Nativity Lighting Event



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


Advent Music Service & Brunch Buffet

Sunday, December 9  ~ 10:30am Worship; 11:30am  Brunch
Celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with Us!

We’ll be lighting the Candle of Love!Special Music during Worship with the Chancel Choir,  Handbells Choir, and  Children’s Choir plus Vocal and Instrumental Soloists.

Advent Breakfast Brunch following Worship in Wesley Hall.


An Advent Letter from Pastor Joe

See, God, I have come to do your will, O God.

Hebrews 10:7

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

During this Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Season, I will focus my attention on the epistle lessons of the New Testament.  Don’t worry.  We will read the traditional stories about Jesus’ birth (the annunciation, the birth, and the coming of the Magi) on Sundays and at our Christmas Eve worship services.

The Church has appointed Advent as a time to reflect on the Second Coming of Jesus which includes remembering his “First Coming” in the manger in Bethlehem.  Familiar themes include watchfulness, repentance, obedience, and restoration.

Over the millennia, the Church has adjusted its expectation of the Second Coming of Jesus.  The Apostle Paul was forced to do this as the first generation of Christians in his churches began dying.  But Paul never gave up on his hope of the Second Coming.

During Advent, we will be reading from two of the Pauline epistles and the epistle to the Hebrews.  These epistles encourage Christians like us – who are living between the two Advents of Jesus.  In the scant verses the lectionary provides us, many new themes emerge.  However there are three we will focus on:

FIRST ~ Restoring One Another’s Faith

This year has brought many changes to the lives of the congregation: job losses, medical diagnoses, and unexpected deaths.  As Americans, we consider faith a fairly private matter.  Paul did not.  As a pharisaic Jew, he felt Christians were obligated to assist each other in the faith.  Who at Church would you be willing to discuss your faith with and to receive encouragement from?

SECOND ~ Expressing Gratitude for Those Who Share in the Labor of the Gospel

Did you know that Elmhurst has over 30 Christian Communities?  During Advent, the worship committee will provide cards addressed to each of those communities.  They encourage you to take one card and write a note of appreciation and gratitude for those laboring in the vineyard with us.

THIRD ~ Following Jesus by Doing God’s Will

The countdown to Christmas has begun. Many of you probably have compiled your to- do lists and have begun checking them off.  Perhaps we could add this line to our Christmas list: follow Jesus by doing God’s will. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to ask how we ourselves are revealing our faith.

During this Advent may we affirm with Jesus and with one another:

See, God, I have come to do your will.

Christ’s Servant,