869 N EUCLID AVE UPLAND, CA 91786
From the First Presbyterian Church of Upland, CA
The mission of the church, even as expressed in our statement, calls us to be new creatures and witnesses to Christ, his good news and his kingdom. How that affects—or ought to affect—every member of FPCU gives us grounds for a vision of who we can be with God's help. Imagine our church when we are truly on mission. How great would it be to be a part of a congregation wherein every member was deeply-committed, ever-growing, deeply-connected, and ever-sharing in their walk with Christ? How would you feel about pursuing such a vision?1. Deeply-Committed
It is only too easy to criticize mainline Christianity in America for being half-hearted and unenthusiastic about their high calling to serve Christ and his gospel. We all know within ourselves that to be "slightly committed" is the same thing as being uncommitted. The rich, young ruler who turns away; the servant with the buried talent; the would-be disciple who has other business on his mind—scripture does not bless an easy faith or partial Christianity. We are called to carry a cross or not follow. Everything or nothing, either/or. We seek to be Christians who are disciples, deeply committed and growing into deeper commitment with every year. Jesus is Lord of our hearts, lives and livelihoods—we surrender all to him. Staff & Elders: We are not the real players; the congregation is. We seek to create an environment where our leaders are seen as empowerers and enablers for the ideas and energies of others.2. Ever-Growing
We never arrive. As we seek to follow Christ and be formed into his image by the Holy Spirit, we are ever-growing, ever-learning, ever-seeking new forms of faithfulness and service. We have things to learn and mission to enact every day we wake up alive. This is our humility—that we remain ever-hungry to grow closer in our walk with Christ, ever-curious to search out the mysteries of God's goodness and the wonders of God's Word. Until the day the Lord calls us home, we will be working on ourselves, ever-striving to align our hearts and minds with the will of God. There is no arriving here and now; the journey is the destination, and our joy is in walking with God and growing as a result. Staff & Elders: Those who serve must also be fed and encouraged. We each must commit to connectedness—be it a small group or mentorship—in order to be accountable and helpful to other leaders.3. Deeply-Connected
The digital age has given us vast fields of humanity all with their noses down in their cell phones, tablets and laptops. We are becoming increasingly alienated from one another and isolated in our spirituality. We seek a different direction. We seek to know and serve God not in isolation or alienated from the rest of the Body, but in connection with other Christians. We believe that relationships are the measure of our spiritual health. We seek to connect with other Christians not over trivia, but over the shared depths of our new life in Christ. The depth of our relationship with Christ affects our conversations not only with our brothers and sisters in faith, but with everyone we meet wherever we are planted. To be deeply connected means we seek to connect in order to deepen relationships. Small talk is pointless in and of itself, but is good as it leads to deeper connections: faith, hope, love and the good news of Jesus. Staff & Elders: We come to know our value in relationship. Meetings are not for mere business so much as for vision-casting, skill-building and mutual encouragement. Imagine meetings that people could look forward to attending—connections matter.4. Ever-Sharing
The Gospel is not for the insiders but the outsiders. We are called to share the good news of God's love, and we never tire of giving and serving in Jesus' name. Our every activity and mission project mean to show the love and grace of Jesus, whom we are eager to share. Ever-sharing also means that we seek to be givers rather than takers—to give of ourselves in every way for the good of the gospel. Time, treasure and talents have been given to us by God for the uses he sets before us and it is our joy to give back all we can for God's glory. Staff & Elders: ministry is not ours to keep or preserve, but to multiply through sharing. As we empower others, we see the ministry develop in breadth, shape, and depth.
For the vision to come about, we do well to cultivate a key set of values—defining characteristics of our life and mission—as we allow ourselves to be shaped by the Holy Spirit. Our readiness for mission can be remembered through the acronym PRIMED.
