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WELCOME TO 

First Congregational Church UCC

Lake City, Minnesota

We're glad you came!



Service Time

Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. in person, with facemasks.

Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. during worship.

Confirmation Group: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 


Our Location

220 West Lyon Avenue

Lake City, MN, 55041


About Us

We've seen a thing or two, so we know a thing or two about God's amazing grace and generosity!  They have been alive in our church since 1856 when our founders established us as the first church in Lake City.  We joyfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ and we are dedicated to supporting, loving, and serving this community and the world. 


Contact Us

Church Office: 651-345-3865

Pastor's Residence: 651-345-4484

Email: info@lakecityucc.org

Pastor Badgley's message on Sunday, April 11 was "Seeing Is Believing And That's Okay."  Click the image to read it.

 



Featured Video  

This amazing group performs a bluegrass song about Thomas and his doubts.

 


We're In Church In Person


Join us for worship at 10 a.m.

You will need a facemask so bring one with you.

Read our Preparedness Plan before you come so you know our procedures.



Sunday Morning Reflection

The Sunday Sermon When You Can't Be Present


 Join us in worship when you can.  And when you can't, you can read Pastor Badgley's sermon, which is emailed on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.  Click the image to read previous messages, and to subscribe.


A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

We couldn't be happier that you found us online!   Well, yes we could.  We could be happier if you visited us in person! And this website is a good place to start toward your visit.  We really enjoy Sunday morning worship and being together.  We learn, we laugh,  and we love.  We gather as a community of Christians striving to put our faith into practice on a daily basis.  My sermons connect scripture to daily life experiences, using song lyrics, videos, news articles and whatever inspiration the Spirit gives me to communicate the dynamic relationship we have with God, Jesus Christ and each other.  This website will do a good job orienting you to our church, but it can't compare to  the orientation you'll get when you come through our doors on a Sunday morning!  I truly believe you will feel spiritually uplifted when the hour is through.  And you'll be happy that you found us online AND that you visited us in person!  If you're thinking about a wedding, a baptism, a memorial service, or some theological or spiritual conversation, you can connect with us by clicking the button below.

 

Rev. David S. Badgley

 


 

 

EVENTS AND NEWS

Here's What's Happening!


 

The Altar Area Was Blooming

On Easter Sunday

     Our church altar area was bursting with real flowering plants and rustic touches thanks to the handiwork of our church member and florist Sherri Betcher.  



 

Twenty Baby Chicks

Were In Church Easter Sunday

     The chicks were only a few days old, all hatched in the five days before Easter.  Merrit Peterson, who is part of our Confirmation group, has a chicken egg business and she collected, incubated, and hatched the eggs specially for Easter Sunday.  Here Merrit is holding the first chick to hatch, named Shelly.

 

 


Each Of The Easter Chicks

Had A Name

     On Easter Sunday we welcomed Shelly, Johanna, and Lightning McQueen (named after the character in the movie "Cars") to morning worship, along with 17 other chicks (all named) who offered their soft peeps as we celebrated the new life of the Risen Jesus Christ!  The sight of chicks brought back fond memories to several folks who had farm expereince in their childhoods.

  

 

 

PASS IT ON THRIFT SHOP

From the community to us to you!




Some safety protocols are now in place:
1.  Face masks are required while entering and inside the building.
2. We will limit 8 customers in the shop at one time. As shoppers leave, the next shoppers in line will be admitted.
3. Customers must be at least age 13.  No children will be permitted. 
4. Trying on clothes is not permitted. 
5. The restroom is closed to customers.
6.Donations of items will be accepted at the side door during business hours.  Please wear a face mask at that time.


WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Thursday 4 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Saturday 9 A.M. - Noon



OUR MINISTRIES

Making life brighter



Sunday School

We have an awesome group of kids.  And the thing that brings them all together is God's love and the story of Jesus Christ.  All kids age 3 to grade 6 meet together for Sunday school about 10:25 a.m. on Sundays. Our teacher and helpers use the wonderful curriculum called "Deep Blue."  We invite every child to join us.


Thrift Shop

Since we opened our Pass It On Thrift Shop in 2005, our shop has donated over $150,000 to support local and regional organizations that serve others.  Stop by and shop, donate items, or volunteer!


Women's Group

Our women's group is fondly known as the Mayflower Guild.  As Congregationalists we trace our faith heritage to the Pilgrims who sailed to the New World on the ship Mayflower.  The word "guild" refers to a group of people in pursuit of a common goal.  Our women do some amazing work for the church.


Songs Of Hope

Each summer in mid-July we have 60-80 kids from around the world arrive at our church to put on a free evening concert of global music, rock and roll tunes, and traditional dances with ethnic clothing, all accompanied by a live band. The orgnanization responsible for this tour of peace and goodwill is "Sounds Of Hope" in St. Paul, Minnesota.  


 

Music Ministry

 

Music is a big part of the life of our church and we consider it a ministry that uplifts, comforts, and inspires people. We have an adult choir that sings selections during most worship services, and our musical kids regularly provide mini-concerts on piano in worship.  We invite singers to try our choir. 

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