Led by Gail Vaughn
Music: Anne and Elizabeth Hill
Refreshments
Table Talk:
What do you do to quiet your spirit for prayer?
Think about “steeping” yourself in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever experienced it? Have you ever resisted it? Why?

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are needed for a special program being initiated by the US Government to help Haitians and other impoverish country citizenry immigrate legally.  It does not require a financial commitment but a willingness to help people with completing required documentation.  For information contact Etzer Pierre etzerpierre3@yahoo.fr

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

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 March 6, 2023 at 1pm until 3pm in Alda Bower.

Loss of a Spouse is February 27, 2023. There are 2 sessions: 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Lenten Study - Prodigal God Wednesday’s at two times:

1:00 PM and 6:00 PM beginning March 1st then every Wednesday through April 5th.  Please sign up by emailing Pastor Steve at pastor4fumc@gmail.com or text or call at 717-873-6626.  We need a count to be sure we have enough books.  We will meet in the Hope Sunday School Room.

 

February 22, 2023

Labyrinth Experience

8 PM - 5 PM

Ash Wednesday Service

7:00 PM in th Sanctuary

ANNOUNCEMENTS

***NEW

Letter on Discernment: The Leadership team has sent a letter to the Bishops and our Conference Superintendent explaining leadership’s rational for entering into the discernment process.  FUMC leadership team felt it needful to give their rationale to conference leaders.  The letter is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway across from the display case.

Susquehanna University Choir in concert at St. John’s UCC 1811 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg Sunday February 26 @ 3PM

Habitat for Humanity used book sale—March 19, 20 at St. John's UCC.  Donate books through February - hcollier@comcast.net or call St. John’s 717-263-8593

Bunny Parson's  90th birthday is 2/21 and her family is doing a card shower for her.  Cards can be sent any time in February.  Please feel free to send a picture of your family with the card.  It helps her recognition.

Her address is:

1900 Ravine Ridge

Building C  Apt. 12009

Williamsport, PA  17701

Offering Envelopes Due to supply chain and the inability to add employees at the rate necessary has created a slow draw on production and shipping the envelope company is forced to suspend the production of the remaining supply of your February envelopes. The offering envelopes will resume and be delivered by the first Sunday in March.  Please record your envelope number and use a regular envelope with the number and your name written on it during February so we can keep an accurate recording of giving.  Thank you!  The company apologizes for the inconvenience.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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 (recovering in rehab)
Gideon Hill (isolating at home)
John Parson
Bobbi Snyder
Jenny Barnes
Carol Crow
Luke Vulgamott
Jan Horst
Gary Gettle
Linda Leidig
Glennis Parris
Helen Rice
Sam Rice
Dottie Vidal
Dave Decker
Jane Pensinger
Janet Wood
Dick Jenkins
Bob Thomas

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Bob Diehl

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

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 struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

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

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

February 10, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Linda Peppernick

Acolyte - Maddie Harmon

The alter flowers are placed to the glory of God and  in celebration of the 50 plus years of marriage of past and present members of the Hope Class, aka. Married Couples Class. God has truly blessed you.

The Centerpiece is to the glory of God and in memory of mother Phoebe Bowers from Jack and Bette Bowers.

To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

Hospitality Night - February 15 6pm-8pm Dinner provided and served by First Lights to the women of the Hospitality Team in appreciation for all they do at FUMC.

The Cereal Bowl - February 12 at 10am during Sunday School - Taste test down from many to the best tasting cereal as determined by First Lights and their friends on Big Game Sunday!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner February Focus: Pray that God would allow us to create a safe place in our groups where everyone feels respected and no one shows favoritism. Ask God to impress on kids’ hearts the importance of treating others with respect, no matter who they are, what they like, or how they act.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

First Church’s Basketball team play February 16 at 8:00 PM at the Rec Center.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect

Next Meeting Date: February 18, 2023

9:30am

Women Connect

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are needed for a special program being initiated by the US Government to help Haitians and other impoverish country citizenry immigrate legally.  It does not require a financial commitment but a willingness to help people with completing required documentation.  For information contact Etzer Pierre etzerpierre3@yahoo.fr

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

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 March 6, 2023 at 1pm until 3pm in Alda Bower.

