Interested in becoming a member of

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You can email us HERE to request a membership packet!

We are glad you found us

Our Vision is: To reflect and reveal the Love of Christ in all that we do.


We believe that when you KNOW Jesus, you SHOW Jesus.

 

We hope you poke around in the other corners of our website. We have much to be proud of and to share with others. Our three worship services are distinct in styles, but we strive for excellence in all of them. We do music of all types, from Bach to Bluegrass, and (pardon our boasting) we do it well! Our local and global ministries and missions aim to meet the needs of the people immediately around us as well as folks in far-off corners of the God’s good Earth.

 

We invite you to ask questions, to stretch your understanding of God, and to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, alive and at work in the church and the world. Participation does not require membership in our church. Obviously, we would like you to consider becoming a member, but we want you to feel both at home and challenged to grow in your faith at the same time. More info on how to become a member can be found at the Membership below.

 

In the meantime, check us out. And don’t be afraid to ask questions; we would love to talk with you.



First steps

We’re happy to answer your questions about membership.

Here are some FAQ's:


1. Do I need to be a member to participate in church activities?


Answer: No. Almost all of our activities are open to everyone. In fact, we encourage you to spend some time with us to make sure we are the right place for you to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

2. How do I become a member?


Answer: Three ways:

  • Public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to grow in faith through the life and work of First Presbyterian Church.
  • Transfer of an existing membership in another Christian Church.
  • Re-affirmation of a faith commitment made previously and renewed now.

 

3. What does it mean to be baptized? Do I need to be baptized?


Answer: Baptism is a Sacrament. Sacraments are God's gifts given to nurture our faith. Baptism os the "Visible sign of an invisible grace". It is one of the seals of God's covenant with us in Christ. As a PCUSA congregation we believe in the baptism of all believers despite their age. Baptism is not a "guarantee" of salvation, rather it is a wonderful sign of God's electing love. We recognize previous baptisms and do not require re-baptism. While it is a very important part of our faith life, we conduct baptisms in whatever way makes you feel comfortable in the presence of the congregation for the Glory of God. 

 

4. Can I simply be included on your membership roll even if I do not intend to be a regular participant?


Answer: You may participate in church life at whatever level you like as a non-member. When you become a member, we encourage and work with you to find a way to be an active participant in many ways.

 

5. What costs are involved in membership?


Answer: We do not have an admission fee but we are a member-supported ministry. We rely on our congregation and guest to support our Great Commission Matthew 28:16-20. This is not a made up idea, we believe the Bible teaches us about Tithing...


Tithe is an English word, derived from an Old English word meaning Tenth, which was in turn used to translate a Hebrew word, that literally meant one tenth or10%. So, while people uses the term loosely to describe a gift to the Church; tithing is the practice of giving 10% of the talents, time and wealth we have received from God. 


Tithing is not a set fee or an allowance. We do not encourage Tithing because we want your wealth, but because we want you to experience the Joy that comes with it. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7


In the end, tithing wasn’t something Israel did in the same way we exercise gratuity down with our bill at a restaurant. Tithing was an intentional practice through which God intended to teach Israel about God's sovereign ownership of everything. Instead of being consumers of their blessings, they had to stop and think through just how much blessing they had. Through the tithe, God took care of God's people—and through the act of generous giving, God continues to bless his people.

 

6. What if I don’t fit in? Am I trapped in a long-term commitment?


Answer: We are pretty certain that you will find a place to fit in. If not, we encourage folks to find a place that meets their spiritual needs. If that happens to you, we will commend you to the care of another Christian church, even if we are sad to see you go

 

7. What if I have other questions?


Answer: Ask!! We are not afraid to think with you. In fact, we like our members to think deeply about all aspects of their lives. We are not opposed to stretching with you to learn new things.

 

8. What do I do if I am ready to become a member?


Answer: Call the church office 352.357.2833 and schedule a meeting with the pastor or email pastor@fpceustis.com - We will delighted to guide you through this important journey.