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  • Confirmation Class | First United Methodist Church

    CONFIRMATION CLASS ​ ​About Confirmation ​Confirmation provides the opportunity to affirm and own for yourself the faith in which your parents have raised you - to begin the steps toward your adult commitment to Christ. At the core of the confirmation process is discipleship- your spiritual development as you take up the call to be disciples of Jesus Christ in your lifestyle, beliefs, values, and witness. Students will have the opportunity to take classes and meet with Pastor Fisher. This will be a great time to ask your hard questions about life and God, learn why faith in Jesus Christ is justified, and take the steps yourself to confirm your faith as a Christian. You will also have the opportunity to develop a special discipling relationship with a mentor in a small group setting, who will serve as a guide and adult friend to you in your faith. Confirmation is for Youth entering 7th and 8th grades. ​ Click here for the . Confirmation Process for 2019 & Beyond If you have any questions about Confirmation, please contact the Church Office. Pastor Fisher will gladly answer your questions.

  • Prayer Request | First United Methodist Church

    PRAYER MINISTRY ​ Many of us have heard prayers from the time we were very young, beginning with "Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep...". Most of us, too, have prayed for someone else or have received prayers on our behalf. We pray during loss or difficulty, praise, or worship. Why pray? We go to those we love and trust to share our joys, express appreciation, and ask for guidance and help. How much more love can we share with our Father in Heaven, the giver of life and provider of salvation, than to talk with Him and share with others? There is no doubt prayer is valued among people of faith but do you know of the prayers that continually rise from our church family? We have several . When a need is received by the church office, through the website, or an email to the Prayer Coordinator, the chain begins. Soon, many are praying to Our Lord on someone's behalf. Often, a particular need is referred to a "prayer warrior", through the prayer chain or church office. Often the matter is confidential and the prayer warrior comes to the church to pray. prayer chains We have a service where two or more faithful members meet regularly to pray for leaders, our congregation, guidance, and deliverance. Wednesday evening prayer ​ We also have . Two people sign up to pray for one hour a day for a week at a time to pray for the Kingdom of God to come more fully in our church and our community and beyond. Interested people can contact the Prayer Coordinator or sign-up on the clipboard that is circulated periodically on a Sunday morning. Prayer Partners ​ Our newest prayer-card ministry was implemented to cover everyone in the whole church, by name, in daily prayer. This ministry has over 50 people praying and interceding daily for every single person in the congregation, by name, each using a prayer card with 10 names on it. This is very exciting as we together fulfill the scripture that commands, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). I believe we can expect wonderful things as we lift the saints to the Lord. ​ ​ Our prayer room is located next to the church's Narthex and can be used for group or personal prayer. Many times volunteers will pray in the prayer room during the 9:00 am worship service - for our church leaders, members, and to give glory to God. There is a , where someone in need of prayer is gifted a personally crocheted or knitted shawl as a token of a small group's personal prayer. prayer shawl ministry Many small groups meet on a regular basis and prayer is part of the group's time of sharing. ​ ​ In the past a prayer wheel was created for mission trips, for the New Year, and special occasions throughout the calendar year. But as technology changed, we changed with it. We now have online signups through our Facebook page; folks sign up to pray during a block of time. And hour through hour - 24 hours a day, those serving in whatever mission or service they are called to at that time are covered in prayer during their time of serving and growing in Christ. ​ Whether we participate in church prayer efforts, pray at family get-togethers, or prefer to lift petitions to our Lord silently in private, may each of us pray daily and talk with our Father, Savior, and Holy Spirit who guides us. May we remember, too, to give petitions and thanksgiving for others within our church family, our community, and beyond. And may the scripture "Pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17) encourage us to lift up prayer for someone or something at any time our hearts want to talk to Him. ​ (An observation shared by a prayer partner in our church family, minimally edited, and used with permission on the website.) Please consider joining your Brothers and Sisters in Christ in prayer. If you have a praise or need, contact the church office or submit your petition through the website by clicking the following link to our . prayer request page ​ Information on becoming stronger in your prayer life A-Z Back to School Prayers 4 Steps to Becoming a Prayer Warrior Parent ​ ​

