First United Methodist Church
To Know Christ and to Make Him Known
110 N. Cass Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: (250) 563 - 3108
History of the First United Methodist Church cont.
In September of 1967, the pipe organ was completely rebuilt by the Lima Pipe Organ Company at a cost of over $26,000. (original cost $3,000.) In August of 1977, a near disastrous fire occurred in the attic of the church which caused several thousand dollars damage to the dome and sanctuary. Prompt notification by neighbors across the street and action by the Wabash Fire Department helped save the church from major damage. The year, 1984, saw yet another renovation of the church interior and included a new boiler, renovations of the basement and offices, roof repair, and creation of more parking area by removal of several homes in the half-block on which the church stands. When the old parsonage was razed, two beautiful stained glass windows were saved and now flank the stage in the fellowship hall. Little was done in the sanctuary. Those improvements were postponed and actually completed in 1994.
In 2002, a Task Force was organized to discuss various ways to bring our old, established church into the Twenty-First Century. After much deliberation, several suggestions were brought forward with the result that a church vote was taken on the following proposals:
1. That we build a new large church on the outskirts of Wabash
2. That we renovate our present church and build/purchase another location for a contemporary worship, and
3. That we preserve our historic building but add facilities to include new office spaces, new classrooms, and an area for contemporary worship and that the church be made handicap accessible with the inclusion of an elevator and ramps to replace stairs. The third option gained the most support, and in 2002 a Building Committee was named to formulate plans for renovation and addition.
An architect was employed, and in 2004, these meetings culminated in a plan approved by the church congregation. At the present time, in 2005, a capital funds drive (Stewardship of Life Campaign: To Know Christ and To Make Him Known) is under way with hopes of starting construction in
"A Church Choir Is a Joy to Behold."
First United Methodist Church has been blessed for many years with such a choir. It is a part of the soul of the church. It has long been composed of devoted, capable people who enjoy singing and doing their part as directors, organists, or vocalists. The choir is a volunteer organization. Over the years, the quality of music has improved due to better trained personnel and voices. Now it can be said without boasting, that the First Church choir is second to none in this locality. Other musical groups include the Youth Choir, Cherub Choir, Adult Hand Bell Choir, Youth Bell Choir, Chime Choir, two vocal quartets, a brass ensemble, and various other vocal soloists and instrumentalists. They all "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
New addition - open, 2006-2007