Dear Friends,
As we enter a new year, I am excited about some upcoming events.

New Member Orientation
If you’ve decided that you would like to become a member of First Church, or if you simply want more information about membership and the church, you are invited to attend.
• Sundays, January 12 and 26, 10:10 – 10:50 a.m. (between worship services)
• Please let us know for planning purposes by contacting the church office.

Scout News
• Boy Scout Sunday will be celebrated at First Church on Sunday, February 9 at both services. To prepare, the scouts will be collecting food for our food pantry. Our Troop #41 Scoutmaster, Brian Cook, is being awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America. This award is given to adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the Council. It is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service. Congratulations Brian!
• Girl Scout Troop #2495 is collecting books for Sunshine Acres, a Christian non-profit home for children. This is part of their Girl Scout Silver Award program. Books may be left in the church office.

Congratulations Jesse Ary
Jesse Ary, a member of First Church for over fifty years, will receive a most prestigious award on January 16. He will be given the D r. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award. We want to congratulate Jesse on this award. On this MLK weekend we are particularly grateful to those who have helped our society grow in terms of civil rights and who continue to lead in ways that address our current challenges.

In Christ,
Denny Silk, Pastor