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 will offer “LORD, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days”, an inductive Bible study by Kay Arthur, this spring.

This 4-week study will transform your life as you learn to mine the riches of God’s Word. The workbook teaches readers how to study Scripture and specifically mark the text to unlock its meaning. It also provides hands-on practice with study methods like keyword searches, using context, identifying themes, metaphorical and literal phrases, and more to discern God’s purpose and apply life–changing truths to everyday life

The study, led by First Church member Juanita Guise, will take place from March 21 to April 11. Participants can attend a morning session from 9 to 10:30, or an evening session from 6:45 to 8:30, both in the church Fellowship Hall. Childcare (for children 18 months and older) will be provided for the morning class, but pre-registration is required by March 15.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the Bible study.

The cost is $5. For more information or to register, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church is offering two new intergenerational Sunday School classes this spring, for people of all ages who desire to learn and grow together. Two study topics are being offered.

“Short Stories by Jesus”
Jesus knew how to tell a story. He knew that to get his message across, he needed to relate to the people who gathered to listen. Come to learn how original audiences understood Jesus’ parables, and how those same lessons continue to challenge and provoke us 2,000 years later.

The study begins March 10, and runs for six weeks. The group will meet in Room B002 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“Resolving Everyday Conflict”
Come to unpack the amazing things the Bible has to say about conflict and relationships. Get powerful and practical answers to forever change how conflict looks in your life.

The study begins March 10, and runs for eight weeks. The group will meet in Room B006 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the Bible study. For more information or to sign up, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

In the Bible, names revealed something about a person’s character – the circumstances of their birth (Moses means “drawn from the water”); a specific characteristic (Esau means “hairy one”); or a praise to God (Jeremiah means “God is exalted”). A name also said something about a person’s destiny (Jesus means “Saviour”).

The Old Testament uses more than 85 different names for God. Each name reveals something about God’s character, mostly related to a need in people’s lives. God’s people called on the Lord for provision, peace, healing, forgiveness, strength, hope, victory and so much more. Each name expressed confidence that God can meet every need.

Join First Church during Lent as we learn more about some of these names in our new worship sermon series, “Praying Through the Names of God”. Please find the Lenten 2019 Daily Ready Plan here.

March 10 Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Our Provider Genesis 22:14, Luke 12:22-34
March 17 Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Our Peace Judges 6:24, Ephesians 2:11-22

March 24 Jehovah Raphe: The Lord Our Healer Exodus 15:26, Mark 2:1-12

March 31 El Nose: The God Who Forgives Psalm 99:8, Luke 15:11-32

April 7 Jehovah Shamma: The Lord Is There Exodus 48:35, Revelation 21:1-6
April 14 – Palm Sunday Jehovah Nissi: The Lord My Banner Exodus 17:16, Mark 11:1-11

April 21 – Easter El Shaddai: Almighty God Genesis 17:1-2, John 20:1-18

First Church will offer “Praying Through the Names of God,” a weekly Bible study during Lent, in conjunction with a Lenten sermon series of the same title.

In the Bible, names revealed something about a person’s character – the circumstances of their birth (Moses means “drawn from the water”); a specific characteristic (Esau means “hairy one”); or a praise to God (Jeremiah means “God is exalted”). A name also said something about a person’s destiny (Jesus means “Saviour”).

The Old Testament uses more than 85 different names for God. Each name reveals something about God’s character, mostly related to a need in people’s lives. God’s people called on the Lord for provision, peace, healing, forgiveness, strength, hope, victory and so much more. Each name expressed confidence that God can meet every need.

The Bible Study, led by Senior Pastor Dennis Keller, will meet on Wednesday evenings from March 13 to April 24, from 6:45 to 8:00 in room B004 of the church.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the Bible study. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold “A Living Hope for Christ,” a women’s small group Bible study based on the book of 1 Peter, to take place this Lenten season.

In this book, Peter shares his concerns on big picture issues for the early church, describes believers’ true identity in Christ, and ultimately helps readers discover what it means to experience the Living Hope they have in Christ.

The study will be held on Mondays from March 4 to April 29 (nine weeks), from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The group will be facilitated by First Church members Janice Bowen and Merri Shellenberger.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to participate in the Bible study.

The $13 cost includes the workbook. Scholarships are available to offset the cost.

To register or for more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

The Mechanicsburg Cluster of Churches will host a community Ash Wednesday worship service on March 6 at 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

All are welcome to attend this meaningful service at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church at 5000 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg.

Come experience the passion and power of the Easter story. First Church will put on its annual Passion Play on Wednesday, April 17 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.

Pastor John Shellenberger will lead a weekly Lunch and Learn Bible study, based on the sermon series, Praying the Names of God, this Lenten season. Beginning March 6, the group will meet on Wednesdays 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 (outside the multipurpose room) to pick up your daily Bible reading plan and begin reading! Free Bibles are also available for those who would like one.

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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