Tuesday Morning Bible Study Starts September 22

The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi with Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel

Join us on Tuesdays beginning at 9 am in the First Church Ministry Center youth room.

There is no pre-registration – just show up! All are welcome to join us.

“Are you ready to begin your journey to a deeper faith? In this six-session video study (DVD/digital downloads sold separately), Kathie Lee invites you to join her as she visits sites in Israel that have impacted her life. As she shares her story, coauthor Rabbi Jason Sobel, a messianic Jewish rabbi, provides fascinating background details that make the story of the New Testament come alive. Kathie Lee and Rabbi Sobel will take you and your group beyond the typical “Sunday school” teaching to examine the true texts of the Bible.

Something profound happens when we follow along the ancient paths in the actual places where Jesus taught, healed, lived, died, was resurrected, and ascended into heaven. As Kathie Lee and Rabbi Sobel reveal in this study, Jesus is indeed the Rock and the Rabbi whom we follow along this Road in life. And when we are introduced to the mysteries of the Word by teachers who are trained in the ancient rabbinical way, radical transformation begins to renew our hearts and minds.”

Fall Sermon Series Starts September 20

Proverbs: Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life

We need wisdom now more than ever. We live in a world that is over saturated with information. Wisdom is knowing what to do with the information that is given to us. Biblical wisdom in particular, begins with our knowledge of the Lord. There is no better place to look for wisdom than the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

The authors of this Old Testament book make wise and practical insights into a number of topics, including the importance of our words and truth, how to handle money, the importance of self-control, and human relationships.

This fall, we will take a guided tour through the book of Proverbs and discover how God provides practical wisdom for everyday life.

Worship services are at 9 am on Sunday mornings. You can also watch via Facebook Live at 9 am or listen to the re-broadcast on T-102 FM at 10:15 am each Sunday.

New Bible Study – A Study of Prophecy

End Times – A Study of Prophecy begins on September 20.

10:15 am in the Ministry Center

This 12 Week study covers key ideas and highlights from the book of Revelation, Daniel and other scripture.

It examines thought-provoking teaching of core biblical concepts in prophecy. You will gain a foundational appreciation of God’s plan for Israel, the Church and the events that culminate the end of the age.

Email firstchurchnk@nktelco.net to sign up or on one of the clipboards in the church or ministry center.

Sunday School Resumes on September 20

Exciting Changes for our Sunday School Classes & Students this fall!

The Sunday school leadership team has been working hard over the last year on evaluating our Sunday school program.

We’re shaking things up in our classrooms and combining different age groups starting this fall.

What does that mean for your child / children? Here are the new age groups for each classroom.

  • Pre-K Class (Kids 3 y.o. to Pre-K) will be in the Pre-school room behind the sanctuary.
  • K – 1st Grade are in the Kindergarten room behind the sanctuary.
  • 2 – 3rd Grade are in the Primary room upstairs.
  • 4th-6th Grade are in the Old youth room upstairs.

Sunday, September 20 at 10:15 am is the first day of Sunday school! Parents please bring your kids to their new classrooms following the church service.

Another exciting change is NEW Sunday School Curriculum!

We’re starting a new curriculum this year in Sunday school called GROW! Grow is a three-year curriculum that takes kids through the major stories of the entire bible.

Grow focuses on helping our kids grow in their faith in four areas: spending time with God, spending time with others, using their God given gifts for the Kingdom, and serving the world around them!

We’re so excited for GROW and cannot wait to fill you in on all the details and why we love it so much at the Ice Cream Kick-Off Party on Sunday, September 13 following the church service! There are so many exciting things for our students, parents and teachers too!

A Word from Pastor Joel on COVID-19

We are glad you are joining us for worship!

Whether you are joining us in person or choose to continue worshiping with us by the radio broadcast or Facebook Live we are glad to have you joining us.

Each person, family, and situation is unique. Some people are ready to come back to church, while others may feel more comfortable worshiping from home for a while longer. Both options are perfectly valid. You need to decide what is right for you and your family, and First Church will do everything we can to minister to you either way. We are a family. We must respect and honor each other’s decisions. We are all in this together.

  • Masks are now required in the State of Ohio in indoor public spaces. They are available at the entrances. Exemptions are made for children under ten years of age and people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask.
  • All surfaces in the church will be disinfected and cleaned weekly.
  • Everyone will be encouraged to follow social distancing practices.
  • Families should sit together and keep distance from others.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances. Its use is encouraged.

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

Sunday Leftovers

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