Fall Events

First Church, in cooperation with the Penn State Cooperative Extension, is pleased to announce the return of the StrongWomen fitness program this fall.

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.

First Church will host the eight-week class on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 17 to Nov. 14 (no classes Oct. 8 or 10), from 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Registration opens Aug. 13, and will be limited to the first 15 registrants. The cost is $60. Registration is required, and paperwork will need to be completed to participate.  Participants age 70 and above must have a doctor’s permission to participate.  Any questions, call the Penn State Extension office at 717-240-6500. 

We will provide the link to registration on August 13.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Truck Feast will be returning in 2018!

Join us on the following Fridays: April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods including chicken, French fries, barbecue, Greek food, tacos and desserts. In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members.

First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

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.

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