May 13, 2022

Sunday May 15, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Ben Schellhase

Altar flowers are placed this morning to the glory of God.

 

This Week's Member Spotlight

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.

Traditional.

Contemporary.

*Healing Prayer will be offered at the conclusion of both worship services at the altar and the cross respectively on Communion Sundays beginning Sunday May 1.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm: This week we are praying for teachers as the school year comes to an end!

Kids Konnect is officially on Summer Break - but First Lights is jamming all summer long!

Pray Through May with us!

Because prayer is such a big part of our relationship with God, we want our children’s prayer lives to grow and flourish. That’s why, starting on May 1 we’re launching the Pray Through May Calendar. We hope that this will be a great way for your children (and even you) to go on a prayer adventure and experience the joys and challenges of praying. There are 31 prompts, but it is up to you how many prompts you do and when you do them. To keep the kids engaged, Ms. Brianna will be out and about praying. Sometimes I might pop up somewhere as a surprise for kids, but here is a schedule of locations and times where I invite you to join me for prayer!

We will not meet for Sunday School on May 29, 2022 because we will be at the park for a combined service at 10am. We hope you will join us in Worship to kick off the summer season!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

Prayer Partners for youth are needed during MX week, June 19-23.  Please sign up on the “Next Steps” counter.

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

Egg Carton supply is full. We do not need egg cartons at this time.

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Mission Central is in need of Women's briefs, feminine hygiene items, hand and foot warmers, dental floss, toothpaste, deodorant (men's and women's), small personal size shampoo and conditioner, new blankets, medical wound care supplies, school rulers, children's scissors, and all sizes of shoes.

 

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

Join us on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 9– 10:30 AM in the Connect Café and Lobby, as we discuss “Making Room for Jesus,” led by Paula Hepfer. Special guest, Kristy Hepfer will also present “Making Beautiful Spaces:” a brief how-to make a room beautiful.
Music and light refreshments served.
Matthew 6:6 – But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Worship at Memorial Park

May 29, 2022 

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

June 19-23, 2022

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.

 

Worship at Memorial Park

August 21, 2022

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

A district conversation on our current understanding of what is occurring with the UMC General Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 18th , at 10 a.m., at Calvary UMC in Dillsburg. Our District Superintendent, Cathy Boileau will be hosting to talk about what we know, what we don't know, and how to continue in ministry together. The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, assistant to our bishops, as well as Secretary for the NE Jurisdiction, will be joining us and leading the conversation. You are invited to submit questions ahead to the District Office (York@susumc.org) so that Dr. Salsgiver has time to research. Feel free to submit questions that evening and if necessary, Dr. Salsgiver will research and share answers at a later date.

Organ Options

Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, or wishing more information, please contact Linda Peppernick: 717-360-6425;  lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

  1. A new 29 note extension, allowing the existing Pedal Trompet to play in the manuals as a solo stop.  Cost: $10,900.
  2. Addition of 12 pipes, wind chest, electronic extension, and action changes to allow the Swell 4’ Oboe to also play at 16’ and 8’ pitch.  Cost: $15,100
  3.  Addition of a new stop to the Swell, an 8’ Geigen Principal with vintage pipes, new wind chest and necessary action.  The scale of the existing Swell 4’ Principal will also be increased.  Cost: $11,200.

 

Next Steps

Next Steps is the the counter area by the lobby high-top tables is the new spot for forms, information, devotionals, study guides, and sign ups.

 

 

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be May 3, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Don Ardery

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Suzanne Everley

Cindy Robinson

Bill Peerce
 Steve Hessong
Ron Deihl
Praises!
Praise for Josie Jane Stouffer who was born on April 23.
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military and humanitarian groups in eastern Europe.

Humanitarian Corridors.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:
Shirley Jones
Mary Butts
Linda Leidig
Peggy
Lucille Lower
Jane Pensinger
Barb Armstrong
Susie Bulger
Kathy Beaston
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.

 

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

May 6, 2022

Sunday May 8, 2022

Mother's Day Memories at FUMC

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Ben Schellhase

Scripture Reader - Terri Stevens

Altar flowers are placed this morning to the glory of God and in loving memory of mothers Elizabeth Upperman and Ivy Miller by Betty Upperman and her family.

This Week's Member Spotlight

Initial Jobs List

We are still planning and organizing service projects. Look for Stop the Bleed, AED and CPR training during MX as well!

MX Needsdistribution

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.

Traditional.

Contemporary.

*Healing Prayer will be offered at the conclusion of both worship services at the altar and the cross respectively on Communion Sundays beginning Sunday May 1.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm: This week we are praying for teachers as the school year comes to an end!

Kids Konnect is officially on Summer Break - but First Lights is jamming all summer long!

Pray Through May with us!

Because prayer is such a big part of our relationship with God, we want our children’s prayer lives to grow and flourish. That’s why, starting on May 1 we’re launching the Pray Through May Calendar. We hope that this will be a great way for your children (and even you) to go on a prayer adventure and experience the joys and challenges of praying. There are 31 prompts, but it is up to you how many prompts you do and when you do them. To keep the kids engaged, Ms. Brianna will be out and about praying. Sometimes I might pop up somewhere as a surprise for kids, but here is a schedule of locations and times where I invite you to join me for prayer!

Moms are invited to join us for Mamas or Llamas on May 8 at 10am for snacks, games and fun.

We will not meet for Sunday School on May 29, 2022 because we will be at the park for a combined service at 10am. We hope you will join us in Worship to kick off the summer season!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

Egg Carton supply is full. We do not need egg cartons at this time.

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Mission Central is in need of Women's briefs, Feminine hygiene items, Hand and foot warmers, Dental floss, Toothpaste
Deodorant (men's and women's), Small personal size shampoo and conditioner, New blankets, Medical wound care supplies, school rulers, children's scissors, and all sizes of shoes.

