When the women looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. -Mark 16: 4-8
For Christians, the most important event in human history is the resurrection of Jesus. Each Gospel tells the same story, this news was delivered to a group of women. Throughout Scripture, and the New Testament in particular, the work and leadership of women is affirmed. At First Presbyterian Church, we believe the most faithful way to be the Church is to include women in all areas of our congregation’s work and life. Because of this, women and men exist as equals here. Women lead as elders and trustees, preach sermons, officiate at the communion table and baptize new believers. We have no doubt that the work of women makes our church more faithful, more vibrant and wiser. We are proud of the many women who have helped to lead this congregation over the years, and we celebrate the gifts women bring to the church.