First Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton
We are an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ in Appleton, Wisconsin. We're committed to tolerance, justice, service and exploration, not dogma and rules. So no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
First Congregational is a church of action, advocating for social justice on local, national and international levels. We see that social justice encompasses a broad range of issues, including education, hunger, shelter and access to services such as transportation and counseling.
We also further social justice every day by living as a welcoming community, opening our doors wide in the spirit of inclusiveness and acceptance, and engaging in a personal effort to make connections with others, sometimes extravagantly and sometimes in small, quiet ways that make a big difference. Often it is serving together that brings us together.
At First Congregational, we initiate our own service projects, and we partner with other not-for-profit organizations to make the most of our time and resources. The details of our current projects, partnerships, and service trips can be found on our website.
We encourage our members and friends to explore their spiritual gifts and to share those gifts with others. Whatever your gift may be—growing vegetables, carpentry, praying, knitting or musicianship—it is needed for our church truly to live out our calling to love and serve others as God has first loved us.