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. 

"GenZ" Worship Service Update

Sundays at 4:00 pm

The new worship service targeting young people will be held on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm followed immediately by refreshments and a light supper. The service will begin in the cafe with refurbishment work planned for the fellowship hall as the future location of the worship service.

The GenZ worship service targets the post-high school twenty-somethings in worship style but is open to everyone! The young adults of our church expect the service to start small and grow as they reach out to other young adults in the county.


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


Theme for January and February: Healing


​January 26 - Fellowship Sunday; no Sunday School; Potluck Brunch after worship

February 2 - Holy Communion

February 9 -

February 16 -

February 26 - Fellowship Sunday; no Sunday School; Potluck Brunch after worship

Communion Offering will go to:

​February | The Salvation Army, Pottsville

2020 North District "Tools for Ministry" Training | Saturday, March 7 | 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Click on this link for details on the day's events.



Click on this link for a brochure with descriptions of the training workshops.


Click on this link to register to attend.


UMC Update | January 26 following Fellowship & Friend Luncheon

Pastor Fisher will be reporting and answer questions on the developments in the UM denomination

Methodist Women's Ministries Meat Pie Sale

Orders must be received by January 15

Pickup January 26 after the morning service

Pies are 6 inch and 9 inch, beef or chicken with vegetables and gravy made with Marcy Hudock's recipe. They will come frozen with cooking instructions. Place order sheet and payment in the offering plate; mark the envelope "Pie Sale". Checks should be made out to FUMC with Methodist Women on the memo line.

Small $5 or Large $8

Fellowship/Friend Sunday | January 26 following 9:00 am service

Christmas 2019 has come and gone and we want to start 2020 with a "Fellowship/Friend Sunday"

A time to get to know one another as sisters and brothers in Christ and realize what a Special Family we have here at FUMC... this will be one of many Sunday's to following in 2020 and I am asking each of you personally to attend this first Fellowship Sunday and invite a friend.

Sunday, January 26 following the 9:00 am service, we ask you to sign up and bring a pot of soup or a tray of sandwiches... and/or a dessert (signup in fellowship hall).

Let's make this the best ever of Fellowship, Unity, and Pledging to lift one another up in prayer and love... I am counting on each one of you.

Annual Father/Daughter Dance

Sunday, February 16, 2020


Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the Music and Dancing from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Walk-in Art Center in Schuylkill Haven.

Music will be provided by DJ, Dave Evans.

Tickets are a must for this special night and are $8.00/person. Light refreshments provided.


Reserve your tickets with Barb Brady via phone or email (found in church directory).

Prayer & Praise Nights

An Hour of Prayer and Praise

One Thursday night per month. Keep watch in the weekly bulletin, website, and/or Facebook page.

All are welcome!!

Come one, come all. This month's Prayer & Praise night is January 23 at 6:00 pm

No Sunday School Classes

January 26

February 23

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 next community luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 noon, in the church’s Fellowship Hall. 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 | Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 am Come and enjoy good food and good fellowship. 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 March/April 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?

If you have a testimony from your time of prayer, please let Pastor Fisher know as the congregation might be blessed to hear your testimony.

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.

Church-wide Prayer Meeting every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm to be held in the sanctuary. Please join us as we seek God together!

Music Notes:

The choir needs your help! If you are a high school student and are in need of community service hours, we can qualify that time.

If you are a new person attending First Church, come and join us on Wednesday nights for great fun, friendship, and worship.

If  you are a regular attendee, come join us for short-term - through Christmas. That would be great!

  • Choir rehearsals are in full swing on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Please prayerfully consider being a part of this Family of God. 

  • Praise Team practices will be on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. The team is open to adding a variety of instruments to the current ensemble. If you play an instrument and are interested in playing along with even just one song, please reach out to a team member.

  • Special Music There is a need for special music during each of the Sunday morning worship services. "The sky is the limit" - All varieties are welcome before Our Lord and God. Please contact Cindy McClelland if you are willing to participate in the worship services.

If you have any questions or are interested in any of the above, please see Julie Saunders or Cindy McClelland.

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.

Kitchen Supplies | Regular & Decaf Coffee, Creamer, and Tea. If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please see Marcy Hudock, stop by the Church Office, or put it in the offering plate earmarked for the coffee fund.


Media Team | Looking for volunteers for service(s) both in slides and sound operations. If you are available for service, be available to serve as well. We are also needing volunteers for service/ announcement slide creation.  If you have a few hours during the week available; consider serving in preparing the words. Training and mentoring is available to all who wish to learn and serve.  Contact David Williams for more details. Without you, the sight and sound falls silent.  With you, the Word will reach beyond the walls of the church.

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

February 20 | MercyMe 2020 with Jeremy Camp and David Leonard

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

Giant Center, Hershey PA

April 18 | For King and Country

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA

March 28 | Winter Jam 2020


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



This is a website that posts upcoming Christian concerts.

IMC Concerts

Miscellaneous Concerts

​February 21 | Newsboys | Calvary Church, Lancaster PA

March 12 | Casting Crowns | CURE Insurance Arena, Trenton NJ

March 13 | Newsboys UNITED - Greatness Of Our God Tour | The Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg PA

April 16 | Gaither Vocal Band | Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill PA

June 3 | Elevation Worship | Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY

Sight & Sound Production Jesus is going to be in the theaters on April 7, 9, and 11.

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.

  • January 28 - Second Hand Lions

  • February 25 - My Fair Lady

  • March 24 - King of Kings

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