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November 2018

Wonderful Wednesday

Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall session starts October 17. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. This year’s theme is Rock Solid Followers! See video here to learn how children can become Rock Solid Followers! Non-church members…

“Tech-Wise Family” Book Club

First Church invites all parents to participate in a book club based on the book, “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place,” by Andy Crouch. The introductory session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, from 6:20 to 7 p.m. in the church’s Sanctuary Gathering space. Book Club meetings will be held at the same time as the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program and will last for 7 weeks. Books may purchased on your…


First Church welcomes knitters, crocheters and crafters of all types for the new Knit@Nite fellowship group. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Tower Meeting Room (former Children’s Library), Room 216D. Attendees can work on any project, but prayer shawls and hats for premature babies are currently needed. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

November 16, 2018 3:30 pm — November 17, 2018 8:00 am

Youth Sleepout for the Homeless

Members of community youth groups will hold their Annual Sleepout for the Homeless Friday to Saturday, Nov. 16 to 17. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, the church parking lot will be transformed into a community of boxes, where the teenagers will spend the night. The teens will accept donations from the community throughout the evening. All proceeds will benefit local agencies dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness. Last year’s event raised nearly $4,000. In addition to money, the Sleepout…

World Thank Offering and Mission Meal

First Church will observe the World Thank Offering, led by the United Methodist Women (UMW), on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. Observed annually, the World Thank Offering is an opportunity for individuals to respond to God’s abundance and grace with gifts of gratitude. Donations support the mission and ministry of UMW nationally and around the world. After the 10:45 a.m. service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for a barbecue Mission Meal. The…

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due

First Church is collecting boxes of personal care items for this year’s Operation Christmas Child. Through this ministry, the public is invited to fill one or more shoe-sized boxes with toiletries (comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, etc.), toys, games, school supplies and a Wow item. The boxes are shipped to children in dire need in more than 100 countries around the world. Boxes will be collected until Nov. 18. To participate or for more information, call or e-mail the church office…

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 7 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at (717) 766-4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

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