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About Us

We are an open and affirming, Christian Church, seeking to live Jesus’ vision of inclusive community and mission.

Banner-Mission_StatementWe are an “open and affirming” congregation, meaning that all people are welcome to participate fully in the life of our congregation regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to our wider church connection with the United Church of Christ, we are a member of The Center For Progressive Christianity and affirm the eight points of a progressive expression of Christianity.

Though worship is the Sunday morning hub, our life in community is nurtured by our many small groups, each with a distinct focus of fellowship, musical, social justice, support, or spiritual growth. Ensemble Choir, Dinners for Eight, Grief Recovery Group, and Youth Groups, are a few examples of our small-group emphasis.

Our compassion extends beyond our church walls – in 2015 we gave $141,760 to outreach missions of care and compassion. Our preschool, which some parents have characterized as “the last perfect place on Earth” provides a solid learning and creative foundation for 90 youngsters in our community each year.

Today, our church family encompasses over 625 members with 200-300 more calling us their home church- representing many walks of life, beliefs, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. On Sunday, five generations join to worship and study together, and throughout the week we pursue our spiritual pilgrimages through service to the church, our community, and our families.  For a snapshot of the many ways we can be Church, look at our organizational chart in the side-bar.

We Have A Heritage of Free-Thinkers

Our church family has a distinguished heritage reaching back to the earliest days of our nation. The forebears of our denominational connection, the United Church of Christ, include the Pilgrims, independent thinkers who sought spiritual freedom.

In Eugene, our roots can be traced to Thomas Condon, our church founder. Ordained as a Congregational minister, he was also the first professor of geology at the University of Oregon. Condon saw no conflict between modern science, including the theory of evolution, and biblical faith.

In 1889 he gathered some like minded persons who covenanted together to form First Congregational Church in Eugene, known today as First Congregational United Church of Christ. First Congregational UCC, Eugene, has occupied three buildings. From each of these sites, the church has provided a community and encouragement for people to explore a progressive expression of Christianity.

What's Happening?

  • Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Advent is coming and we are preparing to share the rich stories of this season in our Advent pageant during worship in December. There are opportunities for all ages and all talents to help bring our...
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  • Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Dear Church Family, Thank you for the most amazing celebration of our 20 years together in shared ministry on October 29. For all of it I thank you: from giving thanks in worship for the journey...
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  • The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree, in the downstairs lobby, is a special Christmas tree that hangs heavy with gift tags with the names and gift requests from adults in two care facilities in our community: in Shelter Care’s...
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  • Women's Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    Women’s Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    All women of the church are warmly welcomed December 10 to Women’s Fellowship, a time of respite from the holiday bustle. Candles and Angel Cards will inspire an evening of reflection and friendship at this traditional Christmas gathering....
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  • CAHOOTS Food Drive
    CAHOOTS Food Drive
    FCC supports CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), a unique and critical community service coordinated by White Bird Clinic and the City of Eugene. CAHOOTS responds to non-criminal crises, including homelessness, intoxication, disorientation, and...
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Music, singing and special candle lighting for the season on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Room.  All are welcome! Volunteers are needed for help setting up. Sign-ups in the lobby, or contact...
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  • FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    A combined choir of 40 FCC singers will present the charming Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat in the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 17. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra of UO music faculty/students, featuring...
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  • Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    What gift can we bring to the Christ Child? Our annual Christmas Special Offering will be received on Sunday morning, December 17. This Special Offering will be equally divided between two important efforts of the United...
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  • New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    Would you like to be part of a small group at church? Would you like to dig a little deeper into the scriptures? Disciplines may be for you! The small group lectionary Bible Study group called...
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  • Photo of building progress at Square One-Emerald Village Eugene
    Housing Initiative Updates: Building, Renovating, Van and Squash!
    Fall has been a time of construction and growth for the FCC Housing Initiative and our partners. Ground was broken this summer for Square One’s Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) project and this tiny home community is...
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Upcoming Events

  • House Band Rehearsal
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Festival Choir Dress Rehearsal
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Service of Longest Night
    December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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