The Third Friday Food Truck Feast rolls into the First Church parking lot again on June 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.
An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Sandwiches, Mad Dash, Chicken Truck, Bountiful Feast, Up in Smoke, The Sweet Spot, and Ice Cream Express.

In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members. First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2018: July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

The Board of Trustees of First Church manages three scholarship funds for church members enrolled in post-secondary education:

  1. Comfort Education Fund, supporting certified candidates for ministry;
  2. Betty Brandt Fund, supporting individuals with a defined physical or mental disability; and
  3. Zimmerman Youth Scholarship Fund, supporting individuals who are/were active members of our Youth Department.

Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are available now here, or you can get one from Youth Pastor Lisa Aronson, Office Manager Kristin Brown or Trustee Representative Judi Buddenbaum.

Applications are due to Judi Buddenbaum by Sunday, June 10th. You can put completed applications in Judi’s mailbox in the church narthex or drop them off in the church office, attention Judi B.

Visit First Church at Jubilee Day in downtown Mechanicsburg on Thursday, June 21.The church parking lot will be open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted to benefit a youth mission trip to Brooklyn, NY this summer.

First Church is located just one block from the Jubilee Day activities, and our building will be open for visitors to use the rest rooms.

Enjoy this wonderful Mechanicsburg tradition!

Registrations are still being accepted for the 2018 Vacation Bible School at First Church.

Go to: http://rrr.cokesburyvbs.com/fumchurch to register your child today.

VBS will be held from Monday to Friday, June 11 to 15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon daily. Children ages 3 through entering sixth grade can engage in a fun Bible adventure, with games, crafts, music and daily science experiments. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage!

There is a $5 registration fee per child. Need-based scholarships are available.

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

Join us on June 3 for Graduate Sunday at First Church. We will honor all of our 2018 graduates, both high school and college, during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

First Church will host an outing to Faith Day at the Harrisburg Senators baseball game on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Join us for a buffet-style picnic at 2:30 p.m., followed by the game at 3:30 p.m. The buffet will include hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, mac & cheese, chips, popcorn, cookies, soda and water.

Take advantage of a special discounted rate – only $20 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $10 for children ages 4 to 12 (kids 3 and under are free). This includes the lunch and game ticket. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Mission Central.

All are welcome to attend, but you must pre-register and pre-pay by May 20. See the sign-up sheet at the church Welcome Desk, or call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at (717) 766-4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, May 27 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 services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Congratulations to the 2018 confirmands! Join us on Sunday, May 20 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service as we formally welcome new members into our church family.

The Annual Mechanicsburg Area Ecumenical Choir Concert will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 410 E. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg. The concert will feature a choir of more than 100 adult singers combined from 32 area churches. The concert is free and open to the public.

An offering will be taken at the concert to benefit New Hope Ministries of Mechanicsburg, a Christian-based social service agency. New Hope offers a community food bank, crisis intervention services, after school and summer programs for youth, and other services for local residents.

Join us on Sunday evening, May 20, when our graduating seniors give their personal testimonies during a special service in the church sanctuary. Beginning at 6:00, hear about their experiences growing up in First Church, their faith stories and their future plans. The celebration continues immediately following the service with the Senior Showdown in the multi-purpose room.

First Church will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m., to celebrate its newly-refurbished playground. All are welcome to attend.

The playground previously contained a mulch base. The mulch was removed, and replaced with a handicapped-accessible rubber surface.

The project was inspired by Roland, a three-year-old who attends the church’s Little Friends Nursery School. Roland has cerebral palsy, and is a wheelchair user. The mulch base was challenging for Roland to navigate in his wheelchair.

First Church is also celebrating the addition of a Friendship Bench to the playground. Any child who is feeling sad, lonely, hurt or just in need of company can sit on the bench as an invitation for a friend or teacher to approach.

Nearly $20,000 was raised to complete the project, through the efforts of Roland’s family and with support from the church. Money was raised through donations from Little Friends families and teachers and members of the community, and support from the following: Community Aid, DeTraglia Excavating, Mechanicsburg Elks Club, Drayer Physical Therapy, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, LuLaRoe, Methodist Health Ministry, and the First Church Helping Hands Sunday School Class.

Just a reminder – if you wish to register for church camp and take advantage of the early bird price, the deadline is May 1!

First Church firmly believes in the benefits of a church camp experience. Set in beautiful woods and natural surroundings, camp provides a distraction from video games, television and the general rushed pace of life. Away from these distractions, campers can take many steps in their faith journey and build a closer relationship with God.

Camp sessions are offered at several locations. Check out www.susumcamps.org for more details, or pick up a camp brochure from the Camping Display in the First Church main lobby.

Students in kindergarten to sixth grades can attend one or more camp sessions. Most sessions last a week. Mini-sessions of three days are available for new campers.

Fees vary based on the camp session. Scholarships are available, and First Church will help sponsor children and youth from our congregation who wish to attend. For more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. to help sort and bag donated groceries. The groceries are then transported to the Bethesda Mission shelter in Harrisburg to be shared with residents in need.

