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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

March 2020

“Giving It Up!” Sermon Series

Many people choose to give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Perhaps a favorite snack food, like chocolate or potato chips. It is a reminder of and very small sacrifice to honor the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us. Beginning March 1, the pastors of First Church will present “Giving it Up! Our Journey to the Empty Tomb.” The seven-week sermon series takes the idea of giving something up one step further. Each message focuses…

CANCELLED: “Alpha” Bible Study

Unfortunately, all Church services and activities are CANCELLED through March 31.  Please check the website regularly for any updates. If you are looking for real love, real hope, real friendship and the real message of Jesus, join us for “Alpha” this winter! First Church will offer the 10-week course, in search of the real answers to life’s biggest questions. Three class times are being offered: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30, beginning Jan. 26. Led by Tina Eaton, Director of Adult…

CANCELLED: New Member Class

Unfortunately, all Church services and activities are CANCELLED through March 31.  Please check the website regularly for any updates. Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Please consider attending our New Member Class. The next one begins on Sunday, March 1 and runs through April 26 (no classes on March 8 or April 12). 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…

CANCELLED: “The Power of Knowing God” Men’s Bible Study

Unfortunately, all Church services and activities are CANCELLED through March 31.  Please check the website regularly for any updates. First Church will offer “The Power of Knowing God,” a men’s Bible study by Precept® Ministries, this spring. Beginning March 15, the group will meet on Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in room 207. The six-week, “no homework” study will be led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle. All are welcome to participate! You do not have to…

April 2020

“Alpha” Bible Study

If you are looking for real love, real hope, real friendship and the real message of Jesus, join us for “Alpha” this winter! First Church will offer the 10-week course, in search of the real answers to life’s biggest questions. Three class times are being offered: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30, beginning Jan. 26. Led by Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry. Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to noon, beginning Jan. 29. Led by Pastor John Shellenberger. Dutch-treat lunch to follow for…

Wonderful Wednesday

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 spring session starts January 22 and concludes with the Annual Passion Play on April 8. Meetings last from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Non-church members are welcome to attend, but all participants must be…

“Alpha” Bible Study

If you are looking for real love, real hope, real friendship and the real message of Jesus, join us for “Alpha” this winter! First Church will offer the 10-week course, in search of the real answers to life’s biggest questions. Three class times are being offered: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30, beginning Jan. 26. Led by Tina Eaton, Director of Adult Ministry. Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to noon, beginning Jan. 29. Led by Pastor John Shellenberger. Dutch-treat lunch to follow for…

“Giving It Up!” Sermon Series

Many people choose to give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Perhaps a favorite snack food, like chocolate or potato chips. It is a reminder of and very small sacrifice to honor the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us. Beginning March 1, the pastors of First Church will present “Giving it Up! Our Journey to the Empty Tomb.” The seven-week sermon series takes the idea of giving something up one step further. Each message focuses…

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, March 1 and runs through April 26 (no classes on March 8 or April 12). 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 Discipleship, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

“The Power of Knowing God” Men’s Bible Study

First Church will offer “The Power of Knowing God,” a men’s Bible study by Precept® Ministries, this spring. Beginning March 15, the group will meet on Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in room 207. The six-week, “no homework” study will be led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle. All are welcome to participate! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any Church to participate in the Bible study. Participants are asked…

Passion Play-Home Edition

For the first time in 30 years, First Church will not present its annual Passion Play. The event, scheduled for April 8, was canceled in observance of the recent measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Passion Play re-enacts the events of Holy Week, beginning with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and concluding with his crucifixion and resurrection. More than 60 church and community members, young and old alike, rehearsed for months to bring the story to life. “They…

“Giving It Up!” Sermon Series

Many people choose to give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Perhaps a favorite snack food, like chocolate or potato chips. It is a reminder of and very small sacrifice to honor the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us. Beginning March 1, the pastors of First Church will present “Giving it Up! Our Journey to the Empty Tomb.” The seven-week sermon series takes the idea of giving something up one step further. Each message focuses…

