The mission of our Church family is to grow in Christian unity,
fellowship and membership by reflecting Christ in our daily lives.
We Are the Body of Christ
At the First United Church of Christ, we are the Body of Christ...
We are His hands - coming together in prayer, service and giving, striving to do as Jesus would do.
We are His feet - going forth in mission work, unafraid of getting dirty in the process.
We are His heart - feeling love and compassion for one another; we are a family.
We are His arms - embracing each other, providing strength to the elderly while learning from their life experience, and reaching out to the hurting.
We are His mind - studying God's Word; seeking to learn the word, will, wisdom, and ways of our Holy Teacher.
We are His eyes - seeing the world through the eyes of Christ.
We are the Body of Christ!
You will feel comfortable in church regardless of how you choose to dress-people wear everything from suit coats to jean shorts.
Babies and small children are a welcome sight (and sound!) Try not to feel uncomfortable if the little ones become restless and/or start to cry.
Hearing amplification devices are available for the hard of hearing. Please ask a greeter, and he/she will be happy to get one for you.
The church and the education building are both wheelchair accessible.
Our Church Identity
Ebensburg originated in November of 1796, when Congregational minister Rhees Lloyd led a small party of 20 Welsh pioneers from Philadelphia to the lands Morgan John Rhees had chosen for his Welsh colony. They selected an attractive spot in the tops of the Allegheny Mountains and there settled what would become Ebensburg. The Congregational Church of Ebensburg was founded shortly thereafter in 1797 by Rhees Lloyd.
Over 200 years later, we still hold strong to our Congregational roots, but have since joined with the United Church of Christ. As part of the UCC, we have the opportunity to maintain our autonomy while reaping the benefits of being tied to a nationwide organization. Unlike many denominations which set 'rules' that the congregations must follow, the UCC allows its churches to maintain their individual identity.
Our identity could be defined as Biblical, welcoming, traditional, serving, musical, prayerful, historic, diverse...any number of ways. But above all, we pray that the community sees us as a reflection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Sister Church
South Ebensburg United Church of Christ, located about five miles south at 380 Wilmore Road, is our sister church. Our congregations are yoked, meaning we share a pastor and an office, and we hold many social activities together. We are all part of the same family in Christ - working together to serve and support missions, celebrating with one another, encouraging one another, and mourning with one another. Either church will welcome YOU as part of the family when you come to visit!
South Church holds a traditional worship service at 8:30 am year round.
Sunday School is held September through May, immediately following the service at 9:30 am.
We are nestled atop a hill along the Appalachian Mountains in the town of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. Apart from the beauty of the rolling hills, Ebensburg has a lot to offer everyone - excellent school systems (both public and parochial), extensive recreation facilities, numerous family-friendly events, and small town charm...just to name a few. Visit the town's website to find out more.
217 East High Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 12 noon
Parking is available in the lot behind the church, or along the streets.
South Ebensburg Church address:
380 Wilmore Road
Portage, PA 15946
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church.