Do you feel like you are on a
spiritual journey? 

We hope you will allow us to walk with you on this journey and
together we will find the answers to our questions.
Call the office at 549-6118 to find out more about each class or opportunities to serve the Missoula community.

People grow best when they are connected in healthy small groups.
We were never intended to live life alone, but we were created for relationships.

First United Methodist Youth

FUMY meets at the church Wednesday evenings during the
school year at 5:30.  Join them for a meal and activities. 
See the YOUTH page for more information

Preschool – 6th Grade

Sunday School meets September – May.  
We are going to start a Children's Church Zoom service at 10 a.m. this fall.

Curriculum:  "Deep Blue" with games, crafts, and teaching consistent
with what is shared in Worship that day -- lectionary base.

See the YOUTH page for more information or call the church office


Nursery care is available for those not ready for preschool.


FUMY Christmas carolling

Adult Classes

Sunday Morning: Faith and Justice meets at 9:15 before worship.


During the school year Pastor John does classes during the week:

Tuesday Morning at 10:00 AM  (topics change)

Beginning in October Jana Staton and Theresa cox will lead a Fast Tracked Disciple class for 24 weeks.

Call or email the church office at 549-6118 for more information 
or to register for the class.


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You are invited to become involved in many aspects of the life of our church by filling out the Time and Talent Survey and returning it to the office. Contact the office for more information.  549-6118.

United Methodist Women 

Many of the UMW meetings will be held virtually for the time being.
Contact President Peg Plimpton for more UMW information. 542-1543

UMW meets the first Thursday of October-December and February-May.
All our general meetings are at 1:30 p.m. except for November and May when we go out to lunch at 11:30.

Small Fellowships are open to all women of the church: 

*Ruth Fellowship, 2nd Thursday at 10 a.m. at the church October-May;

*Vespers Fellowship, 3rd Wednesday in homes at 1:00;

*Gems Fellowship, 3rd Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the church September-May;

*Book Group, 4th Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the church September-May;

*Craft Group will be creating various projects.
Contact Tish Herries - 370-6572 or Klairaine Nichwander 396-1663 to help.


Mighty Methodist Men

Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. at homes. Contact Joe Loos for more information.  721-5013

 Friday Nite Out

Meets the 2nd Friday of each month for a potluck dinner and fellowship.

They meet at 6 p.m. in homes.  Check the current newsletter for details or call the office for next location. 549-6118


Walk to Emmaus Prayer Groups

Both Men and Women’s Groups meet at noon every Tuesday at the Church.

*Walk to Emmaus retreats are held each spring at Flathead Lake.

*Face to Face Retreats are usually held in the fall at various churches in Western Montana.  There will not be one in Fall, 2020.

More information is on their website: http://www.westernmtwalk.com/


Missoula First Methodist Foundation

The Foundation is the charitable arm of the church.  Scholarships are given in the spring and charitable contributions are given in December.    
Click here for Scholarship Form.  Scholarship deadline is April 15.

Charities can submit letters by November 15.
  Donations of cash, stocks, houses, cars, etc. are welcome and allow us to continue the giving our members encourage. 

Mission Focus-Core Vision Team    

Objective: Create focused vision and action for social change rooted in our congregation’s individual passions for service and justice.

The Mission Focus Core Vision Team is supported by the Mission & Outreach Team, and the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) to:

Develop leaders in the congregation with a specific set of skills for engaging the congregation in social mission/justice work.
Broaden and deepen the level of participation among individuals in the social mission of the congregation.
Create focused vision and action for social change from the congregation.
Broaden and deepen relationships among individuals in the congregation.

Contact Joe Loos at 721-5013 for mission opportunities.  


Missoula First UMC is active in supporting many mission projects. 

       Methodist Projects Include:

Angola – pastor’s salary program

Browning United Methodist Parish - BUMP

Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp  Website

Intermountain Home - Helena   Website

Tzedakah Pocket – low income housing

Wesley Campus Ministry – University of Montana     


     Local Projects Include:

Community Connect – one stop service day for families and individuals with housing challenges

Family Promise – homeless families with children  Website

Hogan House – homeless families with children

Healing Communities – welcome returning citizens and support for their families

Missoula County Detention Center Art Show Inside Out

Missoula Food Bank  Website

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative  Website

Poverello Homeless Shelter – we provide lunch every 5th Saturday


Queergiving Thanksgiving donations

Salvation Army

Soft Landings and Refugee Mentor Teams through Missoula IRC    Website

YWCA – Health kits for battered women  Website

     State, National and International Projects include:

Bread for the world – ending world hunger  Website

Faith and Climate Action MT

Habitat for Humanity  Website

Jubilee - debt reduction for the world  Website

Montana Association of Christians - legislative advocacy inspired by Mathew 25

Reconciling Ministries Network - advocating for full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the UMC   Website

SERRV – fair wages for craft workers  Website

UMCOR – Disaster Relief around the world.  Website

UMW Missions – serving women, children and youth   Website


“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! 


Missoula First United Methodist Church

(406) 549-6118



300 East Main St. Missoula, MT 59802



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