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

May 21, 2022 – Connect with us again
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for April
Joyce Horst – April 15
Cathy Cellucci – April 25

Worship at Memorial Park

May 29, 2022 

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

June 19-23, 2022

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.

 

Worship at Memorial Park

August 21, 2022

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

The Veterans Fellowship will meet Tuesday May 10 at 6:30p.m. in the Alder Bowers Class room. “

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

A district conversation on our current understanding of what is occurring with the UMC General Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 18th , at 10 a.m., at Calvary UMC in Dillsburg. Our District Superintendent, Cathy Boileau will be hosting to talk about what we know, what we don't know, and how to continue in ministry together. The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, assistant to our bishops, as well as Secretary for the NE Jurisdiction, will be joining us and leading the conversation. You are invited to submit questions ahead to the District Office (York@susumc.org) so that Dr. Salsgiver has time to research. Feel free to submit questions that evening and if necessary, Dr. Salsgiver will research and share answers at a later date.

Organ Options

Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, or wishing more information, please contact Linda Peppernick: 717-360-6425;  lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

  1. A new 29 note extension, allowing the existing Pedal Trompet to play in the manuals as a solo stop.  Cost: $10,900.
  2. Addition of 12 pipes, wind chest, electronic extension, and action changes to allow the Swell 4’ Oboe to also play at 16’ and 8’ pitch.  Cost: $15,100
  3.  Addition of a new stop to the Swell, an 8’ Geigen Principal with vintage pipes, new wind chest and necessary action.  The scale of the existing Swell 4’ Principal will also be increased.  Cost: $11,200.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

New Member's Class

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be May 3, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Don Ardery

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Please let us know if your or loved one is hospitalized.
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military and humanitarian groups in eastern Europe.

Humanitarian Corridors.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

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.

 

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

April 29, 2022

Sunday May 1, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Penny Buckus

Altar flowers are placed this morning to the glory of God by Ka-ren and Ed Wentz and family; Becky, Jonathan, Nyah, Pacey, Nathan and Julia, in loving memory of granddaughter, daughter and sister Lily Wren Bumpas who would have celebrated her 5th birthday May 2.

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653 

 

This Week's Member Spotlight

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.

Traditional.

Contemporary.

*Healing Prayer will be offered at the conclusion of both worship services at the altar and the cross respectively on Communion Sundays beginning Sunday May 1.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us Tuesdays at 2:52pm: This week we are praying for teachers as the school year comes to an end!

Kids Konnect is officially on Summer Break - but First Lights is jamming all summer long!

Pray Through May with us!

Because prayer is such a big part of our relationship with God, we want our children’s prayer lives to grow and flourish. That’s why, starting on May 1 we’re launching the Pray Through May Calendar. We hope that this will be a great way for your children (and even you) to go on a prayer adventure and experience the joys and challenges of praying. There are 31 prompts, but it is up to you how many prompts you do and when you do them. To keep the kids engaged, Ms. Brianna will be out and about praying. Sometimes I might pop up somewhere as a surprise for kids, but here is a schedule of locations and times where I invite you to join me for prayer!

Moms are invited to join us for Mamas or Llamas on May 8 at 10am for snacks, games and fun.

We will not meet for Sunday School on May 29, 2022 because we will be at the park for a combined service at 10am. We hope you will join us in Worship to kick off the summer season!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Help with recovery in Ukraine and Louisiana by donating the following items and placing them in the bins in the lobby and outside the sanctuary:

  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Combs
  • Nail files or Clippers
  • Bath size soap
  • Toothbrushes (single packages)
  • Adhesive bandages (3/4" and 1")
  • One gallon zip lock bags
  • Cleaning items
  • School supplies
  • New blankets
  • Winter coats

 

 

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect

May 21, 2022 – Connect with us again
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for April
Joyce Horst – April 15
Cathy Cellucci – April 25

Worship at Memorial Park

May 29, 2022 

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

June 19-23, 2022

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.

 

Worship at Memorial Park

August 21, 2022

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Healing Prayer will be offered at the conclusion of both worship services at the altar and the cross respectively, on Communion Sundays beginning May 1st.

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Options

Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, or wishing more information, please contact Linda Peppernick: 717-360-6425;  lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

  1. A new 29 note extension, allowing the existing Pedal Trompet to play in the manuals as a solo stop.  Cost: $10,900.
  2. Addition of 12 pipes, wind chest, electronic extension, and action changes to allow the Swell 4’ Oboe to also play at 16’ and 8’ pitch.  Cost: $15,100
  3.  Addition of a new stop to the Swell, an 8’ Geigen Principal with vintage pipes, new wind chest and necessary action.  The scale of the existing Swell 4’ Principal will also be increased.  Cost: $11,200.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

New Member's Class

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be May 3, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Don Ardery

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Please let us know if your or loved one is hospitalized.
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military and humanitarian groups in eastern Europe.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

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.

 

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

April 22, 2022

Sunday April 24, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - The Hill Family

Centerpiece is placed to the glory of God and in memory of

Robert Maring. Given by the Maring family.

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653 

 

This Month's Member Spotlight

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 Tuesdays at 2:52pm!

 

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Help with recovery in Ukraine and Louisiana by donating the following items and placing them in the bins in the lobby and outside the sanctuary:

  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Combs
  • Nail files or Clippers
  • Bath size soap
  • Toothbrushes (single packages)
  • Adhesive bandages (3/4" and 1")
  • One gallon zip lock bags
  • Cleaning items
  • School supplies
  • New blankets
  • Winter coats

 

 

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

Sisters in Christ...Connect
Pastor Layne Vizthum and some sisters of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, our "sister church", will join us as we will all share stories of faith and history, Saturday, April 23rd at 9 oclock in the Cafe and lobby area.

