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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.