Loss of a Spouse is February 27, 2023. There are 2 sessions: 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Bunny Parson's  90th birthday is 2/21 and her family is doing a card shower for her.  Cards can be sent any time in February.  Please feel free to send a picture of your family with the card.  It helps her recognition.

Her address is:

1900 Ravine Ridge

Building C  Apt. 12009

Williamsport, PA  17701

 

February 22, 2023

Labyrinth Experience

8 PM - 5 PM

Ash Wednesday Service

7:00 PM in th Sanctuary

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Veterans Fellowship, including spouse or guest , will meet for breakfast  Saturday February 11 at 8a.m. at 30West Restaurant . Please let Doug Davis know of your intentions with a count by phone 717- 372-7373 oremail  dougdavis0034@yahoo.com.

Offering Envelopes Due to supply chain and the inability to add employees at the rate necessary has created a slow draw on production and shipping the envelope company is forced to suspend the production of the remaining supply of your February envelopes. The offering envelopes will resume and be delivered by the first Sunday in March.  Please record your envelope number and use a regular envelope with the number and your name written on it during February so we can keep an accurate recording of giving.  Thank you!  The company apologizes for the inconvenience.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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 (recovering in rehab)
Gideon Hill (isolating at home)
John Parson
Bobbi Snyder
Jenny Barnes
Carol Crow
Luke Vulgamott
Jan Horst
Gary Gettle
Linda Leidig
Glennis Parris
Helen Rice
Sam Rice
Dottie Vidal
Dave Decker
Jane Pensinger
Janet Wood
Dick Jenkins
Bob Thomas

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

Lucille Lower

Vicki Leisher

Deb Ewing

Connie Love

Jane Pensinger

Barb Armstrong

Susie Bulger

Kathy Beaston

Don Ardery

Ron Diehl

Bob Diehl

Mary Diehl

Wayne Gettel

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 struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

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

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

February 3, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Terri Stevens

Acolyte - Cindy Robison

The alter flowers are placed to the glory of God.

The centerpiece is placed in honor of husband Bill by Judy Paes.

A centerpiece is in honor and memory of the four chaplains who gave their life jackets to other servicemen as their ship was sinking on February 3, 1943. They were ALEXANDER D. GOODE, Jewish Rabbi; REV. GEORGE L. FOX, Methodist Minister; REV. CLARK V. POLING, Dutch Reformed Minister; and FATHER JOHN P. WASHINGTON, Roman Catholic Priest.

~Given by the Poling Family.

When the ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, the Chaplains passed out life jackets and helped others into the lifeboats, but when the life jackets were gone, they removed their own jackets and gave them to others. As the Dorchester was sinking, the four Chaplains were seen with locked arms and singing hymns. 

To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

Hospitality Night - February 15 6pm-8pm Dinner provided and served by First Lights to the women of the Hospitality Team in appreciation for all they do at FUMC.

The Cereal Bowl - February 12 at 10am during Sunday School - Taste test down from many to the best tasting cereal as determined by First Lights and their friends on Big Game Sunday!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner February Focus: Pray that God would allow us to create a safe place in our groups where everyone feels respected and no one shows favoritism. Ask God to impress on kids’ hearts the importance of treating others with respect, no matter who they are, what they like, or how they act.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

Illuminate Annual HS Retreat at Mt. Asbury is scheduled for February 17-19! We encourage all HS students to sign up and join us for this unique, restful, faith-building experience. If interested, please contact Collin, or sign up in our youth room before February 3.

First Church’s Basketball team play February 7 at 8:15 PM in Gym II at the Rec Center.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are needed for a special program being initiated by the US Government to help Haitians and other impoverish country citizenry immigrate legally.  It does not require a financial commitment but a willingness to help people with completing required documentation.  For information contact Etzer Pierre etzerpierre3@yahoo.fr

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

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 coming soon.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Bunny Parson's  90th birthday is 2/21 and her family is doing a card shower for her.  Cards can be sent any time in February.  Please feel free to send a picture of your family with the card.  It helps her recognition.

