Summer Events

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will hold their annual Yard, Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot. The church library will host a huge book sale on site. Most books can be purchased for 25 cents to $1. Back by popular demand, the UMW will be selling their homemade baked goods. Other food will be available for purchase. Free school supplies for children on a first come, first served basis! Proceeds benefit UMW missions in our community and our Youth Mission Trips!

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, July 17, 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! CTo volunteer, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 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.

Join us at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church for a Free Movie Night on Friday, June 28th to see Mary Poppins Returns at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The movie will be shown in fellowship hall, located on the first floor. Chairs and tables will be set up, but feel free to bring a comfy chair and/or blanket for extra comfort. Free drinks and popcorn will also be provided.

Mt. Olivet is located at 5000 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg. Look for the outdoor sign in the lawn for details or call the church office at (717) 761-0621. No registration required, just come and enjoy the movie!

First Church invites you to stay focused on Jesus this summer, using the daily reading plan that has been specifically designed to complement the weekly sermons.

All are invited to participate. You don’t need to be a member of First Church or any church to read along with us. Find the daily reading plan here.

Our prayer is that as you read each day, you will add to your knowledge and deepen your relationship with God.

So find a cool spot and dig into the Scripture! Then come to worship each Sunday to hear the accompanying sermons. You can also listen to the sermons on our website.

Free Bibles are available at the display across from the Welcome Desk, along with a copy of the daily reading plan and a prayer journal. Large print Bibles are also available.

For more information, call or email the church office at 717-766-4611 or

The United Methodist Women invite you to a three-day learning event at Bucknell University, July 11 to 13. The Spiritual Growth study, the Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship explores what it means to live a life of radical discipleship and the timeless issues of poverty, gender, justice and equality using Mark as a guide. The Mission u learning event also includes options for youth (grades 6 to 12) and children (grades K to 5).

New this year, scholarships available for any first-time attendees. Express Days (condensed version of the three-day event) will be held on July 10 at Bucknell and July 27 at Chambers Hill UM Church. Registration form can be found here or at:

First Church is offering Gospel Shaped Living, a summer Sunday School study that will equip participants to live out the gospel so that the light of Christ shines brightest. When Christians gather together as the church to live out the gospel of Jesus in this world, we also become something incredible, a community that shines with the light of Christ so that everyone can experience Jesus, first-hand!

Gospel Shaped Living will be presented by a variety of teachers who will help participants discover and discuss how to effectively engage in our world so that new people will be drawn into the light of His good news.

The study will be held on Sunday mornings in the multi-purpose room starting on July 7, from 9:30 to 10:30.

For more information, contact Tina Eaton at 717-766-4611 or

The Praise Ringers at First Church invite the public to a free Area 2 Festival Concert on Sunday, June 30 at the Lancaster Convention Center at 5:00 p.m. The Area 2 Festival is comprised of 300 to 400 bell ringers from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario.

Area 2, one of 12 Areas in the Handbell Musicians of America, is excited to perform their bi-annual Festival in the Lancaster area, close enough for local family and friends to attend. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear local ringers share the beautiful music of handbells at this Festival.

The June 30 concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The concert will take place at Lancaster Convention Center, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster.

To learn more about the Area 2 Handbell Ringers, visit their website at:

Just before he ascends into heaven, Jesus gathers his disciples together one last time to give them his final instructions. He leaves them with the directive to “go and make disciples of all nations. Join us to explore the adventures of being a follower of Jesus. Are you ready to GO?

Beginning June 30, the pastors of First Church will present “Hit the Road,” a sermon series based on Jesus’ final instructions, during Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 and 10:45.

June 30: Hit the Road (Matthew 28:16-20)

July 7: Worth Stopping For (Acts 2: 1-4)

July 14: U-Turn (Acts 9:1-6)

July 21: Road Less Traveled (Luke 10:25-37)

July 28: Headed Home (Luke 15:11-32)

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

Looking for a Bible study that goes with you this summer? We invite you to participate in the convenience of an online study which features a workbook and teaching videos that come directly to your inbox.

The study, ‘No Other Gods’ by Kelly Minter, starts June 18. In this study, we’ll learn to identify the functional gods we unknowingly serve and the lies they tell. The cost is $12.99 and includes the workbook. We will come together on July 15 and August 26 to discuss the study.

For more information and to register, contact Tina Eaton at by June 10.

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