Congregational United Church of Christ
P. O. Box 610
Buena Vista, CO 81211
The Congregational United Church of Christ is located on Crossman Avenue in Buena Vista,
and it was established in 1880. Its first "meetings" were held in Doud's harness shop on
the west side of the railroad tracks. The rich history and tradition of the Congregational
Missionary Board nurtured this church until 1968 when it was first able to be free of
denominational subsidy. The current sanctuary, fellowship hall and educational wing
represent the third structure this congregation inhabited. The first building was a 24 by
40 clapboard building which took six weeks to build at a cost of $435. The second building
was a brick church on Tabor Street, dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1911. This
building was used until the current sanctuary was completed in 1963. One of the unique
features of the sanctuary is the stone fireplace.
This church is strongly affiliated with the United Church of Christ, a denomination which
was established by the merger of the Congregational/Christian and the Evangelical and
Reformed Churches in 1957. The UCC acknowledges as sole head, Jesus Christ, Son of
God and Savior. It acknowledges as kindred all who share in this confession. Its
ecumenical spirit is nourished by Jesus' prayer, "That they may all be one." No matter
who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
The church is congregational in polity, grounded in scripture, and historically focused on
social action. We affirm God's love for all people, regardless of race, gender, orientation,
social standing or ethnicity.
Our worship is joyful with a balance of liturgy and informality. We include all ages in
our worship and enthusiastically welcome children. Music is a significant part of our
celebration. We present a theologically open and moderate/liberal voice in our community.
The Scriptures are central to our worship. We use the lectionary for worship themes.
The sacrament of communion is celebrated at least once a month, and our table is open
to anyone who in faith desires to receive it, whether a member of the church or not.