WELCOME TO THE MISSOULA FIRST
UMC COMMUNITY

We are glad you are here to check us out.
We hope that you will get involved and meet lots of nice people that will help make you feel at home.

FINDING US

Sunday Worship - Our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service is in the Sanctuary.  The front entrance has stairs going up to the Sanctuary and down to Fellowship Hall.  The elevator is located just inside the back entrance, just push “1” to get to the sanctuary level.

The Nursery is on the main level next to the Sanctuary. If you come in the back door go up the stairs to the first landing and head for the sanctuary.  Turn right in the first hallway. It is the first door on your right.  It overlooks the alley.  

Sunday School Children will join us for worship and leave for Sunday School following the Children’s Time with Pastor John.

The Office is next to the new elevator on the 1st level. Pastor John’s office is just to the east of that. If you can, call the Church Office (549-6118) before coming to the church so you can find out when the staff will be there.  The back door is usually open from 9-12 M-F.

RENOVATIONS

 

This report reviews significant events during construction and an approximate accounting of the cost. A final accounting of the overall project has not yet been completed, but it is hoped that some idea of what, when and where is presented here.

Now we continue the effort to cover the financial obligations. Again, our thanks to all of those who have contributed to the success of this project.

 

Annual or monthly gifts of any size also help to pay our debt.  The largest single donation has been $375,000. If it is within your means we encourage you to help pay off the building loan by making a gift of money, stocks, houses, IRAs, and other financial resources you might have and be willing to donate.

To donate to the project, please send your check to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 7646, Missoula, MT  59807 or visit the "Donate" page on our website. 

ACCESSIBILITY

Our church is handicap accessible through the street level door at the back alley of the building. There is an elevator there that will bring you up to the office and sanctuary or take you down to fellowship hall. We have large-print bulletins with hymns, large print hymnals, and hearing assistance devices for those that are hard of hearing. We also have video screens for hymns and scripture. Ask the ushers for help when you arrive and they will find what you need. 

RECONCILING CONGREGATION/ INCLUSION
Missoula First United Methodist Church welcomes all people of any age, gender, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, or physical ability into the full life and membership of this congregation. We are a Reconcilling Congregation.
HISTORY

The beginning process of forming a women’s group involved the growth of the church as well as happenings in the state and nation. The earliest years of Methodism in Missoula were rocky, hardship bound and financially hazardous. Organized religion first came to the area more than twenty years before gold was discovered. The black robed Jesuits set up their first church in Stevensville in 1841.

Montana became a territory in 1864, and spasmodically itinerate Methodist preachers brought the message to the area, but never stayed more than a few days. 

 

Rev. George Comfort, however, stayed throughout 1869. In his time, a Board of Trustees was formed and Block #4 was bought for $100.00 for the purpose “to build a church”. In 1872, Rev. Thomas Iliff was called from Ohio to build the church.

W.H.H. Dickinson, a bachelor, was not only chairman of the Trustees but also Postmaster and a local merchant. In 1872, he married Emma Slack, who had come west to visit her brother Jasper who had settled on a farm near Stevensville.

Emma Slack, born in 1838, had grown up in a Methodist Episcopal home in Maryland. In the Butte Western District registry Emma was the only Methodist in Missoula in 1870. At about this time Virginia Speck’s (long time member of First UMC) grandfather started a church in Whitehall. Emma, while visiting Jasper, was hired to teach fifteen students in Missoula for a three month summer session. She did so for two summers. Emma’s 1872 wedding was the first performed by a protestant minister in Missoula.

In her new home Emma began teaching a Sunday School class on Sunday afternoons.  Also, the Board of Trustees held their meetings in the Dickinson home. Emma served coffee and pastries to them, soon enlisting the help of a couple of other women. Was this the first Ladies Aid Group?

 

Click the button to learn about United Methodist Women and the history of Missoula First UMC.   

Bits of History from FUMC  - by Nancy Heyer
Imagine, when old Sunday School photos were passed around for identification of kids, spotting yourself, a brother and a cousin sitting in those tiny chairs in curtained maze called Sunday School. Where are those albums?  I’d love to write about what’s in them. It has only been recently that I discovered my own Methodist history. It began in the ‘1700’s, when both sets of my maternal and paternal grandparents’ families left England for America in order to seek different religious expression.   Both families found Methodism at a tiny wooden church, which still stands (Pine Summit Church, Millville, PA).   When my grandparents arrived in Missoula in 1920, they bought a home close enough to walk to the Methodist Church on Main Street.  Both babies were baptized there; one was my mother.  The 2 children were raised in this church and were members all their lives. Both raised in this church, Doug and I took a hiatus to live in Germany and Idaho before returning to our home church in 1986.  We were both baptized (1947 and 1948) and married (1968) in this church. (Hugh Herbert officiated). The building project we have before us makes it important to remember that we are doing these things to enhance the future for our own community. Our history can guide us. The elders wrote in Tower Tidings, describing the urgency to construct a new building and Sunday School because the church was 46 years old!  This church is 60 years old. They did not mince words.

 
 
 
 
 
ABOUT US

“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” is not just an advertising slogan, but a statement of how First United Methodist Church of Missoula wants to be seen in our community. First Church is a community of open hearts seeking to be a force for God’s grace in the “heart” of Missoula’s downtown. We are an open minded congregation, respectful of each other yet unafraid of the issues of our time. And we are a church of open doors, welcoming a wide diversity of people to be a part of our congregation. For those who can’t manage our stairs, you will find the elevator just inside the back alley door. You will always find a place at First United Methodist Church! 

CONTACT US

Missoula First United Methodist Church

(406) 549-6118
 

fumcmissoula@gmail.com

 

300 East Main St. Missoula, MT 59802

 

MAILING ADDRESS:

P.O. Box 7646
Missoula, MT  59807-7646