Announcements and Activities

Announcements from the latest Bulletin:

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). 

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.

: The installation of the replacement church security system is complete and it is now necessary for all holders of church exterior access door keys to receive a brief training on the operation of the system.  The final meeting is Thursday, July 20th at 6:30pm. The training will be brief and you will need to supply a 4 digit code to the system administrator for your individual access in order to disarm the system and rearm when it is necessary. Please plan to attend one of these two sessions in order to complete the process of fully securing our church during the times when it is normally locked.

Special Music: Next Sunday’s special music guest will be 
William Billett.

Have you signed up to help with Lewistown Week of Caring? From July 31-August 4 people will meet each day at 9:00 a.m. at Grace UMC and work until 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided) helping area residents with light yard and carpentry work. There are more projects than last year so more volunteers are definitely needed! Then there will be a rally and concert at Rec Park on Sunday August 6 at 6:00 p.m. at which all are welcome, whether or not you helped out during the week. Keynote speaker will be Travis Habbershon, youth minister at New Life Church. To sign up call First UMC at 242-7414 or go to and fill out the interest form, and they will contact you in a few weeks to see what day(s) you are available and what kind of work you are able to do.

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.

There are still 3 weeks in July for which no one has signed up for altar flowers – so if you have a person or event to remember or commemorate, this is your opportunity to honor them! Signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the short hallway off the narthex. A few other weeks are still available as well. Thank you!

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.

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 August 12 at Lake Park UMC. Our church is responsible for collecting 50 rulers (12”). Please see Linda Fisher for any further info. Thank you for your continued support of the HUB.

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.

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.

Missions for the Year 2017: The 3rd quarter (Jul, Aug, Sep) Mission Project is the Sierra Leone Initiative. 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: $25.00.

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.