About Us

Who We Are


Whether you have purposely found this website or simply stumbled upon it, I hope that you will consider this both an introduction and an invitation to First Presbyterian Church of Alpena.
Who are Alpena Presbyterians?

  • We are a collection of folks who are motivated by compassion – not by fear.
  • We are people who feel that diversity is a gift from God.
  • We are people who take the Bible seriously – but not literally.
  • We are people who seek to live with a positive attitude toward life.
  • We are among those who feel that what we believe about God is not nearly as important as to remember that God believes in us.
  • SO - you might just be an Alpena Presbyterian (and not even know it) -

  • If you believe God is real – but have lots of questions
  • If you’re turned off by “high pressure” religion
  • If you would like to have a minister who talks with you – not at you.
  • If you are as interested in life before death as life after death.
  • If you would like to walk along side folks who are eager to learn, willing to serve and excited about life.
  • If you want to help make a difference in our community

    We hope that you will explore other pages on this website that might interest you and will give you more information about who we are and what we do.

  • Our Mission

    One “tradition” that is distinctly Presbyterian is our annual “per capita apportionment” offering. As a “connectional church” we are a part of a larger body. Regionally we are banded together in The Presbytery of Mackinac, consisting of 44 churches throughout northern lower Michigan, the entire upper peninsula and even one congregation in Wisconsin. Expanding even further, we are a part of the Synod of the Covenant – a network of Presbyteries in Michigan and Ohio. Then we are a part of a national denomination that is organized through the offices of the General Assembly. There are benefits to being a connectional church in that we find support from other churches and we are able to do things together that we might not be able to do separately.

    There is also a cost to being connectional. There are resources – in the form of both people on Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly staffs and in the form of supplies and materials- that need to be paid for. The “per capita” apportionment is our “connectivity fee”. This is the amount that our church pays to assist in the operation of those agencies. It is based on membership. In January of 2008 we will contribute $25.00 for each of our members. That will be divided with approximately $16 going to Presbytery, $3 to Synod and $6 to General Assembly. All giving with the church is voluntary, but we do appreciate it when individual members assist us in paying this “per capita” cost. There are special envelopes in the envelope set that helps remind people about this offering. Or you may simply designate your gift by noting “per capita” on your check or pew envelope. Please contact the church office if you have questions.


    For Session Reports and current church officers, please see our latest Tartan.


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