November 29, 2015

1st Sunday of Advent


  Old Buttonwood Hall

  9 am

Traditional Worship


  11 am

  Rev. Jesse Garner

Fellowship Hour

  12 pm


Community Thanksgiving 

Beth Zion-Beth Israel 

Tuesday, Nov 24

7:00 p.m.


Concerts @ First

Andrew Senn, Organ

Wednesday, Dec 2

7:00 p.m.


Advent Lunch

Sunday, Dec 6

12:15 p.m.

Old Buttonwood Hall

All are invited!


Riverside Christmas Party

Mon, Dec 7

7:00 p.m.

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 the Ass't Swim Coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and her sister Lela is currently a student there.  In his spare time, Jesse is an avid fisherman and enjoys cooking (and eating).