First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
An Evening in Scotland
Saturday, Dec. 9
There will be stories, music, dance, food and a silent auction. Featuring Amaryllis: the duo Anne Benson and Ken Steffenson who sing, and play fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, hammered dulcimer flute, accordion and piano. They’ll be joined by Eric Dam and his bodhran, a Celtic drum. Also performing are Dick Hensold (pipes), Lara Friedman-Shedlov, and Fer Horn (vocals). Dancing by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and the Fligmagaerie Step Dancers!
The concert starts at 7 p.m., and the silent auction will follow. There will be a free-will donation for the food.
Student Neighbors! Study Hall at First Church
On three days in December (December 14, 15 & 16) we will open our building 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 and light meals. Stop in any time during these hours and find a warm welcome!
During Advent we participate in a series of community visits in honor of Joseph and Mary’s travels around Bethlehem. Sign up in Pilgrim Hall for 2 consecutive nights – one to receive the visitors, and one to deliver them to someone else. Joseph and Mary are represented by dolls that travel from home to home. This is a great tradition, and a wonderful way to connect with others during the holiday season.
Our annual Christmas Bazaar returns! It will be on Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. With an emphasis on local and fair-trade gifts, our bazaar is always a fun and colorful Christmas shopping opportunity. Most of our vendors are congregation members and it is a treat to see what beautiful and interesting things people in our own community are making. A portion of vendors’ sales goes to charity, and last year we donated over $900! Shopping options include jewelry, Christmas tree ornaments, home-canned jams and pickles, pottery, art, knitted mittens and scarves, and other delightful offerings.
December 17- Lessons and Carols during worship service
December 18 – Longest Night evening service – 7 pm
December 21- Las Posadas neighborhood procession and fiesta
December 24- Christmas Eve worship service – Cocoa and cookies at 4 pm, Worship at 5 pm