First Church will host “Living Holy in a Broken World: Maintaining Sexual Purity,” a special presentation by First Church member Matt Herring on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the church multipurpose room.

Addiction to pornography is an epidemic that is sweeping the world. A stunning 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to Internet-based pornography during their adolescent years. Come learn the facts about pornography and how to overcome the temptation, with the truth revealed to us through God’s Word in 2 Samuel.

Matt and his wife, LeeAnn Herring, lead the West Chester University chapter of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). CRU’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through on-site groups at colleges worldwide.

The event is free and open to the public, but most appropriate for adults and youth. For more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

Congratulations to the 2017 confirmands! Join us Sunday, June 4 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service as we formally welcome new members into our church family.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, May 28 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.

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 4.

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 noon for community prayer, followed by lunch. PA State Representative Sheryl Delozier will be in attendance to pray with us.  The lunch 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.

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Join us on May 21 for Graduate Sunday at First Church. We will honor all of our 2017 graduates, both high school and college, during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

The 30th Annual Mechanicsburg Area Ecumenical Choir Concert will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 410 E. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg. The concert will feature a choir of 90 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.

In support of the “Commission on the Way Forward,” established at the 2016 General Conference to discern our denominational position on matters causing division, the Susquehanna Conference is called to engage in a Prayer Vigil the week of May 7 to 13. The Harrisburg District’s Designated Day of Prayer is Sunday, May 7. We encourage you to sign up for a 30 minute devoted time to pray using the following link:

More information about Praying our Way Forward can be found here:

First Church is hosting a special Prayer Gathering on Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Susquehanna Conference Prayer Initiative. The Cluster churches from Mechanicsburg, Carlisle and Perry Counties are invited to join us for this one hour service of focused prayer, singing and communion. Bishop Jeremiah Park and Harrisburg District Superintendent Barry Robison will be in attendance.

First Church kicks off the next sermon series, “Here I am to Worship” starting this Sunday, April 23, and lasting for 6 weeks. Pastor Keller will begin a series of sermons on the First Epistle of Peter. Peter writes about the power of gathering together in worship to a community of Christians living in a foreign land. He invites them and us to come before God as we are, with our praises, our struggles and our aspirations. Worship times are 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Click here to see a video with more details.

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, May 6, 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

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, April 23 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.

First Church will host a picnic and outing to the Harrisburg Senators baseball game on Saturday, June 10.

Join us for a buffet-style picnic at 4:30 p.m., followed by the game at 6:00 p.m. The buffet, open until 4:30 p.m., will include hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, mac & cheese, chips, popcorn, cookies, soda and water.

June 10 is “Faith Day” at the Senators. Enjoy a pre-game concert by Seven from Messiah College and a postgame concert by True Heart.

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.

All are welcome to attend, but you must pre-register and pre-pay by May 28. 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

All women and children are invited to attend the Ladies Spring Banquet at First Church on Saturday, May 13, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The meal, which will be prepared by First Church member Steve Trace, will include chilled fruit soup, rotisserie chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, and sheet cake for dessert. Chicken nuggets, apple sauce and some fun potato sides will be available for kids. Entertainment will be provided following dinner.

Tickets are $9 for adults, and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under age 3 are free. Proceeds will benefit a youth mission trip to Alaska this summer.

For tickets or more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

The Bell Choirs of First Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 29 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

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

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $8 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

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will host a Baby Shower on Saturday, April 29, in support of the Capital Area Pregnancy Center in Harrisburg.

All area women are invited to join us from 10 a.m. to noon for snacks, games, and prizes. Judy Cline, director of operations for the Pregnancy Center, will be the guest speaker.

In addition, we will collect baby items (see list below) to be blessed and donated to the Center.

For more information, contact Janice Bowen ( or 766-4611 x112) or Dawn Fisher ( or 766-4611 x102).

Donations of the following items are needed.

Sleepers – Newborn – 12 month
Clothing – Newborn – 12 month
Newborn hand covers
Swaddle blankets
Baby Strollers like the Joovy-Zoom-360-Ultralight-Jogging stroller
Receiving blankets
Infant gowns
Infant sacks
Onesies with mittens – Newborn – 3 month
Regular onesies – Newborn – 12 month
Wash cloths
Hooded towels
Crib Sheets
Baby wash
Baby lotion
Wipes (not bulk boxes)
Diapers – Newborn, size 3, 4, & 5
Newborn toys

First Church will hold a Paint Night on Friday, May 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the church’s Youth Fellowship Group and a mission trip planned for Wasilla, Alaska, this summer.

Participants will be guided through painting a beautiful Alaskan landscape. Refreshments will be provided.

First Church youth and adults will travel to a church in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, to carry out a Vacation Bible School and other children’s programs. Wasilla also struggles with a high rate of teen homelessness. The mission trip will enable us to partner in providing job training and support for these teens. Finally, the youth will carry out other service projects as needed by the church.

Cost for Paint Night is $35/person. This includes dessert and drinks. Participation is limited to the first 22 registrants. To register or for more information, e-mail Lynn Rapp at, or call the church at (717) 766-4611.


Join us on Friday evening, May 26, when our graduating seniors give their personal testimonies during a special service in the church sanctuary. Beginning at 6:30, 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.

This event had previously been scheduled for May 21 at 6:00.

Area residents are invited to join a Zumba Gold fitness class at First Church, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. The Tuesday class only is a SilverSneaker Partner.

Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults who are not used to exercising or may be physically limited. Using Latin styles of music and dance at a lower intensity, Zumba Gold classes strive to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and most importantly, cardiovascular health. No need to register, you may pay as you go.
For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Registrations are being accepted for Church Camp this summer.

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 played with special gaming mouses from Armchair Empire, watching 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. 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. Check out for more details.

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 or e-mail

The Health and Wellness Committee invites you to go hiking on the Appalachian Trail, Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. All ages and hiking speeds welcome! Choose either a 2-mile or 4-mile hike. Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking access off Trindle Road or go via carpool, meeting at FUMC parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Please sign up in the notebook by the information desk. Questions, contact the church office at 766-4611.

Some topics are easier to talk about than others. For many people, death is a very uncomfortable and often avoided topic.

Fear not! First Church will host two events this spring to facilitate discussion about death, and help participants become more comfortable with the topic.

Death Café – Thursday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an informal, open discussion about death. We will meet in the Guyer Sunday School class under the balcony of the sanctuary. Participants can arrive any time between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. for fellowship and light refreshments. The group discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Pastors Denny Keller and Dave Reed, and First Church member John Bowen will facilitate the discussion to answer questions, concerns and curiosity about death.

Malpezzi Funeral Home – Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
We will meet at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Market Street in Mechanicsburg for a tour and informal discussion about funeral planning and preparations, and cremation. Participants are invited to ask questions.

All are welcome at both events. Reservations are helpful, but not required. For more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen, Congregational Care, at (717) 766-4611 ext. 112 or

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