First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, March 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. This month’s worship will be held in Fellowship Hall.

 

Come experience the passion and power of the Easter story. First Church will put on its annual Passion Play on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The Passion Play re-enacts the events of Holy Week, beginning with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and concluding with his crucifixion and resurrection. The live performance, featuring singing and dancing, will be put on by the children, youth and other members of First Church.

The event is free and open to the public.

First Church invites the community to participate in a multi-church Good Friday Prayer Walk. Watch video here.

The goal is to cover the town of Mechanicsburg in prayer. Groups will gather at several local churches at noon on March 30 for Scripture reading and worship. Groups will then walk and pray throughout the neighborhoods of their respective churches.

All participants will then reconvene at 1:15 at Mechanicsburg First Church of God, 28 E. Main Street for prayer, light refreshments, and to wrap up the event.
Participating churches include:

  • First United Methodist Church, 135 W. Simpson Street, fumchurch.com.
  •  Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale Street, mechanicsburgcob.org.
  •  Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Simpson Street, mechpresby.org.
  •  Trindle Spring Lutheran Church, 14 State Road, trindlespringlutheran.org.
  •  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 132 E. Main Street. Facebook Page,  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  •  Turning Point Church, 201 E. Green Street, tpcog.com.

All are welcome to attend! For those who would like to be stationary during the prayer walk, there will be a place available at the Mechanicsburg First Church of God, 28 East Main Street. Contact Pastor Tracy Conner at 717-766-8963 with questions. Click here to view the flyer.

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, 320 S. Frederick Street

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

 

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!

1. LEARNING TO DO SOMETHING NEW IS EXCITING!
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!

2. SLOWING DOWN TO WRITE WHILE MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD AND PRAYING IS ENJOYABLE!
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.

3. CREATING A RECORD OF WHAT GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOUR HEART HELPS YOU TO REMEMBER WHAT YOU STUDIED AND PRAYED!
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!

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 office@fumchurch.com.

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