Good Folks, it is Friday, July 28, 2017. The weather is predicted to be below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Praise God.
I came across a chronology of the history of this church in our files. For the historians, enjoy. For others like myself who try to remember dates in history, well—we learn from history.
- 1888: The land and house at Union Hall were traded to Mr. Penn for land where our church campus is located. A one-room house was built and the membership moved there.
- 1896: Duncanville and Cedar Hill were made into a circuit and these 2 [two] church[es] were together until 1913.
- 1926: The Duncanville membership decided they needed a new church so they moved into the tabernacle they had built by the church and tore down the sanctuary
- 1927: On Thanksgiving Day the ladies served a dinner in the business part of the town and raised $1,400 for the construction of a new sanctuary.
- 1948: The first educational building was built. On the roof was a bell that could be rung from inside the building.
- 1962: The congregation laid the cornerstone and opened the sanctuary (now Aldersgate Fellowship Hall.)
- 1966: Fellowship Hall with Parlor was built along with the two-story educational building named Wesley.
- 1968: [FMS] School was begun.
- 1973: The 1928 sanctuary was razed and a Memorial Garden was dedicated on the site.
- 1974: S. Gus Alexander, Jr. United Methodist Youth Center was dedicated.
- 1983: Texas Historical marker was dedicated.
- 1985: Memorial Chapel was dedicated.
- 1996: Moved into the [present-day] sanctuary
- 2006: Avenue C was closed to make a commons area for our campus
- 2011: Technology is seen through our digital sign on Main Street operated via a computer in the Administration Office.
There are many who vividly remember many of these events. For others who might not have the longevity, we treasure memories made in the time we have been here. However, everyone has an effect on the future of the church by our current decisions and actions.
We are here because of the giants in faith that have come before us. They labored to raise the funds to build as needed, to raze an old building, to help repair and maintain the ones we have now. But it is more than just being stewards of buildings. It is about making disciples of Jesus Christ, that happens inside and outside the walls of the church. Sunday School, small group studies, making quilts, cards, children and youth activities, as well as the worship services at every level of life happens in these buildings.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”
See you Sunday in church, 10:30AM.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank