“Did you know that on any given day, there are up to 13,000 people in Pennsylvania without a home?”
First Church, in partnership with Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church (McBIC), will hold its 29th annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless during November. This year’s event has been recrafted for the safety of participants and the public, but it will still fulfill its primary goal of raising funds for local agencies that support those struggling with homeless realities.
The Sleepout also raises awareness. It is intentionally held before Thanksgiving to remind participants that while many of us eat and live in abundance, there are others who struggle even to meet their basic needs.
Normally, students give up the comforts of home and sleep in cardboard boxes for a night. The youth will not sleep out this year, but the community can still support the event through a GoFundMe campaign, which can be found here. In addition, cash and check donations (payable to FUMC with “Sleepout” in the memo line) can be mailed or delivered to First United Methodist Church, 135 W. Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg PA 17055.
Participants will meet outdoors on Nov. 21 at McBIC for a campfire, soup kitchen style meal, and other socially-distant activities. Participants also will learn about the devastating effects of homelessness, and are encouraged to educate others through social media.
We are well are on the way to meeting the $5,000 goal! All donations will benefit New Hope Ministries, Family Promise, and Bethesda Mobile Mission. To learn more about the youth ministries participating in this event, visit the GoFundMe page here.
The First Church Bell Choirs will be making and selling pies for Thanksgiving! All pies are handmade on the premises and bakers will be wearing masks and practice physical distancing. You can choose from Pumpkin, Mincemeat and Apple (crumb topping or double crust). You can also choose to have them baked or unbaked. The pies are $10. Pick up is Saturday, November 21 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Customers will drive up to the alley entrance and the pies will be brought to them. To order your pie(s), contact Kathie Bittenbender at 717-697-6257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds benefit trips the Bell Choirs take to workshops and festivals.
Learn how you can support several worthwhile ministries and missions with your time, talent, and/or financial resources!
For the safety of our congregation and the public, First Church will not hold its annual in-person Ministries and Missions Fair. In its place, we have created a booklet with information on various ministries and volunteer opportunities within our congregation and the community, and details on how to get involved.
Are you ready to make the commitment? Sunday, Nov. 15 is Consecration Sunday at First Church. We hope you will plan to attend either of our church’s worship services at 8:15 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to learn more about how you can grow in your faith journey through giving your financial and spiritual gifts. New for this year, you can make your financial commitment in person, electronically by clicking here or return your card by mail.
If you have questions, please contact the Church office at (717) 766-4611 or email@example.com.
First Church continues to hold the Gathering, an outdoor worship experience, on Sunday evenings this fall. New for November 1, we will start at 4:00 p.m.
The Gathering will offer a time of praise and worship in a casual, “come as you are” experience for all ages. Worship will be held from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in the church parking lot.
Rest assured in the knowledge that all appropriate safety measures will be observed:
Physical distancing at least 6 feet apart (unless you are with members of your family/daily social circle).
Mask wearing any time physical distancing is difficult or as you are walking around (masks will not be required once you are seated).
Children will remain with their parents (and a fun activity will be provided!)
Greeters will be on hand to welcome all, take attendance and assist with spacing.
Singing will be allowed in this outdoor venue! (proper physical distancing required)
A clean restroom will be made available for anyone in need.
Worshippers are asked to bring a mask and lawn chair, and to arrive early to allow for physical distancing. Dress for the weather, but we will move indoors in the event of bad weather.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend! For more information, contact Lisa Aronson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Church will host a health lecture on Choosing to Eat a Gluten-free Diet on Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom conferencing. Giant Foods nutritionist, Kilene Knitter, MS RD LDN, as well as a ‘panel presentation’ from First Church members who maintain a gluten-free diet will be our presenters. To register and to receive the link for the presentation, please contact Janice Bowen at email@example.com or 717-766-4611, ext. 112.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
First Church will offer its popular Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program again this fall, with a modified format to observe COVID-19 safety protocols.
The fall session of Wonderful Wednesday will run for four weeks from Oct. 28 to Nov. 18. The program begins at 4:45 p.m. with a Bible lesson and craft. Do you like to solve riddles? This fall’s theme is “Riddle Ranger.” We will work together to solve riddles and discover an even deeper understanding of who Jesus really is. At 5:30, we will offer First Church’s first-ever hand sign choir! In the absence of singing with our voices, we will learn a song in sign language. For the safety of participants, we will not provide a meal or interactive gym time this fall. The program concludes at 6:00 p.m.
Each family must have an adult present at the program. Families are asked to bring a blanket, and will be seated together in the church’s multipurpose room where social distancing will be observed. All participants must wear masks.
There is no fee for Wonderful Wednesday this fall. All are invited! You don’t have to be a member of First Church or of any church to participate.
Go to https://www.timetosignup.com/kidscount/folder/2553 to register by Oct. 25. For more information, call or email First Church at 717.766.4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu Shots will be offered in the multi-purpose room on Sunday, October 18th, both in the morning and the evening for anyone over 18 years of age. Please pre-register to secure a time slot by signing up at the Time to Sign Up here: https://ttsu.me/n7egdh and choose your preferred time.
We have provided ample time between each person, to allow for cleaning and physical distancing. Please be sure to wear your mask while inside the church building. Some, but not all, insurances are accepted, please bring your insurance information. Without insurance coverage, the flu shot costs $35 (cash or check please, made out to VNA of Central PA).
If you have any questions, please contact Janice Bowen at WeCare@fumchurch.com or 717-766-4611 x112.
First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!
Once again, we will be worshipping via Zoom video conference. If you had ever wanted to attend, but were not able to, this is a great opportunity. The service will include music, scripture, prayer and a brief message. To join in the service, please contact Pastor John Shellenberger at email@example.com before Sunday afternoon.
The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.
Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month. To view the Disability Awareness Sunday/Rejoicing Spirits service, click here.
The Third Friday Food Trucks return for the final time this year on Friday, October 16! The trucks will serve in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Food will be take-out only and guests are asked to follow physical distancing and face covering guidelines.
We will be welcoming the following trucks: Mad Dash, Marsicos Italian, Philly Hoagie, Shredderz, Potato Coop, Sugar Whipped Bakery, Doggie Delights (doggie treats).
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