Find out what's happening this week in the life of First Church!

Click HERE to view the live recording from Sunday morning's in-person services. You can also find the daily readings & notices at the bottom of this email.

Every Member in Ministry Sunday

Serve in the Church, the Community, & the World – At First Church, we believe God has called and equipped every member to serve so that we can be faithful to our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Today we passed out Every Member in Ministry interest cards during all services. Together we completed the cards and recommit ourselves to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. If you did not get a chance to fill out out in-person we invite you to fill out an online interest form.

We encourage you to use the booklet at learn more about the many opportunities to grow and serve at First Church. You can also view it at We invite you to pay attention to where God is nudging you to grow and serve out of your giftedness.

Church Council Meeting

Monday, January 23 | 6:00pm | Wesley Abbey

Members of the Church Council, please join us for the next meeting this Monday, January 23. This meeting will be a 2022 End of Year Review and New Business. We will also welcome the new church council members, class of 2025, to church council. If you have any questions, please email Lacey Adair at [email protected] or call the Church Office at 850-432-1434.

Wednesday Nights at First Church - Winter Session

K - 4th Choir Practice

Wednedays | NEW TIME, 4:45 - 5:30pm (Drop Off in Choir Room)

Click HERE to register

Our Children's Choirs will resume practice on Wednesday Nights at a new time! After choir, children will be able to eat with their parents from 5:30 - 6:00pm before Kid Connect starts. 

Wednesday Night Dinner

Wednesday, January 25 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | The Wright Place

Click HERE to register

Join us mid-week for a delicious meal and good fellowship! Our menu will be Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, & Dessert. Please register by noon on Tuesday.Cost is $10/adult, $4/kid ($27 max/family).

Senior Pastor's Bible Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 - 7:00pm | The Wright Place, Great Hall

After dinner, join us for Pastor Geoffrey’s new study on “Jesus and the Gospels.” In week one we learned what a gospel is and why we have four of them. This week we continue our deeper dive into each gospel account with Matthew: The Community of Discipleship. By the end of the six weeks, we will gain a fuller understanding of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Previous classes can be viewed HERE. Nursery for infants to 2-year-olds is available to parents attending classes and choir practice

First Kids: Mid-Week

Kid Connect/Play & Pray

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00pm

Drop off in Gym at 5:45pm | Click HERE to register

All children, 3 years old – 4th grade are invited to join us for a mid-week connection with church friends while learning about Jesus. Please note K-4th choir practice begins at a new time, 4:45pm.

First Students: Mid-Week

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00pm | Youth Building

Click HERE to register

Tweens and Mid-High are invited to join us in the Youth Building for fellowship, games, learning, and worship.

Adult Choir Rehearsal

Wednesdays | NEW TIME! 6:00 – 7:00pm | Choir Room

Weekly rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 7:00pm. No experience needed. Open to all adults and sings at either the 8:30 or 11:00am worship services. New? Click HERE to register.

50-Forward: Silver & Gold

Thursday, January 26 | 11:00am | $10

Click HERE to register

Join us for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship with friends. It will include a delicious lunch provided by Ruth’s Kitchen, along with a performance by the Washington High School Drama Club. They will be performing a one act musical play, The Theory of Relativity. It's a sweet play with great music about young people making connections in a world that isolates them. RSVP by January 22nd. Doors open at 10:30am


Breathe - Women’s Retreat: Registration Now Open!

February 24 & 25 | Embassy Suites, Destin, FL

To register, visit

This twenty-four hour getaway is a chance to fellowship with other church friends, focus on your Christian walk, relax, and hear God speak to you. It will be a chance to breathe. Registration fee is $85 and lodging is $129.

Night of the Classics - Teaming with Tanzania Fundraiser

Purchase tickets today!

Friday, February 10 & Saturday, February 11

6:00pm | Gym (HRAC) | Tickets: $25/person

Click HERE to purchase tickets

We want to invite everyone to join us in three weeks for Night of the Classics, a special dinner and live music show to benefit our congregation’s partnership with the United Methodist Church in Tanzania. Attendees will get to enjoy a delicious three course meal prepared by Susie Schmidt and Ruth’s Kitchen, various live music acts playing classic hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and we’ll get to support our sister church in Tanzania. Shows will be on both Friday night, February 10, and Saturday night, February 11, at 6:00pm in the Activity Center. Please note that free childcare will be available at the Friday show only.

