The mission of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church is to know and love God. We express this love by being God’s light in an imperfect world. We do this by encouraging and nurturing one another. We seek to share the Good News of the gospel, to pray and fellowship for our church and community, to provide opportunities for service, and to pursue justice and righteousness because it is right and true. We exist because God is love, and created us in God's image.
Our hope is for a leader who can help us explore the opportunities that God has waiting for us and help us grow so that we can continue his work. We need someone who can work with us as we expand our goals with energy and stability. This person should be a cheerleader for the church, increasing the excitement of Sunday worship, activities and mission.
Our new pastor will, like all pastors of smaller congregations, have the general oversight of all church functions. They will be responsible, along with other church members, for hospital and home visits. They will preach Bible based sermons and be a strong leader, be a leader in the study of the Bible and assist us to learn and grow with its wisdom. They will participate in church activities such as Vacation Bible School, family game night, Christmas craft night, and church luncheons. Bringing new ideas, they will also be connected to the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly. They will work with the Church Session to provide good administration of the church.
Our community is located halfway between St. Louis, MO, and Memphis, TN, at the intersection of I-55 and I-57. Our outreach programs include Vacation Bible School for area youth and Trunk or Treat night that welcomes the community to enjoy pizza, games and treats. Our discipleship ministries include a prayer shawl ministry, Laundry Baskets of Love, Operation Christmas Child, Senior Oaks Center, House of Refuge, Kenny Rodgers Center, Bulldog Pantry, Hope Seeds, Teen Challenge, Relay for Life, Spread Hope Now, Mission Missouri, the YMCA back to school fest and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. We collect Lenten, Advent and Presbyterian mission offerings. We visit sick and homebound members and others in the community to pray with them, share communion with them, and to remind them of God’s love. We assisted the Village of Pinhook to reestablish their community when it was destroyed by flooding after the Corp of Engineers blew holes in the levee in 2011. We support our members in their activities with local service organizations. These include Kiwanis, Rotary, and Optimist clubs; Sikeston Little Theater, Red Cross blood drives, Elks Lodge, Boy and Girl Scouts, House of Refuge shelter for abused women and the YMCA. The needs of Sikeston are many and we hope to continue to partner with other congregations and organizations providing direct services to help and address those many needs.