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect
May 21, 2022 – Connect with us again
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for April
Joyce Horst – April 15
Cathy Cellucci – April 25

Worship at Memorial Park

May 29, 2022 

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

June 19-23, 2022

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.

 

Worship at Memorial Park

August 21, 2022

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Healing Prayer will be offered at the conclusion of both worship services at the altar and the cross respectively, on Communion Sundays beginning May 1st.

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Options

Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, or wishing more information, please contact Linda Peppernick: 717-360-6425;  lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

  1. A new 29 note extension, allowing the existing Pedal Trompet to play in the manuals as a solo stop.  Cost: $10,900.
  2. Addition of 12 pipes, wind chest, electronic extension, and action changes to allow the Swell 4’ Oboe to also play at 16’ and 8’ pitch.  Cost: $15,100
  3.  Addition of a new stop to the Swell, an 8’ Geigen Principal with vintage pipes, new wind chest and necessary action.  The scale of the existing Swell 4’ Principal will also be increased.  Cost: $11,200.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

Dear FUMC Family and Friends, Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, flowers and cards on my 80th birthday! Opening and reading all the cards reminded me how grateful I am for my church family.  Every single birthday wish was special to me. Blessings, Connie Love

 

New Member's Class

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be May 3, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Don Ardery

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military and humanitarian groups in eastern Europe.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Comfort and peace for Mary Butts.

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

April 15, 2022

Easter Sunday April 17, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Linda Peppernick

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653.

 

Easter “Photo Spot” is set up in the lobby for you to take family phone pix.

 

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.

The Lenten Offering for 2022 will be given to UMCOR to Support Refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

A Little(s) Egg Hunt! for babies and toddlers in Cradle Roll on Easter morning.

We raised $240 with the car wash last Saturday! Thank you for your support!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Help with recovery in Ukraine and Louisiana by donating the following items and placing them in the bins in the lobby and outside the sanctuary:

  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Combs
  • Nail files or Clippers
  • Bath size soap
  • Toothbrushes (single packages)
  • Adhesive bandages (3/4" and 1")
  • One gallon zip lock bags
  • Cleaning items
  • School supplies
  • New blankets
  • Winter coats

 

 

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

Sisters in Christ...Connect
Pastor Layne Vizthum and some sisters of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, our "sister church", will join us as we will all share stories of faith and history, Saturday, April 23rd at 9 oclock in the Cafe and lobby area.

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect
May 21, 2022 – Connect with us again
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for April
Joyce Horst – April 15
Cathy Cellucci – April 25

Worship at Memorial Park

May 29, 2022 

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

June 19-23, 2022

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.

 

Worship at Memorial Park

August 21, 2022

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Options

Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, or wishing more information, please contact Linda Peppernick: 717-360-6425;  lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

  1. A new 29 note extension, allowing the existing Pedal Trompet to play in the manuals as a solo stop.  Cost: $10,900.
  2. Addition of 12 pipes, wind chest, electronic extension, and action changes to allow the Swell 4’ Oboe to also play at 16’ and 8’ pitch.  Cost: $15,100
  3.  Addition of a new stop to the Swell, an 8’ Geigen Principal with vintage pipes, new wind chest and necessary action.  The scale of the existing Swell 4’ Principal will also be increased.  Cost: $11,200.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

General Conference Conversation for York District

On Thursday, April 21st, at 6:30 p.m., at Messiah UMC in York, our District Superintendent will be hosting a district conversation on our current understanding of what is occurring with General Conference, what we know, what we don't know, and how to continue in ministry together. The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, assistant to our bishops, as well as Secretary for the NE Jurisdiction, will be joining us and leading the conversation. For those who have questions, if possible, please submit ahead to the District Office so that Tom has time to research. If not, feel free to submit questions that evening and if necessary, Tom will research and share answers at a later date.

Thank you to my loving church family for all your prayers, condolences, food, calls and cards which are much appreciated and help to bring comfort and lift us up during this grief journey for Bob.

~ Susie Kunkle

New Member's Class

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Check Out The Library Books!

Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter! 

The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

The Cross by Max Lucado

Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems

God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado

The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado

Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Bill Butts

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Bill Peerce is in Chambersburg hospital.
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military and humanitarian groups in eastern Europe.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Comfort and peace for the family of Jeff Brookens.

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

April 8, 2022

Sunday April 13, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Linda Peppernick

Alter Flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of George and Dorothy Detrich. Given by James and Susan Detrich and family.

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653.

 

Palm Sunday- 9:00am and 11:00am with palms

Maundy Thursday- 7:00pm Holy Communion

Good Friday- 7:00pm Cantata “Love Divine” by Joel Raney. This is a musical expression of the Passion of Christ and has John 3:16 as its theme.  We welcome all to come worship with us and experience anew the love of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

 

Sunrise 6:30am at Memorial Park

Traditional 9:00am in Sanctuary

Contemporary 11:00am in Family Life Center

 

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.

The Lenten Offering for 2022 will be given to UMCOR to Support Refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

 

Lenten Sermon Series

begins Sunday and is based on this Daily Bible Reading Plan.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

A Little(s) Egg Hunt! for babies and toddlers in Cradle Roll on Easter morning.

