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First United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg is seeking and now accepting applications for a full-time Director of Children and Family Ministry. This person will be responsible for the overall vision and implementation of the faith development of children (birth through 5th grade), in partnership with their families.

Education related to children and/or family ministry, or applicable experience is required. Further details describing the qualifications, skills, experience, and responsibilities related to this position can be found in the full job description. Click here to view the current job description.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to office@fumchurch.com or to Ellen Hill, Office Manager, at 135 W. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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.

It takes grit to follow Jesus and “run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Grit is something that we all need these days. Grit is passion and perseverance. Enemies of grit are fear, drift, trials, indifference.
The pastors of First Church will present the sermon series, “Grit: Endure. Persevere. Thrive” during the month of October. In this series, we will hear the stories of women of faith who had a “never say quit” kind of grit in the face of difficult circumstances. Their stories encourage us as we endure, persevere, and thrive as followers of Jesus today.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend! First Church offers Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., following recommended COVID-19 protocols for the safety of all who attend. The 8:30 service can be viewed through livestream, and a video of the service can be accessed on the church’s website for those who prefer to worship at home. Visit www.fumchurch.com for more information.  Find the Daily Bible Reading plan here.
October 3 “Shiprah and Puah: Fierce Faith” Exodus 1:15-22
(World Communion Sunday)
October 10 “Deborah: Anchored in God’s Promises” Judges 4
October 17 “A Servant Girl: Declaring God’s Goodness” 2 Kings 5:1-3, 9-15
October 24 “Dorcas: Doing Simple Things With Great Love” Acts 9:36-42
October 31 “Lois and Eunice: Caught More Than Taught” 2 Timothy 1:1-8a
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/.

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