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. 

The Youth Easter Candy Sale is still on!

​There are 14 boxes of Honeycomb Crunch candy left (10 milk/4 dark). Please click here to fill out the Order Form to place an order.  More can be happily made. 

Immediate home-delivery is available; someone will call you to arrange delivery of the candy to the address noted in the form.

Cost is $10/box.  Please send cash or check to the Church Office. Checks should be made payable to FUMC with "Youth Candy Sale" in the memo line.

Sight & Sound Theatres® Presents: JESUS
​Experience the greatest rescue story of all time as JESUS makes its worldwide debut – streaming free exclusively on TBN.

Watch on the TBN app or online. Available on demand Easter weekend only: April 10-12.

https://watch.tbn.org/sight-sound-theatres-presents-jesus

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Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the following are canceled through April 30

  • All committee meetings

  • Sunday school classes

  • Bible studies

  • Prayer meetings

  • Men's breakfast

  • GenZ services (Sundays at 4 pm)

  • Saturday night services (6 pm)

  • Choir rehearsals

  • Exerettes

  • All youth activities (Senior Youth Club and ignite)

  • Wacky Wednesdays (ignite)

  • Faith, Family & Friends April and May events at the Schuylkill Haven Rec Center

Palms Available

At your discretion, pick up palm branches outside the church after Noon, Saturday, April 4

 

​​​Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 am - Palm Sunday - Streamed with a "Love Feast". Bake a sweet bread and have milk or coffee ready. We will use the palm branches and eat together during the worship.

Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00 pm - Holy Thursday - Streamed

Prepare ahead of time: pour a cup of grape juice or wine and have bread to break. The worship service will include Scripture readings and hymns, followed by Holy Communion. Pastor Fisher will consecrate the elements from home. You are invited to celebrate Holy Communion in your own homes while viewing the worship service. 

 

Click here for an explanation of a Messianic Seder Super by Chosen People Ministries that should be a blessing.

There are simple instructions to help you participate in the Seder along with your family at home by tasting the various Passover items found on the Passover table. If you want to share a complete meal together, there are recipes provided. How wonderful it would be to share a Passover Seder!

Good Friday 24-Hour Prayer Vigil from Thursday, April 9 @ 8:00 pm  until Friday, April 10 @ 8:00 pm | Set aside these 24 hours as a special day to seek the Lord. Do no regular work (if possible), and eat and drink for strength, not pleasure. Watch “The Passion of the Christ.” Meditate on Christ’s passion. Pray.

​Sunday, April 12 @ 9:00 am - Easter Sunday - Streamed

Join us live for Sonrise!

Sunday Preaching Schedule (schedule may change without notice). Pastor Fisher preaching unless otherwise noted.

 

The upcoming services may or may not be the topic of the message due to the Corvid-19 pandemic. They will be rescheduled.

​Future Services (as previously scheduled in March & April - Healing from Pain of the Past):

  • "Freedom through Forgiveness" (Guest Speaker: Lisi Fisher)

  • "Surrendering the Will" with a Children's Message

  • "Surely He has Carried our Griefs"

  • "The Healing Presence"

  • ​"The Soul-Cleansing Fire" with a Children's Message

Methodist Women Ministry | Freedom and Recovery for Everyone Enslaved (FREE)

https://www.freefromht.org/

May 12 at 6:00 pm

Featuring Andrea McHenry from Reading, PA to speak on Human Trafficking. FREE is a non-profit organization in Berks County that raises awareness of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has witnessed people being sold right off the streets in Reading. Andrea was featured in the Reading Times newspaper article on January 23 titled "FEDd Indict Gang Members". The copy of the article is on the bulletin board downstairs if you would like more information.

Senior High Club (Youth Group) Fundraiser

Saturday, May 9 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Youth are offering to be your "Servant-for-the-Day". This is your opportunity to have one or more of the youth to come to your home to do light chores - cleaning, dusting, yard work, etc., then you will make a monetary donation to the Youth Group.

Thank you for your continued support of the Youth of FUMC.

Prayer & Praise Nights

​An Hour of Prayer and Praise

on one Thursday night per month. These will restart after the Covid-19 pandemic. Keep watch in the weekly bulletin, website, and/or Facebook page.

All are welcome!!

