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Christmas Eve Offering

Justice Ministries – A Rescue Mission in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

This year the Missions Team has proposed that all offerings collected will go to fight human trafficking through a local non-profit, in the middle of the fight, team of courageous Christians willing to take a stand against one of the most horrifying forms of modern day slavery. Jesus calls us to shine a light in the darkness and by supporting the folks at Justice Ministries we can add to that light and be a apart of some wonderful work being done in our own community. Their  mission statement is “Justice Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to combating sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, with a focus on rescue and housing. Our goal is to locate victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, help them get out of their situation and into a safe place, facilitate an environment conducive to healing, and assist them in their transition to independence.” They rescue trapped victims, find protected housing for them and their families, and seek and provide care for recovery. Please prayerfully consider supporting Justice Ministries, Christmas eve through your Christma offering. You can learn more at

Christmas Eve Worship

Christmas Eve is a special time for the People of God as we hear again the joyful news of the birth of our Savior and celebrate the faithfulness of God. Harrisburg UMC offer three services of worship on Christmas Eve, each designed to allow you and yours to hear the story and remember the promise.

5:00 pm  Worship around the Manger

A service for families with preschool aged children, this 30 minute services invites us into the story of Christmas in word and song that any age will enjoy.  We share the Lord’s Supper together and lift the glowing light of God’s love to the world.

7:00 pm A Service of Candlelight and Communion

                This traditional service of worship invites the whole family to hear and celebrate the Christmas Good News.  We celebrate communion and sing with the Heavenly Hosts!

Nursery care is provided for those under 3.

11:00 pm Quite Candlelight Communion

                All the hubbub is stilled, children are tucked in bed, and the silence of this night descends.  This quiet service invites you to ponder the mystery of this holy night as we hear the story and break bread together.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

From time to time we all go through difficult times when we could use a little support and help to get through.  Having someone to listen with compassion and offer support can be a difference makerThat’s one reason why Stephen Ministry is at Harrisburg UMC. 

Stephen Ministry is a system of caring ministry where members of a congregation are specially trained to provide one-to-one care to people who are facing a difficult or challenging time in their lives.  Stephen Ministry St Louis, a non-profit ministry organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a transdenominational ministry that maintains a support network to Stephen Ministry congregations in the US, Canada, and 30 other countries around the world.  It is a distinctively Christiancaring ministry in which pastors and lay people work together to meet the needs of people within the church and community who are experiencing a wide range of life circumstances.  

The team of people who direct Stephen Ministry at Harrisburg UMC are called Stephen Leaders and were trained at a 7-day Leader’s Training Course taught by members of the Stephen Ministry Organization. Our current Stephen Leaders are Pastor Toni Ruth Smith, Pastor Richard Smith, Sandra Bilbro and John Lomonaco.  

Lay caregivers, called Stephen Ministers, who have spiritual gifts appropriate for caring ministry are trained by our Stephen Leaders. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training, learning principles and skills that equip them to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.  Through training, they also gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.  For whom are Stephen Minister’s trained to provide care?  Stephen Ministers care for people experiencing grief, separation or divorce, job related stress or loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, unplanned pregnancy, infertility, birth of a child, loneliness, military deployment, spiritual struggles and much more 

Our Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, Confidential, Christ-centered care to help people, called Care Receivers, through many of life’s issues whether in times of transition or major life crises.  Stephen Ministers meet with their Care Receiver on a weekly basis in a private, confidential setting to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support.   

The joy that motivates our Stephen Ministers to commit to this ministry is based on serving Christ with their best gifts.  Our entire Stephen Ministry team is committed to helping individuals experience the support and concern they need for as long as they need it.  Through our commitment to care, it is our prayer that the hurting and vulnerable among us will experience the hope and healing that Jesus Christ offers. 

Contact Pastor Toni Ruth  should you be interested in receiving a Stephen Minister

Children Lead at HUMC

Children Lead at HUMC

In raising children who love God we often miss the importance of building our children’s confidence that they can be leaders for Christ at any age.  We have opportunity to nurture a sense of value, responsibility and self esteem in our children in the way that we invite them to be active participants in the life of the church.  One of the best things about Harrisburg UMC is the commitment of the adults in the congregation to live into the promises we make in baptism to “..surround these children with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others.” We can’t say it better than the way Tracy Bartels recently shared.

“Today, while my older 2 kids were in a church van on the way home from [a youth retreat] with 19 other people, my youngest and her elementary-aged friends ran things. They were ushers, taking time out only to run in and acolyte (they are experts and did perfectly in a strange candle situation) or participate in children’s moment.

The comfort these kids have running around the church and ensuring everything is running smoothly makes me so happy and proud. They are leaders and integrated into the life of the church, where they feel they belong and are valued.

We went to another church last spring, and adults ran the show. Children were neither seen nor heard. We were allowed in as a favor and kept to one side. Made me happy we are not in that place often. We have kids in the (adult) choir, kids helping run Sunday schools, kids running their own small groups, kids playing music, and kids running everywhere. The grade-school kids in my class today welcomed a toddler and took care of her, ensuring she had enough snack before they took anything. I can’t imagine it working any other way.”

What a gift to be part of a church family that helps people of all ages find their place to serve and lead in the kingdom of God!

Promotion Sunday – August 25, 2019

Promotion Sunday – August 25th

Children ages 2 through the 4th grade and their parents are invited to the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. for a morning snack and fellowship.  At 10 a.m. the children will be lead to their classes by the teachers.

Preschoolers – ages 2 & 3 (Room 14)

Children ages 4 years old through the 4th grade will attend  Godly Play Classes.  (Room 7 & 8)

Godly Play Curriculum provides children the opportunity for spiritual development through storytelling, creative play, and community. 

5th & 6th graders (Room 2) use a curriculum called  Connect, which connects all the Godly Play story to a larger picture of God working in our world.


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