Next Meeting: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:40 am
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Faith Community Church
805 Okoboji Avenue
Milford, IA 51351
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power and love, whose mercy is over all His works, and whose will is ever directed to His children’s good.
We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man, the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace, the ground of our hope and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the Divine Presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need.
We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the Kingdom of God may come upon the earth.
Who We Are
Faith Community Church of Milford was officially incorporated on May 23, 2018. In order to understand its conception, it is necessary to understand what came before.
Technically the new church in town, our roots go back to 1859 when the first Methodist preacher arrived in Dickinson County, eventually building the first church in Milford known as the Methodist Episcopal Church, and to 1872 when the first pastor from the Home Missionary Society of the Congregational Church was sent to Milford. These two churches joined and became the Federated Church, eventually evolving into Union Memorial Church, a joint United Methodist Church and United Church of Christ. Our history is that of evolution to meet changing needs.
In early summer of 2014 our church began to examine our ministry to our members and the world beyond our walls. We asked questions about our role in the community and in the lives of our members. There was discussion about what a church should be and should do: We asked ourselves if we were sufficiently reaching out to share the Word of God. With some regret at severing ties with part of our history, the majority of our members felt we could be more effective in our ministry by becoming an independent, non-denominational church and we moved forward to leave our two denominations.
The culmination of four years of prayer, analysis, discussion and exploration, Faith Community Church is an independent church with no denominational affiliation. Our vision is to minister to all God's people with a loving spirit, reaching out to the community we are a part of, with hope based on faith.
Faith Community Church of Milford is a new church but our roots are deep in the history of this community. Even though we have moved away from denominational affiliation to do God's work our way, we honor the past—the men and women and the beliefs—that brought us to this point
That's why we have chosen a symbol of the past for the logo of our new church: the bell tower in front of the church that can be viewed from Hwy 71. It is simple: three crosses and two bells, the crosses arranged in a triangle on a raised mount. The bells are from two of the first churches in Milford—the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Congregational Christian Church—which came together to form one church: Union Memorial. The raised crosses from which the bells hang are a reminder of the three crosses on Mount Calvary. The shape of the triangle is a reference to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
The symbolism of the bells and crosses is as meaningful today as it was the day the bell tower was dedicated; the bells are as important to us now as they were to their respective congregation in the late 1800's and those who founded Union Memorial Church in 1958.
So we choose to embrace our heritage. As we move forward, our logo reminds us of those who came before us, those who were also willing to change and evolve, just as we are doing today.