Opportunities

TO WORSHIP

The Sunday worship schedule is:  9:15 AM, prayer in the sanctuary; 9:30 AM, education hour, with classes for all; 10:45 AM, worship. After worship: fellowship time.  We follow a summer schedule Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend, with worship at 10 AM and no education hour.

TO GIVE

give buttonFirst Presbyterian Church has partnered with The Presbyterian Foundation to provide a new online giving option. The Presbyterian Mission Exchange is a component of the Foundation, and provides the secure transfer and maintenance of data and funds for churches enrolled in their program. Starting Sep. 1, you may use your credit or debit cards to make regular recurring donations to the church on a weekly, monthly, or annual schedule. You may also arrange electronic fund transfers (EFT) directly from your bank account. The online giving option is offered as a convenience for those who prefer to reduce their paper burden, and provides a means of giving used by many other charities. However, paper checks or cash will still be gratefully accepted. Currently, there are two funds listed: General Fund and Capital Campaign. Eventually, specific funds such as “One Great Hour of Sharing” and “Christmas Joy” offerings will be added.

The Church profile page and the secure link receiving the contributions reside on the Presbyterian Mission Exchange system. First Presbyterian has established a secure account at the Mission Exchange in which all funds will be held until withdrawn at the request of the church. This account is similar to the local bank accounts that our church currently uses. The church may access the system at any time to review the giving history and account balances, and to withdraw funds. The Mission Exchange charges a small service fee of 2.598% + $.026 for credit or debit card contributions. For example, a donation of $100 will incur a fee of $2.858, and the church will receive $97.14. Some churches find that their donors add a few dollars to their contribution to offset this fee for processing the account. More information on this program can be found at:

http://www.presbyterianmissionexchange.org/givers

Regardless of whether your contribution is by paper check, cash, or online, your gift to First Presbyterian Church is always appreciated and gratefully received.

TO PRAY

A Prayer Community meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month after worship.  Each Sunday, opening prayer at 9:15 AM is part of morning worship schedule (Sep-May).

TO SING

Adult Choir:  Rehearses Wednesdays at 7 PM (Sep. thru May)

Children’s Choir:  Rehearses periodically as announced.

TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL PROGRAMS

TO CONNECT:

Men’s Breakfast:  3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 AM.  Locations announced via newsletter & bulletin.

Book Club:  2nd Thursday of the month at  7 PM, church library (2nd floor).  See the 2017 Book Club Pamphlet, listing selections. Book Club Pamphlet, 2017 (amended)

Faith Circle (Presbyterian Women):  4th Monday of the month, 2 PM, Fellowship Hall (Sep. thru May)

Mission Sunday:  Held twice a year

Youth Fellowship & Service Events:  As announced, throughout the year.

TO EDUCATE:

The Fall education season kicks off Sep. 10, with an inter-generational Sunday school class, theme – “Jesus at the Table.”  Regular classes resume Sep. 17.  See the Fall Education brochure for a full listing:

Education Brochure, Fall 2017, 3-fold

TO EQUIP:

Books for Babies:  A sale of new/used books is ongoing in Fellowship Hall, the proceeds of which go to the church’s “Books for Babies” mission.  The church provides every baby born at Carlisle Reg’l Medical Center a new book and a handmade hat, along with information on the importance of reading to children.

Project S.H.A.R.E.: Volunteers assist with monthly food collection (First Presbyterian supplies canned soup) and distribution, as well as with crop-gleaning during summer months.  Special offerings are received throughout the year to benefit Project SHARE, to include from the annual 6-part Lenten Concerts & Luncheon series.  Call 249-7773 or visit http://www.projectsharepa.net for more info on their activities.

Samaritan Fellowship: Volunteers participate in this Carlisle-based group which assists community persons in need. Call 243-3338 for more info.

Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.: Volunteers work with this local organization to help meet the needs of the area’s homeless persons.  For more info, call 249-1009; or visit their website: www.carlislecares.org.

The Salvation Army:  Deacons & Friends serve evening meals at “My Brother’s Table” three times per year.  In addition to serving, donations are made by the congregation for the purchase of food items used in this ministry.

Meeting House Springs Cemetery:  After volunteers completed an expansive refurbishing of the church’s Meeting House Springs Cemetery, located west of Carlisle, a re-dedication ceremony was held on May 31, 2009. Several photos of the cemetery are available in the “Photos” section of this website. A cemetery history book was completed in 2009, titled Here Lyes the Body: The Story of Meeting House Springs, authored by First Church member Richard L. Tritt.  It is available for purchase at $15. To purchase it, contact the church office at fpcarl@pa.net or 717-243-4612.

Honduras Mission Trips:  The Carlisle Presbytery makes annual trips to Honduras to work on a variety of building projects.  Their 2018 trip is planned for April 9-16, 2018.  Contact the presbytery if interested, http://www.carlislepby.org.  In addition, a special Honduras mission trip for high school and college-aged persons in being planned for June 2018.

Lend-a-Hand Mission Trips: This ministry of the Presbytery of Carlisle consists of volunteers who travel to sites ravished by disaster to help with rebuilding efforts. Learn more and get a schedule of trips at www.lendahand.net; or call 877-211-0700.