Presbyterian Church (EPC)
4431 South 6th St., Klamath Falls, Or 97601
Welcome to Peace Church in Klamath Falls! We are a congregation committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in faithfulness to the Bible, and to growing in our faith as we glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Join us and discover the hope, joy and peace of Christ Jesus our Lord. Visitors are welcome!
Worship each Sunday at 10:30-11:30
We are a member congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). This means three distinct things:
We are Christian: We value the Bible as God's inerrant Word. Jesus Christ is central to who we are and what we do- in our worship, our fellowship, and our mission. The gospel of salvation is clearly taught and lived out: namely, that Jesus, the Son of God, became flesh and lived among us. He died on the cross for the sins of the world and rose from the dead so that whoever believes in Him would not perish and face condemnation, but would receive God's forgiveness and be blessed with fellowship with God now and forever.
We are Presbyterian:
Being Presbyterian gives us two distincitves
First, Being Presbyterian means we are governed by a Republic. We establish a representative system in which the congregation elects elders to lead the church in Committee format (called the Session). The Session seeks to discern and represent the will of Christ for that congregation. The word "Presbyterian" comes from an ancient Greek word for "elder". Presbyterian congregations are connected to each other through our upper governing bodies- the Presbyteries, which govern and support regions of churches. Each Presbytery is made up of elected elders from the churches in that region. The whole EPC denomination is connected by our highest governing body, the General Assembly which meets annually and is made up of elected elders from each church.
Second, being Presbyterian means we are Reformed in our Theological distinctiveness. In addition to the foundation of the Christian essentials, we hold to the Westminster Standards. In essence, this means we emphasize the Sovereignty of God in the order of salvation. Human nature is completely reliant upon God to bring about our salvation. God elects those for salvation who come to faith in Jesus Christ. While the death of Jesus on the cross is sufficient for the sins of the world, it is beneficial for those God has chosen to have faith. Faith is the result of God's regeneration of the mind and spirit to the Gospel. This is why two equally educated people can hear the same gospel message, to one it is foolishness, and to the other it is the wisdom of God. Faith is not a work we can do by our own merit, but requires God's grace to "make us alive" to Him.
We are Evangelical:
What does it mean to be "evangelical"? It means two basic things: First, it means we submit ourselves as best we can to the teachings of the Scriptures. And second, we understand our key mission in the world is to share the message of the Gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. That's it. "Evangelical" literally means "messenger" (again from an ancient Greek word).
Pastor Aaron Beaty
Pastor Aaron, Krista, Hallie and Landon Beaty
A native of the Northwest, Aaron attended seminary at Regent college in Vancouver B.C. where he received his Masters of Divinity and a focus on family counseling before being ordained into the Presbyterian Church. Aaron served a church as associate pastor for seven years in Portland, then senior pastor for ten years at a church in the Boise area. Aaron accepted the call to be our new pastor this past September. He preaches God's Word faithfully and has a very engaging personality. We hope you have a chance to meet him. In addition to preaching the Word of God, Aaron is a huge Star Wars fan, likes Indiana Jones, dabbles in various forms of art and loves to travel.
In addition to preaching, teaching and doing the various duties of the pastorate, Aaron has extensive experience in counseling. He is a licensed level 1 marriage counselor through the Gottman Institute and does both individual and couples counseling Aaron has also written and lead two marriage seminars combining the best of the tools he has used over the past 18 years in ministry to help strengthen healthy relationships and to restore marriages in crisis.
Pastor Aaron on one of his travels finding the Ark of the Covenant
(with some help from Photoshop)
Administrative Assistant, Scott Dickson
Scott joined us as our Administrative Assistant . He has a wide range of experience making him a very valuable asset to our office. From expertise in publishing software to experience with tech repair, Scott either has an answer or knows how to find it!
Organist, Laura Brasser
Laura Brasser leads us in our hymns and special music on most Sundays from our organ.
Bell Choir Director, Sheryl Keady
Sheryl's job title is misleading because not only does she lead our 7 member bell choir, the Peace Ringers, she also leads our vocal group, the Peace Singers.
YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM
In addition to working as a dental hygienist and currently a dental hygiene instructor at OIT, Krista has worked in youth ministry for over 18 years! She loves youth and enjoys merging fun and faith in ways that connect with our young people. Our youth ministry primarily targets kids between the ages of 10 and 16. We are so glad to have her on the team!
Don has been a minister in our youth program for decades. When Don is not discipling kids for Jesus, he teaches at Henley High School.
Noreen is a great part of our support staff in our youth ministry and has overseen our children and youth ministries for years.
Join us each Sunday at 10:30 for our worship services. Each service focuses on the Word of God preached, with prayers, hymns and occasional praise songs and special music allowing the congregation to participate in lifting joyful voices to the Lord.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sundays of each month during our worship service. Anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ and has been Baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to receive Communion regardless of their Christian denomination.
Following each worship service we have a fellowship time together where attenders may enjoy refreshment in both body and spirit. This is a great time to get to know folks and to become a part of the congregation.
We celebrate the following special services throughout the year. Check out upcoming events and the calendar on this website for more information about this year's special services as we get closer.
Four weekends before Christmas day, we celebrate the season of Advent in preparation for the birth of the Savior. The Sanctuary is decorated with greens and lights and the purple paraments (communion table cloth and pulpit and lectionary cloth). On Christmas Eve we celebrate a special candlelight service at 7PM open to the public.
The season leading up to Easter (approximately 40 days not including the Sundays) focuses on the preparation for the redemptive work of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Ash Wednesday: 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays), the season of Lent begins with a special service in which ashes are placed on the forehead in the shape of a cross to symbolize our mortality, our repentance from sin and our need for a savior.
Maundy Thursday: The Thursday before Easter marks the night of the Last Supper during which Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Communion in preparation for His death and resurrection. We celebrate this night with a special 7:00PM service with Communion.
Good Friday: The Friday before Easter we hold a special service at 7:00 PM remembering Jesus' suffering and His death on the cross for our sins. This services is short, solemn and ends in silence, sending worshippers off into a meditative weekend with the weight of Jesus' suffering, humiliation and death, a key aspect to fully enjoying the Good News to be preached on Easter morning.
Easter Sunday: While our Easter service is at our normal time, it is such a beautiful service, with the most powerful music in Christendom and the most beautiful message of hope proclaimed, it is anything but normal. 10:30, come early to make sure there is sitting room. He is Risen! (but its nice to have a seat through the service.) Bring a flower if you like to adorn the cross during a special ceremony remembering the joy of the Resurrection.
Pentecost: Pentecost is the day that God poured out His Spirit upon the Church. In a sense it's the Church's birthday! This service is also at our normal worship time, but the paraments are red as we celebrate God's gift of the counselor, protector, and sealer of our salvation, the Holy Spirit. Participants are invited to wear red if they like.
The Gospel, What we Believe
All Scripture is self-attesting, and being Truth requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments—is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation, we affirm these additional essentials of our faith.
1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
4. Human nature, being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible yet imperfect expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord.
6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). 2
7. Our Mission: The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
The Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
In Essentials, Unity... In Non-Essentials, Liberty... In All Things, Charity