Friendship Celebration, 1993-2006

Friendship Celebration Lutheran Church (FCLC) began as a church plant of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in the fall of 1993. The Northwest District extended a call to Pastor Tom Hausch, to be a Missionary-at-Large in the west Boise area with the goal of starting a new church. Pastor Hausch quickly got to work and after three months, the first Nurture (Small) Group began, with several members of the first group began training to become leaders of future groups. By 1995 FCLC had established five Nurture Groups and a Sunday School Program.

In 1996 FCLC began to worship at Eagle High School. Membership continued to increase and so did FCLC's church programs. By 1997, FCLC had established seven Nurture Groups, five Sunday School Classes, and three Adult Classes. The first Youth Confirmation Class of seven members was received this year. Discussion of starting a preschool began and Junior High Youth were meeting weekly for fun activities, relationship building and Bible Study.

Several goals were set and attained in 1998. A goal was set in January to double worship attendance and by the end of the year-- it happened. Another goal was to purchase property--it happened. Another goal was to charter and become incorporated as a congregation--it happened. Another goal was to begin a Preschool--it happened. FCLC's Charter Sunday took place on October 25th, and Pastor Hausch was called to be the first Pastor of FCLC.


In 1999, FCLC held its first Summer Bible Camp and it was a smashing success. The children loved the facility, especially our beloved red barn, and all the animals that were brought to camp. A second service time on Sunday evenings began that year. An additional preschool class was added and worship attendance increased to constantly be above 100 individuals. Continued growth allowed FCLC to build and dedicate its first building in 2002

In 2005, the preschool started a summer program called Summer Camp Extravaganza. That same year FCLC called Zachariah Davis to be FCLC's Director of Christian Education (DCE), and that September he became the first Youth Minister. By 2006 FCLC had an average attendance of over 230 people every Sunday so the decision was made to add a second Sunday morning service. Our annual “Trunk or Treat” event also began that fall.