Our History

Faith United Church of Christ is the direct descendent of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Boston Community Church.  Our roots in Boston Valley go back to 1834. Faith United Church of Christ was established in 1960, three years after the formation of the United Church of Christ as a denomination. Our church was formed from two antecedent church bodies, the Boston Community Christian Church and St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church.

In June of 1952, Rev. Richard Whitney, fresh from the Lancaster Theological Seminary, was sent to assume the pastoral duties of St. Paul’s.  With Rev. Whitney’s leadership and the growth in the town, St. Paul’s was able to gain financial independence in 1957.  During this time the Boston Community Church did not have a full time pastor and the growing membership realized the need for one to oversee Sunday School and other church organizations.  In 1957 the Cooperative Parish was organized with six members from each congregation on the committee.  Pastor Whitney preached at both churches and efforts were made to consolidate as many activities as possible.  A basis of union was approved by both churches on January 10, 1960; a uniting service was held at the Boston Fire Hall on March 13, 1960, and Faith Church was established. 

In July 1960, six acres of land was purchased for a church, parsonage, and large parking lot with room for growth.  Soon after members began working diligently towards the fulfilment of this mission.

In the spring of 1962 Rev. Whitney moved to Churchville, New York, having completed his task of establishing Faith Church.  

Rev. Charles Zechiel was called in July 1963. The building program moved ahead at a steady pace.  Most of the interior work was donated and performed by members of the church including paint, trim, floor tiles and installation of the pews.  The church building was dedicated on May 22, 1966. 

In 1972 Rev. Gary Burdick was called to be our pastor. During the past thirty-five years Faith Church has grown both spiritually and physically.  The church has become involved with the Dunkirk Conference Center, Love In the Name of Christ, Churches In Action, programs of the South Towns Cluster of UCC Churches and the Crop Walk.  Within the church, Bible studies, laity empowerment opportunities, such as Unwrapping Our Gifts program, and long range planning programs, have deepened our congregation’s faith, involvement and commitment to our Faith community.

Three long range planning sessions, with the most recent taking place in 2000, were held.  The outcome of this Vision 2000 project was to build an addition to accommodate classrooms, an office, a music room and storage area.  Program development was also undertaken.  Two previous sessions produced results including the pastor’s sabbatical, paving the parking lot and building an addition to make our facilities accessible to all people regardless of their physical limitations.  Spiritual education and programs were always addressed during these sessions.

An appreciation of music has been fostered within the congregation.  Rev. Burdick's talent and willingness to share that talent has allowed for a variety of music to be experienced at Faith Church.  Local Christian musicians were occasionally invited to share the Word through their music as the Sunday morning sermon.  A small group, “Voices of Faith” was formed in 2001..  

Rev. Burdick retired in September of 2007.  We celebrated and honored his thirty-five years of faithful shepherding.  

Rev. Bonnie Bates was called to serve our congregation in February 2009. She is the first called woman pastor of our church. Since her arrival, the congregation has experienced some change,. We are creating new history, a history that can continue to honor our rich past, but move us to a new level of discipleship in doing the good work God intends for us both locally and globally. Rev. Bates accepted a position in Ohio in February 2014.

Rev. David W. Shoobridge came to us as a Designated Pastor in April 2014. 

Rev. Richard Diekmann became our full time minister on September 27, 2015.

Rev. Theodore Brelsford came to us as Transitional Pastor in May, 2019.

Welcome!

Worship: Sunday - 10:15 am

Sunday School:  9-10 am 

Emergency Closing Procedures – All Church closings will be posted on Channels 2, 4, & 7 in the case of in-climate weather or other emergencies. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the Office.

Check out Pastor Ted's monthly: "PASTOR'S PONDERINGS"  

We invite you to come and meet our growing community. Worship with us at Faith Church this Sunday!

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 2 –- 9 a.m. Sunday school & choir rehearsal; 10:15 a.m. Worship Service with Release & Installation of Board members, and Holy Communion; Coffee hour following Worship 

Sunday February 9 – 9 a.m. Sunday school & choir rehearsal; 10:15 a.m. Worship Service; Governance Document Review Meeting following Worship Service.

            

Sunday, February 16  – 9 a.m. Sunday school & choir rehearsal; 10:15 a.m. Worship Service; Packing “Meal- in-a-bag” during Sunday school – all classes will meet together to sort out and pack food items to be delivered to Bread of Life in Colden. 

            

Sunday, February 23 – 9 a.m. Sunday school & choir rehearsal; 10:15 a.m. Worship Service; Mardi Gras Pot Luck luncheon and Governance Document Review Committee meeting. Mardi Gras Carnival – there will be crafts, games, refreshments and fun this morning for all the kiddos!

 

Wednesday, February 26 – ASH WEDNESDAY – TWO SERVICES will be at Faith Church with imposition of ashes at Noon and 7:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, March 1– 1st Sunday of Lent - 9 a.m. Sunday school & choir rehearsal; 10:15 a.m. Worship Service – Holy Communion provided. Coffee Hour.Sunday, February 2 - 9:00 AM Sunday School, 10:15 Worship Service, Installation of new Church Board members during worship, and coffee hour following.

Drive through Chicken Bar-b-que will be on Saturday, March 7. Look for more information on the website, facebook, Sunday Bulletins or bulletin boards here at church!  

 Easter Bunny Breakfast – Date is: March 28, 2020 held at Faith Church From 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. With the Easter Bunny, breakfast, games, crafts and more!  If you would like to help out with this event, please see Chrissi, Katherine, Pam, Jen or Lois!  More information will be in the March Newsletter!

 

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Mission & Outreach

Puerto Rico Benefit written by Pegge Cook

 

            My nephew’s wife is from Puerto Rico.  We traveled there for their wedding 7 years ago.  Recently, they traveled from South Carolina to spend Christmas with her family.  During their stay, they were rocked out of bed by an earthquake that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale.  Her parent’s home was a mess but it was still a house.  Others were not so lucky.  Like thousands of others, they slept outside that night.  Many are sleeping outside still.  Some because their houses collapsed or are unsafe.  Others because they are terrified of being inside.  My nephew and niece are now home safe but her family is living this nightmare along with thousands of others of others who have sustained terrible loss.  Schools have been condemned, hospitals are unsafe and overflowing, roads are impassable. Lori sent me a list of needs and where to send them.  I am asking for donations of cold medicines, Benadryl, Tylenol, bug repellent, sun block, hand sanitizer, wrapped snacks, zip lock bags and batteries.  The full list will be posted on the bulletin board however; I am hoping to only collect lightweight items that will not cost a fortune to ship.  I would like to collect items through February and will pack and ship all to the address she provided.

 

 

Sunday school kids will pack on February 16th and the complete bags will be delivered to Bread of Life in Colden. We are asking the congregation to participate in the donation of the food items.  

*This year’s “Meal-in-a-bag” mission will be Chicken and wild rice casserole.

If you would like to participate in this mission please bring in and deposit items at the box under the bulletin board:

Ingredients

            1 box Long Grain Wild Rice Mix - Uncle Ben's, 6oz, preferably the quick cook option

  • 10 or 12 ounce can of chicken
  • 15 ounce can green beans
  • 10 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  •  1/2 cup sliced almonds packet = 1.24 oz, which may be hard to find, so the closest bag in size available is good

Women’s Support   - The Women’s Support will be meeting Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. We will be making peace blankets.  Come join us!  We always have refreshments and some goodies too!

 

 

 

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