First Church invites families with children of all ages to participate in the Summer Family Challenge starting in June and continuing through August. The Summer Family Challenge encourages families to make memories spending time together doing a variety of activities. Pick up a Summer Family Challenge packet at the display across from the Welcome Desk. The packet includes activity ideas and a ‘score card,’ which keeps track of your family’s activities. Turn in the score cards at the end of the month for a chance to win a prize! You can find the July Score Card here.

For more information about the Summer Family Challenge, contact the Children’s Department at kidscount@fumchurch.com or call the office at 717-766-4611.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, June 23, 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 present patriotic-themed quilts, handmade by the Squares and Prayers group, to veterans during worship services led by Re-Creation on June 23.

Re-Creation is a team of talented performers that travels across the United States to inspire and enhance the lives of hospitalized veterans with their uplifting performances. The group is known as ‘America’s ambassadors to hospitalized veterans,’ as they have served across our nation in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans homes for 40 years.

Re-Creation will perform in concert at the church on June 22, and lead the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services on June 23.

“Veterans are a cause that is close to my heart,” said Nancy Eddy, who helped craft the quilts. Her late husband, John Eddy, served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. Nancy’s stepson also served in the military.

Last November, church members who served in the military were invited to request a quilt in grateful recognition of their service. Nearly 30 quilts will be presented to veterans or those who currently serve in the military.

All of the quilts were made in fabrics of red, white and blue, but no two quilts are alike. The quilts each contain a unique design, handmade by the church’s Squares and Prayers group. Additionally, the quilts were personalized with the embroidered name of the recipient.

Squares and Prayers, a group of just five members, began producing the quilts in January. Special thanks for their efforts, and to all who contributed toward the cost of producing the quilts.

First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert again this summer. The group will perform in concert on Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at First Church, and lead worship at both services on Sunday, June 23.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

This team of talented performers travels across the United States to inspire and enhance the lives of hospitalized veterans with their uplifting performances. The group is known as ‘America’s ambassadors to hospitalized veterans,’ as they have served across our nation in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans homes for 40 years.

“Classic,” the Saturday concert, is a new show featuring the best in American music with a grand patriotic finale. The music for Sunday’s worship services will be “a celebration of faith and confidence in God’s mighty love.”

We look forward to sharing this amazing concert with our community and veterans! If you are a Veteran and need transportation to the concert, please call the church office at (717) 766-4611. For more information about Re-Creation, visit their website at www.re-creationusa.org.

First Church invites you to take a break from the busy-ness of life and catch your breath! We invite you to experience prayer walking as a way to focus on listening for the voice of God as you walk. Prayer walking is simple and anyone can participate. Feel free to walk in your neighborhood and be open to the needs of the people in your community. You will find an easy to use Prayer Walking Guide here to get you started. For more information or questions, please contact Tina Eaton at adultministry@fumchurch.com.

The Third Friday Food Trucks return to First Church again on June 21. Join us in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Dash, Potato Coop, Get Smok’d, Marsico’s Italian, The Chicken Truck, Soul Burrito, Smoothie King and Sugar Whipped.

In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members. First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2019: July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18.

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

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, June 19, 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, June 19, 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 sort and bag groceries.

For more information or to volunteer, call the church office at 717.766.4611.

Congratulations to the 2019 confirmands! Join us on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the 10:45 a.m. worship service as we formally welcome new members into our church family

Join us on June 2 for Graduate Sunday at First Church. We will honor all of our 2019 graduates, both high school and college, during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Truck Feast will be returning in 2019! Join us for the first event on May 17 in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Dash, Up in Smoke, Soul Burrito, It’s All Greek, Lucky Penny Burger Co., Sugar Whipped, and Kona Ice.

In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members. First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2019: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18.

First Church is excited to host ‘Re-Creation’ in concert again this summer. The group will perform in concert on Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at First Church, and lead worship at both services on Sunday, June 23.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

This team of talented performers travels across the United States to inspire and enhance the lives of hospitalized veterans with their uplifting performances. The group is known as ‘America’s ambassadors to hospitalized veterans,’ as they have served across our nation in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans homes for 40 years.

“Classic,” the Saturday concert, is a new show featuring the best in American music with a grand patriotic finale. The music for Sunday’s worship services will be “a celebration of faith and confidence in God’s mighty love.”

We look forward to sharing this amazing concert with our community and veterans! If you are a Veteran and need transportation to the concert, please call the church office at (717) 766-4611. For more information about Re-Creation, visit their website at www.re-creationusa.org.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2019! Join us for the first event on May 17 in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods. Confirmed vendors so far include Mad Dash, Soul Burrito, Up In Smoke, It’s All Greek, Lucky Penny Burger Company, Sugar Whipped and Kona Ice.

In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members. First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

Food Trucks are scheduled for the following additional Fridays in 2019: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18.

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

Come to immerse our community in prayer, and listen for the voice of God to discern His desires for us and the residents of Mechanicsburg.

Beginning May 8, First Church will host weekly Prayer Walks throughout the church’s surrounding neighborhoods.

Walks will be held each Wednesday from May 8 to 29, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. We will meet by the church’s flagpole to begin the walks, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, we will gather inside the church for prayer.

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

This Easter Season, First Church invites you to explore worship as an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be refreshed by the presence of the Risen Christ.

First Church Senior Pastor Dennis Keller will lead the Bible study “Catch Your Breath,” based on the church’s sermon series of the same title. All are invited and encouraged to attend!

