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

First Church Pool Party

Sunday, August 11th

5-7 pm

We’ve reserved the New Bremen outdoor pool for an end of the summer pool party!

Come out and swim and have fun with your church family and enjoy the last days of summer before school starts and Fall activities arrive.

Guests are welcome so bring a friend!

We will have freeze pops, water and lemonade.  Concessions will NOT be open – you are welcome to bring snacks or non alcoholic beverages.

The New Bremen pool is located at 300 N. Jefferson St.

Columbus Mannerchor Choir Concert

The Columbus Maennerchor gave a Spring/Summer concert honoring the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Moon Landing.

Founded over 170 years ago by 12 young men, new Americans, the Columbus Männerchor has become the nations largest and longest continually active German singing society and social club.

Their appearance in New Knoxville was part of a yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and Neil Armstrong’s Walk on the Moon, organized by the 2019 Celebration Committee. For more information about more 2019 activities please visit www.firstonthemoon.org or, on Facebook, First on the Moon.

Sunday Leftovers

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