New here?

When you visit us for the first time, we want you to experience a warm and extravagant welcome. Here is some information about what to expect:

  • where do i go?

    The church building is located on Ferguson Road, just west of Buckner Blvd. next to the entrance to the White Rock Hills Library. You may park along the side or in the back. The entrance for worship and events is off the back parking lot. When you enter, the Gathering Area is immediately to your left, and the Worship Center (Sanctuary) is just past the Gathering Area.

  • are my children welcome?

    We love the presence of children at First Community Church! We encourage children to express themselves and participate during the service. Some children enjoy dancing during the songs, while others sing or clap along. The pastor will often invite children to help with leadership in various ways. Our worship space includes a colorful children's area with pillows and rocking chairs, and our staffed nursery is available to those who need it.

  • am i welcome?

    When we say "no matter who you are welcome here," we mean it! On any given Sunday, you'll find a mix of people of different genders, races, sexual orientations, ages, income, education, and backgrounds. Some of our members use canes or wheelchairs, and others do not. We have car-owners and bus-riders; unicorns and those who prefer to blend in; blue-collar workers, teachers, and lawyers. YOU are welcome here!

  • worship

    Our worship contains some formal elements such as written prayers and liturgy, but the community is relaxed in the way we practice worship. The liturgy, prayers, lyrics of the hymns, and scripture texts are projected on the right wall beside the organ. Our music is mostly piano and drums, with a mix of organ, flute, soloists, choir, and other talented musicians. Many of the songs we sing are in both Spanish and English, and we invite you to sing in the language of your choice. We enjoy the passing of the peace during worship, and while many people actively roam around shaking hands with each other, not all do so. Feel free to participate according to your comfort level. Our worship services are also available on Facebook Live.

  • communion

    We celebrate the Eucharist (which means "thanksgiving") meal every Sunday as part of our worship together. We practice an open table, and all people are welcome to participate: whether you are baptized or not, whether you believe a little or a lot. Most Sundays, communion is by intinction, which means that you are given a piece of bread and may dip it in the cup of grape juice. We provide a gluten-free option as well. 

    Image: "The Best Supper" © Jan Richardson.

  • bathrooms

    We are an open and affirming church, and while our main bathrooms are labeled "women" and "men," we want you to use the bathroom that is most comfortable for your gender identity. If you prefer a single bathroom, please ask one of our members or staff and we will show you to one. All of our bathrooms are ADA compliant.

  • accessibility

    Several of our members live with physical or neurological disabilities, and we are always working to expand access. We provide both noise reduction headphones and hearing enhancement devices for public worship and events. With notice, sign language interpretation may be provided. Do you have a specific need or are you interested in joining us? Contact Pastor Manda.

Our Staff


    Pastor Manda was ordained into the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas after graduating from Brite Divinity School in 2010. She served as an associate pastor in Ithaca, and an intentional interim minister in Rochester and Buffalo, New York before joining First Community in June 2016. While in the New York Conference of the UCC, Manda served on the Conference Board of Directors, Annual Meeting Planning and Worship Committees, and the Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee. Prior to seminary, she was the Training Coordinator for the Public Conversations Project (now Essential Partners) in the Boston area. Manda was raised in the Churches of Christ and has been a member of UCC churches since 2002. She has served both UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations.

    Manda is a founding member of the Clergy Organizing Team for Faith in Texas, a multifaith, multiracial movement developing civic leadership in faith communities for economic, racial, and social justice. Her passion is helping congregations reinvest in the community around them and partnering with local congregations and organizations to love and serve our neighbors as ourselves. Manda and her spouse, Syed Rehman, live an interfaith life and enjoy sharing about how their Christian and Muslim faiths intersect and help one another grow in faith. They share their home with 2 dogs, Sadie and Sunshine, and a cat, Sofi.

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    Jordan has been with First Community since May 2019. He brings a vast knowledge of sacred music in both traditional and contemporary settings. Jordan has been playing piano for just over 20 years and has experience in a number of different genres, ranging from classical to jazz to gospel.  Contact Jordan: 


    Debbie Sather, our church secretary and administrative assistant, has been with First Community Church since 1999. Debbie was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to the Dallas area in 1982 with her husband, Larry. Debbie and Larry have five grown children and eight grandchildren. Debbie spends her free time gardening, volunteering in the Plano community, and enjoying her grandchildren.

    Contact Debbie:

United Church of Christ

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).

A 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. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches 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.