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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…

Thanksgiving Sunday Nov. 18

Join us on November 18 for Thanksgiving Sunday! PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE SERVICE AT 11AM ON THANKSGIVING SUNDAY! Please RSVP below: If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kasey Kalchert, Congregational Life Coordinator or sign up in the church office.

Wednesday Night at the Movies — October Titles

If you enjoy thought-provoking cinema, please join us for Wednesday Night at the Movies. This month, we will be enjoying the following films, with discussion to follow. Three short films on October 3 White Cane: Vanessa is a passionate, talented dancer who happens to also be blind. She meets Danielle, who yearns to dance but struggles to translate her passion into movement.…

Church School

Church School at First Church is officially in session! Each Sunday, children ages pre-K through 8th grade are invited to attend Church School. Children attend the 11am worship with their families and after the Children’s Moment are invited to follow their volunteer teachers for Church School. This year, the preK and kindergarten aged children will engage in their spiritual journey, using the…

Flu Shots at First Church

Flu Shots at First Church. On Sunday, October 21, in the Conference Room, the Sand Run Pharmacy will partner with the Parish Nurse Team, offering the influenza vaccine to everyone older than the age of 7. The high dose influenza vaccine will be available for those who are 65 and older. The Parish Nurse Team will also be available October 21 for…

Hymn Sing Sunday

Hymn Sing Sunday will be on October 28, 2018, at the 11am worship service. Please email a short list of hymns you would like to sing to Julie Lehman and Pastor Nanette. Please respond by Monday, October 15. Feel free to include both the hymn title and hymn tune, if you know it.

Fall Outing: Apple Picking

On Saturday, October 27, join us for some Northeast Ohio Fall fun at Hillside Orchard in Hinckley. We will meet at 11am outside the farm store. Please plan to purchase your own bushel bag for $25, which can hold up to 25 pounds. Our group will meet outside the store around 11:30am with our bags and head into the orchard. Afterwards, there…

Award Winners!

First Church is the proud recipient of a 2018 Beautification Watch Award from Keep Akron Beautiful. This award was created in 1983 to recognize the individuals, organizations, and businesses that consistently work to keep their publicly visible property clean and beautiful. We were selected as one of the 2018 institutions that exemplify the following: being litter free, having well-maintained flowers, shrubs and/or…

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…