Fall Events

Multiple Mechanicsburg area churches will walk together to make a difference in our local community and in communities worldwide at the annual CROP Hunger Walk, Sunday, October 17, 2021.  The 5K Walk/Run kicks off at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 117 W. Keller Street, Mechanicsburg at 1:00 p.m.  Members of the community are welcome to join this effort, which takes place rain or shine!  This year, the Mechanicsburg CROP Walk will be observing its 50th consecutive walk in the community!
First Church will once again be participating in this Walk and we invite you to join us! If you want to support the CROP Walk or want to walk with us, see our team page at https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/first-walkers.
The Mechanicsburg/West Shore CROP Walk is one of over 800 walks in communities across the United States to help end hunger one step at a time.  CROP Hunger Walks, which were birthed in York, PA, over 50 years ago, support the international relief and development work of Church World Service. Additionally, the Mechanicsburg/West Shore CROP Hunger Walk will support the efforts of New Hope Ministries and Mechanicsburg Meals on Wheels to eradicate hunger in our community. 

CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference worldwide, including ensuring that more children reach their 5th birthday, teaching sustainable ways to grow food and providing additional sources of food and income to families facing extreme challenges. We hope that you will join this effort to help end hunger!    Rev. William Sower, founder of the first CROP walk in York PA in 1969, will kick off the 50th Anniversary walk and he will be joined by the popular local mascot, Red Robin.

For more information about the Mechanicsburg/West Shore CROP Hunger Walk or how to sponsor a walker, visit https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/event/mechanicsburgpa.

First Church invites the public to enjoy front row seats for Mechanicsburg’s Annual Halloween Parade!

The parade, set for Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., passes right by our Simpson Street property. The public is welcome to set up seating along the sidewalk.  Food will be available for purchase from our Handbell Choirs, along with free parking and restroom.  See Parade route here!

First Church will participate in World Communion Sunday on Oct. 3 during both the 8:30 a.m. Foundation worship service and the Gathering worship service at 11:00 a.m. Please join us for worship and communion in-person or on our website on Sunday mornings. Our worship services are now live-streamed, starting at 8:30 a.m. or you can watch anytime after 9:45 a.m. Pre-filled communion cups will be used for in-person worship.  If you are joining us online, please remember to bring your own juice and bread or crackers with you to worship.

Celebrated the first Sunday in October, World Communion Sunday is a day to celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.

All are welcome! You do not need to be a member of First Church or any church to join us.  If you have questions, please contact the Church office at office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!

For this month, we will be worshipping in person, but as an extra measure of precaution, we ask that all attendees wear a mask while indoors. The service will include music, scripture, prayer and a brief message. This service can also be viewed via livestream. To receive the livestream link, please contact Karin McHale at karinmch@comcast.net or contact the church office at office@fumchurch.com.

The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.  For more about Rejoicing Spirits and our Special Needs Ministry, see information here: https://fumchurch.com/missions/disability-ministry/.

First Church invites you to join us for one or more of the following Bible studies, learning opportunities, or fellowship groups beginning this fall.
  • Monday Men’s Bible Study – Led by Ken Guise, begins September 27 on Monday evenings at 6:45 pm via zoom. The study will begin with the book of Jude, then move to Hebrews.  Order the study book ($9.99) online at precept.org.
  • Wednesday Men’s Group – This group enjoys great fellowship and small-group studies together. Meets in person (outside) at the home of First Church member Barry Eaton at 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
  • Wednesday Women’s Lunch and Learn – Bring your own lunch and enjoy fellowship while discussing the seven-week study “Brave” by local author Tabitha Deller. Facilitated by Tina Eaton, the groups begins Oct. 6 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Order the study guide at amazon.com.
  • MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers meets to embrace the journey together once a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. Cost is $32.00 (covers special guest speakers and dinner together). Fun family outings scheduled throughout the year!  See flyer here.
  • Thursday Bible Study – Come to study the topic of holy living in, “Live Like You Belong to God.” Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, the class will be held on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Order your study book ($7.99) through Juanita or online at precept.org.
To register or for more information on any of the above opportunities, contact Tina Eaton at adultministry@fumchurch.com.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning Friday, September 17! The trucks will serve in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

We will once again provide tables and chairs to enjoy your food under a spacious canopy. We will be welcoming the following food trucks: Mad Dash, 717 Taco, Get Smok’d, It’s All Greek, Grappling Crab, Savory’s Funnel Cakes and Scoop of Dough. (check our FB page for any last-minute changes in trucks).

