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Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study is for adults all ages Sunday Mornings at 9 AM and Wednesday Evenings at 7 PM.
Sunday Mornings at 9 AM we have three classes to choose from.
Each class is diving in to the Bible learning different events and lessons taught throughout the pages. Join us to help encourage and equip one another in our journey of life striving for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Wednesday Evening at 7 PM we have two classes to choose from.
Our adult study that meets in the fellowship hall is diving into the Holy Spirit. Learning what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing and how He works inside our lives.
Our adult Connect Class is reading through Francis Chan's Book, Crazy Love. "With an urgency that seeks to awaken a sleeping church mire in the comfort of middle group, Crazy Love gets to the heart of the matter and leaves you wanting more - more of the matchless Jesus who offers radical life for all." - Louie Giglio
Our Benevolence Ministry is a committee formed to help our church congregation and surrounding community with financial needs. The committee does not have a scheduled meeting time due to the uncertainty of needs arising. Our mission is to be able to financially help people in this community during a time of crisis, always with spiritual support and Biblical backing.
If you would like to donate to the Benevolence Ministry please do so in the Sunday Morning Offering with "Benevolence" written in the other column of your offering envelope.
If you are in financial need please contact the church office for more information.
Faithful Widows was established by Donna Kemmer in 2015 after the loss of her late husband. Knowing she was not alone in the heartbreak and loniness of loosing a spouse, Faithful Widows was formed. Faithful Widows is a group of women who support each other. To talk with, to have someone to go with you so you are not alone, to understand what each one is going through and help each other through.
Faithful Widows meet the last Tuesday of each month at 2 PM at Donna Kemmer's house. For directions please call the church office.
If you know someone suffering from the loss of their husband, please contact the church, Donna, or tell them about our group.
Kids Time and Koinonia Kids
Kids Time is held every Wednesday evening during the school year from 7 PM - 8 PM. It if for all students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
The purpose of Kids Time is to share the love of Jesus with every child that comes thru the doors of the classroom and to equip them with the tools they need to become a disciple of Christ. Each night the children learn what it means to be a Christian through Bible lessons, activities and crafts. Some events throughout the year include a Fall Kick Off, Christmas Program and Vacation Bible School in the summer.
If a child would like to attend Kids Time but their parent or guardian is not able to transport them to the church we have a van ministry Wednesday evenings that is able to pick up your child and drop them off back home after class is over. Van pickup is available for New Bethlehem, PA area students.
If you would like to volunteer to help with our students please see Wendy Edmonds for more details.
Sunday School for Children
For students grades 3rd through 6th. Beginning at 9:00 AM, Sunday school is held in the fish class room located in the second classroom to the right from the sanctuary. Start your child's morning with Bible lessons and crafts to set the tone of the day with Morning Worship and Koinonia Kids to follow.
Koinonia Kids is held every Sunday morning during our Morning Worship Service during our Pastor's sermon. For toddlers through 6th grade.
Koinoina Kids is a phrase First Church likes to use for our Children's Church. The definition of koinonia is "Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians".
During Koinonia Kids children are split by their age group into different classes.
Toddlers 2 years - 3 years of age meet in the toddler classroom. (2nd door on the left when coming from the sanctuary)
4 years old through 2nd grade meet in the Kids Time classroom located at the far end on the building in the youth wing. (last door on the left)
3rd grade through 6th grade meet in the green classroom. (3rd door on the right from the sanctuary)
If you would like to volunteer to help with our students please see Sherry McCauley for more details.
All adult volunteers for Kids Time, Sunday School and Koinonia Kids meet the Pennsylvania Child Safety laws.
First Church of God's Library is located in our Narthex right beside our front entrance. Everyone is welcome to brouse our wide selection of Christian based books.
To sign out a book, please follow these steps.
- Sign your name and date the green borrower's card in the back of the book.
- Write the due date (1 month from today's date) on the white Due Date Slip in the back of the book. This is to remind you of when your book was check out and is due back to the church library.
- Place your borrower's card in the check-out card holder that is beside our card catalog.
- If you want to keep the book longer than a month, please sign your book out again and change your due date in the back of the book.
- Please place returned books in the return book slot in the front book case.
*We are not taking any book donations at this time due to limited shelf space.
"We seek to glorify our Lord, Jesus Christ, by enhancing the church's worship and teachings through the use of technology."
Media Technology Ministry (MTM) is a team of individuals working together to create a dynamic worship experience. Members of the team are present at every Sunday morning worship service at our church in some capacity. Media that is show to the church is created consistently by the Praise Team Ministry and by the church secretary.
MTM is often requested to be present during funerals and weddings that are held at the church, in addition to those working in the Sound Ministry, as those gathered often have pictures and music, DVD videos, and other presentations which can be shown via the projection and sound system.
MTM is ever present during special events held at the church, such as summer VBS programs, church campaign events, and other events in which information needs to be shared en mass with the congregation, often coinciding with worship and teaching.
In the future we hope to live stream and record our Morning Worship Services, thus gibing the church the ability to further enhance its reach to both the congregation and the world.
Media Technology Ministry is in need of more volunteers! If you are interested in working with our team of techs please see Sandor Cserr for more information. Computer experience is not needed but advised.
Missions of Love
Missions of Love is a committee formed of adults that provide support for bereaving families through preparing and serving funeral dinners, and also giving monetary help to people of the New Bethlehem, PA community in times of financial need. Missions of Love also provides congregational dinners and luncheons for our church family.
All members of Missions of Love are volunteers that have a love for helping others.
