Founded in August of 2009 through the efforts of the four congregations of Blue Rapids, Frankfort, Marysville, and Washington PCUSA Presbyterian Churches. This fellowship was created to provide a shared set of pastors and worship leaders, as well as to share our talents and treasures with each other. The Ministry encompasses Marshall and Washington counties in northeast Kansas. Together we are a congregation of over 100 people.
Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Much of what we believe began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564) whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking. Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs:
The sovereignty of God: We believe God is the supreme authority throughout the universe.
The authority of the scripture: Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, what is revealed in the Old and New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ.
Justification by grace through faith: Our salvation through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.
The priesthood of all believers: It is everyone's job - ministers and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world. The Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
Sacraments: The Presbyterian church has two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. In his ministry, Jesus offered the gift of living water.
BAPTISM is the sign and seal of God's grace and covenant in Christ. Baptism enacts and seals what the Word proclaims: God's redeeming grace offered to all people. Baptism is God's gift of grace and also God's summons to respond to that grace. Baptism is received only once. There are many times in worship, however, when believers acknowledge the grace of God continually at work. As they reaffirm the commitments made at Baptism, they confess their ongoing need of God's grace and pledge anew their obedience to God's covenant in Christ.
THE LORDS SUPPER is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. During his earthly ministry Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry. Around the Table of the Lord, God's people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ. Reconciliation with Christ compels reconciliation with one another. The invitation to the Lord's Supper is extended to all who have been baptized, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. In preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, the believer is to confess sin and brokenness, to seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and to trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God's love and grace in Christ Jesus.
Women in the Church: One of the places where the church has had the opportunity to live up to its proclamations for the equality of all persons is in the status that it gives women in its own life and work. The first ordination of women as elders in this denomination actually occurred in 1962. As ministers, women were ordained beginning in 1965.
God is actively at work in our communities, reaching out to love and care for all. We are called to seek out ways to partner with God in this work.
WHO LEADS THE CHURCH?
Our faith teaches us that we can have a personal and direct relationship with God. Because of this we each have a calling on our lives. Leadership is shared between the elders and the pastors. Women and men are invited equally to serve in all areas of ministry. We even work to include children and youth in age appropriate service.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
All are welcome to join us. On a typical Sunday morning people will come dressed in anything from their Sunday best to jeans and a t-shirt.
FIND YOUR FAITH
God's grace and love is given to us before we even know what it means to be loved. You don't need to have all the details figured out to come and worship with us. If you would like to meet with an elder or pastor of the church to ask questions, find out more information or just talk about faith we are happy to set up a time to do so.