100 Years of Blessings
“100 Years of Blessings” was the theme that First United Methodist Church in Freeport, TX chose for their 100th anniversary. This church is a part of the Texas Annual Conference’s South district and Rev. Keith Broyles is the pastor in charge.
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie participated in the celebration on April 7th. There were over 300 persons in attendance!! The blended worship service had a little of both traditional and contemporary music.
Praise dancers and special music by church member, Jeff Jenkins, one of the first participants of the NBC show The Voice, made the service one to be remembered.
The First United Methodist Church of Freeport was organized less than thirteen months after the founding of the town of Freeport. On December 1, 1913, at the session of the Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, held in Nacogdoches, Texas, the Rev. C.E. Clark was appointed by Bishop Edwin D. Muzon as pastor at Velasco and Freeport. The Board of Missions of the Conference gave a missionary appropriation of $240 for the purpose of inaugurating a Methodist Church in Freeport.
Old records of the church show the Methodist Church was formally organized on October 27, 1914, with twenty-one members. Of significant interest to our history is that twelve of these persons came from Velasco Methodist Church as an expression of support for Methodist Missions.
In the passing years, this church has had a thriving outreach program. They have provided programs such as Community VBS, Precious Jewels Preschool, and Hidden Treasures for special needs’ adults. It has participated in UM Army, True to Life Ministries and many other ministries. Much of this work continues through today. First Freeport is a very loving, caring church, and we are continually blessed in so many ways.
Over the past 100 years of ministry for the Lord, 34 pastors and thousands of individual members have served in ministry and service. As they celebrate the first 100 years of our history in this community, they thank God for leading and supporting them in this exciting, growing experience.
The First United Methodist Church of Freeport looks forward to the next 100 years of living out their mission statement of making disciples of Jesus Christ through faith, family, friends, and fellowship in their community and beyond.