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First Congregational

United Church of Christ

... exploring the frontiers of faith in Jesus

A brief history
of First Congregational United Church of Christ

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The First Congregational Church of Waterloo was organized on September 24, 1856, a short time after the organization of the town itself. The founding members of the church were motivated by their desire to preserve the congregational traditions of freedom of conscience and self-rule, and to take a strong stand against the institution of slavery.

The first services were held in an old log schoolhouse. The cornerstone of the present building was laid in 1907. In 1961 the church voted to become part of the newly formed United Church of Christ.

Today, after more than one hundred and fifty years, we value the same things: freedom of conscience, liberty for all people, faithful service to the kingdom of God. We extend a loving welcome to all people -- no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey! -- because that is the way God has welcomed us!