First Church of the Brethren

What to Expect From Us

Ours is a church comprised of both liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not judge people or discriminate based on race or sexual orientation, and we have no political agenda; the church is meant to meet our spiritual needs, not our worldly needs.

We take the Bible seriously, although not literally. We are non-dogmatic. We have a semi-formal program, but we do not emphasize ritual. You can come as you are, casual, or formal; no one cares how you dress.

We do not pressure our congregants for donations. We take up a collection each Sunday, but giving is anonymous.

We are a small, informal, friendly, welcoming congregation. We welcome anyone to our church, regardless of life style.Our church is primarily, but not intentionally white, but we also have African American and Korean membership. You don't have to be Brethren, Protestant, or even Christian to attend our services. We have a separate Korean service, with a Korean pastor, conducted in the Korean language.

Our minister, Kevin Derr, is extremely interesting to listen to... he will not put you to sleep during the sermons. He is well educated (D.Min) and follows a teaching pattern that is designed to interpret the Bible in the context of the time in which it was written, helping us to understand the written word as it was intended, not as a series of sound bytes to be taken out of context.

Our service starts with several praise hymns, and we sing about three other traditional hymns at various points during the service. We have a virtuoso pianist who is truly talented and whose music enhances the service.

The service is only about an hour, sometimes a little longer. After the service there is “social hour” in the social hall with coffee and snacks (sometimes lunch) and conversation.

The church, though once large, is now reduced to about 20 to 40 people at an average Sunday morning service. There are about 60 active members, and many other inactive members.

We are open to anyone who wishes to join our community who believes in living a peaceful and happy life; people who need spirituality, peace of mind, a feeling of well being, and who desire a closer relationship to our creator.

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WORSHIP AND ACTIVITIES

Scheduled:

Sunday School: 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 AM
Social Hour Immediately Following Sunday Worship

Korean Congregation:
Sunday Worship Service: 1:00 PM

Special:

  • Love Feast and Communion twice a year with the Brethren tradition of feet washing which is optional, followed by a luncheon in the social hall. Held in April and October.
  • Bread & Cup Communion- an abbreviated version of Love Feast, held twice a year in January and June.
  • Good Friday evening service
  • Palm Sunday & Easter Services
  • Ash Wednesday service
  • Christmas White Gift Celebration with a musical program
  • Community Thanksgiving Service
  • Denominational Atlantic Northeast District Conference
  • Denominational Annual Conference
  • Atlantic Northeast District Disaster Relief auction at Lebanon Area Fairgrounds held in September
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