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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



Change Purse Open House

Tired of carrying the ‘same-old, same-old’ handbag?  Would you like to take home a great deal on a ‘new’ purse while supporting a fantastic charity? If so, then YOU are invited to a Change Purse Open House gathering in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We welcome you to browse at your leisure through an assortment of purses of all shapes and sizes while enjoying a few snacks and learning about Change Purse.

This event is sponsored by the women of the Mary Circle to benefit Change Purse which is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to fighting human trafficking through raising awareness and financially supporting faith based organizations that provide hope, healing and restoration through their direct work with victims and survivors.

If you have any new or gently used purses at home that you would like to donate for the Open House, bring them along!  For more information about Change Purse, visit their website at www.changepurse.org.

Operation Christmas Child Collection Underway

First Church is collecting boxes of personal care items for this year’s Operation Christmas Child.

Through this ministry, the public is invited to fill one or more shoe-sized boxes with toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.), toys and games, school supplies, and gum or hard candies. The boxes are shipped to children in dire need in more than 100 countries around the world.

Boxes will be collected until Nov. 16. To participate or for more information, call or e-mail the church office at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com. Or, visit the Operation Christmas Child Web site at samaritanspurse.org.

All Saints Sunday: November 2

First Church will celebrate All Saints Day this Sunday, Nov. 2 during both the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

Celebrated annually, All Saints Day allows us to remember the glory of God in the saints who have gone before us. We use the New Testament definition of saints meaning, “all Christian people of every time and place.” Time will be set aside during both services to call out the names of those church members lost in the past year. Loved ones of those members are invited to come forward and light a candle in their memory.

All are welcome!

October 26, 2014 Bulletin Announcements

October 26-November 2, 2014 calendar


November 2014 First News First newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

The Real V.I.P

A new sermon recording is now available. Download The Real V.I.P.. If you’re an iTunes user, just subscribe to the podcast.

Save the Date: Fall Festival/Silent Auction Nov. 8

Little Friends Nursery School of First Church will hold a Fall Festival and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 8. Games and other fun activities for children, and a variety of great items to place bids on! More details to follow soon.

Rejoicing Spirits Worship Service This Sunday

Rejoicing Spirits ImageFirst Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service this Sunday, Oct. 26, 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.