Who We Are

With open minds, loving hearts and helping hands, we welcome all people as individual expressions of the image of God: Creator, Redeemer & Sustainer.

We joyfully affirm God's unconditional love for all people, witnessed to in the life of Jesus Christ.

We celebrate God's love and creativity in worship, sacraments, music, ritual and fellowship.

We honor and acknowledge our Christian heritage and Presbyterian tradition, while being open to truth and wisdom wherever it is found, in all spheres of human experience and learning: science, philosophy, psychology, the humanities and other religions.

We strive to create a fellowship that embodies compassion toward one another, our community and the world.

We honor the beauty and value of the earth, not for what it can provide us, but, in itself and for itself, as the good creation of God.

We live in gratitude as we honor the Sacred Mystery that exists within each of us and fills our universe, as we cultivate

Christian faith community that ever looks forward toward to the unfolding adventure of the future.


Join us on the journey


Why should you be part of a church community? Isn't God everywhere? Is a church necessary to cultivate a religious life? Those sorts of questions are legitimate. There is truth in them. The reasons that church was so important to so many people for so long are changing. Social media, travel and communications, community sports and social groups all provide ways for people to connect with one another. In previous decades, churches often provided a venue for people to form community. Other people are open to contributing financially to the work of a church, but feel no reason to join. Others are very active in the life of the church, but do not find formally becoming a member necessary.

For those who find church membership and involvement meaningful, it may be because membership represents something bigger than any individual. Church can remind people of the common good, the idea that we are all in this  together. At its best, church can inspire, encourage and support people, in the context of a community, in the ups and downs of life. Church can provide a place for questioning and learning, for boldly exploring the mysteries of life, death, meaning and purpose.

The church really is a community. It relies on the involvement of multiple people, with different opinions and a multiplicity of talents and gifts. As a non-profit organization, church requires the financial support of those who believe in its mission and work. The church is a group of people, deciding to live intentionally in community together, to celebrate the mystery of life.

At the West Sunbury United Presbyterian Church, you do not need to believe any particular doctrine or dogma to become a member. The essential question is whether you can find in Jesus Christ a doorway into the mystery of God?


I. Introduce Yourself!

Let one of us know that you are here and are interested in uniting with us.  We want to make certain you are warmly greeted and welcomed. You may fill out an information card located on the table in the rear of the sanctuary and place it in the offering box. Alternately, you are welcome to speak with any of the elders of the church.

II. Meet with the Minister

The Rev. Lang will be happy to discuss partnering with the West Sunbury church by becoming a member. He can arrange a time to meet with you in order to outline the meaning of membership and schedule a brief interview with the session.

III. Be Recognized in the Worship Service

After the session has welcomed you into membership, the Rev. Lang will let folks know you have joined at the beginning of a worship service so that the church community can formally welcome you into the full life of the church.