150th Anniversary Celebration

First United Methodist Church, Modesto celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012.

Our Sesquicentennial Celebration

The year 2012 marked multiple milestones in the joyful life of First United Methodist Church of Modesto. Foremost among those special events: the months-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the congregation’s founding along the banks of the Tuolumne River in 1862. On June 10, District Superintendent Rev. Mariellen Yoshino led a special rededication of the current church building at 16th and I Streets that has faithfully served FUMC worshippers for 80 years. And in July, Rev. Debra L. Brady reached the 10-year mark as Senior Pastor at FUMC, continuing her service as the longest-tenured minister in the 150 years of the church. The Sesquicentennial celebration culminated with a special series of events during the last weekend of September with an open invitation to all, especially friends, family and former members.

Saturday, September 29, featured walking historical tours of the FUMC building, McHenry Mansion and McHenry Museum. The tours began at 10 a.m. At 7:30 p.m., current and former choir members and musicians presented a concert in the Sanctuary. Sunday, September 30, the 10 a.m. special homecoming worship service featured a message from Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. That service was followed at 11:30 a.m. by a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hall to welcome former members and youth group participants. Also on the luncheon agenda was the opening of the time capsule from 1932 and preparation of a new one for future generations.