First Presbyterian Church is an active community of faith whose driving purpose is to
“Glorify God by engaging in worship, pursuing justice and nurturing all who enter our doors.”
Engaging in worship – The earliest Christians, those who chose to follow the Jesus Way, gathered every week to sing, pray, eat, share stories, and support one another. Two thousand years later, we continue the same practices. Eucharist is celebrated weekly, on Sundays, at our 8.45 AM service and regularly throughout the year at our 11:00 AM service. Morning Prayer is held every Tuesday at 9.00 AM in the Chapel. We are called to engage in worship and we mean this in contrast to watching or observing worship. We sing, we speak, we listen, and we leave to serve.
Pursuing justice – We don’t pretend we know all the answers. We are confident that we know there are questions we have to ask and attempt to answer together. What does it mean to serve the least among us? What are the gifts of the congregation and how can they be employed to help heal that which is broken? Where would we go if we wanted to be with Christ in the contemporary world?
Nurturing all who enter our doors – We can’t be everything to everyone. However, together, we can find ways to expand the sense of caring and nurture to those who seek us out and to those whom the Spirit brings to us. Nurture matters for us. It is a way of tending to hurts, praying in difficulty and in joy, and listening and studying together. Nurture is care for the whole person, body, mind and soul. Every week, we visit those in hospitals, nursing homes and offices supporting folks with prayer and caring conversation. We are engaged in study throughout the week with regular opportunities to read scripture, eat, sing, and pray together.