Who We Are

We are a church based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We welcome all people who are on their faith journeys and provide support for each other as we seek to apply Biblical scriptures to relevant social challenges around us.

We are also a part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination formed in 1957 through the merger of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. Nationally, the UCC has 1.2 million members and approximately 6,500 congregations. There are 138 UCC congregations in southern California.

Just Peace

In 1986, our congregation named itself a Just Peace Church. As such, we are committed to staying informed on public policy issues and responding to them in ways which promote peace and justice. To find out more about our commitment to justice and peace, please click the links to visit our congregation’s Just Peace Committee website and the national UCC Just Peace website.

Open and Affirming

We are an Open and Affirming (ONA) Church, welcoming lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people into the full communion and membership of the church. To find out more about the activities of the FCC Lambda group and our ONA commitment, please click the links to visit the FCC Lambda Group websiteand the national UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.

Our Mission Statement

As a family of God on a journey of faith, we strive to:
Practice inclusiveness and celebrate diversity,
Empower lives through worship, growth, and action,
Nurture the gifts and honor the needs of each other, those around us,
and all of God’s creation.

— created by the members of First Congregational Church, UCC on June 5, 1993

and approved by the Church Council on July 26, 1993.

Our Church Covenant

Having been kept by the grace of God unto this hour, and seeking in all things to have the mind of Christ, we do now covenant one with another to dwell together in the communion and fellowship of this Church. As the children of one God, partaking in a common life, we promise to seek each other’s highest good, to order our ways according to the example of Jesus Christ, and to share in the work of the Realm of God. These things we covenant and strive to do in the power of an endless life; praying that, loving and being loved, serving and being served, blessing and being blessed, we may be prepared while we dwell together on earth for the perfect communion of the Life Eternal.