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Todd Harris

Glenda May

See Yourself

A Week In The Life

Reaching Out

Small Groups

October 30, 2011

Many thanks to Dan Blosser for compiling and designing this special publication in honor of FUMC Allen’s 130th anniversary. 2



2 Welcome

Senior Pastor Rev. Todd Harris

3 Staff

Executive Pastor Adult Ministry

4 By the Numbers 7

FUMC Timeline


Methodist History


Our World

Rev. Brian McPherson

Caring & Support Ministries/Senior Adults Rev. June Franck

Music Ministry

10 Music

Rev. Rusty King Terry Fecht

13 United Methodist Women

Satellite Campus

14 Satellite Campus

Children’s Ministry

Rev. Abe Smith Mary Freeman

15 Confirmation

Nursery Coordinator

16 Missions

Kim Mathews

Youth Ministry

20 A Week in the Life

Adam Spore

21 Caring & Support

Discipleship Coordinator

22 Scouting

Susan Hale


23 Remembering 24 Children’s Ministry

Rev. Maxie Moore Praise God for 130 years at FUMC Allen!

25 Nursery 26 Adult Ministry

In this IMPACT magazine, we take time to celebrate this important milestone.

27 Small Groups


35 Recreation 36 Youth Ministry 37 Facilities 40 Facility Volunteers

Recreational Ministries Welcoming


Great, Great News!

UPWARD Sports Greg Schell

Communications Alison Thomas

Rev. Todd Harris announces our church’s 130th birthday.

Church Administrator

Numbers Affecting Our Church


We live in an age of numbers. Here are some important ones related to our church.

Larry Wright Jeff Horne

Administrative Assistant to Sr. and Exec. Pastors

8 History of Our Church

Teresa Gray

A brief review of our church’s history.


Back Cover A frame-worthy drawing of the church

Traci Ward

Finance Jackie Campbell

Rev. Todd Harris greets Jackie Butler after a church service.

Dear Church Family, This year, First United Methodist Church of Allen celebrates 130 years of ministering to the community of Allen, Texas. Very few churches or organizations can claim they celebrate 130 years! As happens in human history, there have been both tragedies and triumphs at FUMC Allen, seasons of both great joy and profound grief. Through it all, however, we have taken up the cross of Jesus Christ to serve our community and the world. We have much to be proud of and much to hope for as we anticipate the future. This celebratory piece is meant to highlight the IMPACT our church has had, particularly in the last five years since we celebrated our 125th anniversary. In the excellent document that celebrated 125 years, we placed much emphasis on our history in Allen. This new document commemorating our 130th birthday reviews our history but aims to capture where we are today and what we dream for the future. It has been an honor to serve you these past five years. I look forward to our future joint IMPACT as we continue to do the Lord’s work. I truly believe that our best years are ahead of us. In Christ,

Rev. Todd Harris 2

Church Staff

Front, kneeling, l to r: Rev. Rusty King, Larry Wright Front row standing, l to r: Traci Ward, Terry Fecht, Rev. June Franck, Casey Garland, Alison Thomas, Rev. Brian McPherson Second row, l to r: Rev. Maxie Moore, Susan Hale, Jackie Campbell, Teresa Gray, Jeff Horne Back row, l to r: Rev. Abe Smith, Adam Spore Not Pictured: Mary Freeman, Rev. Todd Harris, Maureen Bowman

Pastoral Staff L to r:

Rev. Abe Smith, Satellite Campus Rev. Maxie Moore, Recreation/Welcoming Rev. June Franck, Caring & Support/Senior Adults Rev. Rusty King, Music Rev. Brian McPherson, Adult Ministry/Missions Adam Spore, Youth


By the numbers 130 Years since the founding of FUMC Allen (1881-2011)

12 350

Members it takes to form a new church. according to John Wesley

Citizens in Allen in 1880* The year of the great Sam Bass train robbery at Allen Station, next door to where our first church was built in 1881. *1880 U. S. Census


Citizens in Allen in 2011 *2010 U.S. Census

4 59

FUMC Allen buildings and locations since 1881 Senior pastors since records were kept in 1884 4

Billion people in the world today


(Estimates predict 8 billion by 2025.)

150 Children 12 years and younger in our Sunday school classes Regular members in our chancel choir, 40 in DARING youth choir, and 40 in children’s Project Praise


682 72

Seating capacity (by code) of our main sanctuary. Seating capacity of the chapel: 65.

Thousand dollars the estimated annual cost of electricity to heat and cool our church buildings in 2011 ($83.5k in 2010)


Cups of coffee consumed on average each Sunday morning, along with 125 donuts! 5


FUMC Timeline 1738—On May 21, 1738, Charles Wesley has a transforming experience; his brother, Johns had his Aldersgate experience three days later. 1751-1775—New York’s Wesley Chapel (John Street Church) opens. The first American conference stirs Philadelphia. 1784—The Christmas Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, formally established the Methodist Church (ME) in America. 1844—Before the Civil War, the Methodist Church in America split into two churches— North and South—and did not formally rejoin again until 1939. 1881—Our Allen church’s founding members first began meeting in their private homes until they could afford to build or own a church building, as was the custom in those early days. 1884—Our first church building was recorded in Collin County records, north of Main Street behind the present Rodenbaugh store, facing the railroad tracks.

1902—Our second church building was built at the corner of S Allen Drive and McDermott, which is now occupied by the Chamber of Commerce. In 1917, this building was destroyed by a storm. 1917-1919—Members built a new church just across the street from 1902 building, on property now occupied by the Allen Fire Department. 1965—The old wooden church building was torn down leaving a brick building with a sanctuary that accommodated about 50 people. 1966—The present site (6.8 acres) at 601 S Greenville Ave was purchased to build as the new church location. The first buildings were occupied in 1967 and then expanded in 1978, 1992, and 1997. 1968—The Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches merge into the United Methodist Church. 2001—Good Seed Korean Fellowship Church met in our facilities. FUMC Allen purchased the current Ministry Center property (aka Wesley House) just north of the main buildings. 2011—We began plans for our new satellite campus in northwest Collin County.


Methodist History Methodism started in the United States with small meetings in the 1760s and became orderly and organized in 1766. The 1784 Christmas Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, formally established the Methodist Episcopal Church in America.

In 1844, the Methodist Church split into the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church South. It was not until 1939 that the church recombined to become the Methodist Church. In 1968 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined to become the United Methodist Church as we know it today.

