The Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association is made up of 82 United Church of Christ churches, with the First United Church of Christ being one of those. SONKA is one of five Associations in the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. First UCC recently hosted SONKA’s Fall Gathering in November 2014.
For more information about SONKA, please visit their website at www.sonkaucc.org.
Ohio Conference United Church of Christ
The Ohio Conference has 5 Associations: Central Southeast Ohio, Eastern Ohio, Western Reserve, North West Ohio, and Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Associations. It is because of the Ohio Conference that we are able to send our Children and Youth to Summer Camps. We also have several members that are part of the Ohio Conference Disaster Response Team.
For more information about the Ohio Conference UCC, please visit their website at www.ocucc.org.
National Conference United Church of Christ
Drawn together by the Holy Spirit, we are a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church, joining faith and action. In covenant with the church in all of its settings, we serve God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world as made manifest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“That they may all be one.” John 17:21
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking,
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,
For more information about the National Conference of United Church of Christ, please visit their website at www.ucc.org.
Partners in Hope
In the late 1980s, a woman named Paddie Foster, who was struggling with cancer, told her minister Rev. Mel Schlachter that she had a desire to help people. He honored her desire and when people would come to Trinity Episcopal Church for help, they would meet with her. Rev. Schlachter shared how well this approach was working with the Troy Council of Churches, and several churches decided to join together to support a part time social worker to respond to the many requests for assistance received by the churches.
Since its humble beginnings, Partners in Hope has grown in many ways. Partners in Hope is currently sponsored by 17 area churches, each of which provides financial support, volunteers and representatives to serve on the Board that oversees Partners in Hope.
First United Church of Christ hosts the Partner Family Troy Circle of Hope on Tuesday evenings. For more information about Partners in Hope, please visit their website at www.partnersinhopeinc.org.