COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

First Church values and prioritizes listening to our community so that we might reach out in relationship and service in relevant ways. We do this through ministries, partnerships, and collaboration with others who are doing meaningful ministry.

 

 

 

 

Outreach Programs

MISSION ITEMS

Collection Bins Located at 604 Market St (FEC)

Click on the tabs below to check out the requested items from local collection organizations for each month of the year:

Local Food Pantry: flavored oatmeal packets, cold cereal, hot chocolate

Shepherd of the Streets: diapers, wipes, baby shampoo

Local Food Pantrysaltine crackers, chunky soups, chicken noodle soup, fruit snacks

Shepherd of the Streetsshampoo, deodorant

Local Food Pantrytea bags (regular flavor), spaghetti sauce, and pasta (any shape)

Shepherd of the Streetsgel shaving cream, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products

Local Food Pantrycake mixes, frosting, juice/juice boxes, mac & cheese

Shepherd of the Streets: bar soap, deodorant, combs

Local Food Pantrycanned tuna fish, peanut butter, jelly

Shepherd of the Streets: diapers, wipes, baby bath

Local Food Pantrypudding, Jell-O, granola bars, Manwhich

Shepherd of the Streets: toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss

Local Food Pantry: Hamburger Helper, canned vegetables, salad dressing

Shepherd of the Streets: Q-tips, combs, deodorant

Local Food Pantryketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, microwave popcorn 

Shepherd of the Streets: shampoo, conditioner, towels, washcloths

Local Food Pantrycanned fruits, Kool-Aid, Oodles of Noodle

Shepherd of the Streets: diapers, wipes, bar soap

Local Food Pantrycoffee, black tea, powdered milk, sugar canned milk

Shepherd of the Streets: gel shaving cream, disposable razors, toilet paper

Local Food Pantryfruit snacks, mac & cheese, chunky soup, tomato soup

Shepherd of the Streets: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

Local Food Pantryspaghetti sauce, pasta (all shapes), Hamburger Helper, Jell-O, pudding

Shepherd of the Streetsdeodorant, diapers (all sizes), wipes, baby shampoo

Donations can be placed in the bins near the Ross St. entrance of the FEC.

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

FRESH EXPRESS

Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 3:00 PM  |  604 Market St (FEC)

The Central PA Food Bank delivers food to be handed out for free to the community. Food is handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fresh Express will be on break during the summer (June – August 2022)

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

FIRST NIGHT

Wednesdays, 5:00 PM  |  601 Market St (CLC)

Every Wednesday at 5:00 PM, in the Christian Life Center (CLC), there is an indoor, sit-down meal experience for anyone in the community who wishes to participate. This will involve eating together in community, then moving onto a time of worship, prayer, communion, and spiritual education using personal lessons and videos. Health and safety guidelines like masking will be in place.

If you are interested in serving in meal preparation, cooking, meal distribution, or clean-up, reach out to Tyree.

Contact: Tyree KirkpatrickFood Service & Hospitality Coordinator

CODE BLUE

January 3 – March 25, 2022 | (FEC) Fellowship Hall — 604 Market St

From January to March, First Church opens its doors to offer warm food and shelter to anyone in need. The shelter is open from 9 PM to 7 PM daily.

Partner Organizations

DWELL ORPHAN CARE

Dwell Orphan Care exists to support foster and adoptive families in Lycoming County, PA and beyond, so that children have a safe, loving, forever home in which to dwell.

EXPECTATIONS WOMEN’S CENTER

Expectations provides a variety of pregnancy and relationship services to expectant mothers and fathers. These services include pregnancy testing program, ultrasound program, healthy pregnancy classes, labor and birth courses, healthy marriage/relationship program, adoption education, and other programs to assist parents.

FAMILY PROMISE OF LYCOMING COUNTY

Family Promise of Lycoming County (FPLC) equips families to break the cycle of homelessness. They seek a society in which every family has a safe home, a sustainable livelihood, and the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their community. 

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (GHANA)

In Ghana, children as young as three are enslaved in the fishing industry, forced to do hard and dangerous work to earn a profit for their masters.  IJM works to free these children and to bring those in the slave trade to justice.

SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS

Shepherd of the Streets is often the first responder for persons in financial need. The ministry provides for: clinical pastoral counseling, bedding and hygiene items, medical transportation assistance, medical, dental, and visual assistance referrals