This land was a parcel located to the north of Main Street behind the present Rodenbaugh Flooring Store (formerly a barber shop and a bank) and facing the railroad tracks on what is now North Austin Street. The second property owned by the Methodist Church of Allen was the corner lot of south Allen Drive and McDermott, now occupied by the Chamber of Commerce building. A small, plain, wooden rectangular building was built on this site in approximately 1902, which had steps leading to a double front door. The interior consisted of a sparse one-room sanctuary with the pulpit at the east end. No separate Sunday school rooms existed, and this building stood until around 1917 when a storm damaged the building beyond repair.

The first Methodists reached North Texas in 1815. Bishop Francis Asbury sent preacher William Stevenson to Texas on the south side of the Red A new church was built between 1917 and 1919, just River where the first Methodist services in Texas across the street from the old church property on land were held. later occupied by the office of the Allen Fire Department. This is the church site still remembered The Texas Methodist Journal of 1885 contained a by a few ―old timers‖ of today. This church was also report of the Church Board of Extension granting constructed of wood. It had towers at the northeast $196 to build a church in the Terrell District. The and southeast corners and wide front steps leading to name of the church to be built or its location was a porch between the towers. In 1964 a brick education not listed. Allen was a part of the Terrell District at building was built at this location, and after the old that time, so it is possible that this money built a wooden church was declared unsafe structurally in church here in Allen. 1965, the wooden building was torn down, leaving The real beginnings of the Methodist church in only the newer brick building. Allen are forever lost to history. Since most Almost immediately, it became apparent that this new churches back then started when a few families of facility was too small. The town of Allen was starting the same persuasion gathered together in each to experience rapid growth, and projections into the other’s homes, that the Methodist Church of Allen future led the church’s Building Committee to most likely followed this same pattern beginning in conclude that relocation was the best solution. A site 1881. These people met in homes and studied on Greenville Avenue stretching between Greenville together until they could apply to the conference (Hwy 5) and old Jupiter Road was selected for our to purchase land and build a building, a process future home. Interestingly, old Jupiter Road was the that usually took several years. original stagecoach road from downtown Dallas up The first land purchased by the Methodist church through Allen to McKinney and points north. Ground of Allen was recorded in the Collin County records breaking occurred on June 19, 1966, for what is today of 1884. the Fellowship Hall, kitchen and church offices. As they say, ―the rest is history.‖ 8

Our World It is an exciting time to be a part of our denomination! The United Methodist Church seeks to ―make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.‖ An emerging global conversation is drawing the church back to our Wesleyan heritage and focusing our work in a way that allows us to spread more, and greater, hope. This work is unfolding in four areas of focus:

Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world

Creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations

Engaging in ministry with the poor

Stamping out the killer diseases of poverty by improving global health

Source: Together We Can, United Methodist Handbook, General Information.


Music Praise God with instrument and voice! Let us praise the Lord all the earth! Adults 

Chancel Choir

Resonate Praise Team

Daybreak Choir

Sisters in Song

Carillon Bells


Men’s Chorus

Rev. Rusty King

Youth 


Catalyst Band

God’s Thunder


Children 

Project Praise Choir

Chimes and Bells for Christ

Jammin’ for Jesus

In Beat with God

Instrumental 

Guitar classes


In 2011, music ministry at Allen’s First United Methodist Church seeks to praise God and reach into the world to be a part of what God is blessing. Rev. Rusty King began serving at FUMC in June 2010. Since then, the church has expanded and revitalized its music ministry, worship service, and the community at large. Our Chancel Choir has grown to a membership of more than 50 regular members. This fall, the children’s choir, named Project Praise, has seen a resurgence of membership with nearly 40 attending weekly rehearsals. Clearly, the church’s significant investment in its youth has made a major difference, as our DARING youth choir started again after a break since 2007. They presented Godspell on tour to Corpus Christi and gave a homecoming concert back in Allen to more than 400 in attendance. This fall, DARING has a membership of 40, while our youth orchestra has a membership of 20 instrumentalists. Look at the many ways God has been blessing and using our music ministry.  The youth and music ministries collaborated to raise funds for both the junior and senior high mission trips and choir tour. Their annual fundraiser, Mardi Gras Madness, raised $19,000 in its first year!  For Christmas 2011, the Chancel Choir, DARING, and orchestra are presenting Handel’s Messiah. For Holy Week 2011, Chancel Choir shared a performance of Rutter’s Requiem.  The outstanding hand bell program, led by Sue and Jennifer Joseph and Johanna Britton, provides musical opportunities for youth and children. Last year, God’s Thunder was featured in the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra series.  Resonate is the newly named adult praise team that has been leading contemporary worship for many years. It has achieved a very high level of consistent quality and heartfelt leadership under Dawn and Scott Horton. The band rotates players to allow for broader participation.  Two children’s percussions groups under Daisy Miller’s guidance do remarkable work and fill to capacity each year.  Catalyst Band, the youth praise team, has made great strides, improving its sound and confidence as it leads each Sunday night at youth worship and on Sundays at the 8:15am service.  Vocal groups, including Daybreak, Sisters in Song, Men’s Choir, and Kyria, are going strong!  This summer, Music, Arts, and Drama (M.A.D.) Camp had 50 children who presented the musical What’s Up Zak? This program paved the way for doubling children’s participation in music ministry from the previous season. Looking ahead, we invite your prayers for and further participation in Music Ministry. The church aims for greater connection with the community in its music area; to this end, we sponsor Connections, a clergy benefit band. We are encouraging Rev. King as he serves as the director of the Allen Symphony Chorus, which rehearses and performs at the church. Other plans for summer 2012 include sending DARING on tour to Chicago to present the musical Exodus from Egypt County and presenting a secular intergenerational musical August 1-3. 11


United Methodist Women The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. God is doing big things in the women of FUMC Allen. In 2010, our United Methodist Women (UMW) circles gave approximately $10,600 to various charities/organizations. Our UMW circles include a craft group, a bazaar group that manages our church-wide bazaar, a prayer shawl/blanket group, that constructs handmade shawls and blankets for those who have a experienced a birth or serious illness in their lives, and a reading group. The Deborah Circle meets on the third Sunday of the month at 12:15pm in the parlor of the church. The Ruth Circle meets on the second Wednesday of each month at various locations. The Lydia Circle accommodates women who work during the day by meeting at Italian Villa on Greenville on the second Tuesday evening of each month. Member pledges, the Fall Bazaar and the Palm Sunday Bake Sale provide financial support for our UMW unit. All monies are used to support district, North Texas Conference, and the following charities/ organizations that benefit women and children: Methodist Children’s Home


Collin County Advocacy Center

Wesley Rankin Center

Creative Playday Scholarship

Allen Community Outreach

Bethlehem Center

Samaritan Inn

Kairos Outside

Project Transformation

Send Hope

Hope’s Door

Methodist Family and Rehab

UMW Endowment Scholarships

In addition to fundraising activities, the entire UMW meets twice a year for a spring luncheon, to which they invite all the women of the church, and a Christmas luncheon.

