NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG3059.AM: First Congregational Church (Exeter, Neb.)
Exeter, Fillmore County, Neb.: Congregational Church
Size: 3 volumes on 1 reel of microfilm
The First Congregational Church of Exeter, Nebraska, was organized on March 3, 1872, with eleven charter members. The first pastor of the church was the Reverend T.N. Skinner, who served for two years. Prior to the construction of the church building, worship services were held in Exeter Hall for a year and a half, then were conducted in the new school house. The Congregational Church was the first church to be organized in Exeter, followed soon thereafter by the Baptist Church and the Methodist Church. The three denominations worshipped as one congregation until 1878. In the fall of 1877, a church building was constructed at a cost of about eighteen hundred dollars, and was later enlarged and remodeled in 1907. In 1889 Mrs. Catherine Smith donated a house to the Congregational Church to be used as a parsonage. A new parsonage was built in 1903.
In 1918 the Baptist and Congregational churches formed a union to be known as the Baptist Congregational Church. The churches shared a pastor and divided the cost of his salary. The arrangement continued until 1924, when many of the Baptists joined the Congregational Church.
The church building was again remodeled in 1924 by the addition of a 30x32 room and basement, which resulted in the present structure. The First Congregational Church of Exeter celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary in 1947, and in 1972 celebrated 100 years of service in the Exeter community.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of three volumes of church records of the First Congregational Church of Exeter, Nebraska on one reel of microfilm. These records relate to the activities of the church and date from 1872-1963. Included are minutes and proceedings of meetings, 1872-1958, rolls of members, baptisms, marriages, and officers and printed matter relating to church history, contracts with pastors, church and Sunday School statistics, and records of charities and expenses.
- Minutes and Proceedings, Annual and Quarterly and Weekly Meetings, July 1882-1901
Contracts with pastors, 1882-1901
- Minutes and Proceedings, Annual and Quarterly and Weekly Meetings, 1902-1958
Memoranda of Agreement between Baptist and Congregational Churches, 1918
Contracts with pastors
Printed matter regarding church history and anniversary celebrations
- Register of Pastors, 1872-1917
Register of Deacons, 1872-1917
Register of Officers, 1872-1917
Register of Delegates, 1872-1940
Register of Baptisms, 1872-1963
Register of members received, 1872-1954
Register of members removed, including deaths and dismissals, 1874-1963
Register of Marriages, 1896-1917
Register of Charities and Expenses, 1895-1906
Annual Church Statistics, 1895-1916
Annual Sunday School Statistics, 1895-1916
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First Congregational Church (Exeter, Neb.)
Revised 09-27-2008 TMM