We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the Ham Loaf Dinner has been cancelled.  Thank you for understanding.  See you next year!

Join us on Saturday, March 21 for a Ham Loaf Dinner at First Church.

Ham loaf, a central Pennsylvania tradition, is a mixture of fresh pork, smoked ham and other ingredients, served with a tangy, sweet sauce. The meal will include green beans, potatoes, rolls, applesauce, a beverage and assorted desserts. Chicken nuggets will be available for children.

Dine in or get a meal to go. Cost is $11 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 First Church’s missions and ministries.

The dinner runs from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

If you struggle with on-going health challenges, First Church invites you to join us for a new, spiritually-grounded support, 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 on the second Monday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 9.

The group will be facilitated by Janice Bowen, First Church Director of Congregational Care, and Terry Ketrow, Stephen Minister.

Participation is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend the group meetings.

For more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen at wecare@fumchurch.com or 717-766-4611, ext. 112.

Join us for Camp Sunday on March 15! Learn more about the many opportunities for church camp this summer, and how to register.

First Church firmly believes in the benefits of a church camp experience. Set in beautiful woods and natural surroundings, camp provides a distraction from video games, television and the general rushed pace of life. Away from these distractions, campers can take many steps in their faith journey and build a closer relationship with God.

Camp sessions are offered at several locations. Check out www.susumcamps.org for more details.

Students in kindergarten to sixth grades can attend one or more camp sessions. Most sessions last a week. Mini-sessions of three days are available for new campers.

Fees vary based on the camp session. Scholarships are available, and First Church will help sponsor children and youth from our congregation who wish to attend. For more information, call the church at (717) 766-4611.

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 on something Jesus invites us to give up – not just for 40 days, but forever.

March 1 “Overcoming Temptation” Matthew 4:1-11

March 8 “Losing My Religion” John 3:1-17

March 15 “Letting Go of Shame” John 4:5-42 (view Service on Resources tab)

March 22 “Opening Blind Eyes” John 9:1-41 (view Service on Resources tab)

March 29 “Untying Unbelief” John 11:1-45 (view Service on Resources tab)

April 5 “Laying It All Down” Matthew 21:1-11

April 12 “Rising Up to New Life” Matthew 28:1-10

The sermons will be presented at the 8:15 and 10:45 Sunday morning worship services. All are invited to attend! For more information, call or email First Church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.  See the Daily Reading Plan and other studies offered here.

Important Update!
We are temporarily postponing these classes.  Please check back frequently for updates on when we plan to start again.  Thanks for your patience!
Join us for the Drawing Closer Café, located at Mechanicsburg Crafter’s Retreat, 304 W. Main Street, Mechanicsburg.  We will enjoy a time of crafting and creating using God’s Word as our backdrop.
Each night will include a time of fellowship, coffee, crafting and learning.  The classes will be held on the first and third Wednesday’s starting March 4 through May 20th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The first class will include a modern calligraphy mini lesson.
Classes will be led by church members and all materials and instruction provided at no cost. No registration required.
Questions, contact Lori Hoffnagle at outreach@fumchurch.com or 717-766-4611, ext 115. You don’t have to be a member of First Church or any church to participate, all are welcome!
View the flyer here.

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 Little Friends Preschool of First Church will hold its Annual Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

The public is invited to attend for a day of shopping and fun. Representatives from more than 25 featured vendors will be on-site with a variety of items for sale including jewelry, crafts, candles, make your own stuffed animals, children’s crafts, items for the home, and more. Proceeds will benefit Little Friends, a non-profit, Christian-based preschool that offers classes for children from 18 months to pre-kindergarten.  The complete list of current vendors can be found at littlefriendspreschool.org.

For more information, call or e-mail Maria Petrilak, Little Friends Director, at (717) 796-0723 or lfns@fumchurch.com or visit littlefriendspreschool.org.

The Mechanicsburg Cluster of Churches will host a community Ash Wednesday worship service on February 26 at 7 p.m.  First United Methodist Church 135 W. Simpson Street, will be hosting the service. New this year, you will be invited to participate in interactive stations to help prepare you for the beginning of Lent.  All are welcome to attend.