  • Submit Prayer Request | First United Methodist Church

    PRAYER REQUESTS 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) tells us to "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Are you or someone you know in need of prayer? How may we pray for you? God cares about you, your family, and your friends. Scripture tells us to give our problems and worries to Him. FUMC and our Prayer Team would like to help you present them to God and ask Him to show His love to you by working in your life. FUMC offers various ways to request and receive prayer for you and your loved ones. We offer: An active Prayer Chain. Prayer requests may be submitted by sending an email to or be called into the Church Office (570.385.3941) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. prayer@havenfirstumc.org Prayer request cards are available in the pews; you may complete a card on a Sunday morning & place it in the prayer card collection during the first hymn. Below is a Prayer Request Box. To help us pray for your specific situation, please take a moment to submit your request. All submissions in the Prayer Request Form are emailed to a member of the FUMC Prayer Chain and then will be sent forth to have many people praying for you. Prayer Request Submit Thanks for submitting! We will be praying for you or the person(s) in your request.

  • The Upper Room

    THE UPPER ROOM ​ The Upper Room is a daily devotion which has meditations with the Bible as the cornerstone for and measure of faithful living. All the meditations reflect the belief that God wills only good for each of us and that God calls us to lives of love, forgiveness, and service to others, according to the example of Christ. ​ Click here for The Upper Room.

  • Privacy Policy | havenfirstumc

    FUMC's Privacy Policy Effective date: September 03, 2018 ​ First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven ("us", "we", or "our") operates the website (hereinafter referred to as the "Service"). www.havenfirstumc.org ​ This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data. We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, the terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from www.havenfirstumc.org. ​ Definitions ​ Service Service is the website operated by First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven www.havenfirstumc.org ​ Personal Data Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession). ​ Usage Data Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit). ​ ​ Cookies Cookies are small files stored on your device (computer or mobile device). ​ Data Controller Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed. For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data. ​ Data Processors (or Service Providers) Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively. ​ Data Subject (or User) Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data. ​ ​ Information Collection and Use We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you. ​ ​ Types of Data Collected Personal Data While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to: Email address First name and last name Cookies and Usage Data Usage Data We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. ​ Tracking Cookies Data We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and we hold certain information. Cookies are files with a small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Other tracking technologies are also used such as beacons, tags and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyse our Service. ​ You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service. ​ Examples of Cookies we use: Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service. Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings. Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes. Use of Data First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven uses the collected data for various purposes: To provide and maintain our Service To notify you about changes to our Service To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so To provide customer support To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service To monitor the usage of our Service To detect, prevent and address technical issues Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it. ​ First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven may process your Personal Data because: We need to perform a contract with you You have given us permission to do so The processing is in our legitimate interests and it is not overridden by your rights To comply with the law Retention of Data First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes and enforce our legal agreements and policies. ​ First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer periods. ​ Transfer of Data Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those of your jurisdiction. ​ If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there. ​ Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer. ​ First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven will take all the steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organisation or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information. ​ ​ Disclosure of Data Business Transaction If First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy. ​ Disclosure for Law Enforcement Under certain circumstances, First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency). ​ Legal Requirements First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: To comply with a legal obligation To protect and defend the rights or property of First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public To protect against legal liability Security of Data The security of your data is important to us but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Our Policy on "Do Not Track" Signals under the California Online Protection Act (CalOPPA) We do not support Do Not Track ("DNT"). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser. ​ Your Data Protection Rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete or limit the use of your Personal Data. ​ If you wish to be informed about what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us. In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights: Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you. The right to access, update or delete the information we have on you. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete. The right of rectification. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data. The right to object. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information. The right of restriction. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format. The right to data portability. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven relied on your consent to process your personal information. The right to withdraw consent. Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests. ​ You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA). ​ Service Providers We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), provide the Service on our behalf, perform Service-related services or assist us in analysing how our Service is used. ​ These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. ​ Analytics We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyse the use of our Service. Google Analytics Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualise and personalise the ads of its own advertising network. ​ You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en Behavioral Remarketing First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimise and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.​ ​ Facebook remarketing service is provided by Facebook Inc. You can learn more about interest-based advertising from Facebook by visiting this page: https://www.facebook.com/help/164968693837950 To opt-out from Facebook's interest-based ads, follow these instructions from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/568137493302217 Facebook adheres to the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioural Advertising established by the Digital Advertising Alliance. You can also opt-out from Facebook and other participating companies through the Digital Advertising Alliance in the USA , the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada in Canada or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe , or opt-out using your mobile device settings. http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ http://youradchoices.ca/ http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/ For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook's Data Policy: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation Links to Other Sites Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit. ​ We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services. ​ Children's Privacy Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children"). ​ We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers. ​ Changes to This Privacy Policy We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy. ​ You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page. Contact Us If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us: By email: office@havenfirstumc.org By visiting this page on our website: https://www.havenfirstumc.org/contact-us ​ ​

