First Presbyterian Church started on Sunday, January 27, 1874 by N.C. Robinson (state missionary) and the Rev. William Fletcher, who became our first pastor. That first Sunday there was an awful storm, and only seven of the sixteen charter members came to worship. The church first gathered in a modest little building downtown. There was not a lot of money early on, so the women of the church pasted colored tissue paper to the windows to simulate stained glass.
In 1910, after 36 years as an organized congregation, the church purchased another congregation’s building, which sat behind the county courthouse. This had been the Covenanter’s Church, but that congregation had disbanded after a large number of its members came to the Presbyterian Church. One of the main reasons for this was that in the 1890s, there was an election for mayor in town. The thirteen churches in town had their candidate running against the candidate supported by the thirteen saloons in town. The saloon candidate won, largely because the Covenanter’s Church did not allow its members to vote! They were so upset about this that many of them left the Covenanter’s Church for the Presbyterian Church.
The building our church bought was moved to a new site downtown, where it was renovated and largely rebuilt. The church met in that facility for over 40 years, until we outgrew it. In the winter of 1959, the congregation started a building campaign, and by May of 1963, they had built our current facility. The old building was torn down just a few years ago, after serving as a Bingo hall and antique store.
Over the past 90 years, our church has had only four pastors: Rev. E.J. Nickerson (1920-1964), Rev. Walter Millett (1964-1972), Rev. Dr. Burton Knudsen (1973-2003, Pastor Emeritus since 2008), Rev. Patrick Marshall (2005-2013), Rev. Kathleen Split (2015-2017), Pastor Jon Noble (2018-present).
Today, the First Presbyterian Church is a thriving community of over 240 men, women, and children, all striving to live the way of Jesus in our little corner of Nebraska.
Come as you are. We are saving a place for you to join us in worship & fellowship
"A garden requires patient labor & attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them."
You can now venture through all the tabs on our new site. As information from groups is recieved, some pages are still undercontruction and will be either finished or updated.
This webpage is for public information as well as a tool for our congregation to get information about our church to stay connected and keep up to date on future events.
Continue using the "ONLINE DONATION" tab if you already give online. If you would like to start donating online just click on "ONLINE DONATION" than in drop down menu click on "donation button" and set up a new account.
Click on "MORE" tab than click on "Church YouTube channel" All services are uploaded to YouTube each Sunday at end of service at approx. 11:30am on Sundays or 6:30pm if it is an evening vesper.
Please click SUBSCRIBE to our YOU TUBE Channel to support our channel and again keep connected.
Please check our website weekly to check if any events have been added to our calendar
Check "SPECIAL EVENTS" tab weekly to see if new events have been added. Sometimes this tab will contain special announcements; so again please check our website weekly.
Click on the "VOLUNTEER" tab than click weekly to view groups and events that need your support and added assistance.
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