Backyard Missions: Helping Our Neighbors:  Backyard Missions connects volunteers from First Church with local residents who need occasional assistance. Most Backyard projects are short-term tasks to help residents maintain their homes and property. This includes yard work, raking leaves, snow removal and general household duties (spring cleaning, for example). Backyard volunteers will take on other tasks as appropriate and as they are able. There is no charge to receive help from Backyard Missions; all work is performed by church members and youth who volunteer their time and service.  To request help from Backyard Missions, contact (717) 766-4611 or Recipients need not be a member of First Church or any church to receive assistance.

Bethesda Mission:
Provides shelter, food and clothing, and shares the good news of Jesus Christ with those in need.  Volunteers are needed to bag groceries, help in the youth center, participate in the mobile street ministry and other outreach ministries.

Bethesda Mission Outreach:  Join us at Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanincsburg at 6:00 p.m. to help sort and bag donated groceries. Bethesda Mission Outreach exists to support partner non-profit organizations in the Central PA region working toward the shared goal of providing food to families and individuals in need. First Church members volunteer at Mission Central the third Wednesday evening of every month to sort and bag groceries.  For more information or to volunteer, call the church office at 717.766.4611.

DAYSTAR Center for Spiritual Recovery: The mission of DAYSTAR is to empower persons to overcome the devastating effects of substance abuse through spiritual resources, positive relationships, therapeutic counseling and practical aid. We support them by our time and using our talents to help create winning recovery programs for addicts.

Habitat for Humanity: This international organization builds new homes or refurbishes used ones to provide sturdy, inexpensive housing for those in need.  Volunteers are needed to work on job sites, provide administrative support to families and assist in the Habitat office.

Isaiah 61: 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 soup kitchen, clothing bank and Life groups. Specifically, First Church members help serve meals to the homeless in downtown Harrisburg on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested. All are welcome! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Little Free Pantry: First Church is thankful for your support of the Little Free Pantry located on the corner of Simpson and High Streets. Please consider helping to stock the pantry throughout the year.  Some of the more popular items are microwavable meals. Please be sure to place items that are not expired or near expiration.  For a list of suggested items in the Summer, click here.  For items needed in the Winter, click here. Thanks for sharing and caring for our community!  If you have questions about the Little Free Pantry, contact Lori Hoffnagle at

Mission Central: This local warehouse is a central collection and distribution site for numerous relief items.  Items are distributed locally and globally in response to disasters and to missionaries to share as needed.  Children, youth and adults are welcome to volunteer with things like assembling of relief kits and school kits.

Neighborhood Center: This center, located in Harrisburg, provides a safe place for children to go during the summer and after school.  First Church supports this ministry through donations and various fundraisers.

New Hope Ministries:  Located in Mechanicsburg, this ministry seeks to serve human need in the local community.  This includes providing food, counseling and positive activities for young people.  First Church aids this by collecting food and donations, and provides space for an after school program and a kids club.

The United Methodist Home for Children:First Church supports a home in Mechanicsburg.  Children and youth, some of them in crisis, seek refuge in this facility.  Many of them attend Sunday School at our church and volunteers are needed to interact with these children and youth on a regular basis.  For more information, see their website here.

United Methodist Women: In addition to meeting for fun and creative fellowship, this group of women is on a mission to know God and to improve the world.  Five “circles” of women sponsor or participate in numerous projects to benefit the community and hold several special events yearly.

Volunteers in Mission: Our Susquehanna Conference Missional Board develops teams of everyday people wishing to serve the Lord in a hurting world by serving others where they live. What is God calling you to do? For more information about Volunteers in Mission, visit the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church at