Today! Christmas cantata: “The Heart of Christmas”
Childcare is avilable for young children during the Cantata.
The Chancel Choir will present Pepper Choplin’s Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas” on Sunday, December 18 at 10:00 am.
The Christmas story found in St. Luke’s gospel is told musically through the creative use of various musical styles, ranging from bluegrass to traditional carols. Come join with us as we worship the newborn King. Fellowship will follow in the FLC.
Christmas Outreach 2022!
This December families came together for an outreach event for the shut-ins of our church. While the youth group held their regular meetings, we invited children and parents to help us to prepare gifts and make cookies (December 7th) then take the church bus around to deliver them (December 14th).
This past Wednesday was delivery night! Pastor Steve drove the bus and Gail co-piloted. During delivery the kids jumped and crawled across lawns like ninja elves to give our gifts and sing a few Christmas carols!
In Today's Service:
Diaconal Minister of Music - Linda Peppernick
The altar flowers
To place flowers contact Bette Renshaw (717-263-3660)
Did you know that if you can’t make your preferred Sunday morning service, you can come Thursday Night for a brief but meaningful service and stay for a delicious dinner?
At First Church you can!
It's called Dinner Church and you are welcome to join us every week to connect with God through worship and with our community through food and conversation!
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR YMCA’S SAM’S PROGRAM KIDS
Hold the cookie baking! The YMCA has moved the date a week later! Sam’s Kids Program at the YMCA 6:30-8:00 ** Tuesday, December 20th ** We are looking for homemade cookies to be placed in the church kitchen by noon December 20th and marked for “Sam’s Kids.” Also, monetary donations toward the pizza meal. See Susie Kunkle 717-352-2562
Watch our services on youtube at 12pm!
We also have a dedicated phone number so you can listen to latest recorded service at 717-899-4JOY (4569).
Weekday Welcome Desk Help Needed. If you can provide coverage at the welcome desk on Mondays OR be a backup when we have a need Tuesday –Thursday, from 9 o’clock to noon, please contact Stacey at 717-263-8491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Years Day Service is a Combined Worship in the FLC at 10am.
Important Note regarding upcoming events: If you are planning a church event, please contact Stacey in the church office so that we can coordinate all events in the church and are not overlapping ministries. Thank you!
Please contact the church about hospitalizations as we no longer are contacted when parishioners are hospitalized.
Thank you to everyone who attended the information/discernment meetings on November 20th and December 8th. Thank you for the loving spirit of the discussion on what is a difficult topic of conversation. The previously announced date of January 8th for voting our discernment regarding First Church and the United Methodist Denomination has been postponed to sometime in February. We will announce the day as soon as it is available.
The leadership team and the pastor hope to be afforded the opportunity to engage in conversations with Sunday school classes and small groups for further information discernment.
Three Links for further information are listed below.
UMC Official facts about disaffiliation.
The views/opinions expressed in the following links do not necessarily represent those of the leadership of First Church.
Reconciling Ministries - Progressive movement (started in the 1980s) This is not a church denomination; nor is it affiliated with just one denomination. This is an organization that exists to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and help other churches do the same.
People Need Jesus - A website/blog for the Global Methodist Church led by Chris Ritter who sits on the Global Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Please be aware that readers who are sensitive may find comments on the blog triggering/offensive/political. It is always a good idea to avoid comment sections altogether.