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.

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.

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.

40 Day Prayer Covenant

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First Church is kicking off the 40 Day Prayer Covenant this Sunday, June 24th.

Follow us on Facebook where Pastor Joel will be doing a weekly video blog about the 40 Day Prayer Covenant.

We encourage you to engage with your children and pray the 40 Day Prayer Covenant with them. Check out the link for the kid’s version below!

Here is the Vision & Mission of the 40 Day Prayer Covenant!


To see the Prayer Covenant be a catalyst for an awakening to the supremacy of Jesus Christ as Lord throughout his church and his world.


To inspire and encourage Christ centered covenant prayer partnerships among adults and children that empower discipleship, transformation and evangelism.


  1. Consider praying this prayer for 10 days before sharing it with others.
  2. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and help you stop your sin patterns.
  3. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide and empower you to pray.
  4. Select a quiet place and time to pray unhurriedly.
  5. Find at least one prayer partner and hold each other accountable.
  6. Ask God to show you others whom you might invite into this Prayer Covenant.
  7. Ask your Heavenly Father for lifelong growth in prayer, wisdom, maturity, and love.

Download the Prayer Covenant Card Here!

Download the Children’s version of the 40 Day Prayer Covenant here!

For more information check out theprayercovenant.org

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Sunday Leftovers

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