2020 SPRC Committee:

  • Linda Olsen, Chair

  • Tom Reed

  • Al Machamer

  • Wesley Rhodes

  • Dolores Morgan

  • Gerri Inama

  • Gary Daum

  • Pastor Fisher

Worship Committee:

  • Julie Saunders, Chair

  • Cindy McClelland

  • Ruth Noecker

  • Dwight Dros

  • Pastor Fisher

Senior High Club:

Raquel Fisher, President of Youth Council​

Pastor Fisher, Youth Leader with Adult Leaders:

  • Dave Williams

  • Kristy Kraft

  • Lisa Daukaus

  • Michele Daukaus

  • Cindy Dros

Ignite Group Adult Leaders:

  • April Bergen

  • Don Bergen

  • Matheau Bridges

  • Dwight Dros

  • Rene Williams

Health and Welfare Happenings

 

Take-a-Break Caregiver Conference 2020 | Thursday, November 5

www.schuylkillcaregiver.com

  • The venue is booked - First UCC on Route 61 in Schuylkill Haven, Route 61, Schuylkill Haven (adjacent to Penn State Campus); it has great parking and a nice area for our programs.

  • The speakers from last year are being asked to join us in 2020.

  • Linda Olsen is in charge of volunteers to set up and tear down the tables before and after the event. If you are available, please speak with Linda.

  • Our website (above) is being updated with the new location, date, and time. The speakers will be changed or updated when their confirmation to participate is received. The website will still be the way to register. The registration form has been updated to make registration easier; if you want to attend with a friend, that person must register as well. When you register you may order your lunch.

  • Registration to attend the 2020 Conference opens August 1, 2020!

Caregiver Support Group

The Caregiver Support Group is in the planning stage. Details to follow. There will be a link for participants to sign up for notification about support group meetings and details.

Fundraisers have been set!

Sunday, May 17 | All Day | Hoss's Steakhouse, Pottsville Street, Pottsville (Cressona-Schuylkill Haven)

Tickets must be presented with the meal check for us to get credit. Tickets will be distributed in May.

Date TBD | Boscov's Friends Helping Friends 25% Discount Shopping Passes 

Passes are $5 each. We keep all the proceeds! Discounts are redeemed at Boscov's.

October (date TBD) | Bake Sale in Fellowship Hall

Looking for Bakers!!

Do you like to bake? We need bakers for October for our in-house (Fellowship Hall) bake sales. Contact Dot Murphy or Karen Shiffert to volunteer to bake for these events.

Affordable Quality Health Care flyers available in the narthex brochure display.

The Schuylkill Alliance for Health Care is a private non-profit organization that provides a vital link between Schuylkill County residents in need of greater access to health care and health care providers who are willing to help anyone struggling with affordability issues. A description of their services and contact information is in the flyer.

No Sunday School Classes

All of April

Liturgists are needed!

We are trying something new this Fall with liturgists. We would like some folks to step up and serve as liturgist for a a full one month at a time. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Church Office. Thank you.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Update

Since 2011, this ministry has gifted 160 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.

Are you interested in sponsoring the altar flowers for a Sunday morning? If so, please contact the Church Office or sign up on the flower poster on the bulletin board in 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 second service. The cost for altar flowers 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.

The 2020 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board near Fellowship Hall. 

Community Luncheon | The Community Lunch is canceled for April due to the Covid-19.

 

The next community luncheon is TBD. 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 | The Men's Breakfast is canceled for April due to the Covid-19.

 

The next Men's Breakfast is TBD. For more information, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941.

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.

Office & Deadline Information

  • The due date for the May/June newsletter is TBDPlease have all information into the church office by that time. Thank You.

  • Please have Bulletin Announcements into the church office by Wednesday morning so that we can be sure to get the information to the folks who create the announcement slides and also to be sure that we save enough space to highlight them in print. Additions to the bulletin announcements after Wednesday morning may delay the creation of service slides or publishing until the next week. Thank you for your help!

NEWSLETTER | Did you know that the Church newsletter can be viewed online via our church website? You can view it anytime by clicking here to access the newsletters page.

 

Newsletter Options | 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 office@havenfirstumc.org and we will add you to the email list to receive the newsletter.

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!!

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 will continue.

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.

The Wednesday evening Church-wide Prayer Meeting is being done in your home. Please join us as we seek God together!

What is/are your Spiritual Gift(s)? Everyone has at least one gift. Please pray about where you might share that gift with your Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Prayer Ministry (by the week)

  • Choir and Praise Team

  • Community Lunch

  • Slide Show & Sound Board Operations

  • Greeters/Ushers for Narthex and Fellowship Hall

  • Sunday School teachers

  • Nursery helpers

  • Liturgists

If you are willing and able to serve in any capacity - even if not listed above, please contact the Church Office.

We are looking for YOUTH to be a part of a brand new praise team.

