First Congregational Church gearing up for 200th birthday

13 years ago

The history of First Congregational Church of Houlton, United Church of Christ, shows that over the past 200 years, they have worshipped in four different buildings, in five different places. They call themselves a “Pilgrim People” on the move, and they are once again approaching a time of journey and change.
    As many mainline churches throughout Maine and the United States have experienced, this congregation is aging and declining in membership. While the coming weeks will bring several varied events which will help celebrate the past 200 years, at the same time the congregation is faced with difficult decisions concerning their current worship space, and finding possible ways to continue on as a worshipping community.
First Congregational Church will be seeking creative new ways to continue their ministry and their mission to the elderly, the poor, and the marginalized. As a first change, worship time will move to 1 p.m. as Pastor Amanda Wagner begins serving as Sunday worship pastor.
A public celebration of 200 years of faithful witness will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 45 High St., Houlton, at 1 p.m. More information will follow as plans for this service and the future of First Congregational Church unfold.