Who Are We?

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Dear friend or member of FCC,

Our church is blessed by the presence of many caring, faithful, and talented members. As our bodies have many members, with different functions, so too, does the church. Our adult members are called “covenant members” because each has made a public “covenant,” or agreement, typically during a Sunday morning worship service.  Children and youth are not able to vote or hold elected office unless they are covenant members.  Youth have an opportunity to join our church at the end of 9th grade, usually after a year of study called “Confirmation.” At the end of such a year of study, they “confirm” their faith, and we celebrate their baptisms. Those who would like to become members of the church are invited to join at the next Reception of New Members, usually a few weeks later.

Many who worship with us or attend other programs are not members. We call them “friends.” They can participate in most of our activities (just not vote or hold elected office or teach our classes).

Our “avowed purposed includes worshiping God, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrating the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, striving for justice and peace, and desiring Christian fellowship and unity within our church and the Church Universal. We seek to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us.”

While the governance of our church is vested in its members, we look to Jesus Christ as the head of the church. A member is, according to the Constitution, “any person who expresses a desire and intention to live the Christian life and to share in the responsibilities of church membership may become a member of this church.”

We invite you to join us!