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About the Foundation

The First Methodist Church Foundation was established in 1964 to provide for the long-term operation and maintenance of the church’s facilities.

The Five Pillars of First United Methodist Church – Vision, Worship, Education, Mission/Outreach, and Music & Fine Arts – are undergirded by a solid foundation that assures that the buildings and property are funded in perpetuity.

Gifts to the Foundation are invested, managed, and administered with careful stewardship. Only the earnings are distributed. As a donor, you can take comfort in knowing that your gift to First Methodist Foundation will have an everlasting impact.

Vision Worship Education Mission Fine Arts

Foundation funds have made it possible for First United Methodist Church to:

  • Purchase the city block on which First United Methodist Mission is located
  • Purchase land for parking, and maintain parking lots
  • Augment the general budget for maintenance,renovation, insurance premiums, and operations of real property, including eight acres downtown and six acres at Lyle Lodge
  • Renovate the Mission Building and Foundation Building
  • Construct restrooms, remodel dormitories, update caretakers home and install a lawn sprinkler system at Lyle Lodge
  • Install fire alarms in main church and Justin building
  • Provide computer systems for church
  • Provide funds for the Broderick Lyceum Series, the Ballard Series and the Goostree Lectures
  • Provide for Internet Broadcast Ministry
  • Tuckpoint and water-proof the main church building to eliminate leaks & water damage
  • Renovate all three floors of church
  • Provide seed money for Children’s Quest Sunday School Rooms
  • Repair and replace heating and air conditioning systems
  • Provide additional funds for Music, Missions, Children’s, Youth and Senior Adult programs of the church