- Phone: (956) 686-3784
- Church Address:
4200 N. McColl Rd. McAllen, TX. 78504
- Sunday: 8:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am
The excitement continues to build for our new Sanctuary and office space. On Sunday, October 29th tours of the new facilities were given to anyone at church that day who desired to see the progress. Many members took advantage of the opportunity to observe the unfinished insides of our new home and ask questions to the knowledgeable tour guides (contractors/supervisors). You could feel the joy, excitement, and anxiousness in everyone from little children to guests, seasoned members, and even staff.
Then on Tuesday the 31st, our church opened its campus to the community for Trunk or Treat. As hundreds, possibly thousands of community members entered the event, they all passed by our new Sanctuary in awe of its progress.
The project remains on schedule. There is still plenty of work to be done. We continue to pray that pledges will come in on time and new donations will surprise us. We also pray that this new tool will lead us to our ultimate goal of spreading the GoodNews!
Work is continuing at a feverish pace on the new sanctuary and office space. The brick masons are busy placing what will total over 100,000 bricks while on the inside workers are busy installing air condition ducts, electrical wiring and attaching drywall. We are also expecting a final drawing to review for the stained glass window within the next couple
weeks. These are truly exciting times in the life of FUMC!
Here is the church, here is the steeple, open it up, and there are all of the people! Thanks to you, the people, our new sanctuary will have a cross and steeple. The original design did not include them. However, after the Building and Design Committee met with members of the congregation, it was clear that the new sanctuary should include some type of steeple with a cross to distinguish it as our place of worship. The architect then designed it and added it to the plans. On Tuesday morning, August 29th, our new cross was raised and set into place. There was a nice crowd in
attendance to say a blessing and watch the cross go up. This will be a symbol for years to come of our Christian heritage. In addition, it will represent our teamwork and perseverance to succeed in our goal of building a new church.
However, we are reminded by Pastor Ricky that we are not only erecting bricks, steel, and mortar, but we are cultivating people. The goal of building a church does not end with the last nail - that will be only one step in the never-ending process of sharing Christ in our community.
Have you ever wondered what 205 tons of steel looks like? Well, stop by and check out the construction of our new sanctuary to find out! The steel structure is almost complete and the roofing phase will begin shortly. The stained glass committee has begun its work and has engaged Whitworth Stained Glass in New Braunfels to help create a unique stained glass for the sanctuary. We are blessed to have several very talented and creative artists in our congregation to help guide us
through this critical process. We pray that their work will lead to a stained glass window that will be an inspiration and blessing to all who worship at FUMC.
As you may have noticed, the first steel has been raised at the new sanctuary site! This continues to get more exciting as each day goes by
and we are one step closer to our new home of worship! The good news is that the project is on schedule at this time. There is still a lot of work to do and everyone is contributing. In recent days, groups have been meeting to make important decisions about flooring (carpet, tile, colors, etc.). Also, a meeting is scheduled with stained glass experts to help us make our new place of worship beautiful. While at about the same time, our new organ is scheduled to arrive. The current challenge we are facing is finding the right brick to match our existing facilities. As you can imagine, the original brick is no longer in production. Another challenge is making sure that we have the absolute best audio-visual quality while staying within the budget. With your prayers, your support, and God's help, all of these things will materialize and be pleasing to Him!
As you may have noticed by now, there is a lot of activity occurring where the new sanctuary is to be built. Construction work continues on the new sanctuary at a rapid pace. In the early morning hours of June 10th, the first of four concrete pours began. After the final concrete is poured into the chancel area, we will see the steel structure begin to take shape. Not as noticeable, but still critical to the overall project, is the ongoing site work for the new building such as drainage and detention areas for water and relocation of electrical lines.
Various committees have also been hard at work during the past several weeks making decisions on a number of items. The new organ has been ordered and is being built. Tile, carpet, and wood for the sanctuary have been selected in addition to the new seating (no more ministry of chairs!). Those who have given freely of their time and talents on these committees have asked for God’s guidance and direction that the decisions made will be pleasing to all who come to worship in His house.
As you may have noticed by now, there is a lot of activity occurring where the new sanctuary is to be built. Construction workers are maneuvering their trucks in and out of large piles of dirt. They spread it out, pack it down, wet it, and repeat. (Regrettably, due to the south
Texas winds, plenty of the dirt ends up on our neighbor’s property.) The
importance of this process cannot be overstated. This is the foundation
to the foundation of our new home for worship. This foundation needs to be solid so that it will last for generations to come. While the early stages of construction have begun, there are several committees that continue to meet and make decisions about items ranging from the style and color of our new seating to the location and acoustics of our new organ. Our church family is very blessed with talented, smart, creative and willing members. As we are extremely grateful to those who came before us to shape who we are as a church,
While the early stages of construction have begun, there are several committees that continue to meet and make decisions about items ranging from the style and color of our new seating to the location and acoustics of our new organ. Our church family is very blessed with talented, smart, creative and willing members. As we are extremely grateful to those who came before us to shape who we are as a church,
it is our prayer that we shape the future generation in a way that is
pleasing to God. The players on this stage will change over time, but
the foundation built by Him will remain.
On Sunday, March 26th, First UMC McAllen broke ground on our sanctuary! It was a blessed day and wonderful way to cap off a weekend of service and celebration. God is on the move in the city of McAllen, and we are blessed to be a part of God's great plan for this city! To God be the glory!!!
Our Harvesting the Fruit campaign for our sanctuary continues and we are always happy to receive new pledges or one-time contributions to help make our sanctuary a debt-free reality! If you interested in contributing, just click the link below to find out how you can give online!
As we prepare for the direction God is calling us next, many of church members have stepped to share not only their hopes for where we will go next, but how the ministries of our church have impacted their lives. See some of these stories below.
Please click the button below to download a PDF of the proposed design.