What to Expect

What are your service times?

School Year (August 20, 2017- May 20, 2018)

Contemporary Worship: 9:00 – 9:55

Sunday School: 10:05 – 10:50

Traditional Worship: 11:05 – 12:05

Summer:

Blended Worship @ 9:30am

No Sunday School.

Where Do I Park?

We have visitor parking available in our parking lot (on the East side of the building). Street parking is also available on 10th Street and Court Street. For especially busy times of the year (i.e. Christmas and Easter), Wells Fargo has been gracious enough to allow us to use their parking lot as overflow.

Where Do I Go?

Great question!

Entering from 10th St. (where the courthouse is located) head through the double doors into where all the round tables are (the “Fellowship Hall”). Hang a right down the large hallway and the sanctuary will be immediately on your right.

From the parking lot head through the doors and continue straight through the Fellowship Hall (where there are round tables) and into the large hallway. The sanctuary will be immediately on your right.

If at any point you get turned around, simply ask. Someone will be able to point you in the right direction.

ps- Coffee and donuts are in the Fellowship Hall. : )

What Should I Wear?

Come as you are.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

When Should I arrive?

Most Sunday’s service times are as follows:

Contemporary: 9am

Education Classes: 10:05 am

Traditional: 11:05 am

Some like to arrive early to socialize over free donuts and coffee, others like to arrive ten minutes early to hear the prelude music, others enter right on the hour, and some arrive after the service has begun. We’re just happy you stopped by, no matter which you choose.  Note: Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve and our summer services only one morning service at 9:30 AM with no education time.

 

Christmas Eve Evening services are:

4:30 Family Friendly Contemporary Service with a non-rehearsed children’s Christmas pageant (all kids are invited to participate).  It’s a lot of fun!

7:00 Christmas Eve with Candlelight, choir, communion and the way your remember that magical, memorable service from when you were younger.

Presbyterianism

What is a Presbyterian?

At the core of Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to live lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.” (Book of Order F-1.0204)

This strong emphasis on the grace of God in Jesus Christ is our heritage from the founder of the Reformed tradition, John Calvin.

from the PCUSA Website

What Do Presbyterians Believe?

God – With all Christians everywhere, we believe God exists for all eternity in relationship with himself as a Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As those created in God’s image, we are called to live in relationships of love with God, neighbor, and the creation.

Jesus – With all Christians everywhere, we believe Jesus is fully human and fully God, two natures in one person, in order that through his life, death, resurrection, ascension, and return, Jesus can be and will be the bridge between God and humanity to forgive all our sin, heal all our brokenness and restore us to right relationship in Holy Communion with God, holy community with one another and holy compassion for the world.

The Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit to be the author and perfecter, or the one who completes our faith through various spiritual gifts that we have been given to serve our community and beyond.  We are a Spirit empowered congregation worshiping Jesus to glory of God the Father!

Salvation – With Christians sharing the Protestant tradition, we believe salvation is by God’s grace alone which is received through faith alone and not by our own works. Our sole, unique authority in matters of faith and practice is Scripture alone. Finally, we believe in the priesthood of all believers (that there is no distinction in God’s eyes between clergy and laity and that all Christians have direct access to God through Jesus Christ).

Scripture – With Christians sharing the reformed tradition, we are the Church Reformed, always reforming according to the Word of God, which means that our life together is to be shaped/formed by Scripture and forever reformed by Scripture. As new challenges present themselves, we are always reforming. However, this reform is never merely what we want but always according to Scripture.

Discipleship – With Christians sharing the reformed tradition, we believe that God’s character is one of Majesty and Mystery, Sovereignty and Providence, Mercy and Justice. The Lord is God and thus able to create, sustain, rule and redeem. Therefore, we believe in election for salvation and for service; covenant life directed by the Word; faithful stewardship of all our gifts; and recognition of human depravity which calls us to work for justice in society.

Church – The Great Ends of the Church are: 1) the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; 2) the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the people of God; 3) the maintenance of divine worship; 4) the preservation of the truth; 5) the promotion of social righteousness; 6) the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.

How is the PCUSA organized?

There are three “authoritative” books in the Presbyterian Church, in order of importance, are: the Bible, The Book of Confessions and The Book of Order.

  • The Bible is the unique revelation and witness to Jesus Christ. While other books and human knowledge – art, science, philosophy, etc. – can and do provide us with an understanding of truths that are helpful, interesting and beneficial, only Scripture bears full witness to God’s saving work in Jesus Christ.
  •  The Book of Confessions consists of 11 writings – confessions of faith and catechisms – from the early church, reformation and modern eras. Each confession or catechism seeks to describe what we believe and are called to do. http://www.pcusa.org/resource/book-of-confessions/
  • The Book of Order describes what is known as our polity. Polity is merely the rules governing how churches function. Presbyterian polity divides the church into four governing councils that approximate secular government: http://store.pcusa.org/OGA11010

Where do Presbyterians stand politically?

Individual Presbyterians can fall all over the map politically but in their churches Presbyterians are often known as “the people of the middle way.”  First Presbyterian Church is a church that seeks to focus more on reflecting the love of God made visible through Jesus, rather than exposing a particular political ideology.  We encourage both conservatives and liberals to come together under our common banner of sisters and brothers in Christ.  We believe that all people are loved by God and champion everyone to follow the Greatest Commandment to love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself.

What does the PCUSA believe about specific social issues?

For a full documentation of the PCUSA’s stance on many social issues, please follow this link.