Worship is a time to experience and respond to God. We embrace the fact that people connect to God through all kinds of ways and are united by our desire to have our lives changed inside and out.
Sundays, 10:00 AM | 604 Market St (Sanctuary)
Join us for worship in the First Evangelical Center (FEC) Sanctuary located at 604 Market St. This service includes a Biblically-based sermon, Scripture readings, prayer, and times for meditation. You can dress casually or wear your Sunday best; we want you to come as you are.
KIDZONE: Children aged 3 through 5th grade will be invited to go downstairs in the FEC during the sermon for a time of age-appropriate learning and then will be brought back upstairs for the end of the service.
FOR YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY: All necessary steps are being taken to adhere to CDC guidelines, but we cannot guarantee the safety of every person who attends. Therefore, if you are in a higher risk category or feel unwell, please make the best decision for you and your family about coming on a Sunday morning.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please enter through either the Packer St or Ross St doors. (The Ross St doors are reserved for the disabled.) The doors for worship open at 9:45 AM. When you arrive, a volunteer will be there to open the door and greet you. We ask that you sanitize upon entering the building and grab a mask if you don’t own one already. You’ll be directed to the Sanctuary, where we ask you to find a seat in a row that’s not been blocked off and about six feet between family groups.
Please pre-register for the Sanctuary Service. It’s so helpful when you do! When you are registering, we ask that you select either “Volunteer” if you will be serving in a specific capacity, or “Congregant” if you will be attending worship normally. If you cannot do it on your own on the computer, please contact the Church Office at either 570 – 322 – 3572 or [email protected]. If no one is there to take your call, leave a voicemail and someone will answer it later.
We encourage those who are comfortable doing so to worship in homes and to follow government guidelines related to social distancing and wearing masks. It is our way we can be sent out into our communities and invite family, friends, neighbors, and folks who aren’t connected to a church to worship. If you worship with a group in your home, please list the names of people worshiping on the Connection Card so that we can know who is staying connected to First Church.
Each house may choose to do worship differently, according to the context of their group. Some enjoy watching the entire worship video online. Some may watch just the sermon and have questions to discuss. And some may change it up from week-to-week.
If you’re interested in joining a group or starting worship in your house, click the button below.
Sundays, 8:00 AM/9:30 AM/11:00 AM
Worshipping online is a great way to stay connected in this time of social distancing. Every Sunday at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:00 AM, we premiere the same video with elements of singing traditional hymns and modern songs, Scripture-reading, prayer, and a Biblically-based sermon.
When you log onto the website, there will be a chatbox to the right of the video. We invite you to write in your name in the chatbox so you can interact with other congregants. You’ll see an online host greeting folks and providing helpful links throughout the service for things like the connection card, upcoming events, and giving.
We appreciate you filling out the card so we can stay connected with you!
Our podcast channel holds an archive of previous Sunday sermons
Get familiar with the songs we sing by listening to our Spotify channel
Baptism, Wedding, Funeral Services
In baptism, we reject the power of sin and begin our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ, transformed by the waters of baptism. We are cleansed of our sin and born into a new way of living. Whether an infant or adult, this is just the beginning.
If you are considering baptism as your next step, or are considering it for your child, we would love to walk with you in this process.
Congratulations on your engagement! We believe that the engagement period should be a time to focus on preparing for your life together, not for your wedding day alone. We believe that there is a sacred element to marriage because it is a means by which God’s grace and blessings come to us.
To come into a relationship with God in Christ is to “pass from death to life”. For this reason, when a Christian physically dies, he or she passes from an earthly relationship with God to a complete one.
When a relative nears death or dies, regardless if he or she is a church member, contact one of your pastors so that they might be present to offer prayers and comfort. Church friends, small group members, and neighbors also stand ready to help at this time.