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The people of First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Simpson and Frederick Streets in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, are always excited to share our passion for and love of Jesus Christ! We offer engaging worship, plus countless opportunities for spiritual growth through fellowship, discipleship and service.

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News & Events



StrongWomen Fitness Classes Begin Sept. 8

First Church, in cooperation with the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will again offer the StrongWomen fitness program and invites the community to participate.

StrongWomen was designed for middle-aged and older women to increase their strength, bone density, balance and energy, and help them look and feel better. The program is based on years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women of all ages.

Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Sept. 8 – Dec. 1, from 7:00 to 8:00 at First Church. The cost is $90.

You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the class.

To participate, call or e-mail Program Coordinator Nancy Routch at the Penn State Cooperative Extension, (717) 240-6500, or ner10@psu.edu.

Rejoicing Spirits Worship Service This Sunday

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service this Sunday, Aug. 24, at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!

The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. The service has an informal atmosphere, and features brief messages, and lots of music and fellowship opportunities.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

First Church will host a speaker from Mission Central this Sunday, Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9:30 a.m. Mission Central, based on Mechanicsburg. Hear about how children and their families are affected through the gift of a school kit, one of Mission Central’s outreach programs. Also, we will work together to assemble more kits for this fall. Please bring school kit items to donate!

All are welcome and invited to attend!


Sticky Bun Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 9:30 a.m.

Botswana Witness

A new sermon recording is now available. Download “Botswana Witness”. If you’re an iTunes user, just subscribe to the podcast.

August 17, 2014 Bulletin Announcements

August 17-24, 2014 calendar

Don’t forget to attend the Yard Sale at First Church this Saturday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

The sale, hosted by the United Methodist Women (UMW), will feature a variety of goods to include crafts, toys and other household items.

Each child who attends the sale can receive a free kit of school supplies, courtesy of UMW and donations from the community. Kits will be available while supplies last.

The church library will host a book sale on-site. Also, baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit several local missions to include New Hope Ministries, The Neighborhood Center of The United Methodist Church, and Mission Central.

Adult members from First Church who have attended mission trips to Sierra Leone will speak about their experiences this Sunday, Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m. We also will hear about an upcoming mission trip planned for this fall, and prepare materials to give as a gift to our sister church in Sierra Leone. Please bring your own scissors to help prepare the gifts!

All are welcome and invited to attend.

 Upcoming Speakers:

Mission Central, Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 9:30 a.m.

Sticky Bun Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 9:30 a.m.

Fall Kick-Off Sept. 7 – Mark Your Calendar!

Join us for our Fall Kick-off Celebration and Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 7!

Join us for Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 and 10:45. A new year of Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m.

Later that day, we will meet at the Adventure Zone Playground on Lambs Gap Road. The fun begins with games at 3:30 p.m., picnic at 5 p.m. and an informal outdoor worship service at 6 p.m. Fun for the whole family! Please bring a lawn chair, place setting and covered dish to share.

All are welcome!!