The UCC Story

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that 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).


Our History and

Our Common Ground

Our church is officially called the First Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ. But we are often simply known as First UCC or First Church. Our beautiful place of worship was built in 1898, but our membership existed since the 1700s, when it was part of a union church in Hamburg. 


Nestled at the base of the picturesque Appalachian Mountains, we endeavor to live daily in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We strive to build positive relationships with each other and with the Divine. Our congregation is intellectually diverse, but we come together as family and joyfully worship together on holy common ground.


The German tradition of community is our hallmark. We are a mission-oriented church with the Fretz Mission House as our flagship undertaking. We take care of each other and the world around us as best we can.


We work to nurture opportunities for Christian service in the community and throughout the world in accordance with the teaching of Christ. Even as we pursue growth as a member of the United Church of Christ, we continue to be in harmony with the spirit, teachings, and customs of the Reformed Church.

Church of the People

First Church is very much a congregationalist church. We are a church of our people and our people decide what "church" means.