 

Any one interested in joining the existing Praise Team, in any of the areas noted below, are more than welcome to join the group. 

Please prayerfully consider being a part of the team through:

- voices                           - slide creation

- soundboard                - keyboards

- instruments

Contact Julie or Cindy if you are interested.

Coffee continues with our new schedule of one worship service on Sunday morning. With the addition of a Fellowship Brunch on the 4th Sunday of the month, coffee will still be served on those days but only briefly as we wait until brunch is served. Karen Shiffert, Nancy and Pastor Mike Smith, Earl Daubenspeck, and I'm sure others as well, have been helping in the kitchen and are considered the coffee servers on a Sunday morning.

The need for Sunday "goodies" is unpredictable at best. At times there are leftovers from the monthly luncheons or other church activities. If you are interested in providing Sunday goodies, we welcome your contributions. If we have too much (with our appetites how could that be?!) we may freeze the excess for the following week.  The goodies provided may be sweets like cookies or cakes, or a fruit that won't be too messy to eat in the hall or Sunday school room.

If you want to share a celebration, call Karen to reserve that special Sunday so no other desserts will be assigned to that day. We have had anniversaries, birthdays, and church-related events that provided their own cake or other treats to share.

After getting your coffee, at the end of the counter you will see a basket marked "donations". There is a clip board signup sheet with the Sundays listed that you may sign up to bring baked goods. You can donate with the weekly collection designating it for "coffee". 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. Coffee creamer is a never-ending NEED. Goodies or not, we can still share a cup of coffee if everyone contributes whatever they are able.

Please join us Sunday mornings for coffee and fellowship after the 9:00 am service. Your contributions make the coffee even sweeter in sharing.

If you have any questions or not sure what to bring, contact Karen Shiffert or the Church Office.

JOE EUBANKS Memorial Scholarship Fund | Scholarship money is available for members of First UMC who are pursuing a call to ministry. If you are being called to ministry and would like more information, please contact the Church office at 570.385.3941.

Gretna Glen, Camp Orchard Hill, Pocono Plateau

Check the table in the narthex or contact the Church Office. The camps do offer activities throughout the year.

 

If you would like to attend church camp, there are Camp Scholarships available through the Hap Palmer Camping Fund; please contact the Church Office for more information.

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!

Women Encouraging Women (formerly the Widows Group) Meetings are held in individual homes or they go out to eat. Please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941 for dates and times.

Small Group and/or Bible Studies | Our small groups are in full swing. If you are interested in sharing or updating your small group info, please contact the Church Office to advertise your Small Group, meeting time and focus of study. Check out our small group ministries page on the website for studies, times, and hosts.

New 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 couples prayer group, 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)

Check out the Concert/Event/Movie Release Information/Schedule

Christian Concerts | You can check out the current newsletter for concerts at local theaters and churches. Check out the following websites for updates on upcoming Christian Concerts throughout the area:

Coleman Park - Music in the Park (Lebanon PA)

Concerts run June through mid-August. All concerts are from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; a free-will offering is taken. Check the website in for websites for the musicians.

 

Santander Arena, Reading PA

May 9 | Hillsong Worship: Awake Tour 2020 – Christian-Pop Concert

Giant Center, Hershey PA

Rescheduled Date - June 19 | For King and Country

November 13-14 | Joyce Meyer Ministries

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA

 

Christian Concert Alerts

​This is a website that lists upcoming Christian concerts.

 

Creationfest Concerts

This is a website that lists upcoming Christian concerts.

June 24-27 | Creation Festival Northeast 2020

 

itickets.com

This is a website that posts upcoming Christian concerts.

IMC Concerts

Miscellaneous Concerts

​​June 3 | Elevation Worship | Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY

June 18-20 | KingsFest | Kings Dominion, Richmond, VA

August 21 | Sidewalk Prophets | Christ Community Church, State College PA

October 10| Gaither Vocal Band | Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill PA

October 11| Sidewalk Prophets | Boyertown Middle School East, Gilbertsville PA

October 18 | Sidewalk Prophets | The Junction Center, Manheim PA

Sight & Sound Production Jesus is canceled and will be resheduled; you can check the link below for the updated showing days/times.

Click here for more information, links to which theaters and showing times.

Faith Night at The Movies at the Hamburg Strand

Every 4th Tuesday of the month (unless a holiday falls on that week)

Tickets are $8 and the movie starts at 7 pm.

Soda and popcorn are included. Discussion will be held before and after the movie.

  • To be announced

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, please check with the Event Coordinator/Host Site for details of events happening or canceled. Thank you.

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