About Us

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).

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The 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.

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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.


Our Team


Pastor Martin

Pastor Martin has been with us for about 4 years now. He serves two churches - ours and another United Church of Christ in a small town west of Jamestown. His theological background is strong and he shares his knowledge with both congregations.

Church Council

Everything that happens at First Congregational United Church of Christ happens due to the work of the council. They are the prime movers on everything from handyman work around the building to cooking, fundraising, outreach and fellowship. They would say they couldn't do anything without the support and willingness to work  of everyone else. 

Toni Pirkl

Toni has been our secretary since 2014 after retiring from a career in journalism. In addition to providing administrative support, she handles most our communications including the website and Facebook page. She's been a great addition to our team.


New Here?

Service Time

Sunday

9:00 AM - 10 AM 

coffee fellowship follows

Location

Drop in and see us:

Hours variable please call

 701-252-0277 to verify times

201 Second St. SE

Ministries

We offer a variety of places for you to serve . With community our focus, you can choose to serve in lots of volunteer work in the area, 

Contact Us

 email: firstcongucc@csicable.net

First Congregational UCC 

201 Second St. SE

Jamestown ND 58401



Spreading the word

Our latest project was a fun one, where church members took photos with the Comma at sights on their various trips. The Comma is a logo for "God is Still Speaking," meaning God has a lot more to say. As a liberal voice the church also hosted a discussion on the anti-abortion "personhood" initiative before the voters.  

College Ministry

We've long been connected to the University of Jamestown. It's as simple as being involved in the annual community block party welcoming students. or providing care packages for students from UCC churches. It's as complicated as providing a liberal voice in a religious panel discussion on LGTBQ. This is a ministry we're always searching for ways to expand. 

Justice Ministry

Members are supporting areas such as Planned Parenthood or Safe Shelter for victims of domestic abuse. We're wearing a safety pin to denote our committment to all who may not feel safe in the "Trump Era." The church has provided such diverse support as addvocating for Somali refugees or offering a place for them to meet to working as bell ringers for the Salvation Army