First Congregational United Church of Christ

Open & Affirming UCC mixing today+tradition! La Crosse, WI
First Congregational United Church of Christ

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2503 Main St
La Crosse, WI 54601



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Who We Are

With diverse programming for all ages, we believe that God is still speaking and no matter where you are in your life's journey, there's room for you here!
We are an Open & Affirming congregation that goes into and beyond our accessible building to serve God and God's people in the world. Located at the base of Granddad's Bluff at the intersection of Losey Blvd & Main Street in beautiful La Crosse, Wisconsin, we are a justice-oriented church reaching out, reaching up, and reaching in!

About Us

Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Progressive, Inclusive, Multigenerational, Lively

Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Nursery, Choir, Missions, Seniors Ministry, Adult Education

Traditional Hymns, Rock-n-roll, Organ, Jazz, Praise and Worship, Contemporary, Passionate Reverent

United Church of Christ




Our Services

What are services like?
A blend of "today and tradition" we feel there's something for everyone. Scriptures, song lyrics/hymnody and liturgy are projected for easy viewing. The pastor has an informal, friendly style and children have a special moment up front before they adjourn to K-9 Sunday educational offerings concurrent with our 10 a.m. Worship. A shorter 8:30 a.m. Sunday service is held at 8:30 a.m. most Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

What is the community like?
A mix of all ages, young families, children, and youth from La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem and other areas of the Coulee Region. We tend to mirror our communities, blessed with several from surrounding university and medical communities. We mirror our denomination, the United Church of Christ, in striving to be open to all God's people in united and uniting ways. We are a singing church who takes Christ's command to care for others in just and compassionate ways. Like many of the other community churches, we participate in local food pantries, meals for the needy, and efforts for a kinder, more just society.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We believe in two Sacrament: Baptism (usually, but not limited to infants) and Holy Communion/The Lord's Supper. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is invited to share Communion with us, generally on the first Sunday of the month and also on other special days of the church year. We strive to be welcoming to all people and we value diversity. As Congregationalists, we are very independent-minded, and sometimes we agree to disagree about what we believe and how we live out our faith.


Bill Hoglund

Bill Hoglund

"Rev. Bill," our Senior Minister joined us in 2010, coming up North from a long pastorate in suburban Chicago with his clergy spouse. He is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, outside of Boston, Massachusetts and Elmhurst College. Rev. Bill has a background as an extensive background as hospital chaplain/administrator, with a Certificate in Gerontology from Benedictine University. His training in improv comedy with Second City Players and Comedy Sports of Chicago keeps us guessing on most Sunday mornings! We believe he has a warm, open style.

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