Her address is:

1900 Ravine Ridge

Building C  Apt. 12009

Williamsport, PA  17701

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

***NEW!

The Veterans Fellowship, including spouse or guest , will meet for breakfast  Saturday February 11 at 8a.m. at 30West Restaurant . Please let Doug Davis know of your intentions with a count by phone 717- 372-7373 oremail  dougdavis0034@yahoo.com.

Offering Envelopes Due to supply chain and the inability to add employees at the rate necessary has created a slow draw on production and shipping the envelope company is forced to suspend the production of the remaining supply of your February envelopes. The offering envelopes will resume and be delivered by the first Sunday in March.  Please record your envelope number and use a regular envelope with the number and your name written on it during February so we can keep an accurate recording of giving.  Thank you!  The company apologizes for the inconvenience.

ATTENTION SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES/ORGANIZATIONS!

IT IS NOW TIME TO AUDIT YOUR 2022 RECORDS!

Please turn in your checking account/bank statements to Stacey in the Church Office as soon as possible.  If you bring them when Stacey is not in the office, they can be placed in the mailbox outside Stacey’s office.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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 (recovering in rehab)
Gideon Hill (isolating at home)
Declan Parris
John Parson
Bobbi Snyder
Jenny Barnes
Carol Crow
Luke Vulgamott
Jan Horst
Gary Gettle
Linda Leidig
Glennis Parris
Helen Rice
Sam Rice
Dottie Vidal
Dave Decker
Jane Pensinger
Janet Wood
Dick Jenkins

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

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 struggling with reconciliation and forgiveness.

Peace for those dealing with anxiety.

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

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

Church Conference Vote January 29, 2023

Church Conference Vote on Disaffiliation

January 29, 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended the voting yesterday afternoon.  185 people voted. A super majority vote of 66.6 % was required by the rules of paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline to disaffiliate from the UMC.  FUMC’s vote did not achieve a super majority having only reached 60%.
We extend appreciation to Reverend Thomas Salsgiver, our conference representative and Reverend Cathy Boileau, our conference superintendent for overseeing yesterday’s vote.
First United Methodist Church will continue to serve the Lord by serving our community and the world as we have for the last 200 years.  Each member is a vital part of that ministry and your continuing prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness are essential to our vitality as we lift up Jesus Christ, that all people might be drawn to Him!
Pastor Steve

January 27, 2023

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Reader - Doug Harbaugh

The alter flowers are placed to the glory of God.

The centerpiece is placed in loving memory of Betty Naugle.

To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

Hospitality Night - February 15 6pm-8pm Dinner provided and served by First Lights to the women of the Hospitality Team in appreciation for all they do at FUMC.

The Cereal Bowl - February 12 at 10am during Sunday School - Taste test down from many to the best tasting cereal as determined by First Lights and their friends on Big Game Sunday!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner January Focus: Thank God for being a God who desires to know us and to be known. Ask God to build a foundation of curiosity that will lead your prayer partner to seek answers to their questions and never to stop searching for what’s true.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

Illuminate Annual HS Retreat at Mt. Asbury is scheduled for February 17-19! We encourage all HS students to sign up and join us for this unique, restful, faith-building experience. If interested, please contact Collin, or sign up in our youth room before February 3.

First Church’s Basketball team play January 31st at 7:15 PM in Gym II at the Rec Center.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

If you can help tear down after the meal on Thursday at 6:00 PM or Friday Morning, contact Pastor Steve at 717-873-6626.

 

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are needed for a special program being initiated by the US Government to help Haitians and other impoverish country citizenry immigrate legally.  It does not require a financial commitment but a willingness to help people with completing required documentation.  For information contact Etzer Pierre etzerpierre3@yahoo.fr

Mission Central is in need of  women's briefs,  laundry detergent, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant, small personal size shampoo and conditioner, children's scissors, and rulers.

