Announcements and Activities

Announcements from the latest Bulletin:

There will be a special offering received for victims of Hurricane Harvey during worship Sunday,  September 24, at the request of Bishop Park.  Please make checks to the church marked “Texas Flood.”  Thanks    for whatever you can do.

Membership Information Class:  If you would be interested in becoming a full professing member of either church or in baptism for yourself or your children, please let Pastor Carola know by September 24.  If there is interest there will be a few meetings to discuss the meaning of the promises made, review the history and teachings of the UMC, and get better acquainted with others in church.  

Mifflin County Potato Drop sponsored by Mifflin County UMC's will be Saturday, September 30.  Come help sort and bag potatoes at the Youth Park in Reedsville starting at 8 a.m. or drive thru to pick up 10-lb bags from  9-11.  You can also order potatoes to pick up at church on October 1 - there is a sign-up sheet in each church. 

HUB - Our next gathering will be held on Nov. 4 and we will be collecting 100 wash cloths for that gathering.

Reminder!  Worship Time Change is Sunday, October 1.   Yeagertown worship will begin at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday School will be 10:30 a.m.  Rhodes Memorial Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:45 a.m.

Craft Night: Sunday September 17th, starting at 6:00 p.m.   Everyone is invited to come and help make crafts for the bazaar.  For anyone who started a string art project in the spring please bring to complete.

Choir practice has begun and new members are welcome.  Contact Marcie Barber or just come on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.

Homecoming is scheduled for Sunday, October 22 and planning is about to get underway as a group will meet on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. If you have ideas or would like to help, please come! All are welcome. If you can't make the meeting please share your thoughts with Pastor Carola.

Children's Ministry News! Beginning September 17 we will now have nursery and preschool care available each week for children whose parents would like them to participate, and for elementary students we will have Quiet Bags with various activities as well, to use during the church service and return to the narthex following worship. That day will also be the day that children “move up” as appropriate in their Sunday School classes. If you would be willing to assist with the nursery care ministry, please see or contact Teena McCurdy (717-667-7371). We are not totally in compliance with our Safe Sanctuaries policy until we have 2 adults each week, so we can use your help! Thank 

Lake Raystown Cruise: Everyone is invited on September 23 for a boat ride (11:00-12:00 Noon) on Lake Raystown, followed by a picnic. Fliers are posted around the church and there is a signup sheet in the narthex. See Patty Dorsey or Rosalie Mitton for further details.

If you would like to help provide assistance to the people of Sierra Leone following their devastating landslides, you can go to and donate on line to International Disaster Response, or make out a check to the church marked "Sierra Leone landslides" and we'll see that it gets to where it needs to go.

See for yourself what the Initiative is doing! Each year a group travels to Sierra Leone to see the work of the UMC and the Initiative and you are invited to go on this trip. In 2018 the dates will be January 30-February 12. There will also be an information meeting at Calvary UMC, Harrisburg on Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. See Pastor Carola for more information.

Lumina Cards now available for $10. See Deb Smoker or call/text 717-513-6268 or Elyse in the church office.

The local shelter is in need of board members.
If interested contact Deb Smoker at 717-513-6268 or Shelter Service Inc. at 717-248-0102 for an application (or see Elyse in the church office). 

Pastor Carola will be on vacation beginning August 28 through September 4. If you are in need of a pastor please contact Pastor Rick Bender at 248-5311.

Charge Picnic is Sunday, September 10 in the Green Pavilion at Kish Park. Coffee/Donuts at 10:00 a.m.; Worship at 11:00 a.m. and Tureen Dinner starting at 12 Noon. Meat and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish and place settings. We will have a special visit by The Rev. Dr. George Peck, a 19th century circuit riding preacher, as portrayed by Keith Beasley-Topliffe, talking about whether the olden days were better than today.

Church Office: Beginning September 5th, the church office will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m –Noon.

Mission Meals are Tuesday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m. Help is always welcome and appreciated.

Church Meetings will be Monday, September 11. Missions/ Evangelism at 6:00 p.m.; Council on Ministries at 6:30 p.m.; Trustees at 6:45 p.m. and Administrative Board at 7:30 p.m.

Choir: The first choir practice for the new season will be held Wednesday, September 13. Practices are held every Wednesday evening at 6:45 p.m. and usually end by 7:30 p.m. 
 Please consider sharing your voice with us. If interested in joining the choir please contact Marcie Barber. 

Spiritual Growth Opportunities: Don't forget the potluck picnic and vespers at the Center for Spiritual Formation's Orchard Hill retreat center today at 5:30, or to register by next Sunday for the Sunday evening 24-week Disciple Bible Study led by Pastor Rick Bender beginning September 17. See Pastor Carola if you'd like more info.

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the free community meal. We served 65 and had 13 helpers. Everyone there enjoyed the meal and the fellowship. Without your support, donations and help in preparing and serving these community outreach events could not happen.

Summer Bible Study has begun at the green pavilion at Kish Park (weather permitting – we will meet indoors as needed). Group meets Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck supper and begins the study at 7:00 p.m. and you are welcome to come for both or just the study time. Our summer topic will be “3:16” – it’s amazing how many books of the Bible have significant passages in the 16th verse of the 3rd chapter! We’ll take a look at a few of these over the course of 6-8 weeks. So come whenever you can and feel free to bring a friend.

Directory Updates:  Copies of the directory will be in the narthex the entire month of June for review.  Please look over your and/or family members address/birthdays/anniversaries and update if needed.  Please highlight or put a check beside your name so that we know it has been reviewed.  Thank you!

Salads:  The total profit from the May salad sale was $3208.40.  Thanks to all who helped in any way during our March, April and May salad sales!

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.

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. 

HATS -Since everyone who now handles food in our kitchen has to wear either a hair net or hat, we have decided to see if there is an interest in purchasing hats. We can pick our color and design a logo for the front. They will run around $ 20.00 each depending on the logo. We would like to present this to the Ad. Board at the Sept. meeting to see if the church will purchase them or if we have to buy our own. There is a sign - up sheet and a sample of the hat in the narthex if you are interested in getting a hat either way.

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.

Missions Information

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.

HUB - Thank you to everyone who donated rulers and who came to help on Aug. 12. We had 45 helpers and made 398 back -to- school kits . Our next gathering will be held on Nov. 4 and we will be collecting 100 wash cloths for that gathering.

POTATO DROP - This year's event will take place on September 30, 2017. There is a sign - up sheet in the narthex for anyone wanting free potatoes again this year. Along with your name, please put the number of 10-pound bags you want. Help will also be needed on that day to bag and distribute at the Youth Park. - a sign - up sheet will also be in the narthex for that as soon as more details are available.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - We are again having our yearly blood drive at Rhodes on October 3, 2017 from 1:30 - 7:00. If you are a donor, please consider giving to our drive. If you have never donated, please consider donating. It is a simple process and each donation saves 3 lives.

Thank you always for your donations and your interest in these projects

Missions for the Year 2017: The 3rd quarter (Jul, Aug, Sep) Mission Project is the Sierra Leone Initiative. We have pledged $1200 support each year for 5 years. 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 received: $865.00.