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  • First church home

    Church History

    Founded on June 15, 1873


    First Presbyterian met at the First Baptist Church until the fall of 1877 and then at the courthouse until the summer of 1878 when it move to Spruce Street, which is now Dewey.


    1905: The old building was moved to Fourth and Willow streets and was torn down after a couple of years.


    1908: Cornerstone was laid and the new church was dedicated on June 26, 1910.


    September 19, 1999: Groundbreaking ceremony at 1901 West Leota Street


    October 15, 2000: Last Sunday in the Fourth and Willow streets building


    October 22, 2000: First Sunday in the 1901 West Leota building (present building)


    April 15, 2007 – Burning of the mortgage

  • Present and Future

    The members at First Presbyterian are growing their membership and their mission. A large mission for the church membership is the Grace Ministries Food Pantry. The Pantry began nearly 50 years ago and is located at 114 East C Street in North Platte. The Pantry helped 1,388 households in 2022 or 3,166 individuals with their food needs. That equates to about 77,000 pounds of food.

    July 2021: We began a summer outdoor worship series. On Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, and Labor Day weekend our Sunday worship is moved outdoors on our beautifully landscaped campus. This worship is meditational and relaxed. Members enjoy this worship with lawn chairs, breakfast beverages, and a relaxed atmosphere.

    September 2021: Mission Sunday was implemented. The last Sunday of March and September are dedicated to helping our members and the community with projects they would not normally be able to complete on their own. These two Sundays begin in the morning with prayer before embarking on the various missions we are called to serve. Worship is not held on these two Sundays.

    October 2021: Jesus and Me classes began in the fall. These classes serve youth beginning at age three to adults. The youth and adult classes meet Sunday mornings from 9:15-9:45 am October through April.  

    August 2022: Our congregation hosted the second-annual "Fill the Backpacks" food drive for Grace Ministries Food Pantry and collected almost 500 pounds of food for local residents.

    November 2022: The congregation welcomed 10 new members to First Presbyterian Church.

    December 2022: Three individuals were welcomed into God's kingdom through baptism.

    February 2023: Our congregation held an installation service for Pastor Emily McCreery on Feb. 19, 2023, followed by a reception. Several local ministers and ministers from the Central Nebraska Presbytery were in attendance. Pastor Sharon Rees from Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden preached at the service. Pastor Emily began her ministry at First Presbyterian Church on Feb. 1, 2021.

    February - March 2023: The congregation participated in Walk to Jerusalem. Members earned "miles" through exercise or kind acts.

    April 2023: First Presbyterian Church joined First Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran, and Episcopal Church of Our Savior during Holy Week. Members from each church visited and worshiped at ECOS on Maundy Thursday, at First Lutheran on Good Friday, and at FPC on Holy Saturday. Father Steve Meysing (ECOS), Pastor Patrick Sipes (FLC), Pastor Anne Durboraw (Messiah), and Pastor Emily McCreery (FPC) are planning future ecumenical ministry events.

    April 2023: The inaugural Grief Share gathering was held. Anyone in any stage of grief is invited to attend. The group meets every other month on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m.

    April 2023: The first-ever "Planning Your Legacy" workshop was held on April 30. This event was open to the community and encouraged participants to make end-of-life and estate plans in the hope it would make it easier on those we leave behind.

    May 2023: Church members and Pastor Emily joined the Thrive Team from the Episcopal Church of Our Savior as well as other local churches. The group continues to work with HOPE Esperanza to look at the needs of the community in preparation for immigrant growth due to new jobs opening in North Platte.

    May - June 2023: We celebrated Jesus at Vacation Bible School. The theme "RAWR for Jesus" led us to look for dinosaur bones and Jesus!

    August 2023: Members of First Presbyterian Church celebrated 150 years as a congregation. The celebration began with an outdoor jazz concert on Aug. 11. Worship service and fellowship meal on Aug. 13 concluded the weekend's events.