The First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry
Rock founded, Christ centered, Faith sustained
The First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande was chartered on September 18, 1884. In September of 2009 we celebrated 125 years!
WELCOME! We are so happy that you checked this site and hope you will do so often. We used this 125th year of celebrations to rededicate our lives to Christ through a deeper fellowship with members of our congregation and through outreach to the community. Many thanks to all who helped us celebrate. We are a church of open hearts, open minds and open doors...
The seeds are sown
September 18, 1884
FUMCAG was chartered
December 5, 1959
Halcyon Ground Breaking
Last Ringing in the Village
Handbell Ministry Begins
Annual Pit BBQs
Formation of the Puppet People
Publication of the UMW Cookbook "Heavenly Favorites"
UMCAG has a web site
June 8, 1997
Youth Sunday, Jesus Christ Superstar
April 2, 1999
Tenebrae, a Service of Darkness
1999 - 2000
New Bell Tower
August 29, 2005
The Children's Center Opening and Dedication
April 17-21, 2006
July 22-31, 2006
Chancel Choir Tours Wesleyan England
Book and Audio CDs
Order form (PDF, 60kb) for the book (Hubbard) and two audio CDs of choir albums from the 1960s.
Remembering Past Lay Persons
Help us gather information about lay persons of the past who have contributed to our church's rich history. Here's how...
125th Anniversary Newsletter
February, 2009 (1mb)
March, 2009 (153kb)
May, 2009 (1.6mb)
June, 2009 (2.6mb)
July, 2009 (1.5mb)
August, 2009 (192kb)
September, 2009 (258kb)
125th Anniversary Photo Directory
Sign-ups for photo appointments begin February 22. Details...
January 11, 2009
125th Celebration Kick-Off Sunday
This was a special worship service and luncheon honoring those who attended the church in the Village. More...
March 29, 2009
Bible Sunday. Pictures...
April 26, 2009
Feed the Pig Day and Family Bar-B-Que and Fun Day at the Wiemers' Ranch. Pictures...
May 31, 2009
Worship at the Tabernacle (UMC Camp in Arroyo Grande). Pictures...
June 7, 2009
125th Anniversary Cantata, 10:30am
August 16, 2009
Cross Sunday. Pictures...
September 13, 2009
125th Anniversary Evensong at the Old Church in the Village. More...
September 19, 2009
125th Anniversary Dinner
4:00pm at the So. Co. Regional Center. More...
September 20, 2009
125th Anniversary Charter Sunday
One service at 10:30am. Pictures...
Pastors Through the Years
Rooms by Any Other Names
Crosses of the Church
If you have pictures and/or stories to add to this history section, please send them to Jamie Foster.