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Music is a vibrant and integral part of worship and the FCC community. With four vocal choirs, a bell choir, children’s choir, music and drama for children/youth, a band, special “pop-up” groups, stellar soloists, regional and national guest artists, there’s truly something for everyone!

Our musicians strive to complement and enhance the worship experience, leading the congregation in song, praise, reflection, and spiritual expression. Experience is helpful but auditions are not required. FCC music ministries are led by a gifted team of musicians who are active professionally in the community and the world.

Oct. 15: “Stay with Me” (Third Sunday Choir)
Oct. 22: “Hymn of Promise”
Oct. 29: “A Place at the Table” (Pastor Melanie’s 20th anniversary)

Chancel Choir

Music-ChancelChoir2Chancel Choir is FCC’s flagship ensemble, and sings in most Sunday morning services and special services through out the program year (September to June). The choir’s primary role is to complement each service by leading the congregation in song and spiritual expression.  Our repertoire spans classical, gospel, jazz, contemporary, spirituals, world music, Taize, choral/orchestral masterworks and more!

We’re always happy to welcome new singers that can carry a tune (high school through adult). No formal audition, but you will be asked to sing for the director to hear range. Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the Wheeler Room from 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Greg Sojka, gregs@fcceugene.org 

Vocal Ensemble

Vocal Ensemble is a small group of singers (and occasionally instrumentalists) who rehearse after worship services many Sunday mornings from approximately 11:00-11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Ensemble presents anthems periodically in Sunday worship services, Christmas Eve early service, and joins with Chancel Choir to form the Festival Choir for large-scale, special services. Style tends to be contemporary and no audition is required (singing/playing experience is helpful).

Directed by Greg Sojka gregs@fcceugene.org 

Joyful Noise

JoyfulMusical15aJoyful Noise Children’s Choir welcomes all interested singers ages 6-12. Joyful Noise rehearses most Sunday mornings during worship service (approx. 10:20-11:15 am) in the chapel with leaders Debi Noel and Jennifer Sellers.

Our first rehearsal will be on Sunday, September 17. All are welcome!

Directed by Debi Noel ibedleon@gmail.com and Jennifer Sellers, jennifers@fcceugene.org

Third Sunday Choir

Music-ThirdSundayChoir3All interested singers are invited to this once-a-month all comer’s choir. This is a great opportunity for singers who are not able to commit to a weekly choir, but are interested in singing occasionally in worship. We meet the third Sunday of each month at 9:00 am in the sanctuary to learn a simple song that will be sung during that day’s worship service.

Directed by Greg Sojka, gregs@fcceugene.org 

Festival Choir

Music-SchubertGroupPhotoFestival Choir is our largest vocal group, combining all choral ensembles and singers who are interested in “special occasions.” Recent projects have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, selections from Faure’s Requiem (all accompanied by chamber orchestra), Service of Lessons and Carols during Advent, Taize style services with instrumentalists, and most recently a special Tenebrae service, collaborating with guest artists Siri Vik, Nathan Bick, Jeralee Salaets and Kathryn Brunhaver. Festival Choir typically rehearses for six weeks prior to Advent and Holy Week on Wednesdays from 7-7:45 pm and Sundays from 11-11:45 am. Another excellent opportunity for those who love to sing, but can’t commit to a regular choir!

Directed by Greg Sojka gregs@fcceugene.org

Bell Choir


Music-BellChoirBell Choir rehearses most Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:15 pm in the sanctuary balcony from September through June. We play in the worship service about once a month and have lots of fun together. This is a great way to get involved in the music program; music experience is helpful but not necessary, and new ringers are encouraged. Bell Choir can be an “entry level” opportunity for anyone who’s always wanted to be part of a music group, as well as a welcome place for more experienced musicians. The group is seeking ringers from high school age and up who would like to be part of an engaging voice in our worship.

The first bell rehearsal will be on Wednesday September 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Directed by Jennifer Sellers, jennifers@fcceugene.org 

FCC House Band

Photo of House BandThe House Band is a group of singers and instrumentalists who play mostly by ear, will rehearse on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in the Wheeler room at 5:30 p.m., with coaching from Vicki Brabham. Bring your instrument and come jam! New members encouraged.

Rehearsal begins on Thursday, September 14.

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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  • Photo of Pastor Melanie Oommen
    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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    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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