First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Once again, we will be worshipping via Zoom video conference. If you had ever wanted to attend, but were not able to, this is a great opportunity! The service will include music, scripture, prayer and a brief message. To join in the service, please contact Karin McHale at  karinmch@comcast.net  before Sunday afternoon to receive the zoom link.

The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

The April 2021 Spotify Playlist is here! Click here or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5rbHEYEfHei97cUI8rjwNJ?si=AAumRDWASuGsr6-31f7FpQ.

We will be sharing a new playlist the first Wednesday of each month. For Spotify users, search for the user First UMC of Mechanicsburg, and click on the playlist titled “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks”.

If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can easily create one for free. Enjoy and thanks for listening!

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.

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

We invite you to join us for upcoming special worship experiences! On Sunday, April 11, Camp Sunday, Rev. Kevin Witt, Director, Growing Spiritual Transformational Leaders & Camp/Retreat Ministries will be our guest preacher as we celebrate our Susquehanna Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries. Learn more about summer church camps for all ages here: http://susumcamps.org/.

On Sunday, April 18, Pastor Denny will preach on the theme, “Peace Be With You.” In Luke 24 the Risen Lord asks his disciples two questions he might well ask us today: “Why are you frightened?” and “Why do doubts arise in your hearts?” He also asks a third question that opens the way for us all to find true and lasting peace.

Sunday, April 25 is Disability Awareness Sunday. Mrs. Kathy Brubaker, a mom and caregiver of a child with special needs, will be our guest speaker as we focus on our ministries to support people with disabilities and their families. Kathy gave an inspiring testimony of God’s presence, provision, and promise, at our Day of Pampering this year and has a message we all need to hear. Learn more about First Church’s Special Needs Ministry here: https://fumchurch.com/missions/disability-ministry/.

First Church offers worship via Livestream on Sunday mornings at 8:15 a.m. on our website at fumchurch.com and our Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, PA. Recordings of these services can be viewed anytime on our website at fumchurch.com. We are now offering in-person worship at both 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. services. Please pre-register for these services on our website at fumchurch.com. We look forward to seeing you!

Find the April/May 2021 Daily Bible Reading plan here. For more information, call or email the church office at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church invites the community to attend one or more of the special events and worship services we have planned for Holy Week and Easter.

During Lent, we will be offering livestreamed, recorded and in-person services. The church will follow all appropriate safety measures and protocols for in-person events.

• March 28, Palm Sunday Worship with us at 8:15 a.m. online and in-person. Please pre-register for in-person worship on our website at fumchurch.com.
• April 1, Maundy Thursday Service and Seder Meal This service will be offered online via our website and FB page anytime after 4:00 p.m. Instructions for the Seder Meal are available on our website at fumchurch.com. This service includes communion.  Click here to watch this video with simple instructions for the Seder Meal.
• April 2, Good Friday One Thousand Prayers Kick-Off All are invited to blanket our community in prayer! Details about how to get your prayer kit and participate can be found on our website at fumchurch.com.
• April 4, Easter Sunrise Service Join us at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery at 6:45 a.m. to celebrate our Risen Lord! Please wear a face mask if you are unable to physical distance. This service will be led by our Youth and will last approximately 30 minutes. No registration required. We will be observing Holy Communion at this service.
• April 4, Easter 8:15 a.m. Service He is Risen! We invite you to worship with us in-person or via livestream at 8:15 a.m. We will continue to follow all safety protocols, which includes wearing a face mask and physical distancing. Please pre-register for this service on our website at fumchurch.com.
• April 4, Easter 11:00 a.m. Service He is Risen Indeed! We will be gathering in our parking lot for this outdoor service! Please bring your own chair(s) and wear a face mask until you find your seat. Activities will be available for children in attendance. In the event of rain, the service will be moved indoors to the green chair section of the sanctuary. Please pre-register for this service on our website at fumchurch.com.

First Church invites the community to join us for “One Thousand Prayers,” to spread joy and blanket our community in prayers of care! Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are not gathering as a group, but encourage participants to pray where they feel led!

“One Thousand Prayers” kicks off on Good Friday, April 2, and runs until the end of the month. Our goal is to collectively pray for 1000 places (at least!) for four weeks. Other area churches are joining us in this prayer journey.

All are welcome to participate. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to pray with us. Here’s how it works:

  • Contact Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, to say you’ll pray.
  • Pick up your Free prayer kit which contains prayer prompts, suggestions on places to pray (although you are encouraged to pray wherever you feel led by the Spirit), ten “We Prayed for You” door hangers, and a pocket journal to jot down where you prayed, who you prayed for, and any promptings you discern from the Holy Spirit.
  • Provide feedback to Tina so we know if we have reached our goal.

If you have questions or would like to participate, please email Tina at adultministry@fumchurch.com. Thanks for joining us in prayer!

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Once again, we will be worshipping via Zoom video conference. If you had ever wanted to attend, but were not able to, this is a great opportunity! The service will include music, scripture, prayer and a brief message. To join in the service, please contact Pastor John Shellenberger at pastorjohn@fumchurch.com before Sunday afternoon.

The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

The pastors of First Church will present a series of sermon messages on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus during worship services this Lenten season.

The messages, based on the book The Hope of Glory by Pulitzer Prize winning presidential historian and lifelong Episcopalian layman Jon Meacham, reflect on the gospel accounts of the final words of Jesus during the six hours he suffered on the cross. The “words,” or more accurately statements, of Jesus convey in a powerful way the message of the Savior’s radical love. May we experience anew the depth of his love for us, and discover the meaning of his words for us today.

In addition, Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead a Bible study based on the new book Seven Words: Listening to Jesus From the Cross, by Susan Robb. Robb is the Senior Associate Minister at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The group will meet via Zoom on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 24, from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. To register, please email pastordenny@fumchurch.com by Feb. 21. Participants are invited but not required to order a copy of the book.

First Church offers worship via Livestream on Sunday mornings at 8:15 a.m. on our website at fumchurch.com and our Facebook page at First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, PA.  Recordings of our services can be viewed anytime on our website at fumchurch.com.

You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to worship with us or participate in the Bible study. Find the Daily Bible Reading plan here, which corresponds to a personal reflection in the 2021 Lenten Devotional Booklet.  For more information, call or email the church office at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Feb. 21                 “Father, Forgive Them”
Feb. 28                 “Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise”
March 7                “My God, My God”
March 14             “Woman, Here Is Your Son”
March 21             “I Am Thirsty”
March 28             “It Is Finished”…”Into Your Hands”
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