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This Easter Season, First Church invites you to explore worship as an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be refreshed by the presence of the Risen Christ.

First Church Senior Pastor Dennis Keller will lead the Bible study “Catch Your Breath,” based on the church’s sermon series of the same title. All are invited and encouraged to attend!

The study will run on Wednesdays from May 1 to June 5, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in Room B004.

The study will complement First Church’s daily Bible reading plan. Pick up a copy at the Welcome Center display.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Do you remember the last time you had to catch your breath? Perhaps you were winded from walking up a steep flight of stairs, or you frantically searched for a child who’d wandered away in a crowded place. You remember the experience – your heart is pounding, your lungs gasping for air. Then, as deep breaths fill your lungs, your heart rate slows and you are ready to move on.

This Easter Season, we’re going to explore worship as an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be refreshed by the presence of the Risen Christ.

Beginning April 28, the pastors of First Church will present “Catch Your Breath,” a sermon series based on the Gospel of John, during Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 and 10:45.

April 28: In Times of Fear (John 20:19-30)

May 5: In Times of Exhaustion (John 21:1-19)

May 12: In Times of Doubt (John 10:22-30)

May 19: In Times of Loneliness (John 13:31-35)

May 26: In Times of Suffering (John 14:23-29)

June 2: In Times of Division (John 17:20-26)

All are invited and encouraged to attend! For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, April 27, 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

The Bell Choirs of First Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The meal will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and homemade dessert.

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 to attend festivals and workshops.

For tickets, call the church at 717.766.4611 or e-mail

First Church will host “18 Wounds of Disability,” an insightful presentation on the wounds that individuals and families affected by disability may experience.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited and encouraged to attend at one of the following times: Sunday, May 5 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided), and Tuesday, May 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Most people will experience at least temporary disability within their lifetime. Disability affects people in every age group, social class and culture. It is often accompanied by a profound sense of devaluation that can be compounded by societal attitudes and actions toward those affected by disability.

“18 Wounds”, presented by Lisa Wickenheiser, M.Ed., seeks to provide insight and build a foundation of understanding and sensitivity. Specifically, we will discuss how the church can move to counter devaluation, so that those living with disability can learn what it is to be loved and accepted by God.

The presentation is based on the works of Wolf Wolfensberger, one of the world’s most impactful professionals in the area of intellectual disabilities; Dr. Jeff McNair of California Baptist University and the Christian Institute on Disability/Joni & Friends, Inc.; and his wife, Kathi McNair.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by April 23 to the church, 717.766.4611 or

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 2.

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 at the flagpole at noon for brief community prayer. Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will once again be joining us in prayer. The theme and focus this year is Love One Another (John 13:34). Together let’s exercise one of our most precious freedoms… the right to gather, turn to God and pray. If you cannot attend at this time, we encourage you to pray from your home or place of work. Find the 2019 Prayer Guide here:

Blast off with the first VBS to land on the moon! To Mars and Beyond will help kids discover the wonders of God’s universe. They’ll become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God’s power can take them.

The dates are Monday to Friday, June 10 to 14, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

All area children ages 4 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. There is a $5 registration fee per child. Need-based scholarships are available.

See this link for registration and volunteer information We look forward to explore where God’s power can take you!

The regularly scheduled bagging groceries for Bethesda Mission is CANCELLED for April 17, as we encourage all church members to attend the Annual Passion Play. Next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, May 15. If you have questions, call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

April 28 is DisAbility Awareness Sunday at First Church. Guest speaker Elizabeth Brake, a United Methodist pastor who was born with cerebral palsy, will describe her journey with disability and faith to a joint Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pastor Brake resides in Mercersburg on her family’s dairy farm. Never one to let her disability stop her, she showed cows in 4-H and was an avid downhill skier (in a sit-down ski) throughout high school.

Pastor Brake earned degrees in education and family services from Messiah College, and a master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She later returned to Messiah College to complete a second master’s degree in education. Her goal was to work in disability services for a college, but God had a different plan. Pastor Brake continued her studies to become a pastor. She currently serves the Roxbury and Upper Strasburg United Methodist Churches in Franklin County.

In addition, a Rejoicing Spirits worship service will be held at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Mechanicsburg Area Churches invite the community to a Good Friday Prayer Walk through the Mechanicsburg Borough.

Led by local pastors, prayer walkers will meet at one of the prayer sites, cover the surrounding area in prayer and then come together at 1:15 at the Mechanicsburg First Church of God (28 E. Main Street) for closing prayer and worship.

Prayer Sites:

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Park – 1 Memorial Park Drive
  • Mechanicsburg Senior High – 500 S. Broad Street
  • Mechanicsburg Middle School – 1750 S. Market Street
  • Mechanicsburg Presbyterian – 300 E Simpson St
  • Immanuel Church, 800 S. Market Street
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church – 132 E. Main Street
  • First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, PA – 135 W. Simpson Street
  • Turning Point Church of Mechanicsburg – 201 E. Green Street

For those who would like to stay stationary during the prayer walk, there will be a place available at the Mechanicsburg First Church of God (28 E. Main Street) starting at 12 PM.

All are welcome!  For more information, visit Mechanicsburg & Upper Allen Area Churches Facebook Page. See the flyer here.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2019!

Join us on the following Fridays: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18 from 4:30 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, pizza 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.

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.

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