TO GROW THRU WORSHIP
SUNDAY MORNING: The current in-person Sunday worship schedule is: 9:15 AM, prayer in the sanctuary; 9:30 AM, education hour (classes for all); 10:45 AM, worship. Videos of the services and worship bulletins are available on the “Worship” page of this website. Masks are required if unvaccinated.
TO GROW THRU STUDY
Bible Study: A Fall Bible Study on the Book of Genesis) is ongoing, led by Revs Lorenz & Beck. Held via ZOOM on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7 PM, it continues until the start of the Advent Season (Nov. 28).
Fall Education Brochure: Fall Ed, 2021
TO GROW THRU SUPPORT OF MISSION PROGRAMS
CURRENT LOCAL MISSION EVENT: October 2021 is “Mission Month” — the Board of Deacons is sponsoring a drive to collect toilet paper and paper towls for “Community CARES” of Carlisle. Receptables are available inside the alley-side entrance. Items must be in original wrapping. Monetary donations are also accepted.
TO GROW THRU GIVING
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 First Presbyterian has established a secure account at the Mission Exchange in which all funds will be held until withdrawn at the request of the church.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.
TO GROW THRU PRAYER
Prayer Community meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month after Sunday morning worship.
TO GROW THRU SINGING
The Adult Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7 PM.
TO GROW THRU PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Men’s Breakfast: All men of the church are invited to attend monthly men’s breakfasts. They are held locally on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8 AM. Locations are announced each month.
Books for Babies: (Currently inactive…watch for updates.) 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. Thousands of these gifts have been made to date.
Project S.H.A.R.E.: Volunteers assist with monthly food collection (First Church supplies 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 Wednesday Noontime Lenten Concerts & Luncheon series. NOTE: In March 2021, in lieu of the donation typically made from the concert/lunch series, which had to be cancelled due to virus restrictions, soup was collected for SHARE. 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): Support is given to this community-supported event — a summer program for youth in the community.
Community CARES: Clothing drives and volunteer hours support this local organization which serves the area’s persons in need. For more info, call (717) 249-1009. The Deacons also provide breakfast there periodically.
The Salvation Army: Deacons & friends participate in The Salvation Army’s evening meal program (“My Brother’s Table”) — typically serving three times per year. 2021 serving dates were: Feb. 7, June 6 & Sep. 19. Donations are made by the congregation for food items used in this ministry.
Meeting House Springs Cemetery: 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. Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, donations are made in honor or memory of loved ones. They go to Church World Service for their use in providing blankets to people impacted by disasters world-wide.
Presbyterian Women’s Special Offerings. Two special PC (USA) annual offerings help those in need worldwide — the fall Thank Offering and the spring Birthday Offering.
Dinner for Dads: Each year on Father’s Day, donations are made in honor or memory of loved ones 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.
Community Outreach thru Farmers on the Square — A market is held on the church campus *and currently around the Square) on Wednesdays, 3-7 PM, spring thru fall (with reduced market hours as possible during winter months).