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Who We Are

The members and friends of First Congregational United Church of Christ welcome into this community of faith, and affirm the participation in all aspects of church life, persons of every age, race, gender, nationality, ability and sexual orientation.  We will continue our efforts towards inclusiveness and stand against all forms of discrimination.  We will empower ourselves, our children, and one another to be fully present in the world, living in Christ’s image and striving for justice and peace.

We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and are a part of the Southwestern Association of the Iowa ConferenceIf you would like to support our work financially please click here


What We Believe

We are an inclusive community of Christians, radically hospitable in our welcome, striving for justice and peace, and Open and Affirming. As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we do not have tests of faith, but rather testimonies of faith that illuminate the ways that God has spoken to humankind in the past, as well as the ways that God is still speaking today!

This statement of faith, in the form of a doxology, was authorized by the Executive Council of the UCC in 1981.

 We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:

 You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image and set before each one the ways of life and death. You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin. You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

 In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

 You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.

 You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

 You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

 Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.


Open and Affirming

“Open and Affirming” designates congregations, campus ministries and other bodies in the United Church of Christ which welcome persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into their full life and ministry. First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Red Oak has been an Open and Affirming congregation since September 10, 2001.


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