What is the First Community Church?
The First Community Church is an interdenominational church, open to believers of every name and creed, seeking to establish a unity among all believers and to promote the Kingdom of God among all peoples in a practical program of Christian service in the community and throughout the world.
What is an interdenominational church?
It is a church which has no denominational affiliation. It is a church which draws its members from various denominations and creates, thus, a unity of those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our Savior. The members from these many religious traditions participate in complete freedom as they listen to the Word of God as preached by the minister, as they listen to scriptures read by members of the congregation, as they observe the Lord’s Supper each Sunday. There is no insistence upon uniformity of creed or worship.
What, then, does the church believe?
The First Community Church is committed to the discipleship of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to His two great commandments as the Christian way of life: “Jesus said: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 37-40, New International Version of the Holy Bible. First Community Church maintains the fullest freedom of the individual conscience in all matters of faith and practice and welcomes sincere worshippers of whatever name or background to its services and membership.
What is a worship service like?
We sing a hymn of praise; we invoke the presence of the Lord. We pray the Lord’s prayer; we pray a prayer of confession; we silently confess our sins; we have an assurance of acceptance and pardon; we have a pastoral prayer; we make our gifts and tithes and offerings, and we observe the Lord’s Supper. We have hymns and special music. We listen to scriptures; we hear the Word of God as spoken by our minister, and we end with a hymn of commitment. It’s all very simple, unpretentious, but reverently done.
What is the mission of the church?
The First Community Church is a people of God seeking to live the principles of God’s Kingdom within the created world; to practice a thoughtful Christianity in the context of traditional worship; and to address the world with the hope of the gospel. We believe in Jesus Christ, the interpreter of God to the world and the redeemer of mankind. We embrace His teachings as the guiding principles of our lives and we consecrate ourselves to their fulfillment. We therefore covenant together to worship, minister, and fellowship so as to express the love and faith taught and exemplified by Jesus.
How does one become a member?
Attend a service or two. (Our service is at 10 a.m. on Sundays.) Decide whether we are what you are looking for. Meet with our minister, and then, if you wish, declare your membership to him, and he will introduce you to the congregation, perhaps at a church service or maybe at a church dinner.