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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 will hold 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.

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.

Join us for Camp Sunday on March 11, 2018! Learn more about the many opportunities for church camp this summer, and how to register.

First Church firmly believes in the benefits of a church camp experience. Set in beautiful woods and natural surroundings, camp provides a distraction from video games, television and the general rushed pace of life. Away from these distractions, campers can take many steps in their faith journey and build a closer relationship with God.

Camp sessions are offered at several locations. Check out for more details.

Students in kindergarten to sixth grades can attend one or more camp sessions. Most sessions last a week. Mini-sessions of three days are available for new campers.

Fees vary based on the camp session. Scholarships are available, and First Church will help sponsor children and youth from our congregation who wish to attend. For more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, March 4, 2018, and runs until April 29. 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

First Church announces the following special worship services for Easter and Holy Week.

Annual Passion Play – Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 1 at 6:45 a.m. at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery

Easter Sunday Services, April 1 at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will hold a Mission Meal on Sunday, March 4, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Takeout is available.

Enjoy a meal of chili, cornbread and brownies. A freewill offering will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting local ministries that support women, children and youth.

The Little Friends Nursery School of First Church will hold its Annual Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

The public is invited to attend for a day of shopping and fun. Representatives from more than 25 featured vendors will be on-site with a variety of items for sale including jewelry, crafts, candles, items for the home, and more!

Proceeds will benefit Little Friends, a non-profit, Christian-based preschool that offers classes for children from 18 months to pre-kindergarten.

For more information, call or e-mail Chris Sims, Little Friends Director, at (717) 766-4611 ext. 111 or

On Jan. 1, First Church began the “Be One, Make One” Bible reading challenge for 2018.

During Lent, our focus will be on becoming Praying Followers who faithfully listen in order to discern God’s will and respond to God in prayer every day.

We encourage you to keep a prayer journal this Lent! A journal can be a valuable tool in understanding God’s word, and recording your prayers, Bible study reflections, and verses that have special meaning to you.

Here are three reasons that will inspire you to grab a Bible Study & Prayer Journal from the Be One, Make One display in the main lobby and get started!

God created us to learn new things. Each time we learn to do something new, our brain makes new connections. These new connections energize us!

In this fast-paced world, pausing to listen to what God is speaking to us can be tough. Writing helps us to slow down, focus and enjoy the moment.

It’s wonderful to have a record to reflect back on to recall what you have learned and who you have been praying for. It’s also a beautiful way to glorify God with your writing!

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Truck Feast will be returning in 2018!

Join us on the following Fridays: April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods including chicken, French fries, barbecue, Greek food, tacos and desserts. 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.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Feb. 25, 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.

First Church will hold the 2018 Day of Pampering on Saturday, Feb. 24. This is a special day to honor primary care providers…..mothers of children with disAbilities and wives of husbands with disAbilities. After giving so much of themselves, it’s their turn for some pampering, connecting and renewal.

Morning refreshments are provided, followed by worship and a guest speaker. The women are then served an elegant luncheon. Following lunch, women are pampered for the afternoon! They can enjoy manicures, a massage, relaxation techniques, hair styling and other services, as well as a tea and dessert room.

Service providers are still needed! If you are willing to volunteer your time, please call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

There are many ways to be engaged in Bible study at First Church. Some are on-going, and some are short-term. Here’s what is available this winter:

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – You are welcome to drop in to Pastor Denny’s class any Wednesday through March 21. The class meets from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. in room B004. This study is based on our 2018 daily Bible reading plan, so simply visit the “Be One, Make One” display in the church main lobby, pick up a Common English Bible with the companion daily reading plan and begin reading! Then come to class to discuss the readings in greater depth.

Thursday Morning/Evening Bible Study – An inductive study on Chapters 6, 7 and 8 in the book of Romans will begin March 1 and is being led by Juanita Guise. Class meets in Fellowship Hall on Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. or Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The workbook is $25. Please sign up in the main lobby at church.

Sunday Evening Men’s Bible Study – An inductive study on the books of Daniel and Revelation is being led by Ken Guise on Sunday evenings. This study began in the fall and will continue through the winter and spring.

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, June 11 to 15, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

All area children ages 3 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers.

Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend.

Watch for more information this spring!

Join us on Saturday, March 10 for a Ham Loaf Dinner.

Ham loaf, a central Pennsylvania tradition, is a mixture of fresh pork, smoked ham and other ingredients, served with a tangy, sweet sauce. The meal will include green beans, potatoes, rolls, applesauce, a beverage and assorted desserts. Chicken nuggets will be available for children.

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $11 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 First Church’s missions and ministries.

The dinner runs from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call the church at (717) 766-4611. Make sure to get your tickets early, as they sold out of meals last year!

The Mechanicsburg Cluster of Churches will hold a community Ash Wednesday worship service on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the service, hosted by Wesley United Methodist Church, 203 S. Filbert St. in Mechanicsburg.

Pastor John Shellenberger will lead a weekly Lunch and Learn, based on the 2018 “Be One, Make One” Bible reading, this Lenten season. Beginning Feb. 15, the group will meet on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary for study, followed by a Dutch treat lunch at a nearby restaurant. All are welcome!

No sign-up is required. Simply visit the “Be One, Make One” display in the church lobby to pick up a Common English Bible with the companion daily reading plan, and begin reading!
If you have questions or would like more information, call or e-mail the church office at (717) 766-4611 or

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