First Church supports local projects. Scroll down to see some of the opportunities here.


Lumina is the Latin word for light. The mission’s vision is that every person in Lancaster city be restored to the vital and productive life God intended.

Lumina shows the love of God in practical and tangible ways by:

  • Providing childrens’ ministries through Kid’s Night at New Creation UMC

  • Providing scholarships for Christian summer camp each July

  • Partnering with Ross Street UMC to distribute free food to the hungry each month

  • Partnering with Penn State Extension to provide a free nutrition education and cooking skills course, Super Cupboard

  • Being a member of Manifest that works in transforming condemned housing into affordable homes

  • Supporting McCaskey seniors that are in the building trades by sponsoring awards of new tools at graduation that volunteered for Manifest

  • Continuing support in times of crisis to families that had children attend Lumina programs

“The light shines in the darkness…” John 1:5

Check out the website:  http://www.luminaoutreach.org/


Manifest is an outreach ministry of LUMINA and other Lancaster city UM churches that partner with IMPACT! Missions Housing Ministry to address the affordable housing need in our city. 

Manifest provides: 

  • Volunteers for the work crews (no experience necessary) 

  • Help with funding for materials

LUMINA serves as the administrator for all funds collected.

IMPACT Missions provides the supervision of the work crews.

The completed houses are sold to first time, low income buyers who receive training on budgeting and maintenance.


Manifest: Methodist Alliance for Neighborhood Invigoration:

Faithfully Embodying the Spirit Together!

Christ UMC * Covenant UMC * First UMC * Grandview UMC

LUMINA * New Creation UMC * Otterbein UMC * Ross Street UMC


Please contact Correen Russo, Manifest Administrator, with questions or to sign up to help!

Correen.lumina@gmail.com or 717-394-8412