Church Christmas

Faith is a journey filled with detours, delays, construction, and joy. Join us as we journey toward growing in faith and Christ-likeness together.

We have been a family of faith journeying together since 1905 and we would love to have you join us! As a small community church with a big heart for Jesus we love each other closer to God in big and small ways. We actively work to be the hands and feet of Christ to each other and in our community. Our prayer is that as we worship, service, study, grow and love, God would continue to mold and shape us into the disciples that He is calling us to be.

We love God, our church, and our community and invite you to be a part of what God is doing in and through Merrill Presbyterian Church.

In 1905 a group of faithful community members felt the need to establish a permanent church in Merrill. Methodist and Presbyterian ministers were invited to discuss the forming of a church. The Presbyterian minister was quick to respond and so the church was begun. Reverend J.M. Ferguson was the first called minister to the church.

On July 15, 1905, twelve people met with Rev. Ferguson and became charter members of our Merrill Presbyterian Church. The charter members were:

  • Mrs. Laura Carr
  • Mr. & Mrs. W.F. Hill
  • Mrs. Jane Mason
  • Mr. & Mrs. G.W. Offield
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sam Roff
  • Mrs. Lena Taylor
  • Mrs. Letha Van Brimmer
  • Mrs. Martha Van Brimmer
  • Mrs. Anna Wilson

In March, 1906 Reverend Robert Tweed was called to be minister. He was responsible for the construction of the church building. The building was dedicated to the worship of God on October 26, 1906.

On the morning of January 24, 1949 a fire broke out in a Sunday School classroom. The Sunday School rooms and sanctuary were a total loss and the annex was badly damaged. Luckily much of the furnishings were able to be saved.

A new church was built, and the first service in it was held on December 25, 1949. This is the same building we are in today.

In 1905 a group of faithful community members felt the need to establish a permanent church in Merrill. Methodist and Presbyterian ministers were invited to discuss the forming of a church. The Presbyterian minister was quick to respond and so the church was begun. Reverend J.M. Ferguson was the first called minister to the church.

On July 15, 1905, twelve people met with Rev. Ferguson and became charter members of our Merrill Presbyterian Church. The charter members were:

  • Mrs. Laura Carr
  • Mr. & Mrs. W.F. Hill
  • Mrs. Jane Mason
  • Mr. & Mrs. G.W. Offield
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sam Roff
  • Mrs. Lena Taylor
  • Mrs. Letha Van Brimmer
  • Mrs. Martha Van Brimmer
  • Mrs. Anna Wilson

In March, 1906 Reverend Robert Tweed was called to be minister. He was responsible for the construction of the church building. The building was dedicated to the worship of God on October 26, 1906.

On the morning of January 24, 1949 a fire broke out in a Sunday School classroom. The Sunday School rooms and sanctuary were a total loss and the annex was badly damaged. Luckily much of the furnishings were able to be saved.

A new church was built, and the first service in it was held on December 25, 1949. This is the same building we are in today.

 

 

 

 

The roll of Pastors who have served Merrill Presbyterian Church since its founding:

The Rev. JM Ferguson 1905-06  The Rev. Donald Dodd 1942-44
The Rev. Robert Tweed 1906-08 The Rev. D.J. Ferguson 1944-46
The Rev. Louis M. Anderson 1908-12 The Rev. Kenneth Brown 1946-49
The Rev. William L. Carle 1913-14 Gerald Cobb (Student Minister)1949
The Rev. Louis M. Anderson 1914-17 The Rev. George Milne 1950-56
The Rev. Aaron Wolfe 1917-21 The Rev. Lloyd Henderson 1957-63
The Rev. E.H. Edgar 1921-22 The Rev. R.L. Kortcamp 1964-65
The Rev. Chas. C. Hulet 1922-25 The Rev. Donald Sawyer 1966-67
The Rev. J.L. Beatty 1925-26 The Rev. Irvin M. Morris 1970-72
The Rev. E.L. Moore 1926-28 The Rev. Donald Krug 1977-78
The Rev. Stanley H. Jewell 1929-35 The Rev. E.L. Neuenfeldt 1978-93
The Rev. Forrest C. Travaille 1935-38        The Rev. Richard Brown 1995-?
The Rev. Lawrence Mitchelmore 1938-42 The Rev. William Heming 2007-2011
The Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Arakelian 2014 - present

Jesus - We believe that Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

The Bible - We believe that the Bible is fully inspired by God the Holy Spirit to lead people to a saving knowledge of God and to help them understand their world rightly. By its very nature, the Bible is infallible. It is the supreme authority that orders our doctrine and missions.

What it means to be Evangelical - To be “Evangelical” means to believe in the importance of sharing the good news that through Jesus Christ the kingdom of God has been inaugurated, freeing people from the guilt and power of sin through personal faith and repentance. We express this priority on evangelism by stating it in our governing documents as the first work of the church. This priority is evidenced in our emphasis on church planting and world missions.

What it means to be Presbyterian - To be Presbyterian is to be governed according to the pattern of elders seen in the Old and New Testaments. We are ruled neither by bishops in a hierarchical model, nor by members in a congregational model. Biblically qualified elders are recognized through congregational election and, along with ministers, rule the church corporately. It also means being connected in mutual accountability and responsibility. Just as individual Christians are connected to one another as members of the body of Christ, individual congregations are connected under Christ as the great Head of the Church.

 EPC 2015 Logo wTextAs a part of the Evangelical Presbyerian Church, we follow the Essentials of the EPC and the Westminster Confession and Catchisms.

 

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Traditional Worship
- 9:30 am
Children's Sunday School - during Service
Modern Worship
- monthly - 5:30 pm

 

 

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