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“First Church” — as we humbly call ourselves — is the oldest congregation in Lake County. We began as a church during the presidency of James Madison, the fourth US President. Founded in 1810, we have been ministering within Painesville and the wider community for more than 200 years.

Formally, we are First Church, Congregational, with a membership of 500 people drawn from all segments of our community. We are an economically, racially, educationally, and generationally diverse congregation. You will find our members working in factories, farms, classrooms, and offices, as well as enjoying their retirement.  Learn more.

Lenten Wednesdays

This month begins the season of Lent, and that means that we are looking forward to spending part of our Wednesday evenings with one another as we learn more about our faith and explore God’s will for our lives. This year, our program will be “Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus” by Mike Slaughter. Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. The rebel Jesus came with a renegade gospel to start a revolution. You and I are invited to be a part. In “Renegade Gospel,” pastor and author Mike Slaughter presents Jesus and his challenging message to inspire us during Lent, Easter, and through the year. Shane Claiborne, an author and activist says, “This isn’t your grandma’s Sunday school curriculum…this is a call to a holy uprising.” Join us as we explore our faith through the sharing of this exciting program and through discussion and prayer with one another! Our Schedule will be as follows:

February 18th Ash Wednesday: Supper (provided by the Board of Ministries) at 6 PM followed by worship in the sanctuary at 7 PM.

February 25th: Supper at 6:15 PM, “The Rebel Jesus” at 7 PM.

March 4th: Supper at 6:15 PM (Provided by Board of Christian Education), “The Rebel Jesus” at 7 PM.

March 11th: Supper at 6:15 PM (provided by Men’s Fellowship), “The Rebel Jesus” at 7 PM

March 18th: Supper at 6:15 PM (provided by Boy Scout Troop 68), “The Rebel Jesus” at 7 PM

March 25th: Supper at 6:15 PM (provided by the Board of Missions), “The Rebel Jesus” at 7 PM.

We are still looking for a group to provide the meal on Wednesday, February 25th…if you are able to do so please let Rev. Cofer or Christy know.








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Worship Services

9:00 a.m.   Contemporary
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Traditional

First Church Congregational
22 Liberty St
Painesville, OH 44077
(440) 357-7518