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Advent Devotionals

Join other members of the First Church community as we all read the Advent devotional, Creator of the Stars of Night, a daily devotional from Luther Seminary. Pick up your copy from the foyer or office today or download the PDF version.

First Church & Akron: Our Shared History

On Saturday, November 11, at 11am we will host guest speaker and local historian, Dave Lieberth, who will share a talk “Inventive. Industrious. Inspired. 200 years of Akron History.” The city of Akron will celebrate its bicentennial in 2025, just eight years before First Church. Dave Lieberth, who is a former Deputy Mayor of Akron,…

Holiday Collection Drive

The holidays are almost here. Every year First Church supports 200 families and Open-M’s Christmas food baskets. This year we will be collecting 200 cans of pork & beans. Please bring your donations to the church office any day before Sunday, November 26. Any size can or brand is welcome.

Anniversary Celebration Service

On All Saints Sunday (November 5, 2023) First Church will hold one special combined worship service at 10am to celebrate the 190th Anniversary (this being the Sunday closest to the date of First Church’s date of incorporation on November 3, 1833), and also a fitting Sunday to remember the saints of the church both past,…

Open House Tours

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, in celebration of our 190th Anniversary, First Church will host a variety of Open House Tours of its historic 113-year-old building thanks to tour guides Sarah Vradenburg, Todd Brown, Eric Roberts, Organist Julie Lehman, and Rev. Nanette Pitt. Four guided tours will be offered on rotation: Nooks Tour Nooks &…

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your pet to church on Wednesday, October 4, at 6pm, for our Pet Blessing Service. The service will be held on the front lawn or, if the weather is inclement, in the First Church Chapel. Bring your pet along or bring a photo to celebrate, commemorate, and bless your pets as part of our…

Synod and World Communion Sunday

Join us on Sunday, October 1, 2023 for a special Sunday! Our theme: Love is Louder During both worship services, 9am and 11am, we will celebrate communion with Christians all over the world as we observe World Communion Sunday. Both services will be led by lay and ordained First Church members who attended this year’s…

Associate Minister Bobby with children

Children’s Faith Adventures Return

Join Children’s Faith Adventures on Sunday, September 17, for our annual Welcome Back Party. Parents/Guardians and their children are invited to join us after the Thoughts for the Young during worship. There will be crafts, games, time to get to know other families, meet the volunteers, and a whole lot of fun for all. Parents/Guardians, please plan on…

Feeding Hope Food Pantry Logo

Food Pantry Pots & Pans Program

The Feeding Hope Food Pantry is reestablishing the Pots & Pans ministry which pantry clients greatly appreciate. Donations are appreciated of pots and pans, roasting pans, baking pans, baking sheets, muffin tins, cooling racks, casserole dishes, mixing bowls, serving bowls. No dishes, please. Small appliances in working condition, such as toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves, blenders, slow cookers,…

Community Celebration Sunday

Save the date — Sunday, September 10 — and come for a morning of fellowship and community with one combined service at 10am followed by our 2023 Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social. All are invited to attend and share this opportunity to celebrate the year and look ahead together.