Serving Others

The Church is God’s great idea. It is a place where people can discover a new life and live in a new way. The people of the early church were “the called out ones”, “disciples”, and followers of the “Way”. In the early church there was an atmosphere which included a sense of awe, togetherness, unselfishness, unity, power, community, and a strong sense of mission.

Our mission and focus is all important. It defines why we exist and why we are here. Emil Bruner in his book God’s Forgetful Pilgrims, Recalling the Church To Its Reason For Being states,“The Church exists by mission as fire exists by burning. When we lose sight of this mission, we lose sight of our purpose for living and will quickly forget how blessed we truly are.”

At First Congregational United Church of Christ, we truly believe that we are called into the church to serve others.

We reach out to those within our own church family, our local community, and the world.  We support a number of local mission projects including the Hardin County Food Shelf, Seeds of Hope domestic abuse prevention services and shelter, the Migrant Worker Welcome Dinner, providing coats, hats, and mittens for schoolchildren, adopting families at Christmas, and offering direct assistance to those who come to the church with particular individual, immediate needs.  We reach out beyond our community through our gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission of the United Church of Christ, disaster relief through One Great Hour of Sharing and special offerings as needs arise, and through a recent adult mission trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS.  Please check out any of these links for more information or to learn how you can join us in making a difference in the world.