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A Letter from the Pastor – April 2018

Beloved, As we enter the holiest week on the Christian calendar, I am struck by the thought that we are presented not only with one of the greatest themes of hope born out of the worst and most impossible of circumstances, but that the account – the entire narrative – is based on relationship. Had Jesus sequestered himself, we would have no…

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,…

Service of Healing

Wednesday, December 20, 7:30pm Join us in the Chapel for a worship service of solace and remembrance. The festive season is not always a joyous time as we struggle to find a place for our anxiety, mourning, and a sense of loss amidst all the holiday cheer. This service is a space of comfort and safety for all who feel alone or…

Cleveland Youth Orchestra Concert

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1pm Free and open to the public! Please join us as we welcome the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, a full symphonic ensemble comprised of approximately 100 young musicians drawn from 38 communities in 11 counties across Northern Ohio. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) provides serious young music students of middle-high school age with a unique pre-professional orchestral…

Harmony Ringers Concert

Saturday, December 2, 3:30pm Please come and join us for a free concert by local handbell choir, Harmony Ringers! Under the direction of First Church member Christine Allison, Harmony Ringers formed in the summer of 2011 in Canton, Ohio after the folding of another area premiere handbell choir. Christine felt the need for those who were ringing, now without a more advanced choir,…

Hal Walker Concert (Free!)

Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:30pm As a part of our first annual concert series, Hal Walker will put on a fantastic show in our Meetinghouse! Free and open to the public so bring a friend along! Friends, please note that we will be accepting freewill donations at this concert to support the City of Akron’s benefit concert happening the same evening benefiting…

3rd Annual Ramseyer Farms Outing

Saturday, October 7, 2016 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine! Cost: $11/person. Cash, Visa, Discover and Mastercard accepted. Let us know you’re coming and what dish you’re bringing by signing up on the Church office by October 1! Upon arrival at the farm, let the staff know you are with First Church so you get the $1 discount at the door. Please give them…