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There are two timelines featured on this page. The first, beginning immediately below, is a quick look at Foundry history. The second, is an in-depth account of Foundry chronology, provided and used with permission from Papers of Homer Calkin, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.
A QUICK LOOK AT 200 YEARS
August 24, 1814 In the War of 1812, a storm prevents the British from burning an arms foundry owned by Henry Foxall. As a result, he promises to build a church as a gift to God.
September 10, 1815 - Chapel is dedicated at 14and G Streets, NW, DC.
September 25, 1818 - Pastor John Emory organizes the first Foundry Sabbath School.
December 1828 - Missionary Society established.
December 8, 1834 - Station Temperance Society has first meeting.
1836 - Black members leave Foundry to start Asbury M.E. Church.
1840 - 1843 - John Quincy Adams attends on occasion.
November 2, 1845 - President James K. Polk attends.
January 14, 1846 - Choctaw and Wyandot Indians attend.
August 26, 1849 - Facility remodeling.
September 28, 1856 - Reopens after additional renovations.
January 18, 1863 - Abraham Lincoln attends and becomes life member of the Missionary Society.
July 20, 1864 - Cornerstone laid for new church.
January 21, 1866 - President Andrew Johnson attends and is made an honorary member.
July, 1868 - Graveyard sells and bodies are relocated.
December 21, 1873 - Facility rededication after renovations and rebuilding.
March 4, 1877 - President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes attend.
April, 1901 - President William McKinley attends.
March, 1902 - Last service at 14h and G St NW location before temporary relocation to 15th and R Streets, NW, DC.
February 28, 1904 - Begin worship at new location on 16th Street and Madison (now Church Street), NW, DC.
April 10, 1904 - Dedication of the new church at 16th and Madison NW, DC.
November 13, 1921 - William Jennings Bryan speaks.
December 25, 1926 - President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge attends.
June 20, 1929 - Foundry buys the Blodgett property at the corner of 16th and P Sts NW, DC. It is now known as the Letts House.
November 24, 1932 - President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover attend Thanksgiving service.
December 25, 1936 - President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt attend.
November 10, 1940 - Renovation of sanctuary. Consecration of newly divided chancel.
December 25, 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill attend. Learn more >
October 3, 1942 - Dedication of tower chimes.
November 7, 1943 - Vice President Henry A. Wallace dedicates of The Irving O. Ball Memorial Chapel.
October, 1951 - Korean congregation is organized, which is now Korean UMC of McLean VA.
1957 - Air conditioning installed.
April 2, 1961 - Dedication of New Educational Building on site of Letts House.
October 1964 - Child Development center established.
July 4, 1976 - Dedication of Foundry Bells.
December 18, 1984 - New Cassavant Freres organ installed.
1988 - Columbarium added.
1992 - Annual Concerts for Life begin to raise money for people with HIV/AIDS. Learn more >
1993 – 2001 - President and Mrs. Clinton and Chelsea attend. Clinton preaches. Learn more >
1995 - Foundry becomes a Reconciling Congregation.
March 24, 2002 - Service of reconciliation with Asbury UMC. Read full story >
March 7, 2008 - Bishop John R. Schol makes statement about Foundry and same sex marriages. Read full story > Read about announcement >
February, 2009 - Participates in historic Obama inauguration. Read more >
April, 2010 - Participates in Change the World Weekend. Read full story >
2010 - Members endorse marriage equality, voting 367–8.
2013 - December 22—Three days after he is defrocked, Frank Schaefer, his wife and two of his sons are honored at service where they become members of Foundry; special offering and website results in $30,000 “love gift” to support them More here, here, and here. A video of Schafer leading the congregation in singing We Shall Overcome is here.
2014 - January 26—At a special service of ”hope and justice” defrocked Methodist ministers Beth Stroud, Jimmy Creech and Frank Schaefer speak and participate in open forum on marriage inclusion issues
AN IN-DEPTH VIEW OF FOUNDRY HISTORY
Years 1814-1965: Created from documents used with permission from Papers of Homer Calkin, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.
The chronology and historical narratives of Foundry Methodist Church were issued as supplements to the church bulletin during the twenty-two weeks of Foundry's sesquicentennial celebration. The chronology is not intended to give a complete listing of all events that occurred at, or affected, Foundry. Instead an attempt has been made to provide, in outline, typical events of the much more detailed history of the church. The narratives relate some of the interesting and amusing, the serious and inspirational stories of persons and events during the one hundred and fifty years Foundry Church has been active in the Nation's Capital.
Years 1965-2014: Created by the Bicentennial Committe and culled from a variety of sources including Charge Conference Reports, the Forge, Bulletin, as well as a previous timeline prepared by Mary Jane Klipple.
Foundry was the first Methodist Church in the central section of Washington, D.C. It was located at 14th and G Streets, Northwest, a few blocks from the White House. The land and the first building were the gift of Henry Foxall, iron founder, Methodist lay preacher, philanthropist and friend of many government, business and religious leaders. Traditionally, Foxall provided the new church in gratitude and thanksgiving when his foundry was spared during the British attack on Washington in August 1814. Foxall was a mayor of Georgetown, trustee and key financial supporter of Dumbarton Methodist Church, as well as a lay preacher. He was a friend of Bishop Frances Asbury, the founder of American Methodism, who advised the church in its early years as well as John Quincy Adams, James Monroe, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, all frequent visitors to Foxall’s home in Georgetown. Once he was asked about his inconsistent role of proclaimer of the gospel of peace and forger of the weapons of war. He said, “If I do make guns to destroy men’s bodies, I build churches to save their souls."
Foxall makes decision to build a new Methodist church in Washington.
Asa Shinn, pastor at Georgetown Methodist Church, preaches also to new congregation.
Stephen G. Roszel appointed pastor at Georgetown Methodist Church and serves the new congregation too.
