First Church will host speaker Michael Arteen, a missionary who serves in the city of Bethlehem in the Holy Land, on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Arteen is the official United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries’ missionary to Bethlehem and serves at Bethlehem Bible College.

An Egyptian Christian, Arteen is married to Grace Zoughbi, a Palestinian Christian who teaches religion at Bethlehem Bible College. Michael and Grace are a dynamic young couple who share God’s love with all they meet.

Read more about Michael here.

The United Methodist Women of First Church invites volunteers to help prepare feminine hygiene kits on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the church Fellowship Hall starting at 8:30 a.m.

Feminine hygiene kits provide basic necessities to young women in underdeveloped nations, allowing them to continue in school all month long. The kits are being assembled and distributed through Mission Central in Mechanicsburg.

Specifically, volunteers are needed to help sew several items to be included in the kits. No sewing experience is necessary! Instructions and materials will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring sharp scissors, rotor cutters, quilting rulers and cutting mats as able.

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.

To participate or for more information or to donate items to make the kits, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or To learn more about Mission Central and the Feminine Hygiene Kits, visit

Volunteers are needed to help assemble school kits at First Church this Sunday, Aug. 30.

The kits are being produced in partnership with Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, and will be distributed to local students and families in need.

All are welcome to participate! To get involved, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

First Church supports many teams of everyday people who travel as missionaries locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information on some upcoming mission opportunities click on the attached document.

Do you have questions regarding how to become involved? Contact Tina Eaton at 766-4611, extension 104 or email

August and September Missions Opportunities

From the Mission trip to Canonsburg, 2011: note the slip and slide shots at the end. That was the homeowner’s reward to Mark’s crew for a job well done at the end of the week.

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