Mission Central, a warehouse and affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church, collects and distributes relief supplies and humanitarian aid locally, nationally and internationally as needed in response to natural disasters and other crises.

First Church members volunteer at Mission Central the third Wednesday evening of every month to prepare the groceries.

For more information or to volunteer, call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

DUE TO THE IMPENDING RAIN, THE FOOD TRUCKS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR MAY 18.  JOIN US JUNE 15!

The Third Friday Food Truck Feast rolls into the First Church parking lot again on May 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Sandwiches, Roost Uncommon Kitchen, It’s All Greek, Shredderz, Potato Coop, Sugar Whipped and Ice Cream Express.

In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members. First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2018: June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

First Church is pleased to support Isaiah 61 Ministries, a local organization that serves the needs of the homeless in Dauphin County. They provide a variety of services including a food bank, clothing closet and shelter.

Specifically, First Church members help serve meals to the homeless in downtown Harrisburg on the third Wednesday of each month. The next volunteer opportunity is Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested.

All are welcome! Click here to learn more about Isaiah 61 Ministries. To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Know a creative person in need of a night out?

Tickets are now available for a Paint Night fund raiser at First Church on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit a youth mission trip to Brooklyn this summer.

Painting experience is not required. A certified instructor from Connecting in Color will guide participants in creating a sunset scene of the Brooklyn Bridge skyline.

Act fast! Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants. Deadline to register is May 6. Cost is $35/person. This includes art supplies, dessert and drinks. Be sure to wear old clothes, or bring a smock.

Love art, but not interested in painting? Join us from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for an Artist Reception. Enjoy dessert while viewing the work of many talented artists from our First Church community. Also, meet our featured First Church artist, Bonnie Jeona, who will have artwork available for purchase.

To register or for more information, call or e-mail Lisa Aronson at the church, (717) 766-4611 ext. 113 or uthrock@fumchurch.com.

First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert this summer! The group will perform in concert on Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and lead worship at both First Church services on Sunday, June 24.

This team of talented performers travels across the United States to inspire and enhance the lives of hospitalized veterans with their uplifting performances. The group is known as ‘America’s ambassadors to hospitalized veterans,’ as they have served across our nation in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans homes for 40 years.

The Saturday concert will feature a variety of music to include Big Band, rock, pop, Broadway, country and patriotic songs to honor America. The Sunday music, ‘Believe’ is a celebration of faith and confidence in God’s mighty love and includes classic hymns, sing-a-longs, praise & worship and dramatic pieces.

We look forward to sharing this amazing free concert with our community and veterans! For more information about Re-Creation, visit their website at www.re-creationusa.org.

First Church invites you to join with thousands of other churches across our nation to participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3.

Each year on the first Thursday in May, our nation pauses to observe a National Day of Prayer. On that day, we have an opportunity to emphasize the importance of prayer as a testimony to who God is, what we believe, and the fact that our nation was founded upon the truths of God’s Word.

First Church invites the public to join us in the sanctuary at 8:00 a.m. for community prayer, followed by light breakfast.  Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will once again be joining us in prayer. The breakfast is free and there is no need to register. Just come and pray with us!

If you cannot attend at this time, we encourage you to pray from your home or place of work.  Click here for the Prayer Guide.  View the National Day of Prayer video here.

If you experience stress in your daily life (and who doesn’t?), First Church invites you to attend a special presentation on techniques for relaxing and managing stress, led by Beth Murray, RN, Holistic Nurse.

Join us on Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the church’s Sanctuary Gathering Area.

RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP or for more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen, Director of Congregational Care Ministry, at wecare@fumchurch.com or 717-766-4611.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Vacation Bible School at First Church. Go to: http://rrr.cokesburyvbs.com/fumchurch. to register your child today.

VBS will be held from Monday to Friday, June 11 to 15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon daily. Children ages 3 through entering sixth grade can engage in a fun Bible adventure, with games, crafts, music and daily science experiments. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage!

There is a $5 registration fee per child. Need-based scholarships are available.

For more information or questions, call the church off at (717) 766-4611.

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help spread mulch and clean up the church’s outdoor property. If possible, please bring work gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows. For more information, contact the church office at 717-766-4611.

The Bell Choirs of First Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church’s fellowship hall will be transformed into an Italian restaurant, complete with checkered tablecloths, candles and Italian music!

The meal will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and home made cake.

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $9 for adults, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Proceeds benefit the Handbell Choirs of First Church.

For tickets, call the church at (717) 766-4611 or e-mail office@fumchurch.com.

April 22 is DisAbility Awareness Sunday at First Church.

First Church will host a guest speaker from the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. All are welcome to attend!

CATRA, located in Grantville, offers a therapeutic horse riding experience for local residents of all ages and with all types of special needs.

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

 

The handbell choirs of First Church will present “Hymns You Know and Love,” a concert on Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The concert is free and open to the public.

A freewill offer will be taken. All are invited to stay for refreshments following the concert.

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

 

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