This fall, we are looking for a new beginning as the pandemic wanes, as school starts back up again, as we make new connections, and as we seek what God has in store in this new season. We’ll be starting a sermon series called In the Beginning, with a church-wide focus on Genesis 1-3. Our goal is to unify First Church on Sunday mornings, in personal study, in kid and youth ministries, and in life groups to all deepen, and perhaps reinvigorate, our walks with Christ.




Join Us For Our Fall Kickoff

The first chapters of Genesis give us a glimpse of our entire existence as human beings. We learn why we were created, how we were separated from God’s intent, and the significance of what was needed to bring us back into a whole relationship with God. Because these chapters are so monumental, we are going to give them special treatment. We are going to comb through the verses found in these chapters in a meticulous and intentional manner.

We will provide you resources and invite you to share in the study together as families, as life groups, and with an intentional focus between you and God as we work to go do deep in order to understand the whole story of God’s marvelous creation.

Are you looking to get involved? Check out the opportunities to get involved by scrolling below:


September 12, 10 AM  |  (FEC) Fellowship Hall — 604 Market St 

We’re celebrating the Kickoff with a special social hour in Fellowship Hall of the First Evangelical Center (FEC) on September 12 at 10 AM. Folks who attend the Traditional Service are invited to come at the service’s conclusion, and we invite anyone who attends the Contemporary Service to come early to gather at this time to hang out, grab a snack and get connected if you haven’t done so already. There will also be a craft for the kids!


September 12 – October 24, 9 AM & 11 AM  |  Sanctuary & Online Worship


In our Fall Kickoff series, we’ll be in the first three chapters of Genesis, which can help us answer some of the biggest questions about ourselves: Why are we here? Do we have a purpose? Why is there evil in our world? How was Creation intended to be?

We would love to have you join us for worship where we’ll be diving into these questions! You can join us in our Sanctuary or Online:

– SANCTUARY | 9 AM & 11 AM | (FEC) First Evangelical Center — 604 Market St

– ONLINE | 9 AM & 11 AM | Church Online Platform


Weekly, September 12 – October 12


This devotional features commentary, additional Scriptures, and questions for you to go deeper into each week’s passage. You’re invited to do this on your own, or work through it with a Life Group. To get each week’s devotional, simply click the corresponding button below.
Download Week 1’s devotional on Creation here.

Download Week 2’s devotional on Stewardship here.

Download Week 3’s devotional on Relationship here.

Download Week 4’s devotional on Paradise, Part 1 here.

Download Week 5’s devotional on Paradise, Part 2 here.
Download Week 6’s devotional on Hope here.


In-person & ZOOM options


Pastor Janet will be diving deeper into each week’s sermon topic with the Genesis Bible Study. The 15-minute teaching on the ZOOM class will be recorded and distributed to Life Group leaders via YouTube. If you’re interested in attending, contact Pastor Janet with your preference of attendance.

  • ONLINE | September 19 – October 24 | Sundays, 7:00 PM | ZOOM
  • IN-PERSON | September 21 – October 27 | Tuesdays, 10:30 AM | First Evangelical Center

Contact: Janet Durrwachter, Teaching Pastor


Beginning September 19 | Sundays, 10 AM | (FEC) Room 101


Study, converse, and explore the topics and scriptures highlighted each week during the “In the Beginning” series at Sunday School! Led by George Stauffer, this gathering will take place over the social hour (beginning at 10 AM) beginning September 19 in the First Evangelical Center Room 101. Anyone, regardless of age or knowledge, is invited to drop in and join!


Four Sessions Beginning September 19, 10 – 11 AM | (FEC) Room 202


We invite you to connect with God and others here at First Church through Step 1. If you wonder what connecting in faith in Jesus Christ is about or if you wish to connect as a new member, then Step 1 is for you.

The next Step 1 class will be four sessions on Sunday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 AM (during our Social Hour) beginning September 19.


Beginning September 12


The Bible teaches that the Christian life is one of community, not isolation. Groups are a means for us to make new friends, be a part of a caring community, and grow spiritually through the study and application of the Bible. New groups are forming regularly. Some are men’s groups, some are women’s groups, and others are mixed. Most groups are on going and you can join at any time. You can explore all our groups by clicking the button below.

If you’re not a part of a life group yet, would you prayerfully consider joining one? You can click the button below to sign up with your name and contact information, and someone will reach out to you shortly to connect you with potential groups!

Contact: Church Office | 570-322-3572


Wednesdays beginning September 15, 5:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall — 601 Market St

We will be continuing handing out free takeout meals at First Night on Wednesdays at 5 PM at the (CLC) until further notice. 

