December 17, 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent

Celebration! 

   Old Buttonwood Hall

   9:00 a.m.

   Rev. Megan LeCluyse

Traditional Worship

   Sanctuary

   11 a.m.  

   Rev. Jesse Garner

 

Worship Bulletins

 

 

Lectionary Bible Study

Sundays @ 9:45 am

MacColl Room

 

Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec 17

4 pm

 

Blue Christmas

Thursday, Dec 21

7:00 pm

 

Christmas Eve

Sunday, Dec 24

4 pm & 10:45 pm

 

Doris Steinberg

Memorial Service

Saturday, Jan 6

11:00 am

The Rev. Jesse Garner was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended high school there. He later received his undergraduate education at Yale University and his seminary training at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to coming to First Church in 2001, Rev. Garner served churches in Massachusetts, Tennessee and Alabama.

A strong advocate of missions, Jesse has participated in numerous mission trips to Mexico and the Gulf Coast, and has been an active volunteer in Philadelphia for Habitat and The Other Carpenter. Rev. Garner currently serves on the Nominating Committee of Philadelphia Presbytery and is also a member of the board of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia.

His wife Allen, also a native Memphian, is a 2nd grade teacher at the Russell Byers Charter School in Center City. Their daughter Allen is a faculty member and the swim coach at the Canterbury School in Connecticut.  Their daught Lela is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College.  In his spare time, Jesse is an avid fisherman and enjoys cooking (and eating).