Eye Glasses Needed

Eye glasses needed for the Lion Club Eye Clinic. All prescriptions, readers, cheaters, sun glasses and eye cases can be used. You may turn in any of these items to the Church Office.

Monday, January 23

Serving the Hungry

Mondays & Thursdays | 8:00am - 1:00pm

Church Council Meeting

Monday January 23 | 6:00pm | Wesley Abbey

Tuesday, January 24

Coffee With Friends

Tuesdays | 9:30am - 10:30am | Library

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesdays | 10:00am | Wesley Abbey 101 | Registration

Lunch Bunch

4th Tuesday | 11:45 am | Wesley Abbey Coffee Shop

Wednesday, January 25

Dad's Bible Study

Wednesdays | 7:30am | Registration

Renewal and Repair (R + R)

Wednesdays | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Garages

Women at the Well

Wednesdays |10:30am | The Wright Place, Room 233

Wednesday Nights at First Church - Winter Session

K - 4th choir practice

NEW TIME, 4:45 - 5:30pm (Drop Off in Choir Room)

Click HERE to register

Wednesday Night Dinner

5:00 - 6:00 pm | The Wright Place

Click HERE to register

Senior Pastor's Bible Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 - 7:00pm | The Wright Place, Great Hall

First Kids: Mid-Week

Kid Connect/Play & Pray

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00pm

Drop off in Gym at 5:45pm | Click HERE to register

First Students: Mid-Week

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00pm

Click HERE to register

Adult Choir Rehearsal

Wednesdays | NEW TIME! 6:00 – 7:00pm | Choir Room

New? Click HERE to register.

Thursday, January 26

Serving the Hungry

Mondays & Thursdays | 8:00am - 1:00pm

Moms Bible Study

Thursdays | 8:15 – 9:30am | Wesley Abbey Parlor

50-Forward: Silver & Gold

Thursday, January 26 | 11:00am | $10

Click HERE to register

Next Sunday, January 29

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Services: 8:30 & 11:00am in the Main Sanctuary and ICON at 11:00am in Wesley Abbey

Online: 8:30 & 11:00am Facebook &

Nursery available for Infant - 4 years old. Click HERE for more info.

Wesley Abbey Coffee Shop

Sundays | 9:00 - 11:00am

Sunday Morning Classes

Sundays | 9:45 - 10:45am

Click HERE for adult offerings

Click HERE or children, tween, youth offerings

Tweens: Club 56 and Choir 

Sundays | 4:30 - 6:30pm | Youth Building

Youth: Fellowship & Choir

Sundays | 4:30 - 7:30pm | Youth Building

Looking Ahead

View the Methodist Witness to find out what's happening this month!

Souper Bowl Sunday

Sunday, February 5

The Youth are hosting their annual SOUPer Bowl Sunday for Manna Food Bank. All collections will be given to Manna to help support our community in need. Please bring all canned goods to the church office or Wesley Abbey between services where the Youth will be to collect them! Visit for a most needed items list.



January 22: In memory of Bill Sneed by his family.

Love & Remembrance

The family of Gordon Levi. Gordon died on December, 19, 2022 in Georgia.

Susan Paramore and family on the death of Ben Paramore. Ben died on January 2, 2023

The family of Dr. Wayne Miller. Wayne died on January 8, 2023 in Fairhope, AL

If you would like to add something to next week's notices, contact Ginger Raines at [email protected]

You may place flowers in the Sanctuary in honor, celebration or memory of someone. The arrangements are $65.00 each. To reserve a date, email Ginger at [email protected].


Each of us is encouraged to read scripture during the week. The scriptures below are designed to expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion. These readings are taken from “The Daily Office Lectionary” in The Book of Common Prayer.

MONDAY: Psalm 41, 52; Isa. 48:1-11; Gal. 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43

TUESDAY: Psalm 45; Isa. 48:12-21; Gal. 1:18--2:10; Mark 6:1-13

WEDNESDAY: Psalm 119:49-72 Isa. 49:1-12 Gal. 2:11-21 Mark 6:13-29

THURSDAY: Psalm 50; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

FRIDAY: Psalm 40, 54; Isa. 50:1-11; Gal:3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

SATURDAY: Psalm 55; Isa. 51:1-8; Gal. 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23

Next Sunday’s Scriptures: Isaiah 9:1-4 • Psalm 27:1, 4-9 • 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 • Matthew 4:12-23.

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