We look forward to a wonderful Christmas season at First Church! During the week of Christmas, there will be limited office hours:
December 23, closing at 4:00 p.m.
December 24, closing at noon
December 25 through December 27, closed
December 30, closing at 4:00 p.m.
December 31, closing at noon
January 1, closed
If you have questions or need special access to the building, please contact the office at 717-766-4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are invited to a special Cru mission presentation on Sunday, December 1 from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the multipurpose room. Hear from our church missionaries serving with Cru, regarding their overseas mission and their work to connect people to Jesus at West Chester, Eastern and Cheyney Universities.
Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) is an interdenominational Christian parachurch organization for college and university students. Cru has active communities on 1,740 college and university campuses. For more information about Cru, visit their website at cru.org.
First Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve services:
5:00 p.m. Family Service – Tailored to families with young children, includes candle-lighting (battery-operated candles available)
8:00 p.m. Service of Christmas Eve Simplicity – A quiet service with communion, instrumental music, candle-lighting and time for prayer
11:00 p.m. Service of Light and Wonder – Communion, candle-lighting and carols sung by our choirs
“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year. Composer Isaac Watts wrote the words based on Psalm 98, calling us to sing a “new song” in celebration of the coming of the Lord into the world.
Join us for worship this December as we discover the depths of “joy” we proclaim whenever we sing these ancient words. As we “receive our King,” we find joy in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion – a message the world so desperately needs. Click here to view a trailer of this series. Find the Daily Reading Plan here.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Dec. 1 First Sunday of Advent Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy (with Holy Communion)
Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14
Dec. 8 Second Sunday of Advent Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy
Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12
Dec. 15 Third Sunday of Advent Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy
Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46b-55
Dec. 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy
Isaiah 7:13-15, Matthew 1:18-25
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve The Lord Is Come: Incarnate Joy
Isaiah 52:7-10, Luke 2:1-20
Candlelight Services: 5 p.m. (Family) 8 p.m. (Informal) 11 p.m. (Traditional)
Dec. 29 First Sunday after Christmas Wonders of His Love: Compassionate Joy
Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13-23