The congregation of Madison First UMC celebrated the completion of a year long project to repair/renovate it's 170 year old sanctuary building. The historic structure, moved on logs with mule teams to its present location in 1873, was deemed structurally unsound and the congreation moved its worship services into the Christian Life Center in September of 2007. What followed was a year long labor of love to completely restore and remodel the building.
The work began with the removal of the old flooring to expose the deteriorated underpinnings, all of which had to be replaced. After the floor was reconstructed and made sound again, the walls, roofing, bell tower, and sanctuary interior were completely repaired and remodeled.
On Sunday, November 2nd, 2008, Reverend D. Tom Bell, District Superintendent of the Northeast District, preached at worship services in the "new" sanctuary. The church celebrated the occasion with a special Act Of Consecration, led by Reverend Bell, and the church's pastor, Reverend Larry E. Wright.
The exciting new focal point for worshippers is a ten foot cross over the altar, made from wood taken from one of the 170 year old hand-hewn floor beams of the original structure.
"This cross serves as a constant reminder that we are called to follow Jesus Christ," Rev. Wright says. "He is the foundation and head of the church, past, present and future."