The Congregational Life Committee is responsible for and have oversight and direction of fellowship, special events in the life of the church, membership, and Presbyterian Women.

How to Join

Becoming A Member At First Pres

Becoming a member is a way of publicly recognizing our kinship with this particular portion of God’s church family: that this is where you want to participate in the blessings of fellowship, nurture, and ministry, and also give those blessings back.

If you are pondering the step membership at First Pres, you may be surprised that there is only one initial requirement for membership here: your affirmation of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Joining First Pres is not, first of all, about becoming a Presbyterian, though it is true that this particular church aligns with a Presbyterian style of Christian theology, mission and ministry. Members here come from all kinds of denominational backgrounds. It is about stating your commitment to follow Jesus in the context of this local church family.

So How Do You Become A Member?

  1. Complete the Inquirer’s Class*
  2. Request membership by:
    1. Transfer from another church in which you’ve been an active member
    2. Affirmation of Faith and Baptism (if you’ve not yet been baptized)
    3. Reaffirmation of Faith (if you’ve already affirmed your faith and been baptized previously)
    4. Confirmation for children and youth who have been baptized and who want to confirm their baptism with a decision of faith to follow Jesus
  3. Be received into membership at a regularly schedule Sunday morning worship service

*The Inquirer’s Class is offered several times during the year. It is made up of five fast-paced and engaging classes led by our pastor.


Presbyterian Women

The Presbyterian Women are committed to encouraging and helping women of all ages meet their spiritual needs and grow in their faith. Presbyterian Women is organized on presbytery, synod and church-wide levels. It provides program, leadership, resources, information and opportunities for service. They have four women’s groups that meet weekly and or monthly for fellowship and Bible study. Join any group that works with your schedule.
  • Dorcas Wilson Circle: meets on the first Thursday of the month at 10:00 am in the Library. For more information, please call Dorothy Truesdale at 541-6779.
  • Friendship Circle: meets every Thursday at 10:00 am in the Library. The first Thursday of the month we meet with the Dorcas Wilson Circle. For more information, please call Barbara Gillson at 543-0475.
  • Virginia Terry Circle: meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the home of Dorie Larson. All women are invited. For more information, please call Dorie at 544-7512.
  • WOW (Women of the Word): Meets in the homes of WOW members on the first and third Wednesday of each month (except for July and August) from 12:45-2:30 pm. For more information, please call Nellie Beecher at 544-1627.

Presbyterian Women are also engaged in mission work including:

  • The Annual Thank Offering and The Birthday Offering
  • General Pledge to Presbyterian Women Mission work worldwide
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Front Porch
  • Green Pastures
  • Prado Day Center
  • Foodbank Coalition (as well as other non-profit agencies in our community)
  • Presbyterian Mission Church in Kayenta, AZ

Fellowship With Others

From 1 Corinthians 12:4 we read that…
“There are varieties of gifts, but the same spirit, varieties of ministries and the same Lord, varieties of effects but the same God who works all things in all persons.”

The church is called to sameness of loyalty to Christ, sameness of gifting and motivating Spirit; but it is called to diversity in individual giftedness, style, and effect. At First Pres, we strive to be as a symphony, where not everyone plays the same instrument or sounds the same chord, but where each is attuned to the Conductor, Jesus Christ. The diversity of an orchestra, from piccolo to bass drum, is its very richness. It is out of this context that FPCSLO offers a variety of opportunities to use your gifts and passions to become involved with and a part of the church, the community, and the world.

SLO Boat

Active retired and empty nesters. This is an event driven social group. Events are held throughout the year.

L.I.F.E. Team (Living In Full Effectiveness)

Senior adults who focus on social, intellectual and spiritual growth. Events throughout the year and an annual one-day retreat which includes workshops geared towards the focuses.

Squares Of Love

For women who love quilting! The primary mission of this group is to provide comforting quilts for homebound church members, new babies, and various community service projects. Meets every Friday at 10:00 am on the 2nd floor of the Hart building.

Book Browsers

Women’s once a month book study. Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the church library. New members are encouraged to join.

Men’s Breakfast Group

An informal gathering of men and a great opportunity for fellowship. Newcomers welcomed. Meets each Thursday at 6:30 am at the Budget Cafe in San Luis Obispo.

Man Talk

Man Talk is a support and fellowship group open to all men that regularly meets Monday nights at First Pres. Please contact the church office for more information or check the church calendar.

Women’s Breakfast Group

Informal women’s breakfast group. Currently meeting at the Spirit of San Luis restaurant at the airport. Newcomers welcomed. Meets each Thursday at 8:30 am.

If you would like contact information on any of the groups above, call the Church Office at 805.543.5451.