Don't forget! Bring your car to the church on April 9th (weather permitting) from 10am to 12pm and the kids will clean all the winter gunk off and get your vehicle set for spring road trips!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Help with recovery in Ukraine and Louisiana by donating the following items and placing them in the bins in the lobby and outside the sanctuary:

  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Combs
  • Nail files or Clippers
  • Bath size soap
  • Toothbrushes (single packages)
  • Adhesive bandages (3/4" and 1")
  • One gallon zip lock bags
  • Cleaning items
  • School supplies
  • New blankets
  • Winter coats

 

 

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

Sisters in Christ...Connect
Pastor Layne Vizthum and some sisters of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, our "sister church", will join us as we will all share stories of faith and history, Saturday, April 23rd at 9 oclock in the Cafe and lobby area.

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect
May 21, 2022 – Connect with us again
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for April
Joyce Horst – April 15
Cathy Cellucci – April 25

Worship at Memorial Park

10am Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Mission Experience (MX)

Isaiah 43:19: Be alert. Be present. I am about to do something brand new.

God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish big things. This June FUMC is coming together as the body of Christ to do something big in Chambersburg.

MX is for the ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY - all ages! We will work together in intergenerational groups to enhance our faith journeys and build relationships within our church family.

MX kicks off during worship on June 19th and concludes with evening worship on Thursday June 23rd. This is a 'workcamp-like' event that is open to everyone of all ages at FUMC! Let's come together and use our gifts and talents to show God's love to Chambersburg!

More information to come, but I hope you all will be alert and listen for ways you can participate.

 

Worship at the Park

10am -Blended service at Memorial Park.

No children or youth Sunday School.

Service will be followed by our annual church picnic!

200th Anniversary Celebration!

September 18 -Worship with our Bishop.

November 13 -Homecoming Worship with a luncheon.

You are invited to an upcoming “Men Connect” event!

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9 am to 11 am Location:  Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, PA

Description:  An informal gathering of the men of FUMC with the main purpose of reconnecting our friendships and strengthening our brotherhood after 2 years of restricted fellowship. This will be done with the backdrop of celebrating FUMC’s 200th Anniversary.

What to expect: 1. Fun activities and roundtable discussions to discover and relearn some of the history of FUMC, the Chambersburg area, and the world.  2. Sharing of some amazing personal stories and testimonies.  3. A chance to give thanks and praise to our Great God with song and prayer.  4. A time to chat and laugh with guys of all ages.

Light refreshments will include coffee, juice, doughnuts and coffee cake.  You are welcome to bring your children and male friends/neighbors who may have an interest in this fun, interesting, informative and praise-filled 2-hour event. No RSVP required.  Casual attire.

Contact persons: John Hostetler  717 504-9022   Leslie Gotwald   717 331-0975    Collin Moyer     215 527-8660

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Card Shower is being held for Connie Love for her 80th birthday on April 17th. Cards should be sent by Easter to 920 Parkside Ct., Chambersburg, Pa 17201. Many thanks for being part of this special day!

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Update

Incorporated in the contract are console preparations for options/voices we may want to add to our organ.  We will share the list of options, and their individual costs next month. Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Linda Peppernick:     lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com 717-360-6425.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

New Member's Class

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9 am to 11 am Location:  Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, PA

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Check Out The Library Books!

Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter! 

The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

The Cross by Max Lucado

Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems

God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado

The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado

Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Cindy Robinson

Bill Butts

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Jeff Brookens

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military in eastern Europe.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Mission Experience (MX)

Prayers for the pandemic

Wisdom for what comes next.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Comfort and peace for Carol Crow and family.

Comfort and strength for Mary Butts.

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.

A family looking for in-home companionship for husband and wife during evenings and weekends.

 

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

April 1, 2022

Sunday April 3, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Terri Stevens

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653.

FUMC celebrates our 200th Anniversary!

In conjunction with the Bicentennial of the First United Brethren/First Evangelical United Brethren/First United Methodist Church, we would like to recognize families with four or more generations of First Church continual/current membership/attendance. If you think you qualify, please contact Joyce Horst (717-375-2345 or jlhorst1@comcast.net) with ancestor/current family names. Old Membership records are available to help identify your ancestors.

 

FUMC Living History: The year 2022 marks the 200th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church.  As part of our year-long celebration, we are sharing the faith stories of some of our oldest members. This week is John Dymond.

Dymond Spotlight

 

 

Palm Sunday- 9:00am and 11:00am with palms

Maundy Thursday- 7:00pm Holy Communion

Good Friday- 7:00pm Cantata “Love Divine” by Joel Raney. This is a musical expression of the Passion of Christ and has John 3:16 as its theme.  We welcome all to come worship with us and experience anew the love of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

 

Sunrise 6:30am at Memorial Park

Traditional 9:00am in Sanctuary

Contemporary 11:00am in Family Life Center

 

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.

The Lenten Offering for 2022 will be given to UMCOR to Support Refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

 

Lenten Sermon Series

begins Sunday and is based on this Daily Bible Reading Plan.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

The kids want to contribute to the Lenten offering by doing a Carwash Fundraiser.

Bring your car to the church on April 9th (weather permitting) from 10am to 12pm and the kids will clean all the winter gunk off and get your vehicle set for spring road trips!

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti/Missions

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Help with recovery in Ukraine and Louisiana by donating the following items and placing them in the bins in the lobby and outside the sanctuary:

  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Combs
  • Nail files or Clippers
  • Bath size soap
  • Toothbrushes (single packages)
  • Adhesive bandages (3/4" and 1")
  • One gallon zip lock bags
  • Cleaning items
  • School supplies
  • New blankets
  • Winter coats

 

 

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Meets Mon. March 28 at 1:00 pm and at 7:00 pm. (same presentation)
What You Will Hear:
1. Practical advice from others who’ve been there, 2. What to expect in your grief, 3. How to cope with life without your spouse. 4. Why it won’t always hurt this much.
There will be a video and discussion time.
Family and friends are welcome too.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

Sisters in Christ...Connect
Pastor Layne Vizthum and some sisters of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, our "sister church", will join us as we will all share stories of faith and history, Saturday, April 23rd at 9 oclock in the Cafe and lobby area.

