FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
1735 FIFTH AVENUE WEST
HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28739


MINISTRIES

First Congregational offers a wide range of opportunities for parishioners to “give back,” within both the church and the broader community. Activities are organized into ministries, which any member can join at any time. Friends are also welcome to attend our monthly ministry meetings. If something interests you, please join us!

When I retired to Hendersonville, I wanted to give something back after decades of focusing on myself. Participating in First Congregational's ministries, social justice groups, and volunteer efforts is giving me the opporutnity to serve Jesus by serving others.

Nancy Keswani

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WORSHIP

The Ministry of Worship meets on the first Friday of each month at 2:00 in the church library. Church members and friends alike are welcome.

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The Ministry of Worship works with the Pastor and the Minister of Music in planning, preparing, and leading the Sunday morning service.


The Ministry:

  • Provides liturgy for special services
  • Prepares the chancel for Communion, worship, and special services
  • Trains and schedules ushers, greeters, liturgists, and Communion servers
  • Maintains the fellowship and informational brochures in the pews and welcome packets

Those who choose to be a part of this Ministry have an opportunity to learn what goes into putting together a worship service other than the preaching and the music, such as understanding:


  • The different colors of the hangings on the pulpit, Communion table, and lectern
  • Who prepares the Communion Elements and how
  • The requirements to be an usher or a greeter
  • Why we have our form of Worship Service on Sunday morning

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

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The Ministry to Members and Friends serves our congregation by addressing a wide range of church and individual needs.


The Ministry: 

  • Supports Sunday Morning activities by facilitating Adult Forum, childcare, and our sound system
  • Cares for members via transportation and prayer, and with programs specially designed to welcome newcomers
  • Provides hospitality by coordinating our weekly coffee hour following worship and our monthly fellowship supper
  • Helps with church administration through maintaining the church library and staffing the reception desk 

Ministry members are uniquely enabled to strengthen their faith by serving others, participating in church life, and deepening the bonds of fellowship.

LARGER COMMUNITY

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The Ministry to the Larger Community brings First Congregational’s compassion and action to our neighbors near and far; funds local, national, and international charities; and coordinates member participation in local charitable initiatives.

Ministry members benefit from the satisfaction that comes from sharing their time and talent with marginalized populations, from fellowship with like-minded members across the congregation, and from personal growth through teamwork.

The Ministry:

  • Hosts the Walter E. Ashley Memorial Lecture Series, which brings leading progressive theologians to Hendersonville
  • Connects with local print and broadcast media to invite community participation in church programs and to share meaningful milestones
  • Maintains the church website to ensure that current, relevant information is available to the broadest possible audience
  • Researches charitable organizations and donates 16 percent of the church’s offerings to those most consistent with Jesus-centered principles through the Missions and Service team
  • Supports member participation in such local initiatives as the Hendersonville Rescue Mission, the Hunger Walk, the Hunger Coalition, and Feed the Kids
  • Identifies and acts on social justice concerns including advocacy, the environment, gun control, homelessness, immigration/inclusivity, and mental health

PHYSICAL RESOURCES

Use Our Building


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The Ministry of Physical Resources maintains our building and grounds to ensure that First Congregational’s property is safe, functional, and attractive.​​​​​​​

The Ministry:

  • Cultivates the church’s vegetable garden, which yielded more than 1,000 pounds of produce for the Interfaith Assistance Ministry food bank last year
  • Prunes and weeds around the plantings that enhance our property
  • Maintains First Congregational’s beautiful Memorial Garden
  • Decorates our building’s interior, including artwork
  • Oversees use of the church kitchen and maintains its cleanliness and safety
  • Performs repair and remodeling work within our capacity
  • Organizes and participates in annual work days to assist our custodians with special cleaning and touch-up jobs
  • Helps select contractors for major projects such as roof replacement and solar-panel installation

Ministry members have opportunities to use their gardening and interior-decorating skills, support the fellowship activities that revolve around our kitchen, leverage their handyman capabilities, and apply business knowledge to contractor selection.


The Ministry of Physical Resources meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 in the church library. Church members and friends alike are welcome.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

The Ministry of Financial Resources handles church finances for the good of our fellowship and our neighbors in the community.


Ministry members have opportunities to influence church direction, to engage with others across the congregation, and to enhance the church’s well being by touching every aspect of its activities.


The Ministry of Financial Resources meets on the Tuesday before the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 in the church library. Church members and friends alike are welcome.

The Ministry:

  • Manages the financial affairs of the church in a fiscally responsible way
  • Plans and executes the annual Stewardship campaign
  • Recommends an annual budget to Church Council based on Stewardship results and input from the ministries
  • Allocates 16 percent of the church’s offerings to charity through our Missions and Service team
  • Provides financial counsel for projects initiated by the ministries
  • Reviews all financial activity, including spending and new requests, on a monthly basis

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MISSIONS AND SERVICE

Blue Ridge Literacy Council

The Missions and Service group expresses First Congregational’s commitment to love and serve our neighbor, as Jesus teaches, and to effectively steward the resources entrusted to our care. The church donates 16 percent of its offerings to organizations that help those in need. Missions and Service also encourages in-kind contributions and hands-on work from the congregation.


Our group:

  • Researches the performance of local, national, and international organizations and recommends allocations
  • Develops relationships with organizations that can educate the congregation about those in need
  • Matches financial contributions made by parishioners
  • Assesses the impact of donations

Missions and Service members experience the joy of giving, develop new relationships both within and outside the congregation, and support the church’s mission to serve our neighbors near and far. The Missions and Service group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 in Fellowship Hall. Church members and friends alike are welcome.


 I am grateful to belong to a church that donates 16 percent of its offerings to charitable organizations and takes strong stands on social justice issues.


Robert Miles


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