At New Horizon, We Are Family
New Horizon is either a young or old church, depending on how you look at it. The church as it exists today was established in January, 2005, but it has its foundation built upon over 150 years of history in the Council Bluffs community. New Horizon is the result of the union of two churches, Grace Presbyterian and First Presbyterian, both of which were over 100 years old in their own right. But as with many things, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The birth of New Horizon brought the birth of new ministries, new missions, new members and a new worship facility. The goal of our church is to know Christ and share God’s love - with our members, visitors, our community and our world. We strive to do this by providing a loving and comfortable environment where people from all walks of life can learn God’s teachings and experience fellowship in God’s name.
We participate both personally and financially in international, national and local missions. We encourage members of the New Horizon family to share their gifts of “treasure, time, and talent” with the world by volunteering within and outside of the church. We seek to nurture our youth by giving them a safe and loving church home, and by not only teaching them about God, but urging them to follow Christ’s example by going out and spreading His love through their actions.
New Horizon offers both traditional and contemporary services where people of all ages and backgrounds can find comfortable and inspiring ways to worship God through scripture, music and prayer. Christian education classes for both adults and youth are offered on Sunday mornings. Wednesday Night Kids Club offers spiritual and musical learning combined with games and crafts. Throughout the week there are prayer, study and mission groups that offer fellowship and spiritual growth. Small group activities also offer opportunities to meet with people of similar interests for book discussions, crafts, service opportunities and ministry outreach.
We believe that New Horizon is a place of love, laughter, compassion and learning. We believe that no matter where you are on life’s journey you can find a place with us. We welcome you to join us as we strive to know Christ and share God’s love.
New Horizon Committees:
Administration: The Administration Committee and its subcommittees manage the day-to-day affairs of the church. Everything from building and grounds, office equipment, personnel issues to managing the church finances falls under this committee.
Buildings and Grounds: The Buildings and Grounds Committee takes care of the maintenance and repair of the church building, parking lot and grounds.
Christian Education: The CE Committee manages all aspects of Adult and Youth Sunday School, Wednesday Night Kid’s Club, Youth Group, Vacation Bible School and Christmas programs.
Fellowship: The Fellowship Committee is concerned with with providing opportunities to build our community. It is NOT the food committee! The fellowship committee focuses its efforts in two areas: Special Events and ongoing Small Groups.
Social Media: This Committee oversees the Horizon Highlights newsletter, newhorizonpc.org website, and the church's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Memorial and Endowment: This Committee manages those requests to the Memorial Funds over and above our operating budget.
Mission: The Mission Committee has two primary tasks: they keep our congregation in touch with the mission goals of the PC(USA) as well as providing members of our congregation the opportunities to get involved with hands-on missions in our community.
Worship: The Worship Committee, along with the pastor and musical staff, designs and implements worship opportunities for our congregation.
Facts About The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.
Presbyterians Are Distinctive In Two Major Ways.
They adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.
The Structure Of The Presbyterian Church Leadership.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with denominational offices in Louisville, Kentucky, has approximately 2.3 million members, more than 10,000 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers.
General Assembly (U.S.A.) Consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries half Ministers and half Elders.
Synod of Lakes and Prairies (Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska)
Presbytery of Missouri River Valley (Omaha, Nebraska area and Southwest Iowa)
New Horizon Presbyterian Church (1 Minister, 12 Elders, and 12 Deacons)
The Presbyterian church utilizes a “democratic” form of leadership, where church officers are chosen by the people. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. Church officers are divided in to Elders and Deacons.
It is the duty of Elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed. They should inform the pastor and session of those persons and structures which may need special attention. They should assist in worship.
The body of elders elected to govern a particular congregation is called a session. They are elected by the congregation and in one sense are representatives of the other members of the congregation. On the other hand, their primary charge is to seek to discover and represent the will of Christ as they govern.
It is the duty of deacons first of all to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
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