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 coming soon.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Bunny Parson's  90th birthday is 2/21 and her family is doing a card shower for her.  Cards can be sent any time in February.  Please feel free to send a picture of your family with the card.  It helps her recognition.

Her address is:

1900 Ravine Ridge

Building C  Apt. 12009

Williamsport, PA  17701

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Offering Envelopes Due to supply chain and the inability to add employees at the rate necessary has created a slow draw on production and shipping the envelope company is forced to suspend the production of the remaining supply of your February envelopes. The offering envelopes will resume and be delivered by the first Sunday in March.  Please record your envelope number and use a regular envelope with the number and your name written on it during February so we can keep an accurate recording of giving.  Thank you!  The company apologizes for the inconvenience.

ATTENTION SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES/ORGANIZATIONS!

IT IS NOW TIME TO AUDIT YOUR 2022 RECORDS!

Please turn in your checking account/bank statements to Stacey in the Church Office as soon as possible.  If you bring them when Stacey is not in the office, they can be placed in the mailbox outside Stacey’s office.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed -If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 AM to noon, contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com

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.

A Special Church Conference will be held Today, Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 PM in the FLC for voting regarding First Church remaining in, or disaffiliating from, the United Methodist Denomination. The Susquehanna Annua l Conference stipulates: only professing members present may speak and vote. Voting will be by paper ballot. The voting results will be announced at the end of the church conference. A 2/3 vote is required to disaffiliate. Pastor Steve is available to discuss and answer any questions and address concerns you have about this process. Feel free to call his cell, 717-873-6626 or email him at pastor4fumc@gmail.com. He is also happy to meet with you in person.

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder (recovering in rehab)
Gideon Hill (isolating at home)
Declan Parris
John Parson
Bobbi Snyder
Jenny Barnes
Carol Crow
Luke Vulgamott
Jan Horst
Gary Gettle
Linda Leidig
Glennis Parris
Helen Rice
Sam Rice
Dottie Vidal
Dave Decker
Jane Pensinger
Janet Wood
Dick Jenkins

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

Disaffiliation Vote Sunday January 29

Mission Experience June 2023

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

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

The family of Gwendoline Diehl who 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.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

January 20, 2022

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 Order of Service

Contemporary Order of Service

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Acolyte  - Gabriel Cieza

Reader - Doug Harbaugh

The centerpiece flowers are placed to the glory of God.

To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

Hospitality Night - February 15 6pm-8pm Dinner provided and served by First Lights to the women of the Hospitality Team in appreciation for all they do at FUMC.

The Cereal Bowl - February 12 at 10am during Sunday School - Taste test down from many to the best tasting cereal as determined by First Lights and their friends on Big Game Sunday!

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner January Focus: Thank God for being a God who desires to know us and to be known. Ask God to build a foundation of curiosity that will lead your prayer partner to seek answers to their questions and never to stop searching for what’s true.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

Illuminate Annual HS Retreat at Mt. Asbury is scheduled for February 17-19! We encourage all HS students to sign up and join us for this unique, restful, faith-building experience. If interested, please contact Collin, or sign up in our youth room before February 3.

First Church’s Basketball team play Thursday, January 26th at 8:00 PM in Gym II at the Rec Center against Grand Point.

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts needs a team to move shelving, tables, and chairs.

Hungry Hearts needs plastic bags for the food pantry.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT) says:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

This is the scripture we will focus on in January as we ASK God to help us be creative in our planning.  “Creativity is not restricted to the arts or crafting.  Creativity happens as the Creator of all things, living in and through me, makes all things new.” – from Lectio 365 devotion.

WE WANT YOUR CREATIVE IDEAS FOR 2023!

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 9 – 10:30 AM

Connect Café & Lobby  -  Music & Refreshments served.