UMW on a group trip UMW travel in style


Satellite Campus When Rev. Abe Smith told his children that the family would be moving to start a new satellite campus with FUMC Allen, they asked him where it would be and what it would be called. But he couldn't tell them. It wasn't that he didn't want to tell them; it was because there was no name, or place, or even any official members. Abe and his wife, Amy, were only at the beginning of finding out to what God had called them. Abe and Amy met as Young Life leaders while attending Baylor University and served in ministry together for several years before getting married in January Rev. Abe Smith 1998. Shortly after getting married, they moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, Abe’s hometown, where he worked as director of youth ministries for First United Methodist Church. With Amy, he was able to develop lasting relationships with teenagers and empower them for faithful living. Their love of ministry and the desire to create opportunities for people to grow in their faith led Abe to the decision to attend seminary. The Smiths moved to Texas to continue in ministry while attending seminary at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; in May 2006, Abe received my Master of Divinity. During seminary, he served as Associate Minister at Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Plano where they expanded youth mission opportunities, grew and trained the adult leadership team, led various trips and retreats, preached weekly, and built countless more meaningful relationships. He was ordained as an elder in North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2009. While at CUMC Plano, Abe and Amy also started their family and actively served their church community.

God placed a vision and passion in each of their hearts to begin a new church. They were ready to see where God would lead them... Their love of ministry and desire for people to know and grow in the love of Christ led them to take part in the New Church Leadership Institute, a year-long assessment and training process focused on identifying pastors and their spouses who have the gifts and graces for starting new faith communities. They were identified to start one such community, and at the same time, God placed a vision and passion in their hearts to begin a new church. They were ready to see where God would lead us.


FUMC Allen’s satellite campus will be a growing community of real people, living in a real world, serving a real God. Meanwhile, God was forming a vision and passion among First United Methodist Church of Allen to start a new satellite campus in northwest Allen. After prayer, discussion, evaluation, and a church-wide vote, the church decided to move ahead with the vision in its commitment to honor God by seeking, engaging, and encouraging people through a life-changing Christian journey. Abe Smith was appointed to FUMC Allen in July 2011 and began working to create a satellite campus as a growing community of real people, living in a real world, serving a real God. Our vision is to build a thriving faith community that not only teaches the eternal truths of God’s Word, but also mobilizes individuals and families to live out those truths in their everyday lives. God is life-giving, so the church will strive to "give life" as it understands and addresses the needs of our culture and relies on the never-changing strength of God. The Gospel never changes, but the methods we use to reach people do. With this in mind, we will use various methods to create a fun, loving, faith-filled community that will help people flourish and become all that God has designed them to be!

An old pew from our previous church in old downtown Allen A pulpit chair from one of our old churches

Susan Hale


The Confirmation class is made up of 11-12 year olds who are interested in ―making firm‖ their faith. They spend August through April in the program. In that time they will attend classes, perform service hours for the various ministries of the church and community, visit other churches, and get to know each other. One of the highlights of the year is our annual retreat to Sky Ranch. We spend our weekend exploring our faith, deepening relationships and having fun! The final result, we hope, is that the kids will transition into the youth program and continue their faith journey through their teens and into adulthood. 15

Missions FUMC Allen has a strong missional presence through the works of the United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Legal Aid, Juntos Servimos, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Gideon’s International, and more. Join us as we serve others together!

Steven and Lauren Hosack, Missionaries with Send Hope

FUMC Allen has a rich tradition of missional outreach in our own community and beyond. Currently, we emphasize three missions as part of our church-wide goals, but we offer many more opportunities to get involved throughout the year. Mission events are publicized through our webpage (, the Flame newsletter, and our weekly Spark.

Send Hope Send Hope is a 501c-3 non-profit organization that Dr. Tom Brian of Allen FUMC started to help the people on the Moskito Coast of Honduras. Send Hope focuses on four main areas:  Short term medical, dental and construction trips  Provide items such as food, school supplies, and clothing  Help children with medical needs in Honduras and the United States  Help students achieve their educational goals For more information, go to

North Collin County Habitat For Humanity North Collin County Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and His people to develop communities and enable families to achieve the dream of homeownership with dignity. Through God’s blessing and community-wide support, Habitat enriches lives by building simple, decent, affordable, and quality homes in partnership with families and the community. Go to to learn more.

Allen Community Outreach (ACO ) Rebuilding lives, one family at a time…. Like building a tall tower, rebuilding the lives of a family takes many blocks, each carefully laid to build a foundation. The loss of employment, a family illness, and/or unpaid bills can all cause a family to break down and feel helpless. The good news is that Allen Community Outreach (ACO) provides the skills needed for families to begin rebuilding their lives. ACO provides service for families living in Allen, Fairview, and Lucas. ACO is a non-profit organization, and the majority of its funding comes from local, individual donations and fundraising activities. ACO has five full-time employees, five part-time employees, and more than 2,000 volunteers; it receives the majority of its funding from individual donations.


Glenda May

The Allen Community Outreach organization was founded in 1985. It is FUMC Allen’s joy and honor to partner with ACO to make a lasting difference in our community in the following ways each year: 

Serves 4,140 unduplicated clients each year

Assists 1,248 individuals with rent and utilities

Delivers 13,930 Meals On Wheels

Gives Christmas gifts to 251 families

Provides school supplies and back packs more than 400 children

Distributes Thanksgiving food boxes to 224 families

Stocks a large food pantry with coolers and freezers for food inventories

Answers 16,841 calls for information and referrals

Allen Community Outreach 801 E. Main Street Allen, TX 75002 972-727-9131 ___________________________ ACO Resale Shop 801 E. Main Street Allen, TX 75002 972,727,4751

Heading up this large operation for 16 years is our church’s Glenda May, Executive Director of Allen Community Outreach. Prior to ACO, May had worked in business and for nonprofits. She is a native Texan, having grown up in Coolidge, Texas; she has lived in Collin County these past 40 years . ―FUMC Allen is one of ACO’s strongest supporters,‖ says May. ―The recent CrossSection event in which more than 400 children received school supplies and backpacks, food, haircuts, Bibles, and entertainment is an example of how much this church has served our community. ACO could not operate at the level of service to our clients without FUMC’s volunteers and financial assistance.‖

Rev. Todd Harris and Glenda May discuss the school supplies distribution.

