First Congregational UCC

Welcome to First Congregational United Church of Christ

When I first began serving here in September of 2016, I asked more than 70 members to tell me what they love about this church. The two most common responses were: “This is a welcoming, friendly, Kathleen for webnonjudgmental community,” and “We love the unique blend of traditional worship and progressive theology.”

At First Congregational, we’re not afraid to ask questions. And we’re okay with not having all the answers. We believe that our faith calls us to the work of love and justice—even when we don’t necessarily agree on what that means. We lend each other a hand as we seek to walk in the Way of Jesus.

We take our faith seriously, but we take ourselves pretty lightly. Folks express a sense of humor and play and a willingness to try new things. There are lots of actors and musicians in the congregation, so we sing with gusto and don’t mind making fools out of ourselves once in a while. The many gardeners and visual and textile artists in our midst help to surround us in beauty, which draws us close to the heart of God.

This is a congregation of people who are willing to show up in life—whether that means showing up to shovel snow early on a Sunday morning or bring bars to an event or plan Messy Church, or whether it involves more public activities like running for City Council or attending School Board meetings or volunteering at a local food shelf.

First Congregational UCC is a place for prayer and a school for love. We embrace the call to love God and one another, understanding that call as a life-long journey towards healing, wholeness and right relationship. And we recognize that we’re all in it together.

Come for a visit; you may want to stay for a lifetime.

With blessings and gratitude,

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Pastor Kathleen


 

Resources from the Blanket Exercise (click here)

Video of Blanket Exercise October 13, 2019

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Mission Statement of First Congregational UCC

We are called together:

  • to celebrate God’s presence;
  • to help each person to grow in his or her relationship with God;
  • to create a welcoming and supportive community of all God’s people, affirming the diversity of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, social and economic status, and the differently abled;
  • to observe and share life’s passages and our faith traditions;
  • to reach out in love seeking justice and peace;
  • and to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

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First Congregational UCC is a Just Peace and Open and Affirming and Dementia Friendly Congregation.

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