Ferndale Community Church
With early beginnings in 1875, the Ferndale Community Church was orginally founded March 17, 1876 under the leadership of Rev. Ewing O. Tade as the First Congregational Church of Ferndale. The church was built in the style of New England Congregational churches and was dedicated July 24, 1881 by Rev. Philip Coombe who married Maggie Russ. It was built on land purchased from Mrs. Isabella Shaw, widow of the town founder, Seth Shaw. The Honorable Joseph Russ donated the lumber, the 500 pound steeple bell and paid off one-sixth of the entire debt.
Over the years, the church has become a community church with different backgrounds represented. It withdrew from the Congregational denomination and became independent in 1974. It has had two mergers, with the Methodist Church in 1949-52 and with Family Ministries in 1987. Today we average about 45 people at our Sunday morning service. Though small, we are a vibrant congregation. As our motto states, we care deeply about "healing hearts and changing lives." People are nurtured and encouraged to exercise their gifts. Devoted members serve in positions of leadership. We enjoy a blended worship service on Sunday morning, Children's Sunday School, mid-week Bible studies, Women's Ministries, Men's Fellowship Breakfast, weekly prayer meetings, outreach programs for children and wonderful times of fellowship with great food.
Although we are an independent church, we represent people of many denominational backgrounds. We are in fellowship with other churches in the area and participate with them in Lenten Soup Nights suppers.