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

TRANSFORM

August 2 – 6, 2021 | 601 Market St (CLC)

TRANSFORM is our city-wide mission experience where we seek to serve those in need, build relationships, and bless our community through construction projects and work with local nonprofits.

Registration opens May 1. You can register to become a volunteer or to register your hom or nonprofit to be on our projects list by clicking one of the buttons below.

TRANSFORM: Kid’s Edition will also be available for any children whose parents are already serving during the TRANSFORM mission week. You can register your child(ren) when you register yourself.

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

MISSION ITEMS

Collection Bins Located at 604 Market St (FEC)

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

Local Food Pantry: pudding, Jell-O, granola bars, Manwich
Shepherd of the Street: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

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 for the Summer of 2021. Stay tuned for more details for starting up in the Fall of 2021.

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.

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

CODE BLUE

From January to March, First Church opens its doors and offers warm food and shelter to anyone in need. However, Code Blue will not be held in January – March 2021 due to safety concerns.

Contact: John Best

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