Mission is very important to the people of First. Many of our members actually joined because they saw mission as central to our identity. While past projects have included, for example, starting the first day care in the city (now Community Day Care & Enrichment Center), Big Sky Apartments, and Prairie Towers—both low income housing programs started by and originally resourced by the people of First and our sister church in the city, Mayflower. Other similar outreach ministries are listed below:
- Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)—providing shelter and meals to homeless families in Billings.
- Yellowstone Food Bank—countering hunger and ensuring that no child in Billings goes hungry at night.
- The “Nimble Thimble” Quilters Guild—which meets monthly in our Fellowship Hall and ministers through fellowship, creativity, and art. The guild’s annual Quilt Show and Sale is always a huge success.
- Community Day Care & Enrichment Center—which is professionally staffed and open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Boy Scout Troop #2—which meets at the church every Monday evening, and has been for the last the last 90+ years. This is the second longest-running continuing relationship of its kind in the nation!
- Gamblers Anonymous—which gathers in the Library for fellowship and support every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m..
- The Billings Humanist Association—which meets in the Parlor Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.
Other mission partners and beneficiaries of First include CASA of Billings, St. Vincent de Paul’s, Intermountain Children’s Home, Rocky Mountain College, United Campus Ministries at MSU-B, Yellowstone AIDS Project, “Not in Our Town,” the Black Heritage Foundation, Montana Association of Churches (MAC), and the John F. McClelland Scholarship Fund.
Herein are defined the identity and aspirations of the First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Billings…
We are a diverse community called to:
- Participate in God’s creative action;
- Practice the inclusive hospitality of Jesus Christ; and
- Proclaim the living presence of the Holy Spirit.
VISION AND VALUES STATEMENT
Believing that a vision of Christ-centered living is formed by the ways people worship, study, and nurture each other—and carry out social action—we affirm the following values and practices:
We open ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit by
- Submitting ourselves in prayer and worship to the authority of the loving God;
- Celebrating with grateful hearts God’s grace and forgiveness at work in the world; and
- Dedicating ourselves to follow the way of life taught by Jesus.
We seek spiritual growth in our life together by
- Offering opportunities to study the Bible, Christian tradition, other faiths, and the significant issues of our time;
- Seeking with mind and heart for authentic forms of discipleship; and
- Following the democratic and covenantal traditions of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
We express the inclusive hospitality of Jesus Christ by
- Welcoming all people into fellowship by being an Open & Affirming/Peace with Justice, multiracial and multicultural church accessible to all;
- Loving and mentoring one another in all the seasons of life; and
- Embracing an examination of all issues, even the most difficult, in a spirit of love and respect.
We are called to live our faith by
- Serving others while seeking solutions that positively transform individuals and communities;
- Advocating for those most in need as we strive to create a more just and peaceful world; and
- Being responsible stewards of God’s creation and gifts to each of us.