Sermon Series: Living Faithfully in a Fallen World

Peter wrote his first letter to Christians who were scattered throughout the Roman Empire. He encouraged them to live faithfully in the face of persecution, hardship, and suffering. In many ways, the lessons that Peter shared with those believers apply to us today. Our commitment to follow Christ may put us at odds with the prevailing direction of our culture.

Join us on Sunday mornings as we study 1 Peter and discover how to live faithfully in a fallen world.

Giving Tree

Grab your Giving Tree tag from the tree in the heritage room or see the wish list below.

The tree this year supports Elizabeth’s New Life Center Women’s Center in Sidney. The center is a pro-life, non-profit pregnancy resource center that helps women to navigate unexpected pregnancies. The consultants at the center encourage each mother to choose life for her child, providing her with assistance in her spiritual, material, educational, and medical needs. These material needs include baby clothes, diapers, wipes, bottles, and many other essential infant care items.

We ask that your family share the joy of Christmas by donating an item listed on the Giving Tree ornament of your choice or wish list below.

The items do not need to be gift-wrapped; they are used to help those in need throughout the year. Please return your donated items to the heritage room or ministry center by December 27, 2021.

Advent Devotional – Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies

Advent is a season of preparation and waiting. There is no better way to prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord than to read scripture together.

This year, we invite you to read Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies by Robin Ham. This Advent devotional focuses on the book of Ruth. Here is the description from the back cover of the book.

“We’re all familiar with the Christmas story, but do you know the story behind the story?

Tucked away in the Bible, hundreds of years before Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus, is the story of a girl called Ruth. It’s a story that rings true to our world ― a story of sadness and tears, even of death, but also a story of where hope can be found in the darkest places. A story that points us forward to the promise of a king.

Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies takes us on an Advent journey through 25 daily reflections. Each day has a short devotion, a suggested prayer and links to a response song. Come along to Bethlehem and discover the hope that shines brightly even on the darkest of nights.”

First Church purchased 200 copies to give away for free. You can pick up your copy at church starting on November 28th. You can also stop by the office during the week. Take a copy for your family and we invite you to give them away to family, friends, and neighbors who need to be encouraged. We pray that this devotional helps you find hope during this Christmas season!

Faith Statement Sermon Series & Small Groups

Sermon Series: We Believe… starts on September 12.

This sermon series will explore what we believe, why it is important, and establish a Biblical foundation for our church to build on.

Want to dig deeper? Join a small group to study the Statement of Faith in depth and discuss what it means for us as individuals and   as a church family.

Small group times and locations are listed below. You can sign up at the info center in the sanctuary or by contacting the church office.

  • Sunday mornings @10:15 am (Sunday School hour) Led by Mark Schrolucke and Carolyn Lammers in the church social room.
  • Sunday evenings @ 5:30 pm – Led by Brad Hoge and Pastor Joel in the ministry center youth room.
  • Wednesday evenings @ 7 pm – Led by Stan Reineke and Michelle Dillon and either the Reineke or Dillon home.
  • Thursday mornings @ 10 am – Led by Pastor Joel in the ministry center youth room.

Wonderful Wednesday Meals

Wonderful Wednesday Community Meal & Harvest Party October 276 pm

This month there’s a little extra happening for the kids at Wonderful Wednesday! Join us for dinner and the kids get to have great fun with apple races, pumpkin ring tossing, face painting, & marshmallow on a string eating contests.

  • When: October 27
  • Where: First Church of New Knoxville Ministry Center
  • Time: 6 to 7 pm.
  • Dine in with us or pick up a meal to go at the side door of the building.
  • If you can’t pick up but would like a meal delivered please call the church office at 419-753-2446

Menu for October 27th

Cheesy Potato & Vegetable Soups, Hot dogs, Salad, Chips & Cookies

We can’t wait to see you! First Church of New Knoxville is located at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville, Ohio.

The meals are open to the community. Join us for dinner or pick one up for yourself and even one for your neighbor!

Ask The Pastor

Questions sometimes arise as you are listening to the sermon on Sunday mornings or reading a passage in the Bible.

  • What did Pastor Joel mean when he said that?
  • How does this message apply to my life?
  • What other Scripture passages support the main idea of the sermon?

Now you can “Ask the Pastor” by calling or texting (419) 405-FCNK [3265].

Leave a voice message or text for Pastor Joel and he will answer your questions regarding his teaching and preaching.

He may respond to you directly, or answer questions on his blog or a Facebook Live post. We hope this will be a great way for you to continue to interact with the sermon and deepen your understanding of God’s Word!

You can also submit a question or prayer request via our Contact Us page.

Sunday Leftovers

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