  • 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 2017, 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 | office@havenfirstumc.org 2020 January/February March/April May/June May/June Addendum July/August September/October 2019 January/February March/April May/June July/August September/October November/December 2018 January/February March/April May/June July/August September/October November/December

  • What We Believe | First United Methodist Church

    ​ Our doctrinal standards are in accord with the faith of the ancient church, the apostolic and orthodox creeds, and the evangelical spirit of John Wesley. We Believe... ​ In the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ, the Word of God and Son of God; truly God and truly human. In the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the sufficiency and authority of the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, for knowledge of Salvation and Christian Faith and Practice. In the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God by faith in the merit and sacrificial death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the convicting, comforting, sustaining, and empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. The church is the redemptive fellowship of believers where the pure Word of God is preached and the Sacraments duly administered according to Christ's command. In the Christian life as one of individual and communal discipleship. Adapted from The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2008), ¶103: Section 3: Our Doctrinal Standards and General Rules (The U.M. Publishing House, Nashville, TN, 2008). . Click here for more detail of the Foundational Documents of The United Methodist Faith WHAT WE BELIEVE We are a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Click here for more information on the WCA core beliefs.

  • Children (Age 4 to 4th Grade) | First United Methodist Church

    Connection Classes for Children [ The Little Children and Jesus ] People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” ~Luke 18:15-17 Sunday School Connection Classes for children ages 4 through 4th grade are held Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 11:30 am during the school year. Classes begin with large group time as we sing, dance, fellowship, and learn about the Bible lesson of the week and are followed by small group learning in individual rooms as children share and apply what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Our Sunday School program is a place where games, activities, contemporary music, and creative teachings of the Bible truths are used to reach this generation of kids in a way that is fun and relevant to them. Shepherded by loving adult leaders who teach and model for them what it means to be a follower of Jesus, your child will be supported, encouraged, and prayed for as they grow in their relationship with Jesus.

