A Church of and for the Community

FCC is deeply involved in the Centerville, Fremont, and Tri-City communities.

As an expression of our commitment to the community, we established and still proudly operate Fremont Congregational Nursery School, a play-centered pre-school which provides some scholarships for those in need. Glenmoor Gardens Homeowners Association holds its semi-annual meetings at FCC.

We also are generous contributors to Tri-City Volunteers (our local food pantry) and ABODE (which supports low-income and homeless people in establishing secure housing.)

Seeking Justice and Honoring Creation

We celebrate a strong heritage of being on the leading edge of working for peace and social justice in the Tri-City area—standing up for those who are voiceless in society. We support many local, national, and international agencies that provide help to those in need.

We actively participate in Congregations Organization for Renewal (COR), a local affiliate of the PICO, a national interfaith network of community organizing which empowers people to work for economic and social justice. We seek to address some of the environmental challenges we face through our membership in California Interfaith Power & Light (which addresses issues of Global Warming), holding an outdoors "Blessing of the Animals" service yearly, and celebrating the Season of Creation as part of our church year.

Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally

In our weekly and lively Bible study sessions and Sunday services, we use the stories and teachings of scripture primarily as a tool for personal and social transformation. Through the Bible, we affirm "God Is Still Speaking" to us today, which is more important than knowing with absolute certainty what happened 2000 to 3000 years ago. We celebrate the wisdom found in diverse interpretations.

Dialogue and Partnership with Other Faiths

FCC has a tradition of learning from and engaging with people of diverse faith traditions. We draw from diverse sources of wisdom (including science and art) on our spiritual journey. While Jesus is our path to God, we honor the rightness of different paths that others take.

We have partnered with a Roman Catholic house church and a Jewish synagogue, visited Sikh centers, and invited Muslims to preach and to lead workshops. We are members of the Tri-City Interfaith Council and we celebrate "Pluralism Sunday" once a year. Our current minister faith has been enriched by attending retreats at a Buddhist meditation center, and some of our members practice yoga.

A Caring Community

We are a small but growing, progressive, family-friendly, open-minded, and justice-seeking Christian community. We like to celebrate together (and seldom miss an excuse to eat together!) If you would like to be part of a group of people who support and care for one another, who share each others' joys and sorrows, who have fun together, and who seek to grow together in faith, please come and see if we are right for your journey.

While we do not have all the programs of some larger churches, we provide opportunities for fellowship, service, and engagement that larger churches cannot. In an often impersonal world, sometimes "small is beautiful."