About Us



The First Congregational Church is Alpena’s oldest organized church, founded March 2, 1862. Religious gatherings were held at the home of Daniel and Sarah Carter, Alpena’s first white settlers. These meetings evolved into the First Congregational Church.


The first church building was a wooden structure completed in 1868 with Daniel G. Bisbee as the founding pastor.


The second church building was completed in 1892. This building incorporated the first structure and was constructed of brick and stone. It was completely removed to make way for the third church building.


The third building, the current church home, is constructed of concrete masonry and was completed in 1955. The building was made possible by the generosity of Jesse H. and Anna M. Besser, industrialists and philanthropists. Jesse Besser, who invented concrete block manufacturing equipment, had a strong interest in seeing what could be accomplished in building a monumental structure in the Gothic style, using concrete products manufactured by the Besser Company.


In 1961 the congregation joined the United Church of Christ thus creating the First Congregational United Church of Christ.


In 2012 the congregation celebrated its 150th anniversary. The church is 150 years strong, and looking toward the next 150 years.


The current site of the First Congregational Church of Alpena was acquired in stages. The first lots were purchased from George N. Fletcher in 1868. In 1909 an additional 30 feet was purchased from A.W. Comstock, a member of another pioneer Alpena family. In 1919 the remainder lots were purchased from A.W. Comstock, thus completing what is the church’s current location.


Kat Tomaszewski

Director of Music

Gerrie LaCross


You can contact Gerrie LaCross at officeuccalp@frontier.com

Denise Fusina


You can contact Denise Fusina at uccbookkeeper@frontier.com


“Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before His presence with singing”  Psalm 100:2


Alpena First Congregational UCC offers varied and inspirational music at our weekly 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship services and at our 5:00 p.m.Sunday Underground Church services.

The Chancel Choir sings at the morning service (except in summer) and at special services such as Christmas Eve and the community “Thirty Days of Peace” concert. A recent gift of a Chickering Piano has added a lovely sound.

The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in praising the Lord.

Our Music Director is Kat Tomaszewski.


Throughout the history of the Christian Church the remains of the deceased were often buried in vaults within the church or in burial grounds surrounding the church. Such burials provided Christians a final resting place within the embrace of the church, which had been their spiritual home during life on earth.

Our Church has created and dedicated a sacred area on our grounds where cremated remains (cremains) may be placed, thus allowing this historic practice to be brought back into the life of Christians today.

Cremation does not violate any Biblical precepts which emphasize the eternal life of the spirit rather than the physical body. What is required is reverent treatment of the physical remains after death.

Burial in the Memorial Garden or Columbarium does not limit the type of Memorial Service or Committal Service a family desires.

Columbarium Wall

This wall encloses a portion of the Memorial Garden. It has sealed niches for the placement of cremains and each niche has the capacity to hold the cremains of two individuals.

Planning and providing for your end of life arrangements can be a great source of comfort to both you and your family. The Memorial Garden/Columbarium policy and reservation forms are available in the Church Office. You can receive this information by mail or in person. The Church Office will arrange for someone to meet with you if you have questions and would like to discuss this option for end of life arrangements.