First Church will hold a “Taste of Africa” event and presentation on Sunday, March 10, 2019, led by church members who recently attended a mission trip to Sierra Leone, Africa.

The event is free and open to the public.

The evening begins at 6:15 p.m. with “Taste of Africa.” Attendees can sample African foods that the missionaries enjoyed on the trip. The presentation will follow at 7 p.m. by First Church members Kristin Brown, Tiffany Holland and Sarah Jones. They will discuss their trip to our sister church, and provide an update on the rebuilding of the church parsonage.

Join us for Camp Sunday on March 10, 2019! Learn more about the many opportunities for church camp this summer, and how to register.

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, 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. Check out www.susumcamps.org for more details.

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.

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.

Join us on Saturday, March 9 for a Ham Loaf Dinner at First Church.

Ham loaf, a central Pennsylvania tradition, is a mixture of fresh pork, smoked ham and other ingredients, served with a tangy, sweet sauce. The meal will include green beans, potatoes, rolls, applesauce, a beverage and assorted desserts. Chicken nuggets will be available for children.

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $11 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 First Church’s missions and ministries.

The dinner runs from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

The Mechanicsburg Cluster of Churches will host a community Ash Wednesday worship service on March 6 at 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

All are welcome to attend this meaningful service at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church at 5000 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg.

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.

The Little Friends Preschool of First Church will hold its Annual Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

The public is invited to attend for a day of shopping and fun. Representatives from more than 25 featured vendors will be on-site with a variety of items for sale including jewelry, crafts, candles, items for the home, and more! New this year, the On My Grind Coffee Truck will be selling delicious hot drinks in the parking lot. For a complete list of vendors, see the flyer here.

Proceeds will benefit Little Friends, a non-profit, Christian-based preschool that offers classes for children from 18 months to pre-kindergarten.

For more information, call or e-mail Maria Petrilak, Little Friends Director, at (717) 766-4611 ext. 111 or lfns@fumchurch.com.

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.

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

First Church will host speaker Michael Arteen, a missionary who serves in the city of Bethlehem in the Holy Land, on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Arteen is the official United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries’ missionary to Bethlehem and serves at Bethlehem Bible College.

An Egyptian Christian, Arteen is married to Grace Zoughbi, a Palestinian Christian who teaches religion at Bethlehem Bible College. Michael and Grace are a dynamic young couple who share God’s love with all they meet.

Read more about Michael here.

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, Feb. 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.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Feb. 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.

Feb. 17 is Youth Sunday at First Church. Members of the Youth Fellowship Group (grades 6 to 12) will lead both morning worship services at 8:15 and 10:45.

All are welcome!

Jesus valued ALL people. In “See All the People,” a sermon series to be presented in February by the pastors of First Church, we will look at Luke’s gospel and study the ways that Jesus valued every person, and learn how we can build loving, compassionate relationships in the church and in the community!

February 3 “The Hurting Crowd” Luke 4:38-44

February 10 “The Pressing Crowd” Luke 5:1-11

February 17 “The Expectant Crowd” Luke 6:17-26

February 24 “The Questioning Crowd” Luke 6:27-38

March 3 “The Astounded Crowd” Luke 9:28-43

A daily Bible reading plan is available here to add depth to your understanding.

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

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, 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.

Did you know that through Moms in Prayer International, thousands of mothers around the world gather to passionately pray for the lives of their children in more than 140 countries? The impact on children, their teachers and their schools is profound, and it is life-changing for the mothers who pray as well.

First Church hosts a Moms in Prayer group, led by church member Deb Noss. This small group of mothers and grandmothers meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. during the school year in the church Prayer Room (second floor elevator landing).

All mothers are invited, and no prayer experience is required. Your child can be any age and at any stage of life. All prayer requests remain private within the group.

Please contact Tina Eaton at adultministry@fumchurch.com or 717.766.4611, extension 104 if you have any questions or would like to participate. You can also check out momsinprayer.org for more information or to find another group that fits your schedule.

