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Oct 19, Oct 26, and Nov 2, at 7 PM | First Church YouTube Channel

In an increasingly divisive world, it is more important than ever to stay grounded in our identity as God’s people. One way we can be reminded of who we are is through prayer. For the next three Monday evenings at 7 PM, all are invited to a digital gathering on YouTube led by Pastor Matt for a time of prayer. Prayer for our country, the church, and our culture. 

Anyone can view the live-stream, but to comment, you must have a Google account, which you can sign up for here.

Find the links for the upcoming sessions below:


October 29, 6:00 PM | 1157 Market St — (NC) Sanctuary

Each year every United Methodist Church is required to hold either a church conference or a charge conference in order to comply with denominational requirements. This gathering is designed to give an understanding of the following year’s ministry plans and structure for a local church.

A charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of only the members of the church Lead Council. Whereas a church conference invites participation of all the members of the congregation beyond just the church council members.

Per the directions of our current district superintendent this year in light of the ongoing pandemic, we are being asked to hold a charge conference and not a church conference. This is different than what we have done in the past due to COVID. Specifically, District Superintendent Paul Amara has stated:

“This year, I am asking all presiding elders and church leaders to conduct charge conferences. By so doing, we will limit the congregating members to fewer people gathering in one place as we try to follow the State and Conference COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.”

This year our annual charge conference will be held on Thursday, October 29, at 6 PM at the North Campus.

Would you please be in prayer for this charge conference gathering? If you should have any questions related to any charge conference matter please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our Lead Council members to let your voice be heard. The current voting members of our Lead Council are: Tom Wallace, John Best, Allison Keppler, Steve Takach, Steve Tallman, Jen Rodgers, Mark Thompson, and Vicki Stea.


Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 7:30 PM | ZOOM

All high school students are invited to join in a 4-week study called, “Faith in an Anxious World.” This study will be Sunday evenings beginning November 1 at 7:30 PM. If you would like the ZOOM link, please contact the Church Office.

Contact: Erin Mowrey, Office Manager



Help spread the joy of Christmas to those in need. This year, we have several opportunities to give back:

  • Family Promise Coat Drive
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Angel Tree

Learn more about these programs by clicking the button below.


Sundays, 10:00 AM | 604 Market St — (FEC) Sanctuary

Join us for worship in the (FEC) Sanctuary! 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.

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. 

You must pre-register to attend. 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.