Mountain Home is an engaged Christ centered community that fosters active discipleship. You can expect a relaxed environment. Worship begins 11:00 am and lasts about an hour.
Dress at worship is casual; wear whatever is most comfortable for you!
Following worship, fellowship time takes place in the basement of the church where coffee and tea are in generous supply as are snacks such as fruit, cheese and crackers, and home-baked goods. This is a time for sharing with each other, listening to each other’s stories and getting updated on happenings in the church community.
We have a time of prayer in our worship service when we routinely pray for people close to home and around the world. Folks in the congregation offer prayer requests during this time. In our prayers we try to be honest with each other and God about what hurts and makes us sad as well as what gives us heart-warming joy!
Our pastor’s message each week lasts about 20 minutes. We celebrate communion once a month. Everyone is welcome to participate in the sacrament of holy communion. We always explain how communion works, so there’s no need to worry if this is new to you. We believe it is the most poignant illustration of God’s desire to be in relationship with us and our desire to love God and the world to which we are called to be in mission.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” - John Wesley
Pastor: Reverend Aric Clark
Church Musician & Choir Director: Linda Walker
Deacon: Ben Hartley
It all started when…
In 1878 thirteen people felt the calling to begin a church in the Mountain Home area, and so Mountain Home Church–then called East Chehalem–was born.
The first church, about the size of a one-room schoolhouse was built in 1883, and the first service was held on Easter Sunday. The cornerstone gave the name of Zion Evangelical Church. The cost of that building including furnishings was $763.50. In about 1917 the Evangelical Association merged with the United Evangelical Churches. The church was quite isolated and pastors had to come from other communities to serve so in 1929-30 the faithful people build a “well appointed” parsonage.
The membership continued to grow and the tiny church was bursting at the seams so in 1936 the members built a larger church. That first little church was the oldest Evangelical Church west of the Rocky Mountains to have never closed its doors. It had served the community well for 53 years. The new church included beautiful stained glass windows and a basement with kitchen, dining room and a fireplace room. Much of the work was done by volunteers as it had been with the first church and parsonage.
In 1946 with another merger, our church name became a real mouthful–the Mountain Home Evangelical United Brethren Church. It was much easier to say we were EUB!
Tragedy came on January 4, 1955 when the church burned during a snowstorm while the pastor was away. Only the bell was saved. The second church lasted only 19 years. However, the Mt. Home people rallied quickly and on that very day plans were made for a new church building and an additional acre of land.
In 1968 the EUB and Methodist Churches merged so we became Mountain Home United Methodist Church.
In the early morning of July 27, 1984 the third church burned, the result of arson. Again the bell was saved.
The present church building was dedicated in 1986.