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. NOTE: We worship at 10 AM from Memorial Day (May 26, 2019) weekend through Labor Day Weekend (Sep. 1, 2019), with no education hour.
First 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. 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 First Presbyterian has established a secure account at the Mission Exchange in which all funds will be held until withdrawn at the request of the church.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. Regardless of whether your contribution is by paper check, cash, or online, your gift to First Presbyterian Church is always appreciated and gratefully received.
A Prayer Community meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month after 10:45 AM worship. Each Sunday, opening prayer at 9:15 AM is part of morning worship schedule (Sep-May).
Adult Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays at 7 PM (Sep. thru May)
Children’s Choir: Rehearses periodically as announced.
TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL PROGRAMS
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 2018 Book Club brochure, listing selections. Book Club, 2019
Faith Circle (Presbyterian Women): 4th Monday of the month, 2 PM, Fellowship Hall (Sep. thru May)
Youth Fellowship & Service Events: As announced, throughout the year.
Education classes for adults, teens and children are held at 9:30 AM, except during between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Books for Babies: A sale of new & gently 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 UPMC (Carlisle) a gift packet consisting of a new book and a handmade hat, as well as information on the importance of reading to children.
Project S.H.A.R.E.: Volunteers assist with monthly food collection (First Church supplies canned soup) and distribution, as well as with crop-gleaning during summer months. Special donations are made throughout the year also, to include donations from the annual 5-part Wednesday Noontime Lenten Concerts & Luncheon series. Call (717) 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.
S.P.Y. (Summer Program for Youth): Monetary (and other) support goes to this community organization which offers a summer program to youth in the community (held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on the square).
Community 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 2019, serving dates are Feb. 10, June 2 and Sep. 22. In addition to serving, donations are made by the congregation for the purchase of food items used in this ministry.
Meeting House Springs Cemetery: A re-dedication ceremony was held on May 31, 2009 to celebrate the expansive refurbishing of the church’s Meeting House Springs Cemetery performed by volunteers. The cemetery is located west of Carlisle. Several photos of it 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 email@example.com or 717-243-4612.
Honduras Mission Trips: The Presbytery of Carlisle makes annual trips to Honduras to work on a variety of building projects.
Blanket Sunday: Each year on Mother’s Day Sunday, donations are made in honor or remembrance of someone special that go to Church World Service for their purchase of blankets for people affected by disasters world-wide. In 2019, $1,360 was raised for this worthy cause.
Dinner for Dads: Each year on Father’s Day, donations are made in honor or remembrance of someone special to support the Deacons’ local missions.
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.