Welcome!


For some people, walking into an unfamiliar church building for the first time can be difficult. It is our hope that the following information will be helpful in making your visit with us both positive and meaningful.


A WARM GREETING – As you enter the main door from the large parking lot behind the building, the "Gathering Area" will be to your left, where a heartfelt greeting will be given. After all, a heartfelt greeting is part of what makes a church a church. No matter what question you might have, just ask. Our members are there to help you get settled and comfortable.


HOT COFFEE – There’s nothing like the smell of good coffee (or tea) to warm you up. A hot beverage bar is off to one side, with donut holes or other treats available on most Sundays. You are welcome to bring your beverage into the worship area.


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 gluten-free rice crackers as well. Questions? Contact Pastor Manda.


FUN – A casual atmosphere, where friendships can form and relationships deepen. A place that is serious about joy, true joy, the kind of joy that comes from real connection with God and others.


CONVERSATION – Expect to be noticed. Expect people to say something like, “Hi. We haven’t met before. Is this your first visit?” Expect people to reach out to you in love.


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 left wall beside the organ.


PASSING THE PEACE -- 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.


CHILDREN -- 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.


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- The entire building meets the code for the Americans With Disabilities Act. There are external ramps to all entrances, and no stairs inside the building. The font used in the Power Point is 30 point for optimal text visibility.

Who we are

First Community Church (FCC) is a congregation formed by many theological traditions. The same is true of the United Church of Christ (UCC). FCC and the UCC are bodies where intellectual freedom and the great liberating principles of the Church are cherished. There is no one creed that defines us, but there are affirmations of faith that hold us together in our respective journeys.


In 1949 a group of persons from 14 denominational backgrounds banded together to form a new non-denominational church. FCC soon became known for its freedom in Christian thought and its innovative programming. FCC affiliated with the Congregational Christian churches in 1955. This group merged with the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1957, forming the United Church of Christ (UCC).


We come from many faith backgrounds in the belief that we can worship and serve as one. We invite anyone seeking a progressive Christian congregation to come and journey with us. All are TRULY welcome!

Our staff


  • REVEREND MANDA ADAMS, PASTOR

    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 Steering Committee 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 JONES, MUSICIAN

    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.  

  • DEBBIE SATHER, SECRETARY

    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.


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Our core beliefs and values

There is no one creed that defines us, but there are affirmations of faith that hold us together in our respective journeys.

  • We believe that the Bible is God's primary revelation, and we also believe that more light continues to break into this present age. 
  • We believe the historic affirmation "No Creed but Christ." Doctrinal freedom is cherished and honored within our congregation. 
  • We believe in Christian unity and pray the prayer of Jesus, "That they may all be one."  
  • We believe in one God known as Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. 
  • We believe that the Church is made up of people in need of God's grace and that it is the Church's work to share God's grace with others as good news. 
  • We believe that the mission of the Church is to work for justice that the peace (Shalom) of God may prevail across the Earth.
  • We celebrate Communion every Sunday in worship. Because we believe that Christ is the host and that Christ does not turn anyone away, we practice an Open Table. Whether you are baptized or not; whether you believe a little or you believe a lot, you are welcome to share the Communion meal with us.


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 prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and 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. This is why we insist that 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. We teach 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,