WELCOME TO THE MISSOULA FIRST
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 - 300 E Main, Missoula MT MAP
Sunday Worship - Our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service is starting to reopen as circumstances allow.
Only 50 people are allowed at one time. Please call the church office (549-6118) to RSVP.
Use the back entrance. There is an elevator just inside the back entrance, just push “1” to get to the sanctuary level. Please wear a mask and bring your own communion elements.
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 go straight. Turn right in the first hallway. It is the first door on your right. It overlooks the alley.
In the fall, Sunday School Children will meet for Children's Church at 10 a.m. It may be a combination of in person and Zoom so everyone can participate. Youth Group also starts up in the fall.
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 Monday - Thursday.
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, insurance, 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.
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.
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?
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