The Little Friends Preschool of First Church will hold their annual Christmas program on December 20 at 9:15 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 717.766.4611.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6:00 p.m. to help sort and bag donated groceries. The groceries are then transported to the Bethesda Mission shelter in Harrisburg to be shared with residents in need.

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.

First Church members volunteer at Mission Central the third Wednesday evening of every month to prepare the groceries.

For more information or to volunteer, call or e-mail the church office at 717.766.4611 or

First Church is pleased to support Isaiah 61 Ministries, a local organization that serves the needs of the homeless in Dauphin County. They provide a variety of services including a clothing bank, soup kitchen and Life groups.

Specifically, First Church members help serve meals to the homeless in downtown Harrisburg on the third Wednesday of each month. The next volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested.

All are welcome! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

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 United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will host the Marketplace of Miracles on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 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), She’s Somebody’s Daughter (handcrafted jewelry), Change Purse (new or gently-used handbags starting at $1), Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade items) and Trades of Hope (jewelry, handbags, accessories).

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Love Christmas cookies but don’t enjoy baking them? Attend the Cookie Walk at First Church on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Youth Group.

For one price, attendees can fill a large or small container with a variety of homemade holiday cookies. Proceeds benefit youth mission projects.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

The Handbell Choir of First United Methodist Church will give a special performance at Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill on Monday, Dec. 10.

Take a break from the rush of the holiday season to enjoy beautiful music by the Handbell Choir and Harpist Louis Lynch. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Atrium on the library’s upper level. Hot cider and homemade treats will be provided for guests.

First Church will hold a Service of Remembrance and Hope on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This is a special worship service for those who are experiencing loss and missing family and friends this holiday season.

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

Since 1892, children and adults alike have enjoyed the charming tale of the Nutcracker, and now you have the opportunity to view this delightful favorite from a new perspective! Author, Matt Rawle will draw you closer to Christ through this endearing Christmas classic as he explores why the baby born in Bethlehem is God’s greatest gift – and outlines the kingdom that Jesus came to establish.

First Church invites you to this 4 week study, based on the popular story of the Nutcracker. The study will be held in the church multipurpose room, located near the Main Entrance. The first session starts on Sunday, December 2, runs from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and will continue through Sunday, December 23. Each session will include a short video and discussion in small table groups. There is no need to register, and you can attend one or all of the sessions.

All are welcome to attend. And while you attend this study for adults, your children and youth will have the opportunity to enjoy engaging activities that are appropriate for their age.

This study and activities for children/youth are all free. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or To learn more about the study, see the website here.

To see a listing of our Advent events, click here.

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