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First Congregational Church of Anchorage is a great place to look for God, learn more and grow deeply in your faith.
God continues to do exciting things through all of us!
Worship & Sunday School every Sunday at 10:30 AM
Fellowship 11:30 am
Become a Member of FCC!
Are you interested in joining the church? Just contact us at 272-8363, email email@example.com or see any member or our interim or senior minister. We will arrange for a time to answer your questions, meet with other members to introduce you to the stories and functions of First Congregational Church of Anchorage and to the philosophy and history of the larger Congregational Church in America.
The government of First Congregational Church of Anchorage is vested in its members who gather in congregational meetings to exercise the right of control in all its affairs, subject in legal matters to the laws of the State of Alaska.
Members in good standing may act and vote in all transactions of the church. Members are expected to be faithful to all duties essential to the Christian Life, to attend regularly the services of the Church, to give systematically toward its support and its benevolence, to share in its organized work, to seek diligently the spiritual welfare of the Church, and so share with others the love of Christ.
The Fellowship Ministry, in cooperation with the Senior Minister, arranges for reception of new members in the Church and ensures that each member is helped to find his/her place in the life of the Church.
What is Membership in a Congregational Church?
Christian Principles Following in the traditions established by the pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts in1620, we are a Christian, caring, and non-creedal fellowship.
Convictions rather than Creeds Congregational Christians of today have strong convictions that emphasis faith, freedom, and fellowship.
Christian Conduct The attitude of the Congregational Christian Church towards daily life is determined by the fundamental principle of freedom of conscience. There is no book of discipline, no canon/church law, and no set rules and regulations. The educated conscience of members of the Church is our sole guide to conduct. If a person honestly believes that their conduct in the presence of God is proper, then the church accepts that conduct.
An Open Bible Congregational Christians stand for an open Bible in our churches, our homes, and in our schools. We cherish the aim that each person shall be able to read and interpret the Bible for him or herself with trust, confidence and affection. Each person shall be able to experience the Bible's power to build them up into a strong, courageous and intelligent follower of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible contains rich spiritual guidance for every person and for every family and that devotional reading and study of the scriptures in the home will foster inner unity and outer strength.
Christ - Centered Our Church is a body of people who have pledged themselves to follow Christ in their lives. Each of our churches is autonomous and self-governing. Our national association is a fellowship of self-governing church, voluntarily working together in area associations, state conferences, and various national council and mission bodies with control and authority reserved to the local Church. Our church has no superintendents, bishops, etc. with any authority to dictate policies, programs, finances, forms of worship, pastor-people relationships or other affairs of the Church. When you join a Congregational Christian Church, you accept the comprehensive view that all believers are one in Christ, regardless of their denomination.
The Congregational Minister The Congregational Minister is a man or woman who has felt an inward call from God to be a minister of Christ. They usually prepare themselves for the calling with four years of college and three years of theological training. The minister is the chief spiritual leader of the Church. They have service duties, along with some church leadership duties. Often times, mature Christians with wide experience and education often times seek special training in the Bible, the ministry and church history in order to present themselves for ordination in the lay ministry.
Holy Sacraments Through the observance of the Holy Sacraments, God helps us to experience His Presence, and seeks to lead us into ways of dedicated living. We observe the common practice of Infant Baptism in which our Christian family dedicates itself to the responsibility for the nurturing of its child. Baptism for those who are mature is an outer and visible sign of their desire to seek cleansing of life from sin as they join membership in our church. We observe the Lord's Supper every month. Bread and wine/grape juice are passed to the congregation by our Deacons. By the reverent repetition of the acts and words of the Last Supper, we are reminded of our Lord's life and death and resurrection. We invite all followers of Jesus to join with us in Communion regardless of their denominational affiliation.
Holy Rites Ordination is the Holy Rite by which a minister is dedicated to lifelong service. We invite sister churches to join with us in examining the candidate and then, if the results are favorable, a beautiful service is held with the dedication of the candidate to lifelong service as a minster.
Christian Marriage is held to be a very great importance among us. The preparation for the founding of a Christian home is a happy but holy responsibility. Therefore, prepatory conferences are held to help the couple prepare for the founding of a beautiful lasting Christian home.
Christian Burial is the prayerful celebration and recognition of the eternal spirit of the departed individual.
Responsibilities of Membership To have a sincere Christian faith.
To attend the services of worship and church meetings.
To pray regularly, particularly in the family.
To participate in the life and workings of the church, according to the talents God has given.
To provide systematic financial support to the Church's work at home and to its programs of missionary, social, educational and medical service.
To seek and follow the friendly care for the poor, struggling, lonely, weak or sick.
To promote the spirit of harmony within the Church, seeking always to follow the way of the master with restraint, understanding, and love.
To maintain a strict watch over one's personal character.
To seek to bring the love of Christ and the joy of fellowship to others.
The Work of the Church Today our church is a center of service for all who want to take part. Throughout the year, our Sunday and Holy Day services are the center of Church life. These services present the inspiration of congregational singing, the uplift of great music, the words of holy writings, the strengthening of common prayer and the sincere searching of sermons.
The Christian education task is on-going through out the year. Beginning with the Baptism of a child, continuing through Sunday school, and the enthusiastic youth programs, maturing into adult groups, lectures and classes, the Christian education of our membership is a shared responsibility based upon individual needs.
Church fellowship has a special focus in our group. With many persons in Anchorage long distances from their own family, a strong bond is established through the church family members. This church fellowship results in church membership with a very active community service attitude.