PrideFest 2015

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We will once again have a table at PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, reminding the LGBT community in Palm Beach County that we stand with them and that God loves them unconditionally. If you would like to take a shift at our table, see Barry Nicholson

Open and Affirming Press Release

100 Year Old Church Looks to the Future Lake Worth, FL April 17, 2012

The members of the First Congregational Church of Lake Worth UCC – celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year – have declared themselves as an “Open and Affirming” (ONA) congregation. This means that all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expressions (or “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” people) are welcome into the full life and ministry of the church. By taking this step, First Congregational UCC joins with 1,000 United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations across the nation, the largest and fastest growing ONA movement in the world.

The church is located at 1415 No. K Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460

For more information, contact: Rev. Jason Fairbanks, Pastor 
church office: 561-582-6691 Web Site: www.fcclw.org

We Are Now Open and Affirming!

Last Sunday, the membership of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth voted to adopt the following statement:

The people of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God. In seeking to follow Jesus Christ, we invite diversity and affirm the dignity and worth of every person.

Therefore, we welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our church family. We embrace persons of every age, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background.

We are open and affirming. All are welcome!

Thank you to all who participated in the discussions that were held and special thanks to our Open and Affirming leadership team: Janet Lisle, Mark Stanford, Carolyn Ludwig, and Debbie Copeland.

Open and Affirming Statement

On Wednesday March 8th, a group, many of whom have met together four times over the past two months, gathered together to craft the following statement:

The people of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God. In seeking to follow Jesus Christ, we invite diversity and affirm the dignity and worth of every person.

Therefore, we welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our church family. We embrace persons of every age, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background.

We are open and affirming. All are welcome!

Next Sunday, March 18th, immediately following the worship service, we will hold a congregational meeting for the purpose of approving the above statement thereby proclaiming ourselves as an Open and Affirming church.

Opening and Affirming Update 3/6/12

We had a great experience together Wednesday evening as we watched a video of a pastor who explained his journey of coming to accept and affirm his son’s homosexuality. We also heard from our own Richmond who explained why he feels it is so important that we as a church intentionally declare ourselves Open and Affirming to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

The video was shown again on Sunday March 4th after the worship service. It will be shown again after worship on March 11th, when the Open and Affirming team will also be available to answer any questions and address any concerns people may have about this decision.

We are inviting as many as possible to join us this Wednesday evening, March 7th, as we gather to craft our Open and Affirming statement. This statement will be presented to the congregation for approval on Sunday, March 18th.