Weekly Happenings

The Life of the First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville

This Week in the Life of the Church

Wednesday, December 10

  • Sacred Movement Group rehearsal, 7:00 PM (sanctuary)
  • Handbell Choir rehearsal, 7:30 PM (choir room)

Thursday, December 11

  • Praise Team rehearsal, 6:30 PM (sanctuary)
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30 PM (sanctuary)

Friday, December 12

  • Mom's House Christmas Celebration & Play, 4:00 PM (fellowship hall)

Sunday, December 14

  • Children's Sunday School, 9:00 AM (2nd floor classrooms)
  • Topics in Life Today (TILT), 9:00 AM (parlor) - Liz Remelius (DCE) teaching "The Frozen Chosen: Presbyterian History in One Hour"
  • Bible Study, 9:00 AM (library) - Advent study
  • Special Worship Service, 10:30 AM - The Magnificent Magnificat, a worship featuring the Choir, Sacred Movement Group, and guest soloists; Rev. Doug Hagler, preaching
  • Presbyterian Foundation program & lunch, following worship (fellowship hall)

Special Advent Service

December 14th: Magnificent Magnificat

A worship service featuring the choir, Sacred Movement Group, and guest soloists. (See below for more information about how you can be featured in this service!)

Advent Devotional Series: Mary in the Gospel of Luke

To complement the Advent season and the unique Bible Study happening during the week, Rev. Hagler and Liz Remelius, DCE, have chosen to provide a short series of Advent reflections and devotions based on the Gospel of Luke’s nativity story, focusing specifically on the presence and role of Mary. We hope that our thoughts and words provide constructive substance for your personal or family devotionals as we wait together for the birth of Jesus.

The devotionals will be sent via email, available in print in the church Narthex, and uploaded to our new blog. Click here to read the devotionals online!

Throughout this short series we will be looking at the Nativity from Mary's point of view. We encourage you to read these passages with open eyes and experience the story of the Holy Family anew. Beginning with the Annunciation and ending with infant Jesus' presentation to Simeon, we will follow Mary and her small family through this miraculous period of their lives that changed the world.

This week's devotion is written by Rev. Hagler and focuses on Luke 1:46-55.

Adult Sunday School Class Opportunity

If you weren't able to join us for Rev. Hagler's talk on the "Bible 101" but want to know what we covered, email Liz for the class outline!

This week, we're talking history! Join TILT (Topics in Life Today) in the parlor to talk with Liz about all things Reformed!

Sunday, December 14th: Liz Remelius, the Director of Christian Education, will be leading "The Frozen Chosen: Presbyterian History in an Hour." She describes this class as including "the briefest timelines about Christianity, followed by a conversation about the development of Presbyterianism out of the Reformation and into today, looking specifically at the American Church." A sense of humor and curiosity are all that is required!

If either of these classes interest you, or you would simply like to blow away the next Bible related category on Jeopardy!, join us in the Parlor on December 7th and 14th at 9:00AM!

We want to provide you with the programming and faith-related topics YOU are interested in! Please email Liz with any topics you are interested in so we can plan events or Sunday School series!

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

If you are interested in being one of the individuals/families who light the candles in our wreath during Sunday services in Advent, please contact the church office!

Advent and Christmas Services

'Tis the season, indeed!

We hope you will join us in worship throughout Advent on Sundays at 10:30 AM and on Christmas Eve at our 5:00 or 10:00 PM service!

We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!

Sunday School Help

Teach a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Prov. 22:6)

We are looking for another volunteer to work with our 4th-6th grade children beginning in January! Being a Sunday School teacher takes only a small amount of planning time during the week and an hour on Sunday spent with our wonderful children!

If you are interested or if you have any questions about the responsibilities, please contact Liz or Meg or you can call the church office (610-933-8816).

Congregational Meeting

A Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday, December 21st, following the 10:30 AM service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect the next class of Elders and Deacons.

We hope to see you there as we continue to shape the future of our church!

Gift Card Orders

The last Sunday to order gift cards before Christmas is this Sunday, December 14th. You can find information and order forms in the church office. This is a great way to ensure your holiday shopping is secure and support the church!

Thank you for supporting this program throughout the year!


