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

Saturday Evening

Old Time Gospel Casual, 5:30 pm
Coffee House Contemporary, 6:45 pm

Sunday Morning

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

Dec Worship Schedule

Dec 7-8  Song in the Desert

Dec 14-15  Song of Zion

Dec 21-22  Song of Fulfillment

Dec 24  Angel's Song

Dec 28-29  Simeon's Song

Jan 4-5  Turn, Turn, Turn


Sing Christmas - December 15th at 11am

The Chancel Choir will be presenting "Sing Christmas" at the 11:00 worship gathering on December 15th. The Musical presentation is the same production that sixteen of our choir members presented at Carnegie Hall last month. Come and be inspired as the songs and narration lift praise and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Christmas Eve Schedule of Services

* 3:00 PM Celebration in Song Featuring Wesley Ringers and a Carol Sing
* 5:00 PM Family Friendly Service For the Young and Young at Heart Featuring the Cross Connection Band
* 7:00 PM Contemporary Service Featuring Vox Nova
* 9:00 PM Traditional Service Featuring the Chancel Choir
Holy Communion Will Be Celebrated
* 11:00 PM Late Night Service Holy Communion Will Be Celebrated

Godissarts in Concert

Our regular church musicians and vocalists will be given a well-deserved rest following the holiday season as some members of the Godissart family share Christmas melodies, seasonal snippets, words of wisdom, and songs of the season. Please note that we will have our regularly scheduled worship services at 5:30 and 6:45 on Saturday evening and 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 on Sunday morning.

News and Events

Loving Jesus: Worship and Devotions

A Special Church Conference will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 10:35am in the overflow area of the sanctuary on the choir side.  We need to rescind the Nov. 3 church conference action of freezing salaries in order to extend to pastors the 2.5% cost of living increase that is being given to other staff for 2020.  All are welcome to attend.  Only members can vote.

Special thanks are extended to Laura Wallace and Sound of Heart as they share in worship this weekend.

The Chancel Choir will be presenting “Sing Christmas” next Sunday, December 15th at 11:00.  Come and hear some of the amazing music that was presented at Carnegie Hall as our hearts resound with some amazing songs of the season.

Godissarts in sacred music concert, weekend of December 28-29, all five services.

Thank you to everyone who came out to decorate the church for the Christmas Season.  Beautiful job!


Growing in Faith: Study and Prayer

Our Prayer Focus for the Month of December is for renewal and revival.  Please pray for Ric Wright our visiting evangelist as he comes to share with us January 9-12.

Pathway of 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, Jan 5, at 6pm in the Lounge.  Join us to pray for God’s direction.


Ways to Share Jesus with All – What’s Your Next Step?

Tiger Backpack needs for December:  Hunt’s spaghetti sauce, 20 oz plastic jars of jelly, and snack packs of pudding.  Thank you for your donations! To assist, contact Donna Taylor at tayfamtoo@aol.com

Rescue Mission Needs:  Ketchup, mustard, and mayo, canned tomato soup, canned mixed vegetables, cake mixes and icing.  There is also a desperate need for bags of noodles and Ramen noodles.  All kinds of health and beauty aids would be appreciated too.  Donations can be placed in the container inside the Portico entrance.  To volunteer, contact Deb LaValla at arwhollydeb@gmail.com.  Thanks for all the generous giving!

Mission Central HUB:  For the month of December we will be collecting 70-page spiral notebooks.  Please place your donations in the bin outside the Social Hall.  If interested in volunteering, contact Barbara Glass at 942-6579.  We are open Monday and Wednesday.  If you or a group would like to do a mission project, we can schedule a time at your convenience.

Volunteers in Mission:  Think Christmas! We will be sponsoring a bus trip to Sight and Sound to see “Esther” on Thursday, April 16.  $125 for adults, $83 for children 3-12. Price includes show ticket, bus trip and meal.  Please pickup a registration form on the Welcome Tables in the narthex and portico or contact Marti Shiffler at 329-1074.  Don’t delay, buses fill up fast!

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.

Hollidaysburg Planetarium Christmas Shows:  “The Star of Bethlehem” is this season’s new show which takes you back to Bethlehem to investigate “what was the “Star” that guided the Wise Men?”  Also, “Cosmic Christmas”, last season’s light show, will play again this year.  See website astroprof.com for dates and times.

It’s not too late to sign up to help this month or on Christmas Eve.  Please check out the insert for opportunities to serve.  Please fill out the insert and drop it in the offering plate.

Singles/Caregivers Group Christmas Dinner at the Blairmont, December 12th, 5:45 PM.  For information and reservations contact Bob at 695-0804 by December 8th.

Journey with Jesus our monthly worship gathering for the special needs population will take place on Thursday, December 19th at 5:45pm.  The ARC Angels will be sharing Christmas Carols, there will be a Christmas craft and savory food.  If interested in helping, drop Pastor John a line at pastorjohn@hollidaysburgumc.org. 

Methodist Christmas Prayer Breakfast, Friday, December 20, 9:00 AM, Perkins Restaurant.  Bring a friend and join us in a Christmas Sing Along.  We will be singing along with Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, and Natalee Cole!  You won’t want to miss this fun breakfast.  There will be food, fellowship, prayer and lots of laughter!   Please signup on the bulletin board.  Contact Rich Reimer with questions, 695-6754.

Interested in learning more about First Church and how you can fit in?  Guests and those who would like to know your pastoral leaders better are invited to attend “Pizza with the Pastor” on Sunday, December 15 at 12:25 in the Social Hall.  Sign up on the Connection Card.

Christmas Eve is coming soon.  Who will you bring along with you?

Celebration in Song Service, 3pm

Family Worship Service, 5pm

Contemporary Service, 7pm

Traditional Service with Choir and Communion, 9pm

Traditional Service with Communion, 11pm