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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!

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.

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.

Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Know a creative person in need of a night out?

Tickets are now available for a Paint Night fund raiser at First Church on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit a youth mission trip to Brooklyn this summer.

Painting experience is not required. A certified instructor from Connecting in Color will guide participants in creating a sunset scene of the Brooklyn Bridge skyline.

Act fast! Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants. Deadline to register is May 6. Cost is $35/person. This includes art supplies, dessert and drinks. Be sure to wear old clothes, or bring a smock.

Love art, but not interested in painting? Join us from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for an Artist Reception. Enjoy dessert while viewing the work of many talented artists from our First Church community. Also, meet our featured First Church artist, Bonnie Jeona, who will have artwork available for purchase.

To register or for more information, call or e-mail Lisa Aronson at the church, (717) 766-4611 ext. 113 or

First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert this summer! The group will perform in concert on Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and lead worship at both First Church services on Sunday, June 24.

This team of talented performers travels across the United States to inspire and enhance the lives of hospitalized veterans with their uplifting performances. The group is known as ‘America’s ambassadors to hospitalized veterans,’ as they have served across our nation in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans homes for 40 years.

The Saturday concert will feature a variety of music to include Big Band, rock, pop, Broadway, country and patriotic songs to honor America. The Sunday music, ‘Believe’ is a celebration of faith and confidence in God’s mighty love and includes classic hymns, sing-a-longs, praise & worship and dramatic pieces.

We look forward to sharing this amazing free concert with our community and veterans! For more information about Re-Creation, visit their website at

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 3.

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 8:00 a.m. for community prayer, followed by light breakfast.  Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will once again be joining us in prayer. The breakfast 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.  Click here for the Prayer Guide.

If you experience stress in your daily life (and who doesn’t?), First Church invites you to attend a special presentation on techniques for relaxing and managing stress, led by Beth Murray, RN, Holistic Nurse.

Join us on Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the church’s Sanctuary Gathering Area.

RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP or for more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen, Director of Congregational Care Ministry, at or 717-766-4611.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Vacation Bible School at First Church. Go to: to register your child today.

VBS will be held from Monday to Friday, June 11 to 15, from 9:00 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. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage!

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

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

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, April 21, 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. For more information, contact the church office at 717-766-4611.

The Bell Choirs of First Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church’s fellowship hall will be transformed into an Italian restaurant, complete with checkered tablecloths, candles and Italian music!

The meal will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and home made cake.

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $9 for adults, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Proceeds benefit the Handbell Choirs of First Church.

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

April 22 is DisAbility Awareness Sunday at First Church.

First Church will host a guest speaker from the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. All are welcome to attend!

CATRA, located in Grantville, offers a therapeutic horse riding experience for local residents of all ages and with all types of special needs.

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


The handbell choirs of First Church will present “Hymns You Know and Love,” a concert on Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The concert is free and open to the public.

A freewill offer will be taken. All are invited to stay for refreshments following the concert.

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


In partnership with the downtown Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, First Church will host an electronics recycling event.

Residents are invited to drop off their electronic recyclables from 9 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot. Click here for a list of items that will be accepted.

e-End, a company that specializes in electronics recycling, will perform 100% data destruction on media stored on the recycled electronics.

Note: There is a $10 fee to recycle CRT monitors and a $25 fee to recycle CRT televisions, payable in cash only.

Visit the Earth Day Festival website at or the e-End website at for more details.


First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, April 22, 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 is held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

The Women’s Ministry of First Church will host a Baby Shower on April 20 in support of Mama Tribe, a local non-profit that provides support to pregnant teens and young moms in area high schools.

First Church is collecting items to be blessed and donated to Mama Tribe. Please show your support of this ministry with your donations of the following items: pacifiers, onesies, bath supplies, stuffed animals, coffee gift cards, blankets/hats, bottles (preferably ones that are good for colic, as many babies are preemies), headbands, and infant hand gloves.

Items can be dropped off any time at the church (see display across from the Welcome Desk) before April 20.

For more information, contact Janice Bowen at or 766-4611 x112.

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