Welcome

We are delighted to welcome you to the life and ministry of First Presbyterian Church. We are new and long-time residents, single adults, couples, black, white, Asian, LGBT, one and two parent families, military personnel, teens, and college students. Our faith traditions and stories are varied. What gathers us is God?s inviting grace.

If you are looking for a church family, we believe First Presbyterian is a community where you can grow spiritually and share the life and gifts God has given to you. Covid19 has derailed some of our plans. Nonetheless, we are confident God has new adventures and opportunities in store to serve God and love our neighbors.

Our purpose

First Presbyterian Church provides rich experiences of the worship of God the Father in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We strive to be faithful to Reformed tradition as we encounter it in our denomination, the PC(USA). We welcome and encourage personal expressions of faith as guided by the Spirit and illuminated by the Bible.

In all manner of ways, we proclaim and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Head of the Church. To that end, we are informed by the Spirit through Scripture, the highest authority of our faith. In addition, we adhere to confessions and creeds common to the ecumenical, Reformed and Presbyterian traditions.

224th General Assembly (2020) of the PC(USA), Lament To Hope: Assembly Action

Meeting virtually amidst the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted overwhelmingly June 26 to approve the following resolution entitled “Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action”, which confesses that the church has been complicit in perpetuating injustice; and pledges to “confront and dismantle systemic racism” in the church and in society.

On the Church in This Moment in History—Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action

“Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.”
-Isaiah 58:12 (NRSV)

This 224th General Assembly (2020) of the PC(USA) declares that Black lives matter; that our country’s most important institutions have been built to sustain white privilege, to protect white lives and white property at the expense of our siblings of color; and that the church, through ignorance, denial, and in some cases deliberate action, has participated in this injustice. We have been slow to face the reality of systemic racism. We have been slow to acknowledge the pain of our fellow Presbyterians, of our fellow Christians, of our fellow citizens, and of those who have come to America for a better life, whose value has been judged by the color of their skin. We pledge to join hands and hearts with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) siblings to actively confront and dismantle systemic racism in our church and in society at large, and to work for a more just, merciful, and peaceful country that allows all of God’s children to flourish.

 

Corporate Worship During COVID-19

Obviously, at this time, church members are safer at home, than at church. Folks should not feel obligated to return to church before they are ready to do so.
  • Services will include call to worship, music, scripture, prayer, message and benediction
  • Attendees will be personally welcomed & asked to use a clearly marked entrance and exit.
  • Face coverings will be required and be available (along with hand sanitizer & tissues).
  • All attendees will be ushered to their seats which have been located for health safety.
  • Bulletins will include liturgy & scripture lessons.
  • All Bibles & hymnals have been removed from the Sanctuary.
  • There will be no in-person pre or post worship fellowship time for the time being.
  • The church will not be able to offer Sunday School or childcare at this time.
  • Worship will include special music only (soloists or instrumentalist) without the choir.

In the mean time… 

All services will continue to be recorded & published. Go to the church website (fpcports.org) and click on the “worship” tab at the top of the page; Then, follow the “Worship Services” link to view each weekly virtual service.

If you find it difficult to view First Presbyterian Church’s online services, please contact the church. There are numerous ways that the church may be helpful in providing services for your viewing.