Recent News

First Church invites the public to enjoy front row seats for Mechanicsburg’s Annual Halloween Parade!

The parade, set for Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., passes right by our Simpson Street property. The public is welcome to set up seating along the sidewalk. We also offer free parking, a concession stand and restrooms.

First Church is partnering with Highmark to present a seminar on Medicare Options on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Topics will include:
• Medicare basics
• Medicare enrollment guidelines
• Timeframes for enrolling
• Different options

Light snacks will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated to help us plan for seating and handouts. Please contact Lori Hoffnagle at or 717-766-4611, ext. 115 to sign up or with questions. Or, you can register through the Highmark website here:

Enjoy cooking? Looking for a service project you can do at home?

First Church is sponsoring a Casserole Collection throughout October to stock our church freezer with some ready-made casseroles. The casseroles will be shared as needed with families who could benefit from a “heat and eat” meal prepared with love!

Donations of casseroles are invited. Disposable pans are available at the church Information Desk. Please be sure to label the meal, and include the necessary heating instructions.

For more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen at 717.766.4611 ext. 112 or

The Wellness Ministry Team of First Church will host a presentation on “Understanding Substance Abuse Disorder and the Opioid Epidemic” on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

Gina Riordan, Program Supervisor for Drug Free Workplace PA in Harrisburg, will speak about current trends and issues surrounding addiction and recovery, and how to keep on loving in response to the unhealthy choices being made all around you.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

The First Church Bell Choirs will host a chicken barbecue fund raiser on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each meal includes a ½ chicken, baked potato, applesauce and roll for $9. Drinks and desserts will be sold separately.

Proceeds benefit trips the Bell Choirs take to workshops and festivals.

Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program.

This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall session starts October 17. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is Rock Solid Followers!  See video here to learn how children can become Rock Solid Followers!

Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants must be pre-registered.  The cost is $20, per child per semester, which includes meals.  Click here for the 2018-19 registration form.

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

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 7 and runs for 7 weeks. 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 will participate in World Communion Sunday on Oct. 7 during both the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

Celebrated the first Sunday in October, World Communion Sunday is a day to celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.
All are welcome!

Pastor John Shellenberger will lead a weekly Lunch & Learn on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 3 and will run 7 weeks. All are welcome!

Come to dive deeper into First Church’s 2018 daily Bible reading plan. Bible study begins at 11 a.m. under the balcony in the sanctuary, followed by lunch out together at noon (Dutch treat).

Sign up at the Welcome Center display, pick up a Common English Bible with the companion daily reading plan, and begin reading!

First Church kicks off a new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, Sept. 28. All moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support each other and embrace the journey together.

MOPS meetings include fellowship time over a light breakfast, valuable teachings, small group discussion and Christian devotions.

Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between the monthly meetings.

Monthly meetings are held at First Church on Friday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. The local fee for this group is $20 per semester (to help cover childcare and other expenses), and the MOPS International registration fee is $31.95. Scholarships are available.

If you know an expectant mother/mother of a young child, please invite her to come and check out a meeting for free!

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 (717) 766-4611 or

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