Welcome!

Learn about our church – our people, our place of worship and fellowship, and the God we serve.

We are a non-denominational, evangelical body of believers who take seriously the words of the apostle Paul when he wrote in Colossians 1:28:

We proclaim Him [Christ], admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect [mature] in Christ.

We strive to follow this Biblical precedent in various ways throughout each week:
  • Our Sunday morning worship services are centered with the expositional preaching of God’s Word.
  • We nurture meaningful relationships with one another by providing mid-week Bible studies and Life Groups that meet in homes.
  • We also offer bible study and activities for our teenagers and AWANA Bible club for kids.

At First Congregational Church, we love having guests visit us. Until we meet our visitors in person, we offer a virtual welcome through our site. Here, you’ll find a lot of information about us, including what to expect at a Sunday Service, how to find us, what we believe, and our rich heritage.  You can also meet our staff, see what is coming up on our calendar, and become acquainted with the ministries that are available to serve your entire family.

We hope that you will come away from the site encouraged to visit FCC and to look closer at the blend of truth and love found in the Bible and how that is lived out in a community of Christians.

What to Expect

Who you will see

Age-wise, we are a mix of young and not so young. Sunday morning attendance is between 80 and 120 people. Dress tends toward business-casual, though you will find anything from jeans to suits, flip flops to dress shoes. People are friendly so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.

What our service is like

On Sunday morning we begin with announcements and then spend a few fun moments greeting one another.  A call to worship brings us all back to our seats and then we sing songs to prepare our hearts for the service.  Prayer quiets our hearts before the Lord.  The offering is next, followed by the sermon.  Sermons usually last between 30-40 minutes.  The service closes with a final song and the benediction.  A typical service lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Music you will hear

The music we sing at FCC is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first.  We enjoy congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice as well as special music by those God has gifted.

After the Service

Many people linger in the sanctuary to catch up with one another and to meet visitors.  Our other gathering place is Fellowship Hall where light refreshments are served immediately after the service to encourage fellowship.

What We Believe

STATEMENT OF FAITH

First Congregational Church’s statement of faith, to which every member subscribes, is summarized in the following paragraphs.  We believe that complete understanding of these paragraphs requires reference to the text of the Scriptures that form the basis of this statement of faith.  We believe that “The Apostles’ Creed” embodies the fundamental truths of the Christian Faith and it is recited in unison during worship services periodically during the church year.

Scripture

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith, life and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18)

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  (Deuteronomy 6:4; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11; 2 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures.  He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.  (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 7; John 1:3-14; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 3:24-25; Acts 1:9-10)

Holy Spirit

We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age, to convict, regenerate, seal, indwell, guide, instruct, fill and empower the believer for godly living and service.  (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18; Romans 8:9; Titus 3:5; 1 John 2:20-27)

Mankind

We believe man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.  (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:36; Romans 3:9-23)

Salvation

We believe the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.  (Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:4-10; Titus 3:4-7; John 1:2, 3:16-36, 5:24; Romans 5:9-11, 8:1)

Sacraments

We believe water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this age.  They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation or prerequisites for church membership.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 34-38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12; Luke 22:19-20)

The Church

We believe the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head.  (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-24; Romans 12:5; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 2:41-42, 14:27)

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, premillenial and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that the hope of His appearing has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.  (Mark 13:32; Revelation 1:7; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Judgment

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and eternal separation from God.  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15; John 5:28-29; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34-41)

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the Body, and the life everlasting.

Amen