630 MAIN ST, WEST SENECA, NY 14224
EBENEZER UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GET TO KNOW US
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians who come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).
Ebenezer UCC was founded in October of 1863. We continue a long tradition of support to our community and growing in our faith. Education of our children is a priority, as is the importance of providing lifelong learning opporutunities for all ages. Our goal is to always be of service to our neighbor.
THE CHURCH OF FIRSTS
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
While the denomination is on the cutting edge of history, the UCC recognizes that each person and congregation is on their own journey at their own pace. We all have a spectrum of belief and understanding. Ebenezer lives the turth that there is a place for everyone, no matter where our beliefs fall on the spectrum of acceptance and support. Supporting others where they are at in life and belief is critical. Our local church is made up of people span the spectrum from conservative to liberal.
A CHURCH OF EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME
Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.
We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
To prepare and commission God’s people to share Christ’s love
Be a part of the Vision
To live in a unique relationship with God and honor that relationship by welcoming, preparing, and empowering all for a more loving and just world.
Help us accomplish our Goals
To meet God’s intention for us by:
· leading a life based in faith,
always learning about faith
· educating, involving,
and accepting all God’s children
· spreading God’s love
and the Gospel to the community
AT EBENEZER UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Minister of Music
"That they may all be one."