All are invited back to our parking lot on Sunday, September 19 starting at 4:00 p.m. for our fall kickoff! Bring your own picnic and lawn chairs for a night of fellowship, games and worship!

Mark your calendar now for the final Food Truck night on Friday, October 15.

Please Like our Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for updates and future events.

Please join us for worship and communion on Sunday morning, September 5 at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. We are now gathering for in-person worship for both services and continue to offer live-stream worship at our 8:15 a.m. service. Pre-filled communion cups and wafers will be used at in-person worship. If you are worshipping from home, remember to bring your own crackers or bread and fruit juice while our pastors provide instructions for Holy Communion. All are welcome!

First United Methodist Church invites you to join us for a special fall kickoff Sunday on September 19! The celebration begins in the morning as we worship together at a new time at 8:30 a.m. for our traditional-style Foundation Service (livestream and in-person), followed by our Sunday School Enrichment offerings from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and our modern-style Gathering Service (in-person) at 11:00 a.m.

Come back at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon to reconnect and relax together at our Tailgate Picnic in the church parking lot!  Bring your own picnic and lawn chairs and refresh your spirits through outdoor worship, fellowship and games for all ages!  Additionally, Bibles will be handed out to children and youth at all worship services that day as we reaffirm our commitment to God’s Word for all ages!

To learn more about Sunday School Enrichment offering and upcoming Bible studies, see the September newsletter here.

No sign up or registration necessary, just show up!  All are welcome to attend, you do not need to be a member of First Church or any church to participate.  If you have questions, please contact the church office at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

There are 168 hours in a week. The typical follower of Jesus spends just one hour a week in church. What about the other 167?

The New Testament Book of James has been called the “handbook of practical Christianity.” Beginning in July, the pastors of First Church will present “James: All Day, Every Day,” a 12-week sermon series with messages based on the Book of James. During this journey, we will discover how to follow Christ humbly, obediently, and with an open heart all day every day!  Find the Daily Bible Readings for the month of August here.

All are invited and encouraged to attend. You do not have to be a member of First Church to enjoy this sermon series.

The sermons will be presented at the 8:15 and 11:00 Sunday morning worship services. First Church is now offering in-person worship.  In order to provide a clean and safe environment, we have several hand sanitizing stations located in our sanctuary and will offer distanced seating, if requested. Our 8:15 a.m. service also can be viewed via livestream on our website and Facebook page or anytime later that week.

James: All Day, Every Day

July 4 “Considering It All Joy” James 1:1-11
July 11 “Growing Strong In Broken Places” James 1:12-16
July 18 “Inviting God to Change My Heart” James 1:17-21
July 25 Guest Preacher: Rev. Marian Hartman
August 1 Guest Preachers: Rev. Marian Hartman and Rev. Pat Woolever
August 8 “Expressing Faith In Acts of Love” James 1:22-27
August 15 “Loving People I Don’t Want and Don’t See” James 2:1-13
August 22 “Choosing God’s Wisdom” James 3:13-18
August 29 “Waging Peace In Conflict” James 4:1-10
September 5 “Planning for Tomorrow By Surrendering Today” James 4:13-17
September 12 “Counting on My Lord, Not My Money” James 5:1-6
September 19 “Standing On The Promises” James 5:7-11
September 26 “Becoming A Community That Heals” James 5:13-18

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning Friday, April 16! The trucks will serve in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

At this time, the food will be takeout only, and guests are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines.

We will be welcoming the following food trucks: Mad Dash, Get Smok’d, Potato Coop, Italian Job and Audrey’s Cup of Sunshine.

Mark your calendar now for upcoming Food Truck dates on May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15.

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