Pastor’s Blog

Ohio “Stay At Home” Order Implications

OHIO “STAY AT HOME” ORDER IMPLICATIONSfrom Rev. Nanette Pitt and Moderator Larry Becker We are writing with an important update about First Church activities. Earlier today, March 22, Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH signed an order for Ohioans to “stay at home.” The Governor explained many of the common sense exemptions that will…

Another Update Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are writing again with an update about additional measures we will be taking at First Church in response to the latest recommendations by public officials and the Center for Disease Control to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). Come, Come, Everybody Worship… We will not worship together in person until further notice. That said, we will still have church! We are the church no matter where we are…

An Update Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please read the latest news about First Church closures from Pastor Nanette and Moderator Larry. We are writing with an important update about First Church activities. Yesterday, March 12, Governor Mike DeWine announced that he has ordered all schools (kindergarten through 12th grade) to close beginning on Monday, March 16, lasting through Friday, April 3. In addition, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy…

Emergency Preparedness at First Church

At our recent Congregational Meeting on January 12, staff offered an update on emergency preparedness at First Church. This marks the beginning of a phase in our ongoing safety and security work that includes the whole congregation — sharing information and offering training. Safety, security, and emergency preparedness routinely needs attention over the life of a church community, not out of a…

Holy Week: An Expanding Tradition

The first Christians or “followers of the Way” as they were known, observed only one special occasion each year: Jesus’ resurrection or what we now call “Easter.” In time, the first liturgical season morphed into being. It was a season of preparation for this holy day and it became the practice of many Christians, especially…

A Response to Violence

Beloved, The past days have brought distressing news. Many of us gathered in solidarity and worship yesterday morning and will keep doing so every Sunday as we yearn for peace, justice, and kindness in this broken yet beloved world. In light of the mass murder at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, I encourage you to reach out to…

A Letter from the Pastor November, 2018

Beloved, As we approach this Thanksgiving season, I have been praying about the word “appreciation.” Hearts filled with appreciation move quickly and easily to thanksgiving and it spreads within communities. As Voltaire wrote: “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” In church revitalization there is…

Season of Creation

On Sunday, September 9th, I shared a message entitled, Gathered for Goodness. It’s the first in a new season we’re trying out at First Church – the Season of Creation. Starting with that Sunday, and covering the next few weeks, we will be coming together for the Season of Creation. It’s celebrated annually by tens…