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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



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.

Also, beginning September 9, First Church is hosting a Zumba Gold class. Zumba classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., for six weeks.

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

Reminder: Fall Kickoff Celebration This Sunday!


First Church will hold a Fall Kick-off Celebration and Picnic this 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, 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!!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Offered

First Church will offer a Youth Mental Health First Aid Class on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This course is for adults living or working with children and youth ages 11 to 18, and also mature senior high school students wishing to provide peer support.

Members and clergy of The United Methodist Church can attend for free. There is a $40 fee for non-United Methodist Church members. Lunch will be provided.

The organization providing this training, Mental Health First Aid USA, is a national, non-profit health promotion agency focused on mental health training and research. You can check out this website for more information: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/course-types/youth/.

Upon completion of this course you will become nationally certified for 3 years in youth mental health first aid. If interested in attending, please contact the Church Office at (717) 766-4611 or complete and return the Registration Form.

Who Do You Say That I Am?

A new sermon recording is now available. Download “Who Do You Say That I Am?”. If you’re an iTunes user, just subscribe to the podcast.

Sticky Bun Sunday: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

It’s Sticky Bun Sunday at First Church! Join us on Aug. 31 at 9:30 a.m. to learn more about spiritual gifts, and how you can identify yours and use them to their fullest potential. Tools and information will be provided to assist you. Please bring your favorite sticky buns to share!

All are welcome and invited to attend!

August 24, 2014 Bulletin Announcements

August 24-31, 2014 calendar

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.