The early church, following the example of Jesus, used three primary, yet basic, elements of life—water, bread, and wine—as the basic symbols of offering life to God as Jesus had offered his life. Through the centuries the Reformed tradition has understood both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be Sacraments, given to us by God and commended by Jesus Christ. “A Sacrament is a sign of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, and through the administration of the sacraments God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service.” (Book of Order, PCUSA)


Within the Presbyterian tradition, the sacrament of baptism is celebrated as a part of the public worship service. Baptism is open to persons of any age, from infant to adult. We also affirm baptisms that have occurred in other Christian denominations and contexts - you do not need to be “re-baptized” to become a part of our fellowship. To inquire about or schedule a baptism, contact the church at 319-364-6148.

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Lord's Supper

The Lord’s Supper is observed at First Presbyterian on the first Sunday of every month. In addition, we often incorporate Holy Communion on other occasions of special significance in the life of the church, such as Holy Week. The celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion is open to the entire believing community - all are welcome.