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Third & Adams Street, PO Box 9774, Moscow, Idaho USA | (208) 882-3715

Welcome To Our Church!

Moscow First United Methodist Church is an exciting place to be. It is filled with the sound of choirs and congregants raising their voices in praise to God, with bells ringing and the historic clock chiming the hours. It is filled with children laughing, families working together, and seniors sharing their stories. Above all, however, it is filled with the people of God who are earnestly listening for the voice of God. I invite you to join with us in our many activities but mostly I invite you to join us as we encounter the God who comes into our midst as we gather together. Grace and Peace, 
Debbie Sperry, Pastor

Pastor-Debbie---May-14-2017

 

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Youth Ministries

Learn more about our youth program and the many activities they do in service and fellowship! Read more...

Prayer Groups

Come together to support each other lift up those in need in prayer. Read more...

Christ on Campus

We meet on Thursday nights from 5:30-7pm for a home cooked meal, Bible study, and discussion. More information...

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Church Hours

Worship and Office Hours

 

The church office is staffed by our Administrative Assistant from 8:30 AM -12:30 PM Monday – Friday.  For an appointment with the pastor, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the church office at 882-3715.

 

Sunday Worship begins at 10:30 AM. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:00 AM. 

 

 

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Get Involved

First United Methodist Church has an active service ministry, reaching out locally, regionally and internationally in a year round campaign to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, serving our neighbors in need. We support a variety organizations and programs, reflecting the diverse interests of our congregation. But you can see that there is a theme of meeting the basic human needs for food and shelter running through most of our service ministry.

As a congregation, we support three children at the Jamaa Letu United Methodist orphanages in the Congo. We celebrate the cultures, music, food and people of Africa each January with speakers, performances, movies, crafts and education in our Sunday schools, small groups and worship service, culminating in a bake sale fundraiser at the end of the month. We consider Patience, Papi, and our soon to be announced second girl, to be members of our church family.

In the spring we send a mission team to serve at UMCOR West, the United Methodist Church's disaster response staging center, preparing critical support supplies to be sent as needed around the world. Our supplies have helped with fire recovery in the intermountain west and provided support after typhoons in the Philippines.

In May we support the Moscow Food Bank, hosting a food drive to help stock up shelves in the off-holiday season, with each weekend dedicated to a different meal. Throughout the month FUMC typically collects a pickup truck load of grocery sacks loaded with healthy foods.

Over the summer, we support the Moscow School District's Summer Lunch program, providing volunteers to distribute lunches for local children in local parks. This program is open to all children, regardless of income level, to encourage healthy eating habits over the summer.

The gardeners in our church recently rose to the challenge of the Backyard Harvest "Growing for the Greater Good' program, bringing in their fresh bounty each Sunday during harvest season to be distributed to the local food banks.

Each fall we sponsor a toiletries drive to support Sojourner's Alliance, the local homeless shelter, and Shalom Ministries in Spokane, providing much needed personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes that cannot be purchased with federal support dollars.

Year round, First United Methodists participate in the local Habitat for Humanity program, volunteering on the build site and at the Surplus Sale, serving on committees and boards to help ensure the success of this ministry working to eliminate poverty housing on the Palouse, one home at a time.

And FUMC is one of 13 host churchs for the recently started Family Promise of the Palouse program, offering the shelter of our building and providing meals once every thirteen weeks to local homeless families with children in partnership with the Rolling Hills LDS Stake.

 

For more information on these programs and others...

www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3021071

www.facebook.com/HopeForTheChildrenofAfrica

www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Network

www.palousehabitat.org

www.sojournersalliance.org

www.familypromisepalouse.org

www.atvp.org

www.backyardharvest.org

www.stmarysparishmoscow.org/index_files/foodbank.htm

www.msdweb.msd281.org/wordpress/westpark/programs/summer-lunch-program

www.shalomspokane.org

Church Mission

The First United Methodist Church of Moscow, Idaho is a welcoming family of believers committed to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our community and the world through worship, music, Christian Education, service, and prayer.

 

Our Church History

The official history of Moscow First United Methodist church begins on December 21, 1876 as the Methodist Episcopal Church when seven people organized the first church. In those early years they met in a small school house. Rev. Milton S. Anderson was the first pastor. In 1880 they rented a meeting hall on the corner of 4th and Main and three years later began the construction of the first church building at 6th and Jefferson, which was completed in 1887 for a bit over $2000. 

