OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We minister as a body
by proclaiming the teachings of Christ and
by humbly serving:
Our members with
compassionate support through worship,
education, music, visitation and fellowship:
Our community by
addressing neighborhood and area needs:
Our world by
promoting education on global issues and participating in the solutions.
1005 Giddings Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
East Congregational Church is a member of the United Church of Christ. This means is that the United Church of Christ "allows" its member churches to decide their own paths while working within the general framework of the denomination. That may sound pretty complicated but the main point is that there's no "head office" that tells UCC churches how to run themselves.
The UCC website states "..the UCC also affirms the responsibility of the church in each generation and community to make faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God."
OPEN AND AFFIRMING
We celebrate the diversity of God's creation and affirm that each person has special worth as a unique creation in God's image. All are welcome to worship here and to come into relationship with the church's life and work. We thank God for the blessing, the challenge, and the joy that we experience in both our unity and our diversity.
We acknowledge that, historically, many Christian churches and societies have excluded people for a variety of unjust reasons. Among these are race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, physical or mental abilities.
We affirm that all people are embraced with the family of God. We affirm that the full fellowship of East Congregational Church (all rights and duties, benefits and responsibilities as defined by our constitution) is open to all who seek relationship with God through union with this congregation in Christ. We affirm that all members of East Congregational Church are called to share as fully as they areable intheworship,fellowship,andleadership of our congregation.
As we journey together as a community of faith, we are called by God to seek justice for all people. We therefore call ourselves to make a continuing effort toward inclusiveness, standing against all forms of discrimination. Therefore, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation.