Sunday Worship 8:00 am and 10:30 am.

Sunday School for Children

&  Adults at 9:15am.

Nursery at 10:30 Service.

 St. Paul's United

Church of Christ

Mechanicsburg, PA


An Open and Affirming



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 Our first gathering of the Lenten Reading Group will be Monday, February 19 at 7:30 PM and the afternoon group on February 26th at 1:00PM. This year we will be reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit Priest and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California.  He works with young men and women who were or are part of gangs in that area, and through Homeboy Industries, gives them a chance at some different choices.  Your perceptions of these young people may well change a great deal. While this book tells their stories, it is also a reflection on Father Boyle’s understanding of God and how God works in and through us, through all people.  His insights are powerful and moving.  You most likely will shed tears reading his reflections and connections between our theology, what we think about God, and how that is shown in life and in the lives of the community of people he works with. This book surprised me in its depth of spiritual wisdom.  He quotes many great spiritual writers throughout, and he is one too, and he makes that leap between what we think about God and how we can see God at work in the world in others and through us.  Take a chance on this one. Peace, Rev. John

Palm Cross Workshop, Thursday March 22nd, 5:30 pm in the commons– Come join us and assist in making the crosses that will be handed out on Palm Sunday.   If you would like to practice on paper before coming, check with Terry in the office for the directions. No problem if you would rather wait till you come on  the 22nd.  Come out, learn something fun to make and enjoy some fellowship and refreshments with your church family.  This is something all ages will enjoy!

Help is needed to pin the Palm Crosses on before the 8 am & 10:30 am worship services on Palm Sunday, March 25th.  If you can assist, please let Terry know.


Order forms to sponsor EASTER FLOWERS can be found on the bulletin board in the commons.   We are getting the flowers from Paulus Farm Market again and the cost is the same as last year: Lily - $6.75, Tulips - $6.25, Daffodils - $5.75 & Hyacinths – $5.75.  The deadline to order is Sunday March 25th. The Easter Flowers that you sponsor will be available for pick up after the 8:00 or 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Thank you for purchasing the flowers that will help beautify the Sanctuary on Easter Day.

Maundy Thursday Service:

Thursday March 29th, 6:30 PM - Entire Service will be in Fellowship Hall focusing on the Last Supper.  Please sign up on the bulletin board in the commons so we have a count to set up for.

Good Friday Service: 

Friday March 30th, 7:30 pm -  Similar to the Tenebrae; light and shadow,  readings, prayer and reflection. In the Sanctuary.

St. Paul’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 31st beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m.  All children, toddlers through 5th grades, are invited to come out and hunt Easter eggs.  Bring a Friend.  It will be held rain or shine. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the commons to give us an idea on how many are coming. If you forget to sign up, no problem, come anyway we always have lots.  This is just to give us an estimate! If you would like to help the Easter Bunny by donating candy or other stuffers (small enough to fit inside an Easter egg), please place your donations inside the box in the commons by Tuesday March 20th.  The hunt starts promptly at 10 AM on Saturday March 31st, so plan to arrive in our Fellowship Hall no later than 9:50.  Don’t forget to bring a basket or bag to put your goodies in.     Youth 6th Grades and older, if you would like to help with the hunt, please let Allyssa Boyer know! Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

March Match-ness is Back!
This month, winter college sports seasons will draw to a close in frenzied style. We at Gather the Spirit for Justice want to maintain that spirit with a month-long fund drive to support the programs and services provided by Common Ground Community Center and Common Ground Café.
Last year, a generous sponsor challenged all GTS donors and volunteers to support Common Ground Community Center and Common Ground Café with a dollar for dollar fundraising match. This year, the match is back!
From today through Saturday, March 31, the first $5,000 donated to Gather the Spirit will be matched dollar for dollar by our charitable supporter. That means that a $35 donation to support the photo ID program becomes $70. A generous $50 contribution becomes $100. EVERY donation, no matter how big or small, becomes double the amount to continue our mission to provide services to our neighbors in Allison Hill!
Remember, all contributions are tax-deductible and every dollar of your support stays in Allison Hill.


April 1st: 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.      

Easter Services at St. Paul's: 8:00 AM  & 10:30 AM Pew Communion

Easter Breakfast  9:15 AM:

in Fellowship Hall. No time for breakfast before or after the Sunrise Service (6:30 AM) or Early Service (8:00 AM)?  Want to enjoy someone else's breakfast specialty while sharing yours with others?  Then  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. We will need volunteers to help with set-up of the tables, cooking/serving and clean-up.    Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the commons, please sign up so we have a count to set up for.

This form must be used when ordering Geraniums. It can either be obtained in the Commons or copied and printed from here. Your check made to: New Hope Ministries and this form must be returned to Ken or Karen Allision by April 9, 2018.

Adult 2 Updates:  Sunday, April 8th, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Gender Conversations with Children

Gender is something everyone thinks they understand, but most people really don’t.  In fact GENDER is a tough subject to tackle.  There are many facets to consider, a lot of pressures at play, and we have all been conditioned in such a way that our first instinct is often wrong.  It's difficult to understand it ourselves, and explaining it to our children can present additional challenges. Join the Adult 2 Sunday School class to learn more about Conversations with Children.  Molly is a clinical psychologist specializing in working with clients on issues around gender and sexuality.

All are invited to attend.  For additional information, please email Shirley Keith Knox at

Join us for a movie and discussion April 15th, from 4:30-7:30 as Katie Couric sets out across America to meet with leading scientists, physicians and experts to answer questions about gender and gender identity. She speaks with everyday people who find their lives and bodies on the front line of a changing world. This film examines the role of science, society, and culture on gender, shedding light on stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, and love.

SPOM Fundraiser April 19, 2018

You can Register To Walk or Sponsor A Walker at the link below. Search for "St Paul's UCC" when you Register or Sponsor a Walker.

St. Paul's Youth 30 Hour Famine

St. Paul’s youth will grow closer to God and each other as they fast together for 30 hours to fight hunger. The fast will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 27th. We’ll meet at St. Paul’s at 7:00 pm, sleep over in the church, and do local food aid mission work on Saturday. We’ll break our fast with a meal at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Adults, we could use your help: supervising youth on Friday evening; sleeping over at the church; driving youth; or bringing in a covered dish to share with us Saturday evening. If you can help in any of these ways, or if you are a youth who would like to participate, please email Allyssa Boyer at  Help to make St. Paul’s 19th “Famine” the best one yet!


ST. PAUL’s ON A RUN - Put on your running (or walking) shoes and join St. Paul’s on the Run at the Race Against Racism.  The race supports the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  The 5K run/walk, which begins and ends at Soldier’s Grove behind the State Capitol Building, will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 beginning at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee $26 but receive a discount if you register prior to March 31st. Make sure you select St. Paul’s on the Run as your team when you register. Contact Kathy Aumiller (717-580-6292 or with any questions. 

Adult 2 Updates:  Sunday, April 29th , 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Understanding Islam & the Hadee Mosque Community in Harrisburg

Guests from the Hadee Mosque in Harrisburg will join the Adult 2 for discussion about Islam.  Our conversation will include the following topics:  1) What does your faith teach about compassion, love, and community? 2) How do you read your holy book - the Koran - in a literal sense?  We look forward to learning more about the Islam faith and the Hadee Mosque community. 

All are invited to attend.  For additional information, please email Shirley Keith Knox at

.ONA 15 Years:

Join us on Sunday May 20th in celebration of the 15th anniversary of our church becoming and Open and Affirming Congregation. The ONA Committee is organizing a special service in commemoration. Please stay tuned for more about this significant event in the life of St. Paul's UCC.