Announcements and Activities

Announcements from the latest Bulletin:

“Together in Praise” rehearsals for Advent Breakfast Sunday (December 3) will be at here at Rhodes at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, November 15; Monday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 29.

Waitresses needed for the Church Bazaar.  If you able to help out please see Louise Lauver.

Santa’s Stop & Shop at Yeagertown UMC is this Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Lunch begins at 10:00 a.m.).   Stop by to find gifts for those on your Christmas list!

Christmas is 44 days from today! There are only 21 days to order   a poinsettia/or poinsettias. Please fill out the order form in the  bulletin and give it to Mariann Sutton (not in the offering plate). Orders must be in by November 26th. Please help to adorn our  church on our Savior's Birth. The poinsettias will be placed in the church December 24th.  Please contact Mariann at 717-242-0527  with questions. Thank you for your support.

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!


Christmas Bus Trip:  For those who signed up for the December 9th Christmas Show Bus Trip, your payment deadline is TODAY (Note:  we have to get a final number & payment to the bus company).  Adult price is $24 and Children 3-12 are Free.  There are still seats available if anyone would like to attend.  See Patty Dorsey or Rosalie Mitton if you have questions.

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.


Our Church Bazaar is November 18 starting at 9:00 a.m.  Help will be needed on that day and the days prior to help with the making of the pies, soups, etc. Youth are also having a rummage sale so please bring any donations to the Youth Room.  They also could use help the day of the bazaar.  See insert for further information.

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.

Lumina Center:  Discount Cards are still available for $10.  Lumina Center is also taking orders for Rada Cutlery, orders due November 6 and ham sandwiches ($3, signup sheets are in the narthex for November 10 pickup).  See Deb Smoker for further information.

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 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!