Posts by Pastor Nanette

The Passing of the Peace

You may have noticed that on Communion Sundays we’ve begun to “pass the peace” with one another. I thought it might be helpful to give a little background and context to this practice of turning to those around you at church and exchanging some variation of the words “Christ’s peace be with you” and responding with something like: “And also with you.”…

A letter from the Pastor … March 2018

Beloved, Seeking to capture the poetry of the original Hebrew, Everett Fox’s translation of Genesis beautifully captures the chaos that reigned before God breathed the Word that would begin to bring a sense of order to the earth: At the beginning of God’s creating of the heavens and earth, when the earth was wild and waste, darkness over the face of Ocean,…

Pride Festival and Equality March

Thank you to all our magnificent volunteers for organizing and running our booth, our marchers for representing First Church, and our Community Steelband for providing some awesome entertainment! Check out our Facebook page for photos from the day. Come represent and share God’s boundless love with the wider Akron community at the Akron Pride Festival…

Summer Worship & Picnic

On Sunday, August 20, we’ll spend a fun morning in worship and fellowship together at Lions Park Lodge, 641 Silver Lake Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. One worship service will be held in the air-conditioned, accessible Lodge at 11am followed by a picnic lunch, games, and socializing, with a splash pool for children. If you need a ride, please contact the church…

Women’s March on Washington

Waking up in the middle of the night, showering and dressing quietly so as not to wake the rest of my household, I tiptoed onto the porch to wait in the unseasonably warm damp until I saw Sarah’s lights winking up the road as her car navigated the slick dips of the bricked street. On…

Make the Story Yours!

Hello friends, I’m sorry that this picture isn’t great — we were all too busy getting into the story to plan good pics! But I hope it manages to convey what a great time we had last year at First Church’s first Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant. I hope you will join us this coming Sunday morning…

Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer

Heavenly Father/Mother, on Thanksgiving Day we bow our hearts to you and pray. We give you thanks for all you’ve done especially for the gift of Jesus, your Son. For beauty in nature, your glory we see for joy and health, friends and family, for daily provision, your mercy and care these are the blessings…

Advent Begins

The Season of Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar each year and begins on Sunday, November 27, this year. The Latin word “advent” means arrival or appearance, the coming of something or someone. Each year Christians set aside four weeks as we anticipate and prepare for Christmas, our celebration of Christ’s coming into…

On days when things scare us

Today Deborah Anderson, a church member who works with me in the church office, shared this helpful prayer: Prayer for Protection The Light of God surrounds me. The Love of God enfolds me. The Power of God protects me. The Presence of God watches over me. The Mind of God guides me. The Life of…