  • Ways to Serve | First United Methodist Church

    WAYS TO SERVE The Holy Spirit and You Do you know what your Spiritual Gifts are and how you can use them at FUMC? As a Christian saved through acceptance of God's grace by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive spiritual gifts to be used in service for God's greater glory. We are to use our unique personalities, traits, and interests to build up the church and to share Christ’s love with the world. You can use these gifts through the ministry of FUMC. Together we provide many opportunities to share God’s love with one another and with the world. Using your Spiritual Gifts is as easy as sharing your time and talents. Below is a list of areas that you can volunteer to serve FUMC: ​ Confirmed youth and youth in the confirmation process are required to serve as acolytes until the age of 16. Acolytes light and extinguish candles. Acolytes receive their initial training and are scheduled by Sandi Berger. Acolytes | Choirs / Praise Team | FUMC offers several opportunities to worship and praise God. We offer an adult choir, a cherub/children's choir, and the praise team. . For more information on our music ministry, please click here Certification with extra training and preparation for service in a number of helping ministries. Christ Servant Ministry | ​ Coffee Servers and Donations | Coffee continues with our new schedule of one worship service on Sunday morning. You can make a monetary donation on a Sunday morning, volunteer on the signup sheet to bring baked goods, you may purchase and bring canisters of regular or decaf coffee, individually wrapped tea bags, hot chocolate, coffee creamer, sugar packets, or other items that may be used to serve the coffee. If you have any questions or not sure what to bring, contact Karen Shiffert or the church office at 570.385.3941. ​ Community Luncheon Sponsor or Server | . For more information on our community lunch ministry, please click here ​ Community Relations and Outreach | For more information on our community relations and outreach, please click here . Communion Steward / Server | A communion steward provides the elements (bread and juice) and sets up for the communion service by placing the bread and cup on the Communion Table as directed by the Pastor (i.e., intinction or individual cups). A communion server assists the Pastor during the communion service by serving the bread and cup to the congregation. ​ FUMC and Diakon's PrimeTime Health partnered to form the Exerettes to provide older persons with valuable knowledge and techniques to assist them in maintaining health, wellness, and independence. The program is particularly attractive to older adults because most of the dances and activities can be done either standing or sitting down. One of the goals of the Exerettes is to inspire others and to show that it is never too late to make life-style changes. The exercises not only promote balance but also flexibility, strength, and better. The Exerettes meet every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 am here at FUMC in Fellowship Hall. By the way, IT's FREE!! Come and join us!!! Exerettes | ​ Greeters/Ushers are the people who say hello and hand you a bulletin when you come to church and have a very important part of our worship; as part of their responsibility, as an Usher they collect the offering(s) and direct people to receive Holy Communion. We welcome and encourage church members who would like to be greeters to contact the church office for available dates. Lay Home Communion Ministry | This group provides the Sacrament of Holy Communion on a regular basis, providing a bridge between the congregation and home-based members. These people have a sense of mission, are responsible, have compassion, are non-judgmental and can keep confidences. They are servants of the Lord who bring the blessings of their congregation to God's children with special needs. Lay Liturgists | Liturgists are congregation members who volunteer to open worship with announcements and to read the lessons during the church services. They serve on an occasional basis. If you are interested in serving as a lector, please contact the church office. Lay Speakers/Preachers | Is God calling you to help spread the Good News? Do you feel a burning desire to talk to others about the things of God? If so, then lay preaching may be the route for you. Lay speakers/preachers are given the work of speaking God's word, praying for others, and serving the congregation's needs. The lay preachers serve FUMC by sharing God's word with the congregation for the Saturday evening service or occasionally on a Sunday morning when the Pastor(s) are out of the pulpit. Media Ministry (media/sound booth) | . For more information on our media ministry, please click here There are many committees that lead FUMC and serve this congregation. Serving on a committee is just one way to share your diverse gifts and interact with those who share your interests and values. . Ministry Teams and Committees | For more information, please see the Committees Section of this website ​ Bi-monthly, this group meets to help collate and sort the monthly newsletter. If you are interested in serving as a Newsletter Helper, please contact the church office. Newsletter Helpers | ​ Prayer / Prayer Shawl Ministry | For more information on our prayer and prayer shawl ministry, please click here . ​ The Christian life is lived out with people. We understand that growing one's faith requires the support, attention and nurturing that only small group can provide. Trusting relationships allow us to know one another deeply and to be known. What we receive from God is always matured, tested and developed in the context of people, like you, in God’s Church. Here at FUMC we value the time-proven experience of Christians meeting in home groups for the purpose of Fellowship, Bible Study, Missions, and growing, nurturing, and discipling people to become dynamic followers of Jesus Christ. We offer short-term and long-term classes to allow you to connect with others as you walk together on your faith journey. Our small groups are a way to get to know each other. If you have a suggestion for a small group, or if you would like to connect with a small group, please contact the church office. Small Group Leaders | ​ Sunday School teachers are willing to spread the love of Jesus Christ with a group of 6-12 children on Sunday mornings from September through May, have the ability to plan and lead meaningful lessons for Sunday School children, and are willing to serve on a quarterly basis. Sunday School Teachers | ​ . Vineyard Ministry Volunteers | For more information on our Vineyard ministry, please click here ​ ​