Meetings are held in home of Ezekiel Young on F St. between 12th and 13th Sts. several months before church is built.
Foxall sells his foundry to Col. John Mason.
March 10-12—Bishop Francis Asbury stops in Georgetown. It was possibly at this time that the name "Foundry" was decided upon.
September 10, 1815 - Chapel is dedicated at and G Streets, NW, DC. The first church, built at the corner of 14th and G Streets, Northwest, was similar in structure to most Methodist chapels of that era. It was a simple brick structure, forty feet wide and fifty feet long, facing 14th Street.
The first church was dedicated September 10, 1815, when it was referred to as the “New Methodist Church.” A year later, Foxall transferred the property to the Foundry Board of Trustees on March 28, 1816, where the name “Foundry Chapel” first appears.
William Ryland and Thomas Burch appointed as pastor and associate pastor for Georgetown and the new church.
February 10—Mrs. Margaret Foxall, second wife of Henry Foxall, dies at the age of 57.
March 28—Foxall deeds the church and land to the trustees for one dollar. This deed is the earliest mention of the name "Foundry" yet located.
Foundry Church becomes an independent charge.
Thomas Burch appointed as the first pastor of Foundry Church.
First parsonage is built on G Street east of the church.
John Emory appointed pastor at Foundry.
Emory is made Corresponding Secretary of the Baltimore Annual Conference for the newly formed Methodist Missionary and Bible Society.
Emory enters into newspaper debate with a Unitarian minister over the divinity of Christ.
January 26—Foxall is elected President of the Georgetown Bible Society.
June—Emory marries Hugh Dawson and Ann Rowlings, the first wedding at Foundry.
September 25—Emory baptizes two sons and a daughter of John and Mary Burke, the first at Foundry.
Emory organizes the first Foundry Sabbath School. It meets in the Jefferson Stable School on the southeast corner of 14th and G Streets, Northwest.
Emory chosen delegate to General Conference. William Ryland appointed pastor at Foundry.
Samuel Davis appointed pastor at Foundry.
September 5—Davis dies.
John Bear appointed to fill the vacancy.
Foxall is named as one of the managers of the American Colonization Society.
William Hamilton appointed pastor at Foundry.
December 11—Foxall dies at Handsworth, near Birmingham, England. He is buried in the church yard at West Bromwich.
William Ryland appointed pastor at Foundry for a second time.
May—General John Van Ness deeds additional property to Foundry.
July 4—Ryland gives opening prayer at celebration in House of Representatives. President John Quincy Adams present.
John Davis appointed pastor at Foundry.
Foundry members organize Wesley Chapel.
Steps taken for erection of Wesley Chapel at 5th and F Streets, Northwest.
September-October—Successful revival meetings are held.
December—Foundry Missionary Society started.
Stephen George Roszel and French S. Evans appointed pastor and associate pastor at Foundry.
Second Sunday in May—Bishop McKendree dedicates Wesley Chapel.
S. Keppler appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
James Hanson and George Hildt appointed pastor and associate pastor at Foundry.
Group of Foundry members break away to help start a Methodist Protestant Church, the Central (later Ninth Street) Methodist Church.
February 12—Collection is taken for benefit of the Washington City Orphan Asylum.
July—Bishop John Emory preaches at Foundry
John Bear and T. J. Dorsey are appointed pastor and associate pastor at Foundry.
David A. Gardner starts first infant class at Foundry.
December 8—The Foundry Station Temperance Society holds its first meeting.
Samuel Brison and T. B. Sargent are appointed pastor and associate pastor at Foundry.
July 19—Ninth Street Methodist Protestant Church is dedicated.
Asbury Church is started for Foundry's African-American members.
William Hamilton and Charles B. Tippett are appointed pastor and associate pastor at Foundry.
January 13—Seventh annual meeting of the Foundry Missionary Society is held—one of the most successful ever known to have been held in Washington.
March—Foundry Fourth Quarterly Conference agrees that Wesley Chapel should become independent charge.
Henry Slicer is appointed pastor and James M. Hanson, supernumerary, at Foundry.
January—Davy Crockett's son speaks on behalf of missions for Cherokee Indians.
March—Wesley Chapel becomes an independent charge.
July 29—Henry Slicer preaches a sermon against duelling.
December 19—Foundry missionary meeting contributes $70.00 to educate a Shawnee Indian to be named "Henry Foxall."
July 7—S. Shephard, a fourteen year old boy, raises $70.00 for the church library.
December 25—The Washington City Total Abstinence Society meets at Foundry.
March—Henry Slicer is Chairman of committee at the Baltimore Annual Conference which supported the work of the Maryland State Colonization Society.
Thomas C. Thornton is appointed pastor at Foundry.
June 28, July 26—John Quincy Adams attends services at Foundry.
John Davis appointed pastor at Foundry.
Wesley Rohr is appointed to Foundry "to labour among the coloured people."
July 4—Cornerstone for Ryland Chapel is laid.
December 24—John Quincy Adams attends Foundry. The Rev. Walter Colquitt of Georgia preaches.
Henry Tarring and Elisha D. Owens are appointed pastor and associate pastor at Foundry.
Ryland Chapel is completed.
Tillotson A. Morgan is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
April 23—McKendree Chapel becomes an independent charge.
November 2—President James K. Polk attends Foundry.
Nicholas J. B. Morgan is appointed pastor at Foundry.
Ryland Church becomes independent.
January 14—Choctaw and Wyandot Indians are at Foundry.
February 13—Steps are taken to organize Union Church.
July 4—Foundry children visit the White House.
Union Church is built.
M. A. Turner is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
March 11—Foundry Sabbath School holds exhibition.
March 17—Library of Mr. Henry Foxall is sold.
March 14, 20—Bishop Leonidas L. Hamline speaks at Foundry.
