Wonderful Wednesdays in Lent

Wednesday Nights in March

Join us for Wonderful Wednesday’s at First Church

What is it?  It’s a free after school program for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade AND a community dinner open to everyone.

Download and print the registration for students here:  Wonderful Wednesdays 2020

There is no registration for dinner—it is free, open to the community and everyone is invited. – Dinner is served at 5:45 pm.

3:00 pm—Kids walk from school to church with volunteers.
3:15 pm—Snacks and game time
4:00 pm—Homework, crafts, & music
5:30 pm—Parents must pick up students in sanctuary.
5:45 pm—Devotion & dinner in Ministry Center

We are located at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville, Ohio   45871

This year our theme comes from Mark 12:30-32 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Here are a few photos from past years of Wonderful Wednesdays!

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Scripture Reading Plan for Lent

I will be preaching from the Gospel of Mark during Lent.

I encourage you to read through the Gospel with me as we work our way toward the cross and the resurrection.

Below you will find a reading plan that will cover the entire Gospel of Mark beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Good Friday.

I encourage you to join with us as we read the story of Jesus together. I am sure God will bless us as we dig into his word together.

Pastor Joel Bucklin


Scripture Reading Plan for Lent

February 26 – Mark 1:1–20

February 27  – Mark 1:21–45

February 28  – Mark 2:1–17

March 2  – Mark 2:18–3:12

March 3 – Mark 3:13–35

March 4 – Mark 4:1–20

March 5 – Mark 4:21–41

March 6  – Mark 5:1–20

March 9  – Mark 5:21–43

March 10  – Mark 6:1–13

March 11  – Mark 6:14–29

March 12  – Mark 6:30–56

March 13  – Mark 7:1–23

March 16  – Mark 7:24–37

March 17  – Mark 8:1–21

March 18 – Mark 8:22–9:1

March 19  – Mark 9:2–13

March 20  – Mark 9:14–41

March 23  – Mark 9:42–10:12

March 24  – Mark 10:13–34

March 25  – Mark 10:35–52

March 26 – Mark 11:1–26

March 27 – Mark 11:27–12:12

March 30 – Mark 12:13–34

March 31 – Mark 12:35–44

April 1 – Mark 13:1–31

April 2 – Mark 13:32–14:11

April 3 – Mark 14:12–31

April 6 – Mark 14:32–52

April 7 – Mark 14:53–72

April 8 – Mark 15:1–20

April 9 – Mark 15:21–47

April 10 – Mark 16




Seeking God First with our Treasure, Time, Talent, and Testimony.

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This is a timeless truth that applies to every area of our lives.

A steward is a wise manager, someone who takes care of resources that were entrusted to them. Stewardship, however, applies to more than just our financial resources. We are called to be wise stewards of our treasure, time, talent, and testimony. When we learn to put God first in these areas, God will use them for his glory and our good.

Join us at First Church on February 9, 16 & 23 for this new series.

An Invitation to Rest

Sabbath: An Invitation to Rest

We live in a world that never stops. Our calendars are filled with demands from school, work, sports, and family. We are addicted to our screens and social media. What little down time we have is often spent worrying about the next big thing on our to do list. Life moves at a hectic pace, 24/7/365 with no end in sight. Many people suffer the tell-tale signs of burnout. Is this how we were meant to live?

God shows us a better way. He invites us to establish a rhythm of work and rest that Scripture calls Sabbath. It isn’t about a new list of legalistic rules to follow, or even a particular day of the week. Rather, it is about trusting God with our time and resources. We were created to rest regularly so that we may remember who God is and what he’s done for us, resist the hectic pace of life that leads to burn out, and revitalize our approach to work and the rest of our weekly schedule.

Join us at First Church during the month of January was we study how to embrace God’s invitation for Sabbath rest.
Reading List:

  • The Art of Rest by Adam Mabry
  • The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
  • Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
  • 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth, MD

Advent 2019

Advent is just around the corner!

This season marks the beginning of the church calendar. It is the time to celebrate the arrival and incarnation of Jesus Christ and look forward to his return in glory. This year, we will once again reflect on the traditional Advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love.