You are invited to an upcoming “Men Connect” event!

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9 am to 11 am Location:  Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, PA

Description:  An informal gathering of the men of FUMC with the main purpose of reconnecting our friendships and strengthening our brotherhood after 2 years of restricted fellowship. This will be done with the backdrop of celebrating FUMC’s 200th Anniversary.

What to expect: 1. Fun activities and roundtable discussions to discover and relearn some of the history of FUMC, the Chambersburg area, and the world.  2. Sharing of some amazing personal stories and testimonies.  3. A chance to give thanks and praise to our Great God with song and prayer.  4. A time to chat and laugh with guys of all ages.

Light refreshments will include coffee, juice, doughnuts and coffee cake.  You are welcome to bring your children and male friends/neighbors who may have an interest in this fun, interesting, informative and praise-filled 2-hour event. No RSVP required.  Casual attire.

Contact persons: John Hostetler  717 504-9022   Leslie Gotwald   717 331-0975    Collin Moyer     215 527-8660

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Card Shower is being held for Connie Love for her 80th birthday on April 17th. Cards should be sent by Easter to 920 Parkside Ct., Chambersburg, Pa 17201. Many thanks for being part of this special day!

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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Update

Incorporated in the contract are console preparations for options/voices we may want to add to our organ.  We will share the list of options, and their individual costs next month. Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Linda Peppernick:     lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com 717-360-6425.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

New Member's Class

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9 am to 11 am Location:  Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, PA

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

Check Out The Library Books!

Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter! 

The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

The Cross by Max Lucado

Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems

God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado

The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado

Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

 

Prayers for Healing

Don Nolder

Cindy Robinson

Bill Butts

Sherrill Kessingerer

Emmett Kessingerer

Nessie King

Thelma Pierce

Jeff Brookens

Erma Collins

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

For one who fell and has shoulder and arm injuries

Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Prayers for Our World

Protection for military in eastern Europe.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

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.

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

Summer Jam

Mission Experience

Prayers for the pandemic

Healing for those with Covid.

Safety and protection for school children and those working in school systems.

Safety and protection for health care workers and those working in vulnerable places.

Renewal and restoration for health care workers.

Wisdom for leaders, doctors and parents.

An end to the pandemic and all COVID variants.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Comfort and peace for Carol Crow and family.

Comfort and strength for Mary Butts.

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.

A family looking for in-home companionship for husband and wife during evenings and weekends.

 

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

March 25, 2022

Sunday March 27, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Terri Stevens

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653.

 

 

FUMC Living History: The year 2022 marks the 200th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church.  As part of our year-long celebration, we are sharing the faith stories of some of our oldest members.  In the spotlight this week: Vicki Leisher.

Palm Sunday 9:00am and 11:00am with palms.

Maundy Thursday 7:00pm Holy Communion.

Good Friday 7:00pm Cantata “Love Divine” by Joel Raney.

Easter:

Sunrise 6:30am  at Memorial Park.

Traditional 9:00am Sanctuary.

Contemporary 11:00am Family Life Center.

 

FUMC 200th Anniversary!

As we begin celebrating our church’s 200th anniversary, we will be displaying artifacts from our church history.  This month, we are displaying items from Sunday School. Many are displayed in the case beside the entrance to the Family Life Center.  Included in the display are memories from cradle roll and up.  Please take a few minutes to view these wonderful items that are a part of our church history.

In conjunction with the Bicentennial of the First United Brethren/First Evangelical United Brethren/First United Methodist Church, we would like to recognize families with four or more generations of First Church continual/current membership/attendance. If you think you qualify, please contact Joyce Horst (717-375-2345 or jlhorst1@comcast.net) with ancestor/current family names. Old Membership records are available to help identify your ancestors.

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.

The Lenten Offering for 2022 will be given to UMCOR to Support Refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

 

Lenten Sermon Series

begins Sunday and is based on this Daily Bible Reading Plan.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us on Tuesdays at 2:52pm.

Wednesday nights from 6pm-7pm!

We will not meet Wednesday night March 30th.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm (we will not meet on March 30th), and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

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.  It starts:  Monday April 4,  @1:00 - 3:00 pm  here in room 131 -  You may register by calling   717-263-8491.

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

Meets Mon. March 28 at 1:00 pm and at 7:00 pm. (same presentation)
What You Will Hear:
1. Practical advice from others who’ve been there, 2. What to expect in your grief, 3. How to cope with life without your spouse. 4. Why it won’t always hurt this much.
There will be a video and discussion time.
Family and friends are welcome too.

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect
April 23, 2022 – Program TBA
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for February & March
Dianne Salter – February 15
Paula Hepfer – February 17
Alexa Barrick – March 20
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again (on Saturday),
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. – Irish Blessing

New Year: New Studies!

Sunday Morning Study: Christianity is not about following a set of rules, but about following a Person. Jesus came into our world, lived a life of perfection, died to pay the price of our sin, and rose again to show us the way of resurrection life. And He offers us a brief but challenging invitation—“Follow Me.” If you are interested in seeking a greater understanding of what it means to follow Jesus and being supported in a daily practice of the Scripture reading, prayer, and simplicity that He modeled during his life, please consider joining us. We will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning on January 9th. You can check the study out at Firm Foundation Study.

Weekly Evening Bible Study begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.  This study is online only. We will be studying the book of Matthew.  Printed guides will be available at the Welcome Center the previous Sunday.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Evening Bible Studies:

Intergenerational Study -Interested in making connections between faith and real life?  In building intergenerational relationships within the church?  Consider joining this discussion-based Bible study at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. Study is designed for youth Grade 7 or higher in the company of their parents. All adults welcome!