Important Update! This activity has been cancelled for this date. Please check back frequently for updates on when we plan to start again. Thanks for your patience!

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, Feb. 19, 2020, 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 about Isaiah 61 Ministries. To volunteer, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Join us at Mission Central on Wednesday, Feb. 19 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 prepare the groceries.

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

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Feb. 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 services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Great Night Out has been postponed.  Please check our website for updated information.

First Church will host singer, songwriter, guitarist and humorist Mark Cable. All adults (not just couples!) are invited to attend.

Join us on Friday, March 13, for one of Cable’s famous “Great Night Out” concerts, featuring two hours of fun, fellowship, music and great stories. Dessert will be served.

The show begins at 7 p.m. The concert is free, but those who wish to attend are asked to pre-register here.

A love offering will be accepted. For more information on Cable, visit his website here.

First Church will hold a Rejoicing Spirits worship service this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, 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 services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Raising children is both beautiful and challenging, and having a network of other moms to lean on is a life-giving part of God’s plan! That’s why Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) connects moms to a community of women who meet to laugh, support and embrace the journey together.

If you are the mother of a young child, you won’t want to miss this special opportunity! Every group meeting will include fellowship time over a light breakfast, teachings/lesson time, small group discussion time, encouragement and support from mentor moms, Christian devotions and quality childcare.

Between monthly meetings, fun outings/play-dates, creative projects and/or service opportunities will be organized for those who are interested.

The next meeting is Friday, January 24, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. If you would like to attend, please call the church office at 717-766-4611 for information on how to register.

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 pre-registered. The cost is $20, per child per semester, which includes meals. Click here for the 2020 registration form.

For more information, call or e-mail the church office at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Registration is now open for the annual Men’s Retreat, to be held Friday to Sunday, March 6 to 8, 2020 at Wesley Forest in Weikert, PA. See the Wesley Forest website here: https://wesleyforest.org/.

All First Church men are invited and encouraged to attend, for a weekend filled with fellowship, fun, great food and spiritual renewal. Register by January 19 to enjoy the early bird fee of just $80! After that date, the fee is $95. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com. You can find the registration here.

First Church will hold the 2020 Day of Pampering on Saturday, Feb. 29. This is a special day to honor primary care providers…..mothers of children with disAbilities and wives of husbands with disAbilities. After giving so much of themselves, it’s their turn for some pampering, connecting and renewal.

Morning refreshments are provided, followed by worship and a guest speaker. The women are then served an elegant luncheon. Following lunch, women are pampered for the afternoon! They can enjoy manicures, a massage, relaxation techniques, hair styling and other services, as well as a tea and dessert room, all at no cost!

Service providers are still needed! In particular, we still need 1 Hair Stylist, 2 Table Massage Therapists, 3 Chair Massage Therapists and volunteers to assist throughout the day. If you are willing to volunteer your time, please call or e-mail the church at (717) 766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

If you enjoy cooking, please join First Church for Soupy Saturday on January 25, beginning at 9:00 a.m. We will meet in the church kitchen to make delicious homemade soups and muffins to share with friends, neighbors and homebound church members.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend.

For more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen at the church, (717) 766-4611 ext. 112 or wecare@fumchurch.com.

The United Methodist Women of First Church invites volunteers to help prepare feminine hygiene kits on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the church Fellowship Hall starting at 8:30 a.m.

Feminine hygiene kits provide basic necessities to young women in underdeveloped nations, allowing them to continue in school all month long. The kits are being assembled and distributed through Mission Central in Mechanicsburg. See information about this initiative here: https://www.daysforgirls.org/dfg-kits.

Specifically, volunteers are needed to help sew several items to be included in the kits. Instructions and materials will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring sharp scissors, rotary cutters, quilting rulers and cutting mats as able.

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.

To participate or for more information or to donate items to make the kits, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com. To learn more about Mission Central and the Feminine Hygiene Kits, visit www.missioncentral.org.

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, Jan. 15, 2020, 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, Jan. 15, 2020, 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 prepare the groceries.

