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God’s mission of salvation in the world is also our mission, and as we pray and work to advance his kingdom, God calls us to proclaim the good news to our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors around the world in a way that brings hope and invites commitment to Christ. Join us as we study together ‘Gospel Shaped Outreach’ during the Sunday School hour starting July 1 in the multipurpose room, at 9:30 a.m.

We look forward to this lesson series that will give us a deep appreciation for the gospel in a manner that we will be excited to share! Along the way, we will hear from several mission workers that First Church supports. They will be our guest teachers on this journey and will share a lesson that includes thoughts from their own personal experiences in their mission field.

Our first guest speaker is Jenna Mengle from Cru on July 8. Jenna recently returned from mission work in Montenegro and will share the message “Who is Jesus?” Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a First Church missionary!

On July 22, we will hear from Matt and LeeAnn Herring from Cru as they teach the lesson, “Who are we reaching?” Matt and LeeAnn serve as Cru staff in West Chester, PA and are currently reaching out to students along route 202 in PA at West Chester, Eastern, Cheyney, and Villanova University.

Our next guest teacher, Josh Herring, will be presenting on August 12, “How do we share it?”  Josh is currently involved in an internship in State College with DiscipleMakers, a campus ministry that he connected with while attending Lebanon Valley College.  We will also hear from Graham Bowen from Cru on August 19, followed by Jenna Mengle on August 26.  Don’t miss these opportunities to hear from our young adults as they share with us how to proclaim the good news!

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!

Beginning Jan. 1, First Church started the “BE ONE, MAKE ONE” discipleship challenge. We challenge everyone to participate!

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.

As we continue this journey, we are entering the Passionate Worshipper season.  What does that mean?  It means that, no matter what we are doing, we make sure we are doing it for God. We are Christ’s ambassadors and it is our responsibility to honor and praise the one who sends us to carry His message into the world through both our words and our actions.  We hope to see you at worship each week so that we can praise, celebrate, pray and sing together in response to His word!

See the display in the main lobby to sign up. 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.

Regular Sunday School classes at First Church resume on Sept. 9. Sunday School runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

We offer classes for each grade level from pre-school to high school seniors, as well as various class options for adults. Walk-in visitors and new class members are always welcome in all classes!

Here are the options for adults:

FAITH IN EVERYDAY LIFE – A group of singles and couples age 25ish and above. A discussion-based class that values friendship, sometimes getting together outside of class.
FAITHFUL FAMILIES – This class is made up of parents who are in the child-raising stage of life, and who enjoy discussion-based Bible studies related to living a faithful, Christ-centered life.
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – A multi-generational adult class that selects short-term studies which generate challenging discussion of Christian principles. Meets in room 223.
GROWING IN CHRIST – A mixed class of single adults and couples of all ages that select short-term studies intended to challenge thinking and create fruitful conversation of Christian principles.
GUYER CLASS – A well-established group of elders in the church who study the United Methodist Quarterly Adult Bible Studies, which are designed as encouragement and instruction in living a life of faith. Meets in room 123.
HELPING HANDS – A group of active seniors who focus on studies designed as encouragement and instruction on living a life of faith. Interactive studies and discussions are led by several class members. Also, class members enjoy many Christian social activities together. Meets in room 105.

Do you want to cultivate a more intimate relationship with God, and become more comfortable with prayer?

“Igniting a Passion to Pray,” a 12-week Bible study for women, begins Monday, Sept. 10 at First Church. Classes will run from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., with First Church members Nadine Ogden and Merri Shellenberger facilitating. Cost is $15, to cover the workbook.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to participate. Sign up at the Welcome Center display, or call the church office at 717.766.4611 for more information.

Area residents are invited to join a Zumba Gold fitness class at First Church, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. The first class starts on September 4.

Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults who are not used to exercising or may be physically limited. Using Latin styles of music and dance at a lower intensity, Zumba Gold classes strive to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and most importantly, cardiovascular health. No need to register, you may pay as you go, we will have the best fitness coaches waiting for you.

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

First Church will hold its annual all-church fall picnic on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Adventure Zone Playground Pavilion in Enola.

