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- My Faith Stories | First United Methodist Church
MY FAITH STORIES
- HOME | First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven
"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 May 16, 2021 Sermon Title: "The Evidence of Things Not Seen" Speaker: Dr. Christopher Fisher 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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: https://www.bible.com/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. A huge thank you to our donors, Redner's, our youth and our adult volunteers today as we were able to collect 765 items for our food pantry -- the Vineyard and for our local homeless shelter -- Servants to All in Pottsville who both had pretty bare shelves. Your help is greatly appreciated by your community! Blessings to you all!
- Serving This Week | First United Methodist Church
Serving this week... Call to Worship Opening Prayer Liturgist Prayer of the People and Lords Prayer Message Pianist Music Team Parish Nurse Media Team **Volunteers listed below are subject to change without notice** Mrs. Jean Twardzik Mrs. Jean Twardzik Mrs. Jean Twardzik Mr. Doug O'Connell Dr. Christopher Fisher Cindy McClelland Mrs. Julie Saunders, Mr. Brian Reading, Mr. Tom McClelland, Mrs. Laurie Gosch Ann Moyer Don Bergen, Dave Williams, Anakin Williams, Joshua McClelland, and Jacob McClelland Flowers... May 16 May 23 May 30 June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 In Honor of our children and grandchildren by Lynne & Doug In Honor of Ruth Noecker by Lenny & Shirley Yenilaitus Happy 17th Birthday Kasandria Williams by Lenny & Shirley Yenilaitus Happy 16th Birthday to our grandson, Ethan Williams, by Lenny & Shirley Yenilaitus 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 2021 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 16-22 May 23-29 May 30-June 5 June 6-12 June 13-19 June 20-26 June 27-July 3 Wanda Langley & Kim Meyers Darlene Beers Sevenia Reiger Bev & Terry Luckenbill Wanda Langley & Barry Baum Liz Wallace Sue Rudiman In the event of inclement weather, please call the Church Office to inquire about service cancellation. May 22 May 29 June 5 June 12 June 19 June 26 Moffette & Mary Tharpe Brian Reading Pastor Fisher Brian Reading Doug O'Connell Bonnie Hawley
- 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. May 16, 2021 Sermon Title: "The Evidence of Things Not Seen" Speaker: Dr. Christopher Fisher Order of Worship Online Giving Also Available On:
- 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. Theme: Hebrews 11:1 The Assurance of Things Not Seen" Evidences to Encourage Your Faith May 16 - "The Evidence of Things Not Seen" May 23 - "Launching out in Faith" May 30 - June 6 - "Getting our emotions in sync with our faith" June 13 - Special Service - Mark Cable June 20 - Special Music Program - Joanne Forbes & Brian Reading June 27 - Youth leading worship June Communion Good News Club Graduate Recognition Sunday On Sunday, May 30th we will be recognizing our High School, College, and Graduate School Graduates during our 9:00AM worship hour. If you or someone in your family has recently graduated, please call the church office so that their names can be added to the list and they can be recognized at that time. We do not want to miss recognizing anyone for their wonderful accomplishments. Thank you. Sidewalk Pavers It's been quite a while since the opportunity to order a personalized sidewalk paver for the church has been available and the Trustees would like to extend the opportunity to the congregation to purchase a sidewalk paver. You may view the pavers under the carport outside the narthex doors. If you would like to order a brick paver for the sidewalk in honor of, in memory of, or a favorite Bible verse, please complete the form located in the May/June newsletter or by downloading the form through this link - Sidewalk Paver Order Form . The cost is $75; please return the form with your check for $75 with "sidewalk paver" in the memo section to the church office by July 1, 2021. Thank you. 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. Related to nursing home gifts, we are looking for knitters/crocheters to work on a special project for 36 residents in a special unit of one of the nursing homes. Also contact Marcy Hudock for more information. 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! Do you have a testimony? Do you have a testimony from your time of prayer? Has the Lord done something special in your life recently? Your testimony might really bless someone in the congregation. Please let Pastor Fisher or a member of the worship committee know. Worship committee members are Julie Saunders, Cindy McClelland, Ruth Noecker, and Dwight Dros. We are excited to see what God is doing in our midst and where he is leading us as we continue to seek Him earnestly in prayer! He is answering!! 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 email@example.com . February Community Lunch is canceled. Next Community Lunch is June 12 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 | May 15 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 Caregiver Conference is postponed until 2021. www.schuylkillcaregiver.com As we work our way back to "normal", we have postponed the conference planned for this year until 2021. Caregiver Support Group While the conference will not be held this year, we are continuing to establish the Caregiver Support Group. If you are interested to attend or participate, you may register on the website as you would to attend the conference. There is a separate red button at the bottom of the page that will take you to the Caregiver Support Group registration. Time & Place? Thursday evenings at FUMC. No time frame yet as to when "meetings" will start, or how frequently we will meet. We are still working with WebEx and may decide to use that until we are able to meet in person, and we may include video conferencing during live meetings for those who may not be able to attend in person. As this support group becomes active, information about the date and time of our meetings will be listed on the website