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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.

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.

First Church will host a mission trip to help process boxes at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Columbia, MD on Friday, Nov. 30.

Through the Operation Christmas Child ministry, the public is invited to fill one or more shoe-sized boxes with toiletries (comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, etc.), toys and games, school supplies, and a Wow! item. The boxes are shipped to children in dire need in more than 100 countries around the world.

The group will depart from First Church at 7 a.m., and arrive home that evening. Participants should pack a lunch, snacks and drinks, and wear comfortable shoes. There is no cost to attend, but participants should bring money for dinner.

Act fast if you are interested! We can only take up to nine people, on a first come first served basis. To sign up or for more information, call or e-mail the church office at 717.766.4611 or

Backyard Missions connects volunteers from First Church with local residents who need occasional assistance. Most Backyard projects are short-term tasks to help residents maintain their homes and property. This includes yard work, raking leaves, snow removal and general household duties (spring cleaning, for example). Backyard volunteers will take on other tasks as appropriate and as they are able. There is no charge; all work is performed by church members who volunteer their time.

You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to receive assistance. To request help, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Little Friends Preschool of First Church will hold a Fall Festival and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Games and other fun activities for children, and a variety of great items to place bids on!

Little Friends is looking for items for the Silent Auction. If you have something to donate, please contact Maria Petrilak at All proceeds benefit the preschool.

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

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Oct. 28 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. An informal atmosphere, brief messages, and lots of music and fellowship opportunities.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Mission Central will hold a 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 27, with a 9 a.m. start time. All are invited to participate!

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.

Mission Central moved nearly $8 million in resources through the warehouse in 2017, and reached more than 4.1 million people with assistance.

Proceeds will benefit Mission Central’s work. To register for the 5K, visit

The Third Friday Food Truck Feast rolls into the First Church parking lot Oct. 19 – the final visit in 2018!

From 5 to 8 p.m., an expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Dash, Shredderz, Bountiful Feast, Lucky Penny Burger Co., Roost Uncommon Kitchen and the Sweet Spot!

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. Children will be invited to Trick or Treat at each of the Food Trucks for a sweet treat!

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

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 food bank, clothing closet and shelter.

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, Oct. 17, 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! Click here to learn more about Isaiah 61 Ministries. To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Oct. 17 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 the church office at (717) 766-4611.

First Church invites all parents to participate in a book club based on the book, “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place,” by Andy Crouch.

The introductory session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, from 6:20 to 7 p.m. in the church’s Sanctuary Gathering space. Book Club meetings will be held at the same time as the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program and will last for 7 weeks. Books may purchased on your own.

For details, see the display at the Welcome Center, or call or e-mail Tina Eaton, 717.766.4611 or

First Church will observe the annual Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, Oct. 21 during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. This year’s theme is, “Realizing Dr. King’s Vision for Every Child: Lives of Hope, Not Despair.”

The United Methodist Church designates a Children’s Sabbath each October. The national observance encourages congregations to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

First Church is pleased to announce the creation of a Little Free Pantry on our church property.

The pantry provides a variety of canned and non-perishable food items. Residents can help themselves to food as needed. The church also invites the community to place donations in the pantry as you are able.

In 2013, two out of five American families visited a food bank. Many American cities are reporting that 30 percent of their population lives beneath the poverty line.

For more information on this initiative, visit the Little Free Pantry website at Or, contact Lori Hoffnagle, Director of Outreach, at or 717-766-4611 ext. 115.

Thank you for helping us to serve our neighbors!

Trindle Spring Lutheran Church invites residents to bring their pet (leashed or crated, please) to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. for a special service of blessing.

Any and all pets (and their owners) are invited! Bring a lawn chair if you wish.

Questions, contact Pastor Aaron at Trindle Spring Lutheran,

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