Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello, this service will feature traditional Christmas carols and anthems, the reading of the story of the birth of Jesus from the Christian Gospels, and a candle-lighting ceremony. It will be a quieter and more traditional service than the 4 PM service, with beautiful music provided by the Adult Choir, under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, organist/pianist Sanghee Kim, and talented guest musicians. An extended prelude of Christmas music will begin at 8:45 PM. Be sure to come early!
Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello and our DRE, Michele Cote, this service will be oriented towards our children. We will have lots of them participating as we act out the Christmas Story and create a Christmas Tableau. Our Junior Choir and Youth Choir will be performing, and there will be familiar carols for all to sing. We will conclude this service with the traditional candle-lighting ceremony.
We will dispel the darkness of the season with lively music and the presentation of our Annual Mummer’s Play under the direction of Pat Sorn. This is a great family service with lots of children participating. Worship will be led by Minister Tom Rosiello, Director of Religious Education, Michelle Coté, Music Director, Mike Pfitzer and Organist/Pianist, Sanghee Kim.
The Christmas story is a sweet story of the birth of a child and his promise for the future, but embedded in that story are some powerful messages about exclusion, inequality, power, class and peace. This morning we will look at Christmas through a social justice lens. Music will be under the direction of Mike Pfitzer at both services. Read more about The Social Justice Messages in the Christmas Story
Most of us are "doers" and patiently waiting does not come easy for us. Perhaps you consider "just waiting" to be a waste of your time but it can be the center of a powerful spiritual practice. The season of Advent is a time of spiritual waiting. In spoken words and beautiful music of the season we will explore this message.
We will gather in our beautiful candle lit sanctuary for this service of beautiful music and spoken words. The featured music will be Messiah Part I sung by our wonderful choir under the direction of Mike Pfizer and guest soloists Lindsay Conrad, soprano, Caitlin Felsman, mezzo-soprano, and Zachary Ballard, baritone. The choir will be accompanied by Malcolm Halliday, organist, and string players. There will also be an organ prelude and everyone will be invited to sing both a familiar carol and to join in the singing of The Hallelujah Chorus. Read more about MESSIAH Part I
David Miller will be our guest minister. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the historic rededication of the Temple after a long period of religious persecution; but what does it mean to remember the Temple's deliverance 2,000 years after its destruction? We will look at what Hanukkah has to say to all of us about the lights of hope, community, and dedication in an all-too-dark world. Read more about Like the Steadfast Star: Lessons from the Hanukkah Light
Please bring non-perishable food and toiletries to the service which will be collected & donated to the Stow Food Pantry
Together as an inter-generational community we will give thanks. We will sing traditional Thanksgiving hymns and be treated to a bounty of beautiful music from our FPC choirs and musicians of all Ages. Our minister, Tom Rosiello, assisted by our director of religious education as well as children and youth will lead the service. It will include the traditional ritual of breaking and sharing of bread which will be baked for us by the junior youth group. Read more about COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE COME
We will celebrate the bounty of the harvest and give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us. We will also acknowledge that both at the individual level and the level of our society, there are things for which we do not feel grateful. We will explore how we can live "grateful lives" even in times of struggle. Our vesper service includes the lighting of candles, readings, sharing, music and silence. This 45 minute service is the perfect way to end a busy day, and prepare yourself for a more meaningful Thanksgiving. The service will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello. Read more about LIVING GRATEFUL LIVES