“The Power of Knowing God” Men’s Bible Study

First Church will offer “The Power of Knowing God,” a men’s Bible study by Precept® Ministries, this spring. Beginning March 15, the group will meet on Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in room 207. The six-week, “no homework” study will be led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle. All are welcome to participate! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any Church to participate in the Bible study. Participants are asked…

Joy in the Morning

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support group beginning in January, Joy in the Morning. Based on the book, With the Dawn Rejoicing, a Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering, the group will focus on sharing and encouraging one another to live with greater hope and peace while navigating health issues. Meetings will be held at First Church monthly on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning…

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! Click here to learn more…

Food Trucks–MAY BE POSTPONED!

We may be postponing the April Food trucks. Keep watching for updated information and thanks for your patience! First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2020! Join us on the following Fridays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16 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…

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, March 1 and runs through April 26 (no classes on March 8 or April 12). 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 Discipleship, at 717.766.4611 or adultministry@fumchurch.com.

“The Power of Knowing God” Men’s Bible Study

First Church will offer “The Power of Knowing God,” a men’s Bible study by Precept® Ministries, this spring. Beginning March 15, the group will meet on Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in room 207. The six-week, “no homework” study will be led by First Church members Ken Guise and David Mengle. All are welcome to participate! You do not have to be a member of First Church or of any Church to participate in the Bible study. Participants are asked…

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, March 1 and runs through April 26 (no classes on March 8 or April 12). 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 Discipleship, 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.

May 2020

Joy in the Morning

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support group beginning in January, Joy in the Morning. Based on the book, With the Dawn Rejoicing, a Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering, the group will focus on sharing and encouraging one another to live with greater hope and peace while navigating health issues. Meetings will be held at First Church monthly on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning…

Food Trucks

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2020! Join us on the following Fridays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16 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,…

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! Click here to learn more…

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.

June 2020

Joy in the Morning

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support group beginning in January, Joy in the Morning. Based on the book, With the Dawn Rejoicing, a Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering, the group will focus on sharing and encouraging one another to live with greater hope and peace while navigating health issues. Meetings will be held at First Church monthly on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning…

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! Click here to learn more…

Food Trucks

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2020! Join us on the following Fridays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16 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,…

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.

July 2020

2020 VBS

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. All area children ages 4 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers. Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend. This year’s…

Joy in the Morning

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support group beginning in January, Joy in the Morning. Based on the book, With the Dawn Rejoicing, a Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering, the group will focus on sharing and encouraging one another to live with greater hope and peace while navigating health issues. Meetings will be held at First Church monthly on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning…

2020 VBS

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. All area children ages 4 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers. Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend. This year’s…

2020 VBS

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. All area children ages 4 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers. Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend. This year’s…

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! Click here to learn more…

2020 VBS

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. All area children ages 4 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers. Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend. This year’s…

2020 VBS

First Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. All area children ages 4 through entering sixth grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Students entering seventh to 12th grades can volunteer as classroom helpers. Daily lessons are supported with Bible stories, science activities, music, crafts, games and snacks. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend. This year’s…

Food Trucks

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2020! Join us on the following Fridays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16 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,…

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.

August 2020

Joy in the Morning

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support group beginning in January, Joy in the Morning. Based on the book, With the Dawn Rejoicing, a Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering, the group will focus on sharing and encouraging one another to live with greater hope and peace while navigating health issues. Meetings will be held at First Church monthly on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning…

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! Click here to learn more…

Food Trucks

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2020! Join us on the following Fridays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16 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,…

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.

September 2020

Joy in the Morning

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support group beginning in January, Joy in the Morning. Based on the book, With the Dawn Rejoicing, a Christian Perspective on Pain and Suffering, the group will focus on sharing and encouraging one another to live with greater hope and peace while navigating health issues. Meetings will be held at First Church monthly on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning…

Food Trucks

First Church is pleased to announce that the Third Friday Food Trucks will be returning in 2020! Join us on the following Fridays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16 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,…

October 2020

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