December 1 – Hope (Advent 1)
December 8 – Peace (Advent 2)
December 15 – Joy (Advent 3)
December 22 – Love (Advent 4)

Join us at First Church of New Knoxville.  We are located at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville, Ohio.  Our morning worship begins at 9 am and is followed by Sunday school classes for all ages at 10:15 am.

You can listen to our broadcast on T-102 FM each Sunday at 10:15 am on your radio or via the iHeart Radio app.


Revelation: The Triumph of Christ

Revelation Study

Begins September 22

Sunday Mornings from 10:15 – 11:15 am in the ministry center

Led by Pastor Joel

The most often asked questions during our summer sermon series on Tough Questions came out of the book of Revelation. The books consideration of future events, as well as the unique symbolism and vivid visions, draws the attention of readers and makes it difficult to understand. Popular books and movies dealing with “end-of-the-world” type scenarios, both Christian and secular, also muddy the waters.

After spending a couple weeks this summer preaching on some main themes from the book of Revelation, I decided to offer a twelve-week Bible study during the Sunday School hour. Utilizing a study guide created by renowned Pastor John Stott, we will dive into the book of Revelation in greater detail.

If you are interested in wrestling with more tough questions, curious about the book of Revelation, or want to study God’s Word with other believers, join us on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:15 in the Ministry Center beginning September 22.


Operation Christmas Child 2019

This year, OCC is more than a Sunday School project. It’s an all church project!

Watch the video below and see the impact it has when a child receives a box.  Each box includes a 12 lesson discipleship message called The Greatest Journey.



We are encouraging everyone to fill a shoe box this year and have set a goal of 200 boxes.  You can pack your own box or grab one of the boxes available at the church entrances or in the heritage room.  If you don’t want to pack a box you can also donate items for the packing party on November 10 and let us pack the box for you.

Need Suggestions for items to pack?  Here are lists you can print and take shopping with you.

Shoebox Gift Suggestions Boy/Girl Age 2-4

Shoebox Gift Suggestions Boy/Girl Age 5-9

Shoebox Gift Suggestions Boy/Girl Age 10-14

Call the church office for more information! 419-753-2446

If you’re a radio listener and would like to be connected to a church closer to you that is collecting boxes please email us at firstchurchnk@nktelco.net and we will help you.

Connected – My Life in the Church

Beginning in October, several small groups will begin studying Connected: My Life in the Church.

This bible study by Thom Rainer takes a look at the book of Ephesians and explores what it means to be connected to each other in the church. We are the family of God, and my prayer is that this study helps us cultivate an even greater sense of family and community. Read this excerpt from the introduction to learn more about the study.

Unfortunately, most Christians have developed a faulty view of what it means to be a  church member. Many of us talk about our church in terms of what we get out of it. This consumer mentality focuses on the perks we gain from the church, which makes church membership sound more like club membership.

In reality, being part of the body of Christ means so much more.

The Book of Ephesians helps us see the true benefits that come from our connections to Christ and His Church. Within this study we’ll discover six ways that church members are connected: connected in Christ, connected in unity, connected in growth, connected through words, connected in service, and connected through prayer.

During this study you’ll discover that, through Christ, we are all truly connected in a way that lasts not just for a lifetime, but for all eternity.

Multiple groups will meet at different times  (both at the church and in home groups) during the week to watch a short video (6-7 minutes), read scripture, and discuss questions together. Each session will last about 1-1½ hours.

Group locations, dates, times and sign up sheets will be made available during the month of September.

To get Connected contact Pastor Joel today!  joel.bucklin@nktelco.net

Fall Sermon Series – Called into Community

Join us at First Church beginning September 8 as we study the book of 1 John and what it means to be Called into Community.

We live in an increasingly disconnected world. Even with smartphones and social media, we feel more separated than ever from the people around us. Our relationships are a mile wide and an inch deep. That is why the message of 1 John is an important now as when it was first written.

This letter, written by the Apostle John, reminds Christians that we have been brought into fellowship with God and each other. Not shallow, disconnected relationships, but real, authentic, life-giving community.

First Church of New Knoxville is located at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville, Ohio  Our morning service is at 9:00 am and is re-broadcast on T-102 FM at 10:15 am each Sunday.

You can catch up on any of Pastor Joel’s other messages on our website at http://www.firstchurchnk.org

Sunday Leftovers

Reflections on the Bible, life, and the church from Joel Bucklin