No single creed expresses the measure of our faith except for our common love of God and our desire to follow Christ. We believe in a nonliteral reading of the Bible, feeling that the Word is open to interpretation and growth. We seek to be open to new truths and to walk together in mutual concerns as God leads us. We also respect the beliefs and traditions of other religions. The autonomy of the local church is one of our valued principles. Our church is governed by the congregation and our elected Council and Committee members, and led by our ordained clergy according to the vision determined by the membership. We benefit from the support of the Northeast Association of the United Church of Christ, the Wisconsin Conference UCC, and of the UCC National Office in Cleveland, OH. Our goal is Doors Open, Arms Open, Minds Open.
United as a community of faith to worship God and to love and serve our neighbor as followers of Jesus the Christ.
We, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ, envision our church as a gathering of faithful followers of Jesus the Christ. Our fellowship in worship, education, service and witness will provide us, and those affected by us, with the inspiration and empowerment for the living of every day.
We are and Open and Affirming congregation.
Our worship reflect this as all of God’s children are invited to gather…
…celebrate the divine presence in the drama of human history
…to be refreshed by the winds of the Spirit blowing across baptismal waters
…to eat Christ’s holy meal
…to hear God’s story and our story
…to offer our humanness during life’s pilgrimage
…to praise and thank God through voice and silence, gifts and shortcomings, prayers and doubts
…to receive an empowering grace to share with the world God loves
…to work in partnership with God to proclaim the gospel
…to promote justice
We join together as pilgrims in our journeys of faith.
In this, as in all things, we ask God’s blessing, guidance, and help.
The First Congregational Church was formed in 1855 in Plymouth, by direct descendants of the Mayflower pilgrims. Twelve families were charter members having expressed a desire for a form of church government such as they had know in New York. The original church building was located on the corner of Main and Pleasant streets and existed for 142 years. The present site of 6.2 acres was purchased in 1996 and construction began the same year. On January 12, 1997, First Congregational UCC occupied a new 16,500 square foot facility for the first time. Together with other Congregational churches, our congregation voted in 1962 to participate in the national merger with the Evangelical and Reformed Church thus creating the United Church of Christ. We belong to the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Northeast Association of that conference.