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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.

Registration is now open for “Tailor Made: God’s Masterpiece,” the 2018 Women’s Retreat to be held Friday to Sunday, Feb. 2 to 4, at Mt. Asbury Retreat Center in Newville.

All First Church women are invited and encouraged to attend, for a weekend filled with fellowship, fun, food and spiritual renewal. Hotel-like accommodations and four meals included.

Register by Dec. 31 to enjoy the early bird fee of $120. After that date, the fee is $130. Final registration deadline is Jan. 14. Click here for the Registration Form.  For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Registration is open for the 2018 Men’s Retreat to be held Friday to Sunday, Feb. 16 to 18, at Wesley Forest. The Rev. Dr. Steven Gallaher, Founder of Salt ‘n Light Youth Ministry in Camp Hill, will lead the weekend.

All First Church men are invited and encouraged to attend. This beautiful camp is the perfect place to seek rest, spiritual renewal and fellowship time.

Click here for the Registration Form.  For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

First Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve services:

5:00 p.m. Family Service – Tailored to families with young children, includes candle-lighting (battery-operated candles available)

8:00 p.m. Service of Christmas Eve Simplicity – A quiet service with communion, instrumental music, candle-lighting and time for prayer

11:00 p.m. Service of Light and Wonder – Communion, candle-lighting and carols sung by our choirs

Thanks to all for your generous support of our Annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless! The event raised over $4,600!

Donations were accepted from the community throughout the evening. Proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries, and their local work with the homeless and other families in need.

The Little Friends Nursery School of First Church will hold their annual Christmas program on Thursday, December 21 at 9:15 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

Little Friends, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, provides quality education in a caring, Christian environment. For more information about Little Friends, visit our website at or call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

On the third Wednesday evening of every month, members of First Church gather at Mission Central in Mechanicsburg to sort and bag donated groceries for local residents in need. The groceries are then transported to the Bethesda Mission shelter in Harrisburg.

Through Bethesda Mission’s outreach program, over 1,500 bags of food and essential items are distributed to hungry and needy individuals and families each month in the outlying areas surrounding Harrisburg.

Help is always needed! All are invited to join us.We meet again on Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

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.

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

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will host the Marketplace of Miracles on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a shopping event like no other! Several organizations and merchants will have a variety of unique and inexpensive items for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the education and prevention of human trafficking, and fair treatment of workers in lesser developed countries.

Your purchases really can make a difference!

Participating merchants include WAR (Women at Risk, Int’l), with jewelry, scarves, ornaments and gift items; Change Purse (new or gently-used handbags starting at $1), and Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade items). Come for free snacks and door prizes!

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

Love Christmas cookies but don’t enjoy baking them? Attend the Cookie Walk at First Church on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Youth Group.

Attendees can fill a large or small container with a variety of homemade holiday cookies. Boxes will be provided. Proceeds benefit youth mission projects.

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

Did you ever wonder what it was like the night Jesus was born? If so, come and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Bethlehem on Sunday, December 10 in the multipurpose room.

Visitors can enjoy walking through the town of Bethlehem, visit the manger scene in the sanctuary and enjoy a mission meal in fellowship hall to support Youth programs. A preview for special needs guests and their families will be held from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. The general public is invited from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.

All are welcome. For more information, call or email the church at (717) 766-4611 or

First Church will hold a spiritual formation gathering, based on the Gospel of Luke, this Advent season.

A spiritual formation gathering is based on the principle of meeting with no other goal than to be in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures. Participants are encouraged to experience God’s presence through reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. If you want to read more about Christianity, then go to

Specifically, the group will focus on the following Scriptures.

Nov. 30 Luke 1:39-45

Dec. 7 Luke 1:46-56

Dec. 14 Luke 1:67-79

Dec. 21 Luke 2:21-32

The group will meet for four weeks, led by Pastor John, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Prayer Corner of the church’s sanctuary. Immediately following, the group will meet for a Dutch treat lunch at a local restaurant.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to participate. For more information, call or e-mail the church office at or (717) 766-4611.

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