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:




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:

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:

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. 

History of First Congregational Church, UCC

Loveland, Colorado

This is our story.

The history of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is like a  page out of an American History book.  The report of gold being found in streams coming out of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the lure of fertile homestead lands available for settling brought people to this area of Colorado.

But it was the sugar beet industry that attracted the German people who were migrating from Russia where they were being oppressed.  Thousands came, bringing with them their language, habits of thrift, industry, honesty, and a desire for freedom of religion.  Many settled in the vicinity and town of Loveland.  Some lived in tents where County Market now stands, until housing was available.

Having farmed in Russia, they sought life on the farms in the area.

The wanderings of these people from their native Germany to a long sojourn in Russia, the oppressions imposed upon them, the attacks of the Russian Cossacks upon them, the epidemics of disease suffered by them, and then their long journey to America, makes a story as interesting and intriguing as the Holy Crusades.

Arriving there, they had no church connection.  Some of them had come from other areas in the United States where there were German Congregational churches.  The freedom of worship exercised by the people in these churches appealed to them as compared with the strict Lutheran adherence to the rule of the churches they had known in Russia.  Thus it was that the First German Congregational Church was organized in 1901.

The first building occupied by the congregation was built in 1903.  It portrayed the architectural style of building in that early pioneer era, with its tall chimney, steep pitched roof and high narrow windows.  It served the German congregation from 1903 until 1915 and was then demolished.

The present structure was built in 1915.  The overall construction was supervised by a contractor from Denver, Colorado, who hired local help and professional people as required.

There was great harmony and cooperation between everyone who worked on this project.  The basement was dug by two horses pulling a scraper that was controlled by one man guiding its depth of cut and fill.  The scraper resembled a huge overgrown scoop with two handles.

It took three weeks to excavate the basement.  The concrete footings were then put in and, as soon as they were set, the concrete walls of the basement were completed.  The carpenters went to work and the flooring and the wooden framework of the building were put up.  The light colored brick was obtained from the Denver Brick and Pipe Company, who was then a well-established and reliable brick manufacturer of the area.  The bricklayers then completed the outside brick walls while the plasterers finished the inside walls and the carpenters finished the roof, installed the pews and built the altar.  Plumbing was furnished by a local plumber, who put in a coal fired furnace, the iron radiators and steel piping.  The church was completed in the early part of November, and the overall dimensions were 56 feet wide and 101 feet long.  It cost $22,000.00.

The church was dedicated on the 14th of November, and was marked by the longest worship service ever held in this structure.  At the dedication, the Rev. John Hoelzer entered the building first, then the church choir, followed by the entire congregation.  It was a glorious occasion, but it took many years of toil and sacrifice to pay off the debt of this church, when you consider the value of the U.S. dollar at that time.

The large church bell, which has tolled out its worship message each Sunday to the church members, visitors and community for these many years, was purchased in 1903 and delivered free of charge to the congregation by the C & S Railroad.  At the present time the bell is rung by an electrically operated clapper. 

Because of many of the younger people being unable to understand the German language, it was decided in 1958 to use the English language during the worship services.  First they had one English service a month, then half and half services.  Then they finally went to English altogether.  During that transition time the Brotherhood and some of the Church School and Christian Endeavor for the young people were still using the German.  At that time the name of the church was changed from First German Congregational Church to First Congregational Church.  In 1974 First Congregational Church became a part of a new union, consisting of Evangelical Reformed Churches, German Congregational and English Congregational Church, which was named United Church of Christ.  Therefore, the new name is First Congregational Church United Church of Christ.

The First Congregational UCC is a church whose affairs are managed by its own members.  It provides the widest liberty in the matter of doctrines and policy.  It creeds are not necessarily binding and its platforms have been open to change.  It is a group of people who believe in Jesus Christ, who join together for worship and fellowship and carry on the work of the Kingdom of God within their own community.

Wherever these churches were formed, they brought with them a high devotion to Christian idealism, and a fortitude which comes as a bright heritage out of the heroic suffering, sacrifice, and victory in their glorious past.

Information taken from past history of the church, Mrs. Katherine Trupp, and “The Bible and the Gold Rush” by Walter S. Hopkins and Virginia Greene Millikin.

Compiled by Viola L. Stroh, 1987.  Updated 1995, 2017