Welcome to 2020! Our first blog of the new decade comes from Rev. Holly Bandel - Mission & Advocacy is moving full steam ahead. Consider how you can embody Christ through this type of ministry work this year. As we have entered 2020, our Mission and Advocacy ministry continues to... read more

Why Handel’s Messiah?

December 18, 2019

Inspired by last week's Service of Lessons and Carols, Dr. Andy Stoker shares some insights after taking a deep dive into the history of Handel's Messiah.  It had been years since I completed “Music Appreciation” class in college, so when Dana Effler was describing the musicology of Messiah by George... read more

T-14 Days Until Christmas!

December 11, 2019

We're just two weeks from Christmas Day, and Advent is in full swing at FirstChurch!  Don't miss the celebration! Sunday, Dec. 15 – Third Sunday of Advent All-Church Breakfast & A Service of Lessons and Carols 8:30 – 11 a.m. – Come enjoy breakfast and fellowship in Fiedler Atrium. There will... read more

This week, Dr. Andy Stoker offers some more thoughts on how to handle emotions and memories that this season often evokes. Below, Dr. Stoker speaks specifically on grief and how we can navigate in the weeks to come. My grandmother kept an 8x10 framed photograph of my grandfather on her... read more

The Truth about Gratitude

November 26, 2019

 As we get ready for Thanksgiving, Dr. Andy Stoker gives us some wise counsel on how to make the best of this week, and the holidays in the weeks to come. I was asked a couple of weeks ago: “What makes the holidays with my family so hard?” The holidays... read more