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are needed for a special program being initiated by the US Government to help Haitians and other impoverish country citizenry immigrate legally.  It does not require a financial commitment but a willingness to help people with completing required documentation.  For information contact Etzer Pierre etzerpierre3@yahoo.fr

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 coming soon.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

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!

Bunny Parson's  90th birthday is 2/21 and her family is doing a card shower for her.  Cards can be sent any time in February.  Please feel free to send a picture of your family with the card.  It helps her recognition.

Her address is:

1900 Ravine Ridge

Building C  Apt. 12009

Williamsport, PA  17701

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

***New***

Offering Envelopes Due to supply chain and the inability to add employees at the rate necessary has created a slow draw on production and shipping the envelope company is forced to suspend the production of the remaining supply of your February envelopes. The offering envelopes will resume and be delivered by the first Sunday in March.  Please record your envelope number and use a regular envelope with the number and your name written on it during February so we can keep an accurate recording of giving.  Thank you!  The company apologizes for the inconvenience.

ATTENTION SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES/ORGANIZATIONS!

IT IS NOW TIME TO AUDIT YOUR 2022 RECORDS!

Please turn in your checking account/bank statements to Stacey in the Church Office as soon as possible.  If you bring them when Stacey is not in the office, they can be placed in the mailbox outside Stacey’s office.

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed.  We have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 o’clock to noon, please contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com.

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.

Q & A  for discernment on disaffiliation will be held on Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 PM in the Family Life Center. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be made available prior to the Q&A session.

Praying Together

A series of meetings for discerning prayer will begin on Wednesday, January 4th.  The schedule will be:

  • Sundays at 10:15 AM for those not in a class
  • Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
  • Thursdays at 12 noon.

It is hoped this schedule gives everyone an opportunity to pray with other people for discernment.  The meetings are solely for praying for God's leading First Church.  Other meetings are being planned for further discussions and questions.

A Special Church Conference will be held on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 PM in the FLC for voting regarding First Church remaining in, or disaffiliating from, the United Methodist Denomination. The Susquehanna Annua l Conference stipulates: only professing members present may speak and vote. Voting will be by paper ballot. The voting results will be announced at the end of the church conference. A 2/3 vote is required to disaffiliate. Pastor Steve is available to discuss and answer any questions and address concerns you have about this process. Feel free to call his cell, 717-873-6626 or email him at pastor4fumc@gmail.com. He is also happy to meet with you in person.

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder (recovering in rehab)

Gideon Hill (isolating at home)

Declan Parris

John Parson

Bobbi Snyder

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott

Jan Horst

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Helen Rice

Sam Rice

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker

Jane Pensinger

Janet Wood

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

Clean air and water for every child of God.

Wisdom for all government leaders.

God's intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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

Discernment talks/conversations
Discernment Prayer Meetings
Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

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

For Judy Paes and her daughter's family at the passing of her son-in-law.

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.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

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January 13, 2023

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!

Save the Date! Dads Group Starting!

Dads Group is designed to help our church create intentional discipleship relationships where dads can be real and encourage one another as they raise families. Where they can journey together and challenge one another in their walks with Jesus.
Dads Group will be meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:30 a.m., beginning on January 14th and running through June. Discussions will be based around John El-dredge’s The Way of the Wild Heart. We hope you will be able to join us!

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.

In Traditional Worship Today:

Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick

Acolyte  - Rachel  Gotwald

Reader - Max Bistline

The centerpiece flowers are placed to the glory of God and in loving memory of  Paul and Ruby Byers who both passed away in the month of January by Dianne and Chuck Salter and Paula and Sam Hepfer.

The centerpiece flowers placed in honor of Stephanie's birthday by her mother, Judy Paes.

To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)

 

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Family Worship FAQs

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

Kids Konnect -Wednesdays this Winter! 6pm-8pm.

