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Raising children is both beautiful and challenging, and having a network of other moms to lean on is a life-giving part of God’s plan! That’s why Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) connects moms to a community of women who meet to laugh, support and embrace the journey together.

A new Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group will begin meeting monthly at First Church on Friday morning, Sept. 29, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

If you are the mother of a young child, you won’t want to miss this special opportunity! Every group meeting will include fellowship time over a light breakfast, teachings/lesson time, small group discussion time, encouragement and support from mentor moms, Christian devotions and quality childcare.

Between monthly meetings, fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities will be organized for those who are interested.

The local fee for this group is $20.00 per semester (fall/spring) to help cover childcare and other expenses. The MOPS registration fee is $31.95 for the entire 2017/18 school year. Scholarships are available.

Registration gives you access to any MOPS group, a special journal, a quarterly MOPS magazine, exclusive downloads, blogs on topics like parenting, womanhood and marriage, plus many free extras!

To register, go to and put in our Group Code Q393. For more information, contact Tina Eaton at (717) 766-4611, ext. 104.

First Church will celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 5 at our 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

Celebrated annually, All Saints Day allows us to remember the glory of God in the saints who have gone before us. We use the New Testament definition of saints meaning, “all Christian people of every time and place.” Time will be set aside during both services to call out the names of those church members lost in the past year. Loved ones of those members are invited to come forward and light a candle in their memory.

All are welcome!

Little Friends Nursery School of First Church will hold a Fall Festival and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 4, 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!

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

As Christians, we are called to proclaim God’s name in all the Earth, but how do we do that in the midst of false gospels?

First Church will explore that question through “A Clash of Kingdoms,” a five-week Bible study that begins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Pastor Denny Keller will lead the study, from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. weekly.

Discover how Paul communicated the Good News of Christ to Philippi, a Roman colony that worshiped false gods. Can you live the message as Paul did while he encouraged the church in Philippi to consider itself a colony of heaven, not Rome?

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to participate in the study.

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

First Church will observe the annual Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, Oct. 22 during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. This year’s theme is, “Moving Forward With Hope.”

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 to attend!

First Church will host a table at Mechanicsburg’s 2017 Streets of Treats on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the church parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This family-oriented event, presented by the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, features safe, daytime trick-or-treating, crafts, games and other children’s activities in the downtown.

The First Church Children’s Department will hand out treats to children from our popular Lollipop Tree. Stop by and visit us!

First Church invites children in grades one through six to be a part of this exciting ministry as we praise God through ringing!

Ringers and their parents are asked to attend an organizational meeting and the first rehearsal on Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Music Room (behind Fellowship Hall) immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service.

Previous experience in playing the hand chimes is not required.

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

First Church will participate in the Annual Mechanicsburg CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 22.

All walkers will meet at the Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren at 1 p.m. The walk begins at 1:30 p.m. Participants can choose either a 2- or 4-mile walk. Proceeds benefit local residents in need.

All are welcome to walk with us! For more information, call or e-mail the church office at (717) 766-4611 or

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service this Sunday, Oct. 22at 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.

The First Church Bell Choirs will host a chicken barbecue fund raiser on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each meal includes a ½ chicken, baked potato, applesauce and roll for $9. Drinks and desserts will be sold separately.

Proceeds benefit trips the Bell Choirs take to workshops and festivals.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m. to help sort and bag donated groceries. The groceries are then transported to residents in need in the areas surrounding Harrisburg as part of Bethesda Mission’s Outreach program.

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 will conclude its congregation-wide study of “The Case for Christ” with a pot-luck supper and worship night celebration on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Everyone is invited to attend this time of fellowship, followed by a time of worship in the sanctuary. The First Church Youth Praise Band will provide music. Also, we will hear personal stories of how the study has impacted our faith.

Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at (717) 766-4611 or

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 8 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at (717) 766-4611 or

Harrisburg Food Truck Feasts will roll into the First Church parking lot on Friday, Oct. 20 for the last time this year. The trucks will be open from 5 to 8 p.m.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling into the church parking lot to sell everything from Greek food to chicken tenders and tacos. In addition to good food, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members.

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