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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.

Tough Questions of About Faith

Summer Series – June 1 – September 4

A few months ago I began asking the church to submit tough questions about the Bible or faith in general. You did not disappoint! Thank you to everyone who submitted questions or topics for the sermon series.

Below you will find a tentative schedule for the summer. I attempted to include everyone’s submission. Some of them were similar enough to combine and form a mini-series, others will be stand alone sermons.

My hope and prayer as we work through these questions is for us as a church to faithfully engage the Scriptures in a way that honors God and each other, and to demonstrate that God is big enough to handle our questions and doubts. Jesus told his disciples that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). I believe that if we honestly and earnestly seek the truth, we will always find Jesus in the end.   Pastor Joel

June 9-What is the Trinity?

June 16-Why did Jesus cry when Lazarus died?

June 23-Why is there good and evil?

June 30-What does it mean to be pro-life?

July 7- If God is first in our life then how should our priorities change? (Youth Pastor Tory preaching)

July 14 –Questions from the book of Revelation

July 21- End Times / Second Coming

July 28- Hell and the Devil

August 4- Heaven – Are you ready? (Youth Pastor Tory preaching)

August 11-Violence in the Old Testament

August 18- How do I defend and share my faith?

August 25- What is the Armor of God?

September 4- What are Spiritual Gifts?

Sunday Leftovers

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