510 E. BROADWAY   |   MEDFORD, WISCONSIN

ABOUT US

A MESSAGE FROM

OUR PASTOR

FIRST, WE WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR CHECKING US OUT. WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT – TOGETHER WITH GOD – WE ARE DOING AT OUR "RED BRICK CHURCH." WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU.  

What it is? We believe that God is really amazing and that there is nothing better than learning to walk through life with, and for him. He is there for us on our best days and He doesn't leave us when it feels like everything is falling apart. He encourages us and challenges us and gives us a purpose in life that is worth giving everything we have for. There is nothing quite like learning more about God and growing in Him.


All of that's great, but what makes it even better is that we get to learn and grow together. As a community of disciples, we are all on the journey of discovering and learning. As we make our way down that road, we do it together. None of us are perfect, none of us have it all together, none of us have all the answers, but we learn and grow, laugh, and serve together. We care for each other and we seek to bring God's love into a broken world, both nearby and far away.


It's been an incredible journey so far and we know God isn't through with us yet. We don't know what's next, but he does, and we'd love to have you along for whatever God has in store for us.

PASTOR MARY JO LAABS

OUR BACKGROUND

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


The Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.  We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.


We are a church that instills our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams.



OUR THINKING

Our faith is 2,000 years old.

Our thinking is not.

We believe in God's continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.  We embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. 


Why? Because God is still speaking,


No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.


We believe in extravagant welcome.  Here, God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable.  We advocate justice for all.  Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love, teaching that evangelism  offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.  Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with–not against–people of other faiths. 

 

Why? Because God is still speaking,


 

Never place a period where God has placed a comma.


We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.  This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. 


Why? Because God is still speaking,

         OUR TEAM

DORIE EIDEN

Musician

CHURCH COUNCIL

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Jerry Goen-Penney, Linda Reynolds, Joyce Peterson, Linda Neumueller, Sharon Pound, Dawn Brink, Sandy Kummer, Randi Hirt

(Not pictured: Gail Paulson)

MIKE GOEN-PENNEY

Secretary | Bookkeeper

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