7171 N. Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN 46240

317.257.5397

WHO WE ARE

Coming out of the Congregational tradition, we are a covenantal rather than creedal church. 

We believe in the freedom and responsibility of the individual soul and the right of private judgment; no test of creed or dogma shall be required as a condition of membership.  

Statement of Mission

We are called by Jesus to be a transforming presence for God in the world.  By this we mean:

  • -   propelled by God’s grace, we strive to welcome and love everyone;
  • -   seeking to hear God’s voice in today’s world, we worship, learn and grow in faith individually and as a community;
  • -   responding to God’s call for compassion, justice, and care of the earth, we equip and empower each other to make a difference in our lives and in the world.

Church Covenant: 

We are in covenant with God and one another to:

-   serve God with faithfulness;

-   treat one another with acceptance, love, and compassion;

-   bear witness to the world with love; and

-   live our faith humbly, yet boldly.

 

We are

Open and Affirming,

fully accepting and welcoming people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

In 1994, First Congregational UCC voted to become an Open and Affirming church, making our commitment to welcoming all people into our church and into our life an official part of our bylaws. We are a member of the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination and seek to actively support gay, lesbian, bisexual,  transgender, intersex  justice issues while providing a home of love and acceptance to all.

We commonly hold and seek

to live into the Christian values of:

Progressive (both in fresh understandings of God’s word and an openness to the new issues that God calls us to address):

  • Inclusiveness
  • Spiritual Vitality
  • Servant Community
  • Equal rights for women
  • Radical hospitality to all, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey

 

We are members and participants in the Body of Christ.

We are staff and lay leaders, united to serve God and empower the members and participants of the church in faith, service and ministry.

We are a supportive, inclusive community.

 

UCC DENOMINATION

We are members of the United Church of Christ.  

The United Church of Christ consists of over 5,000 congregations who united out of the Congregational, Christian, liberal Lutheran and liberal Reformed traditions to form a new church that sought to define and guide its life not by our glorious pasts and traditions but to be faithful to what God called us to be about in the future.

The United Church of Christ affirms as a statement of faith commonly held by us that:

 

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus Christ our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

 

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image and sets before us the ways of life and death.

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows up on the Holy Spirit creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

God calls us into the Church, to accept the cost and joys of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
 

God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God. Amen.

MEET OUR STAFF

Pastor Sarah Lund

PastorSarah@fcindy.org

Senior Minister

Pastor Sarah is passionate about loving God, her family, and being part of faith communities. Her personal mission is to partner with others to share God's healing and hope.  She is an ordained minister with standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as pastor to churches in Brooklyn, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and New Smyrna Beach, FL. Pastor Sarah also served as Regional Minister for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ where she worked with congregations on vitality and  renewal. After serving Christian Theological Seminary as Vice President for Advancement, Pastor Sarah was called by unanimous vote of the congregation in January of 2018 to serve as our senior pastor.


Pastor Sarah's formal education includes degrees from Trinity University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), Rutgers University (MSW), McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin) and the certificate in Fundraising Management from the IUPUI School of Fundraising. 


Pastor Sarah is an active community volunteer and serves as a board member of the local Martin Luther King Community Center and on the board of the national United Church of Christ Mental Health Network. Pastor Sarah serves on the leadership team for the Bethany Fellows, a national program mentoring young pastors and she is the Open and Affirming Consultant for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ.


Pastor Sarah received the Princeton Engle Preaching Prize in 2002 for excellence in preaching and the Bob and Joyce Dell Award for Mental Health Education from the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network in 2015 for "her outstanding authorship and leadership in breaking the silence about mental illness in family and in church and offering healing and hope." She is the author of the widely regarded book "Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family and Church" (Chalice Press, 2014) and blogs at sarahgriffithlund.com.


Pastor Sarah is married to Jonathan Lund, who is a medical massage therapist at Carmel Wellness and they are the proud parents of their elementary age son Carter. Fia, a boxer/poodle mix, is also a beloved member of their family. 

Shannon Abbott

Administrative Assistant

shannon@fcindy.org

Julie Houston

Choir Director

Sean Baker

Pianist, Arranger


MEET OUR OFFICERS

Karen Walker

Moderator

The Moderator chairs the Annual Meeting, the Church Council and all business meetings of the Church. The Moderator is an ex-officio member, without vote, of all Standing Boards, and is a delegate ex-officio to the Annual Meeting of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC.

Rich Gibson

Vice Moderator

In the Moderator’s absence, the Vice Moderator shall preside, or a Chair may be chosen by the meeting. The Vice Moderator shall be a member ex-officio, without vote, of all Standing Boards.

Jim Lootens

Treasurer

The Treasurer oversees the operating funds of the Church (and any other funds entrusted to the  Treasurer), signs all checks disbursing these funds as authorized by the appropriate Board or Team.  The Treasurer makes a financial report to the congregation at the Annual Meeting and performs such other duties as are usually incident to the Office. The Treasurer is a member ex-officio of the Board of Trustees.

George Meier

Financial Secretary

The Financial Secretary keeps an account for each person making a pledge to the Church, oversees offerings made to the church, coordinates as such with the Treasurer, and makes a report at the Annual Meeting and periodically to the Trustees. The Financial Secretary is a member ex-officio of the Board of Trustees.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Larracey

Clerk

The Clerk keeps the minutes of the proceedings of the Church, the Board of Trustees, and the Church Council. The Clerk ensures that a permanent register of the members of the Church is kept, with the dates of their reception and removal; and of baptisms, marriages, births and deaths; and makes a full report at the Annual Meeting. The Clerk gives legal notice of meetings when required, reports to the appropriate person all communications intended for the Church and conducts its correspondence as may be necessary.


WORSHIP

SUNDAYS

11:00AM & 5:30PM