First Congregational Church is a progressive, open, and affirming, Christian community located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The church is located at 2503 Main Street, which is at the corner of Main Street and Losey Boulevard. We have more than 500 members of diverse backgrounds from all over the Coulee region. Our members don’t just go to church, we are the church. We strive to learn more deeply about Christ, and how we can put his teachings into action.
We are an open and affirming congregation, living by the knowledge that God loves each of us and desires a relationship with each of us. No matter where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here. Although we are an independent, self-governed congregation, we enjoy association with other churches of the United Church of Christ through Wisconsin, the United States, and the world. We are one of 63 UCC churches in the Northwest Association, and one of 233 UCC churches in the Wisconsin Conference. Worldwide, the United Church of Christ is composed of about 1.2 million members in 5518 congregations.
We hope that this web site will answer any questions you may have. We hope even more that you will take a Sunday morning to join us, as we love to meet new people for fellowship and worship!
Events and Community
7:00 PM Advent Wednesdays
Join us for half an hour of calm each Wednesday evening in Advent: November 29, December 6, 13, and 20. Each service will be patterned based on worship in the ecumenical community at Taizé, France, and will offer scripture readings for the coming Sunday of Advent along with meditative singing, prayer, and silence.
First Sunday of Advent, December 3 We will begin lighting Advent candles, receive new members, and celebrate Holy Communion. Advent Workshop after the service.
Second Sunday of Advent, December 10 The Handbell Choir will offer Advent music with flute, piano, and the La Crosse Heart Strings harp circle.
Third Sunday of Advent, December 17 The Sanctuary Choir and guest musicians will offer music from around the world – a multi-cultural celebration of the season. The Children’s Choir will also sing.
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, December 24
10:00 AM We light the fourth Advent candle and prepare ourselves to welcome the Christ child in our evening celebrations of Christmas.
5:00 PM Worship Service of carols and candle lighting will include our annual Christmas Pageant complete with dancing angels. All ages are encouraged to participate.
8:00 PM Worship Service will include hymns and carols of Christmas, sermon, Holy Communion, and the traditional lighting of candles.
First Sunday of Christmas, December 31 Join us as we sing more joyous music of the Christmas season on the seventh day of Christmas. Swans-a-swimming are optional.
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