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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?

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    Worship Roundtable on Sunday, October 22
    Worship is part of our service to God as a Christian community. Traditionally worship–liturgy (from the Greek word “leitougia”)–is “the work of the people.” As we continue to live into our call to develop worship experiences...
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    Pastor Melanie Oommen 20th Anniversary Bash Oct. 29
    Join us for this very special Sunday. There will be a delicious luncheon thanks to Chef Patty!  Please sign up for the lunch by clicking on the SignUp Button on the right. Melanie asked for Mid-West Homestyle...
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  • Special Guest Preacher  Sunday, October 29
    Special Guest Preacher Sunday, October 29
    The Rev. Molly Carlson began her ministry in the Central Pacific Conference as our new Designated Term Conference Minister on August 15. Molly brings great energy and passion to her ministerial work. We are excited about having...
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  • Photo of pumpkin carving
    Intergenerational Fun: Pizza and Pumpkin Carving Oct. 29
    Wear your costume, bring your pumpkin, and join us for pizza and pumpkin carving in the Fellowship Hall from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. All pumpkin carving supplies will be provided! This is a wonderful...
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  • Time to share your talent with FCC
    Time to share your talent with FCC
    Make your church community stronger with your involvement. It takes a village! What are your areas of interest?  How can you support the many events at church? Opportunities to share your time and talents are varied...
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  • Is your pledge up to date?
    Is your pledge up to date?
    2017 Budget Update: At two-thirds of the year completed, we are at 58.55% of our pledged donations, as opposed to 66.67% of where we would like to be at this time in the budget year....
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  • NOW HIRING: Childcare Supervisor
    NOW HIRING: Childcare Supervisor
    Position Description for Childcare Supervisor The care of our young children is a vital ministry of First Congregational Church. The Childcare Supervisor will provide leadership, coordination, training, and supervision related to the church childcare needs. The...
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  • UCC 3 great loves, a just world for all
    A Journey Begins…
    The United Church of Christ has a vision of a just world for all. In this world all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. The 3 Great Loves is our denomination’s opportunity to...
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  • Next Festival Choir rehearsal Nov. 5
    Next Festival Choir rehearsal Nov. 5
    You are invited to participate in a wonderful upcoming musical opportunity in the life of our church The FESTIVAL CHOIR will begin work on the Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat, a charming Baroque-era piece that we will present in the December 17 worship service...
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Upcoming Events

  • Pancake Breakfast by CPS
    October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Our Whole Lives Facilitators Training
    October 27, 2017-October 29, 2017 @ 
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  • Melanie's 20th Anniversary
    October 29, 2017
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  • Worship:Guest Preacher
    October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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  • Melanie's 20th Ann. Bash
    October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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  • Pizza, Pumpkin Carving, and Haunted Stage
    October 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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