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

Have you had your vision tested lately? Not just your eyesight, but your view on life. If life often leaves you feeling empty and longing for something more, First Church has a message you will want to hear.

This winter, the pastors of First Church will deliver a series of messages on Jesus’ vision for living a life of joy, and the radical difference between His vision and what the world values. “The Beatitudes: Keys to a Blessed Life,” a sermon series based on Matthew 5:3-12, will explore each of the eight keys Jesus gives us to find peace, lasting satisfaction, and fulfillment, through what many have called the greatest sermon ever preached. See Daily Reading Plan and all Winter studies here.

Join us for worship services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays this winter, beginning Jan. 5. All are welcome!

“The Beatitudes: Keys to a Blessed Life” Sermon Series

Jan. 5 “It Depends On Who You Depend On” Blessed are the poor in spirit

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.,

Jan. 12 “How God Blesses Broken Hearts”

 

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Jan. 19 “The Strength of Gentleness” Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Jan. 26 Youth Sunday  
Feb. 2 “Why You Need to Stay Hungry” Blessed are those who hunger

and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

Feb. 9 “Your Ministry of Mercy” Blessed are the merciful,

for they will receive mercy.

Feb. 16 “God Blesses A Heart of Integrity” Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

Feb. 23 “How To Reconcile a Relationship” Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

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 Jan. 13, 2020.

The group will be facilitated by Janice Bowen, First Church Director of Congregational Care, and Terry Ketrow, Stephen Minister.

Participation is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend the group meetings.

For more information, call or e-mail Janice Bowen at wecare@fumchurch.com or 717-766-4611, ext. 112.

First United Methodist Church is pleased to offer “Beyond Suffering”, the groundbreaking course created to transform the way we view God’s plan for disability.

“Beyond Suffering” equips participants with the tools and knowledge they need to begin or enhance a disability ministry within their church or faith community.

The demand for churches to develop disability ministries is growing daily. According to the National Health Interview Survey, currently one out of six children (17 percent) in the United States has special needs, with autism affecting 1 in 45 births.

This has a dramatic effect on the spiritual life of entire families. In fact, many families with a child who has a special need do not attend church because they do not feel accepted. Parents also may be concerned that the church staff and volunteers cannot adequately care for the needs of their child.

“Beyond Suffering,” designed by the Christian Institute on Disability and Joni & Friends, is unique in that it views disability and suffering through a Biblical lens, and is only taught by certified trainers.

Lisa Wickenheiser, M.Ed., a certified instructor and member of First Church, will teach the “Beyond Suffering” course. Lisa is a local educator who has a passion and personal connection to those living with a disability. See Lisa’s bio here.

The eight-week course will conclude with a field trip to the “Finding the Forgotten” exhibit at Joni & Friends in Mountville, PA. This free exhibit gives an immersive, realistic glimpse into five or six very personal disability journeys.

“First Church is blessed to have an active disability ministry,” said Tina Eaton, Director of Discipleship at First Church. “And we have a responsibility, not just to continue to grow our own ministry, but also to encourage and equip other churches in developing their own disability ministries.”

“Beyond Suffering” is open to all. You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to participate.

“Our dream is to build a network of churches in the local area that cooperatively work together to bring about God’s glorious plan for a fully inclusive body of Christ,” Eaton said.

Classes will be held at First United Methodist Church, 135 W. Simpson Street in Mechanicsburg. A brief orientation meeting will be held on Jan. 20, 2020. Course dates are Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 29, and March 2, 9, 16 and 23. Classes will run from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. The course concludes on March 28 with the field trip to Joni & Friends “Finding the Forgotten” exhibit. Find the flyer here.

The $35 fee includes a workbook, CD-ROM with valuable resource materials, and the cost of the field trip.

Learn more about “Beyond Suffering” at https://www.joniandfriends.org/ministries/christian-institute-on-disability/beyond-suffering/.

To register for the course, go to ttsu.me/ndcagr or contact Tina Eaton at adultministry@fumchurch.com or 717.766.4611, ext 104.

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