By 1902 the congregation had outgrown that building and began construction of a new building at 3rd and Adams. Made of basalt mined on nearby Paradise Ridge it took two years to complete for a cost of $35,000. Installed in the clock tower were a Seth Thomas clock and a five foot bell. The clock and the bell are still in use, though an electrical mechanism to run it was added a number of years later. By 1921 there was need for yet more space, including for Sunday School classes and a kitchen. More basalt from Paradise Ridge was used. Thirty some years later, still more space was needed and so the third addition, known as the Education Wing, began. The revision ran into funding and other problems and took seven years to be completed. This addition was done without the original basalt and so is obviously different from the outside.

Over the years, as will happen with a living church, needs changed, the building experienced wear and tear, and so various remodeling projects have taken place. The most recent remodels took place under the pastorate of Rev. Bill Green and began with the creation of a music room from a former Sunday School room, moved on to a complete remodel of the sanctuary, Epworth Hall, and the kitchen. The most recent remodels have focused on the 1932 addition and energy efficiency with replacement of the old single pane windows and other additional insulation to make the rooms more comfortable.


While it is easier to track the history of a church through its building, of greater importance are the people and the programs of the church. Music has long been important and of particular note was the founding of the first hand bell choir in 1990 with two octaves of bells purchased in memory of Nancy Jackson who was killed in a climbing accident in the Himalayas. Under the leadership of music director, Tom Crossler, more bells and then hand chimes have been added until the church currently owns 5 complete octaves of both bells and chimes. It has two adult, one youth, and one children's bell choir.


The education program of the church has long been key to its mission, starting with the first Sunday School organized in 1877 and continuing to this day. Sunday School, youth group, and in the last six years or so a Tween's group for children grade 3-5. Adult classes and Bible studies have also met, and in recent years the church has begun to establish small groups for study, fellowship, and service.


Missions have been another hallmark of Moscow First United Methodist Church. During the 1980's they sponsored a Cambodian family escaping war in their native land. Many international students from a wide variety of countries have found welcome and support at the church. At present that includes four students from Africa and one from South Korea. Africa Month has become a tradition as the church both learns about Africa, celebrates our connection to Africa University (www.africau.edu) and the Jamaa Letu Orphanages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (www.umcmission.org) raising money to support both a girl and a boy at Jamma Letu and to help support Africa University.

In addition, Moscow First United Methodist Church is proud to be a host church for Family Promise of the Palouse. (familypromisepalouse.org)

 

The United Methodist Church traces its roots back to the life and ministry of John and Charles Wesley, Anglican priests in 18th century England. Though neither left the Anglican Church, they began a movement to reform that church which eventually became its own denomination and spread to the United States where it split from the Anglican Church in their lifetime. For more information on the history of the denomination go to umc.org.

Beliefs

As United Methodist Christians we share some basic Christian beliefs with churches of various backgrounds and add a few touches of our own.


The Trinity: We believe that God is known and understood in three ways or forms. The traditional wording is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity can also be described as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. While we know God in these three ways God is still one. The essence of the trinity is that God is relational.

Father/Creator: God is the creator of the world and all that is in it; God rules over all and above all God is love.

Jesus Christ: Jesus was fully human and fully divine. This paradox teaches us that the man Jesus shared our humanity from birth to death, and that Jesus was also God's only begotten Child. Jesus was God's truest self expression and came among us to show us the depth of God's love for us, bring us forgiveness for our sins and the opportunity for eternal life.

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is God with us now as the Spirit has been operative in the world from creation on. The Spirit comforts, convicts, and inspires us.


Salvation: The Greek root of the word salvation means wholeness or health. Salvation is both our eternal destiny after our bodies die and it is the wholeness with which we can live life here on earth. Such wholeness depends on God's presence among us.
Our forebear in the faith, John Wesley, taught us to think about salvation with four special phrases:

Prevenient Grace: This is the grace that goes before, God loving us and searching for us before we even begin to think about God. It is the pathway into the house of God's salvation.

Justifying Grace: This is God's gift to us which assures us of forgiveness, making it "just-as-if-I'd –never-sinned." It is the doorway into the house of God's salvation.

Sanctifying Grace: Salvation is not a one time experience but rather a process by which we become more and more like God. This is living in the house of salvation.

Perfection in Love: This does not mean freedom from physical, mental, or emotional flaws, whether those might be a bum leg or forgetting to do an errand. Rather as we live in God's house we begin to love more and more as God loves. The emphasis here is more on the process than on the end.


Guidelines for Faith:
There are many things which guide our faith. As United Methodists we look in particular at four things to help us understand God and grow in our relationship with God.

Scripture: is the primary source of our faith. The 66 books of the Old and New Testament contain all that is necessary for salvation. We believe that Scripture is best interpreted in the believing community.

Tradition: the wisdom of those who have gone before us, though not 100% true for our day, is another useful guide in our faith.