2022-2023 Parent Information Packet (Digital)

Prayer Partner January Focus: Thank God for being a God who desires to know us and to be known. Ask God to build a foundation of curiosity that will lead your prayer partner to seek answers to their questions and never to stop searching for what’s true.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

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

First Church Boys Basketball plays Grandpoint

When: Tuesday January 17th

Time: 8:15 PM

Where: Gym II at the Rec Center

Illuminate Annual HS Retreat at Mt. Asbury is scheduled for February 17-19! We encourage all HS students to sign up and join us for this unique, restful, faith-building experience. If interested, please contact Collin, or sign up in our youth room before February 3.

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts needs a team to move shelving, tables, and chairs.

Hungry Hearts needs plastic bags for the food pantry.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Women Connect
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT) says:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

This is the scripture we will focus on in January as we ASK God to help us be creative in our planning.  “Creativity is not restricted to the arts or crafting.  Creativity happens as the Creator of all things, living in and through me, makes all things new.” – from Lectio 365 devotion.

WE WANT YOUR CREATIVE IDEAS FOR 2023!

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 9 – 10:30 AM

Connect Café & Lobby  -  Music & Refreshments served.

Team Haiti/Missions

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $400.00 for UMCOR through the Knit and Crochet Marketplace sale.

We were also able to donate items to the nursing home,  Joyful for Jesus, and the church clothing ministry.  God bless you!

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 coming soon.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Q & A for discernment on disaffiliation will be held on TODAY January 15th at 2:00 PM in the Family Life Center.

A 2nd FAQ sheet is available for pick up today which is focused on reason to continue with the UMC.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

**NEW

ATTENTION SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES/ORGANIZATIONS!

IT IS NOW TIME TO AUDIT YOUR 2022 RECORDS! 

Please turn in your checking account/bank statements to Stacey in the Church Office as soon as possible.  If you bring them when Stacey is not in the office, they can be placed in the mailbox outside Stacey’s office.  

 

Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed.  We have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 o’clock to noon, please contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or office4fumc@gmail.com.

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.

Q & A  for discernment on disaffiliation will be held on Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 PM in the Family Life Center. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be made available prior to the Q&A session.

Praying Together

A series of meetings for discerning prayer will begin on Wednesday, January 4th.  The schedule will be:

Sundays at 10:15 AM for those not in a class

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

Thursdays at 12 noon.

It is hoped this schedule gives everyone an opportunity to pray with other people for discernment.  The meetings are solely for praying for God's leading First Church.  Other meetings are being planned for further discussions and questions.

A Special Church Conference will be held on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 PM in the FLC for voting regarding First Church remaining in, or disaffiliating from, the United Methodist Denomination. The Susquehanna Annua l Conference stipulates: only professing members present may speak and vote. Voting will be bypaper ballot. The voting results will be announced at the end of the church conference. A 2/3 vote is required to disaffiliate. Pastor Steve is available to discuss and answer any questions and address concerns you have about this process. Feel free to call his cell, 717-873-6626 or email him at pastor4fumc@gmail.com. He is also happy to meet with you in person.

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder (recovering in rehab)

Gideon Hill (isolating at home)

Declan Parris

John Parson has been moved to skilled care

Bobbi Snyder

Jenny Barnes

Carol Crow

Luke Vulgamott in York hospital after fall at home

Jan Horst

Gary Gettle

Linda Leidig

Glennis Parris

Helen Rice

Dottie Vidal

Dave Decker

Prayers for Our World

Relief for those dealing with severe weather - cold, snow, flooding, power outages.

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.

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

Discernment talks/conversations
Discernment Prayer Meetings
Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

Dick Jenkins

Don Nolder

Shirley Jones

Mary Butts

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

For Judy Paes and her daughter's family at the passing of her son-in-law.

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.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Weekday Policy:

Whenever Chambersburg Area Schools close

for inclement weather, all activities at FUMC will also be cancelled.

If they have a 2 hr delay the church office will have a 2 hr delay.

If they get out early the church office

will close early and all activities for the evening will be cancelled.

Sunday Policy:

Please use one of the following methods to check on cancellations:

A.) The church website

B.) The church’s Facebook page

(Email church notices to pastor4fumc@gmail.com by Wednesday)

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