First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Truck Feast will be returning in 2019! Join us for the first event on May 17 in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Dash, Up in Smoke, Soul Burrito, It’s All Greek, Lucky Penny Burger Co., Sugar Whipped, and Kona Ice.

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 2019: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18.

First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert again this summer. The group will perform in concert on Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at First Church, and lead worship at both services on Sunday, June 23.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

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.

“Classic,” the Saturday concert, is a new show featuring the best in American music with a grand patriotic finale. The music for Sunday’s worship services will be “a celebration of faith and confidence in God’s mighty love.”

We look forward to sharing this amazing concert with our community and veterans! If you are a Veteran and need transportation to the concert, please call the church office at (717) 766-4611. For more information about Re-Creation, visit their website at www.re-creationusa.org.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2019! Join us for the first event on May 17 in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Dash, Soul Burrito, Up In Smoke, It’s All Greek, Lucky Penny Burger Company, Sugar Whipped and Kona Ice.

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 2019: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18.

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.

Come to immerse our community in prayer, and listen for the voice of God to discern His desires for us and the residents of Mechanicsburg.

Beginning May 8, First Church will host weekly Prayer Walks throughout the church’s surrounding neighborhoods.

Walks will be held each Wednesday from May 8 to 29, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. We will meet by the church’s flagpole to begin the walks, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, we will gather inside the church for prayer.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

This Easter Season, First Church invites you to explore worship as an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be refreshed by the presence of the Risen Christ.

First Church Senior Pastor Dennis Keller will lead the Bible study “Catch Your Breath,” based on the church’s sermon series of the same title. All are invited and encouraged to attend!

The study will run on Wednesdays from May 1 to June 5, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in Room B004.

The study will complement First Church’s daily Bible reading plan. Pick up a copy at the Welcome Center display.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Do you remember the last time you had to catch your breath? Perhaps you were winded from walking up a steep flight of stairs, or you frantically searched for a child who’d wandered away in a crowded place. You remember the experience – your heart is pounding, your lungs gasping for air. Then, as deep breaths fill your lungs, your heart rate slows and you are ready to move on.

This Easter Season, we’re going to explore worship as an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be refreshed by the presence of the Risen Christ.

Beginning April 28, the pastors of First Church will present “Catch Your Breath,” a sermon series based on the Gospel of John, during Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 and 10:45.

April 28: In Times of Fear (John 20:19-30)

May 5: In Times of Exhaustion (John 21:1-19)

May 12: In Times of Doubt (John 20:24-30)

May 19: In Times of Loneliness (John 13:31-35)

May 26: In Times of Suffering (John 5:1-9)

June 2: In Times of Division (John 17:20-26)

All are invited and encouraged to attend! For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, April 27, 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.

All are welcome and invited to participate. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

The Bell Choirs of First Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The meal will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and homemade dessert.

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 to attend festivals and workshops.

For tickets, call the church at 717.766.4611 or e-mail office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will host “18 Wounds of Disability,” an insightful presentation on the wounds that individuals and families affected by disability may experience.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited and encouraged to attendTuesday, May 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Most people will experience at least temporary disability within their lifetime. Disability affects people in every age group, social class and culture. It is often accompanied by a profound sense of devaluation that can be compounded by societal attitudes and actions toward those affected by disability.

“18 Wounds”, presented by Lisa Wickenheiser, M.Ed., seeks to provide insight and build a foundation of understanding and sensitivity. Specifically, we will discuss how the church can move to counter devaluation, so that those living with disability can learn what it is to be loved and accepted by God.

The presentation is based on the works of Wolf Wolfensberger, one of the world’s most impactful professionals in the area of intellectual disabilities; Dr. Jeff McNair of California Baptist University and the Christian Institute on Disability/Joni & Friends, Inc.; and his wife, Kathi McNair.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by May 2 to the church, 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

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 2.

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 at the flagpole at noon for brief community prayer. Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will once again be joining us in prayer. The theme and focus this year is Love One Another (John 13:34). Together let’s exercise one of our most precious freedoms… the right to gather, turn to God and pray. If you cannot attend at this time, we encourage you to pray from your home or place of work. Find the 2019 Prayer Guide here: https://nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer-guide.

The regularly scheduled bagging groceries for Bethesda Mission is CANCELLED for April 17, as we encourage all church members to attend the Annual Passion Play. Next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, May 15. If you have questions, call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

April 28 is DisAbility Awareness Sunday at First Church. Guest speaker Elizabeth Brake, a United Methodist pastor who was born with cerebral palsy, will describe her journey with disability and faith to a joint Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pastor Brake resides in Mercersburg on her family’s dairy farm. Never one to let her disability stop her, she showed cows in 4-H and was an avid downhill skier (in a sit-down ski) throughout high school.

Pastor Brake earned degrees in education and family services from Messiah College, and a master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She later returned to Messiah College to complete a second master’s degree in education. Her goal was to work in disability services for a college, but God had a different plan. Pastor Brake continued her studies to become a pastor. She currently serves the Roxbury and Upper Strasburg United Methodist Churches in Franklin County.

In addition, a Rejoicing Spirits worship service will be held at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

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 is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2019!

Join us on the following Fridays: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods including chicken, French fries, barbecue, Greek food, pizza and desserts. 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.

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

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.

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.

Do you want the power to witness for Christ in all circumstances? Join First Church for “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You,” a men’s Bible study by Kay Arthur, based on the book of Acts.

Learn about miracles, boldness and having the courage to fully rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to preach the Word of God. The study uses the inductive Bible study method.

The group, led by First Church member Ken Guise, will meet weekly beginning March 31, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Room 207. The study runs for 13 weeks, and will be divided into semesters this spring and fall.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the Bible study. The $9.99 cost covers the study book.

For more information or to sign up, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church invites all parents to drop in and share both concerns for prayer and practices that they have found to be helpful in setting their children on the path of faith, spiritual growth and service.

Gatherings will be held on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall, during the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend. For more information, 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 host “Finding Your New Normal After Experiencing Loss,” a wellness presentation, on Tuesday, March 26 in the church’s sanctuary gathering area.

Two presentations by Jeanne McClintick, LPN, Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse with Hospice of Central PA, will be offered at 4 and 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided at 5 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend.

The event is free, but RSVPs are requested by March 24. To RSVP or for more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen, Director of Congregational Care, at 717.766.4611 ext. 112 or wecare@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, March 24, 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.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, March 20 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 sort and bag groceries.

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

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