New Choir Director

We are excited to introduce Miss Holly Smith as our new Choir Director!

You may remember seeing her play the flute here as a guest musician in the past. On Wednesday evening she was able to meet with various members of the choir and bell choir. You will be seeing more of her around First Church in the coming weeks as she gets to know everyone.

She shared a few words of introduction with us:

“Originally from Upstate New York, I moved to Ohio in 2012 to attend Grad School. This is my seventh year of teaching Elementary School Music at New Bremen Local Schools. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Hartwick College (NY) where I specialized in Instrumental Conducting and Flute Performance; completed my Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University (OH) where I specialized in Elementary General Music; and received an Endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education from Muskingum University (OH). I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 7 years old and am abundantly blessed to have been sharing the love of Christ with others through music since 1999.” Cheers, Holly.

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.

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