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  • FX | havenfirstumc

    FX is an abbreviation for FAMILY EXPERIENCE! FX is designed to help us as the church partner with families. It is a fun, shared experience for families to come together for a purpose. It strategically places parents and kids in a world that helps both understand and live out essential truths. ​ We often say, “What happens at home is even more important than what happens at church.” This means that our faith really isn’t a living faith until it is lived out in our daily lives. Our hope and goal is that FX provides practical ways to take what happens at church home with you so that it is relevant not just on Sunday mornings! ​ ​ ​ ​ We know that no one has more potential to influence a child than a parent but we also know that parents can’t do it alone so we as the church are working to partner with families to help build lifelong disciples for Jesus! Our current Family eXperience (FX) offerings include... Praise Packs are resources put together to help encourage engagement and participation from our kiddos during worship! They are filled with things like kid friendly sermon notes, puzzles, word games, crayons, and fun little fidget toys! Praise Packs may be picked up and dropped off in the bin in the back of the Sanctuary. Can’t make it to church this week? Sunday @ Home, part of our FX program, brings the excitement of Kid’s Discipleship into your own living room! Sunday @ Home makes discipleship easier than ever by adding fun to some of your typical family moments like waiting in the drop-off line, mealtime, or bedtime. Simply click below for this week's Sunday @ Home experien ce! PRESCHOOL ELEMENTARY TEENS Parents want a little more help? Check out the Parent Cue Resources today! To learn more about children's ministry at FUMC of Schuylkill Haven, please contact our Director of Children's Discipleship at 570-593-0303.

  • Serving This Week | First United Methodist Church

    Serving this week... (Sunday Service) Call to Worship ​ Opening Prayer Liturgist ​ ​​Prayer of the People and Lords Prayer ​ ​Message ​ Organist/Pianist Music Team ​ Parish Nurse Media Team ​ ​ ​ **Volunteers listed below are subject to change without notice** Mrs. Nancy Kraft ​ Mrs. Nancy Kraft Mrs. Nancy Kraft ​ Mrs. Julie Saunders ​ ​ Rev. Dr. Christopher Fisher Mrs. Cindy McClelland ​ Mrs. Julie Saunders, Mrs. Laurie Gosch, and Mr. Tom McClelland, Mrs. Cindy McClelland, Mrs. Barb Katkowski, Mrs. Jean Twardzik ​ ​​Ann Moyer ​ Don Bergen, Matthew Bergen, Katie Bergen, Dave Williams, Kasandria Williams, Wyatt Williams, Joshua McClelland, and Jacob McClelland ​ ​ Flowers... ​May 29 June 5 June 12 June 19 June 26 ​In Honor of Lisi Fisher, by Ruth Happy 18th Birthday, Kasandria Williams, by Shirley & Lenny Yenilaitus ​ Happy Birthday to my dad, Clifford Boyer, in heaven. Love Linda, Gary & Steven Leibensperger In Honor of April Bergen by Ruth Weekly Prayer Vigil... ​ ​​​Are you interested in sponsoring the altar flowers for a Sunday morning? If so, please contact the Church Office or sign-up on the 2022 Flower Calendar Poster on the bulletin board near Fellowship Hall. If the date you had in mind is already taken, please let the Church Office know as we are able to have two sponsors each Sunday. The flowers are yours to take home after the service(s). The cost is $20; checks payable to First United Methodist Church with the words "Altar Flowers" in the memo section of your check. Thank you for honoring or remembering a loved one with flowers. Saturday Night Speakers... ​May 22-May 28 May 29-June 4 June 5-June 11 June 12-June 18 June 19-25 June 26-July 2 July 3-July 9 July 10-July 16 July 17-July 23 July 24-July 30 ​Ruth Noecker and Barbara Brady Tommy & Serena Reed Bonnie & Dick Hawley Wanda Langley In the event of inclement weather, please call the Church Office to inquire about service cancellation. ​May 28 June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25 ​Bonnie Hawley Pastor Fisher Dwight Dros Brian Reading Gary Daum

