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.
January 24 - "The Next Generation of Disciples depends on... You!
January 31 - "Spiritual Conversations 101"
February 7 - "Our Confidence in Grace"
February 14 - "How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?"
February 21 - "Sharing Christ outside the Church"
February 28 - Youth Sunday
February 17 | 7:00 PM
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.
2021 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Narthex
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.
January's Meeting with be Tuesday, January 19 at 1:00 PM; it will be a meet & greet with Portia, our new Youth Director.
More information can be found at www.cefschuylkill.com
In-person Good News Club is scheduled to run from the week of February 1 through March 29, 2021 at the following locations and times:
Blue Mountain Christian Retreat
Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Bethany E.C. Church, Tamaqua
Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Kimmel's E. Free Church, Orwigsburg
Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Calvary Chapel, Valley View
Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM
First UM Church, Pottsville
Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM
St. John's Reformed Church, Friedensburg
Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Grace E.C. Church, Schuylkill Haven
Thursdays 4:30 - 5:30 PM
If you are interested in having your child(ren) participate in a very interactive online Good News Club, there are two online clubs scheduled for February through the end of March 2021.
Tuesday, February 2 at 4:15 - 5:15 PM
Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 - 6:30 PM
To attend the interactive online Good News Club, your child must be pre-registered. Registration forms can be found on the CEF of Schuylkill County website: www.cefschuylkill.com. The Zoom link will be sentj to you via email after you are registered. The interactive online Good News Club is open to all children, not only children who reside in Schuylkill County.
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!
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!!
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!!
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.
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 February 13 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 | February 20 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.
Click the link for an article in The Wellspring, A Publication of the Health & Healing Council of the Eastern PA Conference of UMC. The publication has many articles; the front page article is called:
Health and Welfare Happenings
Take-a-Break Caregiver Conference is postponed until 2021.
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 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
Family not helping
Patient died and I am lost
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.)
Coffee continues on Sunday mornings. 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 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.
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.
Check out the Concert/Event/Movie Release Information/Schedule
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, please check with the Event Coordinator/Host Site for details of events happening or canceled. Thank you.
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:
All concerts are from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; a free-will offering is taken. Check the website for the musicians. (https://musicinthepark.net/)
Santander Arena, Reading PA
Giant Center, Hershey PA
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA
Christian Concert Alerts
This is a website that lists upcoming Christian concerts.
This is a website that lists upcoming Christian concerts.
POSTPONED til 2021 | Creation Festival Northeast
This is a website that posts upcoming Christian concerts.
Sight & Sound Production
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