Who we are

Our website address is: https://fumchurch.com.  We are First United Methodist Church and we are located at 135 W. Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055.  Our phone is (717) 766-4611.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use the plug-in, Contact Form 7, to collect information you provide on Prayer Request forms and other contact forms on our website.  We use the personal information you provide to provide the prayer/service you request.  We may keep the data you input on file for up to 24 months.  We never sell this data to anyone.

If you submit personal information on a Registration Form linked to an outside source (such as for Vacation Bible School), the Privacy Policy for the outside source’s website will govern how they protect your information.  If we receive information from their website, this information will be treated the same as if we had received it through a Contact form.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to measure how well our website is ministering to others.  We do not collect any individual data for our purposes.  Click here to read the Google Analytics Privacy Policy.

Who we share your data with

We do not share any data with third parties, period.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you have a privacy-related concern, please contact the Church Office at (717) 766-4611 during normal business hours and ask to speak with the Outreach Director.  You may also email office@fumchurch.com.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We only collect data you provide, and we do not sell this data to anyone.  Prayer requests are kept in strict confidence on a need-to-know basis UNLESS you indicate on the Prayer Request form that you want your request to be included on the Congregational prayer list.  Staff members are trained to protect Confidential Requests.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a data breach, we will immediately remove all personal data from the site and conduct an investigation to determine the source of the breach and implement corrective measures as soon as reasonably possible.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive data from third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not perform automated decision making and/or profiling with user data.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We do not have any known industry regulatory disclosure requirements.