  • FAQs | First United Methodist Church

    FAQs ​ Where do I park? Parking is easy for our visitors. As you enter the parking lot from Saylor Street, there is a drive that goes through the upper end of the lot that leads to a covered area for drop off at the main doors. You will notice the parking to the side of the church. Is there handicap parking? There are several handicap parking spaces available. As you enter the parking lot from Saylor Street, there is a drive that goes through the upper end of the lot that leads to a covered area for drop off at the main doors; there are two handicap parking spaces available there. At the parking lot to the side of the church there are several handicap spaces available there which enters into Fellowship Hall. There is an elevator available to take you to the sanctuary/office level. What should I expect? You should expect to find a friendly and welcoming church who will be glad to see that you have come to worship with us. You should expect to feel welcomed as part of the family during our worship services. You should expect a faith community that is Bible-believing, centered on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and seeking to grow together in the knowledge and love of God. Attire? Church is no longer a formal affair. When it comes to church, attire doesn't much matter. They understand there is nothing particularly spiritual about a dress or a coat and tie. God is scarcely impressed by such things. "People look at the outward appearance," we are reminded, "but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7). The dress is varied at FUMC; ranges from jeans/shorts and polos (semi-casual) to dress coat, tie, and dresses. May I attend services if I am not Methodist? Absolutely. Whether you are visiting, looking for a church, or simply want to stop in to see what we are about, we welcome anyone who wants to worship with us. What type of music is sung during the worship service? We offer a blended worship style that resonates with a wide variety of current and prospective congregants. To accomplish this goal, our Sunday morning service uses elements of both traditional and contemporary worship. We use a mix of hymns, use of the organ and/or piano, guitars/keyboard/drums, traditional hymns of the past along, contemporary music, worship choruses, and anthems by the choir. We believe that the blended service will offer the attendees ways to be led into a time of meaningful worship. May I take Communion if I am not Methodist? Yes. The United Methodist Church practices open Communion at God's table. We welcome all those who identify as disciples of Jesus Christ. "Christ our Lord invites to His table all those who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another." May young children take Communion? Yes. "All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup." (Book of Worship) May I attend service but not take Communion? Yes. We do not want anyone to feel unwelcome because they do not choose to receive Communion. Simply remain seated when others go forward. ​ Is childcare available during Sunday services? We offer a comfort room for parents to keep their children with them during worship without worrying about their child crying or being restless. ​ What if I can't get to the Sunday morning or special holiday services? Streamed Recordings Beginning March 22, 2020, FUMC started to livestream the worship services. These streamed services can be found through the , through , on , or . website our Facebook page YouTube Vimeo ​ Podcasts We offer a library of podcasts from weekly and holiday services, for services prior to March 22, 2020, in two formats: (1) contains just the scripture and message or (2) if your preference is to listen to the entire worship service, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941 or send an email to to request a copy of the service on CD. office@havenfirstumc.org ​ How do I submit a Prayer Request? FUMC has an active prayer life and offers many different avenues of prayer. If a prayer request is for yourself, you may have it announced in church and added to the church bulletin or prayer chain. If the prayer request is for someone else, please be certain that the subject person would approve the amount of information provided. There are strict HIPPA (Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines in place to keep a person's health information private and we do not want to violate that ethical standard. ​ : Prayer cards (located in the pews in the sanctuary) may be filled out on Sunday mornings. During the opening hymn, ushers come down the aisles to collect any prayer cards that are to be prayed for during the worship service. There is also a small check-box at the bottom of the prayer card if you would like the request included in the Sunday bulletin prayer list. These cards are not added to the prayer chain! These are only used during church services and to be added to the church bulletin, upon request. If the prayer request is of a confidential nature and you do not wish to share it aloud, drop it in the box at the back of the sanctuary. No one will read or distribute prayer requests on the cards in the box; God alone knows what you have written. Every couple months the cards are removed and destroyed unread. Prayer Cards ​ : The prayer chain is designed to handle prayer requests any time, any day. A team of over 75 people have committed to praying for every request made to the prayer chain. Follow-up information is always appreciated so the team can know the progress of the person for whom they are praying. Plus, we love to hear praise reports of how God is working through the prayer life of our church! Prayer requests can be emailed to or you can call the FUMC office (570.385.3941) during their regular business hours. Once received, the prayer request is emailed to our prayer chain volunteers. Unfortunately text messages and Facebook requests are not necessarily seen in a timely manner as they are not checked daily. Prayer Chain prayer@havenfirstumc.org ​ : You may also submit a prayer request by Website Prayer Request Page accessing our prayer request page. ​ Prayer is an extremely important part of our church's ministry and we make every effort to give each request our fullest attention.

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