First Church is offering a time of learning and sharing around the topic of grief, facilitated by our Discipleship Pastor, Jason Armold. Sessions are held every Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the South Wing. If you struggle with grief, whether recent or in times past plan on attending. For more info, contact Pastor Jason 717.838.2551, x204.
Save the Date!! — First Church will be holding our annual Friday Fun Fest community outreach event on Friday, Aug. 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Come join us!! Hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches and drinks will be provided free of charge. Visit our ministries/missions information tables and earn an opportunity to win one of many door prizes from local merchants. Kids’ activities will include carnival games, bounce house activities, a visit from the Fire Company & EMS, etc. Annie’s Ice Cream truck will also be available for you to purchase a sweet treat to end your evening.
Faith Acts UMW is collecting school supplies for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). These will be distributed to needy children across the world. This year sewn school bags are being replaced with 2 gallon plastic bags at least 13” across, big enough to hold the notebooks. UMW will collect these until Sept. 2nd. Please place your donations in the gray bin near the welcome desk. The specific list of what will go into each bag is listed below. UMW thanks you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.
School Kit Materials: 1 pair blunt scissors: Round tip only, no plastic scissors; 1 box of 24 crayons: Only 24-count boxes are accepted; 3 one-subject notebooks: No marble composition bks, or 3 or 5-subj. notebooks; 1 pack of loose-leaf paper: 100-200 pg packs, wide or college rule, acceptable; 1 hand-held pencil sharpener: 1-inch or longer, remove from packaging; 1 ruler: 12 inches or 30 centimeters long, sturdy or flexible material accepted; 6 unsharpened pencils; 1 eraser: Two inches or larger.
On the 2nd Sunday of the month, we will collect loose change. Monies raised go towards our mission efforts including Rise Against Hunger and PF 6:8. Start scouring your purses, cars, and cushions for loose change now!
We are always building lives and now we're building our team. Are you looking to make a difference? Might this be what's next for you?
Wish List Needs: Ranch dressing , Hot Dogs, Peanut butter, Jelly, Breakfast Sausage, Ketchup, Mustard, Canned Pasta (all varieties, including with meatballs), canned soup (Chicken Noodle & Tomato especially), Mac & Cheese, Canned Tuna, Baked Beans, Fruit or Pudding Cups, Kid-friendly snacks & bottled 100% juice.
July Memory Verse: “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock” Matthew 7:24
July 22: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector: We can learn from the stories Jesus told. Often the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is interpreted as a rebuke to the Pharisee, but disciples and believers are just as vulnerable to pride and self-righteousness as the Pharisees. Jesus ended the parable with a qualifying statement. “All who life themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up”.
The 8am service has come to a close with sadness and thanksgiving for all God has done through that service over the last 40 years. In all of life there is birth and death. We rejoice at births and mourn deaths. In families we look for new births to carry us into the future. In faith God talks about doing "new things." In our prayer, our worship, our mutual care and our planning we look for what God's grace and love is doing now. We don't know all that God has in store for us. What we do know is that when we catch up and participate in what God is doing there is always new birth and excitement. Let's look and follow together.