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In its purpose statement, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Hernando is “guided by the Holy Spirit, and strive to be a beacon of hope to all creation by witnessing to the reconciling love of God and the transforming grace of Jesus the Christ.”
In being that beacon, the members and staff of the church, located at 1455 McIngvale Road in Hernando, reach out to the community and the result has been a growing congregation. First Presbyterian has been an active part of Hernando for a long time, dating back to its origins in 1850.
Rev. Rob White, a native of Hernando, returned to the community to become the church’s senior pastor when longtime leader Rev. Robert “Chip” Hatcher took a call to a church in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
In working to support and continue its growth, First Presbyterian has begun a visioning effort to look ahead to the future as more members enter its sanctuary.
Each Sunday, two services are offered. One, called a casual service, is at 9 a.m. and the traditional service is held at 11 a.m.
There are several ministry groups that meet and do outreach. They include Worship Ministry, Mission Ministry, Property Ministry, Fellowship Events, Christian Education, Congregational Care, Welcoming Ministry, Stewardship, Special Events, and Church Office Assistance.
For instance, the Mission Ministry has a hand in searching out and planning for different mission opportunities. They help plan events, such as outings with the Palmer Home, Interfaith Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, backpacks for children in school, the Breaking Down the Walls Group and the West End Ministries.
Christian Education works closely with the Christian Education Director and Pastor to plan and cover anything educational in the church. Their responsibilities include Sunday School and Wednesday Night activities, youth group activities, Children’s Church, the All-Church Retreat and Vacation Bible School, which this year will be June 10-14.
The Special Events area oversees activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, Trunk-or-Treat, All-Church Retreat, Christmas Shoebox Collection, and others.
The church’s Presbyterian Women’s group offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women.
There is also a men’s group and older adults group that are also active.
Upcoming activities at First Presbyterian include a Palm Sunday service this Sunday at 11 a.m.; Maundy Thursday Dinner and Tenebrae Service, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18; an Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20; and Easter services on Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m. The church sanctuary will be open during the day Good Friday, April 19, for prayer.
First Presbyterian is an active, diverse body of believers that welcomes all to be a part of its desire to be a “beacon of hope to all creation by witnessing to the reconciling love of God and the transforming grace of Jesus the Christ.”
Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.