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About Us

Our Vision and Mission 

United as one in Christ Jesus, we:
Spread the Good News of Jesus Christ
Show God’s redeeming love to all
Witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit through worship, prayer, and service.

Our mission is to witness to the love of God and to the Good News of salvation won through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  We share God’s redeeming message with one another and with others who are longing to hear it through the worship, prayer, and service that we offer to one another, to our community and to our world.  We embrace all those within and reach out with open arms to all people.  We are guided in our witness by the ever-present Spirit of God, the Written Word and the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  With such strong support leading us individually and as a congregation, we strive to live our faith and share the joy and hope we have with a hurting world.

Our Story

The Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church sits on the corner of Montana and Main.  Charter members George and Helen Miles bestowed this land to the church in 1882. Since that time the First Presbyterian Church has occupied this space.  Church trustees met in 1911 to discuss the construction of a larger $30,000-$40,000 church. Pastor Reverend J. Forsythe Smith reasoned that a new house of worship would “provide better social advantages, better intellectual advantages, and better moral and spiritual advantages.” In addition to a larger worship space, the modern facility would include a Sunday school and choir room. Architect Brynjulf Rivenes designed the concrete and brick edifice on the same site as the old church, which was sold and relocated. Western Granite and Marble Works of Miles City donated the cornerstone, laid on November 26, 1914. C. N. Strevell gifted the main stained glass window fronting Montana Avenue. The oak finished, 871-pipe Estry organ was specially designed to fit the organ chamber. Dedicated in 1917, this impressive Gothic Revival style church conveys a sense of stability and permanence.

The building itself is only part of our story.  God has been working in the midst of this congregation since it was chartered.  Strengthen the faith of those who join in worship in this space, sharing the love of God with the larger community of Miles City through the members’ service beyond the doors of our sanctuary, and inviting all to join our family of faith.  We have been blessed by a long line of pastors who have faithfully served God through their leadership in this congregation.  We are confident that God will continue to guide our story and form us into the body God desires for us to be.  We would love to have you join us in our work.  

Our Beliefs

As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), First Presbyterian Church strives to enjoy, proclaim, and embody the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We respond for the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of all persons in the congregation, in the community, and in the world.

The organizing statements of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) describes the core of Christian truth in this way: “All power in heaven and earth is given to Jesus Christ by Almighty God, who raised Christ from the dead and set him above all rule and authority, all power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. God has put all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and has made Christ Head of the Church, which is the body.” (The Book of Order)

Yet we are more than our beliefs. We are also an expression of our mission in the world, which the same organizing statements of Presbyterian life describe in this way:  “The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.” (The Book of Order) That language comes from a hundred years ago, but the mission remains the same for us today: to share the good news of God’s love for all, to care for people inside and outside the church, to worship with enthusiasm and awe, to learn together and to work for justice and hope in a needy world.

We hope you’ll join us in this mission.

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