We seek to live out the FPC mission as we love God and neighbor; nurture our life in the Spirit together; grow in our capacity to be an expansive community of welcome; and serve Christ as we journey with Christ. We welcome ALL into our church family: young and old; wealthy and poor; liberal and conservative; all sexual orientations; and all races and cultures.
WHO WE ARE
The members and friends of First Presbyterian Church welcome all persons, regardless of ethnic heritage, religious backgrounds, etc.
We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way, growing as a thriving community of believers committed to youth and stewardship.
We will love God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves. We will nurture a vibrant congregation growing in faith and serving the Lord in our church and community.
The group of active ruling elders, elected by the congregation, who make decisions for the running of the local church and serve as spiritual leaders of the congregation. In some denominations this group is called the church council. The session has responsibility and power to: provide that the Word of God be preached and heard, primarily through worship; authorize the celebration of the sacraments; receive and dismiss members; provide for the education, ordination, mission, and care of members; oversee financial stewardship and church property; and maintain discipline.
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
BUILDING & GROUNDS
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN & RENOVATION
ENDOWMENT & MEMORIAL
MISSION & OUTREACH
PERSONNEL & ADMINISTRATION
A GLIMPSE OF US
Coming soon. . . check back to see how we seek to live out the FPC mission loving God and neighbor; nurturing our life in the Spirit together; growing in our capacity to be an expansive community of welcome; and serving Christ as we journey with Christ.
The city of Leavenworth, KS, was founded in 1854, and one year later, the first Presbyterian sermon was preached. During the next 20 years, United, Cumberland, and Westminster Presbyterian Churches were also established, then merged or gradually disappeared.
In the meantime, Leavenworth was growing and so was First Presbyterian, moving several times until the present building was erected and then dedicated on January 3, 1909. Today, the exterior looks very much like it did originally with one exquisite Tiffany window and others equally beautifully in the Tiffany style. The most dramatic change was the removal of the bell tower in the 1960s for structural reasons.
The interior of the church has undergone many renovations and updates over the years. Nevertheless, a member of the 1909 congregation would still feel at home worshipping in the sanctuary today. As needs have changed, so have programs evolved over the years. The commitment of First Presbyterian to its mission remains the same: to serve the Lord in ourcongregation, our community, and our world.