Summer Events

First Church will again host Third Friday Food Truck Feast on Friday, August 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The following trucks will be pulling into the church parking lot: MAD Sandwiches, The Chicken Truck, Mad Dash, Nomad Cuisine, Up in Smoke BBQ, Bountiful Feast, The Sweet Spot and Ice Cream Express. In addition to good food, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members.

The Third Friday Food Truck Feast relocated from Harrisburg to the West Shore this summer.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Aug. 27 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. An informal atmosphere, brief messages, and lots of music and fellowship opportunities.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Bethany Robinson, and Matt and LeeAnn Herring will discuss their experiences as CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) missionaries on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

CRU’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through on-site groups at colleges worldwide. Matt and LeeAnn are recent graduates of West Chester University and lead the CRU chapter on that campus. Bethany is a 2016 graduate of Bloomsburg University, and served as a missionary intern with CRU in Williamsport this past year.

The presentation is part of “Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus,” a Bible study by Pastor Mike Slaughter. The study, being held this summer at First Church, explores Jesus’ teachings and what our response should be to similar problems in today’s world.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

School aged children are invited to bring their backpacks to either the 8:15 or 10:45 worship service for a special blessing to be prayed over their backpacks. We will pray for a safe and wonderful school year and for all our students, teachers, school administrators and school support staff.

The United Methodist Women of First Church will hold their annual Yard, Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot. Free school supplies in a handmade pencil pouch for children on a first come, first served basis! The church library will have a large variety of books to sell priced from $.25 to $1.00. The bake sale promises delicious homemade baked goods. Come early for the beset selection! Proceeds benefit UMW missions in our community.

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, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested.

First Church members Graham Bowen and Shawn Rapp will discuss their recent mission trips on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Graham, a sophomore at West Chester University, traveled to Botswana, Africa, for several weeks this summer as a member of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ).

Shawn, a sophomore at Shippensburg University, spent time in Ocean City, NJ, with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). He received training on leadership, evangelism and discipleship, and completed outreach work.

The presentation is part of “Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus,” a Bible study by Pastor Mike Slaughter. The study, being held this summer at First Church, explores Jesus’ teachings and what our response should be to similar problems in today’s world.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Aug. 16 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 the church office at (717) 766-4611.

First Church will host Third Friday Food Truck Feast on Friday, July 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling into the church parking lot to sell everything from barbeque to chicken tenders and tacos.

In addition to good food, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members.

The Food Truck Feast relocated from Harrisburg to the West Shore this summer. First Church is the first West Shore location to host it.

Several First Church youth and adult leaders will discuss their recent mission trip to Alaska during Sunday School on Aug. 6, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

The presentation is part of “Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus,” a Bible study by Pastor Mike Slaughter. The study, being held this summer at First Church, explores Jesus’ teachings and what our response should be to similar problems in today’s world.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

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