First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Xenia, Ohio

2nd week of advent

Second Sunday In Advent December 10, 2017

On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle, called the "Bethlehem Candle," is lit. This candle represents Love and symbolizes Christ's manger.

The season of Advent is a period of both repentance and celebration. Christians spend time in spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Believers remember not only Christ's first coming to earth as a human baby, but also celebrate his continued presence with us today through the Holy Spirit.

Advent is also a time for worshipers to anticipate his return at the Second Coming of Christ.

The word "advent" comes from the Latin term "adventus" which means "arrival" or "coming," particularly the arrival of something or someone of great significance.

The lighting of an Advent Wreath is a traditional custom that originated in 16th-century Germany.

On the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple and one pink candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle.


Presenting Check to BOH

Dr. Michael Deis, Executive Director of Simon Kenton Bridges of Hope, and Marlene Labig, Vice President, were presented with a check for $12,000 from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund (MEF). The presentation took place at the church's worship service, Sunday morning, December third.


Presenting the check were Bob Altick, Chairman of the MEF Committee, and Rev. Alicia Nierman, Pastor. The money will benefit the Bridges of Hope Emergency Shelter at Simon Kenton School. The much-needed shelter for the homeless is scheduled to open in the next few weeks after all inspections have been completed.


The MEF at First Lutheran was established when the church received a generous bequest from an anonymous benefactor. The interest from the MEF is divided and distributed annually and is only to be used for mission and ministry projects for which members of First Lutheran have applied.


(Picture, left to right - Pastor Nierman, Bob Altick, Michael Deis, Marlene Labig)





We are a community of Christian faith that has been located and serving in the City of Xenia for over 170 years. Maybe you are visiting our website to get the latest information on worship times, to see our calendar of events, to listen to the weekly sermons, or to view the activities and ministries of our church. Perhaps you came here because you are seeking a place of peace and hope amidst a broken and troubled world. We believe that our only true hope for the future comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whose life, death, and resurrection we have been reconciled to God. Regardless of why you are here, we invite you to be a part of our faith community, to worship with us, and to join in the fellowship that is First Lutheran.

When you decide to visit us on Sunday morning, this is what you will find: a congregation that is warm and welcoming an active and joyous congregation with a servant's heart.  We, the people of First Lutheran desire to live out the Gospel in our lives by helping those in need and spreading the Good News to all who need to hear.  We are a congregation that longs to welcome you into the family of Jesus Christ at First Lutheran Church.  Come and see!

Yours in the love of Christ, Pastor Alicia


Pic of Congregation



Worship Service


Sunday Worhip and Holy Communion 9:30 AM

Quiet Activity Bags are available for the young members of the congregation


Holy Communion is the Sacrament of the

Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ

The true blood and body of Christ is present

together with the bread and the wine.

(For those who desire, grape juice is available)

 All baptized persons are welcome and invited to the Lord's table





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