First Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve services:

5:00 p.m. Family Service – Tailored to families with young children, includes candle-lighting (battery-operated candles available)

8:00 p.m. Service of Christmas Eve Simplicity – A quiet service with communion, instrumental music, candle-lighting and time for prayer

11:00 p.m. Service of Light and Wonder – Communion, candle-lighting and carols sung by our choirs

The Little Friends Nursery School of First Church will hold their annual Christmas program on Thursday, December 21 at 9:15 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

Little Friends, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, provides quality education in a caring, Christian environment. For more information about Little Friends, visit our website at or call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

On the third Wednesday evening of every month, members of First Church gather at Mission Central in Mechanicsburg to sort and bag donated groceries for local residents in need. The groceries are then transported to the Bethesda Mission shelter in Harrisburg.

Through Bethesda Mission’s outreach program, over 1,500 bags of food and essential items are distributed to hungry and needy individuals and families each month in the outlying areas surrounding Harrisburg.

Help is always needed! All are invited to join us.We meet again on Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Mission Central, a warehouse and affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church, collects and distributes relief supplies and humanitarian aid locally, nationally and internationally as needed in response to natural disasters and other crises.

For more information, call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will host the Marketplace of Miracles on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a shopping event like no other! Several organizations and merchants will have a variety of unique and inexpensive items for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the education and prevention of human trafficking, and fair treatment of workers in lesser developed countries.

Your purchases really can make a difference!

Participating merchants include WAR (Women at Risk, Int’l), with jewelry, scarves, ornaments and gift items; Change Purse (new or gently-used handbags starting at $1), and Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade items). Come for free snacks and door prizes!

For more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

Love Christmas cookies but don’t enjoy baking them? Attend the Cookie Walk at First Church on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Youth Group.

Attendees can fill a large or small container with a variety of homemade holiday cookies. Boxes will be provided. Proceeds benefit youth mission projects.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Did you ever wonder what it was like the night Jesus was born? If so, come and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Bethlehem on Sunday, December 10 in the multipurpose room.

Visitors can enjoy walking through the town of Bethlehem, visit the manger scene in the sanctuary and enjoy a mission meal in fellowship hall to support Youth programs. A preview for special needs guests and their families will be held from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. The general public is invited from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.

All are welcome. For more information, call or email the church at (717) 766-4611 or

First Church will hold a spiritual formation gathering, based on the Gospel of Luke, this Advent season.

A spiritual formation gathering is based on the principle of meeting with no other goal than to be in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures. Participants are encouraged to experience God’s presence through reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. If you want to read more about Christianity, then go to

Specifically, the group will focus on the following Scriptures.

Nov. 30 Luke 1:39-45

Dec. 7 Luke 1:46-56

Dec. 14 Luke 1:67-79

Dec. 21 Luke 2:21-32

The group will meet for four weeks, led by Pastor John, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Prayer Corner of the church’s sanctuary. Immediately following, the group will meet for a Dutch treat lunch at a local restaurant.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to participate. For more information, call or e-mail the church office at or (717) 766-4611.

First Church will hold a Christmas Service of Hope and Remembrance on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This is a special worship service for those who have lost loved ones or will not be with family this Christmas.

All are welcome. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Mark your calendar now for these special Christmas Services and Events at First Church:

First Church will offer the Bible study, Blemished: How the Message of Malachi Confronts Empty Religion, beginning Nov. 19, 2017.

Come to learn about the words God spoke through the prophet Malachi. We will learn of unfaithful priests and blemished sacrifices, and be encouraged to live according to God’s desire – in whole-hearted relationship with Him.

The five-week study will be offered during Sunday School, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to participate. For more information or to participate, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at or (717)766-4611.

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