FIRST CONGREGATIONAL 

United Church of Christ

431 Columbus Ave.

Sandusky ,  Ohio    44870

Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays 

Shoreline Services

8:00 a.m. on Sundays

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Shoreline Park, Sandusky

411 E. Shoreline Drive

(next to the Yacht Club)

About Us

Just a little bit about who we are

Welcome from the Pastor (continued)


      I am now in my twenty-first year as pastor here at First Congregational. My ministry is rooted in scripture, church tradition (I grew up in the United Church of Christ), my education at Eden Theological Seminary, and especially in the multitude of experiences I have had throughout my life. Growing up in a male-dominated household (I have five brothers) and culture, marrying young and being widowed early, struggling to survive as a single parent, and being called into the ordained ministry at 43, significantly impacted who I am as a pastor. Like you, I know how cruel and lonely life can be at times and what it means to question one's faith. That's why I've dedicated my life to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. It's just like my favorite song says, "I want the world to know, the Lord of love has come to me, I've got to pass it on!"

     While that might sound terribly serious, I assure you there are many light-hearted moments in my down-to-earth preaching as I try to relate the meaning of scripture to our everyday lives. Ours is a casual, relaxed atmosphere where you are free to dress as you please and are always welcome to join us for a time of refresments and conversation after the worship service.

     The rest of the pages on this site will tell you about our mission outreach and social activities. After you are done reading all about us here on the website, I hope you will take the next step in getting to know us and renewing your relationship with Jesus Christ - come worship with us!


Outreach 

Shoreline

Every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day you can join us for worship on the shores of Sandusky Bay.



The Center for Peace and Understanding

Continuing their mission of promoting peace and understanding in the community, First Congregational hosts The Peace Gathering on the third Thursday of evey month, beginning with refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program at 7:00 p.m.. All peace-loving community members are welcome to attend.

The mission of the Center for Peace and Understanding is to become a nexus of peace and understanding in our community. Eventually, they hope to become a separate non-profit.

Groups Using the Building

 

11th Step Group

This group meets on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Boardman Room.Text...

Boys and Girls Club of Erie County

The Boys and Girls Club is located in the basement fellowship hall of the church. Learn more by visiting their Website​​​​​​​.

Unitarian Universalists of the Firelands

This group meets on the second Sunday of the month from September through May in the Boardman Room, on the upper level of the church. Learn more by visiting their Website.

Missions

The congregation here at First Congregational supports a wide range of causes with mission donations.

Four times a year, our mission donations are shared among our regular missions, currently supporting Abililty Works, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Care & Share of Erie County, Erie County Senior Center, the LGBT Community Center of Cleveland, Crossroad, the Crossroads Shelter (Volunteers of America), the CUE Seminaries of the United Church of Christ, and the United Church Homes (Parkvue).

 

One-time donations are also given to deserving causes, such as Doctors Without Borders.

 

Monies collected at our summer Shoreline services are donated to non-profits chosen by our weekly speakers. Last year these included Stein Hospice, Relay for Life, Celebrate Recovery at The Chapel, Rahab House, Safe Harbour, The Boys & GIrls Club of Erie County, The Humane Society of Erie County, Firelands Habitat for Humanity, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, Experience Works, Sandusky Life Church, Firelands Positive People, Stroke Club, and the FIrst Congregational Air Conditioning Fund.

United Church of Christ


What You Should Expect

When Visiting Our Church & Ministry

Welcome to the United Church of Christ, a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto, “that they may all be one,” is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the United States.

Current Events

6/25/17

Shoreline Service

Join us for 8:00 worship in the beautiful setting of Shoreline Park (411 E. Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, next to the Sandusky Yacht Club). Our speaker this week will be Crystal Bunts, and the offering focus will be the Nehemiah Center.

Games Night 

Games Night begins at 7:00 p.m.. Bring your favorite board games - Jenga and Banagrams are provided. Beverages will be provided but be sure to bring your own snacks. All are welcome . Bring a friend or two!

Shoreline Service.

Worship outdoors with us at Shoreline Park (411 E. Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, next to the Sandusky Yacht Club). The service begins at 8:00 a.m.. Our speaker will be Michele Robinson, and the offering focus will be Father's Heart Ministry.

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