On Sunday, October 27, 2019  a unanimous vote of those present adopedted the Open and Affirming Statement .
The BIG THANK YOU goes to all the folks on the committee who gave so much of their hearts and souls over the last two years to shepherd us through this process.

As part of the Open and Affirming process the ONA team has crafted a “Welcoming Statement for First Congregational Church of Charlotte”. The congregation will vote on a motion to adopt and embrace the message presented in the Welcoming Statement. The vote will be held Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the end of the service.

The statement:

We at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Charlotte, commit to loving all people equally, just as Jesus did, to see beyond our differences, extending the hand of peace to all.

We actively resist socially exclusive behaviors, relying on the healing and unconditional nature of God’s love and grace as our guide.

We strive to grow in God’s wisdom, generosity, and compassion, allowing everyone to experience the wholeness of being their authentic selves.

Progressive in our belief that God is still speaking, we renounce any discrimination or judgement, and declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming church.

We invite anyone, regardless of race, ancestry, age, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, marital standing, family structure, faith background, culture, physical or mental prowess or limitation, to full participation in the common life of the church.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Any questions about the Welcoming Statement can be directed to:

Judy Johnson:

johnsoj@ameritech.net  (517) 543-7768

Dawn Christenson:

dawn.christenson@sbcglobal.net (517) 680-1466 or (517) 256-4268

Mary Kohmuench:

mkohmuench@sbcglobal.net (973) 897-9471

Pastor Curt DeMars-Johnson: cdemarsjohnson@gmail.com

The Open and Affirming (ONA) Committee has been working hard to bring our church  opportunities to learn more about the Open and Affirming process.  On June 2, 2019 we were honored to have Karen Holcomb-Merrill, a member of First Congregational UCC Grand Ledge here to answer questions after our worship.  Grand  Ledge UCC has been an Open & Affirming church since 2007 and Karen served on their ONA Committee.  We enjoyed your questions and much discussion on this topic.

May 19th we were honored to have Rev. Liz Miller, pastor of East Lansing’s Edgewood United Church (UCC) preach to our congregation. (read and hear her sermon HERE)  Liz also brought a few members of her congregation to speak and answer questions about the ONA process at coffee hour.  Edgewood became and Open and Affirming church in 1998 and are a valuable resource for us as we move through our own ONA process.

Judy Johnson and the ONA committee