On some Sunday mornings (about twice a month) we sing with the accompaniment of an orchestra ensemble (strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, ...); at other times we sing A Capella or with piano or organ accompaniment.
At the turn of the millenium our active congregation was about 100 members strong. We are not the black hat Mennonites most people think of but consist of young to old everyday people from all walks of life. Besides the wisdom offered by our older church members there were plenty of young families with children, and we offered a children's time during Sunday worship for children who sometimes overflowed the front pews.
During 2004-2005, the congregation is in transition, with active membership of about 35 people. (Look for updates here during 2005.)
Our church is a Member of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches and the Eastern District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA.
The purpose of this congregation is to bring glory to God through worship, the spiritual nurture of our members, and witness and service of the kingdom of God both within and beyond history. We shall promote the message of salvation and knowledge of the word of God in the Lehigh Valley and among people of all cultures and languages, individually, and through our conference missions at home and abroad. We stand in agreement with the four goals of the General Conference Mennonite Church: To increase evangelism, To teach and practice biblical principles, To develop and train church leadership, and to achieve christian unity.
Beginning in January, 2005, Samuel Claudio accepted a half-time pastoral appointment at First Mennonite, with the expectation that he will lead First Mennonite in building a neighborhood-based congregation.