Hello Kitty backpack awaits its owner.


Parents and children line up to receive school supplies.

Kathryn Childress and Laurie Hosack prepare survival vials

Gideons handing out free Bibles at CrossSection

The Catalyst Band Praise Team at CrossSection

Mark Dodds, one of the volunteers who help our church function 18

Terry Fecht, Associate Music Director

John Hansen and Chuck Haley sport their seersucker suits.

FUMC Allen

Tom Hosack up on the roof at a recent Habitat for Humanity build work day.

At work, at play, in song, and in praise.

CrossSection Worship

Adam Spore and Teresa Gray 19

A Week In The Life Of Our Senior Pastor By Rev. Todd Harris

For the most part, no two weeks are alike. That’s one of the ―perks‖ of life as an ordained pastor. Though every day is different, there are some aspects of each week that are routine. All of the worship leaders, for example, meet every Monday to plan the worship details for the following Sunday and prepare for what’s coming up after that. Every Tuesday includes Pastor/Program and General Staff meeting, followed by our staff lunch out to enjoy life together and celebrate birthdays. On Wednesdays, I attend Rotary at noon and Wednesday night dinner at the church. Also regularly on my calendar are meetings with the North Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, which prepares candidates for United Methodist Commissioning and Ordination. I serve as the chair of the Committee on Preparations and Qualifications on this board. Though the bulk of this work is done in January and February during candidate interviews, regular meetings take place throughout the year to plan, prepare, and address other matters related to ordained ministry. I also serve on the board for Allen Community Outreach. The demands of this position vary throughout the year. Some months only include a board meeting while other months bring fundraisers or strategic planning sessions. Throughout the week, I spend a lot of time in committee meetings and pastoral care sessions, answering lots of emails, returning phone calls, and discussing details in the life of the church. Our congregation is blessed with a very talented and committed staff who handles many of the details of weekly life at church, but part of my job is to discuss some of the bigger issues, challenges, and opportunities at FUMC Allen. In addition to serving our congregation, I am blessed to have two very active children – Philip who is 8 and Kathryn who is 13. Kathryn is the dancer in our family. She rehearses 5-6 days a week, so my wife and I run a shuttle service to her studio. Kathryn also enjoys singing in the youth choir, DARING, and attending UMYF. Philip is active in Boy Scouts and the percussion group at the church. While I’m not his den leader, I help out with the monthly den meetings and attend his pack meetings. Philip also plays UPWARD basketball, and I’ve coached his team for the past several years. My wife, Stephanie, teaches second grade at Norton Elementary. She is a very dedicated and hard working teacher. Although she is only with her students from 8:00am-3:00pm, Stephanie works long hours to ensure the success of each of her students. Overall, I’d say our home life is like all others. It takes a team to make everything happen. As a pastor, I enjoy spending time with people discussing life’s challenges and finding strategies to live out our Christian faith. I also find preparing and preaching sermons to be fulfilling, weekly challenge. Because of a hectic schedule, I work to carve out time for prayer, reading, studying, listening, and preparing. I try listen for the hurts and challenges of life and address them in some way weekly. My regular prayer is that I will always be mindful of the burdens that people bring to worship and be intentional about addressing them in a God-honoring, life-giving way.


Caring & Support The Caring & Support Ministries at FUMC Allen loves to offer care to God’s people. Just take a look at what our ministries have to offer. The ADD/LD Parent Support group provides emotional support for and information about the difficult task of parenting a child with attention deficient disorder and other learning disabilities through parent sharing, guest speakers, and videos. This group meets twice a month and has been lead by Shirli Salter for several years. Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon/Alateen are confidential groups meeting in the Ministry Center every week to support and encourage one another. Angel’s Ministry offers five weeks of training for those interested in giving one-on-one support and care to our homebound and nursing home members. Trained ―angels‖ give cards, flowers, and their time when they make their visits.

Congregational Care Corps provides meals in times of crisis for members who are not part of a small group or Sunday school class. In addition, The Care Corps provides a reception for the family and friends of a deceased member immediately following a celebration of life service. Caregivers United meets monthly to support and provide valuable information for those who are the caregiver to an elderly or disabled person at home or in a local or long-distance nursing facility. Lay Scripture Readers give God’s Word living voice in the worship service. Legal Aid Clinic Ministry supports the North Texas Legal Aid Foundation, which sponsors a free legal aid clinic the second Thursday of each month at the church. This ministry provides administrative assistance and serves a light meal to those seeking legal services.

The Blood Drive Group supports four blood drives during the year when a mobile Red Cross unit comes to the church on Sunday mornings and gives church members the chance to give blood and save Military Support Group ministers to families who have loved ones in service to our country, sharing concerns, lives. Care Notes provide helpful and encouraging book- resources, networks, and support. At Christmas, they gather stockings stuffers from the congregation to lets for members and visitors when they face package and send to our military overseas. particular circumstances or crisis. Our Mourning After program reaches out with several cards and support material throughout the first year in which a member has lost a close loved one.

Reach Out touches the lives of members who have been absent from church for a month or six months with a ―miss you‖ postcard and warm message. Throughout the year, we offer Divorce Recovery and Grief Support seminars to the church and community as well as sessions on Marriage Enrichment, Single Parenting, and surviving depression through the Holiday Hope seminar. 21

More Caring Ministries The purpose of the Health Care Ministry is to nurture the body, mind, and spirit through health education and support and link the needs of the individual to resources within the congregation, community, and healthcare system. It began as an idea in early 2003. The ministry researched and recommended the purchase of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and educated many groups and individuals on its use. Currently, ministry members maintain all the First Aid kits in the church. Many of them also received training on the new Medicare drug plan and now work individually with seniors within our community. More special services include a flu shot clinic and a CPR training program. In partnership with Texas Health Resources, this ministry is expanding! Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry that provides one-on-one assistance to individuals in crisis; it provides a listening ear, a loving heart, the presence of Christ, a healing environment, and assistance in structuring a plan for recovery and acceptance. Lay Stephen Ministers in our church receive 50 hours of initial training with additional supervision during their two-year commitment to serve. Since 1997, our leaders have trained ministers in our congregation and from other congregations as we reach out to the community. Stress Factor is a community-wide effort to help individuals of all ages identify stress and learn effective coping skills. Stress Factor seminars are conducted by local counselors and spiritual leaders.