Weekly Bible Study is online via Zoom and begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.  We will be studying the book of Matthew. Books will be available at the Welcome Center Sunday the 9th and online.

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Update

Incorporated in the contract are console preparations for options/voices we may want to add to our organ.  We will share the list of options, and their individual costs next month. Anyone wishing to donate a voice or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Linda Peppernick:     lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com 717-360-6425.

 

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

Check Out The Library Books!

Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter! 

The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

The Cross by Max Lucado

Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems

God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado

The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado

Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

 

You are invited to an upcoming “Men’s Connect” event!

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9 am to 11 am Location:  Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, PA

Description:  An informal gathering of the men of FUMC with the main purpose of reconnecting our friendships and strengthening our brotherhood after 2 years of restricted fellowship. This will be done with the backdrop of celebrating FUMC’s 200th Anniversary.

What to expect: 1. Fun activities and roundtable discussions to discover and relearn some of the history of FUMC, the Chambersburg area, and the world.  2. Sharing of some amazing personal stories and testimonies.  3. A chance to give thanks and praise to our Great God with song and prayer.  4. A time to chat and laugh with guys of all ages.

Light refreshments will include coffee, juice, doughnuts and coffee cake.  You are welcome to bring your children and male friends/neighbors who may have an interest in this fun, interesting, informative and praise-filled 2-hour event. No RSVP required.  Casual attire.

Contact persons: John Hostetler  717 504-9022   Leslie Gotwald   717 331-0975    Collin Moyer     215 527-8660

 

New Member's Class

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9 am to 11 am Location:  Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, PA

A class for new adult members of FUMC will be held Sunday mornings at 10 during Sunday School on May 1,8,15 and 22.  The class will meet in the Resource Room (134).  If you are interested in being part of the class and joining the church please contact pastor Steve via text (7178736626) or email - slivermore@susumc.org.

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@GMAIL.COM

Prayers for Healing
Don Nolder Sherrill Kessingerer Emmett Kessingerer Nessie King Thelma Pierce Jeff Brookens Erma Collins Reed deSalis Deb Ewing Emily - Bob & Becky Foor's daughter - complications following surgery.
Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Sherrill Kessingerer - medical procedure 3/31
Prayers for Our World

Protection for Alan Fish as he is being sent to Poland.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

For an end to the attack on Ukraine.

For meaningful lasting 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.

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

Summer Jam

Mission Experience

Prayers for the pandemic

Healing for those with Covid.

Safety and protection for school children and those working in school systems.

Safety and protection for health care workers and those working in vulnerable places.

Renewal and restoration for health care workers.

Wisdom for leaders, doctors and parents.

An end to the pandemic and all COVID variants.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

Comfort and peace for Carol Crow and family.

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.

A family looking for in-home companionship for husband and wife during evenings and weekends.

 

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

March 18, 2022

Sunday March 20, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore

Organist - Diaconal Minister  - Linda Peppernick

Scripture Reader - Ben Schellhase

If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653

 

FUMC Living History: The year 2022 marks the 200th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church.  As part of our year-long celebration, we are sharing the faith stories of some of our oldest members.  In the spotlight this week: Betty Upperman.

FUMC 200th Anniversary!

As we begin celebrating our church’s 200th anniversary, we will be displaying artifacts from our church history.  This month, we are displaying items from Sunday School. Many are displayed in the case beside the entrance to the Family Life Center.  Included in the display are memories from cradle roll and up.  Please take a few minutes to view these wonderful items that are a part of our church history.

In conjunction with the Bicentennial of the First United Brethren/First Evangelical United Brethren/First United Methodist Church, we would like to recognize families with four or more generations of First Church continual/current membership/attendance. If you think you qualify, please contact Joyce Horst (717-375-2345 or jlhorst1@comcast.net) with ancestor/current family names. Old Membership records are available to help identify your ancestors.

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.

The Lenten Offering for 2022 will be given to UMCOR to Support Refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

 

Lenten Sermon Series

begins Sunday and is based on this Daily Bible Reading Plan.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us on Tuesdays at 2:52pm.

Wednesday nights from 6pm-7pm!

We will not meet Wednesday night March 30th.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm (we will not meet on March 30th), and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Pastoral Care Ministries

GriefShare sessions begin at 1:00pm April 4 and continue through June 27 (no mtg May 30th for Memorial Day)

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

Two separate seminars will be offered:
      1) Monday, March 28 at 1:00pm at the church
OR
     2) Monday, March 28 at 7:00pm at the church

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

Join us(Bring your daughters! Kids welcome!) on Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 9-10:30 AM in the Connect Café & Lobby, as we continue with “Our Shared Stories” – led by Leslie Gotwald.  What an exciting time, as FUMC celebrates our 200th Anniversary!  Music & refreshments, too!
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS in Women Connect
April 23, 2022 – Program TBA
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for February & March
Dianne Salter – February 15
Paula Hepfer – February 17
Alexa Barrick – March 20
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again (on Saturday),
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. – Irish Blessing

New Year: New Studies!

Sunday Morning Study: Christianity is not about following a set of rules, but about following a Person. Jesus came into our world, lived a life of perfection, died to pay the price of our sin, and rose again to show us the way of resurrection life. And He offers us a brief but challenging invitation—“Follow Me.” If you are interested in seeking a greater understanding of what it means to follow Jesus and being supported in a daily practice of the Scripture reading, prayer, and simplicity that He modeled during his life, please consider joining us. We will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning on January 9th. You can check the study out at Firm Foundation Study.

