Growing Deeper. Reaching Wider.At First Presbyterian Church, we believe in loving God well, loving ourselves well, and loving others well through discovering, experiencing and showing the goodness and love of God.
Matthew 22:37-41: "Jesus answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments
What We Believe:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives.
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.
we share God’s love and compassion, caring for others in times of illness, bereavement and other challenges. FPC’s trained visitation team visits and prays with people at Sky Lakes Medical Center, retirement and nursing facilities, and personal homes. Shawls knitted and crocheted by members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry provide a tangible expression of comfort and love. FPC commits 10% of its budget to missions around the world and within Klamath County.
A Heart for Service.
FPC is located in the historic downtown of Klamath Falls. This is a community where a single individual can have a visible and significant impact on the lives of others. Throughout FPC’s life, the Church and its members have been leaders in the community and have had a positive impact on the spiritual, social and economic life of the Klamath Basin.
Currently to support
needs in the community, several FPC members are involved in the development of the Klamath Works Campus, an 18-acre campus to house a variety of social services, faith-based organizations, and medical providers charged with helping individuals move from dependency and despair to dignity and self-sufficiency. The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, an organization that FPC has supported financially and with volunteers for many years, will locate on this campus.
These are projects FPC contributed to in 2018:
Operation Christmas Child
First Presbyterian Church was founded on February 27, 1884, the first organized church in Klamath Falls and for 15 years the only house of worship in this southeastern Oregon pioneer town. From the beginning, FPC attracted pastors and people whose life’s goals were to teach, preach, uplift, and serve the community.
At FPC’s 130-Year celebration in 2014, the mayor’s proclamation recognized our church’s critical role in providing rough-and-tumble pioneers who worked in the forests and fields with the “education, infrastructure and medical facilities and all the other elements that make a vibrant, caring community with strong values.” Our historic commitment to service remains in our church body’s culture and guides us to this day.