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"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,  continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6)  

"Being Presbyterian"

Sundays Sept 10 through Nov 12, 2017

From 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

in Room 103


When someone asks you what church you attend, how do you respond?  What do you say when they ask "What's a Presbyterian?"  Do you struggle to answer?

Come join us each Sunday morning, between worship services, starting September 10, 2017, as we start a new series "Being Presbyterian."  Topics will cover Presbyterian history, PCUSA* characteristics, as well as guest speakers from other churches to teach us about what makes their denomination distinctive. Bring your comments and questions and join us to learn more about being a Presbyterian.   All adults are welcome.  It’s a good way to get to know people in a smller setting than worship.  Feel free to bring your morning beverage of choice and join us at 9:45 am in Room 103.

           *PCUSA is Presbyterian Church in the United States of America


First Presbyterian is Celebrating the 500 Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with the Reformed InstituteMartin Luther


  The Difference the Protestant Reformation Made in Christian Worship

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10:00 a.m. to Noon with coffee at 9:30 a.m.

Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

 Dr. Elsie Anne McKee, Professor of Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary

Christian worship was profoundly affected by the Reformations of the 16th century, especially among Protestants themselves. Reformers sought to reconstitute Christian belief and practice on the basis of what they understood the Biblical witness to be.  Everything from the theology of worship to the design of the liturgy was affected. New practices were invented and some old ones were discarded, and big differences soon arose among Protestants as well as Catholics about those matters. Though some of those differences have faded in the last 500 years, others have endured and some have even deepened. Learn from an expert more about how these differences arose and why they still matter.

No charge for this event; registration is helpful but not required.  Register at: www.reformedinstitute.org or contact Mary Hill, program coordinator, 703-518-5125.  


  Some of the classes we've held recently in the Adult Education Program were:

  • A Short History of the Reformation - We learned about the pivotal events, people, and changes associated with the Protestant Reformation. 
  • The Belhar Confession - We learned about the background and the content of the newest Confession adopted by the Presbyterian Church in the USA.
  • Faith and Citizenship - We read and discussed scriptures relevant to government; heard some insiders’ views of government workings; and discussed prohibitions of a “state religion” and the right to free exercise of religion. 
  • Facing Racism - We discussed the various Biblical bases for ending racism; delved into some social and church history and current events, and looked at ways we can respond to this issue as a community of faith.
  • Introducing the Reformed Faith - We studied some of the major Christian doctrines and learned how we in the Reformed Tradition have interpreted these doctrines in light of our perspective and understanding.
  • Stewards of God’s Creation – We investigated the Biblical basis for stewardship of the earth and learned about the ways we can respond, faithfully, to the variety of environmental issues facing our world.
  • The Life of (King) David - We studied the scriptures related to his life and how he was important in both the Jewish and Christian religious traditions.

First Presbyterian Church is a Sponsor of The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington

FPC Website images clipart2In 2013, First Presbyterian Church became a sponsoring member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington (RI). The RI is an organization that was established in 2003 "to promote understanding and awareness of the Reformed Tradition among the staff and members of Presbyterian churches located in the Washington area."  Its purpose is to help the churches in this presbytery live up to one of the basic principles of the Reformed Tradition – to ensure an educated laity. 

FPC Arlington has already benefitted from some of the RI programs – the Confirmation Retreat, many of its classes, the annual convocation, and its Company of Teachers. As a sponsoring church of the Reformed Institute, First Presbyterian members are invited to participate in their annual colloquy, an in-depth adult education opportunity on severals week-ends during the school year.  RI also offers shorter, one day or short series adult education formats during the year for sponsoring church members. 

One member of our staff and a member of our congregation serve on the Board of Directors.  As members of the Board of Directors, we are involved in determining the programs that are offered, development activities, staffing decisions, etc.  We are expected to actively support the programs of the Institute by encouraging our members, friends, and community to participate in their offerings, and to take the things we learn and put them to use in our own congregation. For more information on the Reformed Institute, visit their website at: www.reformedinstitute.org

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Children's and Youth Ministry

Take a few moments to check out a PHOTO SLIDESHOW of the Summer 2014 Youth and Middle School Mission Trip. Five middle and high school girls were ready for a mission adventure. The experience depended their faith, broadened their perspective as compared to their own lives, opened their hearts and the girls were inspired by volunteers that were committed to making a difference.

At First Church, we partner with families to guide and nurture children and youth, providing plenty of ways to encourage kids to know and follow Jesus Christ and be faithful members of his church. Learn how we approach spiritual development of children and youth at Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry.