WHO ARE WE?
There is much truth in the song our children sing: “I am the church…You are the church…We are the church together.” And so a picture of the church sanctuary with pews empty is no more than a photograph of a particular room in a certain building. The church is never a place, but always a people; never a sacred building, but always a believing assembly.
WHAT ARE WE?
We are Presbyterians and derive our name from the form of government which characterizes our church. The Greek word for elder is πρεσβύτερος (presbuteros), and we are governed by elders. Within the structure of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., our congregation is a part of the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks, which, in turn, is one of eight presbyteries within the Synod of the Rocky Mountains.
While we are grateful for our Presbyterian heritage, our greatest joy lies in our being a part of the “holy catholic church” or the Church universal. We are joined in love and in mission with all who call Christ, “Lord.” This ecumenical expression of faith and service is exemplified by our inclusion in the Cooperative Ministry Council in our local community, the National Council of Churches within our nation, and the World Council of Churches throughout this world which God loved to the extent of giving God’s own son for it.
WHY ARE WE?
While we are an infinitesimal part of the Christian Church, God has given us unlimited opportunity and responsibility for faithful service in this little corner of the world in which we live and move and have our being. We seek to praise and serve God through our worship, our service, and our love.
Text for this page adapted from Rev. Edward J. Hoag
(pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Scottsbluff, NE, from 1965 to 1982),
"From Parson to Person", as seen in the church directory from 1981.