About Peace UCC
Important information about our history, beliefs, & practices
Peace UCC Founded
Founded in 1894 by first and second generation German immigrants, Peace church provided a welcoming home to early immigrants who struggled to make a life in a new community on the Missouri River. Initially, services were held in German and later English services were added. Eventually the German services were dropped . Several members of Peace are descendants of those founding families and continue to farm the land their families settled.
125 Years Later
Over the 125 years since its founding, Peace church has grown to include other families and new members. Although we are rightfully proud of our German immigrant history, the congregation today is more diverse in background and history. Members range from progressive to conservative on social, political and theological issues. We aim to practice kindness and respect in our conversations. Even more importantly, we seek to remember our common ground of faith and values in Jesus Christ, who we proclaim the head of the church. And through the church, we work to increase the love of God and love of neighbor in the world.
Beliefs & Practices
As a church within the United Church of Christ, we affirm the UCC Statement of Faith:
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:
He calls the worlds into being, creates man in his own image and sets before him the ways of life and death.
He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
He judges men and nations by his righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, he has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to himself.
He bestows upon us his Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
He calls us into his church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be his servants in the service of men, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
He promises to all who trust him forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, his presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him. Amen.