Open and Affirming
All are welcome!
All are Welcome!
Open and Affirming
All are welcome!
God is still speaking...
We are a household of faith, called by God’s Love to minister In Christ’s name.

Welcome to First Congregational Church, UCC

We are First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in South Haven Michigan, and you are welcome here.

We invite you to live in openness to the voice of the Still Speaking God.

Through God’s grace, this congregation is committed to being a loving and welcoming community of faith. We recognize, celebrate, and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s grace and love.

In Galatians 3:28 Paul wrote: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, male or female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the church, persons of every race, culture, age, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, marital status, education, and economic status. We especially welcome all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church and society.

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, First Congregational Church, UCC in South Haven MI, voted to officially become an “Open and Affirming” congregation. This is a designation within our denomination and affirms the dignity of all people and our desire to extend the hospitality of God to everyone.

First Congregational Church, UCC South Haven Michigan


Worship for March

Pastor Dani will be gone the first 3 Sundays of March. Tere Krueger will be supplying the pulpit during her absence.
Pastor Dani will be back to preach on March 26th.

Family Fellowship Night - April 2 at 5PM

April’s Family Fellowship Night is next Sunday, April 2, at 5 p.m. Potluck style dinner followed by a fun wildflower seed project. Please come with a dish to pass, an egg carton, and plastic gloves.

Easter Flowers - deadline Sunday, April 2nd

The flowers at Easter add a richness to our worship that is very special. You are invited to place a flower (lily, tulips, hyacinth) in honor or in memory of someone. A minimum donation of $15 is requested. Your gift over and above that will go to help add additional flowers, and decorations for our Easter Worship. Extra forms are available in the Narthex.

Order Form
This year for Easter you may order a specific plant(s) that will adorn our altar for Easter morning. After the Easter morning worship service please take the plant that you ordered home to enjoy. Deadline for placing your order is Sunday, April 2nd.
Please complete this form and return it to the church office with your check made payable to the church. Each plant costs $15.
______ I will take my plant(s) home.
______ I will leave my plant(s) at church.
The plant is in memory / honor of: (please circle which one)
______ Easter Lily ______ Tulip ______ Hyacinth
The plant is in memory / honor of: (please circle which one)
______ Easter Lily ______ Tulip ______ Hyacinth
Your name, which will appear in the bulletin Easter morning.

Church Photo Directory

Okay, don’t let these words scare you.
Yes, we would like to put together a new photo directory. We’ve lost many, and gained many since the last time we did one.
This new directory right now as a greater purpose. Kris Ayers thought it would be useful to our new minister for helping place faces with names. The photos will be added to our Membership file in the church’s program, Church Windows, which has other information we use.
The layout will be different than what we did last time. A page will have many photos with just the people’s names. We already put out an address directory periodically because so many things can change so it won’t have any of that. We are going to try a different approach.
Rather than trying to catch and take pictures at church we are going to ask you to submit a photo. Most people, especially families, take photos that contain everyone. The back-ground is not important. It can be from a pho-to you used to make Christmas cards. We just ask you to try and submit one with every-one.

Send your photo to the church at:

The photo can be in the form of a JPEG, GIF, or PNG.
We would like to have this pictorial completed by May 1st. You’’ll have plenty of time to find a recent one, or make a new one.
Thanks so much!

Care Team news

Care Team October 2022

The Diaconate is reinstating the Care Team so we can address the needs of our church membership

Contact Elaine Kitchin or Mary Pietenpol, our coordinators to volunteer


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FCC Safety Plan

Here is the final FCC Safety Plan.

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Food Pantry needs your help

Our We Care Food Pantry—its continued presence within this community and surrounding areas is an important part of our ministry here.

Many of you have come forward and offered to volunteer in a variety of ways.  We thank you for your willingness to join us.

Our pantry is serving many people in this community and surrounding areas.  The pantry team is working hard to bargain shop and keep costs as low as possible, but we need your financial support to keep this vital ministry going. In 2022 we spent about twice what we received in donations. Please consider making a financial donation to the pantry this year. Checks should be sent to First Congregational Church and can be made out to We Care/First Congregational Church Food Pantry or to First Congregational Church with We Care food pantry in memo line.

If you would prefer to donate food, canned food items that are always needed include soup, vegetables, fruit, beef stew, pasta, and tuna.

We will be broadcasting this Sunday’s service through Facebook Live.

You can find this on our First Congregational Church, UCC Facebook Page

 Sunday Service: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Church Office:  M-F 9:30 to 1:30

God is Still Speaking

“God is still speaking,” reminds us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Still speaking has worked with thousands of United Church of Christ churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all – because no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.

First Congregational Church, UCC South Haven Michigan

Online Giving / Donations

First Congregational Church is taking another step forward in the digital age! We have signed up for Online giving and donations through a company called Vanco Payments. Use this button to go directly to our First Congregational Church online giving and donations page:

Give Online

First Congregational Church, UCC - South Haven Michigan

Recent News

Here are some of the more recent things we have been up to at First Congregational Church of South Haven Michigan.

We invite you to come join us for any and all of our events!

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Want to get to know us better?  Here is a good place to start,  check out our most recent monthly newsletter and recorded service.  We would love to have you join us for a service and get to know us better!

March 2023 newsletter
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March 19, 2023
Fellowship Hall

Join us in Fellowship Hall after service for coffee, snacks and fellowship!