First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

The First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry

Rock founded, Christ centered, Faith sustained

The First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande was chartered on September 18, 1884. In September of 2009 we celebrated 125 years!

WELCOME! We are so happy that you checked this site and hope you will do so often. We used this 125th year of celebrations to rededicate our lives to Christ through a deeper fellowship with members of our congregation and through outreach to the community. Many thanks to all who helped us celebrate. We are a church of open hearts, open minds and open doors...


Pre 1884
The seeds are sown


September 18, 1884
FUMCAG was chartered





December 5, 1959
Halcyon Ground Breaking

September, 1960
Last Ringing in the Village



Handbell Ministry Begins

Annual Pit BBQs

Spring, 1995
Sanctuary Renovation

October, 1995
Formation of the Puppet People

Publication of the UMW Cookbook "Heavenly Favorites"

May, 1996
UMCAG has a web site

June 8, 1997
Youth Sunday, Jesus Christ Superstar

April 2, 1999
Tenebrae, a Service of Darkness

1999 - 2000
New Bell Tower

August 29, 2005
The Children's Center Opening and Dedication

April 17-21, 2006
Rebuilding Slidell

July 22-31, 2006
Chancel Choir Tours Wesleyan England

Events page

Book and Audio CDs
Order form (PDF, 60kb) for the book (Hubbard) and two audio CDs of choir albums from the 1960s.
Remembering Past Lay Persons
Help us gather information about lay persons of the past who have contributed to our church's rich history. Here's how...

Homecoming Herald
125th Anniversary Newsletter

February, 2009 (1mb)
March, 2009 (153kb)
May, 2009 (1.6mb)
June, 2009 (2.6mb)
July, 2009 (1.5mb)
August, 2009 (192kb)
September, 2009 (258kb)

125th Anniversary Photo Directory
Sign-ups for photo appointments begin February 22. Details...

Celebration Events

January 11, 2009
125th Celebration Kick-Off Sunday
This was a special worship service and luncheon honoring those who attended the church in the Village. More...

March 29, 2009
Bible Sunday. Pictures...

April 26, 2009
Feed the Pig Day and Family Bar-B-Que and Fun Day at the Wiemers' Ranch. Pictures...

May 31, 2009
Worship at the Tabernacle (UMC Camp in Arroyo Grande). Pictures...

June 7, 2009
125th Anniversary Cantata, 10:30am

August 16, 2009
Cross Sunday. Pictures...

September 13, 2009
125th Anniversary Evensong at the Old Church in the Village. More...

September 19, 2009
125th Anniversary Dinner
4:00pm at the So. Co. Regional Center. More...

September 20, 2009
125th Anniversary Charter Sunday
One service at 10:30am. Pictures...


Pastors Through the Years

Rooms by Any Other Names

Crosses of the Church

If you have pictures and/or stories to add from anywhere along the line, please send them to Jamie Foster.

March 29, 2009, Bible Sunday. More...

January 11, 2009, Kickoff Sunday. More...

Previous location in the Village

Today's location on Halcyon Road