Welcome to the Hollidaysburg First United Methodist Church. Please join us at one of our five services listed below. Information on our various ministries, videos of our pastors' weekly messages and a summary of what we believe are available in the menus above.
Old Time Gospel Casual, 5:30 pm
Coffee House Contemporary, 6:45 pm
Early Bird Traditional, 8:00 am
Contemporary, 9:30 am
Traditional with Choir, 11:00 am
*Sunday School is held Sunday morning at 9:30
*Child care provided for each service
Feb/March Worship Schedule
Spiritual Growth Assessment
Over the next few weeks we will be discussing our discipleship pathway and spiritual growth. Complete the personal assessment here.
Ash Wednesday Service Feb 26.
A special service will be held at 7pm on the Evening of Wednesday, February 26th to begin the season of Lent. There will be the imposition of ashes and moments for confession and repentance.
Our local ministerium will be hosting Lenten Lunches. The first three will be held in our Social Hall on Thursday, Feb. 27th, Thursday, March 5th, and Thursday, March 11th at Noon. A meal will be served and that will be followed by a time of worship.
News and Events
Loving Jesus: Worship and Devotions
Lent Worship Series — Close Encounters— Come and hear about various people whose lives were radically transformed when they had close encounters with Jesus. The series runs the weekend of Feb. 29-March 1 through Easter weekend (April 11-12)
An Ash Wednesday Service will be held on February 26th at 7pm. Start off the season of Lent with confession, repentance, and a call to self-denial.
Lenten lunches will begin on Thursday, February 27th at noon. The lunches will be held in our Social Hall on Feb. 27, Mar. 5, and Mar. 12. Lunches will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on Mar. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 2 and April 9. A fellowship meal is held each week followed by a time of ecumenical worship.
Growing in Faith: Study and Prayer
Our Prayer Focus for the Month of February is for the future of the United Methodist Church.
Pathway of Prayer Prayer is the furnace to keep First Church warm. Drop by the lounge on Thursday evenings at 6pm for prayer. Our prayer group is willing to come and pray at your place of employment or business. If interested, sign up on the connection card.
Monthly Prayer Meeting Sunday, March 1, at 7pm in the Lounge. Join us for prayer.
Bishop Park is hosting gatherings to pray for General Conference and to give a better understanding of what to expect. One of those gatherings will be held at First UMC Hollidaysburg on Sat. March 14th at 2pm in the Social Hall. The event is open to all. Register ahead of time at susumc/gc.
If you are interested in receiving prayer requests via email or interested in receiving our monthly e-flier with upcoming events, please email our new administrative assistant at email@example.com so she can add you to our list. Thank you.
Sharing Jesus with All: Mission and Outreach
Food Frolic for American Rescue Workers — Only 506 items to go! Items can be dropped off in the bins at the Portico Entrance or on tables in the sanctuary.
Dave Clary and Joe Talerico will be offering a 6-week Life Group beginning Monday, February 24th, 6:30 pm, The Searchers Classroom. The study will be a book by Adam Hamilton, “John: The Gospel of Light and Life”. Sign-up on the Connection Card or contact the church office.
REBOOT, a 12-week course for combat veterans and their families will be held on Wednesday evenings from April 22 through July 8th. To sign up or to find out more information, please mark your interest on the connection card. Please pass the word along to other veterans you know who may be interested.
Soup Kitchen –Servants are needed to assist with cooking, serving, transporting the food, or making desserts . Sign up on the bulletin board near the portico entrance. Upcoming dates are Feb. 25, March 24, and March 31.
Ways to Share Jesus with All – What’s Your Next Step?
Tiger Backpack needs for February: Canned tuna, canned chicken, and 20 oz plastic jars of jelly. Thank you for your donations! To assist, contact Donna Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rescue Mission Needs: Ketchup, mustard, and mayo, canned tomato soup, canned mixed vegetables, canned vegetable soup, cake mixes and icing. There is a desperate need for bags of noodles and Ramen noodles. Health and beauty aids would be appreciated too. Donations can be placed in the container inside the portico entrance. To volunteer, contact Deb at email@example.com.
Mission Central HUB: For February we are collecting 70-page spiral bound notebooks. You can put them in the bins outside the Social Hall. If interested in volunteering, contact Barbara Glass at 942-6579. The HUB is seeking people to sew quilts for the homeless. If you don’t sew, you can donate the Twin Flat sheets that are needed for the backing. The Mission Central HUB is in desperate need of financial resources to help meet needs in Altoona and around the globe. To donate, make your check out to First UMC Hollidaysburg and write Mission Central HUB on the memo line. Thank you for your continued support.
Spring Mission Trips, pray about signing up to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus:
March 15-21 Washington, NC- (St Paul Holy Cows),
March 22-28, Swansboro, NC
April 26-May 1, White Sulphur Springs, WV
Construction work will be done - plenty of work for everyone, of all skill levels. Scholarships available. Contact Marti Shiffler for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joy Shields email@example.com
Easter for Eli: Back by popular demand, we are participating in this program that blesses hospitalized children and their families over the Easter holiday. See flyer for ideas and suggestions. Donations will be accepted now thru March 20. Basket building will be March 21. Any questions, call Lori Russell 330-6998.
The Gathering coffeehouse is Friday, March 6, 7:00. Join us for a time of contemporary songs, snacks, and fellowship.
Make It Grow Campaign – Our ‘make it grow’ campaign was such a success in 2018 that we have decided to do it once again during the Lenten season of 2020. During the weekend of February 29-March 1, a financial gift will be given to family units or individuals of the congregation. Recipients will then be challenged to take the funds and make them grow during the Lenten season and to return all they raised by Easter Sunday – April 12.
The "Bake it, Make it, Sew it, Grow it" fair on March 28th is a great way to offer handmade products and services. If you are interested in participating, pick up an application at the Portico Entrance or in the office.
ARW Fundraiser - if you purchase a shopping bag at Martin’s on Logan Blvd. in the month of February, $1.00 will be donated to ARW.
The Precious Life Banquet will be held March 20, 6:00pm at the Jaffa Shrine. Many testimonies from clients will be shared. Tickets are $20 and may be obtained by seeing Suzy Kirkham, calling the Precious Life office 944-2669, or the website preciouslifeinc.com.
Singles/Caregivers: Sunday, March 1st, after church at 12:20 join us for lunch at Jethro’s. Janet will take your reservations thru 2/28. 942-0444
Flyers for Great Commission Schools Open House on Feb. 25 are on the Welcome Table for all those who are interested.
Join us at Hoss’ on Sunday, March 15 to raise money for Altoona District Mission Hub. Present a coupon and Hoss’ will donate a percentage of your check. Get your coupon at the Portico entrance or Welcome table.
Special thanks to the Leadership Team and everyone who had a part in making my celebration one that I will never forget. So many went above and beyond making it a perfect day. Thank you for all the cards, gifts, special songs, delicious lunch, beautiful decorations and so much more. First Church will always hold a special place in my heart. I praise God for the opportunity He gave me to work for First Church and look forward to volunteering in different ways in my retirement. May God Bless each of you as you have blessed me thru the years. Love and Prayers, Cindy Himes