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First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert! 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.  See the current Re-Creation cast in action here!

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

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.

The Borough of Mechanicsburg will hold its third annual Community Day on Saturday, August 11 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, 1 Memorial Park Drive, Mechanicsburg from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

First Church is excited to collaborate with several area churches to sponsor free admission to the pool, along with children’s activities including fun inflatable rides!

The event features music from local bands, fire trucks, Washington Fire Company chicken barbeque, food trucks, activities for all ages, and much more! Visitors will also be able to experience a special exhibition of a baseball game from the 1860’s presented by the Keystone Baseball Club, complete with vintage uniforms.

Local business vendors and organizations will also be present at the event.

The event was created in an attempt to recreate a simpler time of life when families visited the local park to enjoy time together and be with others in the community.

New this year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries as the Charity of Choice. New Hope Ministries is a Christian social service agency that shows the love and hope of Christ by serving our neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts towards stability.

For more information about the event, visit the Mechanicsburg Borough website at View Community Day flyer here.

First Church is offering Gospel Shaped Outreach, a summer Sunday School study that will equip participants for faith-sharing.

Many Christians don’t like the word “evangelism” and prefer to leave this to pastors and church leaders, but ALL believers are called to make disciples.

Gospel Shaped Outreach will include Scripture and feature guest teachers who work as missionaries, to help participants discover comfortable ways to communicate the message of Jesus and become motivated to share our faith with those who are lost without him.

The study will be held on Sunday mornings from July 1 to Sept. 2, from 9:30 to 10:30.

For more information, visit the display in the church lobby or contact Tina Eaton at 717-766-4611 or

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, June 24 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.

First Church continues with the “Be One, Make One” discipleship challenge this summer with a focus on Dedicated Missionaries.

Dedicated Missionaries demonstrate God’s love for all people as we actively seek and respond to the needs of others. Here are some faithful steps you can take on the pathway toward living this lifestyle.

  • Prayer – Pray beyond the boundaries of your home and your life. Try prayer walking this summer in your neighborhood, community or place of work. Praying for others as you walk will alert you to the ways that you might be able to demonstrate God’s love in practical, tangible ways!
  • Care – As you demonstrate His love, you’ll discover a growing sense of compassion and mission with God. You may be called to random acts of kindness, to work as part of a mission team, or to a specific service opportunity that aligns with what you have been feeling in your heart. Any and every way that you reach out to care for another counts!
  • Share – As you build relationships through prayer and care, be attentive to doors that open for you to communicate the Gospel. You’ll find that God often gives you creative opportunities to share your faith and lead others to follow Jesus. Instead of dreading this, you’ll find yourself following God’s lead in a way that is authentic and sincere!

Summer is a great time to get into God’s Word and seek new ways to grow in your faith. But, summer schedules can make it challenging to commit to an extended study.

That’s why First Church is offering multiple and flexible options.

  1. Wednesday Drop in! All are welcome to join Pastor Denny’s Bible study class, based on the 2018 daily Bible reading plan, any Wednesday from June 20 to July 25. The class meets from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. If you haven’t already, visit the “Be One, Make One” display in the church lobby, pick up a Common English Bible with the companion daily reading plan and begin reading!
  2. Read a good book! Order a copy of Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Love Your Church, begin reading and join in a discussion group lead by church staff members. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from June 20 to July 25 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. The book, based on research done by the Fuller Youth Institute, documents what the “bright spot” congregations they studied all have in common that helps them to reach young adults ages 18 to 29. Come to participate in creating a plan to ensure First Church’s vitally in this area. Sign up for this discussion group at the display in the church lobby and order your book today at
  3. Study online! Lifeway Women is offering an online Bible study perfect for busy women. God of Creation, a 10-week study based on Genesis 1-11 by Jen Wilkin, begins June 21. You will learn fundamental truths about God and yourself. Participants will need to order a workbook ($12.99) and register to receive the video teachings (free) at

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, June 20, 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! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, June 20 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 monthto prepare the groceries.

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

The Third Friday Food Truck Feast rolls into the First Church parking lot again on June 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.
An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Sandwiches, Mad Dash, Chicken Truck, Bountiful Feast, Up in Smoke, The Sweet Spot, and Ice Cream Express.

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.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2018: July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.

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.

The Board of Trustees of First Church manages three scholarship funds for church members enrolled in post-secondary education:

  1. Comfort Education Fund, supporting certified candidates for ministry;
  2. Betty Brandt Fund, supporting individuals with a defined physical or mental disability; and
  3. Zimmerman Youth Scholarship Fund, supporting individuals who are/were active members of our Youth Department.

Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are available now here, or you can get one from Youth Pastor Lisa Aronson, Office Manager Kristin Brown or Trustee Representative Judi Buddenbaum.

Applications are due to Judi Buddenbaum by Sunday, June 10th. You can put completed applications in Judi’s mailbox in the church narthex or drop them off in the church office, attention Judi B.

Visit First Church at Jubilee Day in downtown Mechanicsburg on Thursday, June 21.The church parking lot will be open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted to benefit a youth mission trip to Brooklyn, NY this summer.

First Church is located just one block from the Jubilee Day activities, and our building will be open for visitors to use the rest rooms.

Enjoy this wonderful Mechanicsburg tradition!

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