John Lanahan is appointed pastor and P. Doll, supernumerary, at Foundry.
Union Church becomes independent.
In 1849, the first Foundry church building was remodeled when the galleries, till then occupied by the non-white members, were taken down, with the gallery retained for the choir and the floor of the church raised so as to make a basement, which was then used for a Sunday School. The size of the church was increased by widening it; on the west or 14th Street end, a “deep and handsome” pressed brick front was constructed. The remodeled church, often called “the second church” was dedicated on August 26, 1849.
Job Guest is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
Remodeling of first church is started.
August 26—Remodeling of church is completed. The new church is dedicated by Dr. Kennady of the Philadelphia Conference.
Littleton F. Morgan is appointed pastor at Foundry.
November 28—Bishop Beverly Waugh preaches Thanksgiving sermon at Foundry.
John W. Bull is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
Foundry Sabbath School missionary society is started.
Jesse T. Peck is appointed pastor at Foundry.
July 4—Foundry contributes $22.67 toward the erection of the Washington Monument.
William Hank is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
Elisha P. Phelps is appointed pastor at Foundry.
November 12—Collection is taken for Protestant Orphan Asylum.
December 29—The Foundry Choir sings at the Smithsonian Institution for the benefit of the poor.
Asbury Church becomes independent.
January 1—A new suit is given Thomas L. Potter, choir leader.
January 8—Benjamin H. Stinemetz, a Foundry member, is elected one of the Vice Presidents of the YMCA.
June 5—The nineteenth anniversary meeting of the Bible Society of Washington is held at Foundry.
June 14—Foundry has its Sunday School picnic at Arlington Spring.
August 15—Foundry's members attend camp meeting at Montgomery Camp.
September 9—Collection is taken for yellow fever sufferers at Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Samuel Regester is appointed pastor at Foundry.
Foundry Church is renovated and improved.
September 28—Foundry is reopened.
Barnard H. Nadal is appointed pastor at Foundry.
The name “Foundry” was derived from two sources—John Wesley’s “Old Foundery” in London and Foxall's foundry in Georgetown. Foxall’s Columbia Foundry produced 300 heavy guns and 30,000 shot per year.
William B. Edwards is appointed pastor and J. N. Hanks, supernumerary, at Foundry.
William Hirst is appointed pastor at Foundry.
August 10—Hirst dies.
John Robert Fifinger is appointed pastor at Foundry.
November—Fifinger becomes ill and cannot continue.
Joseph B. Stitt is appointed pastor at Foundry.
(LEFT: Certificate presented to Abraham Lincoln as Life Director of the Methodist Missionary, nominated at Foundry on January 18, 1863)
President Lincoln attended the January 18, 1863 service at Foundry with renowned visiting Bishop Matthew Simpson preaching. While raising funds for missionary work, Bishop Simpson proposed that the President be made a Life Director of the parent mission organization. The compliment took the President by surprise and he asked permission to contribute. According to one account, Lincoln arose and, stretching out his long arm to the Bishop said, “This is the first time in my life I have ever been put upon the block. Let me pay my money, and take me down.” Lincoln framed the certificate of directorship and it remained hanging in the White House until after his assassination.
William M.D. Ryan is appointed pastor at Foundry.
January—Foundry contributes $150.00 to Washington Female Orphan Asylum.
January 18—President Abraham Lincoln becomes Life Director of the Missionary Society.
November 26—Collection is taken up for aid of the United States Christian Commission at the Foundry Thanksgiving service.
LEFT: Exterior of 14th and G street Church, circa 1918; RIGHT: Interior
Despite difficult financial times caused by the Civil War, with the appointment of Rev. M.D. Ryan in 1863, known as one of the most enterprising preachers in the connection, Foundry planned and constructed a new church. Within days of his arrival Rev. Ryan set to planning an entirely new Foundry Chapel. After a year of planning and fund raising the corner stone was laid on July 20, 1864 in a Masonic ceremony. Portions of the new church were completed sufficiently for services to be held in March 1865, with final completion by the fall of 1866.
Foundry votes against lay delegates to Conference, 7 to 17.
April 12—B. H. Stinemetz is inaugurated President of the YMCA.
May 21—Ladies' festival is held.
May 28—The tearing down of the old church is started.
July 20—The cornerstone of the new church is laid.
November 15-20—A church fair is held.
S. M. Dickson is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
April 16—Special service for Abraham Lincoln is held.
July 30—The new Sunday School room is dedicated.
B. Peyton Brown is appointed pastor at Foundry.
January 21—President Andrew Johnson attends Foundry and is made a life member.
February 19—Concert is given for benefit of soup house on I Street between 19th and 20th Streets, N.W.
May 15—Second reunion of the Sunday School Teachers Institute of Methodist Schools is held at Foundry.
October 29—Centenary Jubilee is held at Foundry.
October 30—Organ concert is given at Foundry to raise money.
November 4—The new Foundry Church is dedicated.
B. Newton Brown is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
Foundry contributes $18,000 to Centenary Fund.
June 10—Sunday School Convention of Washington District is held at Foundry.
July—Removal of bodies from Foundry's graveyard is completed.
Rev. B. Peyton Brown accompanies Peace Commission to Indians in the Far West.
January 12—Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase is made a life director of the Methodist Missionary Society.
Baltimore Annual Conference is held at Foundry.
Alexander Early Gibson, M.D., is appointed pastor at Foundry.
March 2—Bishop Matthew Simpson officiates at baptism at Foundry.
May 1—Washington City Bible Society meets at Foundry.
May 13—Vocal and instrumental concert is given at Foundry.
G. G. Markham is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
May 15-16—Annual strawberry festival is held.
July 2—Rev. Gibson preaches on behlf of camp meeting.
August—Revival meetings are in progress at Foundry.