We need volunteers to help watch the youngest members of our church family during worship! They are a wonderful group of children who want to get to know their church family - and what better way to do that than to spend an hour learning and playing with them?

If you are able to be in the nursery on a Sunday, please email Liz or the church office with your preferred date(s)!

Thanksgiving Dinner Thank You!

This year's Thanksgiving Dinner was the largest we have ever hosted! We served 130 meals: 70 were delivered to homes around Phoenixville and 60 were served at the church. 30 volunteers from Phoenixville and the surrounding area joined us to help serve dinner and Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church delivered 10 pies and 2 cakes for dessert!

Many thanks to our tireless volunteers who helped make this wonderful event a success!

Christmas Dinner

Thursday, Dec. 25th, 12pm

145 S Main St

Phoenixville, PA

Come share Christmas Dinner with your friends at FPC!

Dinner will be served at 12:00 noon on Christmas day. For reservations, please call the church office (610-933-8816) before Monday, December 22nd. There is no charge for this dinner, so we hope you will join us!

*When arriving, please use the Jackson Street entrance.*

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Presbyterian Foundation Informational Meeting

On Sunday, December 14th, after morning worship, Ellie Johns-Kelley (from the Presbyterian Foundation) will be speaking on financial planning options including: annuities, bequeaths, trusts, and investments. She will also talk about church finances and financial pre-planning for end of life services.

A light lunch will be served prior to the meeting.

Dinner for Eight

Dinner for Eight sign-ups are in the Narthex!

Groups of eight people are randomly assigned to meet for dinner in January, February, and March! You can hold your meal in your host's home or you can opt to dine out - the choice is yours!

This is a time to socialize with people in our church family whom you may or may not know. We are looking at a few untried ideas to make this event more flexible for our groups, so please sign up and help us make these dinners a success!

Mom's House Play

Friday, Dec. 12th, 4pm

145 S Main St

Phoenixville, PA

The children of Mom's House have been working very hard and are excited to perform their program "The Littlest Christmas Tree" for their family and friends. Please join them on Friday, December 12th at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship hall for this wonderful play! Refreshments will be served and rumor has it Santa Claus will be there too!

Alternative Gift Greeting Cards

This year's Alternative Gift Greeting Cards, sponsored through the MAC committee, will benefit Welcome the Stranger, Blankets, PACS, Alianzas, and Sustainable Harvest International. Each handmade card is $5.00.

Cards will be available beginning on November 23rd. You can get them after church on Sundays in the Narthex or in the church office throughout the week.

Christmas in the Woods: a Live Nativity at Camp Donegal

Sunday, Dec. 14th, 5-8pm

303 E Telegraph Rd

Airville, PA

Come and celebrate Jesus' birth with us! Witness the Christmas story through our live Nativity and caroling in the woods, then gather inside Donegal Hall for an evening of life music, Christmas cookies, and Christian fellowship.

Dinner is available for a small fee. Cookies will be for sale by the dozen. Ornaments by Poppy's Woodcrafts will be available for purchase!

There are 4 Nativity times for your convenience: 5:15, 6:00, 6:45, and 7:30.

Musical presentations will begin at: 5:35, 6:20, 7:05, and 7:50.

Bring the whole family to this special event!

Things Around Town

The Phoenixville Federal Bank is sponsoring a concert featuring the Chesco Pops! The concert will beheld on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 PM in the Phoenixville Area Middle School auditorium. The concert is free, however, they are asking attendees to bring a canned good to benefit PACS. There are 12 tickets available in the church office and additional tickets can be picked up at the bank.

The Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce updates their events calendar regularly. Click HERE to see what new events have been added!

Events In Our Schools

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, music departments will hold their winter concerts! Keep an eye on local schools like Spring-Ford, Phoenixville, Upper Merion, Great Valley, Tredyffrin-Eastown, OJR, Pottsgrove, and Pottstown - these concerts are always free and a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit!

Collegiate Events

Looking for concerts, theater, or college sports? Check out these event calendars to find local collegiate events!

Tell Us More!

Do you have questions about the church? Would you like to advertise your event to our church and community?

Email us!

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville

The First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville is a PC(USA) Church. Located near the center of beautiful Phoenixville, the church is less than an hour from Philadelphia and King of Prussia. Join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday School and Worship!