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- Youth - Middle School Schedule | First United Methodist Church
Schedule NOTE: 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 (whether it be on a Sunday or Wednesday) will be canceled as well. At the same time, in the event that prior to our Youth Group meetings (whether it be on a Sunday or Wednesday) 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.
- Youth Form(s) | First United Methodist Church
YOUTH FORMS This page offers a brief explanation of the forms available through our website. You may access these by clicking on the links below Photo Release Form Technology today is allowing the use of photographs of individuals and groups in many different media formats. In light of this fact, the Communications Committee is requesting that the congregation take the time to review, complete, and return the Photo Release Form to the church webmaster . This form authorizes FUMC to use snapshots in slide presentations, on the church website, directory, newsletter, brochure, or in any other material. Youth Permission/Blanket Release Form Moms & Dads... please be sure to download and fill out the 2020-2021 Student Permission & Release Form. All forms must be filled out and turned in for all children and teens involved at FUMC. Please forward your completed form to Pastor Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- FX | havenfirstumc
Welcome to FX is an abbreviation for FAMILY EXPERIENCE. FX is a live, dynamic environment 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 regarding wisdom, faith, and friendship. 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. Parents and kids look for practical ways to take what happens at church home with them so that it is relevant on a Tuesday afternoon, or a Friday morning, or late at night. 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! Click 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 - High School | First United Methodist Church
High School (Grades 9-12) 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. Rev. Portia Kuzanga leads the Senior High Club along with two adult leaders/assistants (Mr. Dave Williams and Mrs. Cindy Dros) and two elected adult representatives (Mrs. Carolyn Catranis and Mrs. Joann Daum).
- Youth - High School Schedule | First United Methodist Church
Schedule NOTE: 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 (whether it be on a Sunday or Thursday) will be canceled as well. At the same time, in the event that prior to our Youth Group meetings (whether it be on a Sunday or Thursday) 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.
- Youth - Middle School | First United Methodist Church
Email our Youth Director to learn more! Middle School (Grades 5-8) iGnite Youth Ministry exists to love God & love others. iGnite is geared for students in grades 5 through 8 who want to make a difference in their church, community, and world for Christ! The group is being led by: Mrs. April Bergen Mr. Don Bergen Mr. David Williams Mrs. Renee Williams Click to view our Calendar of Events "Fun"-Raisers! Youth in grades 5-8th are welcome to COME, GROW & GO with us! …as we COME together to know Christ as our Lord & Savior by experiencing fun-filled faith during our weekly club meetings called, "Wacky Wednesdays" in which our youth serve as Christ's ambassadors to their peers as we host "a party with a purpose!" Youth enjoy food, fun & friendship as we build stronger relationships with each other and Jesus. …as we GROW in Christ by being youth who worship, study, pray, serve and fellowship together on our journey by sharing life, laughs & the love of Jesus! …as we GO serve by showing Christ through action, attitudes, words, and service by being " For our Neighbors" throughout the year, where you can make a difference by helping to collect food for the hungry, showing compassion for animals at the local shelters, and spreading the Gospel through various outreach events.
- 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, July 25, 2021 Message: "Something Better Than Mt. Sinai" Speaker: Pastor Christopher Fisher 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 email@example.com , 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.
- Small Groups | First United Methodist Church
SMALL GROUPS (UPDATED 07/24/2021) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . If Group Leaders need to change their meeting information, contact email@example.com 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: Healing Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 10:00 AM (temporarily filled) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tuesdays Led by: Ann Moyer & Nancy Kraft Study Book: Experiencing God (starting September) Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 3:00 PM Led by: JoAnn Daum Study Book: Crucial Conversations Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 3:00 PM Led by: Wanda Langley Study Book: God Space Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 6:00 PM Led by: Dave Williams Study Book: Crucial Conversations Where: Homes Frequency: Weekly, 7:00 PM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thursdays Led by: Eydie Reed Study Book: Experiencing God (starting September) Where: On-line (WebEx) Frequency: Weekly, 10:00 AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fridays Led by: Mary & Moffette Tharpe Studying: Parables Where: Home Frequency: Every other week, 6:30 PM (temporarily filled) Encouragement & Accountability Groups We are smaller groups which meet regularly to support and encourage each other in our walk of faith. Tuesdays Led by: Doug O'Connell Where: Men's meeting at Manheim 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: 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: Doug O'Connell Studying: Revelation Where: Church Frequency: Weekly, 7:00 PM Focused Groups We have a variety of Small Groups with specialized interests. When: TBD Led by: Karen Shiffert Type: Caregiver Support Group (New ) Where: Church ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sundays Led by: Type: Alpha Course Class Where: Church Frequency: As needed ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thursdays Led by: Gerri Inama Studying: 12 Extraordinary Women Where: Home Frequency: First three Thursdays of each month, 6:00 PM Led by: Gerri Inama Meal & Chat: Women encouraging women Where: Church Frequency: Last Thursday of each month, 6:00 PM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturdays Led by: Don Bergen Type: Men's Breakfast Video Series, "Truth. Love. Together." Where: Church Fellowship Hall & On-line (WebEx) Frequency: Third Saturday of each month, 8:00 AM 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 03/16/2021) 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 www.christianbook.com and through other providers. Discipleship Plan Components Component 1 - Experience God "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 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
- My Faith Stories | First United Methodist Church
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- 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. Pastor Christopher Fisher July 25 - "Something Better Than Mt. Sinai" August 1 - "Meeting God Face to Face" August 8 - Speaker Speaker: Rev. Luis Centeno August 15 - "God's Plan of Conquest" August 22 - "Pitfalls to Spiritual Victory, Part I" August 29 - "Pitfalls to Spiritual Victory, Part II" September 5 - "Crossing the Jordan" August Communion Rev. Luis Centeno, Barnabas Transformation Ministires Congregational Meetings to Prepare for the Future of United Methodism In light of the high probability there will be a split in the United Methodist denomination at the August 2022 General Conference, the Administrative Board has approved a series of informational congregational meetings to update our members and prepare them for what is next. These meetings will take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month after 9AM worship. September 19, 10:30 AM | Introduction, historical developments in the UMC leading to the likelihood of splitting; a look at the options for congregational re-alignment after the split, including with the new Global Methodist Church. Rebranding our local church in light of potential changes. October 17, 10:30 AM | Options/paths forward for our church in response to the current theological chaos in the UM denomination. Pros/cons/cost of each option. November 21, 10:30 AM | Further details on the benefits and costs of various paths forward. Rebranding focus. December - NO meeting because of the holidays. January 17, 10:30 AM | New policies, updates on the latest UM news related to the upcoming possible split, straw poll on the will of the congregation. February 20, 10:30 AM | Contingency planning. Please mark your calendars and make an effort to attend. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Next Community Lunch is August 14 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 | July 17 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.