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 10, from 6:15 to 7:00 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.

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 soup kitchen, clothing bank and Life groups.

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, March 20, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested.

All are welcome! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will hold a Mission Meal on Sunday, March 17, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Takeout is available.

Enjoy a meal of chili, cornbread and brownies. A freewill offering will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting local ministries that support women, children and youth.

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 adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, June 10 to 14, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

All area children ages 4 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers.

Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend.

Watch for more information this spring!

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 office@fumchurch.com.

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