October—Mrs. A. E. Gibson donates clothing for victims of Chicago fire.
October 15—Collection is taken for relief of Chicago fire sufferers.
Samuel A. Wilson is appointed pastor at Foundry.
June—A lot at 15th and R Streets, N.W. is purchased for a new church.
September—Repairs of church and parsonage are completed.
December—An auxiliary society of the Baltimore Branch, Women's Foreign Missionary Society, is founded at Foundry.
Horace A. Cleveland is appointed pastor at Foundry.
Church is remodeled.
December 21—Audience room is reopened, and Foundry Church is rededicated.
January 18—Rev. Thomas H. Pearne of the American Colonization Society preaches at Foundry.
January 21—Women's Christian Association meets at Foundry.
March 16—Rev. H. A. Cleveland serves on ministerial committee calling conference of District clergy on temperance.
March 23—Temperance meeting is held at Foundry.
April 3—Mt. Zion Church is established.
May 11—Stockholders of the Washington Grove Camp Association hold first annual meeting.
July 4—Foundry members attend picnic at Washington Grove Camp.
August—A committee is appointed at Foundry to oppose a District tax on churches.
August 5-18—Camp meetings are held at Washington Grove.
November 1-3—Bishop Jesse Peck preaches at Foundry.
March—Foundry contributes $25.00 to the Washington City Bible Society.
April—A Mr. Hugo, Hungarian exile, speaks from Foundry pulpit.
B. Peyton Brown is appointed pastor at Foundry.
March 4—President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes start attending Foundry Church.
April 8—President Hayes pays his pledge of $160.00 to Foundry.
President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes start attending. They attend most Sundays for four years. The President and his wife Lucy walked to the church each Sunday and entered “heartily into worship.”
John Lanahan is appointed pastor at Foundry.
January 20—Bishop Edward R. Ames preaches at Foundry.
May 10—A strawberry festival is held.
May 16—Foundry presents a musical and literary program.
August 29-October 3—Protracted (revival) meetings are held.
December 22—Bishop Jesse Peck preaches at Foundry.
January 13—Four Ute Indians appear at Sunday School missionary meeting.
February 7—Bishop Matthew Simpson preaches at Foundry.
April 1—Program is given to aid the Chilean Mission Press Fund.
April 13—Four Indians from Oregon are at Sunday School Missionary meeting.
January 20—The 63rd annual meeting of the American Colonization Society is held at Foundry.
February 22—The Congressional Temperance Society celebrates its 46th anniversary at Foundry.
William F. Ward is appointed pastor at Foundry.
February—Miss Frances Willard, President of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, speaks at Foundry.
May—The 53rd anniversary of the Washington City Bible Society meets at Foundry.
February—An anti-polygamy meeting under the auspices of the Washington Protestant churches is held at Foundry.
July—The Foundry congregation presents a china dinner service to Rev. and Mrs. Ward on their 15th wedding anniversary.
January-February—Revival services are held.
Henry R. Naylor is appointed pastor at Foundry.
August 19—Foundry members participate in a centennial mass meeting at the Washington Grove Camp.
The Epworth Hymnal is introduced at Foundry.
Foundry Church gets a new Brussels carpet, and the walls are frescoed.
Preachers' meetings are held at Foundry each Monday morning.
Easter Monday—The Rev. Julius Soper, missionary to Japan, speaks at Foundry.
George Elliott is appointed pastor at Foundry.
February 15—Dr. William Butler speaks on the Sepoy Rebellion.
May 8—A meeting is called at Foundry to consider city-wide evangelization.
The Lord's Day Alliance is organized at Foundry.
February 8—The National Temperance Society meets at Foundry.
June—A farewell reception is held for Bishop and Mrs. E. G. Andrews.
July 31—The Rev. George Elliott has charge of normal work at Mountain Lake Park.
September-October—Foundry holds revival meetings.
November 5—The Pastors’ Alliance of the District of Columbia holds its semi-annual meeting at Foundry.
November 11—A Week of Prayer for Young Men is started.
December—Foundry observes the Charles Wesley Centennial.
December 11-13—The National Sabbath Union meets at Foundry.
July—Memorial services for Mrs. Lucy Webb Hayes are held at Foundry.
September—The portrait of Henry Foxall is presented.
LEFT: Leadership group in front of 14th and G Street Church, circa 1890; RIGHT: Bulletin for Mrs. Lucy Webb Hayes Memorial Service at Foundry
The 1890s were a prolific period for the establishment of Methodist related organizations in the Washington area. Active participation in formation of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia, and for a Methodist university, eventually to become The American University. Foundry member William J. Sibley donated the funds to build Sibley Hospital in memory of his wife; Foundry women were involved in the founding of the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School for Deaconesses and Missionaries.
The Sabbath Reform Convention is held at Foundry.
January 1-7—The American Society of Church History meets at Foundry.
January 19—The Glen Echo Chautauqua is started at a meeting in Foundry.
June 16—The Rev. George Elliott speaks at the opening of the Glen Echo Chautauqua.
July 26—Elliott preaches at the Summitt Grove Camp meeting.
Oliver A. Brown is appointed pastor at Foundry.
January—A Week of Prayer is observed.
June 5—The Home Missionary Society holds a mass meeting in the interest of "Alley Work" in the District of Columbia.
Alterations are made to Foundry Church.
June—The Anti-Saloon League of the District is formed.
November—The Foundry Epworth League holds an oratorical contest the night before Thanksgiving.
November 3—Foundry protests granting a liquor license to a store on 14th Street.
October 19—Sibley Memorial Hospital is dedicated.
"Peoples' Service" is held on Sunday evenings.
March 8—Bishop Edward G. Andrews preaches at Foundry.
September—Annual convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union is held at Foundry.
December—Hiram Price, Foundry member, is elected President of the National Anti-Saloon League.
