Fall Events

The First Church Bell Choirs will be offering delicious homemade pies for sale on Saturday, November 20th. You can choose from Pumpkin, Apple or Mincemeat pies. Cost is $10 per pie and proceeds benefit trips the Bell Choirs take to workshops and festivals.  To order your holiday pies or if you have questions, contact Kathie Bittenbender at rbittenben@verizon.net.  Pick up is from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th.  Pies must be pre-ordered for planning purposes.  Thanks for your support!

First Church will hold its Annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20.

The event returns to its normal format this year. Last year’s event was held offsite and excluded the sleepover for the safety of participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As they have done for nearly 30 years, teenagers from First Church and other local congregations will line up along W. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg to collect donations from the community. All proceeds benefit local agencies including New Hope Ministries, Family Promise and Bethesda Mission, and their work to aid the homeless. Past Sleepouts have raised $5,000 or more for this important cause.

The event also seeks to create awareness of the realities of homelessness by giving teens just a small glimpse of what it is like to live on the street. After collecting donations, participants will sleep out in cardboard boxes in the church parking lot until Saturday morning. Teenagers are provided a small bowl of soup for a meal and encouraged not to bring snacks or electronic devices.

Donations will be collected from 3:30 to 10:00 Friday evening. Interested persons also can donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/29th-Sleep-Out.

For more information, call or email the First Church office at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church invites you to help us support New Hope Ministries as they care for local families this Thanksgiving.  We will be collecting cans of corn throughout the month of November.  You can bring your cans of corn to the collection boxes at the Office and Alley Entrances on Sunday mornings.
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.  Learn more about New Hope here:  https://nhm-pa.org/.
Thanks for your support and caring for your neighbors in need!

During this Thanksgiving season, let’s practice the spiritual discipline of gratitude together!

Cultivating a heart of gratitude is the beginning of your journey to joy. First Church encourages you to take notice of what God does in your heart over this next month by participating in the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.

The Challenge was created by Revive Our Hearts, a ministry dedicated to growing in love for the Word and the Lord Jesus. Revive Our Hearts has developed an easy-to-use guide with daily devotional challenges to help you grow in gratitude. An optional prayer journal additionally allows participants to document their journey.

All are encouraged to participate! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to join in the Gratitude Challenge.

Find the 30-Day Prayer Challenge here or pick up copies at the Prayer Display under the balcony in the church sanctuary.

We encourage participants to share their stories of how this challenge blesses you! Contact Tina Eaton at  adultministry@fumchurch.com with your story, or if you have any questions.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!

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/.

If you or a loved one are facing health challenges or surgery, you may need home medical supplies such as a walker or shower chair. The right medical equipment can make all the difference to your recovery!
First Church will host a wellness presentation on Securing Home Medical Supplies on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 9:45 a.m. during the Sunday School Enrichment hour in the multi-purpose room.
Guest speakers Robin Mueller and Zach Mace, owners of IMA Medical Supply in Carlisle, will discuss the following:
  • The latest trends and offerings in home medical equipment
  • Selecting the proper equipment that best suits your needs
  • Home alert devices for seniors who live alone
  • Health insurance coverage for home medical supplies
The presentation is free and open to the public. All are welcome. You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to attend.
For more information, call or email Janice Bowen, Director of Congregational Care, at 717.766.4611 ext. 112 or wecare@fumchurch.com.

First Church invites you to join us in supporting Operation Christmas Child during this upcoming holiday season.

You can pick up a shoe box at the display at church or use your own box.  Fill your shoe box with items suggested by Operation Christmas Child, see list here.  Bring your filled shoe box back to the church by November 21.  Boxes can be dropped off at the church office or at the display on Sunday mornings.
For an added convenience, the Shoebox Supply Warehouse can fill a box for you!  For just $15.50 they will fill a box, which includes shipping.  Send a check made out to FUMC, 135 W. Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, 17055 for $15.50 with “Fill a Shoebox” in the memo section by November 1.  We will send the check to the Shoebox Supply Warehouse in Shippensburg.
Find more details here.  Thanks for your support of Operation Christmas Child!

The First Church Bell Choirs will host a chicken barbecue fund raiser in the church parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or until sold out.  Each meal includes a ½ chicken, baked potato, applesauce, water and roll for $10. Baked goods sold separately.  Once again, as an extra measure of safety, you can pick up the meal by drive through. For tickets, contact Kathie Bittenbender at  rbittenben@verizon.net.

Proceeds benefit trips the Bell Choirs take to workshops and festivals.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks return for the last time this season on Friday, October 15. 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, along with free parking. We will be welcoming the following food trucks: Mad Dash, Grappling Crab, Potato Coop, Philly Hoagie on a Roll,  and Sugar Whipped (check our FB page for any last-minute changes in trucks).

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