“Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church is dedicated to seeking those in need and welcoming them into our family, making disciples by living our lives together, and reinvigorating our community by centering lives on Jesus.”  As the Lord reaches out to us, we reach out to others. As He sent Himself to us in love, He sends us to others in love.4 In being sent, we participate in Jesus’ Great Co-mission to bring those people who are lost and separated from Him into His family. We have been blessed to experience and bear witness to the power of His life-changing love and grace. With that blessing comes the responsibility, as individuals and as the church, to “go and make disciples.”5

As individuals, we understand that God does not call us to reach the entire world with His love; He calls us to reach our worlds. We are especially sensitive to those people that we regularly come into contact with–family members, friends, co-workers and schoolmates–who do not know Christ or who have been separated from His family. We seek to reach out to them recognizing that there are key moments in their lives when the Holy Spirit makes them particularly receptive to God’s love and grace. Through vigilant prayer we are sensitive to these moments and make extra efforts to reach out with natural expressions of God’s love in word and deed. We rejoice when, through prayer and bold actions of faith, we see family and friends receive a fresh outpouring of His love and mercy. We stand in awe of their new found joy and hope. And, we stand in awe of the Savior who made abundant earthly life and free eternal life possible for us and our loved ones.

As a church, we encourage and equip individual members to reach out to their family and friends. We hold each other accountable to be active participants in Jesus’ disciple-making mission and we help grow new disciples in the faith. We reach out both far and near to share God’s love and grace. Believing that the good news of Jesus travels in the words and actions of His people, we support outreach efforts which meet human and spiritual needs through acts of mercy, proclaim the Gospel and build relationships with those outside God’s family. Guided by the Holy Spirit and working together, we transform our community with tangible expressions of God’s love. Because of the difference that we make in our community, the people of Fredericksburg celebrate the fact that our church loves Jesus and loves them.

(Sources: 4John 20:21, 5Matt. 28:19)