  • Live | Messages/Sermons | First United Methodist Church

    FUMC WORSHIP LIVE-STREAM Our prayer is that each of these messages will touch and bless each of you in some way. Sunday, May 29, 2022 Rev. Dr. Christopher Fisher Message: "Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Us" Online Giving Order of Worship Also Available On:

  • HOME | First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven

    Out of gallery ​"Our mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." ​ Welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! We're glad to have you come by to check out our website. We are a Bible-believing congregation that loves the Lord and has a heart for missions. We are excited to share with you the love of Christ and power of the Gospel. May the Lord richly bless you. Sunday Morning Worship Live Stream Sunday, May 29, 2022 Rev. Dr. Christopher Fisher Message: "Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Us" Order of Worship Online Giving Worship Service Videos Archive Clicking the link above, you will go to the LiveStream page. You will see a block similar to this in the upper left corner of the video window. If you click the down arrow, you will be able to access previous weeks' messages. Check out our Podcasts!! Our church now has a podcast that will make Pastor Fisher's sermons available. Our podcast is called, "Igniting Your Faith," and can be found on many of your favorite podcast sites such as Spotify, Apple, Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket, Radio Public, TuneIn, and Pandora. You can listen to Pastor's sermons at any time, and download them for future listening. Go to any of the podcast sites and type "Igniting Your Faith" in the search area and you should find it. There will be a picture of our altar window to help you find it. Or you can click this link and it will take you to our new page "Igniting Your Faith" and find links that you can use as well. Season One will start with March 7th of this year, but we will quickly upload more sermons to get up to date. Spread the word. Let's grow in God's Word by Igniting our Faith. A NEW 2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Pastor Fisher is recommending a new Bible reading plan, a through-the-Bible in 2-years plan because the readings are shorter each day, and the schedule includes one day off each week which can be encouraging for those folks who have tried the one year plans and gave up when they fell too far behind or the readings were too long. The plan is available through the "YouVersion" Bible app on a iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, or through the website. If you would like to be a part of the group Pastor Fisher is coordinating, please send an email to Pastor Fisher at , and he will be in touch or will send you an invite. You may need to install the app first on your phone or computer and sign into the app before he can send you an invite. Here is a link to download the app: . We would love to see you in the group, which includes opportunity to comment at the end of each day’s reading in a space where everyone’s comments are shared. Whether you join this particular plan or not, we encourage you if you are not already doing so to get into a daily Bible reading and devotions habit. There is nothing like studying the Word of God and talking to him daily to help you grow in your relationship with Him and experience his blessings. Are you going through a difficult time? Are you worried, sick, lonely, down-and-out? For over two thousand years, Christians around the world have depended on Jesus to help them get through the tough times. This podcast will explain how to live a victorious life now and throughout eternity by relying on the power of Jesus Christ.

