December 11, 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent


   Old Buttonwood Hall

   9:00 a.m.

   Rev. Megan LeCluyse

Traditional Worship


   11 a.m.  

   Rev. Jesse Garner




Gwen Scott Memorial Service

New Life Kingdom Center

120 E. Baltimore Ave


10 am   Sat, Dec 10

Viewing  9-10 am



Advent Luncheon

Old Buttonwood Hall

Sunday, Dec 11



Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec 18

4 p.m.


Christmas Eve

Saturday, Dec 24

4 pm & 11 pm


Christmas Day

Sunday, Dec 25

9 am & 11 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).