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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!

Registrations are still being accepted 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 office at (717) 766-4611.

Join us on June 3 for Graduate Sunday at First Church. We will honor all of our 2018 graduates, both high school and college, during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

First Church will host an outing to Faith Day at the Harrisburg Senators baseball game on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Join us for a buffet-style picnic at 2:30 p.m., followed by the game at 3:30 p.m. The buffet will include hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, mac & cheese, chips, popcorn, cookies, soda and water.

Take advantage of a special discounted rate – only $20 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $10 for children ages 4 to 12 (kids 3 and under are free). This includes the lunch and game ticket. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Mission Central.

All are welcome to attend, but you must pre-register and pre-pay by May 20. See the sign-up sheet at the church Welcome Desk, or call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at (717) 766-4611 or

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, May 27 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.

Congratulations to the 2018 confirmands! Join us on Sunday, May 20 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service as we formally welcome new members into our church family.

The Annual Mechanicsburg Area Ecumenical Choir Concert will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 410 E. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg. The concert will feature a choir of more than 100 adult singers combined from 32 area churches. The concert is free and open to the public.

An offering will be taken at the concert to benefit New Hope Ministries of Mechanicsburg, a Christian-based social service agency. New Hope offers a community food bank, crisis intervention services, after school and summer programs for youth, and other services for local residents.

Join us on Sunday evening, May 20, when our graduating seniors give their personal testimonies during a special service in the church sanctuary. Beginning at 6:00, hear about their experiences growing up in First Church, their faith stories and their future plans. The celebration continues immediately following the service with the Senior Showdown in the multi-purpose room.

First Church will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m., to celebrate its newly-refurbished playground. All are welcome to attend.

The playground previously contained a mulch base. The mulch was removed, and replaced with a handicapped-accessible rubber surface.

The project was inspired by Roland, a three-year-old who attends the church’s Little Friends Nursery School. Roland has cerebral palsy, and is a wheelchair user. The mulch base was challenging for Roland to navigate in his wheelchair.

First Church is also celebrating the addition of a Friendship Bench to the playground. Any child who is feeling sad, lonely, hurt or just in need of company can sit on the bench as an invitation for a friend or teacher to approach.

Nearly $20,000 was raised to complete the project, through the efforts of Roland’s family and with support from the church. Money was raised through donations from Little Friends families and teachers and members of the community, and support from the following: Community Aid, DeTraglia Excavating, Mechanicsburg Elks Club, Drayer Physical Therapy, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, LuLaRoe, Methodist Health Ministry, and the First Church Helping Hands Sunday School Class.

Just a reminder – if you wish to register for church camp and take advantage of the early bird price, the deadline is May 1!

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, or pick up a camp brochure from the Camping Display in the First Church main lobby.

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.

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