YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

A Heart. A Cross. Mountains. 

 

     The short version of what these symbols say is: We are a Christian community nestled in the shadow of

     the Rocky Mountains, and we seek to follow Christ’s way of love. 

 

     The longer version:

 

     We start with love.

     After all God is love (1 John 4:16).

     The greatest commandments are to love: God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and our neighbor as

     ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27)

     On Sunday mornings we welcome people saying: Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey you

     are a beloved child of God and you are welcome here. 

 

Our Open and Affirming (ONA)  welcome statement proclaims: “we seek to be an expression of God’s all-encompassing love in the world.”

We are located in LOVEland Colorado.

 

And so, we start with love. Representing that love is a heart at the center of our logo. 

 

God is in creation. 

If you ask many of us where we experience God, you will hear about nature: walking and hiking; fishing in nearby rivers, lakes and streams; tending their gardens or spending time with our animals. We delight in the wonders of creation, and it is IN creation that we most consistently find God. 

The mountains in our logo remind us of where we are (Loveland, Colorado) and how we find God in the beauty of creation all around us

 

We are followers of Christ. 

As a community and individuals, we seek to follow Christ. We look to the Bible for his teachings. We strive to sow justice, live peace and walk love just as he did. 

 

The cross symbolizes the centrality of Jesus’ life and teaching to our practice of faith. 

It reminds us that we are called to live our lives for others. 

It reminds us that living our lives for others sometimes has political implications (after all, the cross was the execution tool for political prisoners not religious ones). 

It reminds us that we can often find Christ in the suffering of the world -- amongst those who are lost, lonely and forsaken, those who are hungry and imprisoned, those who are orphaned and those who live in the midst of violence and pain. That is where Christ shows up, and as Christians, that is where we are called to show up. To walk alongside one another. To uplift the hope that we each carry within us. To amplify the voices of those who are often not heard or not listened to. 

The cross reminds us that this thing called Christianity is not meant to be comfortable or easy and that we are never alone on this journey.

 

The words tell who we are:

First Congregational Church, The Loveland UCC

We use both names because one ties us to our history and our past -- those who have laid the foundations for the congregation we are today. And the other locates us: in our town of Loveland and with our denomination the United Church of Christ. This is who we are. 

 

Colors:

Our Church Board felt it was essential for the colors of the logo to tell a little bit more about who we are. Specifically, they chose a rainbow heart to communicate the inclusiveness of our welcome. The rainbow is a signal to many people who live on the margins of our culture that our congregation seeks to welcome them. Additionally, the rainbow offers a clear message of love, welcome and acceptance to those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Tag Line:

In addition to what this new logo says about our congregation, the Church Board felt it was important to adopt four simple words as a tag line. We will use our tag line on our website, business cards, and communications to offer a little bit more about the kind of community we seek to be. Those words are: You are welcome here!

 

WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US!