Meetings are held monthly on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Anybody is welcome to join Missions of Love, come join us for one of our meetings! See Shirley Neiswonger or EJ Wiant for more information.
Music and Worship
The Music and Worship Ministry's purpose is to glorify God by assisting and leading the congregation into worship that is filled with the Holy Spirit.
Music enables people to focus on the Father and enter into Spiritual worship.
We have a Worship Band that band plays and leads the congregation in worship, as well as a men's praise team and a women's praise team that leads the congregation in worship. If you are interested in being apart of our praise team, are saved and have a voice for the Lord, or if you can play a musical instrument and would like more information about our Worship Band, please visit the office to be put into contact with our worship leaders.
When we lift our voices to the Lord in praise and worship we know that He is pleased. Specials in our Sunday Morning Worship Service are times that talented vocalists or musicians can share their God given talents with our congregation. If you would like to sing or play a special song during service please contact the office to express your interested and to be put into contact with the person in charge of special music programming.
Sunday Morning Worship Services start at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary every Sunday.
Nursery and Toddler
Here at First Church of God we want to give parents a safe a nurturing place to take their children so they can worship.
We also want to teach our children about the love of God through the Bibles teachings.
Our Nursery is open and staffed every Sunday, unless announced. It is available for infants to the age of two. Bring your child to the nursery to calm, change or leave with our caregivers for the duration of Sunday Morning Worship Service. The nursery is located at the first door to the left when coming from the sanctuary.
Toddler class is head for children 2 years of age to 3 years old. Located at the second door to the left from the sanctuary. The toddler room is staffed for Koinonia Kids, that is held during the Pastors sermon time during Sunday Morning Worship. If you have an upset toddler before this time comes, during the service, you may take your child to the toddler classroom and stay with them until class starts.
During toddler class, we have a Bible lesson, crafts, sing songs, and play with your children. We want to give them a foundation in God's love.
If you would like to volunteer to be a nursery caregiver or toddler teacher, please see Cassie Faulk for for information.
All adult volunteers meet the Pennsylvania Child Safety laws.
Outreach and Pulpit Supply
Retired pastor, Harold Crawford is a member of First Church of God that is available to speak at churches that are in need of a minister. Pastor Harold preaches the word of God and is an ordained minister who's heart is for those who still need saving.
Contact First Church of God's office or Pastor Harold directly if you are in need of a speaker.
Pastor Prayer Partners
Saturday mornings beginning at 7:00 AM join a group of men in prayer for our pastors. Pastor Prayer Partners is a time to uplift our pastors and time of prayer for our congregation. If you have any questions about this group please speak to one of our Pastors or the church office.
Prayer Before Sunday Morning Worship
Join the pastors, praise team, worship band, and church members in prayer to lift up our Sunday Morning Worship Service and to welcome the Holy Spirit into our house of Worship. Meeting in the secretary's office around 9:50 AM each Sunday morning before service starts.
Women's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 PM. Coming together as women of Christ we are able to uplift and encourage one another. In October 2018 we started through the book, Me and My Big Mouth! by Joyce Meyers. Come out and join us travel though this book and learn more about a life as a Christian Woman.
What Would Jesus Do Nurturers is an outreach ministry helping the homeless in Pittsburgh, PA, every 3rd Saturday of the month. We provide hygiene products, clothing, and a hot meal to the less fortunate.
How can you help?
Food and money donations, and by volunteering to help cook and also traveling down to serve.
Sign up sheets for donations and volunteers are located on the Welcome Center in the Narthex.
Rest Home Ministry
The Rest Home Ministry bring the love of the gospel and worship to shut-ins in our local nursing homes. Every 3rd Saturday of the month we visit Edgewood Heights located in New Bethlehem, PA at 1:15 PM and then Clarview Nursing and Rehab Center located in Sligo, PA at 2:45 PM.
Bringing the life of Christ to our elderly is such a blessing. They love hearing the word of God and singing his praises. For they are not able to attend church anymore, so we bring church to them.
For more information on volunteering and all that Rest Home Ministry is able please see Pete Barrett.
Souled Out Youth
Grades 7th thru 12th
What does it mean to be Souled Out? When we accept Jesus into our lives and the Holy Spirit comes alive inside us we are then Souled Out!
Souled Out Youth Ministry's purpose is to show God's love to our community's teen, and to hlep them create their own personal relationships with our Lord. Being a Christian is a fun journey and that's what we try to share!
Wednesday Evening Youth Group
Youth Group is held everyone Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM in the youth room. We are studying through the Gospel Project that takes us through the whole Bible starting in Genesis and ending with Revelation. Each night we have games, prayer time and then dive into our lessons that connects to everyday life.
Throughout the year we attend Snow Camp in Delevan, NY, Thirst Youth Convention in Erie, PA and every other year the International Youth Convention of the Church of God. Many different activities are planned throughout the year to help our students grow up in Christ and with each other.
If a teen would like to attend Souled Out Youth but their parent or guardian is not able to transport them to the church we have a van ministry Wednesday evenings that is able to pick up your child and drop them off back home after class is over. Van pickup is available for New Bethlehem, PA area students.
Beginning at 9:00 AM, Sunday school is held in the youth room located at the far end of the building. Sunday school is a time of reflection and encouragement for your week to come. We study scripture and discuss how we are living our lives for Christ. Join us and lets encourage one another before we begin our next week, we would love to have you.
If you would like to volunteer to help with our teens please see Lynde Edmonds for more details.
All adult volunteers meet the Pennsylvania Child Safety laws.