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Faith Community Church
805 Okoboji Avenue
Milford, IA 51351
STATEMENT OF FAITH
This congregation confesses faith in the Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Father, the creator and sustainer of the universe; in the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who died and rose again for the redemption of a fallen humanity; and in the Holy Spirit, who calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the Christian Church and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the faith. This congregation further accepts that the Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired, revealed, and inerrant Word of God and the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and life.
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.
Our logo is a bold, new representation of our long-standing landmark: 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 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.
We embrace our heritage and 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.