  • Weekly Announcements | First United Methodist Church

    Weekly Announcements These announcements are from the weekly bulletin and/or bi-monthly newsletter. You will find here information on regular announcements (i.e., signing up for newsletters, online giving) to special events scheduled. Please take some time to review these announcements. Sunday Preaching Schedule (schedule may change without notice). Pastor Fisher preaching unless otherwise noted. June Communion TBD Missions Cause Pastor Christopher Fisher ​​(Individual message titles subject to change) ​ Sunday Services ​​May 29 - Acts 10 - Cornelius (Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Us) .......... June 5 - Acts 13 - Barnabas and Paul ............................................................................. June 12 - Acts 14 - Blocks to the Gospel June 19 - Guest Preacher (Rev. Portia Kuzanga) ............................................................. June 26 - Special Guest Musician ​ ​ Graduate Recognition - Memorial Day Holy Communion - Children's Message Fathers' Day Methodist Women Events | We will continue to meet the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM in Fellowship Hall unless otherwise announced. Our focus continues to be local mission work. All ladies are welcome. Please let us know of any ideas you have or issues that you would like more information. May/June - R&K Subs Sale | Orders will be taken in the Narthex. Subs are $7 and pretzel sandwiches are $6. Payment due when ordering. Delivery on June 16th. See any MWM member. Subs: Italian, Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, American Sandwiches: Italian, Ham & Cheese, Ham & Swiss, Turkey & Cheese, Roast Beef & Cheese, Sweet Lebanon Bologna & Cheese, All Cheese, Chicken Salad, Egg Salad, Tuna Salad All proceeds go toward supporting ministries in our area. June 1, July 6, August 3 | 6:30-8:30 PM at Bubeck Park, Schuylkill Haven This summer we're starting a wave pool to show others Jesus' love by our actions! Come join in the fun! Let's get ready to make waves! If you've ever watched the ocean waves, you've probably noticed two things: 1) the motion never stops and 2) the big wave -- the one that's furthest out to sea produces another wave which produces another as they continuously create new waves. This summer we're taking Newton's third law of motion even further because every time a follower of Jesus takes an action to show others His love, we set off a wave of actions that continue outward changing the world for the better. Each month we'll discover something new about God's character and discover how we too can make waves when we show God's amazing love to others. We are so excited for this summer and we're just getting started! Young adult ministry is in its initial stage - meeting and having conversations with young adults in our church and community is ongoing program. For now, we are starting slow and small with programs listed below and with faith that God is up to something with young adult ministry - watch and see what God can do! If you know any young adults between 18 and 30 years old who are seeking for a space to explore and grow in faith, it's here at First UMC! Prayer Opportunities | Prayer is such an important part of a church's life. FUMC offers many opportunities to strengthen your prayer life. Please check out our prayer ministry page . We offer prayer groups, a prayer chain, an intercessory prayer group, and many other opportunities to kneel before our Lord and Savior and share your burdens and worship and praise. For what other great nation has God so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? ~Deuteronomy 4:7 (NRSV) Requests for Prayer | Please remember to call the church office if you know of members in the hospital or if you are going to be in the hospital. A visit from our Pastor or visitation team can be arranged. Please continue to remember all those in the hospital, in mourning, and listed in the weekly bulletin in your prayers. ​ Website Prayer Request Page: You may also submit a prayer request by accessing our prayer request page. Weekly Prayer Ministry | Wednesdays at 6 PM Our Prayer Ministry will also continue to run every day of the week with prayer partners meeting for one hour a day with a one-week-at-a time commitment. Please sign up in pairs to pray for one hour a day during your week for the Kingdom of God to come more fully in our church and our community and beyond. We will continue to promote the prayer team ministry on Sunday mornings with the prayer clipboard circulated periodically. Please join us as we seek God together! Missions Committee Evangelism CD | Jesus – Help in Times of Need Devotional CD John Fatora and Irene Tomchik published a CD a few years back that shares the message of Jesus Christ in the spirit of John Wesley. ​ It is the vision of the Missions Committee that this CD will be a continuation of the Discipleship process that we are pursuing as a church. We have been growing and training as disciples over the past few years and feel now is the season to begin moving beyond our church family into the community using this CD as a tool to help share the life of Christ with our neighbors and friends. ​ Copies are available for drive-by pickup under the carport; or ask your small group leader for copies to give to friends who are open to receive them. Click here if you would like to listen or download the CD. ​ If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941 or . Next Community Lunch is June 11 at 12 PM All are welcome to share this time of