Fall Events

Thanks to all for your generous support of our Annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless! The event raised over $4,600!

Donations were accepted from the community throughout the evening. Proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries, and their local work with the homeless and other families in need.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Nov. 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 typically held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will hold a Mission Meal on Sunday, Nov. 19, in fellowship hall following the 10:45 a.m. service. Join us for a delicious meal of barbecue, chips, veggies/dip, and dessert. Take out is available. Freewill offerings will be accepted. This year’s entire collection will support hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

The Mission Meal follows the annual UMW World Thank Offering, to be held during both worship services. This offering will support the total program of mission carried on through UMW, both nationally and worldwide.

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  toys and games, school supplies, and this year, they are asking for a ‘Wow’ item. The boxes are shipped to children in dire need in more than 100 countries around the world.
Boxes will be collected until Nov. 19. 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.

First Church will host a health lecture on minimally invasive heart valve surgery on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the church multi-purpose room. Dr. Mubashir Mumtaz, a cardiovascular surgeon with PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg, will be the guest presenter.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call or e-mail the church office at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Ministry & Mission Fair on Nov. 12 in conjunction with our Consecration Sunday.

Join us from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room for this wonderful event, and discover new ways to give of your time and the talents that God has given you as a special gift!

If you have questions, please contact Tina Eaton at adultministry@fumchurch.com or call her at (717) 766-4611.

Are you ready to make the commitment? Sunday, Nov. 12 is Consecration Sunday at First Church. We hope you will plan to attend either of our church’s worship services at 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. to learn more about how you can grow in your faith journey through giving your financial and spiritual gifts.

First Church is collecting donations of canned sweet potatoes, and invites the public’s support.

The canned goods will be included in holiday food boxes that are being prepared by New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg, for distribution to local families in need.

Donations can be dropped off inside the main entrance of the church on Sunday mornings, or any weekday during normal church hours.

Members of the First Church Youth Group will hold their Annual Sleepout for the Homeless Friday to Saturday, Nov. 17 to 18.

The event, typically held on the night before Thanksgiving, has been moved up to the preceding weekend this year.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, the church parking lot will be transformed into a community of boxes, where several teenagers will spend the night.

The teens will accept donations from the community throughout the evening. All proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg. Last year’s event raised nearly $6,000.

In addition to money, the Sleepout is meant to raise awareness. Participants will get a small but firsthand taste of what it is like to be homeless, and hopefully develop a lifelong passion to help others.

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 to be shared with residents.

Help is always needed! All are invited to join us. We meet again on Nov. 15 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.

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