on the Resources page. Registration for the support group is open now. It will give you an automated response saying that your information has been received. We will get back to you using the contact information you provide to let you know when we will meet. Fundraisers Fundraisers at restaurants have been canceled. And we may have an in-church bake sale later in the year . Please check back for more information from Karen, the organizer for the Caregiver Support Group. Take a Break Caregiver Support Group is open to new participants. This group is for those giving the care and may be a place to talk freely about things that might not be comfortable to share with the care receiver present. Come share your stories, worries, solutions, good days, bad days, all this and more. Fellow caregivers may learn from you or be able to help and support you wherever you are in the care-giving journey. If you or the patient live outside Schuylkill County, PA, you may still join us. With cell phones, chat rooms, video conference, etc., this group may be available to those who would not be able to leave the patient to attend a physical meeting at a cafe or church. That does not mean we won't meet for coffee, but it may not be the ONLY way to meet. Topics that may be discussed: Legal, financial, medical responsibility Respite, finding help Resources Family not helping Patient died and I am lost Encouragement, support There may be speakers on various topics, to be announced. Led by Karen Shiffert, Certified Caregiver Facilitator, took are of her husband who had Parkinson's Disease. He passed in 2013. Karen has a heart for caregivers needing information and support. Karen also orchestrates the annual Take A Break Caregiver Conference. Sponsored by: First United Methodist Church, 420 Saylor Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA. There is no cost to attend or participate. Meetings may be through video meetings, old-fashioned telephone/cell phone, or at a physical location. Visit www.schuylkillcaregiver.com to register. Click the red button at the bottom of the page to get to the registration form. (Your information will not be shared.) 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 Fun-Raisers | havenfirstumc
When: Sunday, May 23rd In-Between Services Where: The Narthex & The Pavilion at Bubeck Park Cost: Free Will Donations
- Newsletters | First United Methodist Church
BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS | THE CIRCUIT WRITER First United Methodist Church issues a bi-monthly newsletter, called The Circuit Writer, as one way of communicating to its members the happenings of the church. The newsletter consists of a letter from the Pastor, Parish Nurse's Notes, monthly calendars, committee updates, scheduled church-wide events, planned youth group events, and other tid-bits of information. Click on the link below to access the desired newsletter. If you have a need to access newsletters from 2010 through 2018, please send an to request a copy. email Did you know that the Church newsletter can be viewed online via our church website? You can view it anytime by clicking on whichever bi-monthly newsletter you'd like to read. NEWSLETTER | We would like to offer the option to have the newsletter emailed to you. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please send a quick request to the church office at and we will add you to the email list to receive the newsletter. Newsletter Options | firstname.lastname@example.org 2021 January/February March/April May/June 2020 January/February March/April May/June May/June Addendum July/August September/October November/December 2019 January/February March/April May/June July/August September/October November/December
- Church History | First United Methodist Church
CHURCH HISTORY Our present church building was dedicated to the Glory of God and consecrated by Bishop F. Herbert Skeete, resident Bishop of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church at a service of worship on May 15, 1983. The District Superintendent, the Reverend Dr. B. Burns Brodhead, assisted the Bishop in that service. Our present congregation traces its origin directly to a meeting held on March 13, 1902, in the home of J. F. Bast, of 37 St. John Street, with Dr. William McDowell, District Superintendent, in attendance. His later report to the Annual Conference indicated that on the above date, he organized a new society in Schuylkill Haven. Also, that they had bought a lot and were making arrangements for the erection of a building. He described the new enterprise as "starting with great vigor, 72 members received on probation, and appointment of a pastor requested." Among this group and others added within a few days, were the names of Snayberger, Bast, Thomas, Becker, Bowen, Dowdle, Boyer, Reed, Kerschner, Emerich and Freed. Rhoda Thomas Pritchard and Ruth Thom Rutter were the first persons baptized in the church. Charles Lendle and Alice Susan Berger were the first couple married in the church. On Easter Sunday, March 30, 1902, Reverend Charles T. Isenberger preached his first sermon in Metamora Hall. (This Hall is located above the Detweiler Funeral Home.) Under his leadership, the group forged ahead and our beloved St. John Street Church was built, with dedication taking place on November 9, 1902. The building cost $7,000. Within a few years, a new parsonage was provided and the mortgage on the church was burned. On November 19, 1980, about 8:45 a.m., a fire of unknown origins ignited the main church structure on St. John Street, resulting in its total destruction. Many church members tearfully witnessed the disappearance of our beloved church that had served us so well for 78 years, through worship services, weddings, baptisms, confirmations, lay witness missions, and sacred concerts. The reality of the total loss of our facilities caused expressions of disbelief and dismay, and underneath the varied emotions, there arose a determination to rebuild and go on. On March 1, 1981, the congregation voted to proceed with planning for construction of a new church. George Kulp was appointed Building Committee Chairman, and with his committee