fellowship. If you would like to sponsor a Community Lunch, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941 for contact information regarding available dates. Men's Breakfast | June 18 at 8:00 AM For more information, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941. Health & Welfare Committee The purpose of this committee is to address the health and welfare of our church members and the surrounding community. In that role, we are offering face masks free of charge to those in need. Being made are masks for male adult, male teen, female adult, female teen, male child, or female child. ​ When you order, we will need your name, address to where to mail masks, telephone/cell phone number, and the count of how many of each size you need. If mailing masks is not desired, other arrangements may be made to get the masks to you. ​ Please contact Dot Murphy, Ann Moyer, Linda Olsen, Karen Shiffert, or the Church Office. Health and Welfare Happenings Take a Break Caregiving Conference is November 10, 2022. Prayer Shawl Ministry Update Since 2011, this ministry has gifted 171 prayer shawls to men and women in need of prayer within and outside our church walls. Prayers are lifted over the shawls before gifted and often while in the process of being created. ​ Can you knit or crochet? We could use your help. Would you consider creating a shawl for the church's prayer shawl ministry to gift to others in need of prayer? Please help us keep our shawl inventory plentiful. We need the talents of you, the church family, to help keep the closet full. It doesn't matter if it's one shawl or many; any will be appreciated and in being a blessing to another, you will also be blessed in return. If you are interested in this ministry, there are two ways to help: Let us know of a need through contact Donna Miles, Linda Wagner, or the Church Office Crochet or knit a prayer shawl wrap of any color or style. The rectangular shape measuring 15-18 inches wide by 5-1/2-6-1/2 feet long makes a comfortable wrap. Some donated yarn is available for your creation. ​ We thank all who have created beautiful prayer shawl wraps through the years. Some folks have been thanked personally while others donated anonymously and with this note, we thank you so much. There are no church funds used for this ministry. These wraps are a gift from the heart and the blessings are many from the first stitch of the giver to the gentle touch of the receiver. ​ For more information, please contact Linda Wagner, Donna Miles, or the Church Office. Thank you very much for supporting this wonderful outreach of our church and her ministries. There are times when things are not going well for each of us, perhaps we ourselves are sick, perhaps there are loved ones who are sick or hurting, maybe there is a family emergency or crisis, during these times you don't need to be alone. Our Pastors, Minister of Visitation, or even our Lay Leader would be very happy to come and visit with you. Before you reach a place where you feel alone and that no one cares, please call the Church Office and let the office staff know that you are in need of a visit. The message will be passed along quietly to the Pastors and a time for a personal visit can be arranged. Others of us tend to prefer to weather these times quietly and by ourselves; if that is you, please be aware that there is a Prayer Ministry team that is willing to intercede and pray for you. You can access the Prayer Ministry through the website, by calling the church office, or prayer chain . Most importantly, remember that you have a church family that is willing to walk along side of you at all times. Also, please know that you don't need to be a Pastor or Lay Leader to visit and care for your Brothers and Sisters in Christ. You can visit our homebound members. If you enjoy getting to know new people and would like to spend some time with members of our First Church family that can no longer make it to church on a Sunday morning, please call the Church office or simply put a note in the offering plate and someone will contact you. Thank you for taking the time to spend a few minutes sharing the love of Jesus with our members who can no longer come to church! Did you know…? FUMC saves Redner’s receipts Do you shop at Redner’s? If so, do you have a Save‑A‑Tape /Pump Perks/Rewards Card? FUMC participates in the Redner’s 1% Save‑A‑Tape program. Remember to use your Redner’s Save‑A‑Tape/Pump Perks/Rewards Card and put your entire receipt in the plastic containers on the table in the narthex marked Redner’s receipts. By using your rewards card each time you purchase merchandise (excludes, fuel purchases and items controlled by the federal or state government such as tax, milk, and tobacco products) at Redner’s Warehouse Markets, your receipt will be designated as a 1% Save‑A‑Tape customer receipt with a Save‑A‑Tape total printed on the receipt. Receipts that have been highlighted or written on are not eligible, so please do not mark or circle the receipts. Participating in the 1% Save‑A‑Tape program does not exclude your ability to receive gas points, etc. If you don’t already have a rewards card, you can pick one up at any Redner’s locations. The card is free and you DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION to receive the card. Your name is not on any mailing list if you request a card. Our church gets 1% of the total of all receipts. For example, if the receipts total $5,000, we would get $50 to be divided between Christian Ed and the Youth Group. Please consider participating in this easy program.