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement


I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

(3 John 1:4)

Every time we are with children, it is an intentional opportunity to share Jesus and his love with kids. We host many opportunities for children to play, connect with others, and learn about Jesus. As the fall begins, so does our regularly scheduled programs for our children and youth. Check out the opportunites below for your child(ren):

FIRST NURSERY SCHOOL | Beginning September 7, 2021
First Nursery School will be back in session beginning September 7. All the teachers are beyond excited to be with your child(ren) again!
SUNDAY KIDZONE | Beginning September 12 | Sundays, 9 AM & 11 AM | (CLC) Christian Life Center -- 601 Market St
Beginning September 12, KidZone will be available again during worship. While you worship, let your child learn about Jesus and play freely under volunteer supervision. Children 3 years of age through 5th grade exit at the KidZone announcement. Parents, please pick up your child at the (CLC) the service is done.
KID'S FIRST NIGHT | Beginning September 15 | Wednesdays, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM | (CLC) Christian Life Center -- 601 Market St

A children’s worship time held during the week, this is a time for children to experience fellowship with kids their age and worship in their context. Pre-K children spend time learning about God through a Bible lesson and a craft, while Elementary-age children connect God with a science experiment, a Bible lesson, and games. The Nursery will also be available for children up to 3 years of age during this time. Parents, please drop off your child at the back of the CLC.

KID'S CHURCH | September 19, 10 AM | (CLC) Stryker Hall -- 601 Market St
Our kids can experience a service specially designed for them with singing, dancing, a fun activity, and a Bible lesson. September 19 will be the kickoff day, with a Children’s Worship Service occurring on the third Sunday of every month following.
"IGNITE" TWEEN BIBLE STUDY | Beginning September 12 | Sundays, 10 AM | (CLC) Classroom -- 601 Market St

Beginning September 12, any students between the ages of 9 and 12 are invited to join in a Bible Study to get deeper into Scripture. For more information, reach out to Mike Rodgers.

Contact: Mike Rodgers, Bible Study Leader

fuse* LIFE GROUPS | Beginning September 12 | Sundays, 10 AM | (FEC) fuse*box

Students who desire to grow closer to others and God are encouraged to join a life group. Here, we dive deeper into the Bible in community with a fuse* Leader to learn more than what we possibly could on our own. Students are invited to meet at 10:00 AM in the fuse*box then break into separate groups from there. Leaders will connect with their students on their specific meeting room.

For more information, reach out to Matt.

Contact: Pastor Matt Lake, Lead Pastor

fuse* FALL KICKOFF | September 12, 6:00 - 8:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall -- 601 Market St

On September 12, there will be a special celebration to kick off the weekly fuse* gatherings from 6:00 PM – 8 PM in the (CLC) Stryker Hall (located at 601 Market St). Get ready for games, pizza, getting to know the volunteers, a life group competition, and catching up with friends. We hope you’ll join us as school starts back up again!

Contact: Pastor Matt Lake, Lead Pastor


Forming Christian Community Wherever God Leads

The Acts Network explores different forms of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. If you’re interested in experiencing worship in a new way, consider any of these opportunities:

HEALING HIKES | September 15, 22, 29 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Brandon Park Bandshell

Join Pastor Janet as Reverend Beth Jones leads Healing Hikes on Wednesday evenings (Sept 15, 22 and 29) starting at 5:00 pm. (Meet at the Brandon Park Bandshell Parking Lot.) These 2-hour hikes will offer a faith-centered wander in creation and will invite us to slow our pace and experience healing by spending time in the gentle support and beauty of the natural world. There is no cost to participate. To register, contact Pastor Janet.

Contact: Janet Durrwachter, Teaching Pastor

YOGA CHURCH | Fall Time TBD | (NC) Sanctuary -- 1157 Market St

As summer ends and the temperatures fall, Christian Yoga will transition from Saturday mornings at Brandon Park to a new time indoors at the North Campus Sanctuary. You can experience the centering of body and mind through gentle flow yoga led by certified instructor Ashley English Tobin, who specializes in intuitive movement. This type of yoga is all inclusive; anyone, regardless of age or experience, is welcome and able to participate. Please bring your own mat and a $5 donation (which will go toward a local non-profit).

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement

CHURCH ON THE MOUNTAIN | Last Saturday of the Month, 4:00 PM | Rider Park -- Caleb Creek Rd, Trout Run

Church on the Mountain meets once a month outdoors to center ourselves in Christ through nature-based observation and meditation. Led by Reverend Beth Jones, this is a great opportunity for worship, especially for those who feel connected to God in His creation. Be sure to bring a chair and dress appropriately.

Contact: Ben Conrad, Director of Community Engagement