James L. Ewin, Foundry member, becomes President of the Anti-Saloon League of the District of Columbia.
October—Missionary Rally is held.
October 4-11—Anti-Saloon League meeting is held at Foundry.
December—Emily Scudder of Foundry goes to do mission work in Chile.
December 4—Petition from Anti-Saloon League is presented for signatures.
Lucien Clark is appointed pastor and G. H. Corey, assistant pastor, at Foundry.
March 22—William J. Sibley dies.
July 4—Cuba's cause is championed at Foundry.
November—"Temperance Revival" is held at Foundry.
January 7-8—Joint Commission on Federation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, North, and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, meets at Foundry.
January 9—Group meets at Foundry to protest sale of wine and beer at the Library of Congress restaurant.
November 15—The General Missionary Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church meets at Foundry.
Dr. Luther B. Wilson is appointed pastor at Foundry.
April 17-19—The Second National Biblical Congress meets at Foundry.
May 29—Commencement exercises of the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School are held at Foundry.
September 25-26—10th annual convention of the Washington District Epworth League meets.
October 4—16th anniversary of the Central Union Mission is observed at Foundry.
December 6-10—Anniversary meetings of the Sunday School Union are held.
January 6-13—Union meetings are held at Foundry under the auspices of the Evangelical Alliance.
April—John Mott preaches. President William McKinley is present.
April—The matter of welcoming strangers on Sunday mornings is discussed at the Foundry official board meeting.
May 9—The 28th National Conference of Charities and Corrections is opened at Foundry.
Dr. Luther B. Wilson attends the Ecumenical Conference in London.
October—A Boys' Class is organized by the pastor.
October—The deaconess assigned to Foundry starts to visit homes in the neighborhood of the church.
March—Bishop E. G. Andrews gives the last sermon at the old Foundry Church.
The Church is sold and razed.
August—Dr. Luther B. Wilson is appointed by the Council of Bishops to give the fraternal address to the General Conference of the Methodist Church of Canada.
Robert B. Moore is appointed pastor at Foundry.
February 14—Foundry and the 15th Street Methodist Church unite.
June 27—The cornerstone of the new church is laid.
November 20—The Young People's Home Missionary Society holds a Christmas sale.
November 27—The Epworth League sponsors a program on "Christ in Art."
December 21—Bishop Charles H. Fowler lectures on Abraham Lincoln.
With the coming of the twentieth century, Foundry’s leaders confronted the growing change in the 14th Street neighborhood and the limitations of the church space. Electric streetcar lines now passed along 14th and G Streets and the continuing noise and lack of sufficient room for a Sunday school provided reasons to consider relocation. In deciding to relocate to a residential neighborhood and with a more adequate physical plant, it was agreed that the new church built “will bear the old name of Foundry." After locating a parcel at the present 16th Street location, after two years of planning, work commenced in early May 1903, the cornerstone was laid on June 27, and on February 28, 1904 worship started at the new building.
February 21—Last worship service is held in the Church at 14th and R. Streets.
February 28—Foundry starts worshipping in the new Sunday School room with Rev. E. H. Hughes, President of DePauw University, preaching.
April 10—The new church is dedicated.
April 11—The Epworth League presents a memorial window.
April 14—The prayer meeting room is dedicated.
April 15—An organ recital and reception is held.
May 18—The Epworth League holds a strawberry and ice cream festival to raise money for the League Window Fund.
October 9—Bishop Frank W. Wame of Lucknow, India, preaches.
October 21—A reception for Bishop Cranston and his family is given at Foundry.
November 4—The decision is made to support a missionary to India.
December 4—Rev. F. Baker Benson preaches at Foundry before leaving for India.
April 7—A Committee of 12 is appointed to serve at church doors to overcome lack of cordiality.
September 22—The use of the new hymnal is approved.
October 6—Official Board endorses the D. C. Commissioners proposal to keep 16th Street for purely residential purposes.
October 29—Bishop Thobum gives missionary address.
October 30—Bishop McCabe lectures at Foundry.
November 3—Official Board rejects proposal to purchase painting of Foxall Foundry.
January—Men's Brotherhood started at Foundry.
November 23—Foundry gives entertainment for benefit of North Capitol Street M.E. Church.
December 26—Primary Department gives Christmas cantata, "On Bethlehem's Plain", for benefit of missions.
April 21—California Rehabilitation Day is observed.
May—Lot for new parsonage is purchased on P Street.
July 5—Contribution is made for prohibition campaign in Oklahoma.
October 23-24—Foreign missionary conference is held.
November, 1st Sunday—Foundry has Sacramental and Old Folks Day.
Clarence E. Wise is appointed assistant pastor at Foundry.
May 27—Rev. W. A. Quayle lectures on "Shakespeare's Tragedy of Greatness."
October 17-November 2—Gypsy Smith holds evangelistic meetings.
January 20—The Pastor's Mission Study for six weeks starts. The subject will be "Mohammed.”
March 7—Bishop McDowell preaches at Foundry.
May 2—Individual communion cups are introduced.
June 7—Foundry members make a pilgrimage to the grave of William Watters, first American-born Methodist preacher.
November—The ladies of Foundry furnish the food for the Deaconess Home for the month.
William R. Wedderspoon is appointed pastor of Foundry.
January 29—The Foxall Literary and Debating Society is organized.
March 13—Bishop Earl Cranston preaches at Foundry.
April 17-September 25—Rev. Harry Farmer serves as acting pastor at Foundry.
June 27—The Sunday School goes on its annual excursion to River View.
October 9—The Sunday School holds its Rally Day.
October 26—A reception is held for the Board of Bishops in the church parlors.
December 13—A thank-offering is taken for the Rosedale Mission.
January 2—The pastor holds a New Year's reception at the parsonage.
