December 11, 2019

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY MORNING
All are invited!
All are welcome!

We are Handicap Accessible!

 

Please click the link to our Food Bank Sun. page for more info.

 

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HALLELUJAH! HE IS RISEN! 

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This Sun., Dec. 8th everyone is invited to join us for
worship at 10 a.m.
as we light the
Advent Candle of Peace.
Rev. Steve Moyer will lead us in worship.

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This Sun., Dec. 15th please join us
for a special musical treat as the
Gospel group "Freely Given"
will lead us in a musical journey through Advent
at 10 a.m.

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Sun., Dec. 22nd we will light the
Advent Candle of JOY
at our 10 a.m. service featuring
SPECIAL MUSIC
from our Ensemble and Choirs.
THEN
We will gather to share our
CHRISTMAS POT LUCK LUNCH
THEN
Everyone is invited to go
CAROLING
to visit Church Family who are not able to get out to join us for worship.
All voices are welcome to come along!

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Tues., Dec. 24th - CHRISTMAS EVE

Join us for our Traditional

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

beginning at 7 p.m. with special musical preludes.

Our Worship service begins at 7:30

& includes special music from ALL of our Choirs.

 

      A time of Christmas Eve fellowship

and refreshment will follow the service. All are invited!

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Wed., Dec. 25th

JESUS’ BIRTHDAY

Merry Christmas!

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Sun., Dec. 29th, 2019

Please join us for our

last WORSHIP of the Year!

A relaxed service at 10 a.m. with carols & hymns.

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Tues., Dec. 31st, 2019

New Year’s Eve!

Please celebrate safely!

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Sun., January 5th, 2020

Please join us for our

FIRST WORSHIP of the New Year

as we celebrate EPIPHANY

share the Sacrament of Holy Communion

and support ProJet’s Food Pantry

with funds or items at 10 a.m.

 

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Jimmy Needs A Kidney!
And so do alot of people!
To ask about donating a kidney
to Jimmy Apostolopoulos or
to one of the thousands who need one,
please call the Lehigh Valley Health Network at
855-674-8767.

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We want to thank everyone who came out to visit us and support us at our 
PEACE CANDLE OPEN HOUSE
and
"NEW TO YOU" CHRISTMAS SALE
on SAT., NOV. 30th 
It was a great day, full of smiles!

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NOVEMBER 2019

DECEMBER 2019


View Our Calendars

NOVEMBER 2019

DECEMBER 2019

 

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We wrap our prayers around the all victims of hatred & violence everywhere.

Love is Stronger than hate.

God help us.

   
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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
SUN., DEC. 15th the Gospel Group
"FREELY GIVEN"
will lead us in worship on the Third Sun. of Advent. 
We will light the candle of LOVE at our 10 a.m. service.
All are welcome and invited!
 


 
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Our "Chime of Bells" excerpted from "History of the First United Church of Christ of Easton, Pennsylvania 1745-2004" by James A. WrightPhotos courtesy of M. Parisi.


THE CHIME OF BELLS IN THE CHURCH TOWER*

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            The church started out with just one bell in the tower. 

This 2,000 pound bell was called the Centennial Bell.  It was appropriately named for the celebration of our nation’s 100th anniversary in 1876.  This bell was operated manually by a rope and pulley system.  The bell was rung for many historical events, including the loss of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, as well as the United States Centennial in 1876.

            The church’s additional chime of bells were a direct result of an address given to the congregation by Reverend Henry M. Kieffer on Sunday, November 12th, 1899.  Rev. Kieffer suggested that the congregation hold a suitable celebration of its 150th anniversary.  Since at that time no other

Easton church had a chime of bells, he suggested putting one in the church tower as an expression of the congregation’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1902.

            Rev. Kieffer’s suggestion was so well received that after the service, Miss Mary Alice Huber, Mrs. Thomas Rinek, and Mrs. Matilda Chidsey volunteered subscriptions for three bells.  In addition to those

, three other bells were donated by the citizens of Easton in recognition of the church’s great historical role in the town.  Two other bells were donated as well.  Counting the great Centennial Bell, this now brought the total number of bells to nine.

            The famous Meneely Bell Company of Troy, New York, was given the task of manufacturing the eight new bells, as well as removing the original Centennial Bell.  This Centennial Bell was removed from the church in September of 1901 so that the eight new bells could be cast in harmony with its tone.  A device would now be needed to play the bells, and it is believed at this time a carillon clavier, or keyboard, was installed.  Although the carillon is no longer used, parts of it still exist and are in the church steeple.

            Research indicates that the church’s first bell carillon player was Edward Osterstock.  Mr. Lorriane Arnold was also a player for nearly 40 years.  During 1963, the carillon clavier was disconnected and mechanical strikers were added.  The bells are played from a small electronic keyboard located next to the church’s Casavant pipe organ.  The chime of bells were again played on other historical events, such as the end of World War II in 1945, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (played by the Reverend George Creitz), and more recently the yearly remembrance of September 11th, 2001.

            The following is a chart containing the most accurate data available about the bells.    

Bell #     Key     Weight in lbs.       Presented by                                     In Memory Of

  1             F                 2,000                    ------                                   Centennial Bell of 1876

  2             G                1,500             Congregation                           Rev. Henry M. Kieffer

  3             A                1,000             Citizens of Easton                   “First Church”

  4          B Flat            825                 Daniel Black Estate              James and Mary Black

  5             C                550                 Mrs. Matilda Chidsey            Michael and Elizabeth Butz

  6             D                425                 Chester B. Fulmer                 Mrs. Matilda Baker Fulmer

  7          E Flat            375                 Mrs. Catherine Whitesell      Daniel and Catherine       

                                                                                                             Whitesell

  8            E                 330                 The Zulick Family                  Anthony & Jane Morton

                                                                                                               Zulick and Sons

  9             F                 280                 Mary Alice Huber                  David and Deborah Huber

*Revised 2/29/2012


 

View from First Church's Bell Tower



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