What We Believe

What We Believe

United Church of Christ · Statement of Faith

We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

 

We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

 

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

 

We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.

 

We believe that all of the baptized ‘belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’ No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life’s journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community’s promise of ‘love, support and care’ for the baptized – and we promise that we won’t take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.

 

We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ’s presence among us along with a ‘cloud of witnesses’ – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

 

We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.

 

We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. ‘To believe is to care; to care is to do.’

 

We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.

 

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

 

We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear … for after all, God is still speaking, …

Upcoming Events
December 14, 2018
  • Men's Prayer Group

    December 14, 2018 · 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

    Library

December 15, 2018
  • YG Christmas Partys

    December 15, 2018

    Youth Room

  • Genesis YG

    December 15, 2018 · 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Youth Room - Wear your favorite Christmas PJs and enjoy breakfast treats!
    Bring a $5-$10 gift for our "Swap with a twist"

  • MS YG & HS YG

    December 15, 2018 · 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    Youth Room - wear your favorite Christmas PJs and enjoy breakfast treats.
    Bring a $5-$10 gift for our "Swap with a twist"

December 16, 2018
  • Third Sunday of Advent

    December 16, 2018

  • Worship

    December 16, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Fair Trade

    December 16, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Vestry

  • YG Gift Wrap Fundraiser

    December 16, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Cookie Swap

    December 16, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

December 17, 2018
  • Church Council

    December 17, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

December 18, 2018
  • Trustee Meeting

    December 18, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Library

December 19, 2018
  • Staff Meeting

    December 19, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Women's AA

    December 19, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

December 20, 2018
  • Choir Rehearsal

    December 20, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

December 21, 2018
  • Men's Prayer Group

    December 21, 2018 · 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

    Library

December 22, 2018
  • Pageant Dress Rehearsal

    December 22, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

December 23, 2018
  • Fourth Sunday of Advent

    December 23, 2018

  • Worship

    December 23, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Christmas Pageant

    December 23, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

December 24, 2018
  • Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2018

  • Family Service

    December 24, 2018 · 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

  • Lessons & Carols

    December 24, 2018 · 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM

December 25, 2018
  • Office & PCCP Closed

    December 25, 2018

  • Christmas Day

    December 25, 2018

December 26, 2018
  • Office & PCCP Closed

    December 26, 2018