Christmas Eve Services
Candlelight Communion Services
Midday Candlelight Service
11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Offering the same special First Church Christmas Eve worship traditions as our 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 pm evening services, including communion, candlelight, and special music, this midday service provides an earlier alternative to our evening services.
Family Candlelight Services
3:30 & 5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows
Come join us for an evening filled with all our cherished traditions — candlelight, Christmas carols, Communion, and the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth. We’ll also have our kid-favorite Christmas Eve puppet show.
Traditional Candlelight Services
7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
The traditions of Christmas and the beauty of this night are enhanced by uplifting music and proclamation of the Word, celebrating Holy Communion, singing carols, and lighting candles. The Sanctuary doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service, and special music will be performed by First Church Brass and our own Peggy Graff on organ.
Christmas Eve Connections
10:15 – 11:00 am
2:45 – 3:15 pm & 4:15 – 4:45 pm
6:15 – 6:45 & 8:15 – 8:45 pm | Cellist Dace Sultanov
10:15 – 10:45 pm | Wesley Hall
Arrive early before the Christmas Eve services to get a good parking place, visit with your friends, and beat the rush! Join us in Wesley Hall for refreshments and beautiful music while waiting for the Sanctuary to open. The doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service.
Complimentary Valet Parking Assistance will be available from 10:30 – 11:00 am and 3:00 – 10:30 pm for anyone with mobility issues. Just turn into the Justin Building lot from 7th Street, and then come straight through to 5th Street where you’ll find the Valet Parking stand. You can drop your car off and take the ramp straight into the Sanctuary for all services. The doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service.
There will be no adult, youth, or children’s Sunday School classes on Sunday, December 24. The nursery will be available for 0 – Pre-K.
Monday, December 25 | Closed
Tuesday, December 26 | Closed
Wednesday, December 27 | 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 28 | 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, December 29 | 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, January 1 | Closed
Sunday, December 31
One Worship Service
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Join us as we combine our Traditional Worship, DiscipleChurch, The Gathering, and eleven:eleven celebration services to wrap up the year as one worshipping community.
There will be no adult, youth, or children’s Sunday School classes on Sunday, December 31. The nursery will be available for 0 – Pre-K.
The dawn of a new day. When the first glimmer of light makes its presence known.
The dawn of a new spiritual reality. When the first rays of God’s Incarnation in Christ herald the potential for new beginnings:
Love’s most precious gift.
Joy’s defiant smile.
New possibilities for Peace.
Through God’s love, just when our night seems darkest — dawn breaks anew. First Light.
“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” — John 1:9
We are forming a new UMW Circle to meet the needs of women who are in their 40s and 50s or thereabout.
Hennon “Gil” Gilbert
Mary Ann Stegall
Bobby “Blake” Cox
Feed the Flock in Memory of:
Joseph Plocica by Kathryn Ann Plocica
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Duncan Manning by Debbie Manning
Lou Friese by Joan and William Lanford
Rev. Sarah Andrews by Leigh Marks
General Fund in Memory of:
Dick Bayless by Dee and Carl Williams
W.L. “Bill” Hailey by Margaret Patison
Want to honor a special person or accomplishment?
Feel moved to make a gift in memory of someone you care about?
If you are interested in joining with others to explore the deeper truths in our soul stories, this might be just what you need as we finish 2021.
This Sunday is going to be another great day to be at First Church! The Gathering and Traditional services will be featuring our youth for Youth Sunday with our children’s choir singing in both services.