About Us

Here at First Presbyterian Church, our mission is clear:

“To grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and make him known in our community and the world.”

We are, first and foremost, disciples of Jesus Christ. The term “Presbyterian” merely distinguishes a part of the Body of Christ governed by elders (presbyters).

We are here to learn – and it’s reflected in everything we do. We exist to spread a passion for God in people’s hearts, minds, and bodies – and we provide opportunities to build an intimate, personal relationship with the God of the Universe.

Our rich church heritage spans more than 200 years – but we are even more interested to share what The Holy Spirit is doing in and through our church today.

You’re invited to come hear the good news this Sunday – learn more about visiting First Presbyterian.

Presbyterian Denominational Affiliations

   

In 2012, our congregation joined a group called The Fellowship of Presbyterians within the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Together with other FOP churches, we are exploring a series of formative questions on "The Narrative on the Health of Mission and Ministry" in our church.

 
What We Believe

The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22: 37-3937Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and the great commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-2018And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

These two pieces of scripture can be thought of like this:

  • We are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. This is vertical relationship between us and God. It is based on His grace and His desire to have a love relationship with us and our response to it. It is having a right relationship with God. WORSHIP.
  • Jesus then tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. This is horizontal relationship between us and those in our community; our friends, neighbors, family, those who love God and those who haven’t yet realized their need for Him and everybody in between. MINISTRY.
  • Then in Matthew 28, Jesus directs us to go and make disciples. EVANGELISM.
  • Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and of the Holy Spirit, bringing them into the fellowship of His family. FELLOWSHIP.
  • Teaching them to do what Jesus has commanded, that is helping people to mature/grow in Jesus and live as He modeled, demonstrated, and told us.  DISCIPLESHIP.

The Gospel Truth

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...."  

 

Subcategories

Narrative on the Health of Mission and Ministry

1. How has the Holy Spirit been evident in your congregation in the past year; through conversions, growth in the fruit of the Spirit, or other transformational experiences that make disciples of Jesus Christ?

2. How has your congregation extended itself beyond its bounds through the establishment of new communities of worship and discipleship, expanding the Kingdom of God?

3. In what ways is your congregation seeking the welfare of the community to which you have been called; devoting itself to the poor, seeking justice, and living out the whole of the Great Commission?

4. How are you encouraging people to allow God’s Word to shape their priorities and actions, and to nurture constant learning and the life of the mind?

5. How are you helping children and others new to the Christian faith to discover Jesus and grow in their understanding and love of God’s Word?

6. Describe the moral expression in your congregation – are you more like the world or more like participants in the values of the Kingdom of God?

7. How is your congregation intentionally unleashing the ministries of women, men, and people of different ethnic groups who are experiencing God’s call?

8. How is the idea of ministry as the joy and calling of every disciple evident in your congregation? How are you equipping people to represent Jesus more effectively in their respective professions?

9. Illustrate the commitment of your congregation to global evangelism and discipleship, including examples of where you are engaging and with whom you are partnering.

10. How does your congregation understand commitment to the larger church through our connectional relationships within the Body of Christ?

 

Have questions about these questions? Contact Pastor Jonathan today at [email protected].

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Worship With Us This Sunday!

Contemporary Worship: 9 a.m. now in the Sanctuary
Traditional Worship: 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Have little ones with you? Childcare is available in the Church Nursery from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.