The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. Come to play and stay for the pot-luck supper at 5 p.m., followed by outdoor worship as the sun sets on a beautiful day! Please bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. Also, bring your own place settings and lawn chairs.

All are welcome. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend the picnic. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.

Little Friends Preschool is an official Crayola ColorCycle participant and collection site! Anyone can bring in their used, dried-out markers, ANY name brand and they will be collected and sent back to Crayola to be recycled to make clean energy! Look for the sign and bin at the Collection Center outside the multipurpose room to place your dried-out markers. Thanks for helping us to protect the environment! Questions, contact Maria Petrilak, Little Friends Preschool Director at

Did you know that through Moms in Prayer International, thousands of mothers around the world gather to passionately pray for the lives of their children in more than 140 countries? The impact on children, their teachers and their schools is profound, and it is life-changing for the mothers who pray as well.

First Church hosts a Moms in Prayer group, led by church member Deb Noss. This group will resume meeting for the 2018-19 school year on Monday evenings, beginning Aug. 27, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Prayer Room (second floor elevator landing).

All mothers are invited, and no prayer experience is required. Your child can be any age and at any stage of life. All prayer requests remain private within the group.

Please contact Tina Eaton at or (717) 766-4611, extension 104 if you have any questions or would like to participate. You can also check out for more information or to find another group that fits your schedule.

First Church is participating in the upcoming Honoring and Blessing Mechanicsburg’s First Responders on Tuesday, Sept. 11. All are invited to attend and show their appreciation and support. Join us by the PNC Bank building, Trindle Road/Main St., Mechanicsburg, at 11:30 a.m.

Several area churches are participating. The one-hour ceremony includes free lunch, a brief program with words of thanks, and prayer.

For more information, contact the church office at (717) 766-4611 or

First Church will offer “The Sovereignty of God and the Free Will of Man,” a Precept Bible study based on Romans, this fall. All are invited to participate.

God does not go back on His Promises. He can always be trusted. This study of Romans chapters 9 to 11 is an extended discussion of God’s sovereignty – focusing on His choice of Israel and His faithfulness to His covenant.

The class begins with an orientation on Thursday, Aug. 30, followed by eight weeks of lessons. Two times are available. Participants can attend a morning session from 9:00 to 11:00, or an evening session from 6:45 to 8:30.

You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to attend the class. There is an $18 cost for the workbook.

To register for the class or for more information, call or e-mail First Church at 717.766.4611 or

First Church will participate in the Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends fundraiser.

Purchase a shopping pass for $5, then use it to enjoy up to 25 percent off your purchases made at all Boscov’s locations on October 16th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. First Church will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the shopping passes. Proceeds will support Missions in Sierra Leone, including a mission trip to Sierra Leone in 2019.

Tickets can be purchased now at First Church. 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, Aug. 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. An informal atmosphere, brief messages, and lots of music and fellowship opportunities.

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

A new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) begins at First Church in September, and all moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support and embrace the journey together.

Monthly meetings are held on Friday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. MOPS provides a welcoming and open environment where every mom can grow through mentoring and leadership development. The local fee for this group is just $20.00 per semester (to help cover childcare and other miscellaneous expenses) and the MOPS International registration fee is $31.95. Scholarships are available. To register, go to and enter our group code Q393.

Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between the monthly meetings.

All are welcome. You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to participate. For more information, call or e-mail the church office at (717) 766-4611 or

School aged children are invited to bring their backpacks to either the 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. worship service for a special blessing to be prayed over their backpacks. We will pray for a safe and wonderful school year and for all our students, teachers, school administrators and school support staff.

At 2:00 that same afternoon, you are invited to prayer walk the grounds of schools and pray for the students, teachers and staff as they start the new school year. Pastors from the community will be stationed at the main entrance of the following schools to lead the prayer:

  • Mechanicsburg High School,
  • Cumberland Valley High School,
  • Northern High School,
  • Mechanicsburg Middle School,
  • Elmwood Academy,
  • Upper Allen Elementary,
  • Shepherdstown Elementary,
  • Broad Street Elementary,
  • Northside Elementary and
  • Mechanicsburg Kindergarten Academy.
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