Welcome to the First Congregational United Church of Christ website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ.  We are a congregation with over 500 people who come together from all walks of life and seek to serve our Lord and Master.  We hope that, when you visit our church, you will sense the presence of God and that  you will see the love of Christ in those who have gathered for worship.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, founded in 1839, is an "open and welcoming church," which means that membership is open to every person who accepts the cost and joy of discipleship in the church of Jesus Christ.  Anyone who walks through the doors is welcomed with open arms and is invited into full participation in the active life of the congregation.


 Pastors Announce Retirement Plans

Transition Schedule Outlined

In a letter to church family members and friends, the Rev. Dr. Ken Bickel announced his plans for retirement and those of the Rev. Nancy Bickel.  In his letter, he included information about the church's leadership transition plan, as developed by the Board of Deacons and approved at a recent meeting of the Church Council. 

                                                         November 19, 2014

Dear Church Members,

BICKE-KEN-117          It was 25 years ago today, on November 19, 1989, that the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ called Nancy to be the Director of Church Life and me to be your Senior Minister.  Thank you for all of the support that you have given to the work that we do together in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We cherish all the friendships that we have made within our church and within Dubuque.  We cherish the wonderful memories of weddings, baptisms, confirmations, funerals, ordinations, and special celebrations across these 25 years.

BICKE-KEN-116         The time has come to look to the future of the church.  The Deacons and the Church Council met with our Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Rich Pleva, on November 17, to lay plans for the church’s future.  Both the Deacons and the Church Council have decided unanimously to utilize a transitional ministry model instead of interim ministry as we move toward finding new leadership.  This means that Nancy and I will continue to serve the congregation while a search is conducted for a new Senior Minister.   Under this plan for transition, Nancy will retire on June 30, 2015, and I will retire on December 31, 2015.

          Moderator Danielle Gratton, Vice-Moderator Steve Felsted, and Chair of Deacons Addy Gard will be organizing a diverse Search Committee which will be assisted in its work by Dr. Pleva.  The Search Committee will begin its task in early December.  The Deacons hope that the process will be a smooth one and that there will be a month of overlap for the new Senior Minister and myself in December of 2015.

          Your prayers and support are needed for the Search Committee as new leadership is sought.  Your prayers and support are needed by Nancy and myself as we continue to serve you during this transition and as we move toward retirement.

                                                                  In Christian love,

                                                                  Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Bickel

ParkingOur church lot has four vacant spaces at the present time.  The spaces rent for $40 a month.  If you are interested (or know someone who works downtown and needs a parking space) please call our office at 582-3648 or send an e-mail to our office manager at ljtaylor@mediacombb.net.


Click here to go to the 175th Anniversary web page where we have posted articles about our church's history since its estsblishment in 1839.

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