Summer Events

Did you know that First Church offers a library? We offer a variety of Christian-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, including works from some of today’s most popular authors.

Here’s what’s new for July:

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck. “Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.

When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. . . .

Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.”

The third book in the Memphis Cold Case series by Patricia Bradley has arrived. Justice Betrayed is set in Memphis during Elvis week and filled with Elvis impersonators. What a delightful combo! If you read this by the pool, wear lots of sunscreen, because you won’t be able to put this down!

Here’s another reminder about the Church Library Annual Book sale in conjunction with the UMW yard sale on August 18th. We are accepting gently used adult and children’s books, CDs, DVDs, and jigsaw puzzles. Then join us at the sale to scoop up treasures to fill your shelves and keep you reading until next summer.

First Church always has a volunteer on hand to help you find just the right book! For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

Attention all lawn and garden enthusiasts! First Church invites you to share your extra flowers, fruits and vegetables with others. Bring them to the church (see display by coffee prep area) any time this summer. Also, help yourself to garden goodies. Bags are available by the display.

God’s mission of salvation in the world is also our mission, and as we pray and work to advance his kingdom, God calls us to proclaim the good news to our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors around the world in a way that brings hope and invites commitment to Christ. Join us as we study together ‘Gospel Shaped Outreach’ during the Sunday School hour starting July 1 in the multipurpose room, at 9:30 a.m.

We look forward to this lesson series that will give us a deep appreciation for the gospel in a manner that we will be excited to share! Along the way, we will hear from several mission workers that First Church supports. They will be our guest teachers on this journey and will share a lesson that includes thoughts from their own personal experiences in their mission field.

Our first guest speaker is Jenna Mengle from Cru on July 8. Jenna recently returned from mission work in Montenegro and will share the message “Who is Jesus?” Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a First Church missionary!

On July 22, we will hear from Matt and LeeAnn Herring from Cru as they teach the lesson, “Who are we reaching?” Matt and LeeAnn serve as Cru staff in West Chester, PA and are currently reaching out to students along route 202 in PA at West Chester, Eastern, Cheyney, and Villanova University.

The Borough of Mechanicsburg will hold its third annual Community Day on Saturday, August 11 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, 1 Memorial Park Drive, Mechanicsburg from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

First Church is excited to collaborate with several area churches to sponsor free admission to the pool, along with children’s activities including fun inflatable rides!

The event features music from local bands, fire trucks, Washington Fire Company chicken barbeque, food trucks, activities for all ages, and much more! Visitors will also be able to experience a special exhibition of a baseball game from the 1860’s presented by the Keystone Baseball Club, complete with vintage uniforms.

Local business vendors and organizations will also be present at the event.

The event was created in an attempt to recreate a simpler time of life when families visited the local park to enjoy time together and be with others in the community.

New this year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries as the Charity of Choice. New Hope Ministries is a Christian social service agency that shows the love and hope of Christ by serving our neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts towards stability.

For more information about the event, visit the Mechanicsburg Borough website at View Community Day flyer here.

First Church is offering Gospel Shaped Outreach, a summer Sunday School study that will equip participants for faith-sharing.

Many Christians don’t like the word “evangelism” and prefer to leave this to pastors and church leaders, but ALL believers are called to make disciples.

Gospel Shaped Outreach will include Scripture and feature guest teachers who work as missionaries, to help participants discover comfortable ways to communicate the message of Jesus and become motivated to share our faith with those who are lost without him.

The study will be held on Sunday mornings from July 1 to Sept. 2, from 9:30 to 10:30.

For more information, visit the display in the church lobby or contact Tina Eaton at 717-766-4611 or

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

First Church continues with the “Be One, Make One” discipleship challenge this summer with a focus on Dedicated Missionaries.

Dedicated Missionaries demonstrate God’s love for all people as we actively seek and respond to the needs of others. Here are some faithful steps you can take on the pathway toward living this lifestyle.

  • Prayer – Pray beyond the boundaries of your home and your life. Try prayer walking this summer in your neighborhood, community or place of work. Praying for others as you walk will alert you to the ways that you might be able to demonstrate God’s love in practical, tangible ways!
  • Care – As you demonstrate His love, you’ll discover a growing sense of compassion and mission with God. You may be called to random acts of kindness, to work as part of a mission team, or to a specific service opportunity that aligns with what you have been feeling in your heart. Any and every way that you reach out to care for another counts!
  • Share – As you build relationships through prayer and care, be attentive to doors that open for you to communicate the Gospel. You’ll find that God often gives you creative opportunities to share your faith and lead others to follow Jesus. Instead of dreading this, you’ll find yourself following God’s lead in a way that is authentic and sincere!

First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert! 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.  See the current Re-Creation cast in action here!

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

Summer is a great time to get into God’s Word and seek new ways to grow in your faith. But, summer schedules can make it challenging to commit to an extended study.

That’s why First Church is offering multiple and flexible options.

  1. Wednesday Drop in! All are welcome to join Pastor Denny’s Bible study class, based on the 2018 daily Bible reading plan, any Wednesday from June 20 to July 25. The class meets from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. If you haven’t already, visit the “Be One, Make One” display in the church lobby, pick up a Common English Bible with the companion daily reading plan and begin reading!
  2. Read a good book! Order a copy of Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Love Your Church, begin reading and join in a discussion group lead by church staff members. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from June 20 to July 25 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. The book, based on research done by the Fuller Youth Institute, documents what the “bright spot” congregations they studied all have in common that helps them to reach young adults ages 18 to 29. Come to participate in creating a plan to ensure First Church’s vitally in this area. Sign up for this discussion group at the display in the church lobby and order your book today at
  3. Study online! Lifeway Women is offering an online Bible study perfect for busy women. God of Creation, a 10-week study based on Genesis 1-11 by Jen Wilkin, begins June 21. You will learn fundamental truths about God and yourself. Participants will need to order a workbook ($12.99) and register to receive the video teachings (free) at

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, June 20, 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! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or

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