Announcements and Activities


Announcements from the latest Bulletin:


TONIGHT Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service will be at 9:00 p.m. with a special interactive children’s story “Where’s the Baby King?”

Special Christmas Eve Offering Did you know that every minute, an   average of 20 people worldwide flee their homes because of war, famine, or persecution?  That there are more than 65.6 million displaced people in the world today, more than at any time since World War II?  In light of this crisis we will receive a special Global Migration tonight at the Christmas Eve service for refugee relief and resettlement through the UM Committee on Relief because Jesus and his family were themselves refugees for a time, and during his ministry Jesus described himself as essentially homeless as well.  So to honor him on his birthday we are receiving this offering to help these "least of his brothers and sisters."  If you will not be at worship tonight we invite you to make an offering this morning or next Sunday marked “Global Migration.”  Thank you for your compassion for these desperate millions.

Photo Sessions:  There will be a person in the narthex after the church        hour to schedule your family for a photo session for the church/charge directory.  The photo sessions will be held Friday, February 9 or Saturday, February 10.  Please mark your calendar for the scheduled appointment which will take place in the Rhodes Memorial social hall.  For unanswered questions, please call Rosalie Mitton at 717-248-2016.  


Collection box for Shelter and Sunshine Connection - the box for this on-going collection is on the kitchen counter top. There is a need for canned fruit, condiments, coffee, laundry and dish detergents and toilet paper. Thank you for your continued support of these organizations.

 

Mission Meals this month are on Monday, January 8 starting at 9:00 a.m.  Help is always appreciated!

 

Church Meetings will be held on Monday, January 8.  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.

 

There will be an Ecumenical Worship service at the Lewistown Middle School auditorium on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 9:00 am. and the speaker will be our own Bishop Jeremiah Park.  All United Methodist churches are invited to have this service take the place of our regular services that morning as the service is designed to show our community and county that all of our denominations are committed to work together in unity with each other.  Discussions about how we can best be part of this exciting opportunity for Christian witness will be taking place over the next couple of weeks so let's prayerfully decide about our congregations' participation.  Please give your feedback to Debbie Aromatorio or Pastor Carola.


Collection box for Shelter and Sunshine Connection - the box for this on-going collection is on the kitchen counter top. There is a need for canned fruit, condiments, coffee, laundry and dish detergents and toilet paper. Thank you for your continued support of these organizations.

A service of candles and carols with Holy Communion will be offered at Kish Park on Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bumper Car building, led by our UMC Cluster churches.  Invite your friends.  It’s a great opportunity to worship for Christmas especially if you can’t make services on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service will be at 9:00 p.m. with a special interactive Children’s story.

Special Christmas Eve Offering Did you know that every minute, an average of 20 people worldwide flee their homes because of war, famine, or persecution?  That there are more than 65.6 million displaced people in the world today, more than at any time since World War II?  In light of this crisis the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which has been providing refugee relief and resettlement since WWII, is asking for a special Global Migration offering from United Methodists.  We decided to receive this offering through the Christmas Eve plate offering (the evening service) because Jesus and his family were themselves refugees for a time, and during his ministry Jesus described himself as essentially homeless as well.  So to honor him on his birthday we are receiving this offering to help these "least of his brothers and sisters."  If you will not be at worship for Christmas Eve, of course you can make a designated offering through the church at any time, making checks out to your church and marking them or the envelope in which you enclose cash "Global Migration Offering."  Thank you for your compassion for these desperate millions.


The Flower Chart for 2018 is on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  Please sign up for one or more Sundays.  Please indicate which Sunday or Sundays you choose.  The price is $30.00.  If you have any questions contact Mariann Sutton at 717-242-0527.  You help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

The bus trip to the Lancaster Christmas Show is December 9.   Please be at the church by 8:45 a.m.  

Collection box for Shelter and Sunshine Connection - the box for this on- going collection is on the kitchen counter top. There is a need for canned fruit, condiments, coffee, laundry and dish detergents and toilet paper. Thank you for your continued support of these organizations.

 

Free Community Meal - a special “thank you" to everyone who contributed and helped with this meal in any way.  We served 100, had 10 take outs and 18 helpers. Amy Graham took a group photo of all veterans and presented each with the picture before they left and special music was presented by Pastor Keith and his quartet Four Tune Hunters. A great meal and time of fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all.


Charge Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Rhodes Memorial with a 6-week study on “Patience.”  Please let Pastor Carola know by October 22 if you plan to attend.


Wednesday Evening Bible Study will start this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Yeagertown, all are welcome to join in a 6-week discussion of  “Self-Control”

If possible, please let Pastor Carola know you plan to participate before Wednesday evening.  


Hearing Aids:  Charles Phillips has hearing aids for which Miracle Ears said they could adjust for another clients use.  If you have a need, please call 717 248 4083.

 

If you would be interested in helping paint the new Habitat House, probably in early November, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex or talk with Mike Fisher.


Shelter Service is selling Bon Ton Community Day booklets for $5.  See Deb Smoker.


HATS:  The kitchen cooks hats are here and available for pick-up in the narthex.  If you signed up for a hat, please take your hat and cross your name off the order list.  There are no more extra ones, so only those that signed up should take one.


HUB - Our next gathering will be held on Nov. 4, 10 am at Church Hill UMC Reedsville, and we will be collecting 100 wash cloths for that gathering.


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

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 

If you would like to help provide assistance to the people of Sierra Leone following their devastating landslides, you can go to umcor.org 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.

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.

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!

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 - Everyone who now handles food in our kitchen has to wear either a hair net or hat.


Missions Information

Our donations for the Sunshine Connection and Shelter Service have been going very well.  They are so appreciative when the donations are dropped off. Thanks to all who donate for those two local organizations.  The box is in the social hall. 


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 18, 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 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec) Mission Project is the Lumina Center.  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.  So far we have received $100.00.  Thank you!