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.

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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.


​​​​​​​We are members of the United Church of Christ.  

The United Church of Christ consists of roughly 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.


WHO IS UCC

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).



The Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.

MEET OUR STAFF

Rev. Michael Montgomery

RevMichael@fcindy.org

Intentional Interim Minister

Michael has a varied history of serving as a settled minister, interim minister, and seminary teaching. Since his wife is a minister in the Chicago area, he will spend  most  of his time in Indianapolis, but will be commuting back and forth from Chicago. Michael grew up in Iowa, where he graduated from Coe College. He then  received an  MBA from the University of Chicago in 1980. He received an M.Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1983, followed by a Ph.D. in 2003. We look forward to the ministry we do together in the next several years!

Cheryl Dillenback

Cheryl@fcindy.org

Administrative &
Communications Coordinator

Nick Fennig

Organist

Julie Houston

Choir Director

Sean Baker

New Creation


MEET OUR OFFICERS

Bob Cook

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.

Karen Walker

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.

Wendy Baldwin

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.

Carol Sowle

Past Moderator


WORSHIP

SUNDAYS

11:00AM & 5:30PM