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

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

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,
  •  Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, 301 Gale Street,
  •  Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Simpson Street,
  •  Trindle Spring Lutheran Church, 14 State Road,
  •  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 132 E. Main Street. Facebook Page,  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  •  Turning Point Church, 201 E. Green Street,

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.


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