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)

The following are requested items from local collection organizations for the month of December:

– Local Food Pantry: spaghetti sauce, pasta (all shapes), hamburger helper, Jell-O, pudding

– Shepherd of the Street: deodorant, diapers (all sizes), wipes, and baby shampoo

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

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

MONDAY DINNER

TBD

Monday Dinners are paused, and tentatively set to resume beginning in January of 2022. Stay tuned for more details.

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.

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

FIRST NIGHT

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

We will be continuing handing out free takeout meals at First Night on Wednesdays at 5 PM at the (CLC) until further notice. We are tentatively planning for an indoor, sit-down First Night experience beginning in January 2022.

There will be a special Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 25 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the Christian Life Center (CLC). As a result, there will not be First Night on Wednesday, November 24.

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

CODE BLUE

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

From January to March, First Church opens its doors and offers warm food and shelter to anyone in need.

Please read the following message regarding Code Blue from John & Sue Best:

After a lot of prayer and discussion, we have agreed to move forward with this much needed ministry. We do recognize that COVID will have a major impact on the number of our volunteers and on our procedures. We believe that we have developed some new practices and guidelines that will allow us to create a safe and healthy environment for all of us as volunteers and for our guests. Most importantly, however, we believe that regardless of the obstacles and challenges, we are called by our God to reach out to those who do not have a warm place to sleep during these cold winter months. (Matthew 25:40—Jesus said, “What you have done for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”)

So here we are inviting each of you to join us in answering this call from Jesus to make a Christian difference in our community.

We will be holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 30th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the First Church Sanctuary. If you are willing to volunteer as an overnight host or in any other capacity, please plan to attend. If you are not able to attend but want to participate in this important Christian outreach, please let us know. If you know of others who might be willing to serve, please invite them to the meeting.

Contact: John Best, Acts Network Leader

Partner Organizations

BISHOP’S PARTNER IN MISSION

To raise $1 million for Imagine No Malaria, which is the United Methodist denominational campaign to save lives from malaria.

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