  • Youth - Middle School Schedule | First United Methodist Church

    We reside in the Schuylkill Haven School District so in the event that the Haven schools are canceled because of winter weather conditions, our Youth Group meetings and events will be canceled as well. At the same time, in the event that prior to our Youth Group meetings the weather conditions become unsafe or too slippery to drive, we will cancel our meetings. In the event of the need to cancel, information will be communicated to you via Facebook.

  • Children's Ministry | First United Methodist Church

    Children aren’t just the future… FUMC understands that children are not only the future, but also the present of the church. Children are warmly welcomed into FUMC’s church life. We offer many dynamic programs for children to learn about Jesus as we guide them in their faith to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Come check us out to learn more! Partnering with Parents… As your church family, we want to support you in fulfilling your God-given responsibility of starting children on a life-long journey and relationship with Jesus. Therefore, we are committed to partnering with families to continue faith development at home as you build a spiritual foundation that, in God’s timing, will lead your children into a relationship with God through Jesus. Safety is a top priority… Our desire is to create a safe and fun environment for all children so they can know and experience God’s love and grow strong in their love for Him. To learn more about our Safe Sanctuary Policy or if you have any questions please call the church office at 570.385.3941. To learn more about children's ministry at FUMC of Schuylkill Haven, please contact our Director of Children's Discipleship at 570-593-0303.

  • SummerJam | havenfirstumc

    Looking for something that's exciting for the WHOLE family this summer? JOIN US AS WE This summer! Wednesday, June 1st Wednesday, July 6th Wednesday, August 3rd 6:30-8:30 PM * Bubeck Park

