WHO WE ARE

Second Congregational Church of Norway

United Church of Christ


We are a group of dedicated individuals passionate about serving God and our community.

Second Congregational is a church of The United Church of Christ.  The 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).

OUR BELIEFS

We are united through Christ


We believe that God is Love, and that God's love is for everybody!

God is the creator of the universe and giver of all that is good. God is the savior—known boldly and intimately in Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection—who shows us how to live and love. God is the Spirit who enables us to make a difference in our world and in the lives of others. We believe that grace is the love, honesty, and compassion that God gives and shows us in Jesus. It’s how Jesus saves us, heals us, sets us free, and increases our capacity for love. We believe that we need each other. Whether single, married/partnered, divorced or widowed, it’s a lot easier to follow God with friends than it is by ourselves.



OUR VALUES

We are here for you



We believe in the triune God

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.  We take the Bible seriously, not literally, studying the Scriptures for truth and light as they relate to our lives today.  God is still speaking!


Each person is on a spritiual journey

We believe each of us is at a different stage of that journey.  Whether you have been going to church for 50 years, or are just starting to consider giving church a try, you are welcome here!



Each person is unique and valuable

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.  We are Open and Affriming to people of all sexual and gender orientations, races and ethnicities, ages and abilities.  God's love does not discriminate, and neither do we!


We believe we are called to serve

We believe in being Christ's hands in the world, and we do that through our many missions.  One of our passions is addressing hunger in our community, and our church feeds several hundred people each month through our free supper and our support of the local food pantry.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Come as you are


We want you to come just as you are. When you walk through our doors you may see people in suits and ties, but you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts. We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable and that is all that matters to us. As long you are come through our doors, we want to make sure you feel loved and welcomed. If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors. 

OUR STAFF


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Rev. Cordelia Strandskov

Reverend Cordelia came to be our minister in May of 2016, having previously served churches in California.  She has a young daughter, two cats, and lots and lots of yarn!

Shirli Allen Heald

 

Our choir director Shirli has been a part of Second Congregational Church for almost three decades!  She not only leads our Sunday morning choir, but organizes and directs an annual Children's Theater production, as well as Christmastide, our annual concert in December that draws particiapnts and audience members from all over the Oxford Hills.

Elaine Emery

 

Elaine is our wonderful organist, as well as the director of our bell choir.  She is a gifted musician who has been playing for us for 32 years!  She enjoys sewing and knitting, and makes fabulous centerpieces for our free suppers.

Ed Baldridge

Ed is our accompanist and shares his considerable musical talent with us during the winter and summer months.