A Few Words About Us:

 

Our Staff

Our Pastor Rev. Rachelle McCalla is our new pastor

           

dianna Dianna Essington has served as the church administrator since September of 1988. Both Dianna and her husband Robert serve on the Board of Deacons. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Dianna loves to garden, sew, quilt, and read. If you have a question, chances are Dianna can answer it.

 

 

 

Nursery CareRachel Rieck, our Nursery Care Director, is our newest member of staff. She is a graduate of Walnut High School, and Iowa Western Comminity College. When Rachel is not here, she works full-time for Atlantic Community Schools. Rachel is also a mommy to a sweet two children named Jayden and Isabella. She loves to hunt, fish, and cook.

 

 

 

Our Beliefs

Faith is “A firm and certain knowledge of God’s benevolence towards us, founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ, both revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”  3.2.7.

~ John Calvin

"Presbyterians are BELIEVERS and DOERS

 

WE BELIEVE — in the Great Ends of the Church as set forth in our Book of Order: “the proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”

 

WE BELIEVE — in a theology of mission, as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith: “... Christ hath commissioned his Church to go into all the world and to make disciples of all nations. All believers are therefore under obligation ... to contribute by their prayers, gifts, and personal efforts to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ throughout the whole earth.”

 

WE DO — mission and its related functions in “good Presbyterian order” through the structures of our General Assembly, synods, presbyteries and local churches, which provide accountability in a connectional system. The chief agencies of the General Assembly are the Office of the General Assembly, General Assembly Mission Council, Board of Pensions, Presbyterian Foundation, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

 

WE DO — mission in partnership locally, nationally and globally by prioritizing our available resources, guided by the emphases given by our General Assembly, the biannual meeting of clergy and lay commissioners who represent the presbyteries of the church. Through the General Assembly, all Presbyterians have a voice in setting directions for mission and through their general mission giving, have a vital responsibility in carrying out what the General Assembly has mandated." (PCUSA)

 

Our History:

First United Presbyterian Church started out as two congregations, First Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian was founded in 1869, and United Presbyterian in 1867. In 1958, two American Presbyterian denominations, the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the United Presbyterian Church of North America, merged to form a new denomination called United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. In accordance with this national plan of union, a joint committee of both Atlantic Churches was formed and discussions followed until a plan of union was approved by both congregations. The churched joined together as First United Presbyterian Church on October 7, 1962. We are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and are governed in accordance with the rules and regulations thereof. You can read more about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/101/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OuR bell Choir and Children's Bell Choir

 

The Children's Bell Choir meets every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. before Sunday School. The Children preform on the fourth Sundays of the month. In you are interested please contact the church office.

 

 

 

Blended Worship

  • Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. we offer a worship service that combines both traditional and contemporary music. We sing old favorites along with learning new songs. At all times we seek to honor God with hearts, minds, and voices.

 

Are you interested in having a Wedding at FUPC?
Please download our packet here or call the church office!

 

Wedding

 

(Designer Portraits)