WE ARE THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WASHINGTON, IOWA
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- When do you meet for worship?
- We meet for worship each Lord's Day at 10:30 AM and at 1:15 PM. Our morning service usually lasts an hour and our afternoon service about 45 minutes.
- What other services do you have?
We have Bible School for all ages on the Lord's Day at 9:30 AM, Cottage Prayer Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 PM, Women's Missionary Fellowship on the 1st Wednesday of each month, and Women's Bible Study every other Friday morning.
Each of these is open to all who wish to come and participate.
- Do you have a Bible School?
Yes, it meets at 9:30 AM and has classes for children and for adults.
- When do you observe the Sacraments?
We observe the Lord's Supper the first Lord's Day of February, May, August, and November.
Baptism is observed whenever someone is ready for baptism, either an adult convert or a
child of members.
Yes, there is a room available which parents are free to use or not use as they choose.
- Does your schedule change in the summer?
Daniel Drost is our pastor.
Our elders are Daniel Drost, Robert Jarrard, Donald Wilson, and Michael Todd.
We have three deacons: Philip Falk, Howard Rowe, and Gregory Skubal.
- How does the whole congregation conduct its business?
There is a congregational meeting on the third Wednesday in November to hear reports
from the pastor, treasurer, and various committees; discuss a budget for the year; and
deal with any other business. The congregation calls its pastor and elects its own elders
and deacons to a permanent office.
- What are your doctrinal standards?
Reformed Presbyterian Church has added a Testimony which speaks to issues not before the
church when the Westminster Standards were written. We also have a Directory for Worship,
a Book of Discipline, and a Book of Church Government.
- To what larger church body does your congregation belong?
We are part of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Synod of North America. Under that
Synod, we are part of the Midwest Presbytery. The RPCNA belongs to the North American
Presbyterian and Reformed Council.
- What avenues of service are open to your members?
a. Praying for each other, especially for our children, and for needs around the world;
b. Teaching a Sunday School class, helping care for the church grounds, being hospitable to
one another and to visitors, visiting the sick, leading the singing, witnessing about Christ to
family and friends.
- What do you expect of members?
All of our members believe in Jesus Christ as their only Savior and accept the Bible as the
inspired Word of God. We have promised to worship God weekly with the church, read our
Bibles and pray, observe the Sacraments, tithe, serve one another, and listen to any
necessary admonitions from the church. Families should pray together regularly; workers
should work diligently and honestly.
Covenant of Communicant Membership
- Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life?
- Do you believe in the one living and true God—Father, Son, and oly Spirit, as revealed in the Scriptures?
- Do you repent of your sin; confess your guilt and helplessness as a sinner against God; profess Jesus Christ, Son of God, as your Savior and Lord; and dedicate yourself to His service?
- Do you promise that you will endeavor to forsake all sin, and to conform your life to His teaching and example?
- Do you promise to submit in the Lord to the teaching and government of this church as being based upon the Scriptures and described in substance in the Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America? Do you recognize your responsibility to work with others in the church and do you promise to support and encourage them in their service to the Lord? In case you should need correction in doctrine or life, do you promise to respect the authority and discipline of the church?
- To the end that you may grow in the Christian life, do you promise that you will diligently read the Bible, engage in private prayer, keep the Lord’s Day, regularly attend the worship services, observe the appointed sacraments, and give to the Lord’s work as He shall prosper you?
- Do you purpose to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness in all the relationships of life, faithfully to perform your whole duty as a true servant of Jesus Christ, and seek to win others to Him?