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Who We Are

Welcoming, Seeking, Loving, Serving in Christian Community…

This is our mission statement and guides us on our journeys together as we serve our Still-Speaking God.

OUR VISION

Banner-GodIsLove“We are called by God to be a Christian Church, seeking to live Jesus’ vision of community and mission…”  FCC Vision Statement

We value our Congregational heritage of democratic self-governance, intellectual freedom and responsibility of self-discovery.

We value our covenant with the United Church of Christ and seek ways to strengthen our commitment to the national and global expression of our ministry and mission.

We endeavor to increase our social concern for and connection with all who suffer, looking for ways to enable peace and justice among ourselves and in the world.

We are committed to providing opportunity for all persons to explore and grow in their unique spiritual gifts through a diverse range of worship, education, music, small group, and mission experiences.

We will work to remove barriers – – – physical, social, financial, attitudinal, theological – – – so that all will feel welcomed, included, valued and free.

We want to continue to grow, celebrating the gifts of new members, and being intentional about openness to change and planning for the future.

We seek to be a church valuing the contributions of all ages while understanding our special responsibility to help youth discover their own identity and prepare to be the church of tomorrow.

We will provide facility and leadership equipped to meet the needs of the next generation of the church.

We covenant to listen for God’s Word, mindful that religious truth will be revealed in varied, new, and surprising ways…

The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity

TCPC LogoBy calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who…

  1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life;
  2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;
  3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to: Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, Believers and agnostics, Women and men, Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, Those of all classes and abilities;
  4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
  5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes
  6. Strive for peace and justice among all people
  7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth
  8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.

2011 Version, The Center for Progressive Christianity

The United Church of Christ

ucc-200-blOur Eugene church family has a heritage reaching back to the earliest days of our nation. The forebears of our denominational connection, the United Church of Christ (UCC), include the Pilgrims, those independent free thinkers who sought spiritual freedom.

Formed out of a merger in 1957 between the Congregational-Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church in America, the 5,600 congregations of the UCC are known for our legacy of involvement in ministries of compassion, advocacy, and social justice. Dedication to progressive principles led our denominational ancestors to oppose slavery and form the first anti-slavery society in America with multiracial leadership. Our history also includes the ordination of the first African American pastor, the first woman minister, and the first openly gay minister. The UCC was the first major multiracial denomination to elect an African American as denominational president. The UCC was also the first to affirm marriage rights for non-heterosexual couples.

Visit our denominations website at www.ucc.org

Daily Devotionals   http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/daily-devotional/ 

Central Pacific Conference

UCC red comma logoWe are members of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ.

There are 49 church members in our geographical areas of Oregon, Idaho, and southern Washington.  

Central Pacific Conference Newsletter

An online newsletter comes out monthly from the Conference Minister of our Central Pacific Conference. It is full of information about local and national church events, news from our neighboring churches, opportunities for service, mission opportunities, etc. If you would like to receive this free informational newsletter, you can sign up on the website.

www.cpcucc.org 

Church Board

churchBoardOur governance is “congregational,” which means that the members own the church and make all major decisions about money, mission, and staffing.

The congregation of members elect a nine-person Church Board to provide ongoing leadership, planning, program evaluation, and fiscal oversight.  In congregational meetings budgets are presented, priorities are discussed, and leadership is elected.

Board members serve three-year terms and can be nominated by any member.    Potential board members must have had previous church committee, task force, or other leadership experience, and have the endorsement of three other First Congregational UCC members.   

The Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month at noon and provides spiritual and missional leadership on behalf of the congregation. In addition to board meetings, each member also serves on one or more standing committees or task forces.  If you are interested, please contact staff. A nomination form is made available each spring, and the election of board members occurs at the June Congregational Meeting.

Current Board Members, term ends in June:

  • Lynne Hellesvig, 2018, Moderator
  • Liz Gill, 2018 (Past Moderator)
  • Jim Brown, 2018
  • Royce Saltzman, 2019
  • Don Hanson, 2019
  • Mary Otten, 2019
  • John Hudspeth, 2020
  • Louis Nosce, 2020
  • Judy Fowler, 2020
  • Rene Buchanan, Treasurer
  • Julie Jessal, Clerk
  • Jane Brown, Asst. Clerk

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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