Journey with us this Advent season as we seek to cultivate hope, peace, joy, and love in our lives, to be prepared to experience the birth of Jesus.
Our Christmas Offering (from the Christmas Envelopes and Online Christmas giving) will be evenly split to support First Church and Expectations.
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17, 10:00 AM | 604 Market St
This Bible study is designed to focus on the nature of Jesus through the lenses of four different roles. These roles are categories the Bible uses to help describe who Jesus is and the significance of Jesus’ story to God’s ultimate mission and our relationship to God. These four roles are that of the Prophet, the Priest, the King, and God. This course will be approaching questions like, “What did the ancient audiences come to expect from people who took up these roles? How did Jesus take on these roles? How are we supposed to reflect elements from these roles in our lives?”
This course will be a deep dive, but it will also be moving swiftly through the bigger picture story of the Bible to trace themes around these roles. In general, each week will start in Old Testament texts to develop and understanding of the ancient audience’s expectations around these roles, then we will move into the New Testament to see how Jesus met or didn’t meet these expectations. If you are interested in Bible study and historical context, this will likely be of interest to you.
Each week will include both lectures and discussion. There will be varying levels of engagement you will be able to select as “homework.” Resources will be offered and suggested for you to engage with as you can in order to prepare for each week. If you have any questions, or wish to participate, please reach out to Ben.
Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Connections
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS SERVICE
December 17, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM | During Sanctuary Worship
This year’s Children’s Christmas service will be held during both Sanctuary Services at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The kids will help lead worship through music, prayer, and Scripture. Then, they will be dismissed to celebrate Jesus’ birthday at Kid’s Church. Any child aged three through third grade is invited!
Contact: Courtney Wynn, Children’s Minister
FIRST NIGHT CHRISTMAS DINNER
December 20, 5:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall — 601 Market St
This week’s First Night will be a dinner experience to celebrate the Christmas story in community with singing carols, retelling the Jesus story and candle lighting.
Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network & College Minister
December 21, 7:00 PM | Marcello Home
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with the folks from Church on the Mountain. This is a nature-based Christian experience featuring meditative elements designed to help us reconnect with God and nature. We will gather around a fire, enjoy community and refreshments, and reflect on the longest night of the year. Please bring your own chair and a blanket.
Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network & College Minister
December 24, 10:00 AM | (FEC) Sanctuary — 604 Market St
This Sunday, we’ll be having a combined worship experience and share in a carol sing, Scripture, prayer, communion, and lighting the “Love” Advent candle.
Nursery and sparkzone will NOT be available for this service, and there will be no children’s worship bags.
December 24, 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM | live.firstchurch.cc
You’re invited to experience the excitement of Christmas, in the comfort and safety of your home. We are offering worship in an online format incorporating the beloved traditions of the holiday: Christmas carols, a brief message, and candle lighting. You will be able to watch with others virtually and share any comments in the chat bar.
The same pre-recorded video will premiere on Christmas Eve at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM. The Online service will be available on this page on Christmas Day.
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
December 24, 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM | (FEC) Sanctuary — 604 Market St
Celebrate the joys and traditions of Christmas in community. This service is traditional in style and worship: a brass ensemble and organ accompany our chancel choir leading the hymns that anticipate the coming of Christ. Scripture, prayer, a brief message, and candle lighting are also included. The 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM services are identical.
The Nursery will be available for children ages 0-3 at our 3:00 PM service, but not at our 5:00 PM service. There will be no sparkzone at either service.
Children of all ages are welcome to worship with their families; they will be given a children’s worship bag. Glow sticks will be in the children’s worship bags if children are unable to handle candles during the candlelighting portion of the service. Parents can pick up a worship bag at the spark table located in the (FEC) Lobby.
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
December 24, 7:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall — 601 Market St
Celebrate the joys and traditions of Christmas in community. This service is contemporary in style and worship: a worship band will lead songs that stylistically fit the context of the service and anticipate the coming of Christ. Scripture, prayer, a brief message, and candle lighting are also included.
The Nursery and sparkzone will NOT be available for this service.
Children of all ages are welcome to worship with their families; they will be given a children’s worship bag. Glow sticks will be in the children’s worship bags if children are unable to handle candles during the candlelighting portion of the service. Parents can pick up a worship bag at the spark table located in (CLC) Stryker Hall.
Here’s more information on what to expect on the Sundays following Christmas:
December 31, 2023
- Jubilee Service: We will meet in the (CLC) Stryker Hall to celebrate our ministries and get a glimpse into our focus for 2024. The Nursery and sparkzone will not be available for this service. Children of all ages are welcome and will be given a fun worship activity.
- Online Worship: There will be a specially-designed pre-recorded worship service celebrating our ministries and getting a glimpse into our focus for 2024, formatted into a digital experience.
January 7, 2024
- Sanctuary Services: Beginning January 7, our Sanctuary Worship schedule will resume normally: our Traditional Service occurring at 9 AM in the (FEC) Santuary and our Contemporary Service occurring at 11 AM in (CLC) Stryker Hall.
- Online Worship: Our Online Worship schedule will resume normally, with the same pre-recorded service showing at 9 AM and 11 AM.