  • Small Groups | First United Methodist Church

    SMALL GROUPS (UPDATED 05/23/22) FUMC promotes participation in Small Groups as a way to meet other Christians, participate in shared interests, support each other's needs, and build lasting friendships in a one-on-one setting with limited attendance. ​ During the COVID-19 environment, we need the support of others and the ability to communicate with those of common interest. In the current environment, our Groups are in-person, virtual ( highlighted in this listing ), or blended (in-person and virtual ). ​ ​If you have an interest in joining one of the groups below, contact the leader directly or if assistance is needed, contact . If Group Leaders need to change their meeting information, contact with updates. Life in Action Groups Our interest is in following Jesus' command to "go and make disciples". We study and practice within our Group and then go out into the community to make disciples. Recommended readings for this group are listed at the bottom of this page.​ ​ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mondays Led by: Ellen Marino Study Book: Experiencing God Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 10:15 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tuesdays ​Led by: Ann Moyer & Nancy Kraft Study Book: Experiencing God (women's group) Where: Church Frequency: 2 Tuesdays a month, 3:00 PM ​ Led by: JoAnn Daum Study Book: Experiencing God Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 3:00 PM ​ Led by: Ted and Carolyn Catranis Study Book: Growing Together in God Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 6:00 PM ​ Led by: Dave Williams Study Book: Experiencing God Where: Virtual (Google Meet) Frequency: Weekly, 7:00 PM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thursdays Led by: Eydie Reed Study Book: Experiencing God Where: Home and Virtual (WebEx) Frequency: Weekly, 10:00 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fridays Led by: (this group is currently on hold) Studying: Bible Studies/Book Studies Where: Home Frequency: Every other week, 6:30 PM Encouragement & Accountability Groups We are smaller groups which meet regularly to support and encourage each other in our walk of faith.​ ​ Tuesdays Led by: Lisi Fisher Where: Church (women's prayer and accountability group) Frequency: Weekly, 5:30 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Led by: Doug O'Connell Where: Men's meeting at Long Run Diner Frequency: Weekly, 6:30 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturdays Led by: Wanda Langley ​Where: Varies Frequency: Weekly, 8:00 AM (temporarily filled) Bible Study Groups Our interest is in-depth study of books of the Bible to better understand its teachings.​ ​ Sundays Led by: Tom Reed Studying: Genesis ​ Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, following worship service ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tuesdays Led by: Karen Shiffert Studying: Psalms Where: Seton Manor Frequency: (pending) ​ Led by: Doug & Deb Esposito Studying: Life of Joseph in Genesis; "Detours" by Tony Evans ​ Where: Y's Home Frequency: Weekly, 6:30 PM (filled) ​ Led by: Bonnie Hawley Studying: Old Testament ​ Where: Home Frequency: Weekly, 7:00 PM (filled) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wednesdays Led by: Ellen Marino Studying: Daniel ​ Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 10:00 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thursdays Led by: Gerri Inama Studying: Genesis Where: Home Frequency: Weekly, 6:00 PM ​ Led by: Doug O'Connell Studying: John Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 7:00 PM ​​ Focused Groups We have a variety of Small Groups with specialized interests.​ ​ ​ Sundays Led by: Pastor Chris Fisher Type: Coffee House Worship/Alpha Course Class Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 10:45 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wednesdays Led by: Pastor Chris Fisher Type: Wednesday Night Prayer Group Where: Church Sanctuary Frequency: Weekly, 6:00 PM ​ Thursdays Led by: Karen Shiffert Type: Caregivers Support Group Where: Meadowbrook Center Frequency: Weekly, 2:00 PM ​ Led by: Wanda Langley Meal & Chat: Women encouraging women Where: Church Frequency: (pending) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturdays Led by: Don Bergen Type: Men's Breakfast Video Series, "Truth. Love. Together." Where: Church Fellowship Hall & Virtual (WebEx) Frequency: Third Saturday of each month, 8:00 AM ​ Coming in mid-2022: Led by: Stacey Lehman and (TBA) Type: Celebrate Recovery Where: Church Frequency: (pending) ​ ​ ​ If you would like to start a new Small Group, please contact the FUMC church office at 570.385.3941 for more information. LIFE IN ACTION GROUPS RECOMMENDED READINGS (UPDATED 09/17/2021) The books listed below have been reviewed by the Discipleship Council and are recommended for the Life in Action Groups to use as a guide in their mission to create disciples in response to Jesus' command in Matthew 28:19a. These books are generally available at and through other providers. Discipleship Plan Components Component 1 - Experience God (visual overview of the FUMC discipleship process) ​"A Firm Foundation" by Wesleyan Covenant Association Hope and Vision for a new Methodist Future "​Alpha Course" by Nicky Gumbel Creating space to explore life, faith, and meaning "Healing" by Francis MacNutt Provides a context within which to understand healing ​Component 2 - Follow the Lord Jesus Daily Devotions "Experiencing God" by Claude King, Henry Blackaby, and Richard Blackaby Carefully listening to God's voice will anchor you in His plan and set you free to live it with boldness and freedom. Component 3 - Share Life Together "The Class Meeting" by Kevin M. Watson A fresh new guide to the theory and practice of the Wesley class meeting "The Band Meeting" by Kevin M. Watson & Scott T. Kisker Demonstrates that the band meeting is not merely another church program ​Component 4 - Serve the Body of Christ "Healing" by Francis MacNutt Provides a context within which to understand healing ​Component 5 - Invest in Others "The Starfish Movement" by Dan Grider Shows how to fully engage with the original Movement that Jesus launched (suggested reading for leaders of Small Groups) "Crucial Conversations" by Dan Grider Draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world "God Space" by Doug Pollock Naturally create room - God Space - for spiritual conversations to happen in your everyday life

  • Children, Youth & Family Ministry (FX) | First United Methodist Church

    NURSERY CHILDREN YOUTH FAMILIES ​ Welcome! We're so glad you're here! ​ We understand that children & youth are not only the future, but also the present of the church. Children & youth are warmly welcomed into the FUMC family and invited to participate in a variety of programs to guide them in their faith to know Jesus as Lord & Savior. Children, Youth & Family Ministry at FUMC is best expressed as FX! ​ FX is an abbreviation for FAMILY EXPERIENCE. FX is a dynamic environment designed to help us as the church partner with families. It is a fun, shared experience to come together for a purpose. It strategically places parents and kids in a world that helps both understand and live out essential truths regarding wisdom, faith, and friendship. ​ For more information about your specific age group, please click on the buttons above. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​