HISTORY OF THE FIRST SPIRITUAL CHURCH OF BAY CITY
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The church was officially started in 1947 when Mrs. Clara Trombley and a few close friends decided to organize the informal séance group and conduct regular church services. They moved from Clara’s basement to a room over a small pharmacy in 1948. In April 1952 they moved to the I.O.O.F. hall in Bay City where the paid $25.00 per month rent! There were 30 church members at that time. During May of ’56 they applied for a charter in the Michigan Spiritualist Association under the name of “Congregation of Spiritual Unity” with Clara Trombley as President. March of 1962 found the church in the middle of a legal battle between the M.S.A. and the National Spiritualist Association over who owns or has rights to church property. It was decided to withdraw from all affiliations until these organizations settled their differences and go independent. The church purchased a new building of it’s own on S. Wenona for $2500.00 that year the name of the church changed to the “First Spiritualist Church”.This was changed to “First Spiritual Church of Bay City” in 1985