Today we dream of being:
- A Church of hope – where God’s love and forgiveness is preached each Sunday and continues to inspire us throughout the week – a church comprised of one pastor and more than 300 ministers.
- A Church that spreads God’s light - by sharing His love and caring for those in need. A church so salty and so yeasty that would be missed if no longer around - feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and providing shelter for those in need in our community and beyond.
- A Church with an open door – where believers and seekers, regardless of age, race, or religious history will find a joyful and welcoming congregation that strives to find God’s plan for their lives.
Our vision for ministry includes:
Authentic and compelling worship, engagement and education of youth, and giving back through mission work.
During Sunday worship our congregation seeks to be inspired through thought-provoking sermons that make Scripture applicable to life and guide us to follow God’s lead. The service, while generally traditional with familiar hymns, occasionally ventures into new formats and different styles of music. Members participate by reading Scripture and sharing highlights of stewardship and mission work. Children enjoy a message before heading to Sunday school. After worship, members socialize over coffee, attend adult Bible study, choir, and committee meetings.
WPC is committed to educating children about God’s love and teachings through scripture. Youth ministry is important to growing the church, and children are active participants in ministry, mission, and music. Their involvement gives them a source of support, consistency, and community and the gift of knowing they are part of the family of God.
Mission is a priority within our church. We thank God for showing ways we can help others. Our talented members take responsibility to organize efforts and recruit members to join the cause. Mission work is how we follow Christ and grow spiritually, while having fun too! We see opportunity in broadening participation for mission work to those in the community to draw new people into WPC.
WPC feels God’s call to follow Christ in responding to those in need both in our congregation and in the world outside our doors.
Reaching beyond our membership is core to who we are. Our mission effort spans dozens of programs funded by an annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser (aiding the Navajo tribe who grows the pumpkins) and 10% of our annual giving:
- MLK, Jr. “Dream” celebration and IHN build community with other local interfaith houses of worship
- “Church Has Left the Building” Sunday to send members out into the community to clean up our local reservation, provide writing supplies to local ICE detainees through “Stamp-Out Despair”, collecting for “MEND” food banks, and working with local animal shelters
- Hosting “Syrian Supper Club” where local refugees prepare food and share their immigration experiences
- “Slave Free Community Project” to educate about and eradicate modern-day slavery
- Year-round collections of food, clothing, toys, and school supplies for ongoing needs of the local community
- Our teens raise money through the year to help finance their annual summer trip to Appalachia to repair homes
- Our youngest members support a child through ‘Mission of Hope-Haiti’ with offerings and bake sales
- Members of all ages gather monthly to make lunches for the House of Mercy Mission
Inward looking, our Deacons help our pastor support our congregation’s needs of individual care and company while a variety of social events help bond our congregation’s need for fun.
We seek a minister who is an inspirational, motivating, and charismatic leader. We pray for a relatable minister who is excited to be a visible, active leader at WPC and in the local community. We are looking for a minister to help us grow our church family, build on our exciting programs and ministries and bring new ideas and experiences.
We seek a minister who will engage and challenge us through weekly worship services knowing that this spiritual nourishment enables us to give more abundantly of our time, talents, and other resources. Specifically, we are seeking sermons that encourages spiritual growth as well as contextualization to our daily lives. We pray for a minister with a strong commitment to pastoral care.
We seek someone who understands the importance of supporting and growing a vibrant youth ministry and is willing to engage with our preschoolers to teens. We feel this is an area where we have room to grow. We feel a purposeful and creative effort is needed to keep families engaged, especially as they frequently have competing commitments.
We are looking for a leader who shares our commitment to mission and who can connect with and optimize our engaged and talented membership. We pray for a leader who can come up with creative ways to engage us and others; someone who appreciates the diversity of our greater community as a strength, inviting all God’s children to participate in worship and mission at WPC, and at all stages of their faith journeys.