Experience: our individual experiences of God 's grace and the cumulative experiences of our lives which give each person a unique and valued insight into faith.

Reason: God gave us minds and expects us to use them and to think through not only what the Bible tells us in light of the world in which we live but also how to live out that faith.


All holiness is social holiness: As United Methodists we believe that our faith is to be lived out in the community of the world and in the local communities in which we find ourselves. Faith is what we do every bit as much as what we say or believe.


Worship: Gathering together with other Christians to pray, sing, and praise God is an important expression of our faith and avenue for growth. At Moscow First United Methodist Church worship is both casual and informal, traditional and contemporary, reflective and passionate. You will find people here in suits and dresses, and in t-shirts and jeans. You will hear classical, gospel, jazz, and light rock music. You will hear our pipe organ, the piano, and banjo and guitar.

Sacraments: We observe two sacraments in which Jesus himself participated. Baptism is the primary sacrament of initiation into the church, offered once in a lifetime to people of any age. We typically baptize with sprinkling, though other methods are options on discussion with the pastor. Holy Communion is the sacrament of nurture in which bread and juice are eaten recalling Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. We usually celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of the month, and/or the first Sunday of a liturgical season (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost) as well as on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve. Normally we use intinction in which a small piece of bread is dipped into a common cup of grape juice, with a gluten free option available. Consistent with United Methodist tradition, at Moscow First United Methodist, one need not be a member to participate in either of these sacraments.
More information can be found at umc.org under the Our Faith link.

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  • Denominational History


    The United Methodist Church traces its roots back to the life and ministry of John and Charles Wesley, Anglican priests in 18th century England. Though neither left the Anglican Church, they began a movement to reform that church which eventually became its own denomination and spread to the United States where it split from the Anglican Church in their lifetime. Read more...

    For more information on the history of the denomination go to www.umc.org.

  • Pastor Debbie Sperry 

    Pastor Debbie was born and raised in Bishop California (a rural town at the foot of the Eastern Sierra mountains).

    She attended UCLA and earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Spanish after she spent a year studying abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain. She attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University and earned her Master of Divinity. 

     

    Debbie has served for 10 years in Southern California at a variety of churches.  She and her husband, Rick, and their two children, Ruth and Steven, were delighted to be assigned to serve here in Moscow as they love being outdoors and exploring the local area. The size and culture of Moscow is reminiscent of their time in rural California and they enjoy the community connections.  Debbie is passionate about helping the stories of the Bible to come alive, relating it to every day life, and helping people to reach out to help and connect with others. 

     

  • Guidelines For Faith There are many things which guide our faith.  As United Methodists we look in particular at four things to help us understand God and grow in our relationship with God. 
    Scripture:  is the primary source of our faith.  The 66 books of the Old and New Testament contain all that is necessary for salvation.  We believe that Scripture is best interpreted in the believing community.
    Tradition:  the wisdom of those who have gone before us, though not 100% true for our day, is another useful guide in our faith.
    Experience:  our individual experiences of God ‘s grace and the cumulative experiences of our lives which give each person a unique and valued insight into faith.
    Reason:  God gave us minds and expects us to use them and to think through not only what the Bible tells us in light of the world in which we live but also how to live out that faith.  Read more...

  • Worship Gathering together with other Christians to pray, sing, and praise God is an important expression of our faith and avenue for growth.  At Moscow First United Methodist Church worship is both casual and informal, traditional and contemporary, reflective and passionate.  You will find people here in suits and dresses, and in t-shirts and jeans.  You will hear classical, gospel, jazz, and light rock music.  You will hear our pipe organ, the piano, and banjo and guitar.

Current Church News

  • Christmas Eve Services - Dec 24, 2017

    4:00 PM Family Christmas Eve. This service is especially designed for wiggly, giggly children and is intentionally kept shorter. It will include music by Children's bell choir and leadership from children.

    7:00 PM Traditional Christmas Eve. This service includes music from Choir and Bell Choirs, plus Holy Communion and the Candlelight Ceremony. Child care is provided.

Get Directions

Sunday morning parking at the church is available in the high school parking lot on Third Street across from the church and in the city lots west of the church. These lots are available only on Sunday mornings. A small lot for handicapped parking is available just off of Adams Street on the north side of the church, with an accessible entrance directly into the sanctuary. A lift operates between the Fellowship Hall (3rd Street level) and the Sanctuary . William Sound System Receivers and Headsets are available to assist with hearing problems.

Church Mission

The First United Methodist Church of Moscow, Idaho takes as our mission to be the body of Jesus Christ, ministering to a community which draws strength from its diversity. Our mission centers on the worship of God, expressed through varied forms of prayer, preaching, music, and ritual.  See more...