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Life is hard. God is love. Church is a way to bring those ideas together in a way that provides purpose, meaning and connection through Jesus. We form this community so that we can become more compassionate, loving, forgiving, and justice-seeking. We create a home in the world and a hope for the world.

We welcomed Pastor John Lund as our new senior pastor in May 2023. You can read more about Pastor Lund here.

Whatever you want. We’re not fancy or formal. We want you to feel comfortable.

We’re going to sing and pray and listen to a message, and probably laugh a few times. There’s a printed order of service for those who want to hold on to something.  Almost everything else will be projected on the screens.

We are extremely blessed with strong programs for Children and Youth. During the “school year” we have Church School, outings and service projects for Preschool through High School. See our Children, Youth, and Family ministry pages here.

We primarily use a songbook called “The New Century Hymnal” but we use other music as well. If you see a number next to a song title, that means it’s written out in a hymnal (songbook) in the pew (bench) where you are sitting. If you don’t know the song and can’t read music, just kind of read along, we’ll bet you catch the hang of it soon.

We love the Bible; we take it seriously within its historical, social and literary context. We don’t read the Bible literally or as “the final word.” We believe that God is Still Speaking every day.

You are in good company. We are a “non-creedal” church. That means that we don’t have a list of things we ask people to believe in, and we encourage people to grow, question, and change those beliefs over time. The relationship we have with God at age 6 should not be the same relationship we have at 60.

Theologically, the offertory time is an opportunity to show gratitude for all the gifts God has given to us and to demonstrate reliance on God for continuing to give those gifts. Practically speaking, offerings pay for salaries, lights, heat and a lot of good work done through the church. Special offerings are taken to support other work.  Of course, you do not have to donate.  If you wish to, you can give an offering online here at our giving page.

Monday through Thursday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am-12:00pm
The church office is closed on Friday and Saturday.

Our Events Calendar and Announcements should be able to answer most of your questions! If not, please contact the church office.

In short, we embrace and affirm the ministry of everyone no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability/ability, age, or any other factor. You can read the 1993 Covenant of Openness & Affirmation With Respect to Sexual Orientation for more information. You can also read John Garrity’s reflections on the process of becoming an Open and Affirming congregation, the road traveled from that point, and our path forward.

As one of the UCC’s eight Just World Covenant programs, Creation Justice Churches guides congregations in discerning how they can best embody a commitment to care for God’s creation.

UCC Missoula’s Green Team led our Creation Justice process. UCC Missoula’s Creation Justice Covenant was voted upon and unanimously adopted by the congregation on September 15, 2019. We were officially designated a Creation Justice Church by the national church on November 20, 2019.

At UCC Missoula we nourish intentional relationships and connection through our small groups. Some of the groups have been meeting regularly for 20 years, others run for a few weeks. Some occur in-person, others are on Zoom or a hybrid of the two. You can see our current and upcoming small groups here.

You can find other Frequently Asked Questions about UCC here.