Scouting Boy Scout Troop 306 moved to our church in the late 1970s and continues to be sponsored by the United Methodist Men. Scoutmasters have included Ed Horstman, Robert Pulse, Ralph Smith, John Allen, Johnny Lutrick, Charley House, John Sutherland, Greg Latham, and Kevin Lovett. In December 2004, Troop 328 moved their charter to our church under the leadership of Scoutmaster Andy Brewer. It is now led by Robert Gepfert. First United Methodist currently hosts meetings for numerous Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Daisies, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. In 2005, approximately 362 scouts attended meetings in our facilities each week! Many Boy Scout Eagle projects and Girl Scout Gold Award projects have enhanced our church facilities and programs.


Remembering By Rev. June Franck In 1881, a small group of spiritual, faithful residents gathered in rural Allen to worship God and care for each other and the community. Shortly after, this committed group became First Methodist Episcopal Church. God and the teachings of Jesus Christ were present, and the congregation put down roots, thrived, and grew.

Rev. June Franck

A spirit of love nurtured their warm ―small church family,‖ which was open to everyone. The congregation survived the test of setbacks, including a fire that wiped out their first facility. This ―crucible‖ actually set and hardened the foundational beliefs of these souls so they would proliferate through over six generations and later move to the outlying fields of Allen in 1967. The flames of warmth and ―small church family‖ remained alive and beaconed others to come.

By the mid-1990s, First United Methodist Church was bursting at the seams! Without a doubt, it needed to build a new sanctuary. All church members were emphatic that with the continued growth, the warm ―small church family‖ feeling must be preserved. In 1998, FUMC Allen built its Christian Life Center with a gym and classrooms, and in 2000, God called us to build a Children’s Center to educate the next generation of believers. We also added the Upper Room Chapel and Labyrinth and expanded the sanctuary. Through all our expansion, we have been able to extend the same warmth, love, care, and faithfulness to visitors. We have also continued to nurture the hearts of our church members, minister to the Allen community, and share resources with the mission fields in our world. God has given us much to celebrate! Today, First United Methodist Church stands as a place for Christian programs, actions, and ministries. We live out ―Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors‖ to the community and world and strive to achieve our purpose, which is ―To honor God by seeking, engaging, and encouraging people through a life-changing Christian journey.‖ It is a blessing and privilege to be part of the family of First United Methodist Church of Allen! My prayer is that we continue to live our heritage as an inclusive ―small church‖ family so that all people know they are God’s children.


Children’s Ministry FUMC Allen’s Children’s Ministry welcomes all children from birth through 6th grade. Mary Freeman, Children’s Ministry Director, has been serving at FUMC Allen for more than three years, but she has been working with children for almost 20 years. Mary’s goal in Children’s Ministry is that all children will learn three basic things while at FUMC Allen: 

God loves and created them

Our church is a place where they are welcome to ask and learn about God and Jesus

How to have fun!

FUMC Allen Child’s Artwork

Children’s Ministry Activities Project Praise Children’s Choir— Grades K-6 Live B.I.G. — 3 years old-Grade 3 Junior Youth Fellowship (JYF) — Grade 4-6 Fall Festival — All children Friday Night in the Light — 3rd grade children and their families Easter Egg Hunt — All children Vacation Bible School — Age 4-Grade 6 Movie Mondays — Age 4-Grade 6 SPLAT Day Camp — Age 4-Grade 6



Kim Mathews, nursery coordinator, has plenty of room for children from newborns to preschoolers Mason Boganwright, 18 months old. 25

Adult Ministry Adult Ministry’s goal is to help adults get connected in the church, grow spiritually, and experience genuine Christian fellowship. Rev. Brian McPherson Through Sunday school, long and short-term Bible studies, DISCIPLE, specific topic seminars, and various small groups, FUMC Allen's Adult Ministry plays a significant role in the process of ―making disciples of Jesus Christ.‖

Sunday School/Small Groups FUMC Allen’s Adult Sunday school is one of our church’s greatest strengths. Sunday morning classes are small groups of adults with similar interests who meet to learn more about the Bible and grow in their faith by sharing with one another. Some class members might be new to FUMC Allen, new to the United Methodist church, or even new to the Christian faith. Others may be further along in their spiritual journey. No matter where class members are in their faith, Sunday school classes are a great way to meet other people in the church and build lasting and meaningful relationships. For adults who aren’t sure quite what class they want to join, we offer an open invitation to visit several classes as a guest! As you laugh, share, study, and grow in your relationship with Christ, we’re sure you’ll find the right class for you.

Faith Academy All of FUMC Allen’s educational and small group ministries are incorporated in our ―Faith Academy.‖ The name says it all. We are working to help everyone grow in his or her faith through intentional and ongoing small group study. Throughout the year, FUMC offers many different studies and learning opportunities. Brochures and the website will keep you updated. We can even enroll you online!

Want to get involved? Contact Reverend Brian McPherson, Director of Adult Ministry,, or Susan Hale, Director of Discipleship for Adults, Youth, and Children, We look forward to hearing from you!


Small Groups Sojourners

Front row, l to r: Janet Arnold, Mike Arnold, Ken Burke, Dot Burke, Biano Gunter, Barb Gunter. Middle row: Marte Maun, Pat Claypoole, Linda Chappell, Cindy Robinson, Ken Farris, Peggy Dodds, Mark Dodds, Mona Jones. Back row: Ken Maun, Frank Ardolino, Cal Chappell, Lee Howard, Dale Howard, Billy Robinson, David Chaffin, Ferrell Hunter, Jim Laird, Donna Laird, Alan Jones. Not pictured: Carol Chaffin, Marcia Farris, June Lonesey, Alice Payn, John Payn, Ralph Perkins, Mary Perkins, Cheryl Rector, Danny Satterthwaite, Christine Satterthwaite, Lonny Veach, Beverlee Veach.


