Calling/Values

Calling Statement

  First Presbyterian Church is called to embody God’s love, made known in Jesus Christ, in life-giving ways, and to engage with God in transforming lives, communities, and institutions, to reflect God’s goodness.

  As a community of open-minded, open-hearted disciples, we covenant to support and encourage one another, as we explore God’s grace on our journey of faith.

Belief Statement

  We are an intentional community of the Living God, that seeks to follow the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit.

  We believe that faith is best expressed in word and deed, and that we are called to live our lives as examples, however imperfect, and as generous expressions of gratitude to God and service to others.

  We believe that the promised reign of God is a current reality, and a coming presence, wherein all people live securely in the justice and righteousness of God.

Values Statement

WE VALUE TIMES OF PURPOSED GATHERING.  Faith begins and grows in community.  We treasure times when the community gathers for worship, education, intentional witness, service, fellowship, and recreation.  When the community comes together, we sense God’s presence in our midst.

WE VALUE EACH INDIVIDUAL AS CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE AND WORTHY OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION.  We covenant to join in the struggle to overcome every form of prejudice, help each person discern his/her God-given calling and gifts, and together build the Beloved Community of Jesus Christ.

WE VALUE ACTIVELY ENGAGING THE WORLD.  We do not shrink from the challenge of living faithfully to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world.  We believe the world’s need for grace and truth is profound and we will give ourselves to the work of social justice, righteousness, peacemaking, equality, caring for the planet and finding new ways to live responsible, more faithful lives.

WE VALUE GROWING IN MIND AND SPIRIT.  We believe that “faith seeking understanding” is a significant part of the life of a disciple.  We continue to discover what the Bible says, who Jesus was and who he calls us to be and who we are as Presbyterian Christians.  We believe that through prayer and spiritual disciplines we grow into the people God created us to be.

WE VALUE GENEROSITY.  We believe in a generous God who blesses us beyond what we deserve.  We believe that we are called to respond in generosity - giving sacrificially of our time, talents, and treasures.

 

 

News & Announcements

  • Check out our August newsletter

    August 2019 First Reports

  • Register for Fall Youth Group Programming

     

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  • The Choir School Schedule 2016-2017

    The Choir School Schedule 2016-2017

  • Sign up for P.Y.E.!

    Presbyterian Youth Explosion will kickoff on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 3:45 p.m.  It's going to be a great year with new friends, new lessons and new ways to serve! We can't wait to...

  • World Communion Sunday Combined Service

    On Sunday, October 7th, we will join in worship with the congregations of Trinity United Methodist Church and Neu Chapel for one worship service at 10:30 a.m.

  • Dinner With Friends

    The popular fellowship event is back! Join First Pres members and friends for round-robin style dinner groups this spring.

  • PEC Eco-Justice Conference

    The Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC) is holding "God's Earth: Too Big to Fail? An Eco-Justice Conversation Among Faith, Science and Culture" on August 31 - September 3, 2011, at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center near...

  • Hymn Sing

    Our summer tradition of singing hymns of your choosing prior to the 10:30 service continues this Sunday!

  • Eco-Palms

    First Pres is using Eco-Palms again this year in a conscientious effort to protect the natural environment of the rainforests and support the harvesters and their families.

  • You Can Help

    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working closely with PC(USA) World Mission in identifying the best way to respond to the needs of our long-term mission partners as they become engaged in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster response.

  • December 18 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 17 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 16 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 14 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 11 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 10 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 9 Advent Devotional

    Today's Journey through Advent, a brief devotional for each day of the Advent season, following the story in Isaiah.

  • December 8 Advent Devotional

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  • Welcome and Hospitality Team

    The Welcome and Hospitality Team is a program to help people who attend our worship services for the first time feel like a welcomed guest rather than just a "visitor".