May 21, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Come explore the rich and colorful history of First United Methodist Church through an afternoon of tours, talks, and demonstrations. Choose from a guided sanctuary tour, interactive timeline update, a digital presentation on our stained glass windows, and an interactive church history for 2nd-5th graders. Our Cathedral Ministry and Archives and History Work Area invite all to discover the fascinating history living in the walls of our beautiful church. Books and more will be offered for sale. Contact Lyn Frazer at lfrazer@fumcmontgomery.org with any questions.

Participants may select one presentation from each session.

SESSION I TOPICS | 3:00-3:50 p.m.

Symbols, Sanctuary, and Stories: Larkin Nolen, life-long member of FUMC, will give a guided tour of the FUMC campus revealing the Christian symbols which grace the architecture of the church. Larkin highlights the tour with history he remembers while growing up at FUMC. Meet at Sanctuary front steps

FUMC Stained Glass Symbols at Your Finger Tips: Dr. Bill Richardson will explain how to use a new computer program which details symbols found in the many stained glass windows at FUMC. The interactive program gives details about symbols by picture, description, category, and other ways of capturing the significance of the symbols in stained glass throughout the buildings of FUMC. This is a great session for those who would like to use the stained glass symbols in future lessons for children and/or adults. Duffey Chapel

Fossils, Faith & Fortitude: (Session I only) Open to 2nd-5th graders, Leslie Shannon will teach an interactive lesson on how the church was built during the 1930’s Depression. Children will learn how God sent the right person to build the church, how their faith grandparents held fast to their faith, and how God created the church building materials. Second Grade classroom, Second floor Children’s Bldg.

Split Session: The Origin of Chrismon Symbols and FUMC Timeline Update: In the first part of this split session, Deborah Manasco will teach about the origin, history and proper use of the Chrismon symbols. Deborah travelled to Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, where Frances Kipps Spencer originated the Chrismon Symbols. She met with church members to learn the story of Mrs. Spencer’s legacy. In second half of this session participants will review the work in progress to update the FUMC Historical Timeline from 2003 to today. Participants will actually be given an opportunity to add events for possible inclusion. Just bring your memories – magic markers are provided! Reception Room across from Duffey Chapel 


SESSION II TOPICS | 4:00-4:50 p.m. 

Symbols, Sanctuary, and Stories: Larkin Nolen, life-long member of FUMC, will give a guided tour of the FUMC campus revealing the Christian symbols which grace the architecture of the church. Larkin highlights the tour with history he remembers while growing up at FUMC. Meet at Sanctuary front steps

FUMC Stained Glass Symbols at Your Finger Tips: Dr. Bill Richardson will explain how to use a new computer program which details symbols found in the many stained glass windows at FUMC. The interactive program gives details about symbols by picture, description, category, and other ways of capturing the significance of the symbols in stained glass throughout the buildings of FUMC. This is a great session for those who would like to use the stained glass symbols in future lessons for children and/or adults. Duffey Chapel

Split Session: The Origin of Chrismon Symbols and FUMC Timeline Update: In the first part of this split session, Deborah Manasco will teach about the origin, history and proper use of the Chrismon symbols. Deborah travelled to Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA where Frances Kipps Spencer originated the Chrismon Symbols. She met with church members to learn the story of Mrs. Spencer’s legacy. In the second half of this session participants will review the work in progress to update the FUMC Historical Timeline from 2003 to today. Participants will actually be given an opportunity to add events for possible inclusion. Just bring your memories – magic markers are provided! Reception Room across from Duffey Chapel

NOTE: Books and other documents about FUMC will be for sale at the Archives and History sale table from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Proceeds support the work of Archives and History and Cathedral Ministry. Located between Duffey Chapel and Reception Room