February 16—The 16th anniversary of the International Reform Bureau is observed at Foundry.
May 5, 7, 10—The Katharine J. Laws Sunday School class celebrates its Silver Jubilee.
May 28—The New Chorus Choir of 70 volunteer singers appears in a special song service.
December 31—Dr. Wedderspoon preaches on Francis Asbury.
N. H. Holmes is appointed assistant pastor of Foundry.
January 16—A reception is held for Rev. and Mrs. Baker of Ajmere, India.
February 18-March 31—The Epworth League conducts a contest to stimulate interest in the League and attendance at its devotional meetings.
April 1—Pews for the new Conference year are assigned.
May 14—"Mite-boxes" are opened.
June 9—President William H. Taft delivers the address at the reception for Bishops Thirkield and Cranston and their families.
November 1—The Epworth League holds its business meeting and has a "Box Party."
November 11—The cornerstone of the new Sibley Hospital is laid.
November 25—The King's Heralds hold their first meeting.
January 25—The girls of the Senior Department of the Sunday school start a sewing circle for the benefit of the Methodist orphanage.
April 1—Prof. Anton Kaspar starts to direct the quartette and choir.
October 14—The new Sunday School orchestra holds its first rehearsal.
Foundry pledges $1250.00 for "Foundry Room" in Sibley Hospital.
May 17—Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska speaks at Silver Jubilee service of the Epworth League.
April-June—Dr. Wedderspoon preaches a Sunday evening series on "Scenes in the Holy Land."
October 25-November 1—Foundry celebrates its 100th anniversary.
December 31—A Victrola Concert is given prior to the Watch Night Service.
Chancel of Church before 1940 renovation
March—The general topic for the Prayer and Praise Service on Thursday evenings is "The Polity, Usages and Beliefs of the Methodist Episcopal Church."
April 1—The choir with orchestra gives "The Seven Last Words" by Dubois.
April 19—A church social and reception is held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dr. Wedderspoon's entrance into the ministry.
Walter Everett Burnett is appointed pastor at Foundry.
February 25—Washington District of the Women's Home Missionary Society celebrates its 30th anniversary at Foundry.
March 29-April 3—The Baltimore Annual Conference is held at Foundry.
March 31—President Woodrow Wilson speaks at the Bishop Asbury Centennial.
October 10—A farewell reception is held for Dr. Wedderspoon.
F. I. Mumford is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
February 9—A reception is held for Rev. Burnett and his family.
May—A Mothers' Jewels society is formed.
May 13—Miss Birdella Miller becomes a member of Foundry.
June—The Navy League Auxiliary of Foundry supplies warm knitted garments for sailors.
July 8—A new United States flag is unfurled at morning services. An informal reception for visiting soldiers is held in the evening.
October 21—"The Pastor's Counsel Hour" is announced.
November 29—A public reception is held for business girls.
December 14—Foundry holds a War Relief Bazaar.
Dr. Herbert F. Randolph is appointed pastor at Foundry.
January—The Foundry War Relief and Navy Relief Sections meet to make plans for special services for soldiers and sailors.
January 26—Open house is held for soldiers and sailors.
February—A lack of coal makes it necessary to dispense with all week-day and week-night services.
September 30—Rev. Burnett and his family are given a farewell reception.
The 31st Annual Convention of the Lord's Day Alliance is held at Foundry.
February 10-12—The 3rd annual conference of institute deans and managers of the Epworth League is held at Foundry.
September—Children from the Swartzell Home are guests at Rally Day services.
December 12—Bishop Edgar Blake preaches.
June-July—Dr. Randolph preaches two series of sermons, one on "The Pearl of Progress" and the other on "The Pearl of Parables."
October 6—A church school of religious education starts.
October 30—Bishop Thirkield preaches.
November 13—William J. Bryan, Senator William S. Kenyon, and Mme. Kagi Yajima of Japan speak at Foundry.
April 2-7—Bishop Henderson conducts the Lenten services.
June—Dr. Randolph is elected President of the Pastor's Federation of Washington.
December 10—Dr. Herbert F. Randolph preaches his last sermon at Foundry.
December—Dr. George Clarke Peck is named interim pastor at Foundry.
Dr. Frederick Brown Harris is appointed pastor. Dr. Harris was pastor for over three decades until his retirement in 1955. During this time he also served the longest tenure of any other Chaplin of the United States Senate.
November 16—Dr. Harris opens his ministry at Foundry.
December 14—E. Stanley Jones speaks at Foundry.
Pastor Harris and Director of Religious Education Rev. John C. Millian with Sunday school classes.
Foundry Facts is started.
March 29—The illuminated sign in front of the church is dedicated.
June 5—The Girl Scout organization of Foundry is presented a silver cup at the Court of Awards by Mrs. Calvin Coolidge.
October—The Rev. John C. Million is appointed Director of Religious Education at Foundry.
November 23—Foundry holds a Family Night.
The new parsonage is started.
May 3—The Board of Bishops holds its semi-annual meeting at Foundry.
September 30—Foundry's "Forward Program" is launched.
November—Miss Katherine J. Laws wills her diamond ring to Bishop Frederick Bohn Fisher to be used for a boys' school in India.
December 19—Bishop William Fraser McDowell preaches at Foundry.
December 25—President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge attend a Christmas service at Foundry sponsored by the Washington Federation of Churches.
February 7—The Religious Educational Workers' Association of the Baltimore Conference meets at Foundry.
March—The new Foundry parsonage is occupied.
April—Dr. Harris is elected president of the Washington Federation of Churches.
May 13—The first Mother and Daughter banquet is held at Foundry.
June—More than one hundred Foundry children present a pageant, "The Voices of God."
Summer—The church auditorium is undergoing repairs and redecoration.
October 15—The Foundry young people give a reception for the students and faculty of American University.
November 25—Foundry holds a "Donation Party."
