We believe in God's continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking!
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking!
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking!
Brian Sevison, a native of Northeast Pennsylvania, is currently finishing his first year as the Choir Director at South Rowan High School in China Grove, NC. Brian is a recent graduate of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Vocal Concentration, and Organ as a secondary instrument. While at Susquehanna, he was an active member of the Susquehanna University Chamber Singers, University Choir, Chapel Choir, among others, and served as the Director of the Handbell Choir. Over the past 5 years, Brian has served as an Interim Organist, Accompanist, Substitute Organist, and guest musician in over 6 churches of varying dominations. For two summers, he was the Assistant Music Director, then Music Director at Camp Penn United Methodist Church Camp in Waynesboro, PA during the Music and Arts camp. Brian is looking forward to stepping into the Designated Interim Organist position and serving First UCC through music in the coming months.