Weekly Happenings

The Life of the First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville

This Week in the Life of the Church

Monday, March 16

  • Firebird Kids rehearsal, 6:00 PM (fellowship hall & choir room)

Tuesday, March 17
  • Firebird Kids rehearsal, 6:00 PM (fellowship hall & choir room)

Wednesday, March 18

  • Gospel of Mark Lenten Study, 6:00 PM (parlor), Liz Remelius, Leader
  • Sacred Movement Group Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
  • Community Lenten Worship Service, 7:30 PM, St. John's UCC, Rev. Mark Young, preaching
  • Bell Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 PM (choir room)

Thursday, March 19

  • Men's Breakfast, 8:00 AM (O'Grady's Restaurant)
  • Men's Bible Study, 9:00 AM (parlor)
  • Praise Team Rehearsal, 6:30 PM (sanctuary)
  • Mom's House Board Meeting, 7:00 PM (library)
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 PM (choir room)

Sunday, March 22

  • Children's Sunday School, 9:00 AM (second floor classrooms)
  • Adult Bible Study, 9:00 AM (library)
  • Topics in Life Today, 9:00 AM (parlor)
  • Worship, 10:30 AM, Rev. Doug Hagler preaching
  • Prime Timer's, 2:00 PM (Colonial Theater)
  • Firebird Kids rehearsal (fellowship hall)

Lenten Study: The Gospel of Mark

In the Early Church, the season leading up to Easter was a solemn time of training and preparation for new, adult Christians. This period of preparation followed a long time of discipleship and the fasting season of Lent only lasted a few days. This training brought them to the baptismal pool on Easter morning, where they were welcomed into the growing Church.

Lent was popularized in the 4th century, when it changed to encompass the whole Church, not just new members and expanded to a 40-day season. Most notable for its emphasis on fasting, Lent's self-denial requirements changed depending on the century, denomination, and personal theology. Ultimately, the church used – and continues to use – Lent as the time to renew their sense of devotion and focus on the journey of Christ to the cross.

This year, we will be journeying through Lent by way of the Gospel of Mark. This unique testament to the life of Christ is an engaging story filled with deep, thought-provoking stories. Mark’s portrayal of Jesus is very human, a welcome companion in the long days of Lent. In fact, critics who study the Bible as literature often point to Mark as the masterpiece of the four canonical Gospels.

We welcome all participants, with any level of Biblical familiarity! Together we will read stories – both strange and familiar – and discuss their importance in our understanding of Christ and what they mean for our personal faith. This study is meant to be both informal and informative. We will work at the pace of the participants and focus our conversation on the pieces that interest us as a group.

Please consider joining us! We will meet from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent.

Contact Liz with any questions.

Community Lent Worship Services

Each Wednesday in Lent, after Ash Wednesday, several community churches participate in a rotating worship. Here is the schedule of worship for the community Lenten Services:

March 18

  • St. John's United Church of Christ (315 Gay Street, Phoenixville)
  • Preaching: Rev. Mark Young of First Methodist Church

March 25
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church (121 Church Street, Phoenixville)
  • Preaching: Rev. Russell Mitman of Parkside United Church of Christ

Information Forms

Please return your family's completed Information Form to the Church Office as soon as possible!

If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Easter Flowers

Don't forget to order your Easter lilies or tulips! The flowers are $8.25 per plant and will be used to beautify the sanctuary on Easter morning, April 5th, and then your own home or garden.

Order forms can be found in your Sunday bulletin, in the church office, and the choir room.

This Sunday, March 22nd is the final due date for all Easter flower orders! Payment and order forms can be dropped off in the Church Office or placed in the offering plate.

Easter Egg Hunt

We will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt for the children, immediately following worship on Easter Sunday!

Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets or they can decorate one during Children in Worship (following the Children's Message)

We will gather on the church lawn and enjoy a time of fellowship, laughter, and Easter candy! In the even of inclement weather, the hunt will be moved indoors.

Please contact Liz Remelius with any questions.


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?

Please CLICK HERE for the calendar of open dates. Please sign your name by an open date to reserve your spot. You can also email email Liz with your preferred date(s)!

March Statements

John Souder will be emailing out first quarter church giving statements soon. In order to eliminate paper mailings, please write your email address on the back of your offering envelopes so he has updated contact information. If he does not have an email address for you, your statement will be mailed to you.

Heifer International Project

The children of the Sunday School have collected enough money for their first sheep! They have decided to continue with their offering through Heifer International until the end of the school year! Thank you for your support!

The family who receives this sheep will reap the benefits of agricultural education, wool, and community building. Heifer's unique system of Sustainable Development makes this a worthwhile investment. After a project (like our sheep) is established, the family passes on their gift (lambs, training) to other families in need, allowing them to help others as they have been helped. This expansion is guaranteed to spread over nine generations. This will ensure that our children's gift will help build up a whole community of people!

Keep an eye out on their progress - there will be a sheep chart posted around the church. If you would like to contribute, you can put a donation in the sheep box or drop something off in the church office.

Flea Market

Saturday, March 28th, 8am-1pm

145 Main St

Phoenixville, PA

People to People is holding their bi-annual Flea Market on Saturday, March 28 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

You can find something for everyone: clothing, linens, kitchen items, toys, books, and more!

Call the church office (610-933-8816) for more information.

Please use the rear entrance, off of Jackson Street.

Come Learn With Us!

Children’s Sunday School

We have classes for all grade levels from Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade! We meet in the second floor classrooms where we watch videos, read the bible, and learn about our growing faith!

During worship, we offer nursery care for the youngest children. The 4-year-olds through 1st grade children are invited to join Liz for a Time for Children during worship and then head back upstairs for Children’s Hour.

Jr. and Sr. High

The older students, 7th-12th grade are invited to meet with Pastor Doug in the Church Office common area. He is teaching a confirmation class but always welcomes guests to the table! Students will talk about the development of Christianity, what it means to be a Presbyterian, and learn about their own, personal faith

Adult Classes

Topics in Life Today (TILT) meets in the Parlor. They are interested in how faith interacts with the world around us and love thought provoking discussion! This class is tailored to the interests of the participants and covers a wide range, with a primary focus on current issues.

The Adult Bible Study meets in the Library. This is a book and Bible focused class that loves to engage with the text and explore it in conversation with one another! If you enjoy reading new material and looking at Scripture in a new way, this is the class for you!

All of our classes begin at 9:00 AM and finish around 10:00 AM. After classes end, there is time for socializing over coffee and light snacks before heading to worship at 10:30.

We hope to see you in one of these classes, whether it is returning to your usual spot or trying something new! Liz is always open to suggestions and ideas about new classes or Bible Studies – in fact, she wants those ideas – and we encourage you to pass them on to her when inspiration strikes! Please contact Liz with any questions you may have about our classes. You can email her or call the church office at 610-933-8816.

Church Announcements

If you would like to have an announcement read at the beginning of worship or printed in Sunday's bulletin, please submit your information to the church office by Wednesday of that week. These announcements should only be for events that will be occurring within the next week.

Things Around Town

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

Events in Our Schools

Keep an eye on local schools like Spring-Ford, Phoenixville, Upper Merion, Great Valley, Tredyffrin-Eastown, OJR, Pottsgrove, andPottstown for various musical and athletic events!

Collegiate Events

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

Prayer Chain

If you have anything you want lifted up in prayer by the church, please email the Prayer Chain or call the church office.

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 Phoenxiville

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!