At FCUCC, we believe that working for peace and justice is one of the primary ways we live out our faith. We follow in the way of Jesus, who welcomed the outcast and stood up against oppressive systems. We are a JUST PEACE church (see document link below to read about what this means). It is not uncommon for our pastors to address justice issues from the pulpit or for congregation members to be involved in social movements.
Our ministries educate, motivate, and empower us to respond in the spirit of Christ to the needs of our neighbors near and far.
Our overall financial support goes to seven areas of emphasis: children/youth/elderly, health, environment, housing/shelter, peace and justice, racial reconciliation, and UCC National.
We often have short-term goal oriented ministry projects. For example, at the start of last school year, our congregation donated enough money that we were able to provide school supplies for Emma Elementary. For the past three Christmas seasons, we raised enough money to buy (and wrap and deliver!) a Christmas gift for every single student at Community High School. We are currently working on supplying food to stock a food pantry located just next to Emma Elementary with healthy food staples so that the entire families of students at Emma Elementary have enough to eat. Over 90% of the students there face food insecurity everyday. Manna Foodbank provides backpacks with enough food for each student over the weekend, but they are not designed to be shared with the families. This project hopes to fill in that gap, providing food for the entire family.
Do you feel called to start a ministry? Feeling passionate about something the church might do? Feeling called to start something exciting at this church? Call the church at (828) 252-8729 and let's talk about it.
Some of our ongoing ministries include:
Laundry Love Laundry Love seeks to bring economic relief by giving the individual or family the option to redirect funds that would be used for laundromat service toward food, medical, gas or transportation costs as well as school supplies and other basic, everyday necessities. Our local branch was started by members of First Congregational. The youth of First Congregational are heavily involved in this program.
Room in the Inn Twice a year, we offer our building up for use as a traveling women's shelter.
We are a Just Peace church. Learn more in this document by clicking.