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.

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning

8:00 and 11:00 AM - Traditional
9:30 AM - Contemporary

Saturday Evening

5:30 PM - Old hymns, music
6:45 PM - Coffeehouse style in social hall

*Sunday School is held Sunday morning at 9:30
*Child care provided for each service

December Worship Schedule

Amazing Grace Christmas Musical
Sunday, December 16th at 8:00 and 11:00am
Regularly Scheduled Services at 5:30, 6:45, and 9:30
Incredible Carols and Joyful Sounds
Saturday, December 22 at 5:30 and 6:45
Sunday, December 23 at 8, 9:30, and 11
Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24th
3pm Service of Lessons and Carols
5pm Family Worship Service
7pm Contemporary Worship Service
9pm Traditional Service with Choir and Communion
11pm Traditional Service with Communion
Ross Hoover and Amazing Grace Marie
Sounds of the Season
December 29-30
Services on Saturday at 5:30 and 6:45pm
Services on Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11am
A Wise Man Drops in for Epiphany
January 5-6, 2019 Holy Communion
Services on Saturday at 5:30 and 6:45pm
Services on Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11am

News and Events

Loving Jesus     

Chancel Flowers and Worship Folder signup sheets are on the portico entrance bulletin board. Place flowers in the chancel or purchase worship folders in memory/ honor of a loved one. Signup for the date you wish to recognize them.  Worship folders are $15. Flowers can be ordered through Warner’s.

—“Make It Grow” Challenge.  Funds are to be turned in this weekend.  Please place them in the yellow bowls at the front of the sanctuary or place them in a special envelope with “Make it Grow” written on it and handed to the church office, one of the pastors, or Martin Lacki, financial secretary.  Results of the Challenge will be announced next weekend at all worship services.

Five Christmas Eve Services will be held this year:

Service of Lessons and Carols, 3pm

Family Service, 5pm with Vox Nova

Contemporary Service, 7pm with Cross Connection

Traditional Service, 9pm with Holy Communion and Choir

Traditional Service, 11pm with Holy Communion and Special Music

For our Christmas offering, all funds placed in offering envelopes will go to ministries of our congregation.  All loose plate money will go toward the new family shelter campaign in Altoona through Family Services, Incorporated.

Amazing Grace —The Chancel choir’s musical drama will be presented this weekend on Sunday, December 16th at 8:00 and 11:00am.  Come and hear a heart-warming and humorous tale of coming home for Christmas that includes musical reminders of the reason for the season.

—Special thanks are extended to the choir, cast, technicians, and Susan Hamilton for bringing the musical ‘Amazing Grace’ to life.  We appreciate your time, talents, and investment in taking us ‘Home for Christmas.’

—If you would like to serve as an Usher, Greeter or Acolyte at any of the 5 Christmas Eve services please signup on the table at the back of the Narthex.

—People are more open to attending worship on Christmas Eve than any other night of the year.  Extend an invitation to an unchurched friend, family member, or colleague to accompany you for worship on Christmas Eve.  Encourage them to help them get to the heart of Christmas.

Growing in Faith

—Pathway of Prayer –Our Thursday evening prayer group gathers at 6:00 in the Lounge.  Join with others to seek God’s face and cry out for our community.

Monthly Prayer Meeting –Sunday,  January 6th at 6pm in the Lounge.  Come and pray for God to move in a mighty way at First UMC.

Sharing Jesus with All

Rescue Mission Needs:  Noodles, canned vegetable soup, canned peas and vegetables  Thank you for your continued support.  Please , NO more egg cartons.

HUB Needs:  HUB Christmas Wish List:  Men’s and women’s socks, men’s and women’s gloves, blankets (large and small), personal sized hygiene items, chapsticks, 2 gallon resealable bags, band-aids (3/4x3”).  Please put  your donations in the blue bin outside  the Social Hall.  Thank you for giving to change lives.

—Tiger Backpack donations for December are 16 oz. peanut butter, 20 oz. plastic jars of jelly, canned chicken and tuna.  Thank you for supporting this program.         

—The Children’s Sunday School classes will be selling ornaments and crafts, between all services this weekend.  Come and see what our youngest friends are doing to multiply their talents!

Wednesday Night Live will be on break for the month of December.  Details will be coming soon on our winter/spring semester.  Have a blessed holiday season!

Methodist Prayer Breakfast, Friday, December 21, 9:00 am, Perkins Restaurant Please signup on the bulletin board.

—A blue box in the narthex is still available for Madison Aungst’s “Don’t Brush It Off Be the Change Dental Mission Trip” to Tanzania, Africa in January.

Mittens for the Mission  - We will be collecting mittens to hang on the Portico tree for the Rescue Mission.  As you bring your mittens in place them on the tree.  Thank you.

Recipes wanted for new FUMC cookbook, forms can be picked up at the Welcome table or at the portico entrance.   Please return your recipes to Susan Hamilton or any choir member as soon as possible.  We hope to have the cookbook available in early Spring of 2019.

An angel tree has been set up in our narthex in memory of  Shawn Sinisi.  Please take a few moments and stop by the tree and read the story behind the Sinisi Family angel tree.

Christmas Memorial Lists are available at the Welcome Table.  Thank you to all who gave a love gift  and to those who purchased poinsettias.

—Marilyn Petroff is now in The Winds, Apt. 126, 290 Newry Lane, Duncansville, PA  16635.  If you would like to help brighten Marilyn’s holidays, she welcomes visitors.

Dialogue with Delegates –on Saturday, January 19th at 3pm at Church of the Good Shepherd in Tyrone, delegates to General Conference will be on hand to answer questions and exchange in dialogue regarding the special session regarding human sexuality  in February.  Pre-register at susumc.org/discussions.