Painted Chair

Donated Chairs From FCC Become Works of Art For Charity

Last year First Christian Church donated 8-10 Sunday School chairs to our local Arts & Education organization to be used in the recent Chair-ries Jubilee event. This annual fundraiser benefits Arts education in Cleveland/Bradley schools.  The process of converting a plain very used chair into an inspiring work of art is under taken by a host of talented local artists. These items are then sold at the event. Please see

FCC Welcomes The Collectives Church

Starting July 1 our church will be host to a new start-up church, The Collectives Church. We have contracted with the new group for an initial 6 month period with possibilities for future extensions. The church is led by Jeff and Rachel Pitts and will focus on leading Cleveland area’s young adults to Christ and developing them in becoming faithful Disciples. The Collectives Church will meet on Sunday evenings for

Fellowship Hall Parking Lot

Fellowship Hall Parking Refurbished

As summer begins we are continuing to look for ways to upgrade or renovate the facilities at FCC. Recently we repaired and refurbished the Fellowship Hall parking area. Severely damaged areas and cracks were repaired, the area was cleaned and weeded, sealed and topcoated by a professional company. Also, for the first time, lines for parking have been added! We now have 12 parking spaces and 2 clearly marked handicap

Lighted FCC sign

Church Sign Repaired

Our church sign has new life! It has been in darkness (unlit) for a long while but was recently repaired. Now all commuters on N. Ocoee will be able to see who we are and enjoy the inspirational messages posted on our sign.

Cattleya orchid from Hawaii

God’s Beautiful Gardens

Spring has sprung and summer’s not far away. It takes just a moment to pause from the frantic ways of our lives and take in the natural beauty God graciously offers to all. We invite the members and friends of First Christian Church – Cleveland to submit photos of their flowers, landscaping, and vegetable gardens to the website to share with one another. Simply provide your name and SHORT description

FCC Sign


Spring has made a grand start at First Christian Church! The beautiful beds of Buttercups around the original Church sign are making a spectacular display this year. A tradition at FCC, the lovely yellow blooms are a sure sign that Spring is coming! This sign, a gift from Dr. And Mrs. Stanley Pettit, was recently renovated to restore it to its original design as part of FCC dating back to

Rev. Zoe Retained as Interim Minister

Rev. Zoe Retained as Interim Minister It is exciting to announce that Rev. Zoe Renfro has agreed to extend her contract as Interim Minister at FCC. Rev. Zoe has done great work for our congregation during her past year with us. At the Official Board meeting on Nov. 17 the proposal to retain Rev. Zoe was unanimously approved beginning Jan. 1,  2021 for one year. Rev. Zoe has graciously accepted


REMEMBERING R.J. MITCHELL1926-2020 As a special part of worship on Sunday, September 27, First Christian Church honored long term Elder, leader and friend, R.J. Mitchell.  R.J. died on August 23 at the age of 94. Rev. Zoe Renfro introduced the remembrance followed by a reading on love from 1 Corinthians by Wil Brannen.  Gil Furr provided some close personal memories of R.J. and then Bridgett Blankenship presented a plaque to


The REGIONAL ASSEMBLY is scheduled for October 8 & 9.  However, it will be virtual, so the Region’s Planning Committee has decided to offer the workshops online, two a month, beginning in July or August.  These are always informational and inspirational.  For more information, contact Mara Grisham.


As you know, we purchase several copies of The Upper Room daily devotion booklet and have them on the table at the back for you to take home and use.  Since so many folks have not returned to worship services across the nation, The Upper Room is offering the booklet free to churches through a download which can then be emailed to members of the congregation. If you would like


One of our ministries at First Christian Church involves supporting The Caring Place to help less fortunate families in the Cleveland/Bradley area. We created the “Manna Wagon” as a reminder for members to donate food and clothing items. The Manna Wagon is located in our sanctuary and visible every Sunday morning at worship.  Today a donation was made on behalf of FCC members and it was gratefully accepted. Thanks to all

Christmas Cantata Video Complete!

The video of the Christmas Cantata that was performed by our choir this past Christmas is finished! Edited and ready for you to enjoy: First Christian Church, Cleveland Disciples of Christ presents Celebrate! The Joy And Wonder Of Christmas, a musical arranged by Marty Parks. December 15th, 2019. We hope you are blessed by this presentation! Thank you Mara Grisham and the ladies of our church for providing the food

Regular Sunday Services to Resume May 3rd

Our regular Sunday morning worship services are scheduled to resume on May 3rd. While we will be meeting again in person, we will continue to implement precautions such as social distancing. Offering and communion plates will not be passed. Rather, everyone will be invited to the table and to make offerings one at a time. Pre-service Sunday School, Choir practice, and other events will continue to be postponed until further

Rev. Zoe Renfro Called As Interim Minister

First Christian Church members welcomed Rev. Zoe Renfro as our Interim Minister on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Rev. Renfro was recommended by the Search Committee and the Official Board of FCC unanimously approved Rev. Renfro as our Interim Minister. Rev. Renfro contractual agreement is for 12 months service with possible extension to a second year. Rev. Renfro is excited to answer the challenges that lay ahead in her ministry at

Homecoming 2019

What a blessed day it was on Sunday, October 27 as we gathered for our 2019 Homecoming celebration at First Christian Church!  We enjoyed a special service with special guests including Miss Korenna Hodge, Harpist and Dr. Stan McDaniel who delivered our sermon.  As customary, a wonderful Homecoming Sunday dinner followed in our Fellowship Hall.  It was a glorious, spirit-filled event for all!