How Foothill Works
The links below will take you to various pages at the Presbyterian Church USA, PC(USA), website were you will find more complete information regarding the Presbyterian Church and what it means to be a Presbyterians.
What does it mean to be Presbyterian
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is Reformed in its theology and Presbyterian in its church government.
(All information in this section was taken directly from the PC(USA) website and is linked to the source page.)
- Theology - Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.
- Governance - Presbyterian church government emphasizes that the leadership of the church is shared between those called to be ministers and church members called to be elders within the congregation—we use the terms Teaching Elder to refer to ministers and Ruling Elder to refer to church members called to be elders.
- History - Martin Luther, a German priest and professor, started the movement known as the Protestant Reformation when he posted a list of 95 grievances against the Roman Catholic Church on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517. Some 20 years later, a French/Swiss theologian, John Calvin, further refined the reformers’ new way of thinking about the nature of God and God’s relationship with humanity in what came to be known as Reformed theology. John Knox, a Scotsman who studied with Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland, took Calvin’s teachings back to Scotland. Other Reformed communities developed in England, Holland and France. The Presbyterian church traces its ancestry back primarily to Scotland and England.
How We Worship
- What happens on a typical Sunday
- Sunday School
- Coffee Hour
- Buildings and Grounds
- Community Gardens
- Dog Park
- Christian Education
- Membership/ Outreach
- Memorial Endowment Advisory
How We're Funded