"The FUMC Chancel Choir will present some older songs that congregations love to hear," said Don Doss, FUMC director of music ministries, "and the younger generation will enjoy some interactive family fun led by special musical guests, Justin, Michelle and Gabi Graves."
"There will be singing and fun for all ages as well as the memorable time of returning to the location of the first church building," Doss
"It's interesting to know that some of the rock walls and timber beams of the current Pioneer Museum building were part of the original 1853 structure built by the church members," Doss
"The sanctuary went through several remodels changing floors, windows and roof, but the current sanctuary is pretty much like it was when the church last worshipped there in 1970."
said the 1853 church bell, still located in the roof, was one of the bells included in the Abendglocken community church bell ringing at 6 p.m., Saturday evenings.
"The congregation was actually formed in 1849 after Edward Schneider was 'relieved' of his
pastoral duties at the Vereins Kirche for reportedly being too Methodist in doctrine," Doss
"While it's true that this was the original home of this church family, in 1871 another congregation was formed from part of the original to form the Edison Street Methodist Church
which moved to the location where the Ambleside School
now resides at 106 South Edison Street."
After nearly 100 years existing in two different locations, the two congregations merged back together and formed the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
in 1970, meeting at the Edison Street property, but eventually moved to its current location at 1800 North Llano Street.
The 45-member Chancel Choir will be directed by Doss
and accompanied by Judy Hickerson.
"This musical time of memories and fun will be interesting to all ages, a truly intergenerational mix of great songs for the whole family," Doss