Front row, l to r: Glenda Magnuson, Rita Reynolds, Helen Tolman, Scott Tolman, Sarah Foerster, Eb Foerster, Janice Blackstone. Middle row: Nancy Miller, Martin Reynolds, Virginia Haley, Peggy Weygandt, Bob Northington, Shirley Leverett, Will Leverett, Carrie Selfridge, Anna Foster. Back row: Jackie Butler, Ken Maun, Marty Maun, Chuck Haley, Don Snyder, Barbara Urban, Bob Blackstone, Lloyd Urban, David Franck (Teacher), Dale Selfridge. Not pictured: Dan Blosser, Chris & Linda Bruce, Paul & Arlene Bute, Kathryn Childress, Davy Fulfer, Harold & Lena Graham, Barbara Gudger, Lowell Jacobson, Jean Kerwin, Derwin & Fran Maberry, James Marion, Bill & Ann Moebius, Charlotte Northington, Ward & Pat Paxton, Mary Pierpont, Herb Portis, Martin & Rita Reynolds, Pert & Marie Virtanen, Jerry Weygand, Dick & JoAn Witt, Howard Yoas. 27

Men Talking

Front row, l to r.: Don Snyder, Davey Fulfer, Will Leverett, and Bob Northington; Back row: Dale Selfridge, Tom Tholen, Jake Jacobson, Jack Eix, Bob Sellers, and Tom Bernard.


Frt. Row, l to r: Bev Reeser, Carole Smithwick, Anita Rushing, Ginny Ganster, Bernie Dickson (Teacher). Back Row: George Moore, Don Dickson, Walt Smithwick, David Franck, Pam Chevrefils, Karen Griffith, Larry Griffith, Paul Chevrefils, Jim Rushing, Helen McMichael. Not pictured: Kathryn Childress, Carol Schenck, Bob Dumar, Peggy Sue Carroll. 28

Drawing Closer: Marriage Enrichment

Front row, l to r: Amy Smith, Heidi Schermerhorn, Steve Schermerhorn, Lori Hubbard, Richard Hubbard Back row: Abe Smith, Scott Horton, Dawn Horton, Kim Mathews, Chris Mathews, Amy Gibbs, Matt Gibbs

ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out)

L to r: Walter Smithwick, Will Leverett, George Moore, Don Snyder, Bob Northington, Ed Bayliss, Buzz Jenkins, Joe Jaynes


Well Spring

Front row, l to r.: Kevin Brooks, Kim Brooks, Sarah Terrell, Erin Horton, Clay Horton Back row, l to r.: Susan Hale, Kevin McDonald, Dawn Horton, Scott Horton


Front row, l to r: Mike Rueckert, Amy Rueckert, Nancy Nerels, Julie Smetzer, Jenny Chapates, Michelle Marrow Back row, l to r: Tony Stubbs, Julie McCurry, Jeff McCurry, Eric Hartter, Libby Hartter, Doug Smetzer, Kim Goodwin, Rod Morehead, Trish Morehead, Sam Morrow, Mike Raybon Not pictured: Rob Goodwin, Casey Garland, John Howell, Kim Howell, Tracy Raybon, Heidi Nelson, Liz Stubbs, Shawn Thomson, Sarah Thomson 30

Golden Girls

Front row, l to r: Barbara Martin, Mona Ashley, Jackie Payne, Ruth Pringle Back row, l to r: Jo Long, Sue Crawford-Stauffer, Michi Judy Not pictured: Jan Dungan, Joyce Johnson, Becky Dalsing

Women Unplugged

Front row, l to r: Sara Jones, Shirli Salter, Joy Dover, Diane Ardolino, Lori Wastlick Back row, l to r: Suzy Jansky, Mo Fazackarley, Patti Plumb, Karen Daniel, Dana Allison, Cheryl Carse, La Hunter, Greta Prather 31

Going Deeper

Front row, l to r: Terri Herring, Bonnie Wallace, Terry Rogers, Melissa Rogers, Alycia Segner, Alyce McKenzie, Tina Burke Back row, l to r: Bob Herring, Tony Fazackarley, Debbie Tull, Robert Garza, Greg Gunter, Dennis Burke

New Beginnings

Front row, l to r: Leisa Smith, Laurie Hosack, Susan Fulk, Sally Haynie Back row, l to r: Kent Smith, Carrie Brazeal, Ken Fulk, Tom Hosack 32


Front row, l to r: Betty Connatser, Peggy Armand, Elaine Rivers Back row, l to r: Dave Powell, Bettye Arnold, LaVerne Moore, Shirley Smith, Marion McCullough Not Pictured: Carol Stout, Jean Miller, Rose Christian, Irene Moeller

Ages of God

Front row, l to r: Kathy Harless, Suzanne Sliva, Tamra Dickson, Leslie Broome, Sally Hendricks Back row, l to r: Jimmy Ward, Susie Prince, Richard Prince, Mark San Miguel, Shelly Stevenson, Mark Stevenson, Margo Bayless, Rick Bayless Not pictured: Mike Broome, Melinda O’Brien, Tiffany Stewart 33


Front row, l to r: Pam Brant, Mark Brant, Casey Caswell, Don Doup, Julie Doup Back row, l to r: Greg Cotton, Karen Ercoline, Larry Ercoline, Debbie Coleman, Ed Coleman, Angie Vinez, Creg Vinez Not pictured: Johnny Stephens, Holly Stephens, Rita Rolf, Michelle Zerkner, Don Zerkner, Rita Heshmat, Bob Heshmat, Tracy Holloway, Shannon Sanford, Cary Sanford, Kevin Mechler, Sheryl Mechler, Carol Holloway, Margie Rozelle, Diane Isom

Bible 101

Front row, l to r: David Wuensch, Lee Battle, Robyn Battle, Don McDermitt, Sallee McDermitt Middle row, l to r: Sherri Wuensch, Linda Shepherd, Jill Roecker, Laura LeMay-Free, Amber Gutschlag, Joe Randolph Back row, l to r: Kent Roecker, Eric Free, Tim Gutschlag Not pictured: Melissa Randolph, Steve Slaughter, Laura Slaughter, Mike Tucker, Marilyn Tucker, Katherine Khan, Gary Norcross 34

Recreation FUMC Allen has a wide variety of recreational activities for all ages. Find one that meets your needs! 

