FALL KICKOFF

This fall, we are seeking to regroup after the summer months as the community of First Church. We’ll be starting a sermon series titled, Wisdom, with a church-wide focus on Proverbs. Our goal is to experience unity through gathered and sent worship, personal study, student and youth ministries, and life groups in order to deepen our walks with Christ.

 

 

 

Join Us For Our Fall Kickoff

Proverbs is one of three books classified as wisdom literature in the Bible. But Proverbs is more than just a collection of catchy phrases that can be used for fortune cookies; they are passages revealing God’s divine wisdom through the human experience.

We will provide you with 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 toward developing a Godly mindset that will allow us to take the next faithful step amidst all the chaos.

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

FALL KICKOFF CELEBRATION

September 11

We’re celebrating the Fall Kickoff with a special combined service at 10:00 AM in the (FEC) Sanctuary to unite as one body of Christ and begin our new sermon series, Wisdom.

Following the Fall Kickoff Combined Service, at 11 AM, there will be a potluck lunch in Stryker Hall of the Christian Life Center (CLC), located at 601 Market St. The Fall Kickoff Team will provide hot dogs, toppings, and drinks; we invite you to bring a covered side dish or dessert to share!

On September 11, you can either drop off your dish directly in the (CLC) Kitchen, or drop them off on a cart located outside the (FEC). A committee member will then deliver all the carted dishes to the (CLC) Kitchen and store them properly.

There will also be a Youth Open House during the Potluck for any families interested in learning more about First Church’s ministries for children and students in Grades 6 – 12. You can meet our Children’s Minister, Courtney, and our Student Minister, Caroline, get to know the teams, and tour the facilities.

For our students in grades 6-12, there will be a special celebration to kick off the weekly fuse* gatherings on September 11 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 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!

"WISDOM" SERMON SERIES

Sanctuary & Online Worship

 

In this year’s Fall Kickoff series, we’ll be studying Proverbs, where we will be cultivating a mindset of Godly wisdom to help us navigate the challenges before us. When there is so much content thrown at us day in and day out, how do we make sense of it all? Seeking Godly wisdom will help us to put priority on the voice of God in our lives over the influences of our own comforts, biases, politics, self-importance, riches, and successes. 

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:

– TRADITIONAL SANCTUARY WORSHIP | Sundays, 9 AM | (FEC) First Evangelical Center — 604 Market St

– CONTEMPORARY SANCTUARY WORSHIP | Sundays, 11 AM | (CLC) Christian Life Center — 601 Market St

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

"WISDOM" DEVOTIONALS

Weekly, September 11 – October 30

 

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 download all the devotionals, click the button below.

Paper copies of the devotional will be available on August 28 and September 4, and in the church office during normal office hours.

DISCIPLE'S JOURNEY, STEP 1

Five Sessions Beginning September 11 | In person or Online

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 five sessions on Sunday mornings. The first session will be on September 11 from 9:00– 10:00 AM. The remaining sessions will be on September 18, September 25, October 2, and October 9 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM (during our Social Hour).

There are two ways to attend this course: in person in Room 202 in our First Evangelical Center building, led by Michelle Dixon, and online via ZOOM.

If you are interested in joining this year’s class, click the button below.

LIFE GROUP SIGN-UPS

Beginning September 11

 

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 ongoing 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

YOUTH

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):

KIDZONE | Beginning September 18 | Sundays, 9 AM & 11 AM | (CLC) Christian Life Center -- 601 Market St

Beginning September 11, 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) when the service is done.

"IGNITE" TWEEN BIBLE STUDY | Beginning September 11 | Sundays, 10 AM | (CLC) Classroom -- 601 Market St

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 18 | Sundays, 10 AM | (FEC) -- 604 Market St

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 Caroline.

Contact: Caroline Glazier, Student Minister

fuse* FALL KICKOFF | September 11, 6:00 - 8:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall -- 601 Market St

On September 11, there will be a special celebration to kick off the weekly fuse* gatherings from 6:00 PM – 8:00 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: Caroline Glazier, Student Minister

THE FAITH ZONE | Monthly on Wednesdays | WAMS

FaithZone is a monthly outreach event where middle school students receive a meal and devotional during their lunch period at school. Alongside classes that grow physical, mental and emotional health, this is an opportunity for students to consider their spiritual growth.

Contact: Caroline Glazier, Student Minister

ACTS NETWORK

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:

IF: TABLES

Women meet in groups either in their homes or places in the community to pause from their week, enjoy a meal, and discuss their thoughts on faith-based questions.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

VOLLEYBALL

Folks here participate in a brief devotional and built community through playing volleyball.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

THE WORD

This group consists of people who meet virtually to delve into deeper theological topics and concepts.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

FIRST NIGHT

An indoor, sit-down meal experience is open for anyone in the area who wishes to participate. This will involve eating together in community, then moving onto a time of worship, prayer, communion, and spiritual education using personal lessons and videos. 

Contact: Tyree KirkpatrickFood Service & Hospitality Coordinator

NURSING HOME GROUP

Sharlene Clapper leads this initiative to get to know the residents of local Williamsport Nursing Home.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

YOGA CHURCH

Folks here 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. 

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

CHURCH ON THE MOUNTAIN

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. 

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

HIKING

Steve and Sandy Bair host regular hikes around Williamsport to connect with nature and other hiking enthusiasts.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

COLLEGE DINNERS

Through college ministry, we aim to foster formative Christian spaces for college students. We do this by building personal relationships and inviting them to participate in worship, discipleship, and community engagement, through fellowship around dinner, Bible studies, and retreats.

A member of our leadership team hosts dinner at their home for college students to get off campus, enjoy a home-cooked meal, and play games.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister