First Church is proud to be a Community Contributor to this important virtual forum.  Guest speaker, the Rev. Robert E. Buckner II, will be presenting the principles behind Dr. King’s nonviolence social change movement and vision of a beloved community. Dr. King’s great sacrifice and contributions were the driving force for establishing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18
 join us as we explore these principles
and their relevance today.

Registration deadline is January 15. Sign up today:

A New Nativity for First Church

First Church invites you to experience the familiar manger scene through a new perspective by juxtaposing non-representational figures with a more traditional view of the stable where Jesus was born.  Installed on the church lawn at the corner of York and Church Streets, the Nativity will be lighted at dusk through Advent and the Christmas season.

Come and take a closer look and be reminded of God’s gift of hope in the birth of Jesus Christ.

The idea for an outdoor Nativity scene was born of our desire as a congregation to send a message of hope into the community . . .  an earnest and critical message in a year when so many are feeling hopelessness.  To learn more about how this modern Nativity came to be, please click on the following link:  Nativity Background

The figure of Mary being created.







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