UCC Missoula creates more joy and more justice through Jesus.
Through Summer 2020, we are gathering for worship online. Check our UCC Missoula YouTube Channel, or use the links to worship on the web page.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been exploring the “miraculous.” The word is in quotes because there’s not one agreed upon definition for the term. Dictionaries state that the “miraculous” can incorporate any idea from “that which can only point to supernatural intervention” to “that which creates a sense of wonder.”
The miracles that Jesus performed drew crowds. They drew attention to the power and truth of his teachings: that God’s love sustains everyone (miracles of feeding); that God’s love creates healing; and that God’s love is stronger than death (miracles of resurrection.) But the miracles were not the message. The message was then as it is now: God’s love sustains, heals and overcomes.
Those of us who call ourselves “Christian” inherit the duty of sharing this message and, take a breath here, we take on the mantle of “miracle worker.” We are the ones who promise to love, and feed, and heal, and rise up from the fear and lies that would leave us powerless and in despair. Our church gives us the strength, the courage and the joy to be a “miraculous” presence in our homes, in our communities and in our larger world.
This Sunday, we tell the story of Lazarus rising from the dead and complete our Stewardship appeal for 2021. We have special music from the choir. (Yay, choir!) and a new member joins our church. Please join us at 10 a.m. for our YouTube worship premiere.
At UCC Missoula, we proclaim a Gospel that is Progressive, Inclusive and Inspired by the never-ending love of God.About Us
We do a lot of cool stuff at UCC because our hearts are “warmed” by the Gospel of Love. (Luke 24:32)learn more
Youth Ministry creates a basis for parents and their children to become more thoughtful, kind and compassionate.learn more
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. UCC Missoula became an ONA Church in 1993, and we have LGBTQ people active in leadership and in all areas of church life.
We created a Creation Justice Covenant to guide how we care for God’s creation. The covenant is also part of UCC Missoula becoming a Creation Justice Church within United Church of Christ.
Climate crisis is an urgent, all-encompassing, worldwide emergency. In affirming the divine gifts of creation and in affirming our connection to God, each other, and the world around us, we unconditionally commit ourselves as individuals and as a congregation to the intertwined responsibilities of caring for creation and seeking justice for the oppressed. With purposeful resolve, we commit ourselves with an awareness of how the abuses of creation inevitably cause human suffering and of how factors such as race, class, and global inequality inevitably cause some to suffer more than others.Read More
Small groups are a wonderful way to deepen your relationship with God and with the community at UCC. At our church, we joyfully believe that humans, in all of our beautiful and complex diversity, are created in the image of God, so building relationships with each other is sacred work.
Small groups happen in many forms at our church. Some meet long term (for years!), others gather for a 4-6 week study on a specific book or topic, and still others gather to learn a skill or complete a project. Our Contemplative Prayer Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m., and other prayer groups are often formed during the special seasons of Lent (spring) and Advent (winter). Anyone can drop in on Theology Pub, which gathers monthly at a local brewery or coffee shop for discussion and fun. Small groups include retreats 2-4 times each year, on or off-site, and our annual Contemplative Backpack trip for 15+ years. Getting involved in a small group will help you grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and through serving others.
We encourage worshiping God 24/7, but we gather on Sundays at 10 a.m. to sing, pray, and learn together. Worship is "traditional" in some ways and improvisational in others. Every week has a theme based on scripture and every theme points us toward some new or refreshed understanding of who we are called to be as God's people in the world.
We celebrate a wide variety of musical styles. We showcase two adult choirs, Flute choir, Bell choir, Woodwind ensemble, String ensemble, Brass ensemble, organ, piano, guitar, drums and solo instrumentalists and voices. Our children's ministry program also produces two musicals each year.
We proudly claim that our ministers are "all the members of the church." Meet our staff of amazingly talented, motivated, and compassionate people who supports our larger ministry.