In this challenging time, it’s good to know that there’s a community like First Congregational United Church of Christ. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Our sanctuary has reopened and we are worshipping inside, with protocols in place for your health and safety. We also have videos and podcasts available. All services are available at 9:30 on Sunday mornings.
October 3, 1971 is a significant date for me. It was then that I became the member of a welcoming family. No, it was not my birthday for everyone knows I am now an “old” person. This was the day I became a part of the First Congregational UCC Church family. I had been a foster child for about 8 years, serving as its choir director. After having participated in many different churches over the years, I felt that I had at last truly found my faith home.
As a family sometimes moves, so has ours. As the church is not the brick and mortar but the people who live within, no matter where the family dwells, it continues to sustain, comfort, encourage and reach out. Each member of our church family is sustained through worshiping in our beautiful sanctuary and working with groups and on committees. They are comforted by the pastor and fellow church members in times of trouble and sorrow. When encouragement is needed, members are there to offer it. A comforting family reaches out to others as ours does through helping to maintain United Manor, supporting the Referral Center, foreign missions and giving faithfully to our own OCWM.
A family can only survive if someone supports it financially. At times it requires several members to contribute. If our church family is to continue to grow and flourish, it takes all of us to not only commit to volunteering our own special talents but also to giving monetarily to its continued success. I love my church, I am a real member of its family. I pledge and have always pledged to maintaining this family and only hope that all church members feel the same.
Who We Are
The United Church of Christ is a church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. We were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
As an Open and Affirming congregation, we strive to welcome and celebrate all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, faith, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, age, or ability.
We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!
Recent Video Worship Services
The video below is part of a playlist. To see more worship videos, just click the playlist icon in the upper right hand corner of the video.