The study will run on Wednesdays from May 1 to June 5, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in Room B004.

The study will complement First Church’s daily Bible reading plan. Pick up a copy at the Welcome Center display.

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

Do you remember the last time you had to catch your breath? Perhaps you were winded from walking up a steep flight of stairs, or you frantically searched for a child who’d wandered away in a crowded place. You remember the experience – your heart is pounding, your lungs gasping for air. Then, as deep breaths fill your lungs, your heart rate slows and you are ready to move on.

This Easter Season, we’re going to explore worship as an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be refreshed by the presence of the Risen Christ.

Beginning April 28, the pastors of First Church will present “Catch Your Breath,” a sermon series based on the Gospel of John, during Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 and 10:45.

April 28: In Times of Fear (John 20:19-30)

May 5: In Times of Exhaustion (John 21:1-19)

May 12: In Times of Doubt (John 20:24-30)

May 19: In Times of Loneliness (John 13:31-35)

May 26: In Times of Suffering (John 5:1-9)

June 2: In Times of Division (John 17:20-26)

All are invited and encouraged to attend! For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will hold a Workday on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help spread mulch and clean up the church’s outdoor property. If possible, please bring work gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows.

All are welcome and invited to participate. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

The Bell Choirs of First Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The meal will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and homemade dessert.

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $9 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 the handbell choirs to attend festivals and workshops.

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

First Church will host “18 Wounds of Disability,” an insightful presentation on the wounds that individuals and families affected by disability may experience.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited and encouraged to attendTuesday, May 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Most people will experience at least temporary disability within their lifetime. Disability affects people in every age group, social class and culture. It is often accompanied by a profound sense of devaluation that can be compounded by societal attitudes and actions toward those affected by disability.

“18 Wounds”, presented by Lisa Wickenheiser, M.Ed., seeks to provide insight and build a foundation of understanding and sensitivity. Specifically, we will discuss how the church can move to counter devaluation, so that those living with disability can learn what it is to be loved and accepted by God.

The presentation is based on the works of Wolf Wolfensberger, one of the world’s most impactful professionals in the area of intellectual disabilities; Dr. Jeff McNair of California Baptist University and the Christian Institute on Disability/Joni & Friends, Inc.; and his wife, Kathi McNair.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by May 2 to the church, 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church invites you to join with thousands of other churches across our nation to participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2.

Each year on the first Thursday in May, our nation pauses to observe a National Day of Prayer. On that day, we have an opportunity to emphasize the importance of prayer as a testimony to who God is, what we believe, and the fact that our nation was founded upon the truths of God’s Word.

First Church invites the public to join us at the flagpole at noon for brief community prayer. Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) will once again be joining us in prayer. The theme and focus this year is Love One Another (John 13:34). Together let’s exercise one of our most precious freedoms… the right to gather, turn to God and pray. If you cannot attend at this time, we encourage you to pray from your home or place of work. Find the 2019 Prayer Guide here: https://nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer-guide.

The regularly scheduled bagging groceries for Bethesda Mission is CANCELLED for April 17, as we encourage all church members to attend the Annual Passion Play. Next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, May 15. If you have questions, call the church office at (717) 766-4611.

April 28 is DisAbility Awareness Sunday at First Church. Guest speaker Elizabeth Brake, a United Methodist pastor who was born with cerebral palsy, will describe her journey with disability and faith to a joint Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pastor Brake resides in Mercersburg on her family’s dairy farm. Never one to let her disability stop her, she showed cows in 4-H and was an avid downhill skier (in a sit-down ski) throughout high school.

Pastor Brake earned degrees in education and family services from Messiah College, and a master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She later returned to Messiah College to complete a second master’s degree in education. Her goal was to work in disability services for a college, but God had a different plan. Pastor Brake continued her studies to become a pastor. She currently serves the Roxbury and Upper Strasburg United Methodist Churches in Franklin County.

In addition, a Rejoicing Spirits worship service will be held at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

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

Mechanicsburg Area Churches invite the community to a Good Friday Prayer Walk through the Mechanicsburg Borough.

Led by local pastors, prayer walkers will meet at one of the prayer sites, cover the surrounding area in prayer and then come together at 1:15 at the Mechanicsburg First Church of God (28 E. Main Street) for closing prayer and worship.

Prayer Sites:

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Park – 1 Memorial Park Drive
  • Mechanicsburg Senior High – 500 S. Broad Street
  • Mechanicsburg Middle School – 1750 S. Market Street
  • Mechanicsburg Presbyterian – 300 E Simpson St
  • Immanuel Church, 800 S. Market Street
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church – 132 E. Main Street
  • First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, PA – 135 W. Simpson Street
  • Turning Point Church of Mechanicsburg – 201 E. Green Street

For those who would like to stay stationary during the prayer walk, there will be a place available at the Mechanicsburg First Church of God (28 E. Main Street) starting at 12 PM.

All are welcome!  For more information, visit Mechanicsburg & Upper Allen Area Churches Facebook Page. See the flyer here.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2019!

Join us on the following Fridays: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot.

An expected six to eight trucks will be pulling in with a variety of foods including chicken, French fries, barbecue, Greek food, pizza and desserts. In addition to good food and music, the event offers a fun time to meet and socialize with other community members.

First Church will provide tables and chairs, and free parking including handicapped accessible parking.

Check out the Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, Pa. for details, and an updated list of food trucks for each event.

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