First Church will observe Holy Communion on Sunday, June 6. Please join us for worship and communion on Sunday morning at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. We are now gathering for in-person worship for both services (please pre-register here for these services on our website), and continue to offer live-stream worship at our 8:15 a.m. service. Pre-filled communion cups and wafers will be used at in-person worship. If you are worshipping from home, remember to bring your own crackers or bread and fruit juice while our pastors provide instructions for Holy Communion. All are welcome!
Heaven is our hope as followers of Jesus, but what does the Bible really say about it?
 
The pastors of First Church will explore this topic through “From Here to Eternity,” a four-week sermon series in June. We will look carefully at the timeless truths about eternity – not as portrayed in movies or popular culture, but as explained in Scripture –  and its implications for our lives now!
 
All are invited and encouraged to attend! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any church to worship with us.
 
The sermons will be presented at the 8:15 and 11:00 Sunday morning worship services. First Church is now offering in-person worship, following all COVID-19 safety protocols. Those who wish to attend are asked to pre-register here through our website by the Thursday preceding the worship services. Our 8:15 a.m. service also can be viewed via livestream, or on our website at any time.  Find the Daily Bible Reading which corresponds to this sermon series here.
 
“From Here to Eternity” Sermon Series
 
June 6                   What’s the Big Deal about Heaven
In every culture and in every time, humanity has been fascinated with eternity. God placed it there. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead signals a new reality for Christ-followers called eternal life.
 
June 13                 A Grown-up Vision of Heaven
People have a lot of confusion about heaven. It’s often a mixture of the Bible, philosophy, popular literature, theatre, and movies. But the Bible gives us clear, consistent understandings of eternity.
 
June 20                 The Best is Yet to Come!
Do you really believe that the best is yet to come? The Bible teaches Christ-followers to live life not looking in the rearview mirror but with a hope for eternity.
 
June 27                 What Am I Doing on Earth for Heaven’s Sake?
Because of the reality of heaven, we are called to care for the Earth, love all people, work for justice, and share the Good News.

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning Friday, May 21! 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, Lucky Penny, It’s All Greek to You, Marsico’s Italian, Get Smok’d BBQ, Scoop O Dough.

Mark your calendar now for upcoming Food Truck dates on 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.

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 LifeGroups.

Specifically, First Church members help serve meals to the homeless in downtown Harrisburg on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. A carpool leaves from First Church at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested. All safety protocols will be followed, such as wearing gloves, masks and distancing.  Please contact the church in advance, if you plan to carpool.  The next opportunity to serve is Wednesday, May 19.

All are welcome! To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

First Church will observe Holy Communion on Sunday, May 2. Please join us for worship and communion on Sunday morning at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. We are now gathering for in-person worship for both services, and continue to offer live-stream worship at our 8:15 a.m. service. Pre-filled communion cups and wafers will be used at in-person worship. If you are worshipping from home, remember to bring your own crackers or bread and fruit juice while our pastors provide instructions for Holy Communion. All are welcome!

Every year on the first Thursday in May, the 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.  New for this year, First Church invites you to participate in a 24-hour prayer vigil from the comfort of your home!  We ask that you sign up for a 30-minute slot by clicking on the Time to Sign Up here, or by contacting Tina Eaton at adultiministry@fumchurch.com.  You can find the National Day of Prayer Guide here.
Whether we face fluctuating economics, threats from abroad, unrest at home, or other troubling circumstances, our Heavenly Father is not caught unaware. Through prayer, we are able to tap into His wisdom, strength, protection, and peace. He stands ready to respond to our needs when we humbly ask for divine intervention.
Thanks for joining us in praying for our nation!

During the month of May, the pastors of First Church will present a four-part sermon series “The Return,”  based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), one of Jesus’ most beloved stories.

This parable is a story about “a father who had two sons” (Luke 15:11). One has strayed far from home, and the father desperately yearns for his return.

“The Prodigal Son” is also your story and mine. When it comes to returning to church and other activities, each of us is at a different place right now. That’s okay. But there is one thing that we all have in common. We all have a Father who loves us, who meets us where we are, and who welcomes us home. The most important return any of us can make is when we respond to God’s gracious invitation and seek to become like God in the way we welcome others.

All are invited and encouraged to attend First Church and enjoy this sermon series! We offer in-person worship at 8:15 and 11 a.m., following all COVID-19 safety protocols. Our services also can be viewed online at fumchurch.com.  Find the Daily Bible Reading Plan here.

May 2 “The Younger Son” Luke 15:11-24
May 9 “The Older Son” Luke 15:25-32
May 16 “The Bystanders” Luke 15:25-32
May 23 Pentecost Confirmation Sunday during 11 a.m. service
May 30 “Becoming the Father” Luke 15:11-32

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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