April 20—U. S. Grant III addresses the Men's Club.
May 7—Harry O. Hine is elected President of the Methodist Union.
June 10—Memorial services are held for Bishop Luther B. Wilson.
September—The Rev. Eddy L. Ford is appointed Director of Religious Education.
March 3—Special pre-inaugural services are held at Foundry with Senator Alvin B. Barkley giving the address.
April 2-8—The Baltimore Annual Conference is held at Foundry.
June 20—The Foundry Quarterly Conference decides to buy the Blodgett property at the corner of 16th and P Streets.
October 13—Dr. Benson Baker preaches at Foundry.
December 30—The Blodgett property is deeded to the church.
Shortly after he arrived in 1924, Rev. Harris introduced a “Forward Program" to expand facilities for youth activities and religious education along with a new parsonage, a new pipe organ and a new educational building. The new parsonage was built on Massachusetts Avenue near the Washington Cathedral in 1926. The adjoining Lett’s House was purchased in 1929 and educational and social rooms configured; and in 1930 renovations were made to the Dramatic Hall (now called Fellowship Hall)
Misses Frances and Esther Van Dyne, missionaries from Foundry in Algiers, are home on furlough.
January 12—Bishop William F. McDowell is guest preacher.
March 28—This is opening night for the new educational building.
November 12-14—The new parsonage and remodeled church school auditoriums are dedicated.
December 27—Mrs. William F. McDowell dies.
October 5-7—The 60th anniversary meeting of the Baltimore branch of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society is held at Foundry.
November 15—The dedication of the illumination of the "Come Unto Me" window on 16th Street is held.
February 20—The Junior Department of the church holds its annual party.
November 24—President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover attend the Thanksgiving Service at Foundry. Bishop Edwin Holt Hughes preaches.
June 25—The 30th anniversary of the cornerstone laying is observed.
September 19—A kindergarten for 4-5 year olds is started.
November 8-15—The District Leadership Training School is held at Foundry.
February 21—The Lenten Teacher Training Course starts.
July 15—Dr. Frederick Brown Harris preaches at the American Church in Paris.
October 6—Foundry holds a Church Clean-up Day.
October 17-21—The General Executive of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society meets at Foundry.
October 28—Edwin Markham speaks at Foundry.
November 11-December 9—A Church Loyalty Crusade is observed.
November 18—The vestry, which has been improved in appearance by a gift of Henry Breuninger, is opened for view.
December 27—The Foundry Players give "The Tinker" as their Christmas play.
February 22—Children from the Swartzell Home for Children participate in a "Pageant of the Months."
March—Foundry increases the size of its advertisement in the Evening Star and puts church bulletins in nearby hotels for greater publicity.
June 4—Baltimore Annual Conference is held at Foundry.
October 13—New church hymnals are dedicated.
November 2—The Couples Class is started.
November 24—Joash Chest Day is observed.
December 2—Bishops Hughes, Smith, Cushman, Mead and Leete speak at Evangelistic Conference at Foundry.
May 8—The first amateur show is sponsored by the Beacon Class in the Dramatic Hall.
May 24—Baccalaureate Services of Southeastern University of the YMCA are held as part of Foundry's morning service.
June 29-July 10—A Union Vacation Church School is held.
October—The Woman's Guild arranges the Foundry Forum with a series of lectures on "The World Today."
December 25—President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt attend Foundry.
Foundry leads all churches in the number of Christian Advocate subscribers.
January 22—The Foxall Class holds a Father and Son banquet.
February 7—Foundry observes the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dwight L. Moody.
April 28—Funeral services for Bishop McDowell are held at Foundry.
May 26—The women's societies hold a tea for the Chinese Church.
June 10—The Spencerian Class presents a pageant on "Famous Women of the Bible."
Debt Reduction Campaign is carried on.
March 6—The Foundry Forge for Christian Living is inaugurated.
May 21—A benefit concert is given for Chinese war victims.
June 12—The congregation rises in support of a resolution calling for an embargo on shipment of war materials to Japan.
October 12—The Fall Rally of the Methodist Union is held at Foundry.
Understandably, Rev. Harris disliked the large brass organ pipes which dominated the front of the church, providing little space for the choir.
LEFT: Renovated sanctuary with new altar and reredos and Hughes Lectern, named in honor of Bishop Edwin Holt Hughes, and McDowell Pulpit, named in memory of Bishop William Fraser McDowell, circa 1940.
The extensive renovations in 1940 replaced the imposing organ pipes with new and revoiced pipes concealed above the chancel. A new limestone altar surrounded by a carved reredos with modern figures and gold leaf background are framed by carved representations of saints, apostles and martyrs. Above it was installed a new predominately blue stained glass window devoted to the theme of the “Passion and Glorification of Jesus.” A new pulpit was installed along with a new lectern.
January—A memorial pulpit for Bishop McDowell is proposed.
February—Foundry gives its communion offering of $250 to help establish a McDowell Chair of Religion at American University.
February 19—Bishop J. W. Pickett of India preaches at Foundry.
March 5—Foundry celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Methodist Home.
April 15—A tea is held at the episcopal residence to form a Garden Club to beautify the lawns in front of the church.
October 15—Bishop Herbert Welch preaches at Foundry.
November 24—Boy Scout Troop 47 of Foundry celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Plans for a divided chancel are developed and executed.
September 22—The Charter Meeting of the Woman's Society of Christian Service is held.
October 8—The first regular meeting of the WSCS is held.
November 10—The new chancel is consecrated.
November 28—"The Pageant of Foundry" is presented.
December 3—A church supper and bazaar is held.
The War had an enormous impact with membership and attendance reaching an all-time high. Servicemen relished the welcome of weekly Saturday night dinner and dance parties in Lett House, which continued without interruption during the War. Many attended services and sought the hospitality of Foundry's warm welcome. Services were often crowded with ten across in the pews.
