I thought, since Easter is just a few days away, it might be fun to see a few Montana Country Churches. I'm sure many will be visiting churches this Sunday; you can see if your own Church is similar to any of these by chance.
This is the St. Francis Xavier church in Missoula.
A true country Church, the D'Aste Church near Charlo, MT
St. William's Church in Gardiner, MT, in all it's springtime splendor!
The inside of the St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, MT. Aren't the paintings beautiful! There is wonderfully interesting history that goes along with this Mission.
The Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Missoula, MT. I bet a lot of rice has been thrown outside those doors!
This little Church near Malta, MT is so lovely. The photograph is by a photographer named Todd Klassy, and I found online he has many beautiful country church photographs from all over the state that you can buy.
And probably the most grand church in the state is the Cathedral in Helena, MT. It is extremely beautiful inside and out. Probably doesn't much fall into the Country Church classification 🙂
All of the above pics came from Google Images.
All of the following pics I took in and around our little town.
This is the church I went to when I was a little kid. I remember sitting in the balcony, listening to a serman delivered by our very hot tempered Irish priest, which was full of fire and brimstone! I couldn't have been much more than 4 years old, and let me tell you, it certainly made an impression on me! (ie: scared the daylights out of me!) They later sold this church and built a new one on the other end of town. This Church is now called the Living Hope Church.
Pine Creek Methodist Church is in Paradise Valley, about 12 miles from town. They have a most awesome fall auction every October, where they auction fresh pressed Apple Cider, chocolate cakes that at times have fetched up to $100.00 plus dollars, split firewood, even cow dog puppies one year! The ladies in the church get together and make a quilt every year to be auctioned. The event is just like something you would see in Country Living Magazine. Free sandwiches and chips for lunch, a many feet long table covered with a huge variety of homemade pie slices for just $1, and just good old fashioned socializing! So fun!
If any of you saw the movie “A River Runs Through It”, this is the church they used in the movie. Brad Pitt's character's father (Tom Skerritt) was the minister of this church in the movie. It is the Redeemer Lutheran Church.
This is a window in the Holbrook United Methodist Church, which is located directly across the street from the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Guess that's small town for ya! Many churches clustered together in one part of town; many bars/saloons clustered together in another part!
Here is the pretty little church (I showed you all a few posts back) in Melville, MT.
And, from the same road trip, the church in Lennup, MT.
The First Baptist Church, here in town, has a faux bell tower. But they used to “broadcast”, over speakers that reached every corner of town, recorded ringing church bells. I just loved listening to them. But some folks must have complained, or the church's equipment gave out, or something, because they quit doing it. 🙁
This is the only pink church we have in town! It is St. Mark's Church of the A M.
Personally, my favorite church is the one the Good Lord provided free of charge!
The one with the sky for a ceiling…
And the good earth for the floor.
Where the mountains stand in for altars –
And all of nature surrounds us, reminding us of the many, many blessings and gifts the Good Lord has given us! That is where I have my best conversations with him 🙂
Wishing you all a very happy Easter!