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.
Come Join Us Friday!! — Aug. 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for our annual "end of summer" community event. 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 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. We need 2 gallon plastic bags at least 13” across, big enough to hold notebooks. UMW is collecting until Sept. 2nd. 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!
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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.
August Memory Verse: “I have given you an example: just as I have done, you also must do.” John 13:15
August 26: The Man by the Pool: We can follow Jesus’ example. Jesus had shared God’s love with both the Jews and those despised by many Jews. He returned to Jerusalem for a feast and visited a pool in the city where people who were ill gathered to seek healing. People believed that when the waters at the pool bubbled up, the first people to get in the water would be healed. When the water bubbled, people would push their way to the front to get in the pool first or put their friends in the pool first.