Membership

“We are a spiritually diverse congregation where God is still speaking. We affirm all who seek to follow Jesus’ way and share their gifts in service to the church and wider world, regardless of race, physical or mental capabilities, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” (approved by vote of cong. May 2014)

If you are looking for a church home, please contact Pastor Jim or Pastor Julia!

These are the four membership vows that we ask our candidates for membership during a Sunday morning worship service:

Do you reaffirm your faith in God as your Maker, in Christ as your Lord, and in the Holy Spirit as your Strength,and commit yourself to deepening your relationship with God? I do.

Do you promise, by the grace of God, to be Christ’s disciple, to be one of his ministers in your own way in your workplace, home, and world, and to use your God-given gifts, whatever they may be, to bring a little more of the good news of God’s kingdom to others? I do.

Do you promise to love and care for the members of this church family, to stand by them and pray for them in their time of need, and to support their various gifts and ministries, as best you are able, as they also seek to support you? I do.

Do you promise to participate in the life and mission of this family of God’s people, sharing regularly in the worship of God, and enlisting in the work of this congregation as it serves the community and the world? I do.

Welcome and Reception

L: Let us the members of First Congregational Church express our welcome and affirm our mutual ministry in Christ.

P: We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church.  We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ.  By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.

– adopted by vote of Deacons of Membership & Pastoral Care – June 1999.