Sunday Services: Worship: 8:00 and 10:30AM, Sunday School 9:15AM. Nursey available during 10:30AM Service.

(September 16th 2018 -

May 19th 2019)

 St. Paul's United

Church of Christ

Mechanicsburg, PA


An Open and Affirming



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Lenten Reading Group: We will be reading Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited in our Lenten Reading groups this year.  We will begin on Monday March 11 and conclude on Monday April 15.  Two groups will meet each Monday, one at 1:00 PM and the other at 7:30 PM.  You can go to either group.  The Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman, among many notable achievements in his lifetime, met Mahatma Gandhi whose non-violent approach he embraced; helped establish one of the first inter-racial parishes in the United States, The Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, where he was co-pastor; became the first African-American Dean of March Chapel at Boston University which made him the first African-American Dean of a majority-white university in the US; also served on the Boston University School of Theology’s Faculty.  While there he mentored The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his associates.  Along with his Bible The Rev. Dr. King carried one book with him everywhere: Jesus and the Disinherited.  All are welcome to participate. Signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the commons.  Please indicate if you want us to order you a book (estimated cost $13.00.)  Questions, please speak with Rev. John or Pastor Allyssa.

Come enjoy an Evening with Kevin Neidig – Friday, March 22, 2019 (7 to 9PM) at St. Paul’s.  You have heard him play on Christmas Eve each year and now he will play for you his own songs in a concert/coffeehouse performance in our own Fellowship Hall.  All eats and drinks (non-alcoholic) provided for the $15.00 cover charge that benefits our St. Paul’s community Garden.  Put this on your calendar and then come experience the music!

If you would like to help the Easter Bunny by donating candy (individually wrapped textplease) or other stuffers (small enough to fit inside an Easter egg), please place your donations inside the box on the table in the commons by Tuesday April 9thth.  CE will be meeting Wednesday April 10th at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall to stuff the eggs.  If you would like to help stuff the eggs, please let Becky Thompson know – we appreciate the help!

Palm Cross Workshop (tentative) Thursday April 11th, 5:30 pm in the Commons.  Looking for a co-chair to assist Anna Thompson with the Palm Cross Workshop. The Palm Crosses we make are distributed on Palm Sunday.   If you can assist, please let Anna or Terry in the office know.

Maundy Thursday Service: Thursday April 18th at 6:30 PM. Entire Service will be in Fellowship Hall focusing on the Last Supper. Light Meal served.

Good Friday Service: Friday April 19th 7:30 PM Similar to the Tenebrae; light and shadow, readings, prayer and reflection.

Easter Egg Hunt: Holy Saturday April 20th, 9:50  AM – meet in Fellowship Hall.  Hunt will start promptly at 10 AM.  All children, toddlers through 5th grades, are invited to come out and hunt Easter eggs. Bring a friend!  Don’t forget your bag or basket to carry your eggs in. Youth 6th Grades and older, if you would like to help with the hunt, please let Allyssa Boyer know!

Easter Sunday April 21st - Sunrise Service:  6:30 AM at Simpson Park Pavilion Directions to Simpson Park: the park is in Upper Allen Township, 4.5 miles from St. Paul’s where the Yellow Breeches meets South York Rd. From Mechanicsburg, take South Market St. (Route 114) to where it intersects with Lisburn Road, at the bottom of the steep hill in Bowmansdale, continue straight through intersection (do not turn left onto RT 114 Lisburn Rd), you are now on South York Rd. Go under the railroad overpass and immediately make a left into Simpson Park’s parking lot. The Pavilion is up the path on your right.       

Early Service: 8:00 AM Worship with Pew Communion (gluten free available)

Late Service: 10:30 AM Worship with Pew Communion (gluten free available)

Easter Breakfast 9:15 AM St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall –

We hope you will join us at 9:15 AM in Fellowship Hall for our annual Easter Morning Breakfast. Everyone is invited! Drinks and place settings will be provided.  Ovens will be available to cook or warm hot items during the Early Service. Watch for the signup sheets coming soon to the bulletin board in the commons.  Please sign up so we have a count to set up for.  We will need some volunteers to help with set-up, cooking/serving and clean-up.


Again, this year, in order, to allow our clean-up crew enough time to get to the 10:30 worship or to go to family events elsewhere, we will be using paper plates and utensils therefore eliminating the need to wash anything. We ask that you bring your food in a disposable container or place your name on your container.  After the breakfast – the cleanup crew will clear the tables and move the dishes to the kitchen.  If there is food remaining in the dish, it will be placed in the Fridge.  Please remember to pick up your dish following the service.