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, 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 greeters 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 also more then welcome to bring your beverage into the worship area. Also, don't hesitate to get up and refill your cup during the service.


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 very informal 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 along. We also have a brief children's lesson included in the service that we call "Kids' Kerygma," in which children are invited to participate.


ACCESSIBILITY- The entire building meets the code for the Americans With Disabilities Act. Hearing aids are available for those who need them. 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 in 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. Over the next 6 years, Manda served churches in Ithaca, Rochester, and Buffalo, New York. She is thrilled to be in ministry here in Far East Dallas, as she has many friends and family in DFW as well as in Houston and Austin. 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, Sammy.


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  • 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 & 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,


  • OUR MISSION


    United in Spirit and inspired by God's grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

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  • OUR VISION


    United in Christ's love, a just world for all.


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  • OUR PURPOSE


    Drawn from the Gospel of Matthew, our purpose is

    To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.

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