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About the United Church of Christ


 

Origin of United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of two earlier denominations.

The Congregational Churches were organized when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629) acknowledged their essential unity in the Cambridge Platform of 1648. The Reformed Church in the United States traced its beginnings to congregations of German settlers in Pennsylvania founded from 1725 on. Later its ranks were swelled by Reformed folk from Switzerland and other countries.

The Christian Churches sprang up in the late 1700s and early 1800s in reaction to the theological and organizational rigidity of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches of the time.

The Evangelical Synod of North America traced its beginnings to an association of German Evangelical pastors in Missouri. This association, founded in 1840, reflected the 1817 union of Lutheran and Reformed churches in Germany.

Through the years, members of other groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Volga Germans, Armenians, Hungarians and Hispanic Americans have joined with the four earlier groups. thus the United Church of Christ celebrates and continues a wide variety of traditions in its common life.

 

 

 

Characteristics

The characteristics of the United Church of Christ can be summarized in part
by the key words in the names of the four denominations that formed our union:
Christian, Reformed, Congregational, Evangelical.

CHRISTIAN - By our very name, the United Church of Christ, we declare ourself to be part of the body of Christ -- the Christian church. we continue the witness of the early disciples to the reality and power of the crucified and risen Christ, Jesus of Nazareth.
REFORMED
- All four denominations arose from the tradition of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers: We confess the authority of one God. We affirm the primacy of the Scriptures, the doctrine of justification by faith, the priesthood of all believers, and the principle of Christian freedom. We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.
CONGREGATIONAL - The basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the congregation. Members of each congregation covenant with one another and with God as revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. these congregations, in turn, exist in covenantal relationships with one another to form larger structures for more effective work. Our covenanting emphasizes trustful relationships rather than legal agreements.
EVANGELICAL - The primary task of the church is the proclamation of the gospel, or evangel -- the good news of God's love revealed with power in Jesus Christ. We proclaim this gospel by word and deed to individual persons and to society. This proclamation is the heart of the liturgia -- the work of the people. We gather each Sunday for the worship of God, and through each week, we engage in the service of humankind.

Information from
United Church of Christ: Who We Are, What We Believe
Copyright 1980, 1991, 1993, 1998 United Church Press
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September 2014
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1 OFFICE CLOSED

TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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2 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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3 Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

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4 Ukama Yard Sale drop off
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm
drop off items for rummage sale in the Fellowship ...

Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Time: 7:00pm

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5 Ukama Yard Sale drop off
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm
drop off items for rummage sale in the Fellowship ...

UCC Pastoral Leadership meeting
Location: Parlor
Time: 11:00am -1:00pm

AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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6 Town-Wide/Ukama Yard Sale
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Stewart renewal of vows
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 1:00pm
Carol and Rob Stewart renewing their vows.

AA Spaghetti Prep
Time: 4:00pm

AA Spaghetti Supper
Time: 6:00pm

AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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7 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

Music Committee meeting
Location: Parlor
Time: 10:45am

Light lunch & conversation on immigration
Location: FH
Time: 11:00am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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8 Diaconate meeting
Location: Parlor
Time: 4:30pm

TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Youth Group Meeting
Time: 6:30pm

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9 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Mission Committee Meeting
Location: Parlor
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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10 Yard Sale Clean up
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 3:30pm
Bridgehouse/Ladders coming in to pick up remaining ...

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11 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Time: 7:00pm

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12 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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13 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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14 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Choir returns
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am

Rally Sunday
Time: 9:30am
Journey of Faith - Awesome Adventure!

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

Light lunch & conversation on immigration
Location: FH
Time: 11:00am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Sunday Niters
Location: Sid Lovett's home in Holderness
Time: 6:00pm
we will meet at Sid's at 6 pm for a potluck di ...

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15 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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16 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Nominating committee meeting
Location: Library
Time: 2:30pm -3:30pm

Finance Committee Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 3:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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17 Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

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18 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Peace Vigil
Location: In Front of Church
Time: 6:00pm -6:30pm
We gather as a commuity to remember Michael Brown ...

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Time: 7:00pm

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19 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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20 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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21 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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22 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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23 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Council Meeting
Location: room 202
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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24 Loop System inspection
Time: 4:30pm

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25 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Time: 7:00pm

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26 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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27 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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28 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Church school outing
Time: 9:30am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Sunday Niters
Location: Host needed
Time: 6:00pm
Megan Magrauth will be present to introduce the gr ...

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29 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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30 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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