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First Church, a welcoming, active, multi-generational United Methodist congregation in Mechanicsburg, PA. is seeking a full-time Director of Worship Arts. We are looking for a versatile musician with a growing relationship and heart for Jesus Christ, gifts to engage people of all ages in Christian worship, both traditional and modern, proven organizational and leadership abilities, and excellent communication and relational skills. For details, see the job description posted here. Send resumes to

At First Church our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. But to make disciples, we must first be disciples!

First Church started the “BE ONE, MAKE ONE” discipleship challenge at the beginning of 2018, and we continue to challenge everyone to join us in participating throughout the year!

Based on the core values that guide us as disciples, “BE ONE, MAKE ONE” incorporates focused study, weekly Scripture readings based on key Biblical themes, and messages during Sunday worship services to reinforce the lessons. In addition, participants can engage in a variety of spiritual activities throughout the year.

No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, “BE ONE, MAKE ONE” can help you develop into a more engaged and growing disciple of Jesus! Click here for the Bible Reading Plan.  Interested in finding out how you are doing in your Discipleship journey, click here for the Discipleship Evaluation Tool.

Visit the Welcome Center display to pick up a Bible and a reading plan, and check out the options for optional Bible study groups.  Invite a friend to participate with you! For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Discipleship, at (717) 766-4611 ext. 104 or .

Six Core Values that Guide Us in Being Disciples
1. Lifelong Learner. I am continually growing as a disciple by studying God’s word alone and with others.
2. Praying Follower. I faithfully listen in order to discern God’s will and respond to God in prayer every day.
3. Passionate Worshipper. I glorify God in my personal life every day and in corporate worship on a weekly basis.
4. Dedicated Missionary. I demonstrate God’s love for all people as I actively seek and respond to the needs of others. I am committed to reaching, encouraging, serving and connecting with our community and beyond.
5. Relationship Builder. I strive to always express love and compassion for others in a way that helps to create Christian community.
6. Generous Giver. In response to God’s extravagant love for me, I cheerfully and consistently give both my spiritual gifts and financial resources to support God’s mission.

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

Thanks to all for your generous support of our Annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless! The event raised nearly $4,500!

Donations were accepted from the community throughout the evening. Proceeds will benefit local ministry groups and their work with the homeless and other families in need in our area.

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.

Registration is open for the 2019 Men’s Retreat to be held Friday to Sunday, Jan. 25 to 27, at the Mt. Asbury Retreat Center in Newville. This year’s focus is on relaxing and reviving each participant’s physical and spiritual health.

All First Church men are invited and encouraged to attend. This beautiful camp is the perfect place to seek rest, spiritual renewal and fellowship time.

Registration is due by January 10, 2019.  Click here for the form.

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

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

Members of First Church will participate in the Borough of Mechanicsburg’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23.

All are invited to attend! Join us on the town square at the corner of Market & Main Streets at 5:15 p.m. The caroling around the Christmas Tree will be led by First Church choirs at 5:30 p.m. Come for singing, hot cocoa and cookies! For more information, visit the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce website at

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