Nativity Lighting Event

 

NATIVITY LIGHTING

Please join us on Facebook at 4:00 pm Sunday afternoon on December 6 for the live-streaming of a special service: The Lighting of our new Nativity Scene on the church lawn.

This event is a Christmas fundraiser for
Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry
Bridge Communities
The Night Ministry.

Your Christmas gift designated for the Nativity Lighting will be shared equally in support of these essential ministries. 

The lighting itself will be at 4:30pm. Please drive-by then or anytime during this season of preparation. Visit our modern crèche which provides a beacon of light for the coming of our Lord.

Are you missing communion when you worship at home?

You can celebrate All-Church Communion at Home
Drive-Through * Pick-Up * No-Contact

Let Us Break Bread Together

The sacraments — which have been blessed by Pastor Joe — are individually wrapped and sealed, complete with juice and wafer.  Look for a bin on a small table under the portico outside the North entrance to the church.  Containers of hand sanitizer will also be on the table.

  • Drive-up any time during the pick-up days (see dates below)
  • Sanitize your hands,
  • Take as many individually wrapped pieces as needed for your family,
  • Replace the lid.
  • Simple as that.
  • Take your sacraments home.
  • Set them out as you prepare for the virtual service at 10:30 am.
  • Click on  First Church on Facebook 
  • Share in the bread and the cup with Pastor Joe during Communion.

Communion Pick-Up Dates
for Service of Holy Communion on December 6
Tuesday     December 1      10 am to 10 pm
Friday          December 4      10 am to 10 pm
Saturday    December 5      10 am to 6 pm

 

In-Person Worship at First Church

To ensure the safety of our congregation for in-person worship during this pandemic, First Church has created a ReTurn plan which includes a shortened service, limited attendance, and requirements for face coverings and social distancing. On Sunday mornings, the Worship Team will be recording attendance, providing a sanitizing station, and seating you in especially marked pews.  There will be no bulletins or other materials handed out.  When you enter the Sanctuary, you will be able to drop your offering in the offering plate by the door.  On Communion Sundays you will be able to pick up your individually wrapped communion cup and wafer.  At the end of Worship, you will be asked to exit to the parking lot.  Please greet your fellow congregants while standing by your car.

September Sermon Series

When you let loose your breath, they are created,
    and you make the surface of the ground brand-new again.     
Psalm 104:30

Creation and the Christian

Season of Creation Series
Sunrise at Richard Bong State Recreational Area (Photo by Brian C. Smith)

For two thousand years, Christians have confessed God as the Creator of Heaven and Earth.  Yet, we have often disconnected our confession with our practices and ethics.

This series will proclaim that the the Spirit is breathing life into creation, suffering with creation and renewing all creation.  Worshipers will be invited to align themselves with the activity of the Spirit.

Sunday Themes and Scriptures

Sept. 6                 Forest  Sunday   Genesis 2:4b-22; John 3:1-16

God has placed us in creation.

Sept. 13               Land Sunday      Genesis 4:8-16; Matthew 12:38-40

Our sin infects and causes creation to suffer.

Sept. 20               Wilderness Sunday   Joel 1:8-10, 17-20; Matthew 3:13-4:2

Joel’s laments are hauntingly prescient.

Sept. 27               River Sunday      Revelation 22:1-5; Matthew 28:1-10

Our salvation is on earth, fully restored by God.