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First United Methodist Church Mechanicsburg

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135 West Simpson Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 United States
(717) 766-4611

October 2019

Lunch and Learn Bible Study

Based on our Bible reading plan, Pastor John Shellenberger will lead a Lunch and Learn group beginning on Sept. 11 for eight Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary (under the balcony) for study, followed by a Dutch treat lunch at nearby CC’s Kitchen. Visit the Welcome Center display to sign up and grab your daily Bible reading plan.

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

Isaiah 61 Ministry

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 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…

Gospel of John Bible Study

“The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose” Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 4. The 12-week class will meet in room B004 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Knit@Nite

First Church welcomes knitters, crocheters and crafters of all types for the Knit@Nite fellowship group. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Tower Meeting Room (former Children’s Library), Room 216D. Attendees can work on any project, but prayer shawls and hats for premature babies are currently needed. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Food Trucks!

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…

Children’s Sabbath

First Church will observe the annual Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, Oct. 20 during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. The United Methodist Church designates a Children’s Sabbath each October. The national observance encourages congregations to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 13 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study: “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” This 13-lesson study on the book of Acts, led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle, begins Sunday, Sept. 15 in room 207. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. and last for 60 to 75 minutes. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Lunch and Learn Bible Study

Based on our Bible reading plan, Pastor John Shellenberger will lead a Lunch and Learn group beginning on Sept. 11 for eight Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary (under the balcony) for study, followed by a Dutch treat lunch at nearby CC’s Kitchen. Visit the Welcome Center display to sign up and grab your daily Bible reading plan.

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

Gospel of John Bible Study

“The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose” Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 4. The 12-week class will meet in room B004 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

MOPS Meeting

First Church kicks off a new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, Sept. 27. All moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support each other and embrace the journey together. MOPS meetings include fellowship time over a light breakfast, valuable teachings, small group discussion and Christian devotions. Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between…

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 13 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Rejoicing Spirits

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service 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.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study: “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” This 13-lesson study on the book of Acts, led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle, begins Sunday, Sept. 15 in room 207. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. and last for 60 to 75 minutes. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Lunch and Learn Bible Study

Based on our Bible reading plan, Pastor John Shellenberger will lead a Lunch and Learn group beginning on Sept. 11 for eight Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary (under the balcony) for study, followed by a Dutch treat lunch at nearby CC’s Kitchen. Visit the Welcome Center display to sign up and grab your daily Bible reading plan.

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

Gospel of John Bible Study

“The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose” Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 4. The 12-week class will meet in room B004 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

November 2019

Little Friends Fall Festival/Silent Auction

Little Friends Preschool of First Church will hold a Fall Festival and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Games and other fun activities for children, and a variety of great items to place bids on! See the flyer here. Little Friends is looking for items for the Silent Auction. If you have something to donate, please contact Maria Petrilak at lfns@fumchurch.com or 717-796-0723. All proceeds benefit the preschool.

All Saints Sunday

First Church will celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 3 at our 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. Celebrated annually, All Saints Day allows us to remember the glory of God in the saints who have gone before us. We use the New Testament definition of saints meaning, “all Christian people of every time and place.” Time will be set aside during both services to call out the names of those church members lost in the past year. Loved…

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 13 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study: “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” This 13-lesson study on the book of Acts, led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle, begins Sunday, Sept. 15 in room 207. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. and last for 60 to 75 minutes. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

Gospel of John Bible Study

“The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose” Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 4. The 12-week class will meet in room B004 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 13 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

Gospel of John Bible Study

“The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose” Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 4. The 12-week class will meet in room B004 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Gospel of Luke Bible Study

“Who Is This Man Who Forgives Sins?”: Study on the Gospel of Luke Led by First Church member Juanita Guise, this 11-week study begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Fellowship Hall. The morning class is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening class is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $24. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Consecration Sunday

Are you ready to make the commitment? Sunday, Nov. 17 is Consecration Sunday at First Church. We hope you will plan to attend either of our church’s worship services at 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. to learn more about how you can grow in your faith journey through giving your financial and spiritual gifts.

Ministry & Mission Fair

First Church will hold a Ministry & Mission Fair on Nov. 17, 2019, in conjunction with our Consecration Sunday. Join us from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room for this wonderful event, and discover new ways to give of your time and the talents that God has given you as a special gift! If you have questions, please contact Tina Eaton at adultministry@fumchurch.com or call her at 717.766.4611.

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 13 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study: “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” This 13-lesson study on the book of Acts, led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle, begins Sunday, Sept. 15 in room 207. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. and last for 60 to 75 minutes. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

Isaiah 61 Ministry

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 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…

Gospel of John Bible Study

“The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose” Senior Pastor Denny Keller will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 4. The 12-week class will meet in room B004 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

Knit@Nite

First Church welcomes knitters, crocheters and crafters of all types for the Knit@Nite fellowship group. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Tower Meeting Room (former Children’s Library), Room 216D. Attendees can work on any project, but prayer shawls and hats for premature babies are currently needed. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

MOPS Meeting

First Church kicks off a new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, Sept. 27. All moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support each other and embrace the journey together. MOPS meetings include fellowship time over a light breakfast, valuable teachings, small group discussion and Christian devotions. Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between…

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due!

First Church is collecting boxes of personal care items for this year’s Operation Christmas Child. Through this ministry, the public is invited to fill one or more shoe-sized boxes with toiletries, toys and games, and school supplies. The boxes are shipped to children in dire need in more than 100 countries around the world. Boxes will be collected until Nov. 24th. To participate or for more information, call or e-mail the church office at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com. Or, visit the…

New Member Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, Oct. 13 and runs for 7 weeks. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call or e-mail Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

Rejoicing Spirits

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service 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.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study: “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” This 13-lesson study on the book of Acts, led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle, begins Sunday, Sept. 15 in room 207. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. and last for 60 to 75 minutes. Workbooks are $9.99. See details and sign up at the Welcome Center display.

December 2019

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Program Starts Oct. 16 Children ages three through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the fall session of the Wonderful Wednesday family fellowship program. This unique program, held weekly on Wednesdays, provides Bible study and fun activities for children, and allows families to spend quality time together. The fall program runs from October 16 to December 4, 2019. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants…

MOPS Meeting

First Church kicks off a new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, Sept. 27. All moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support each other and embrace the journey together. MOPS meetings include fellowship time over a light breakfast, valuable teachings, small group discussion and Christian devotions. Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between…

Isaiah 61 Ministry

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 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…

Knit@Nite

First Church welcomes knitters, crocheters and crafters of all types for the Knit@Nite fellowship group. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Tower Meeting Room (former Children’s Library), Room 216D. Attendees can work on any project, but prayer shawls and hats for premature babies are currently needed. For more information, call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Rejoicing Spirits

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service 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.

January 2020

Isaiah 61 Ministry

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 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…

MOPS Meeting

First Church kicks off a new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, Sept. 27. All moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support each other and embrace the journey together. MOPS meetings include fellowship time over a light breakfast, valuable teachings, small group discussion and Christian devotions. Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between…

Rejoicing Spirits

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service 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.

February 2020

Isaiah 61 Ministry

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 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…

MOPS Meeting

First Church kicks off a new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, Sept. 27. All moms of young children are invited to come and connect with our community of women who meet to laugh, support each other and embrace the journey together. MOPS meetings include fellowship time over a light breakfast, valuable teachings, small group discussion and Christian devotions. Fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities are also organized for those who are interested in connecting in between…

Rejoicing Spirits

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service 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.

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