Weekly Evening Bible Study begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.  This study is online only. We will be studying the book of Matthew.  Printed guides will be available at the Welcome Center the previous Sunday.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Evening Bible Studies:

Intergenerational Study -Interested in making connections between faith and real life?  In building intergenerational relationships within the church?  Consider joining this discussion-based Bible study at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. Study is designed for youth Grade 7 or higher in the company of their parents. All adults welcome!

Weekly Bible Study is online via Zoom and begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.  We will be studying the book of Matthew. Books will be available at the Welcome Center Sunday the 9th and online.

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

Gail Vaughn began her sabbatical on January 1st Please keep her in your prayers, for  a time of refreshment and renewal.  For pastoral care call Pastor Steve 717-873-6626. Please send prayer requests, needs and concerns to prayers4fumc@gmail.com.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Update

As shared last Sunday, a 10% deposit of $13,600 on $135,600 upgrade has been paid to Lewis and Hitchcock, Inc., locking in the price. Repairs will not begin until January of 2023, due to a parts supply shortage. We have 95% of the funds needed to finish payment at the conclusion of the work. Incorporated in the contract are console preparations for options we may want to add. We will share the list of options, and their individual costs in the next few weeks. Anyone wishing to donate any particular sound or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Linda Peppernick, lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com 717-360-6425.

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March and conclude by Easter. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Check Out The Library Books!

Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter! 

The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

The Cross by Max Lucado

Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems

God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado

The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado

Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@GMAIL.COM

Prayers for Healing
Don Nolder Sherrill Kessingerer Emmett Kessingerer Nessie King Thelma Pierce Jeff Brookens Erma Collins Dean Crow Reed deSalis Deb Ewing Emily - Bob & Becky Foor's daughter - complications following surgery.
Prayers for Upcoming Medical Procedures/Hospitalization
Katie Fogel - medical procedure 3/18 Bobbi Gillespie - medical procedure 3/21 Sherrill Kessingerer - medical procedure 3/31
Prayers for Our World

Protection for Alan Fish as he is being sent to Poland.

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

For an end to the attack on Ukraine.

For meaningful lasting 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.

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

Summer planning

Prayers for the pandemic

Healing for those with Covid.

Safety and protection for school children and those working in school systems.

Safety and protection for health care workers and those working in vulnerable places.

Renewal and restoration for health care workers.

Wisdom for leaders, doctors and parents.

An end to the pandemic and all COVID variants.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Dean & Carol Crow

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

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.

Comfort and peace for Dean and Carol Crow.

PREVIOUS WEEKLY UPDATES

March 11, 2022

Sunday March 13, 2022

In Traditional Service this week:

Pastor - Steven M. Livermore
Organist - Diaconal Minister - Linda Peppernick
Scripture Reader - Linda Peppernick

Alter Flowers - If you would like to place altar flowers please contact Vikki Eckert at 419 632 4653

FUMC Living History: The year 2022 marks the 200th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church.  As part of our year-long celebration, we are sharing the faith stories of some of our oldest members.  In the spotlight this week: Joan Bowen

FUMC 200th Anniversary!

As we begin celebrating our church’s 200th anniversary, we will be displaying artifacts from our church history.  This month, we are displaying hymnals that were used in worship, the earliest from 1880.  Many are displayed in the case beside the entrance to the Family Life Center.  Included in the display are worship bulletins, the earliest is dated Easter, 1929.  Please take a few minutes to view these wonderful items that are a part of our church history.

In conjunction with the Bicentennial of the First United Brethren/First Evangelical United Brethren/First United Methodist Church, we would like to recognize families with four or more generations of First Church continual/current membership/attendance. If you think you qualify, please contact Joyce Horst (717-375-2345 or jlhorst1@comcast.net) with ancestor/current family names. Old Membership records are available to help identify your ancestors.

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.

Lenten Sermon Series

begins Sunday and is based on this Daily Bible Reading Plan.

MINISTRY UPDATES

Children's Ministry

Pray with us on Tuesdays at 2:52pm.

Wednesday nights from 6pm-7pm!

We will not meet Wednesday night March 30th.

Visit First Lights.org for more

Youth Group

Illuminate Youth Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm (we will not meet on March 30th), and on Sundays at 10am.

If you'd like more information, please contact Collin @xcultureyouth@gmail.com

 

Visit Illuminate.org for more

Hungry Hearts

'Egg-cellent' job bringing in egg cartons! Keep up the 'egg-cellent' work!

Items Needed!

We will be collecting household supplies for the month of February for distribution during Hungry Heart's food pantry and clothing appointments in March. The items we are interested in are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • All purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Hungry Heart's Clothing Mission has remained open since last January.  From January until June, we asked our customers to fill out request forms and the ladies did their best to fill those orders.  Since June, customers have been making appointments to shop for themselves on Thursday afternoons.  During that entire time the ladies have been meeting on Thursday to size and sort donations.  When the elevator quit in August, several of our volunteers were unable to continue because they couldn't manage the stairs.  We also found that without the elevators we weren't physically able to move donations downstairs.  With the help of some special young men from our congregation we were able to move all our stored winter clothes from the NAPA building to the  basement and continue to meet the needs of our community.

With the elevator still out of order and our stored clothing already on display, we need to ask for donations of winter clothing, blankets, and housewares.  The catch is that we can only accept donations if you are willing to carry them to the basement.  The bins are in the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School classroom and items can also be left on tables in that room.  If you are unsure of where to leave donations please talk to Carel Fish on Sunday and I will be glad to give you the short tour of the basement. You can also call me for info.  (717 264 4354).  Please only donate items that can be used at this time (winter clothing) and that you are able to  carry to the basement.  Thanks to you all for making this mission possible as it greatly benefits our neighbors.

