Message from our Executive Board


As I hope you have heard, our Executive Committee made the difficult decision to pause our worship beginning this Sunday, March 15. We are so thankful for leaders who face such decisions prayerfully, thoughtfully and faithfully, especially when such decisions are difficult. One of the things we discussed last night was how vital community is right now.  


What will community and worship look like if we are not meeting in person?

·      -- Our deacons and Thandiwe are available for pastoral care, prayer and conversation any time. Please reach out to them.

·      -- Videos and manuscripts of my sermons will be emailed to you by Sunday morning at 10:00 and they will be on our Facebook page and website. If you need/want these manuscripts mailed to your home, please contact the church office.

·      -- Join a Sunday morning Zoom Meeting call at 10:00 am. We will share joys and concerns, a time of prayer and communion. All are invited to participate.


Sunday Worship Gathering by Zoom (Computer & Phone)

Time: Mar 29, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Sunday at 10:00 am

To Join Zoom Meeting using your Telephone:

Dial 312-626-6799

If that number is busy, you can try one of these other access numbers:

301-715-8592

253-215-8782

646-558-8656

Enter the meeting id followed by the pound: 966 390 616 #

You will be asked to enter your user number or press pound. Simply press #

To Join Zoom Meeting using your computer or smartphone

click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/966390616

Then click “Join Meeting”

Meeting ID: 966 390 616

Sunday Worship Gathering on Facebook Live

You DO NOT need a facebook account to watch our worship on Facebook Live

Click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/LovelandUCC/

When asked if you want to sign in simply click “Not Now” and you should be taken directly to the church’s facebook page with the livestream going.


·      -- Join a Thursday evening conference call at 7:00 pm. We will share joys, concerns, and a time of prayer. Call-in numbers are the same as for Sunday.

·      -- Reach out to one another, your family, neighbors and friends. Telephone calls and good old-fashioned snail mail are particularly powerful forms of communication right now.

·      -- Check your email and the church’s Facebook page for prayers, reflections and updated resources about COVID-19 and recommendations for our wider communities.

·      -- Don’t have Facebook or email? Our church officers will be working to implement a phone tree system to keep everyone connected.  

·      -- Please mail Financial gifts to the church to support our ongoing ministries. Our Trustees are working to enable giving through our website. We realize that many of us have been impacted financially by the coronavirus and that contractors and those working in certain fields face uncertainty about income in the weeks to come. Please continue to give to our church at whatever level you can so that we can continue to minister to and support those in our community in need of care and assistance.


Thank you for being patient as we use unfamiliar technology and learn as we go.


You can read a Letter from our Pastor here. 

We are a historic church with an open heart in downtown Loveland.

We don’t all think alike, but we do take seriously the command to love one another.

You’ll find some of us in jeans, some of us with ties, and some of us just glad to have made it out of the house.

Every Sunday at the beginning of the service we say as a message of welcome, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!” And we mean it. 

Whether you are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, or dirt poor, you are welcome here.

Whether you grew up in the church, have never stepped foot in a church, or aren’t sure what to think of church,

you are welcome here.

We extend a special welcome to crying new borns and squirmy children who can’t sit still, to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up way too fast.

We welcome sports fans, starving artists, soccer moms, NASCAR dads, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters.

We welcome pollyanna’s and curmudgeons and those who stayed up all night binging on Netflix.

Whether your family just arrived in this country, has been here for generations, or are indigenous to this land, you are welcome here.

Whether you are struggling, or sad, or confused, or angry or despairing or hopeful or full of joy you are welcome here.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome the flexible, inflexible, tolerant, intolerant, those who laughed, and those who gasped at this welcome.

We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts……

and we especially welcome you!

Worship is at 10 am on Sundays.

We hope you will join us, for a day or for a lifetime.

OUR DENOMINATION

First Congregational Church is not a creedal or dogmatic church. We do not insist that anyone ascribe to any particular set of beliefs in order to be a member of our church. In fact we not only tolerate diversity in the expressions of faith at our church, we value them because we believe that each of us has a piece of truth to offer the rest of us.


First Congregational Church is part of the United Church of Christ, a denomination that began in 1957 but whose roots go all the way back to the pilgrims who left Europe in search of spiritual freedom. As they departed for the new world, their pastor, John Robinson, urged them to always keep their minds and hearts open to new ways with these words: “God has yet more light and truth to break forth from his holy Word.” Today we continue in that tradition, listening for how God is still speaking us to us today in the 21st century.  

More information about the United Church of Christ

OUR HISTORY

1901

On November 24, the church was organized.

1903

The original building was erected.

1915

The current building was constructed.

1960s

First Church became a United Church of Christ.

OUR CORE VALUES

We hold our Core Values close to us. Everything we do is based off of these core values.

  • Extravagant Welcome
    No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here.Reach the lost and broken
  • Life-long journey

    Our faith continues to grow and evolve throughout our whole lives. Follow the teachings of Jesus.

  • Engaging with the world                        Faith is not just what you believe, but how you live it out in the world. Fellowship with each other.

  • Ministry of all believers

    All members of the congregation are ministers of the gospel.Go beyond the church walls
  • Authentic Community 
    We cherish the ability to be real and bring our whole selves to God’s table.


OUR STAFF

Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Minister

We are please to announce that Rev. Thandiwe (pronounced tun-DEE-way) Dale-Ferguson will join us November 19, 2018.  Her work experience is varied, and always centered around showing love and compassion to others.  Thandiwe brings a passion for preaching, a heart for pastoral care, and a hunger for social justice, so that all people may experience the love of Christ. She is inclusive in her conversations and in her understanding of God.

thandiwe@lovelandUCC.org

Nikki Glantz, Music Director and Accompanist

Nikki has been with the church since 2010 and enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, and children Natalie, Anthony, and Giovanni.

nikki@lovelandUCC.org

Staci Hennings, Administrative Assistant

Staci joined the staff of First Congregational Church as the Administrative Assistant in 2011.  Staci enjoys spending time with her family and loves living in the beauty of Colorado.

office@lovelandUCC.org


TESTIMONIALS

"Being new to the town was difficult. As soon as I walked through the doors, I knew this would be my new church family."

Eileen 

"Not since my late twenties have I experienced the joy I find at FCC. You are a truly welcoming people; open and accepting and even affectionate; with who there are no cliques and no hostility; where honest differences are expressed amicably, respectfully and without rancor. You all are nurturing, even as we travel our respective paths toward union with God. May He bless you all!"

Roger