We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which means we are part of the Reformed tradition and believe that we are all God’s children, created and loved equally, without exception and beyond measure.
As the Church, we are Christ’s body in the world and believe that we are always being re-formed by God’s spirit to meet the needs of the world around us.
Learn more about our denomination at www.pcusa.org
Mission Statement of First Presbyterian Church
“Transforming lives through the love of Jesus Christ”
In Christ, we experience the love of God that accepts us as we are - not as we’re supposed to be. In turn, this unconditional love transforms our lives and empowers us to offer the same transformation to others.
Religious Arts Mission of First Presbyterian Church
For many, artistic expression is the most natural and eloquent mode of speaking about the meaning of their faith. For some, the arts have the ability to speak more effectively than sermons, or lectures, or study courses, or fellowship circles. For these people, then, the church arts program, like the church’s educational program, the church’s worship program, the church’s benevolent program, and the church’s governance, is foundational for establishing their connection with God.
Art and religion share many common attributes. The Religious arts are grounded in the belief that both the arts and religion are manifestations of the same creative spirit, deeply rooted in the human soul. Both strive to examine the values of the world, and attempt to connect us to something greater than ourselves. Their concern is primarily for the quality and meaning of human life. They strive to examine who we are and who we are becoming. They cry out and protest when our behavior demeans and diminishes the gift of life. Like religion, art is an expression of ultimate concern.
Aesthetic experience shares commonalities with religious experience in that both reveal our underlying unity with each other, with the world and with the Universe. The church refers to this underlying unity as God. Art and religion, twin manifestations of the creative human spirit, must seek to arouse and repair our ability to dream dreams splendid enough to create a world more consistent with our divine image.