Visit Hungry Hearts

Team Haiti

Sponsors are Needed for Haitian Children at Kaendra's Place orphanage. School of Hope tuition sponsorships at $140 a semester or $280 for the school year.  Fall semester tuition is due now.  Talk to Pastor Steve or mail haiti4fumc@gmail.com for more information.

Pastoral Care Ministries

GriefShare sessions begin at 1:00pm April 4 and continue through June 27 (no mtg May 30th for Memorial Day)

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

Two separate seminars will be offered:
      1) Monday, March 28 at 1:00pm at the church
OR
     2) Monday, March 28 at 7:00pm at the church

Visit Pastoral Care Ministries

Women Connect

Women Connect now has a private Facebook Group! All women in the church are invited to join!

We meet the third Saturday of the month (usually) in the Connect Café.

New Year: New Studies!

Sunday Morning Study: Christianity is not about following a set of rules, but about following a Person. Jesus came into our world, lived a life of perfection, died to pay the price of our sin, and rose again to show us the way of resurrection life. And He offers us a brief but challenging invitation—“Follow Me.” If you are interested in seeking a greater understanding of what it means to follow Jesus and being supported in a daily practice of the Scripture reading, prayer, and simplicity that He modeled during his life, please consider joining us. We will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning on January 9th. You can check the study out at Firm Foundation Study.

Weekly Evening Bible Study begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.  This study is online only. We will be studying the book of Matthew.  Printed guides will be available at the Welcome Center the previous Sunday.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@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!

Sunday  9AM Greeters are needed at the Welcome Desk. Please feel free to contact Suzanne Everly for details.

Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.

Chancel Choir-Practice is held Wednesday nights at 7:00. All singers welcomed! Contact Diaconal Minister Linda Peppernick at lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com

Post-High School Connections - First Church Friends: I am looking for people to connect with our post high age young adults. Check-in texts, notes, and emails are a great way to let them know they're a part of the family even when they may not be able to attend regularly. If you're willing to friend one of our post high young adults, please contact Beth Stahl (stahlfamily2000@gmail.com or 717-375-8011).

Evening Bible Studies:

Intergenerational Study -Interested in making connections between faith and real life?  In building intergenerational relationships within the church?  Consider joining this discussion-based Bible study at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. Study is designed for youth Grade 7 or higher in the company of their parents. All adults welcome!

Weekly Bible Study is online via Zoom and begins Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.  We will be studying the book of Matthew. Books will be available at the Welcome Center Sunday the 9th and online.

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 am in the FLC lobby.

Friendly reminder that if you need to take tables out of the FLC please return them by Wednesday night so they are available for Thursday morning food distribution.

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”.

Gail Vaughn began her sabbatical on January 1st Please keep her in your prayers, for  a time of refreshment and renewal.  For pastoral care call Pastor Steve 717-873-6626. Please send prayer requests, needs and concerns to prayers4fumc@gmail.com.

An Adult Work Camp is being planned by Cindy Shoemaker at Central Presbyterian for this spring or summer to take place at Bowling Green, Kentucky in response to recent tornado damage.  First Church’s coordinator for this camp is Greg Stouffer.  If you are interested in finding out more information, contact him at Gregs5456@gmail.com or 717-658-2351.

Organ Update

As shared last Sunday, a 10% deposit of $13,600 on $135,600 upgrade has been paid to Lewis and Hitchcock, Inc., locking in the price. Repairs will not begin until January of 2023, due to a parts supply shortage. We have 95% of the funds needed to finish payment at the conclusion of the work. Incorporated in the contract are console preparations for options we may want to add. We will share the list of options, and their individual costs in the next few weeks. Anyone wishing to donate any particular sound or effect option to the glory of God, in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Linda Peppernick, lindapeppernick@embarqmail.com 717-360-6425.

Elevator Update

Repairs will begin the end of March and conclude by Easter. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Check Out The Library Books!

Featuring books to help you live in Lent and prepare for Easter! 

The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

The Cross by Max Lucado

Kneeling in Jerusalem by Ann Weems

God is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Final Walk of Jesus by Max Lucado

The Angels Were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado

Six Hours One Friday; Living the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

 

25 Minute Weekly Prayer Meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 PM

FUMC Prayer & Study Group-

You are invited to join us on a new journey toward intimacy with God. We will be studying different prayer techniques and spiritual rhythms. We use Padlet to post our comments & experiences. Email Lindsay Zubal at lindsayzubal@gmail.com for information. Our next meeting will be March 8, 2022 at 6:30pm-8pm.

 

ALL PRAYER REQUESTS OR PRAYER RELATED MATTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRAYERS4FUMC@GMAIL.COM

Prayers for Healing

Erma Collins

Dean Crow

Reed deSalis

Deb Ewing

Emily - Bob & Becky Foor's daughter - complications following surgery.

Prayers for Our World

For the protection and safety of the people in Ukraine.

For an end to the attack on Ukraine.

For meaningful lasting peace talks.

Wisdom for government leaders.

Relief for those dealing with severe weather.

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

Summer planning

Prayers for the pandemic

Healing for those with Covid.

Safety and protection for school children and those working in school systems.

Safety and protection for health care workers and those working in vulnerable places.

Renewal and restoration for health care workers.

Wisdom for leaders, doctors and parents.

An end to the pandemic and all COVID variants.

Prayers needed for these members with long term concerns:

John & Bunny Parson

Larry & Avis Guise

Al & Linda Lojacono

Bill & Mary Butts

Jack & Bette Bowers

Dean & Carol Crow

Paul & Erma Collins

Bill & Thelma Peerce

Kirk & Kathy Paul

Chuck & Dianne Salter

Dave & Joan Kauffman

Ron & Mary Diehl

Sarah & Barry Baker

Prayers of Comfort, Peace and Condolence

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.

Comfort and peace for Dean and Carol Crow.

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