Beacon Newsletter: Winter, 2018
Calling All Boxes this Sunday and Next!
Last week we began a sermon series entitled "Building Blocks of God's Church." This Sunday and next Sunday, we invite you to bring your "building block!" We suggest a shoebox wrapped in construction paper or some other material. It can be as simple as writing your name on top of it or as creative as coloring, drawing, and decorating it to fit and represent you.

Each person matters and is a part of the body of Christ. We hope you'll participate with us by bringing your "building block" as we "build up" to February 18th!

Feel free to bring multiple shoe boxes for others to use if you have more than one!
Donate to our Clothing Drive! Ten Days Left!
Items that can be accepted and donated include: Wearable & usable clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens, stuff­ed animals, and hard toys.
Fill a trash bag or two, or ten, and bring them to church!

*We cannot accept: VCR tapes, CDs, books, box TVs/ monitors, oversized play sets or outdoor play sets, workout/exercise equipment, appliances, furniture, lamps, house decor, board games, electronics, glassware, car seats, cribs, hair dryers, mattresses, pack & plays, baby walkers, baby bath sets, or any toy containing lead
Our goal is to get at least 100 bags worth of donations by February 13 th . We’re about 75% of the way there already! Spread the word!
Contact Debbie Stevenson at (609) 859-4168 if you have questions.

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Lent Book & Study
During the season of Lent (February 14-April 1), we will be going through a book by James Harnish called “Easter Earthquake.” Aside from the book containing daily devotionals you can engage in, you can join us:

1) In Sunday worship where our sermons will be based on the themes brought forth in the book
2) Sunday after church for a deeper discussion of what is contained in each week's readings
3) Hungry for More on Wednesday nights with fun activities, storytelling, and discussion different from what you will get in worship or after church.
If you want to purchase a copy of the book, sign up at church THIS week or by emailing Pastor Donald . Cost is $11 & all books are one-size print.

Hungry for More continues!
Hungry for More continues every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (with the exception of Ash Wed, Feb 14th, when we will only be having a special 30 min service from 7:00-7:30 p.m.).

Join us for our last week of "Peace Pilgrim" THIS Wednesday , led by our very own Eva Hershey! Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Then join us the week after Ash Wed on February 21st as we start our next series entitled "Shake it Up! " based on our Lenten book Easter Earthquake, as we explore how Jesus' resurrection shifts our assumptions about ourselves and God.

New Year, New Study: James!
Join us every week on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for our Digging Deeper Bible Study as we continue to dive into the book of James in a casual, conversational, but meaningful way! This week we start chapter 2!
Creating Our Church's Storytelling Handbook & Passing the Torch Leadership Training: Saturday, February 24th
Join us for a time of visioning and learning from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th .
You won't want to miss this! All congregation members are invited. Every person's input and presence will be valued!

Bring your own lunch or bring a few bucks for some pizza.
Easter Centerpiece Wineglass/Candle Painting:
Sunday, March 11th
Join us for our next painting venture from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th !
Cost is $30 to make 2 glasses.

RSVP by contacting Debbie Stevenson at (609) 859-4168. Spaces are limited. Sign up soon!

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Miss any of our sermons from the Advent season or from January? Hear and share the latest by clicking here! Last week and this week's sermon from our latest series, "Building Blocks of God's Church" will be uploaded next week.
We hope your 2018 is off to a good start! It certainly has been here at the First UMC of Mt. Holly!
Won't you pray and partner with us as we continue another year of Kingdom building & shaking in 2018?
We hope you will for what we know will be an incredible and fruitful year of ministry!
Upcoming Meetings & Important Dates to Remember

Clothing Drive Drop-off Date: Saturday, February 3: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Drop-offs can also be made Sun after church or during church office hours:
  • Mondays, 8-10 a.m.
  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9:45 a.m - 11:45 a.m.

  • Trustees Meeting: Sunday, February 4th after church
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting: Sunday, February 13th after church
  • Newborns in Need: Friday, February 16th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Finance Committee Meeting: Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Administrative Council Meeting: Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m.
  • College Ministry Team/Art Camp Team Mtg: Sun, March 18th after church

Holy Week Services:
  • Wednesday, March 28: 7:00-7:30 p.m. Ash Wed Service at First UMC Mt. Holly
  • Thursday, March 29: Time TBD. Maundy Thursday Service at Lumberton UMC
  • Friday, March 30: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Good Friday Service at First Presbyterian
  • Put on by the Rancocas Valley Clergy Association
  • Friday, March 30: 5:00 p.m. Good Friday Service at St. Paul’s UMC
  • Sun, April 1: 6:30a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery
  • Put on by the Rancocas Valley Clergy Association
  • Sunday, April 1: 10:00 a.m. Easter Morning Service at First UMC of Mt. Holly

First UMC of Mt. Holly |
First UMC of Mt. Holly
25 Brainerd St., Mt. Holly, NJ
(609) 267-9055