APT G: A Place to Go: This event for special needs youth every third Saturday from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

Cross Country Riders: Motorcycle riding group

Cycling: Bicycle riding group

Fourth Friday Singles Dinner: An opportunity to dine out with single church members

Softball Leagues: Men's and co-recreational leagues

UPWARD Indoor Fall Soccer League: For age 4 through grade 3

UPWARD Basketball and Cheer Leagues: For grades Kindergarten through grade 6.

Yoga Classes: Classes offered year round

Hallelujah Hikers: Travels to a different site each month to sing ―Hallelujah‖ from the highest peak

Running Group: A group of runners from our church

Trekkers Walking Club: Walking on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Celebration Park.

Soul Food Café: A mid week family meal on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Rev. Maxie Moore

Want to know more about the opportunities you see? Contact Rev. Maxie Moore,

Family Fun with Elizabeth and Brock Fairchild

Hallelujah Hikers UPWARD Basketball 35

Youth Ministry

Over the past 130 years, the youth program has seen just as much growth and development as the greater congregation. Relationships have been formed, missions have been undertaken, and God has been glorified through our work to build the kingdom. Five years ago, the youth program started a grand shift in its ministry. Rather than seeing its ministry as compartmentalized, or separate, from the greater church, the youth and leaders of our program decided to expand its vision into a six year arc of discipleship. In that arc, youth come into the program through Confirmation and experience a continuum of learning and faith development through their junior high Adam Spore and high school years. It hasn’t happened overnight, but there has been steady growth! Beginning in August 2011, the youth program took even greater steps to solidify its position in the arc of discipleship. Currently, the youth program has opportunities for growth in discipleship through Sunday school, small groups, music, and a newly developed Youth Faith Academy program on Sunday nights. Through these opportunities, youth are encouraged to walk together on their path of discipleship and find ways to strengthen their faith. While spiritual growth and development is largely seen in the small group and programming model, missions also engage youth. The youth program at FUMC Allen, like many others, takes pride in its focus on mission and veritable army of hardworking youth who engage in mission opportunities. In the past five years, FUMC Allen youth have attended mission trips to Springfield, Missouri, McAllen, Texas, and even Perryville, Arkansas, where they engaged in poverty simulations and hands-on education about the problems of world hunger. Because of this missional focus, the youth are also now engaged in monthly mission projects, partnering with other youth groups in the community and taking on a year-long partnership with Heifer International. In their mission work, the youth reach out and learn the importance and practice of being God’s hands and feet in this world. In the upcoming years, God most certainly has a vision and direction for the FUMC Allen youth program! Right now and on the horizon, the youth program is broadening its ministry footprint by finding ways to engage youth in the community of Allen who are currently un-churched. Having seen great growth in outreach and welcoming new youth into the life of the church over the past year, it is with great certainty that I tell you we will see our youth grow in the mission of the church to make, equip, and send disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 36

Facilities New Church Signage

Elevator Repairs FUMC Allen’s Board of Trustees developed a task force for the purpose of designing and implementing a comprehensive exterior signage program to replace our existing signage. The centerpiece of the project is a new monument sign on Greenville Avenue that will include a high resolution LED digital display capable of full color and full motion. With this new presence on our primary frontage, we will have the ability to communicate to the thousands of cars who pass by daily. The purpose of the sign is not to communicate all the details of our programming and activity, but to give passersby a glimpse of the many opportunities and ministries going on at FUMC Allen. In short, we want to turn their heads, be curious, and come see what our church is all about! The project doesn’t stop there. Even higher priority to the task force was identification. Who is in that big building next to the Presbyterian Church? It’s a question that’s difficult to answer from our current signage. Therefore, the project includes two 10’ x 30‖ entrances signs ~ one at each of our Greenville entrances ~ identifying that we are First United Methodist Church of Allen. Further, we will replace the back-lit plastic inserts on the Jupiter sign to match the new design. But the task force didn’t stop there! Once on the property, where do you go? We have four major entrances, but they are not obvious to those unfamiliar with our facilities. You will soon see the old ―realtorstyle‖ yard signs replaced with attractive, professional directional signage. Next year, the task force hopes to look into updating all our interior signage. In all, the cost for the exterior signage project will exceed $80,000. At the time of this writing, over $65,000 has been raised through individual private donations.

Early in July, the church’s only elevator broke down, hampering church activities for those with limited mobility. A leak developed in the jack assembly (the shiny piston that raises and lowers the elevator), leaking hydraulic fluid into the ground. It was never a dangerous situation, but it could not be repaired and required replacement of the entire jack assembly. Since every elevator is a custom fit, the new equipment had to be manufactured specifically to fit our elevator, delaying the repair for nearly two months. Thankfully, our elevator It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it service provider, Kone, had a crew working overtime to have us back up and running as soon as possible. The elevator was repaired and inspected by a state inspector and returned to normal operation on Friday, August 31. The cost of the jack assembly repair was just over $22,000. Larry Wright, Church Administrator, commented, ―That’s a lot of money but we were concerned that we may find more damage once we started the repair, costing more time and money. Fortunately, the failure was limited to this one component.‖ Unlike the old assembly, the new one is incased in a waterproof sleeve, protecting it from exposure, and should last 25 to 50 years.

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More About Facilities FUMC Allen Celebrates Energy Conservation and Grant Funding Late in 2010, FUMC’s Board of Trustees became aware of an opportunity to make needed mechanical improvements to our facilities by taking advantage of a federally funded grant program. Oncor’s Worship Facilities Matching Grant Program is designed to help churches improve the energy efficiency of their facilities by providing matching grant dollars for the implementation of specific energy efficiency projects. Our project included replacing our seven oldest air conditioning systems with new energy efficient systems. ―The newest of these systems was 18 years old – and some were as old as 25 years,‖ says Larry Wright, Church Administrator. ―They were past due for replacement anyway, so it was to our advantage that we replace them all at once through this program rather than wait for them to break down in the heat of summer and create a crisis.‖ In addition to air conditioning, the old metal halide lighting in the gym was replaced with fluorescent light fixtures, providing far more light with less electricity. We also upgraded various other lights throughout the facilities with energy efficient fixtures. Much of the work was done by volunteers, further improving the effort. In all, the project cost nearly $90,000, and the Oncor Program awarded our church with a grant of $37,000 to help offset that cost. ―In addition to the grant money we received, our electric consumption this summer was about 15% less than last summer,‖ says Larry. ―Given how hot it was, that is an extraordinary savings equal to nearly $1,000 per month in direct savings on our electric bill. And we have not received one complaint that the sanctuary was too warm.‖ 2012 is the last year to take advantage of the Oncor Grant Program. The Trustees hope to replace more air conditioning as well as improve parking lot lighting.

