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Ustick Baptist Church History
The old township of Ustick derived its name from Dr. H.P. Ustick, a medical doctor who owned a large apple orchard and conceived the idea of a village in what is now considered West Boise. The town had a store, post office, bank, real estate office, blacksmith shop, cheese factory, and a packinghouse (where the first Sunday School classes were held by Mrs. Pease). During the latter part of 1907, The First Baptist Church of Ustick was organized from within this community after the results of a census showed more Baptists lived in the area than any other denomination. On January 3, 1908, the first business meeting is held at the home of Mr. J.A. Hulstrom with ten charter members.
Charter Members: Emma Briggs, William Jerome, Annie M. Hulstrom, Anna Oliver, J. A. Hulstrom, C. J. Oliver, John Ingram, Felix Roberts, Carrie Jerome, Mattie Roberts
On June 22, 1908, a contract is drawn up with A.E. Mans and Son in the old packing house to build the church building for $1149.85. The Home Mission Society extends a loan of $250 with a specification that the building is built of either stone or brick. Brick is chosen. In September 1908 the original church building on Wildwood, south of Ustick Road, is completed. The first service is held on September 20, 1908 with seats loaned from the Eagle church. Rev. Wood conducted the service.
A Timeline of Events in our Church History
1907: The First Baptist Church of Ustick is organized in the latter part of the year based on the results of a census showing more Baptists lived in the area than other denominations.
January 3, 1908: First business meeting is held at the home of Mr. J.A. Hulstrom.
June 22, 1908: A contract is drawn up with A.E. Mans and Son in the old packing house to build the church building for $1149.85. A loan of $250 is extended by the Home Mission Society along with the specification that the building be built of stone or brick. Brick is chosen.
September 1908: The original church building on Wildwood, south of Ustick Road, is completed.
September 20, 1908: First service is held in the new church building with seats loaned from the Eagle church. Rev. Wood conducted the service. The church is finished before the schoolhouse and school was held at the church for part of a term. All grades and four years of high school are offered.
June 4, 1912: First recorded social is held at the church by members of B.Y.P.U.
June 11-14, 1918: Southeastern Baptist Convention is held at Ustick with 150 registered delegates.
December 1919: A house near the church is purchased for a Parsonage at a cost of $2000.
October 26, 1924: Due to the rapid growth of the Sunday School program, the Trustess and Deacons were instructed by the church to make plans for a basement under the building.
June 6, 1926: First recorded D.V.B. School is held, under Mr. & Mrs. Knicely.
August 1926: First Baptist Church of Ustick (originally a mission church) becomes self-supporting.
December 1929: The church must request financial aid from the Northern Baptist Convention.
March 23, 1947: The church becomes self-supporting once again.
February 17, 1951: The original church building burns down.
February 18, 1951: Sunday School and Church Services are held in the Ustick School Gym, the morning after the fire. Services continue at the Ustick School until the new building is finished.
August 1951: Work begins on a second church building. The new building is constructed on the old site, facing west instead of north.
April 27, 1952: Annual business meeting is held at the new church building.
May 11, 1952: New church building is occupied for services. The new building costs $16,212.32.
November 9, 1952: The first baptismal services in the new building are held at 3 p.m. Nine candidates are baptized.
1955-1960: East addition to the church building is built.
October 14, 1956: The church receives special recognition at the state convention for being among the top ten givers to missions on a per capita basis.
October 12, 1958: The 50th Anniversary Service is held. Membership has grown to 229.
1959: The old Ustick school is purchased for the purpose of starting a Christian school. The time is not right and cost is prohibitive, so the old school is used as a gym.
1960: A new parsonage is built on the same plot of ground as the old parsonage at the corner of Ustick and Wildwood.
April 1963: Everett Berrey begins serving as Pastor. He serves until 1969.
1970: The old Ustick school is sold to be turned into a cannery. The money from the sale is used toward the funding of a new gym next to the church.
1975: The new gym next to the church is completed.
1976: A new paved parking area is completed.
1983: 2.1 acres(+) is purchased adjacent to the church property for recreational development.
1984: An additional paved area is added for more parking.
1990: The parsonage is sold for use as a private residence.
March 31, 1991: The church goes to a two service schedule. An 8:30 morning service is added in addition to the regular 11:00 service.
November 1999: Property on McMillan Road is dedicated.
February 4, 2001: The church has its first service at the rented temporary facilities on the campus of the Church of God Seventh Day in Meridian.
March 2001: Work begins on the new church building on McMillan Road.
May 12, 2002: First Sunday Service held in the new church building at 14301 W. McMillan Road, Boise, Idaho.
June 9, 2002: Dedication service is held for new building.