Thanks to all for your generous support of our Annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless! The event raised nearly $4,500!
Donations were accepted from the community throughout the evening. Proceeds will benefit local ministry groups and their work with the homeless and other families in need in our area.
Members of First Church will participate in the Borough of Mechanicsburg’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23.
All are invited to attend! Join us on the town square at the corner of Market & Main Streets at 5:15 p.m. The caroling around the Christmas Tree will be led by First Church choirs at 5:30 p.m. Come for singing, hot cocoa and cookies! For more information, visit the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce website at mechanicsburgchamber.org.
First Church will hold its annual Church Conference on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Fellowship Hall following the second worship service. All church members are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Salsgiver, assistant to Bishop Jeremiah Park, will preside. Rev. Salsgiver will provide important information on the upcoming special session of the United Methodist General Conference in February.
First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!
The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. The service has an informal atmosphere, and features brief messages, and lots of music and fellowship opportunities.
Rejoicing Spirits services are typically held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. to help sort and bag donated groceries. The groceries are then transported to the Bethesda Mission shelter in Harrisburg to be shared with residents in need.
Mission Central, a warehouse and affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church, collects and distributes relief supplies and humanitarian aid locally, nationally and internationally as needed in response to natural disasters and other crises.
First Church members volunteer at Mission Central the third Wednesday evening of every month to prepare the groceries.
For more information or to volunteer, call or e-mail the church office at 717-766-4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Church is pleased to support Isaiah 61 Ministries, a local organization that serves the needs of the homeless in Dauphin County. They provide a variety of services including a food bank, clothing closet and shelter.
Specifically, First Church members help serve meals to the homeless in downtown Harrisburg on the third Wednesday of each month. The next volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested.
New for just this month, First Church will be preparing a Thanksgiving meal to be served on November 21. We will need help to make the food and will be asking for donations of items to hand out that evening. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Lori Hoffnagle at email@example.com or at (717) 766-4611.
All are welcome!
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 at (717) 766-4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, visit the Operation Christmas Child Web site at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/.
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 meal is free, but donations are accepted to support local ministries.
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 is meant to raise awareness. Participants will get a small but firsthand taste of what it is like to be homeless, and hopefully develop a lifelong passion to help others.
For more information, call or e-mail the church office at 717.766.4611 or email@example.com.
Are you ready to make the commitment? Sunday, Nov. 11 is Consecration Sunday at First Church. We hope you will plan to attend either of our church’s worship services at 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. to learn more about how you can grow in your faith journey through giving your financial and spiritual gifts.