ABOUT US

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

FIRST, WE WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR CHECKING US OUT. WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING AT OUR CHURCH AND WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU.  

Are you a regular member or friend of Faith United Church of Christ?  Excellent!  We're exciting about our new website and hope you enjoy checking it out.  Remember...it is a work in progress so check back to see what's been added and updated.  There's even a place for a blog.  Hmmmmm...that might be fun!  I'll keep you posted on it's progress!


Is this your first online visit to Faith UCC?  Welcome!  Are you thinking about visiting in person?  We would love to meet you!  We know that visiting can be a big step but here at Faith UCC you'll find friendly people to welcome you.  I know that's an easy thing to say, but we really do have a commitment to follow the motto of the UCC -- "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!"


During the summer months we worship at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings.  Following worship, we invite you to join us in Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats, and conversation.  Throughout the week you are invited to join our Tuesday morning Bible study at 6:30 (yes, that's 6:30 AM!)  On Wednesday, we have a group of long-time, faithful quilters who share their skill in preparing a quilt to be given away during our Fall Raffle.  Want to quilt but not sure how -- our kind experts will teach you!  Thursday's at 1:00 pm you'll find our Drop-A-Stitch group members each working on their latest knitting or crocheting project.  Just as the quilters, if you don't know how to knit or crochet there are folks ready to teach you!  The 4th Thursday of each month we host a Mobile Food Pantry from 5-6 pm.  Volunteers are always welcomed as are those struggling with food insecurity.  


Throughout the year we gather for special services, topic-based learning opportunities, special meals, fund-raising meals, auctions, intergenerational crafts -- our goal is to provide a variety of ways to participate in the life of the church and the wider community.  


At Faith United Church of Christ, we celebrate the journey we are all on together as we live out our lives as beloved children of God.  We're not perfect.  None of us have it all together.  None of us have all the answers.  But together we learn and grow.  Together we laugh and we cry.  Together we celebrate who we are and whose we are.  And together we carry that love and that hope and that compassion out into a very broken world and try to make it better.  


We hope you will join us!


  Pastor Marilyn

  rev.msargent@gmail.com

  319.882.3585


WHO IS UCC

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).


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.


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.

MEET OUR STAFF

Marilyn Sargent

Pastor

Born in Iowa and a life-long member of the United Church of Christ, Pastor Marilyn feels very blessed to be serving Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli since 2008.


After working in downtown Des Moines for 25 years, she felt God's nudging to ordained ministry and soon found herself in Bangor, ME  where she received her Master of Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary.  


While Maine continues to be one of her favorite destination sites, Pastor Marilyn is quite content to be back in Iowa where she's not too far from her mother and her daughter, son-in-law, and two precious granddaughters! 


Pastor Marilyn is typically in the office Monday through Thursday.  Stop in and say hello or call the office at 319.882.2585 and schedule a time to come in and chat.  She would love to visit with you!





Barb Rich

Administrative Assistant

My husband, John, and I live on an acreage in "Smoketown."  We raise a few Friesian horses, Shorthorn cattle, and many ducks, chickens, and barn cats. Between us we have 5 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  My career was in public school finance, ending with 23 years at Cedar Falls Schools as Supervisor of Finance.


I began my employment at Faith UCC in December 2015.  I enjoy my work here and have enjoyed meeting many of the members of the congregation.




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WORSHIP SUNDAYS AT 10:00AM

SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:00AM