Celebrate? Yes, Celebrate!
On Reformation Sunday, October 30th, 2016, First United Church of Christ in downtown Reading celebrates 263 years of ministry with its final regular worship service.
We celebrate an impressive history. We requested land from the sons of William Penn. Worship began in a log cabin built in 1753, a stone church in 1761 and a larger brick church in 1832. Among the historic treasures is the original deed signed by Conrad Weiser, a trustee of the congregation. It served as a hospital for wounded in the Revolutionary War. Members were officers in George Washington's army. For the next few decades, First UCC started 12 other churches and became known as the Mother of the Reformed Church in Reading and the surrounding area.
We celebrate its ministries. Mission & Outreach has supported UCC and local agencies. Church sponsored missionaries went to Japan and China. Currently meals are served at a local shelter and the church hosts AA and NA meetings. In 1982, a Senior Center began. It continues to provide fellowship, trips and meals to members of the church and the community.
We celebrate its Music Ministry. A concert series was provided for the community. The largest organ in Berks County will be expertly played on Reformation Sunday, and years of choral and handbell choirs will be remembered.
We celebrate its future. First UCC's congregation plans to transfer its facility to Reading City Church, which will continue to minister and worship from this sanctuary of faith, and to transfer First UCC's endowment to the Berks County Community Foundation, through which First UCC's mission will continue in downtown Reading and Berks.
We celebrate the accomplishments of faith by all the generations of members who have gone before.
Cherished are the memories of worshiping at First United Church of Christ in Reading.