Announcements and Activities

Announcements from the latest Bulletin:

Indoor Picnic:  Signup sheets are in the narthex for donations and help on June 21 at 12:00 noon for our free community meal. Thank you for your help.  If you have any questions see Linda Fisher.  

Block Party:  The Family Ministries committee would like to invite anyone who would like to help plan the Community Block Party on Saturday, August 19 to come to a meeting at the church on Wednesday, May 24 at   6:30 p.m.  Your help and ideas are needed and encouraged.  Any questions contact Patty Dorsey or Rosalie Mitton.

Collection for Sunshine Connection & Shelter Services:  There are boxes in the Fellowship Hall for items needed for these two community services.  It is an ongoing collection and is distributed monthly between the two.  Please remember to pick up an extra item or two when you shop for this collection.  Thank you for your support.

UMW Spiritual Enrichment Day
is this Saturday at Walnut Street UMC in Burnham. Registration is from 9:30-10:00 a.m. and the event will end at noon. Light refreshments will be available. Topic is Climate Justice. All welcome.

New Summer Charge Office Hours:  Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day the charge office will be closed Monday and Fridays.   The office will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

Mission Central HUB:  Next gathering is June 10 at Granville UMC.  Our charge is responsible for collecting 75 washcloths (we are very close to the amount needed).  Please remove the tags if possible before putting the cloths in the box.  We will again car pool if that is needed.  Please see Linda Fisher for any further info.  Thank you for your continued support of the HUB.

Vacation Bible School will be held June 21-23 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  The theme is “Camp Out with Smore Jesus”.  Volunteers are still needed to make this event a success.  On Friday, June 23 everyone is invited for the closing presentation and refreshments.   Contact Louise Lauver at (717) 994-2749 if you are interested in helping.

Heifer Project Total:  Thanks to everyone who generously supported this year’s project.  Our final total was $2,502.99 which helped us reach our goal of 1/2 of the ark.  The heart of God is certainly at work at Rhodes.

Pastor Carola will be on vacation from May 21 through June 2.  If you are in need of a pastor please call Pastor Rick Bender at 248-5311.

Conference Summer Camps – Summer camps great opportunities for children, youth and adults. Scholarships available from the church for children and youth. Go to and check it out!  For more information please see Doug Marks.  

Plastic ice cream containers needed! The kitchen is need of the one gallon plastic ice cream containers with lids. Please bring to the kitchen if you are able to donate.

Summer Bible Study at Kish Park (weather permitting) will begin on June 21. If you have suggestions for topics or specific studies please let Pastor Carola know by June 4 - your ideas will be incorporated if at all possible. Group meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck supper and begins the study at 7:00 p.m. Will meet indoors as needed.

Missions for the Year 2017The 2nd quarter (Apr, May, Jun) Mission Project is Shelter Services. This local organization is always in need of community help. The congregation at Rhodes has been very supportive of this project, so, we are again asking for your support. Last year's donations totaled $ 743.00. Let's see if we can exceed that amount this year. To support this mission please put your gift in an envelope marked appropriately and put it in the offering plate and we’ll see that it gets where it needs to go. Thank you! So far we have collected: $425.00.

Celebrating 15 Years of Mission: Mission Central will be collecting supplies for Regional Activity Kits as well as personal care items and gently used shoes this year at Annual Conference (May 4-6). If you would like to participate, please bring items to the church by Next Sunday April 30. Needed: binders, folders, book sox, notebooks of all kinds, filler paper, composition books, 8 1/2 X 11 copy paper, pencils, erasers, pens, colored pencils, rulers, scissors, crayons, markers, pencil boxes/pouches, glue sticks, stickers, men's/women's personal care items of shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, soap and laundry detergent. Thank you!

Christmas Show: At the April Administrative Board meeting, it was voted that the church would pay a portion of the cost for each one attending the Christmas Show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster on December 9th. The cost will now be Adults $24.00 and Children 3-12 Free. If you plan to go, please sign your name on the sign-up sheet in the narthex as soon as possible as seats are limited. If you already paid in full you will receive a refund or you can void your check and write a new one.