First Congregational Church
Lake City, Minnesota
WHO WE ARE
United Church of Christ
We are a group of dedicated individuals passionate about serving the Lord.
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).
We are united through Christ
We believe in The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
God is the creator of the universe and giver of all that is good. God is the savior—known boldly and intimately in Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection—who shows us how to live and love. God is the Spirit who enables us to make a difference in our world and in the lives of others. We believe that grace is the love, honesty, and compassion that God gives and shows us in Jesus. It’s how Jesus saves us, heals us, sets us free, and increases our capacity for love. We believe that we need each other. Whether single, married/partnered, divorced or widowed, it’s a lot easier to follow God with friends than it is by ourselves.
We're on this journey together
We believe in the triune God
Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
Each person is on a spiritual journey
We believe each of us is at a different stage of that journey.
Each person is unique and valuable
It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
We believe in the power of peace
We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.
WHEN YOU COME TO OUR CHURCH
Relax when you worship with us
We invite you to come to First Congregational UCC just as you are. Lake City draws many visitors and tourists, especially in the summer months when boating and lake activities abound. Relax when you come to worship with us. Some people dress in casual clothes and others in finer attire. Yet even Jesus said, "Don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we wear?' Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously."(Matthew 6:31,33 NLT) Come to our church in whatever fashion and seek to have God fashion your life.
We are handicapped accessible with an elevator lift for wheelchairs. Access is through the entrance on the East side of the church, from the large parking lot.
We want you to know that you are invited to share in Holy Communion, which is part of our worship on the first Sunday of each month. Through this sacrament we experience Christ's love and we are reminded that we are his followers serving others as Christ served us.
The bread and the juice are distributed in the pews so that worshippers may remain seated.
Kids are welcome in worship and they have a special opportunity for conversation and interaction with Pastor David during the "Time For Children." This happens at approximately 10:20, and afterward the kids go to their Sunday school classroom where everyone age 3 to grade 6 meets together for a time of Bible stories, activities and learning. Our teacher and helpers use the wonderful curriculum called, "Deep Blue."
Kids also participate in the life of the church in other ways. They occasionally make treats in the kitchen to serve during hospitality time, and our musical kids regularly offer mini-recitals during worship.
Our worship service is usually one hour, and may last an extra 10 minutes when Holy Communion is shared.
Following worship we enjoy a time of hospitality, with treats and beverages served by volunteers.
MEET OUR STAFF
Getting to know us
Rev. David S. Badgley
Pastor David grew up in Redlands, California, graduated from college there, and then moved to Boston for three years of seminary studies. After completing seminary with a Masters of Divinity, David moved to the midwest where he served two Congregational churches in northwest Wisconsin followed by his call to serve our church in Lake City. David loves his ministry to our church and is highly involved in the community. He currently serves on the Lake City Public Safety Board, and is a chaplain with the Lake City Police Department. David loves music (especially jazz), he plays piano, and has sung with several community choirs. He enjoys time spent at the local Anytime Fitness. He also enjoys good conversations and a nice Cabernet.
Originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Becky located to Lake City as a second grade teacher. She brought her musical talent to our church and serves as accompanist on pipe organ and piano for worship and for our choir. Now retired from teaching, Becky contributes her excellent piano skills to accompany school choirs and school musicals in two local high schools. She also gives piano lessons to a number of students. Becky has proficient piano playing fingers, which also pull a lot of weeds in St. Cloud in the summertime.
A long time Lake City resident, and a long time member of First Congregational, Caroline serves as our church secretary. She has a wealth of knowledge about people and events in our city's history, and she has held numerous roles in civic and service organizations over the years. Caroline sings in our church choir, volunteers at our Pass It On Thrift Shop, and is involved in the Mayflower Guild. She is also clerk of the Church Board. Caroline loves watching youth sports, and loves Lake City. She often wears a t-shirt or sweatshirt promoting a youth team or our wonderful town.