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A Word from Pastor Joel on COVID-19

Updated March 27, 2020

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Updated March 18, 2020

Dear First Church Family,

On Monday evening March 16, Spiritual Council and Consistory supported my recommendation to cancel all in-person ministries, including Sunday morning worship, until further notice.

Our goal is to abide by current Ohio and CDC restrictions as long as they are in place. We make this decision out of love, not fear. Love for our church family and the New Knoxville community, and a desire to put your health and safety first.

Although in-person ministries are cancelled, we will continue our Radio Ministry. A small, predetermined group of people will put on a worship service so that we can still worship together as a church family, even if we are not able to gather together.

The broadcast is from 10:15-11:15 AM on T-102 (102.1 FM) and also on the iHeart Radio app. We will also post it to our website immediately after the service.

Please contact the church office via phone, email or reach out to us on Facebook if you have any questions or would like to talk with someone.


Pastor Joel Bucklin



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.

Sunday Leftovers

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