First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
First Church will be hosting four days of Study Hall hospitality for our student neighbors, this year on December 14, 15, 17, and 18. We will open Pilgrim Hall from noon to midnight to any student in the area who needs a quiet, safe, welcoming place to study. As an additional enticement, we offer free snacks, coffee, tea, and light meals.
Coming Up for Advent
December 16 – 10:00 am -Lessons and Carols followed by a Potluck Lunch. 12:30 Caroling with Our Elders.
December 17 – 7:00 pm – Longest Night Service- Contemplative service of healing
December 20- 5:30 pm – Las Posadas Fiesta – Costumed procession around the neighborhood reenacting the holy family’s search for supper. Followed by a warm supper and piñata!
December 24 – 4:00 Cookies, Cocoa and Fellowship. 5:00 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
On Friday Dec. 6 at 10 am Mary Latham from Contemplative Outreach will be leading a time of centering prayer in the parlor. All are welcome.
First Gallery in Pilgrim Hall will be graced with inspirational tapestries this winter, woven by artist Susan Gangsei. Susan uses her tapestries to tell stories about her life that are universal to humankind. She has been creating tapestries for more than 15 years and found that she enjoyed designing them as much as she enjoyed weaving them. These tapestries tell of life challenges that are overcome and illustrate loss and unexpected gifts. They talk about creation and re-creation that comes from grace.
The exhibition will be up for viewing on December 9, and the Art Team will host a reception for Susan Gangsei and her tapestries on Sunday, February 10, during coffee hour.