FIRST CONGREGATIONAL

UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST
INDIANAPOLIS

No matter who you are,

or where you are 

on life's journey,

you are welcome here!


New this Month: Transitions!

Rev. Michael H. Montgomery, Ph.D., came to us in July, 2015 as an intentional interim, planning on a year to three years to be with us as we worked through some stuff, got our feet under us and addressed some major issues in our life.  Part of this work was that he would leave us when we were ready.  That time is now!


First Congregational is delighted to welcome the Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffth Lund as our new minister beginning March 1.  She is the immediate past vice president for seminary advancement at the Christian Theological Seminary and has experience in working with churches in Minnesota and Florida.  She was called by a unanimous vote in a special Congregational Meeting on January 7.  We are very excited!


Celebrate Rev. Montgomery’s time with us:

- Lenten supper on February 21 (see below)

- Official celebration on February 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

- and his last worship services with us  on February 25.  All are welcome!

COME VISIT

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THIS SUNDAY

 11AM & 5:30PM

All are welcome!

Visit us and sing along as we lift our voices up to God in praise.


Traditional worship starts at 11:00 AM


New Creation worship begins at 5:30 PM

New Creation worship is a jazz based worship experience that weaves together prayer and an interactive interaction with the Bible, usually but not always on the same themes as the morning worship service.  Think of it as a house church with a really good band.  Come join us!


We look forward to seeing you!

Lenten Events

Being the Beloved Community - Our Lenten Journey

Wednesday February 21

"Lessons and Challenges for our Community," presented by Rev. Michael in his signature interactive style.   Please join us at 6:15 for a light supper. 

The program begins at 7:00 PM

Wednesday February 28

The Green Team will present on how the Beloved Community cares for God's beloved creation.  Please join us at 6:15 for a light supper.  The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Sunday March 4

A workshop on communication presented by guest speaker Cynthia Drouin.  Ms. Drouin graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is a  Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, working towards full licensure.   She is skilled at teaching groups of diverse people ways of communicating that help them set and meet their goals while at the same time affirming one another even when compromise is necessary.  Ms. Drouin has a history with FCC; she grew up in our church and is the daughter of the beloved Rev. Waldo Savage.  Come join us for an afternoon of learning and practicing ways of communicating within the beloved community.

Sunday March 11

The folks from New Creation will present a Lenten program that will help us all deepen our faith through creative and innovative approaches to the scriptures.  Come and be prepared to be inspired!  Better yet, come an experience New Creation worship service from 5:30 - 6:30; enjoy a light meal from 6:30 - 7:00 and stay for the Lenten program. 

Sunday March 18

Events TBA


Themes this Month

Traditional Service


February 4

A Place of Healing

Based on Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39, the Scriptural foundation on the work of Jesus and the power of God as relates to healing raises a challenge to churches:  how can we be places of healing?  Communion will be served.

February 11

A Place of Light

 Based on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mar 9:2-9.  In times when it seems like the night rises among us, the insights Paul and the gospels about Jesus being a source of light for our lives seems particularly important.   What does it mean for the church to be a place of light, where we see more clearly and are a source of light for the world?

February 14

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: A time of focus and blessing

We will celebrate Taize-style with chanting and reflection with optional communion and the imposition of ashes.  And it’s St. Valentine’s Day!  What could be more appropriate (we are working on how to fit these two themes together!)

February 18

A Place of Christ’s Presence

Based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and Ephesians 4:1-16, we look at what it means for the church to be the Body of Christ.

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February 25

A Place of God’s Blessing

Based on Genesis 12, 1 Corinthians 13 and Matthew 5:13-16, we reflect on the church as being  a place where people discover God’s blessings. 

This will be Dr. Montgomery’s last Sunday with us!

Themes this Month

New Creation Service


February 4

We continue our theme of expressing our devotion to God by experiencing a ‘Quaker meeting’ style of worship: silence and speaking only when the Spirit says ‘Speak!’

February 11

How have other people’s lives have influenced our lives of faith.  Who have been our exemplars? Shaped us through their examples.  Romans 16.

February 18

Lent is a time when Christians prepared for baptism and formally choosing to follow Christ.  Which raises the question of other than penance for our sins, what is important to progressive Christians in following Jesus?  We begin by asking the basic question: “What’s Important about Jesus?”  

February 25

How do we follow Jesus?  By showing compassion for others! 

Dr. Montgomery’s last Sunday with us

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