Serve with Us

At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds.

Life is for service.

The Reverend Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

Photo: Fred Rogers rehearses the opening of his PBS show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" during a taping in this

June 28, 1989 file photo, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Justice & Outreach Ministries

  • immigration

    We believe that Christ's call to love our neighbors includes our immigrant neighbors, whether next door or south of the Border. We work closely with our partner organizations such Faith in Texas, Workers Defense Project, and the North Texas Immigration Coalition to accompany undocumented people to court hearings and administrative check-ins, challenge unjust policies, and provide resources. Since Summer 2019, our pastor has been sponsoring an asylum seeker with the support of the congregation. 

    In worship, we often sing bilingual hymns and songs, and participants are invited to sing in either English or Spanish. We are exploring making our worship more accessible and welcoming to Spanish-speakers, and we welcome input that will help us continue to grown into a truly multicultural church.

    To learn more, contact Gina, our Chair of Justice & Outreach.

  • open and affirming (lgbtq+)

    First Community Church has been openly advocating for the LGBTQ+ community for over 20 years. We practice extravagant welcome for all, no matter who you are, how you identify, or whom you love. Many of our members and leaders, including our pastor, are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

    We have given financial support to Youth First Texas, White Rock Friends (for People Living with HIV/AIDS), and Abounding Prosperity.

    We also provide financial support to the GSA Network Clubs at our local high schools and are working with local LGBTQ+ youth, young adults, and allies to expand our programming for our LGBTQ+ neighbors in Far East Dallas. 

    To learn more, contact Pastor Ray.

  • accessible to all

    When we renovated our building on Ferguson Road, we made it fully ADA compliant. Several of our members live with physical or neurological disabilities, and we are always working to expand access. We provide both noise reduction headphones and hearing enhancement devices for public worship and events. With notice, sign language interpretation may be provided. 

    First Community is strengthening partnerships with disability activists in order to advocate for increased access in our city. Do you have a specific need or are you interested in joining us? Contact Pastor Ray.

  • just housing Dallas

    First Community is part of the Just Housing Campaign of Faith in Texas. Faith in Texas envisions a Dallas that provides diverse, fair and safe housing for all people, regardless of income source, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and criminal history. Every person should have a good, safe, affordable place to live–no matter what. As a beloved community, we have a responsibility to make it so if we want our families and neighbors to thrive.

    To join us in this work, contact Gina, Chair of Justice & Outreach.

    Photo: Margaret Hunt Bridge and Dallas Skyline Copyright 2012 Mabry Campbell

Partner Organizations

We are fortunate to partner and support these organizations who work for justice, peace, and wholeness in our communities. To learn more about these organizations, click the title in green or the photo.

  • Faith in Texas (FiT) is a multi-racial faith movement for social justice. FiT is an affiliate of the Faith in Action national network, the nation’s largest network developing civic leadership in low- and moderate-income faith communities to advocate for economic and racial justice. In our divided state, Faith in Texas creates space for empathy, storytelling, and shared action across the boundaries of race, religion, and economics.

    First Community Church has been a covenant congregation with Faith in Texas since 2016. Pastor Manda is a founding member of the Clergy Organizing Team, and members serve on the Leadership Team and the Board.

  • The mission of the Ferguson Road Initiative (FRI) is to engage and empower a community of advocates to advance a safe, beautiful, prosperous and proud Far East Dallas. FRI facilitates the community’s vision for the complete economic revitalization of Far East Dallas, guided by our core values; Leadership, Community, Respect, Integrity, Stewardship.

    First Community is a faith-based partner.

  • Foundation Communities is an Austin- based nonprofit organization that has been creating housing and economic empowerment programs where families succeed since 1989. In Dallas we offer low-to-moderate income families and individuals the opportunity to reach financial stability through a multitude of programs, including free income tax preparation, one-on-one financial coaching and money management courses, matched savings accounts, and assistance with college financial aid.

    First Community hosts Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for our neighbors every January - April.

  • Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square is a diverse coalition of Dallas’ faith leaders, dedicated to service, hope and a shared vision of peace and justice for our North Texas community. Faith Forward Dallas leads our virtue initiative and serves as a moral compass for the community. The mission of Faith Forward Dallas is to foster and sustain the multi-faith fabric of our community by celebrating diversity and building strong relationships. We offer support, solidarity and a voice for those without a voice through civic engagement and educational partnerships.

    Pastor Manda is a clergy member of Faith Forward Dallas.

  • The UCC Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM) envisions a world in which all people are included in the fullness of life because they are created in the image of God. To make this end, the UCCDM supports all settings of the UCC including but not limited to: local congregations, Associations, Conferences, camps, and National settings, as they seek to include people with disabilities in all aspects of the Church’s life and ministry.

    First Community is committed to being an Accessible to All (A2A) Church.

  • The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity. For 30 years, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations committed to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. The Just Peace pronouncement articulated the UCC position on war and peace distinct from other approaches such as crusade, pacifism, or “just war.” Grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the position focuses attention on alleviating systemic injustice of all types using non-violence and calls us to offer the message, grounded in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that “Peace is possible.”

    First Community has been a Just Peace Church since 2006. 

  • The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the UCC, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome.

    First Community has been an Open and Affirming Church since 2001.