of interested members, set about selecting an architect and a type of church facility that would suit the needs of the congregation. Preliminary drawings for the First United Methodist Church to be built on a 4.132 acre site on Saylor Street were presented to the congregation on June 1, 1981, by Don Klinger Architect, of Millersburg. They chose a colonial style brick. The anticipated completion date was set at April 3, 1983. A Building Fund Campaign took place under the guidance of Juanita Locker Ivie, of the Board of Global Ministries from October 8th to the 21st. Dr. Herbert C. Rubright, Sr., served as general chairman for the Executive Committee for the Christian Responsibility Fund Campaign. By the grace of God, the congregation known as the First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven, moved into the new facility DEBT FREE!!! Since 1983, the church has added 28 parking spaces, thus having the largest parking lot of any church in Southern Schuylkill County area. We have added a large enclosed sound proof comfort room at the rear of the sanctuary thus allowing families with young children to worship in a relaxing environment and atmosphere. The sanctuary was also enhanced with a large wooden Lord's Supper Mural which graces the rear wall of the sanctuary. It is well known and people come from other congregations to view it. In 1992, the church added an early service of worship (8:00 a.m.) to accommodate our growing numbers and provide multiple occasions of worship. In February of 1997, an additional worship service - a Saturday night Contemporary Service was started. Since 1902, with the appointment of our first Pastor, Reverend Isenberger followed by the 28 pastors who have since served our church, including our present Pastor, the Reverend Doctor Christopher Fisher, appointed in 2005, we have experienced continued growth, spiritually, missionally, and in fellowship. In our history we have had one associate pastor, Reid S. Thomas, Jr., appointed for a short length of service. We have had several youth directors since 1994. A request from the Tower South (High Rise) Tenants Council was made to our church to provide a regular traditional worship service for the residents of the facility in order to minister to the spiritual needs of those unable to attend regular church services. As a result of that request, in June of 2009, a Sunday evening worship service was added and is held at the Tower South on Parkway in Schuylkill Haven. In 2014, we turned the organization of this ministry over to the Tower South Council. In 2016, the church added an elevator for use by those in need. In 2019, the church combined the 8:00 a.m. traditional and the 10:30 a.m. contemporary services into one 9:00 a.m. blended service. Also added was a 4:00 p.m. GenZ service to reach the younger generations. In March of 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the church began live-streaming the Sunday morning service. At this time, the Saturday evening and GenZ services were put on hold. In late summer of 2020, the Saturday evening service resumed and a new service = the Haven Family eXperience (A Family Worship Experience) also known as the FX service was started as an outreach to the community on a Sunday morning at 11:00 am and was held at Bubeck Park in Schuylkill Haven and moved to Fellowship Hall In November due to the colder weather. As you can see, God has been good and generous and faithful to us. We hope to be faithful to the blessings we have received. We also want to pass on the gift of faith and hope to a generation yet unborn. Praise be to God! Click here if you are interested in a more detailed history of FUMC.
- FX | havenfirstumc
Welcome to 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! Therefore, we invite you to join us live in-person on Sunday mornings at 11:00am in Bubeck Park! O r if you miss us live, you can join us here for Sunday @ Home ~ Our Haven FX: Family Experience delivered right to your living room! Click below on the links below to view the Sunday @ Home online experience Preschool Elementary Teens Check out for tons more fun & family resources! Check out this month's worship playlist on YouTube: Parents want a little more help? Check out the Parent Cue Resources today!
- Youth Ministry | First United Methodist Church
Youth Ministry (Grades 5 -12) Here at FUMC, we have two Groups that gather on a weekly basis during the school year: iGnite is geared for students in grades 5 through 8. iGnite students are planning to be youth ambassadors for Christ! Youth in grades 5 through 8 are invited to participate as well as loving leaders who want to make a difference in our church, community, and world! Senior High Club is geared for students in grades 9 through 12. Our Senior High students are truly world changers who are hungry and thirsty for more of God and long for authentic relationships with other young believers in Jesus Christ. Opportunities for Christian Discipleship and Fellowship at FUMC... The teen years are critical times for a healthy connection with a church family, and for the spiritual growth and nurture of young people. Studies indicate that 85% of people who embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior do so before adulthood. We believe that a consistent and comprehensive approach to spiritual growth is crucial. Our young people are seeking to live out their faith together - as one big family of faith. They desire to grow in faith and character. We tackle topics that are meaningful to students today. We believe in equipping and empowering young people to be the hands and feet of Christ - to be servant leaders in a world that is longing for something worth living and dying for. We find no greater cause, than the cause of Christ. Feel like something is missing in your life? Seeking something more? Come check us out! We provide weekly opportunities for teens to grow in their relationship with the LORD and with each other. Meetings days are typically Sunday evenings as well as midweek. Please view our calendar for specific dates, times, and locations of upcoming events. iGnite Calendar of events Senior High Calendar of Events