Through the Word and Holy Spirit, God gathers us into a community. As disciples of Jesus Christ we are called to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), to encourage one another and to build up each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and to love each other with mutual affection (Romans 12:10).
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Coffee and Conversation
Sunday morning after worship people gather in Zimmerman Hall. This is a great time for fellowship and to get to know one another.
Tuesday Bible Study
People get together to read and discuss a passage from the Bible. Often the passage of the Bible will be the scripture text for the following Sunday's sermon. This is an open forum; visitors are always welcome. Sept – June @ noon.
Lenten Bible Study
Small groups get together, at private homes or at church, during Lent for fellowship, study, discussion and prayer.
A weekly list is distributed to the consistory and others with the names of members and friends of the congregation who are hospitalized, homebound or otherwise in need of prayer. Requests can be made by contacting the church office.
Congregational Care Team
This is a group of church members who desire to reach out to members in the congregation who are homebound. Whether by phone call or visit, it is an opportunity to share Scripture and listen to concerns.
Two vases of flowers decorate the sanctuary each Sunday during service. After the service these flowers are brought to members from the congregation who are in the hospital, nursing home or home bound.
This social group for Seniors usually meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:30 P.M. for a brown bag lunch followed by various programs: speakers, travelogues, etc. and an occasional trip.
Kate Allard Group
This women's service group supports various mission projects. A yearly rummage sale is the primary source of fund raising. Fellowship dinner, picnic and pleasure trips are also on the agenda. Meetings are on the fourth Friday of the month at noon.
First Church Readers
A small group of people meets monthly to discuss a fiction or non-fiction book that explores different cultures throughout the world.
Hanging of the Greens
This is a time of fellowship to start the celebration of the Christmas holiday. Adults and Youth decorate the sanctuary and lobby with laurel and wreaths.
Camp Fowler and Retreat Center
First Church supports Camp Fowler and Retreat Center, a Reformed Church in America camp located on LakeSacandaga. Some of our groups hold retreats at Camp Fowler. During the summer months, several church members volunteer as cabin counselors, work in the kitchen or do maintenance. Scholarships are available through First Church to allow members and neighborhood children to attend the camp during the summer.http://www.campfowler.org