P - PRAYERFUL "We trust in God's power, not our own"
R - RELATIONAL "We invest in one another"
I - INTENTIONAL "We think, plan and work strategically"
M - MISSIONAL "We are all missionaries"
E - EVANGELICAL "We take responsibility for sharing the Gospel"
D - DEVOTIONAL "We pursue God's heart in all matters"
"We trust in God's power, not our own"
It's only too easy to fall into the rut of doing things ourselves, in our own strength, our own way. We get on top of a task and begin to feel that it is "ours." Before long, that once-joyous feeling of service in God's name give way to drudgery and anxious toil. What happened? We lost our connection. To be prayerful leaders means that we regularly submit ourselves before God—individually and collectively—and resubmit our work to his judgment. Our connection with God is the most important aspect of our faith walk. Our only sanity is in staying linked to our Lord. Only then will our deliberations be God-honoring and our decision aligned with his will.Relational
"We invest in one another"
Jesus said "where two or more are gathered I am with them." Not only as an antidote to isolation, but for the joy and challenge of being great teams, we need to connect and stay connected. We are better together than apart, and God uses us in special ways when we collaborate and seek his will. Our LifeGroup ministry is founded on the idea that God's love, grace and transforming power are best known and encountered where a few are gathered in his name and for his sake. We value togetherness above rugged individualism, and believe that every Christian can hear God's voice, feel God's presence, and know God's will through the faces and hands of others in the Body.Intentional
"We think, plan and work strategically"
Rather than just doing the same old thing because it is what we've always done, we value intentional thinking, planning and action. To work strategically means every event must be held up to our mission and vision as we ask: "Does this advance the mission of the Church?" Being intentional also means planning well ahead so that we're never acting off the cuff or making things up as we go. To value being intentional says that our mission statement truly matters and is worth pursuing.Missional
"We are all missionaries"
Most people think of the church as a place to bring people to where they might hear the Gospel. To be missional means that our primary understanding of the Church is that group of Christians that God sends into the world in order to enact its transformation. The work of the Church is not what takes place on Sunday morning so much as it is what happens when its people are dispersed into the community or world. Every Christian is a missionary—a priest—and every Christian's role is to embody Christ wherever he or she is led. The Church does not exist for itself; it belongs to the Lord and it exists to share in Christ's ongoing ministry. It is time the church get out of its pews and into new forms that effectively proclaim the reign of Christ.Evangelical
"We take responsibility for sharing the Gospel"
To be evangelical in its proper sense means the Church exists to reach all people groups with the good news of Jesus Christ. To be evangelical means that we believe and proclaim that Christ is the only way for human beings to be made right with God—the only revelation of salvation. We proclaim that Jesus suffered on the cross as an atonement for the sins of humankind, and that his death-and-resurrection validate all he was, said, and did. We proclaim our faith as one that rests entirely upon the promises of God and we announce those promises to the world ready to include all whom God should call to himself. This is more than our belief; it is our marching orders as well.Devotional
"We pursue God's heart in all matters"
As we are prayerful, we are also willing to submit our personal will to God's. The devotional life is built upon valuing God above all else. Worship is the first and final act of Christianity. We live to glorify God, and we happily submit our own agendas to him for revision, correction, and reconstruction. In all matters, we seek to align our hearts with God's will, which we come to know through the written Word. Our endless study of the Bible is the single, greatest shaping agent for the Christian heart. Our hearts are dedicated and devoted to resonating with the heart of God.
Since 2011, this has been FPCU's mission statement. To be Growing in Christ suggests our inherent unity in Christ. We are all baptized into Christ and together constitute his body. Implicitly, we are also growing into Christ, as a community and as individuals as we seek to emulate his character and virtues in our devotional life. Making Him Known suggests our corporate responsibility to model Christlikeness—which is our discipleship—as well as our evangelical mandate: to make disciples of all peoples, both locally and worldwide. Our mission statement trains us and directs our focus into Christ-centered, committed, sharing followers.
This interdenominational ministry of 16 area churches serves God by feeding the homeless, helping with counseling, transportation, temporary housing and paperwork. Our church prepares breakfast bags for one of the weekly dinners plus helps with other needs of the ministry.
To help or for more information please call Mary Jayne Koogle at 909-983-9999
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God's love, to build adequate and durable homes with those in need of shelter, believing that safe and affordable housing is a basic human right and a fundamental component of dignity and long term well-being.
For more information contact Jody Gmeiner at 909-596-7098 or www.habitatpv.org
Builds hope for homeless and low income families and individuals. Through our food pantries, emergency housing, and supportive services, people in crisis find hope and are empowered to break the cycles of pover and despair.
Bring hope by:
For more information contact Ian & Sarah Richardson at 909-946-7685
Operates from our church kitchen and delivers hot meals five days a week (Monday through Friday) to those needing assistance with meals.
To volunteer or to learn about receiving dinners, please contact Myra Stelte at 909-981-0377
This broad ranging ministry in northern India has brought the gospel message of Christ to hundreds of thousands of Dalits (Untouchables). Along with the awareness of God's love and grace the ministry educates:
For more information please contact Hugh and Diane Jones at 909-932-1094
NEWMA trains Latin American Christians for full-time mission work at their school of Missiology in Lima, Peru. Obed Alvarez has served as NEWMA's Founding Director for over 30 years, overseeing 900 full time Latin American missionaries in over 37 countries.
Our mission team has built a small church in the Andes from which have grown 17 more!
For more information contact Dr. Obed and Cynthia Alvarez at moc.liamtoh@zeravla_debo or 909-660-9723
MCSHP, in western Kenya, works to improve:
Lifting up the homeless, the voiceless and the most poverty-stricken little ones in the world; HIV/AIDS orphans and other vlunerable children.
For more information contact Jonah and Susan Anguka at 909-275-823