Our Covenants

The United Church of Christ is a church of covenants: the agreements that we make about how we live in community with God, each other, and the wider church. You can find links to our covenants below.

Our Bylaws

Our bylaws define how we work as an organization. They define things like our identity and purpose, what membership means, and what officers and committees we have. You can take a look at them here (.pdf).

Our Community Covenant

Our Community Covenant is a statement about how we intend to live together in community, support each other in ministry, and resolve conflicts. You can read the covenant here (.pdf).

Our Open and Affirming Covenant

Our Open and Affirming Covenant affirms that we are a congregation where you are welcome, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. It reads:

We, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an inclusive and nurturing community of faith. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that embraces differences of race, ethnicity, culture, faith, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and family status, age, and ability. We celebrate and welcome all to share equally in the life of our church family.

Our Relationship With the Wider Church

As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we are in covenant with other bodies in our denomination. We are part of the Eastern Iowa Association and the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ.

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