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2021 Christmas Schedule

Join the parish family of First Lutheran Church as we celebrate with joy the Nativity of Our Lord.
Christmas Eve services will be held at 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. A Christmas Day service will be held at 10:00 AM. Street parking is free on Christmas day.
On Sunday, December 26, we will hold one combined celebration of Holy Communion for the First Sunday of Christmas and the Feast of Saint Stephen at 10:00 AM. Street parking is free until 1:00 on Sundays. If you park in Smithfield/Liberty or Mellon Square, see an usher to validate your ticket for $1.00 parking.
All Christmas services will also be livestreamed on Facebook and on our YouTube channel.
However you feel comfortable joining us to celebrate the incarnation, you are welcome here!
Hodie Christus natus est – alleluia!

AFG Oktoberfest!

The Adult Fellowship Group will meet for an Oktoberfest gathering at Penn Brewery on the North Side, (800 Vinial Street. 15212) on Friday, September 24 at 6:00 PM. We will be seated together under an outdoor tent. Adults of all ages are welcome to attend. The cost will be $30/person which includes food and two pints of beer. Use the form below to indicate your intention to attend.

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Adult Small Groups Sign-Up

In addition to First’s monthly book discussions, adults are invited to consider whether they would like to be involved in an intentional small group, which last year chose to meet biweekly (twice a month) on Zoom. These are an opportunity to get to know and spend time with a group of adults from First on a new level, sharing prayer requests, and reflecting on scripture together with the help of leadership from the Yale Bible Study program. This semester groups will be doing an 8-week study on “Women in the Bible”. Express your interest and availability using the form below by Monday, Sunday, September 12. If you have questions, please contact Pastor McCurry (

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Pastor Halle’s Archived Ordination Liturgy

For those who were unable to view Vicar Halle’s ordination live, the archived footage is now available on McFarland Lutheran’s YouTube channel. Click the image above to be directed to the video, and click below to download a copy of the bulletin!

HLK Ordination Liturgy – Online Version


Archived Funeral Liturgy for Bill Luft

First Church laid to rest parishioner Bill Luft on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM. For those who were unable to make it, the service was livestreamed, and has now been archived on our YouTube channel. Use the link below to download a copy of the bulletin, and click on the thumbnail access the video footage.

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord – and let light perpetual shine upon him.


Pastor McCurry Speaks to Parents…

Our lives have been turned upside down in the past few weeks, and I know that my family is still trying to figure out this new way of life together. I pray that you and your family members are well, in body, mind, and spirit.

In the video above, you’ll see that I mention some specific resources for engaging your faith at home. Every family is different, so we want to offer a variety of supports so you can find what works for you. Here are some attachments and links, which you might find helpful:

By clicking HERE, you will find a PDF resource for daily devotions that you may want to use, which we will distribute to the whole congregation and can be done as a family.

Families can also consider using Faith 5 (, which Pastor Natalie and Father Dan Hall discussed at First’s Adult Education sessions a couple years ago.

Teens and adults can consider praying the “Ignatian Daily Examen,” which I have mentioned in Adult Educaiton sessions.  It is another five step way to reflect on God’s presence and guidance in your day, and to pray for the next day. Read more at:

For parents of littles, this online book uses helpful (secular) language to talk about why we’re staying home: