First Church Members Survey

Dear First Church Members,
Please fill out the survey.
Your thought and opinion matters as we continue in our shared journey of faith and ministering to the needs of our community with the love of Jesus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rejoice!


Welcome to 2022 everyone!
Rejoice in God’s goodness. Rejoice in His tender mercies and keeping power.
2021 is gone. 2022 is here with all its promises and possibilities for new beginnings in Christ Jesus.
Embrace it and be thankful for the opportunities to be a better you not just by making resolutions but by God’s grace to empower and sustain you.
Seek the Lord’s counsel and wisdom as you continue your journey of life and faith. The Lord is always near.
Always rejoice because of the Lord! I will say it again rejoice-Philippians 4:4.
May your year be enriching in every way to God’s eternal glory.

JESUS, The Reason For Christmas!

    When The Time Was Right, God Sent His Son…GALATIANS 4: 4-7

So it’s another Christmas season! Time to slow down and gather with family and friends. Time to give and receive presents wrapped in colorful wrap papers.
Time to start preparing to say goodbye to the old and welcome to the new season. What does Christmas really mean in a world where every celebration and holiday is increasingly becoming commercialized? What can we take from all the heightened activities of getting things on our  bucket lists done?
We do ourselves, families, friends and communities a great service when we focus on the real reason for the season. There will be no Christmas without Jesus, who came to save us from our sins and redeem us into an ever growing relationship with God. Christmas is CHRISTmas!
So, while we give and receive presents, as we gather round our tables to feast and catch up with family members and friends, lets remember and remind others in love that without Jesus there will be no Christmas. Without Christ there will be no reason to celebrate this wonderful season. Lets tell our children that Jesus is more than Santa Claus. He is no fairy tale. Let everyone know that by God’s eternal design when the fullness of time came, just when the time was right, Jesus was born in Bethlehem with a purpose to save anyone that will believe and trust in Him. This is the true and timeless love action and message of  CHRISTmas!

 

 

 

The Extra Mile Project/First Church of The Brethren Christmas Gift Wrapping For Vulnerable Children 2021

 

Gift wrapping Christmas presents from wish list of children whose parents are incarcerated and those from disadvantaged homes at the First Church.

Thanksgiving Reflections…

 

GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART!

Oh Give Thanks To The Lord, For He is good, For His Steadfast Love Endures Forever!
-Psalm 107: 1

This Thanksgiving, we have the opportunity to gather with family and friends unlike the past year in a more meaningful way. Fall ushers us into deeper times of reflections on our journey of life and faith as the year is about to come full circle. For followers of Christ, praise and thanksgiving should be a lifestyle because God’s love and grace is poured on us each day in diverse ways.
                 

The abiding presence of God and in our lives and the confidence it gives us is one sure thing to be thankful for. His bountiful blessings in diverse ways which includes family and friends is another thing to be thankful for.
Having a sound mind in Christ is something to be thankful for in the midst of all the chaos and craziness all around us. What about His forgiveness and the grace given to us to forgive and love others regardless of how they respond to us? How about His healing power and comfort in our pain and sickness? The list is endless because God’s love is endless! His love and mercies are new every single day.
As we prepare our hearts and tables for Thanksgiving this year. let extend the love, grace and mercies we so continually receive to others in need or lonely. Look around you and reach out to those in need of food or a kind gesture. Spread the love of God in tangible ways, remind people of God’s bountiful love through your intentional actions with gratitude for our own blessings beyond what we truly deserve.
Have a happy and a memorable Thanksgiving! May you reap a bountiful harvest of joy in giving to others and receiving from God from whom all bountiful blessings flow.

 

 

 

 

 

A Season For Reflecting…

HE has made everything beautiful its time. He has also put eternity into man’s heart….Ecclesiastes 3:11

Beautiful Fall Photo

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Welcome to Fall! A season to reflect on our journey of life and faith.
A season to celebrate God’s unfailing love and grace. A time to refocus on the things that are really meaningful and matter in life.
A season to fall in love all over again with our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ and share His love with others.
This fall, as we all reflect on God’s grace, goodness and faithfulness, lets resolve to love those around us in practical ways in response to God’s amazing love.
As we enjoy the changing beautiful colors of nature, may it remind us that we can always fall into God’s waiting arms and trust Him in all situations  and seasons of our lives for He makes all things beautiful in His time…

 

All Church Retreat-October 9,2021

All Church Retreat.

Family Fun Times At All Church Retreat!

Camp Brethren Woods-0ctober 9, 2021

The All Church Retreat was Cancelled in response to the rising Covid-19 cases in the area. We look forward to gathering as a church family at a retreat again.

Interim Pastor

Interim Pastor

First Church of the Brethren Welcomes Interim Pastor, Paul and Linda Roth!

Sing Me High Music Festival

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

A Celebration of Music and Faith From August  27, 4:30 pm- August 28, 9:30 pm.

Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center

The Bread of Life Series

John Chapter 6 Verses 1-35

Jesus, The Bread of Life! A three Part Sermon by Robert Alley. August 1-15 2021.