Our Mission

Called by God and guided by the Holy Spirit, the mission of the First Presbyterian Church, Great Bend, Kansas, is to worship God, grow in our knowledge of God’s love, reach out to make new disciples, and commit our lives to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Welcome to Worship

If you're a new visitor to our worship service, we welcome you! Please be sure to register at our guest registry and take our "Mug and a Hug" home with you. Along with the Hugs®, the mug contains a bookmark full of information about First Presbyterian in Great Bend. We hope you'll worship with us again!

2014 PW Coffee & Birthday Offering

August 6, 2014 - Coffee at 9:30 hosted by Rebekah Circle in the Parlor.

This year the Birthday Offering project is Blue Corn Mothers Alliance, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Blue Corn provides services for Albuquerque's Native American women who have experienced domestic violence.

This program is the only one in the Albuquerque area that offers domestic violence counseling with a focus on Native American culture. Through Presbyterian women's offerings the program which is now staffed by volunteers will be staffed 5 days a week. Blue Corn hopes that additional funding can help open a shelter.

Please bring your Birthday Offering to the coffee or send it to the church office. In our area, the Family Crisis Center provides some of the same services to women in 10 counties. If you have silverware, or pans you no longer need, please think about bringing those with your offering.

The Family Crisis Center also has an ongoing need for diapers and baby supplies.

Prayer: May we walk good paths, O God, living on this earth as sisters and brothers should rejoicing in one another's blessings sympathizing in one another's sorrows and together with you renewing the earth, "We are all related."

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Mission Committee book sale.

Whether you brought books, help set up, worked the sale, or helped pack up left over books, your help is greatly appreciated. Special thank you to Carol Woodmansee who was in charge of the event and did such a great job. $230.75 was raised for Emergency Aid and Crisis Management.

Mission Possible

Our Mission Possible clothing will be collected this summer during August.

The assignment slips will be attached to an easel in the front entry and in a basket in the back entry. You will have the option of choosing which type of clothing you contribute this year, so look over the choices and be generous as possible.

We will be providing clothing for public and private elementary schools in Great Bend. Sheryl Neeland, the school guidance counselor who distributes the clothing among the public schools, will be in church in September to receive the clothing and a Wal-Mart gift card.

Forty percent of the recent Pentecost Offering was retained locally to be used for this event. Sheryl has indicated that this project of ours is much needed and much appreciated.

A monetary gift can be given in place of or in addition to the items of clothing. Money can be placed either in the Sunday offering plate in a pew envelope (mark it "Mission Possi- ble") or left in the church office. Checks should be made out to "First Presbyterian Church" and designated for Mission Possible.

All clothing and money must be at the church by the end of August!

Save the Date

Remembrance Worship Service - Sunday, November 9, 2014


Pecans are Coming this Fall!

Food Bank

Food Bank foods of the month are canned goods.

Multi-generational VBS program

Yearly 10 to 20 children from Trinity Presbyterian in West Lebanon, Indiana, join up to 25 nursing home residents and their adult buddies in a multi-generational four-day summer VBS program.

Their activities, held in the nursing home dining room, include name tags, prayers, action songs, Bible storytelling, a craft related to the lesson, a table game that encourages communication, a snack, and a big group game. Long-term friendships develop and children have asked their parents to take them back for visits. Trinity has an active membership of only about 50 people.

—From the 2014 Mission Yearbook of Prayer

Reverend Dr. Scott Solether
Tammy Solether

Reverend Dr. Scott and Tammy Solether


Sunday, July 20
9:30 a.m.—Church School
10:45 a.m.—Worship, Sanctuary

Monday, July 21
Pastor Scott to Presbytery Council Meeting in Wichita
7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts, Ichthus Room

Tuesday, July 22
3:40 p.m.—Stewardship Committee, Mustard Seed Room

Friday, July 25
9:30 a.m.—Coffee Klatch
Noon—Presbyterian Men, Montana Mike's


Sunday, July 27
9:30 a.m.—Church School
10:45 a.m.—Worship, Sanctuary

Monday, July 28
7:00 p.m.—Boy Scouts
Salvation Army Book Bag set-up

Tuesday, July 29
Pastor Scott to COM
Salvation Army Book Bag set-up and filling

Wednesday, July 30
Salvation Army Book Bag filling

Thursday, July 31
Salvation Army Book Bag pickup

Friday, August 1
9:30 a.m.—Coffee Klatch
Noon—Presbyterian Men, Montana Mike's

Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday Morning Worship


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Church Brochure

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Coffee Klatch

Join us for coffee and conversation every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor!

Presbyterian Men

All men are invited to Presbyterian Men meeting at Noon each Friday at Montana Mike's. Enjoy the fellowship!

July/August First News

Copies of the July/August First News are available in the entry if you did not receive one by email or mail.

Dillons Fundraising

Dillons now has reloadable gift cards. You buy one card loaded with $50.00 from the Church Office and after you use it you can reload it at Dillons for up to $500.00.

When $5,000 has been reloaded on cards purchased from us, we will receive a check from Dillons.

In 2014 the church has received $1,569.50 from this program. Cards are now available.


2014 Contribution Envelopes are available in the church office. Per capita for 2014 is $28.00 per member.

We Are Still Collecting

  • Sunday Coupon Sections (given to Military Moms to distribute to Food Bank and PXs overseas) - We have been told this is greatly appreciated.

  • Box Tops For Education (given to area schools)

Collection boxes are in the bookcase in the small parlor and on the shelves at the east end of the hall.

Stewardship Thought

  • The object is not to have a balance at the end of the year.
  • The object is not to build up a bank balance for the Lord.
  • The object is to do the Lord's work.


If you need the nursery for children 5 or under, please speak to the ushers.

Hearing Aids Available

Hearing Aids are available at the back of the sanctuary for use during the service.
If you are hard of hearing, try these out.

Friendship Pads

Please remember to register your attendance on the Friendship Pads.
Thank you for worshipping with us.