Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church website. I am glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around and learning about our church family. As I describe us, I use words like "community" and "family". We are a group of people committed to following Jesus. That means we worship him with vigor and joy. That means we encourage prayer in church and throughout our life. That means we love people outside the church through generosity, invitation, and compassion.
Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed at First Presbyterian Church. And once here, we pray that people will meet God and as a result, give their lives to Jesus Christ. We want that for you. Come as you are. Check us out, but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known through Jesus Christ.
While you are browsing our website, you will learn about our programs and get a glimpse of who we are, but only a glimpse. To fully understand us, come to a worship service or to a small group and feel the up-close, in-person fellowship that comes when people share time together with the Holy Spirit present.
Enjoy the website, then come. We'd love to meet you and get to know you. Let us know how we can encourage you in your faith journey.
Pastor Bruce Kreutzer
I would encourage you to use this prayer in your journey to deal with life’s struggles. I have found it very helpful in my own life. May God grant us the serenity to truly accept the things that we cannot change. May He give us the courage to change those things that we can. And may He grant us wisdom to know the difference.
Blessings, Pastor Bruce
221 Court Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next. Amen.