Who We Are
First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield, Wisconsin seeks to welcome all to join us on our journey of faith, denying no one, based upon his or her particular human condition, participation in the life of the church. We want to be a safe place, a sanctuary where people are accepted, included, and cared for as they are. We will be agents of God’s transforming power, aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit as we pray, worship, learn, share fellowship and serve together. By attending to the love of Jesus Christ in our midst, we discover a deepening faith that makes a difference in our lives. As a community based on God’s love, we strive to be of service to our neighbors and to the world.
What kind of place are we?
We strive to be a welcoming place where no one is a stranger.
This is how God wants the world to be
This is what Jesus taught and the example he set
This is in our hearts!
We strive to be a safe place, a sanctuary, where people are accepted, included and cared for as they are.
We strive to be a spiritual place where the words of faith are read, discussed, and then taken seriously.
We strive to be a place where people of all ages come together and where all are nurtured and cared for.
We provide a place where youth and young adults can be themselves as they explore life and ask questions.
We strive to be a place that listens:
To each other with patience and a desire to understand
To the community to reach out and serve
To the disadvantaged and people in trouble
What does “Presbyterian” mean?
“Presbyterian” describes the way the church is governed. And so much more. Because of our commitment to “the priesthood of all believers,” responsibility for leadership in the Presbyterian tradition is shared by elected bodies at congregational, regional, and national levels. The ruling council in each congregation is called the Session, a body made up of men and women known as “ruling elders,” who have been elected and ordained to serve as the spiritual and governing leaders for a three-year term. “Elder” is the translation of the New Testament Greek word presbuteros, from which we get our name, “Presbyterian.”
What do Presbyterians believe?
In life and in death we belong to God.Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
–from the Brief Statement of Faith (1991), Presbyterian (USA)
First Presbyterian Church at a glance
At First Presbyterian Church, you’ll find:
A community where everyone belongs to God and to one another
A place where questions are welcomed and no simple answers are given
A denomination that encourages people of all ages to serve in leadership roles
A tradition that emphasizes mercy (not judgement) and love (not law)
A church that will comfort you in times of sorrow, challenge you to grow in faith, and support you as you seek God’s direction in your life.