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Message from the Pastor

Each Sunday morning, I welcome all assembled for worship by saying: “Welcome to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome members, friends, family, and guests. We welcome believers solid in their faith and we welcome questioning believers. Wherever you are, whoever you are, on life’s journey you are welcome here.” The last sentence is a catch phrase from the United Church of Christ of which this church is a member congregation. As a lifelong member of the denomination and the pastor of such a church, I take that sentiment very seriously. Our church members and friends come from a variety of religious backgrounds not simply from the United Church of Christ or its parent denominations. The variety ranges from Methodists, to Presbyterians, to Catholics, to Baptists, and a host of other religious affiliations.

When you visit the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Corning, New York, you will experience a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It is a place that long term members have called their spiritual home for decades. It is a place where people newer to the community have found a touch stone for their lives in the area. It is also a place where visitors have discovered a welcoming setting where they might step back into the fold after years away from the church. In April of 2013, the congregation voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. (If you are interested in further information, please visit the Open and Affirming page.) Although we were already a very welcoming, friendly, and open congregation, the study and voting process which lasted roughly eighteen months, solidified our intent to be a church that is inclusive to anyone who wishes to be involved in any way with this congregation. We welcome you to join us for a Sunday morning worship or for any of the activities we host during the week. Know that wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!


Rev. Marraine Kettell, Pastor

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