If you enjoy cooking, please join First Church for Soupy Saturday on January 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. We will meet in the church kitchen to make delicious homemade soups and muffins to share with friends, neighbors and homebound church members.

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 Janice Bowen at the church, (717) 766-4611 ext. 112 or wecare@fumchurch.com.

First Church will host a Bible study for parents called, “Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids.” All parents are invited to participate.

Participants will discuss tried and true practices that will set their children on a trajectory of lifelong faith, spiritual growth and service.

The group will meet on Wednesdays for five weeks, beginning Jan. 23. First Church member Tina Eaton will lead the study from 6:20 to 7 p.m. Sign up at the display across from the Welcome Desk.

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

First Church will hold the 2019 Day of Pampering on Saturday, Feb. 23. This is a special day to honor primary care providers…..mothers of children with disAbilities and wives of husbands with disAbilities. After giving so much of themselves, it’s their turn for some pampering, connecting and renewal.

Morning refreshments are provided, followed by worship and a guest speaker. The women are then served an elegant luncheon. Following lunch, women are pampered for the afternoon! They can enjoy manicures, a massage, relaxation techniques, hair styling and other services, as well as a tea and dessert room, all at no cost!

Service providers are still needed! In particular, we still need 3 Hair Stylists, 4 to 5 Massage Therapists, and volunteers to assist throughout the day. If you are willing to volunteer your time, please call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

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, Jan. 23, 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.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 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 prepare the groceries.

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

As Christians, we are called to be God’s instruments to bring about healing and wholeness by building relationships in a broken and divided world.

First Church invites the public to join us on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m in the church sanctuary for a special time of worship. We will pray that God would make us one with Christ, one with each another, and one in ministry with all the world.

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

First Church is holding a men’s Bible study on “Romans: Experiencing the Power of Life-Changing Faith.” This study began in the fall and will resume meeting in January.

Using the inductive Bible study method, come to study Paul’s words in the Book of Romans and learn what a transformed life looks like.

All are invited to participate. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the study.

The group, led by First Church member Ken Guise, meets on Sunday evenings from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Note: If you are interested in jumping into this study, please contact Ken Guise directly.

There is a cost of $9.99 for the workbook. For more information or to register, call or e-mail First Church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church invites you to join us on an adventure as we read through the Bible in 2019! Using a daily reading plan, each reading has been specifically selected to complement the church’s sermon series schedule.

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

Our prayer is that as you read each day, you will grow closer to God and closer to one another in a way that helps you experience God’s love, builds the body of Christ and enables us all to grow closer to our neighbors.

So find a cozy spot and dig into Scripture! Then come to worship each Sunday to hear the accompanying sermons and participate in a Bible study using this plan.

Free Bibles are available. Pick one up at the church’s Welcome Center display.

See Winter 2019 Handout with all the information here.

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

First Church will offer “Romans: Life as a Living Sacrifice,” a precept Bible study based on the book of Romans, this winter.

All are invited to participate. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the study.

Using the inductive Bible study method, participants will come to a deeper understanding of God’s precepts and promises, and learn practical and personal ways to live according to God’s purpose. First Church member Juanita Guise will lead the class.

The class begins with an orientation on Thursday, Jan. 10, followed by nine weeks of lessons. Participants can attend a morning session from 9:00 to 11:00, or an evening session from 6:45 to 8:30. Childcare can be provided upon request for the morning class.

There is an $18 cost for the workbook. To register for the class or for more information, call or e-mail First Church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Bible study on “Building Loving Relationships,” led by Pastor Denny Keller in conjunction with a sermon series on the same topic, beginning Jan. 9.
All are invited to participate. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to join the study.

Classes run on Sundays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 20, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in room B004.

A daily Bible reading plan is available here to add depth to your understanding. You can sign up at the display across from the Welcome Desk.

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

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