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IMG_8064At the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Ripon, we truly believe that each one of us is made in the unique and beautiful image of God, and therefore everyone is welcome to our church to worship, pray, and be in community with one another.  We believe that understanding God is a lifelong journey—one that you are on whether you’re a small child playing with a plastic Nativity Scene for the first time, or whether your aging body needs our elevator to get you up to the sanctuary.  No matter where you are in that lifelong journey, you are welcome here.

We are a Thinking Church.  In other words, we are constantly striving towards a deeper understanding of the scriptures, church history, and what God’s intentions for our world might be.  Because our God is so complex, so mysterious, and so enormous, we don’t believe there are “right” or “wrong” ways of seeing God, and we don’t believe we will ever be “finished” understanding God.  We believe in dialogue, study, prayer, and experience to help us to grasp a clearer understanding of our own relationship with the Divine.

In this congregation, you will find an enormous diversity of theological beliefs, political beliefs, and lifestyles—and that’s exactly how we want it to be—a community of people who can’t be put in a box, so that we can serve and worship a God who can’t be put in a box.

We hope you’ll come worship with us on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  In many ways, we follow a traditional worship style with beloved hymns and organ music, but with gifted choir directors and other musicians in the congregation, you will find an array of musical opportunities.  No two Sundays are quite the same.  Please take a minute to listen to a sermon or two on our website, and check out our Facebook page and blog.

As for me, you can contact me by phone (920) 376-1117, by e-mail (, or in my office Mondays 10:00-11:30 and 1:15-3:00, Wednesdays 1:00-4:00, and Thursdays 10:30-2:30.  I’m always up for new ideas, a chat over coffee, and to offer a prayer in a time of need. 

Blessings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Teacher and our Savior.

Rev. Joanna D’Agostino