Who Are You?: A Note from the Pastor
That is the question that is constantly before us. At First Christian Church we strive to answer that question by living with “Hearts and Hands for Christ.” With hearts for Christ, we strive to: practice community by living as a family instead of an institution; live hospitality by keeping an empty seat at the Lord’s Table for all who seek God; preach the grace of God by loving our neighbors and one another, even and most especially when we are at our most unlovable. With hands for Christ, we strive to: teach the Gospel as a living word that invites questions and welcomes differing opinions; give hope by confronting circumstances that create suffering in our community with works of love and generosity; and speak the truth that God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them.
– 1John 4:16b
May God bless and keep you always
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was established in March of 1902. In that year, Elder J.N. Wilson, a retired minister called the scattered Disciples of Dekalb Co. to a hall on East 7th Street, just above the old Post Office. At this meeting an organization was formed that eventually became the Church of Christ, with Wilson serving as preacher for 3 years. By 1906, this organization began to grow, with revivals being held that attracted many converts. On September 2, 1906, a new building was dedicated on a property located at 13th and Jackson Streets in Auburn. This building was made possible in part by generous donations from charter members and with the help of the Church Building Fund, what is now called the Board of Church Extensions for the Christian Church (DoC). The Church continued to worship at that site until 1958, when a congregational vote confirmed the church’s desire to purchase the site of our current facility. Before the building project could proceed, the church decided to change its name and voted in January of 1960 to become the First Christian Church of Auburn. Building commenced shortly thereafter and by March 5, 1961, the congregation was celebrating its first Lord’s Day Worship in our current location.
The interim Pastor at First Christian Church in Auburn is Rev. Tom Cupka, who began his ministry here in January of 2017
The Office Manager at FCC is Jennifer Gramling. Jennifer is a member of the St. Andrew Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Auburn. She began work with us in December of 2012, following the retirement of Janet McKean. Jennifer is married with three children.
Who are Disciples of Christ?:
First Christian Church is a fully recognized Congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination in the U.S. and Canada. Watch the video below to learn more!
What Do We Believe?
Our Mission :
- To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. – Micah 6:8 The Mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
Our Confession of Faith [core beliefs] :
- As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
This confession is the opening paragraph in the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is used by many Disciples congregations in worship as an affirmation of the faith of the church throughout the ages – not as a “test of fellowship,” but as a statement of faith that identifies the Disciples’ commitment to and place within the universal and ecumenical church. The preamble continues…
- In Christ’s name and by his grace
we accept our mission of witness
and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
maker of heaven and earth,
and in God’s covenant of love
which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
we enter into newness of life
and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
we are joined together in discipleship
and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
we celebrate with thanksgiving
the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
we receive the gift of ministry
and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
we yield ourselves to God
that we may serve the One
whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
be to God forever. Amen.
For more information, please visit our denomination’s home page: http://disciples.org/