Scripture tells us that God is close to the brokenhearted and that God sets the lonely in families. The First Church family of believers is here to show the love of Christ through helping to meet the needs of those who are struggling.






Sometimes unexpected stress or emergencies can leave you in need of support. If you are seeking for care from a pastor through visitation or prayer, be sure to reach out to Pastor Rick.

Contact: Rick Waters, Pastor of Care | 570-322-3572 ext. 125


Partners in Care is a ministry of First Church dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with those having limited mobility. As a Partner, you will be paired with a home-bound member as a visitor and a friend. Requirements to be a Partner in Care involves visiting your partner at least once a month for a minimum of one year, and to pray for your partner daily. We are always looking for people interested in becoming a Partner in Care.

Contact: Rick Waters, Pastor of Care


Stephen Ministers are people with spiritual gifts of mercy, faith, and caring who have received thorough training to provide confidential one-on-one Christian care to you or someone you know experiencing difficult times such as grief, hospitalization, divorce, separation, job crisis, chronic illness, spiritual warfare, disaster or accident recovery, birth, adoption, miscarriage, and many more.

Your Stephen Minister listens, supports, cares, and prays; walking beside you by meeting with you for an hour weekly for as long as is needed. Stephen Ministry care is confidential and remains private.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the confidential care and support of a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Rick.

Contact: Rick Waters, Pastor of Care


Are you struggling with separation or divorce? Divorce Care is a 13-week support group you can join at any time. Meetings are held on Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the First Evangelical Center Room 104. If you would like to join, or have any questions, reach out to Lou Anne.

Contact: Lou Anne Barnhart, Group Leader | 570-323-5146