Ever Changing, Ever Faithful.
The First Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ was erected in 1898 though the membership existed since the 1700s when it was part of a Hamburg union church.
A friendly church, nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, we endeavor to live daily in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The German tradition of community and helping one another is a
hallmark of our church. One example of that is our Fretz Mission House. The house, purchased in 1998 with monies donated by Mrs. Fretz of Hamburg, exists to provide an opportunity for citizens down on their luck to get back on their feet. Specifically, occupants live rent free for one to one-and-a-half years. Upon entry, their pantry, medicine cabinet and closets are already stocked, and they pay no utilities or phone bills during their stay. During their residence, they are provided any counseling, financial and social services needed to promote their eventual independence. At Christmas, the congregation ensures a present-filled holiday. To date we have had 15 different families in the house.
The broader Mission and Purpose of this congregation shall be to provide for its members: 1) preaching of the word, 2) administration of the sacraments and rites of this Church, 3) constructive Christian fellowship and instruction, and 4) nurturing opportunities for Christian service in the community and throughout the world in accordance with the teaching of Christ. It shall also pursue growth as a member of the United Church of Christ while maintaining a harmony with the spirit, teachings, and
customs of the Reformed Church.
As an inclusive church, we heartily invite all to join in our 9 am Sunday School classes and 10:15 worship service.
To learn more about our ministry and mission, visit our website: hamburg1stucc.org.