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Who We Are

First Congregational Church is a community of believers whose faith is "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone" (Ephesians 2:20). Enhancing God's kingdom and proclaiming the gospel, we identify ourselves with the world as we keep our identity in Jesus Christ.

   

History

A good number of German families were attracted to the Yellowstone valley of Montana by the railroads and sugar beet industry. Many of these hard-working immigrant families came from the Volga region of Russia.  One of the few things they were able to bring with them to this country was their faith.  They met regularly as they were accustomed to in their homeland.  As they became settled in this new land their desire for a church home grew.  In 1908 they organized as a congregation and on January 28, 1908 the Charter Roll was signed by 103 members.  The name given to the newly organized church was The German Evangelical Lutheran Reformed Congregational Church.  This name was chosen to keep peace and harmony among the varied religious backgrounds of the members.  Today it is known as The First Congregational Church.

The first church building was erected on the corner of 3rd Street and Durland Ave.  Each member contributed $5 to the building fund effort.  Membership grew and by 1938 the rolls increased to 546.  The congregation built two additions to the church, the first in 1924 and another in 1938.  A new parsonage was built in 1956.

In 1963 the congregation purchased seven acres of land at Durland and 5th Street, for future expansion.  A new church was built on this site in 1970 and dedicated on May 16, 1971.  In 1976 the church bells from the old church were installed in the church tower of the new church.  Through the years the congregation has made other impovements and further additions to the church building.

 

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