Sunday Morning Worship

Our Sunday morning service is held from 9:15 through 10:15 AM in our sanctuary.

This service offers a blend of traditional elements, confessions, and statements of faith. Sermons are taught in series with a Biblical background and a focus on daily life application. Music is provided by our four vocal, three handbell and chime choirs representing children, youth, and adults. Instrumental accompaniment is by piano, organ, and other instruments on occasion. Communion is celebrated eight times a year for all who profess faith in Jesus. A number of special services to enhance holidays and special events are scheduled as well.

After the service, a time for fellowship is provided with coffee, juice, snacks, and conversation in the narthex.

Preschool children, kindergarten and younger, are encouraged to attend the first portion of the service until the children’s sermon. Then they have the choice of remaining in the service or leaving for an age appropriate nursery for the remainder.


Sunday Evening Service

Our Sunday evening service is held from 5:30 through 6:15 PM in our chapel.

This service offers an informal and intimate atmosphere with elements of drama, dialog, and prayer. Meditations are taught in series with both Biblical background and present application. Music represents a variety of contemporary forms and instrumentalities. Communion is offered on the same evening as for the Sunday morning service.

At this time, there is no separate childcare provided for our Sunday evening service.


Communion

All who believe in Jesus and wish to follow his request, that we share communion in his memory, are invited to partake.

We celebrate communion eight times each year:

  • Epiphany (early January)
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Pentecost (late May),
  • Mid-summer (August)
  • World Communion Sunday (early October)
  • First Sunday of Advent (Late November or Early December)

Baptisms

Water in the baptismal font is blessed and some of this water is used to baptize the child in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

This rite, undertaken before children reach spiritual maturity, derives its authority from a covenant among the parents, the congregation, and God. Parents and the congregation promise to raise the baptized child with Christian love, instruction, values, and example. It is essential that baptized children confirm their faith upon maturity.

Baptisms take place during Sunday morning worship. Parents or sponsors of the child should be members of First Church. The process begins when the family contacts the pastors or church office to schedule a date that meets the needs of the parents and takes into account the church calendar. Pastors will meet with the family at least once prior to the baptism to become familiar with the family, ensure that they understand the meaning and accept the responsibilities of baptism, and familiarize them with the format of the baptismal service.

We encourage the role of godparents and invite them and extended family to participate in the service. We expect the family of the baptized child to raise the child according to the promises made during baptism and to participate regularly in the life of our church (party to the covenant) or, if necessary, in another of like faith.

First Church also offers adult baptism. In this case, the liturgy will include a statement of Christian faith by the baptized adult. If the adult also desires membership in First Church, their baptism can be incorporated into a service for receiving new members. The individual would first participate in a new members’ class and then be received into membership after baptism.

Funerals

All three pastors, are available to conduct funerals for First Church members or their families. Often the family first contacts a funeral home of choice and then the funeral director contacts the church. Depending on the preferences of the family and the availability of the pastors, a pastor or pastors will be chosen and a time and place will be set for the funeral. Prior to the funeral, the pastor or pastors will meet with the family to plan the funeral service. This service can be in the church, at the funeral home, and/or at graveside. A funeral luncheon can be provided at the church if the family requests such a gathering.The two funeral homes with which the church works most closely are:

Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home

C. R. Strunk Funeral Home