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First Churchers are a family and community that seek to identify how “God is Still Speaking” in our lives, our community, and our world at this time in history.

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Annual Meeting: February 23

Our Annual Meeting will begin Sunday, February 23 during our normal worship time. This is an experiment aimed at making it easier for more church members to participate in the Annual Meeting. As always, all people are welcome! Just be aware that our worship service will be brief (about half an hour) and will not include some of the normal worship elements (including a sermon). Hope to see you there!

The Season of Lent: For God So Loves the World

Lent at First Church is a season of spiritual renewal, community, dedication, and joy. Please consider making these gatherings and events part of your Lenten discipline:

For God so loved the world that God gave God’s only child that everyone might know real and abundant life. —John 3:16, paraphrased

Years of display at sporting events and other public gatherings have both weaponized and trivialized John 3:16. In fact, it is the best and and most profound news: God loves the world! God loves the world so much that God has given us everything!

Lent is a traditional time of focusing on spiritual renewal. This year let us be so focused on God’s love for us and all the world that we are transformed, renewed, and energized by that Love—for the sake of the world. Each Sunday we’ll focus on a different aspect of God’s love, and each Sunday you are invited to bring an object or other representation of something you love, or something or someone in need of God’s love. Together, we’ll create a Lenten altar in the sanctuary to inspire us throughout the season and beyond.

Come and experience God’s love at these Lenten services and gatherings:

Ash Wednesday, February 26: God Loves a Clean Heart
Ashes to Go at noon in the Chapel, from 1 to 2 at the Black Sheep; service at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Sunday, March 1: God Loves Creation

Wednesday, March 4: Reimagining the Bible: Fresh Takes on Old Stories, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 8: God Loves Relationship

Sunday, March 15: God Loves the Lowly

Wednesday, March 18: Reimagining the Bible: Fresh Takes on Old Stories, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 22: God Loves the Lost

Sunday, March 29: God Loves Life

Wednesday, April 1: Reimagining the Bible: Fresh Takes on Old Stories, 7 p.m.

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5: God Loves the Humble

Maundy Thursday, April 9: God Loves the Hungry

Service of Foot-washing, 5 o’clock
Simple Supper: 6 o’clock
Service of Tenebrae: 7 o’clock

Good Friday, April 10: Community ecumenical service at noon, location TBD

Easter Sunday, April 12: God Loves New Life

Advent

Advent is an invitation: a divine summons to desire, to acknowledge the constant craving implanted in your heart. Quiet encouragement to be still. A gentle wake-up call to wonder. Holy permission to put down all the things you think you should be doing for God and, instead, simply revel in God’s love for you and our world.

What does it mean to identify as Christian?

Join in a discussion as we explore together what it means to identify as Christian, and wonder aloud about whether it is even important to do so. We’ll also talk together about how we live openly and whole-heartedly as Christians. No homework- just come to one, two, or all four gatherings hosted by the GIFT ministry team. October 5 and 20 after worship; October 9 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the lounge.

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 5 at 11 a.m. Bring your beloved animal companions -on leash or in a crate- to the front of the church for this annual blessing.

Youth lead the Day of Sharing service

The Youth Group led worship on September 15, sharing moving reflections about their experience at Broad Street Mission in Philadelphia.