FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
About US
First Presbyterian. We are a community of faith with a mission to follow the Word with Christ's heart into the world - with open arms. In everything we do, we strive to fullfill our vision - to be a church where engagement with God’s Word shapes us into faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We joyfully unite in worship so that we will go into the world urgently with the Good News in transformational and sacrificial ways, inviting others to follow Christ.

WE BELIEVE...

  • that God transforms people and communities in ways sufficient to fulfill His will.
  • that we are called to share the Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
  • that we are disciples of Jesus Christ called to service, and our mission is to equip our congregation for Christ’s sending into the world.
  • that all we have is God’s gift for our responsible use in service to God.
  • that God’s Spirit knits us together as a community of faith for worship, shelter, and nurture empowering us for God’s service in the world.
  • that we are guided by scripture, nurtured by prayer and called to lead others into the responsible freedom of the new life in Christ.
  • that all things are possible through the One who strengthens us, and that the future is bright if we are faithful to God’s good purposes. 

You are always welcome at First Presbyterian.

Sunday School for all ages is held from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Childcare (Infants-Age 4) is provided during our traditional 10:30 a.m. worship service. Children (Kindergarten-Grade 3) participate in A Time for Young Disciples before departing the Sanctuary for Children's Church in the Chapel.

Our Worship and Music Ministry provides a variety of worship experiences that joyfully praise God through music and prayer, word and sacrament, which respect differences in Biblical interpretation consistent with our Reformed tradition.
 We welcome you to learn more about who we are as you plan your visit. 

Latest Sermon

Stamped and Sealed
By Reverend Lauren Vanacore

Stewardship Sermons

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Directions

First Presbyterian Church is located at 1621 E. Garrison Boulevard. Click the Google Map link below for directions.

Online Registration

The mid-week fun starts with an intergenerational meal at 5:30 p.m. For your convenience, you may register and pay for dinner online here.
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
After dinner, please consider exploring one of the following offerings for adults: 

AMOS & HOSEA: BOUNDARIES, TOUGH LOVE, AMAZING GRACE
Led by Dr. John Frye, this Kerygma study challenges groups to join the prophets in being boundary-crossers: to cross the boundary between religion and politics or that boundary between ‘us’ and ‘them.’
 
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Seekers Classroom


GRIEF: INTO THE VALLEY AND OUT...AGAIN

“When you grieve, you have to walk through the valley. You cannot camp there.”  

                                                                            - Dr. Charles L. Heuser, Pilgrimage In Faith
How do we understand grief when our hearts are broken by the death of a loved one?  Facilitated by Pastor John Stanley, “Grief:  Into the Valley and Out...Again” is a First Presbyterian support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one and who feel they would benefit from a “community of grievers” to share their feelings and emotions. Spiritual encouragement for a life of renewed hope and joy will be explored, and the group-people who have “been there”-will offer coping strategies to guide each other through grief back to a fullness of life. 

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Parlor


THE BEST YES: MAKING WISE DECISIONS IN THE MIDST OF ENDLESS DEMANDS
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Led by Beth Silvers, this Bible study for women will explore the difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 the class will cover Chapters Four through Six (Lesson Two in the Study Guide.) For a challenge, please consider reading one chapter of Proverbs a day, as well.  

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Connections Classroom

FPC Ice Bucket Challenge

Casavant Organ Restoration

Our beautiful Casavant Organ, which was built in 1961, is being completely restored. Over the next five months more than 3,000 pipes will be removed and cleaned, more than 6,000 keying pneumatic mechanisms will be releathered, expression shutters retrofitted with solid-state swell engines, and the console control system updated with the most sophisticated technology.  The organ was a gift of the late Mary Sexton Smyre & Elmer Templeton. It is valued at $1.2M today. Craftsmen arrived the week of May 4 to begin the labor intensive process.

Sunday Vespers

Join us Sunday evenings, 5:30 p.m., in the Chapel for a quiet reflective prayer service including the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
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