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 January:

– Local Food Pantryflavored oatmeal packets, cold cereal, hot chocolate

– Shepherd of the Streetsdiapers, 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.

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), take-out meals are provided to the community for free. Beginning February 23, we will transition back to an indoor, sit-down meal experience with community and worship. 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. If you are seeking this resource, please arrive to the front doors by the fountain at 9 PM.

To make this happen, we need volunteers to serve as overnight hosts, meal preparers, and in other capacities. If you are willing to serve as an overnight host, reach out to Sue.

If you can prepare and deliver a meal to the church, click the button below to sign up for a day and meal. Donations should be easy-to-serve items such as BBQ, mac and cheese, soups, pulled pork, pizzas, casseroles, donuts, or other baked goods. Please note that meals should be delivered by 8:30 PM, and be sure to check that site often as to be updated with the most accurate number of guests being served.

Contact: Sue Best, Acts Network Leader570-337-9047

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