Who We Are
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Welcome to Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church – we are a midsized congregation in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., worshipping at the corner of Church Street and Main Street, where Faith meets Life, in Stevens Point, WI. Some of us would describe ourselves as progressive, others would describe ourselves as conservative; but we all would describe ourselves as welcoming, caring, and active in working to share the love of God with the community around us. We are open-minded and openhearted as we try to live faithfully in a changing world.
We gather each Sunday morning for worship and fellowship – our worship is “thoughtfully traditional” – following some of the same rhythms that many of us grew up with, but sometimes using different words and new understanding, seeking to be guided and energized by the timeless wisdom and endless love of God in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Frame was founded in 1865 as the First Presbyterian Church in Stevens Point. The current building’s cornerstone was laid in 1892, and the building had been begun during the tenure of the Rev. Walter Frame, who had died before the building was completed. The church changed its name to recognize the energy and dedication of Rev. Frame who helped the congregation to reach out in faith and build a house of worship that has stood the test of time.
There have been 22 pastors during Frame’s history, and our current minister, the Rev. Dr. Susan Gilbert Zencka, has been our pastor since 2006. We gather at Frame for worship, but we reach out beyond our doors in many ways.
Through a ministry called “Frame Feeds” we participate in feeding the hungry in our community by preparing a meal each month served at the Downtown Mission Church, where different organizations take turns on Thursday nights.
Our deacons organize ongoing food collections that we take to one of the local food pantries, Operation Bootstrap, to help provide food for families to prepare at home.
Each summer, our youth go somewhere for a mission trip, reaching out beyond our local area and developing familiarity with needs in other communities as well as developing their own sense of effectiveness and compassion.
All year long, we raise funds for our Frame Community Mission Grants, and each summer give away about $10,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations in Portage County – and in October each year, we invite the grant recipients to come to our congregation’s Mission Fair after worship on the first Sunday of the month so that we can become more aware of the important work that these organizations do locally.