In 1877 the first settlers in Alpine began to worship together in each other's parlors. The Foss family constructed a lean-to addition to their modest home and invited other early settlers to join them for Sunday worship and Sunday school. By 1888 more than 37 men, women and children were gathering to worship in Alpine. In 1894 this small group was accepted as a Home Mission Project of the Congregational Church. Now, many years later, people from Alpine and neighboring communities are still gathering in our sanctuary to worship God and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ with the gift of the Holy Spirit. We continue today to be that place where all are invited to grow in faith and answer God’s call on our lives.
We here at the Alpine Community Church are in covenant with the United Church of Christ, which was formed through the merger of four denominations throughout the twentieth century. One of the founding denominations, the Congregational Church, had a long history of social justice and education, tracing its roots all the way back to the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
In 1931 the Congregational Church merged with the Christian Church, a denomination located mostly in southern states that was well known for integrating African Americans in worship long before the Civil War, and became known as the Congregational Christian Church.
The two other denominations had German roots, and were known as the German Evangelical Church and the German Reformed Church. During World War II, these denominations merged and dropped the German from their name. They were then known as the Evangelical and Reformed Church or the E&R Church, well known for building hospitals and orphanages.
In 1957 the United Church of Christ was formed through the merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the E&R Church.
The United Church of Christ has a vision of a just world, where all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. Our three great loves — Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation — work together to address the inequities in our current world.