Recent News

Jubilee Day Post

Visit First Church at Jubilee Day in downtown Mechanicsburg on Thursday, June 15. The church parking lot will be open to the public. Our building is close to all Jubilee Day activities, and our building will be open for visitors to use the rest rooms. Note: All church-related activities are canceled on this day. Enjoy this wonderful Mechanicsburg tradition!

Welcome Post

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to advise the congregation that Rev. John L. Shellenberger will be joining the First Church staff as Assistant to the Pastor. Pastor Shellenberger will begin part-time work with us in late summer or early fall. He will be filling the vacancy created by Pastor Reed’s full-time retirement.

Pastor Shellenberger will focus on visitation, but will also preach, serve as liturgist, lead Bible studies and Sunday School classes, support Access Ministries and Rejoicing Spirits, and assist Pastor Denny and the rest of the staff team as situations require.

Pastor Shellenberger earned a B.A. from Messiah College and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. He has served a range of congregations in his career, mostly in Central Pennsylvania. He will be retiring from the position of Lead Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Lemoyne at the end of June.

He and his wife, Merri, have three children: Jonathan, who died in 1983, Beth, and Megan; and three grandchildren. Merri is a reading specialist in the Shippensburg School District. He and Merri enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

In addition to pastoral activities, Rev. Shellenberger is an avid golfer, woodworker and gardener. His agricultural credentials include the Master Gardening Certificate from Penn State Extension. He feeds the soul with a certificate in the Ministry of Spiritual direction and the body with an interest in cooking.

Pastor John and Merri are as eager to be part the First Church Community as we are to have them. Each conversation strengthens our conviction that once again, God has blessed us with the right people at the right time.

Please join us in welcoming them, and making them part of the First Church family!

Rewritten Life Post

First Church will offer “The Rewritten Life: When God Changes Your Story.” This new six-week Bible study explores the transformational power of God through the stories of people in the Bible whose lives were changed forever by Him.

In six lessons you will meet Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter and an unnamed woman. Discover how God rewrote their stories, giving them new identities that were in line with God’s call in their lives.

The group will meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. beginning June 7.

The Bible study is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to participate.

Books are $10. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Herring CRU Post

First Church will host “Living Holy in a Broken World: Maintaining Sexual Purity,” a special presentation by First Church member Matt Herring on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the church multipurpose room.

Addiction to pornography is an epidemic that is sweeping the world. A stunning 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to Internet-based pornography during their adolescent years. Come learn the facts about pornography and how to overcome the temptation, with the truth revealed to us through God’s Word in 2 Samuel.

Matt and his wife, LeeAnn Herring, lead the West Chester University chapter of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). CRU’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through on-site groups at colleges worldwide.

The event is free and open to the public, but most appropriate for adults and youth. For more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

Confirmation Post

Congratulations to the 2017 confirmands! Join us Sunday, June 4 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service as we formally welcome new members into our church family.

Rejoicing Spirits Feature

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, May 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.

Natl Day of Prayer 2017

First Church invites you to join with thousands of other churches across our nation to participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4.

Each year on the first Thursday in May, our nation pauses to observe a National Day of Prayer. On that day, we have an opportunity to emphasize the importance of prayer as a testimony to who God is, what we believe, and the fact that our nation was founded upon the truths of God’s Word.

First Church invites the public to join us in the sanctuary at noon for community prayer, followed by lunch. PA State Representative Sheryl Delozier will be in attendance to pray with us.  The lunch is free, and there is no need to register. Just come and pray with us!

If you cannot attend at this time, we encourage you to pray from your home or place of work.

For more details, go to nationaldayofprayer.org.

Graduation Post

Join us on May 21 for Graduate Sunday at First Church. We will honor all of our 2017 graduates, both high school and college, during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

Ecumenical Choir Post

The 30th Annual Mechanicsburg Area Ecumenical Choir Concert will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 410 E. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg. The concert will feature a choir of 90 adult singers combined from 32 area churches. The concert is free and open to the public.

An offering will be taken at the concert to benefit New Hope Ministries of Mechanicsburg, a Christian-based social service agency. New Hope offers a community food bank, crisis intervention services, after school and summer programs for youth, and other services for local residents.

Praying Our Way Forward Post

In support of the “Commission on the Way Forward,” established at the 2016 General Conference to discern our denominational position on matters causing division, the Susquehanna Conference is called to engage in a Prayer Vigil the week of May 7 to 13. The Harrisburg District’s Designated Day of Prayer is Sunday, May 7. We encourage you to sign up for a 30 minute devoted time to pray using the following link: https://www.timetosignup.com/hopemechanicsburg/.

More information about Praying our Way Forward can be found here: http://susumc.org/index.php/about-us/2013-01-25-18-23-39/2017-03-03-18-32-50/praying-our-way-forward.

Prayer Gathering Post

First Church is hosting a special Prayer Gathering on Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Susquehanna Conference Prayer Initiative. The Cluster churches from Mechanicsburg, Carlisle and Perry Counties are invited to join us for this one hour service of focused prayer, singing and communion. Bishop Jeremiah Park and Harrisburg District Superintendent Barry Robison will be in attendance.

Here I Am to Worship Post

First Church kicks off the next sermon series, “Here I am to Worship” starting this Sunday, April 23, and lasting for 6 weeks. Pastor Keller will begin a series of sermons on the First Epistle of Peter. Peter writes about the power of gathering together in worship to a community of Christians living in a foreign land. He invites them and us to come before God as we are, with our praises, our struggles and our aspirations. Worship times are 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Click here to see a video with more details.

Church Work Day Post

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help spread mulch and clean up the church’s outdoor property. If possible, please bring work gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows.

All are welcome and invited to participate. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

VBS 2017 Post

Registration is now open for the 2017 Vacation Bible School at First Church! Go to http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/fumchurch to register your child today.

VBS will be held from Monday to Friday, June 19 to 23, from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Children ages 3 through entering sixth grade can engage in a fun Bible adventure, with games, crafts, music and daily science experiments.

There is a $5 registration fee per child. Need-based scholarships are available.

For questions or more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

Rejoicing Spirits Feature

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, April 23 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.

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