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, “Whoever you are and wherever 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.  

 

An introduction to the United Church of Christ

 

The  United Church of Christ Denominational Website

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.

1965

The sanctuary was remodeled to celebrate the building's 50th birthday.

2014

The congregation hired their first settled female solo pastor, Rev. Erin Gilmore.

OUR CORE VALUES

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

  • Extravagant Welcome
    Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
  • Life-long Journey

    Our faith continues to grow and evolve throughout our whole lives as we seek to follow the way of Christ's love.

  • Engaging the World                        Faith is not just what you believe, but how you live it out in the world. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

  • Ministry of All Believers

    All people are called to minister to one another in love and compassion. We are all witnesses to the power of God's love revealed through Christ.
  • Authentic Community 
    We strive to be real, to be honest and to be vulnerable, bringing our whole selves to God’s table.


OUR STAFF

Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Minister

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Thandiwe (pronounced tun-DEE-way; "pastor" or "rev" for short) came to First Congregational Church in November, 2018.  Her work experience is varied and has 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. Her faith has instilled in her the hope that all people may experience God's love. She is inclusive in her conversations and in her understanding of God. In addition to loving her work as a pastor, she delights in exploring Colorado's great outdoors with her partner and their daughter.

 

Contact Thandiwe:

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. Her experience with music is wide and varied and in addition to the musical gifts she brings, her background in psychology helps her delight in her work with people of all ages and musical abilities. 

 

Contact Nikki:

nikki@lovelandUCC.org

Staci Hennings, Administrative Assistant

Staci joined the staff of First Congregational Church as the Administrative Assistant in 2011. Staci's favorite part of her work is the people -- all of us! And anytime you call our church or walk into the church office, you will know that instantly.

 

Staci enjoys spending time with her family (she is a very proud mom!) and loves living in the beauty of Colorado.

 

Contact Staci:

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