Financially Strong Church Refinances Debt 2011 has been a financially strong year for FUMC Allen. After three years of flat or slightly declining receipts in a rough economy, income through August of this year is $82,000 higher (8.2%) than the same period last year, which is an all-time high for this point in the year. ―We finished last year under budget and just slightly in the red,‖ says Brian Evans, Finance Committee Chairman. ―It was a real step of faith to write a budget for 2011 that was 5% higher. However, the church members believe strongly that God is doing a great work here and pledged strongly enough to permit the church to pass a challenging budget. So far, the members have given faithfully and generously.‖ Related, FUMC recently refinanced our $2.4M debt. Three years ago, the Finance Committee worked hard to get a great rate for the church’s debt; in fact, though we had been with American National Bank (ANB) for many years, we switched our banking services to a competitor because of the great loan rate they gave us. ANB has sought to get us back as a customer ever since then. Though the loan we had great, the lending market is so much better today that the committee had no choice but to shop for an even better deal. We were told that the future market is unknown and could be quite volatile, so we should take advantage of today’s ―borrower-friendly‖ market to seek a long-term rate. In fact, the committee has sought bids to refinance the debt three times in the last year but could not get a loan better (and safer) than what we currently had, until this most recent effort. Our current loan is on an adjustable rate. The new loan offered by our old friends at American National Bank is 5.0% fixed for 20 years. No other bank could match that offer. In fact, we had competing bank officers recommend that we take the deal because they could not touch it. It is the intent of the Finance Committee that, though this will lower the payments, we will continue to make monthly payments in excess of that required in order to pay down the principal even quicker.


Facilities Facilitate Ministry It’s not about our buildings, just like it’s not about money. It’s about honoring God by seeking, engaging, and encouraging people through a life-changing Christian journey. We like to talk about when this church building was built and when we added that building, and how much it cost to renovate that wing, but when we do, we miss the point. The point is that buildings are one of many resources God has given us to accomplish ministry in His name. So what about those resources, and how do we use them? We have 72,000 square feet of building space on 7.7 acres of property. Within that space, we have a beautiful, modern sanctuary that seats 700 (many more if a Pastor is counting). With it we offer three different regular Sunday morning worship services with an average attendance of about 850 every week. Our sanctuary Larry Wright, also facilitates youth worship services every Sunday evening, though, as well Church Administrator as special services such as weddings, funerals, and concerts. Further, we host Scouting Courts of Honor and the Allen Philharmonic Symphony in our sanctuary. We have a Youth wing with classrooms, offices, and a large Youth Activities Center. Our preschool and children’s wing has fourteen classrooms and Grace Land children’s assembly room. With these spaces we can accommodate ministry to over 200 children on Sunday as well as provide facilities for Children’s Creative Playday, our weekday preschool program. FUMC Allen’s nursery wing has four preschool rooms, a nursery, and a newborns’ crib room. We also have adult classrooms, a Fellowship Hall that seats 100, choir room, Upper Room Chapel, and Parlor. We have a full-court, professional quality gymnasium to facilitate our Recreation Ministry (the fastest growing ministry area of our church), and finally, the Ministry Center/Wesley House, a residential building adjoining the church property purchased some years ago. So why do we have all these buildings and spaces? It’s all about facilities that facilitate ministry. On any given week during the year, as many 1,000 people not affiliated with our church pass through our doors:  More than 20 Boy and Girl Scout groups  Numerous Allen Sports Association sports teams  Several fitness groups  The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars  Three Weight Watchers groups  Three different home school associations  Allen Philharmonic Symphony  Allen Symphony Chorus  Allen Community Outreach  Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Alateen  Legal Aid of Northwest Texas  Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University  ADD/LD Parent Support Group of Collin County  Caregivers United  Special needs ministries And so much more!! After 130 years, our prayer is that those who gave sacrificially will understand all that their gifts make possible. We hope everyone will see that we have been faithful to God, using our facilities as tools to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ.


Facilities Volunteers FUMC Allen’s facilities would not be in the great shape they are in now if it were not for the faithful commitment of so many members who volunteer their time, skill, and expertise to maintain our church. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that the estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $21.36 per hour. That means that on top of enhancing the ministries of FUMC Allen, our volunteers also bless the church financially. One of our church-wide goals for 2011 is as a growing church, every member and guest is encouraged to be involved in at least one area of service. The Board of Trustees responded to that goal with this specific objective: The Trustees will provide members and guests opportunities to give their time and resources by organizing a quarterly, church-wide workday to maintain and repair our facilities. To date, Trustees have hosted four of these Saturday events, involving over 100 people and accomplishing over 500 hours of work. According to the statistic above, that represents almost $11,000 in benefit to the church. Some of the projects accomplished are: changing light bulbs, painting, replacing carpet, upgrading light fixtures, pulling cables for computers and fire alarm system, and doing general cleaning and yard work. FUMC Allen also has team of regular facilities volunteers who work nearly daily to make minor (and sometimes major) repairs and upgrades such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, and mechanical repairs and maintaining our technology. It would not be a stretch to estimate that together, these volunteers have saved the church $100,000 this year! Of course, the greatest honor in being a volunteer is the privilege of receiving the blessing of using their gifts and skills to advance the Kingdom of God. We are grateful that our volunteers are eager to serve and receive this blessing. You’re invited to volunteer at FUMC Allen! If you have a skill and a desire to be involved, contact Larry Wright, Church Administrator, or David Franck, Facilities Volunteer Coordinator. David Franck


Square Footage

Property Value


7.68 acres

71,940 sq ft



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IMPACT: 130 Years Old...and Still Going Strong  

On October 30, 2011, FUMC Allen, a United Methodist congregation in Allen, Texas, celebrated 130 years in missions and ministry in Collin Co...

IMPACT: 130 Years Old...and Still Going Strong  

On October 30, 2011, FUMC Allen, a United Methodist congregation in Allen, Texas, celebrated 130 years in missions and ministry in Collin Co...