On the Christmas Day service in 1941, days after Pearl Harbor, Foundry was the venue of the Washington Interfaith Christmas Service attended by President Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, FDR insisting “It is good for Winston to sing hymns with the Methodys.” Churchill later wrote of the service: “The President and I went to church together on Christmas Day, and I found in peace in the simple service and enjoyed singing the well-known hymns, and one, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ I had never heard before."
January 19-February 23—Loyalty month is observed.
March 2—The Day of Compassion is observed. Foundry gives more than $1200.
May 10—The Foundry Players present "The Legend of Lincoln" on radio.
October 4—The first Saturday night party for servicemen is held.
December 25—Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill attend the services of the Washington Federation of Churches at Foundry.
James H. Phillips is appointed assistant pastor at Foundry.
May 31—The baptismal font is presented in memory of Mrs. Annie Catherine Smith.
May 24—Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks to the Foundry Forge.
October 3—The tower chimes, in memory of L. E. Breuninger, are dedicated.
October 10—Dr. Harris is elected Chaplain of the U.S. Senate.
October 11—Foundry starts having two morning services.
October 22—It is announced that Glenn Carow has been elected as Foundry's new organist.
February 28—Madame Chiang Kai-shek attends Foundry.
March 7—A service flag with 80 stars is completed and dedicated.
May—Rev. Phillips enters the Army Chaplaincy.
August—Richard Buckingham is appointed assistant pastor.
November 7—The Irving O. Ball Memorial Chapel is dedicated.
Dr. John R. Edwards is appointed associate pastor at Foundry.
January 27—The Bishops' Crusade for a New World Order for the Washington area is held at Foundry.
February—The Forge series is on "Christian Youth Facing Community Responsibilities."
May 18—Benson Baker dies.
January 7-February 11—The Crusade for Christ is held.
January 21—"Christ-for-the-World Day" is observed. Vice President Harry S Truman attends.
February 11—The lighted globe in memory of Benson Baker is dedicated.
Ralph C. John is appointed assistant pastor at Foundry.
October 9—Foundry holds an All States Party.
LEFT: Foundry Players’ cast of “Christ in a Concrete City” in 1964.
In 1946, with the return of peace and a large number of young adult, the Foundry Players were formed and would continue for over 60 years to stage critically acclaimed productions in Fellowship Hall of full length plays three to four times a year.
January 14—George Ward starts as business manager.
January 17—Foundry plans a dramatic program under the direction of Mrs. Jane Plummer Rice.
April—Foundry Players begin productions.
June 15—A Foundry Family Picnic is held.
October 6—The Feast of Love is observed.
October 9—Foundry has a Church Fellowship Night.
January 19—Ambassador Norman Makin of Australia preaches.
February 10-17—The Foundry Visitation Fellowship is launched.
April—Foundry contributes $10,000 for Methodist relief activities in Europe.
September 24—Ecumenical Day is observed at Foundry.
October 12—A pantomime, "Woman's Contribution to Methodism", is presented.
November 16-17—The National Stewardship Institute of the Golden Rule Foundation meets at Foundry.
Sunday School Superintendent Arthur Flemming and Pastor Harris with women’s bible study class, 1948. Dr. Flemming was an active member of Foundry for over 60 years, serving as Lay Leader and in numerous leadership positions. He served as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1958 to 1961 and later as Chairman of the United States Commission on Human Rights. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1994.
February 22—Lillian Picken of India tells the church school of her work.
March—The room along the side of the sanctuary has been remodeled as a sacristry.
April—The Foundry Forge, the Methodist Men and the WSCS combine in presenting a University of Christian Living series on "The United Nations."
September 22—The Official Board offer Foundry's playground equipment to Hughes Methodist Church in Wheaton.
November 14—Bishop Wilbur E. Hammaker preaches at Foundry.
December—A new parapet is installed in the chancel.
March 6—Brass plates with inscriptions are placed on Foundry memorials.
March 16—Bishop James H. Straughn preaches at Foundry.
April—The church nursery is renovated. Altar boys and crucifiers are added to the service.
November 16—The new church kitchen and facilities in basement are opened for inspection.
Rev. Harris greets Dr. Syngman Rhee the President of the Republic of South Korea, who frequently attended Foundry with Mrs. Rhee while in Washington. In the Fall of 1951, with Rev. Harrris’ support, 40 Koreans organized a Methodist congregation using Foundry’s Ball Chapel, meeting weekly. They would meet there for 27 years, eventually forming the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington.
F. Norman Van Brunt is appointed assistant pastor at Foundry.
February 14—Funeral services are held for Bishop Hughes. Bishop Francis McConnell preaches the funeral sermon.
October—The pulpit bible is given as a memorial to David Richard and John R. Stephan.
November—The Christian Social Relations and Local Church Activities Department of the WSCS sponsors a series of broadcasts on "Religion in American Life."
January 8—Foundry Leadership School starts.
March 28—The Foundry Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Glenn Carow gives its first concert.
May 6—Miss Helen Kim speaks at Foundry.
October—The Altar Guild is started.
October 14—The Korean Church with Rev. Kim as pastor is started.
November 3—Foundry youth and young adults collect clothing for Korea.
May 18—The Chancel Passion Window is lighted.
October 7—A reception for Bishop and Mrs. G. Bromley Oxnam is held at Foundry.
October 19—The Women's Parlor is opened.
The Friendly Hour following Sunday evening services is held in the church parlor.
Boy Scout Troop 17 is organized.
January—The Foundry Forge purchases athletic equipment for the College of West Africa at Monrovia, Liberia.
April 30—The Official Board authorizes the pastor to try to raise $5,000 to obtain the Lincoln certificate.
October 11—The Foundry players present "The Boy With a Cart.”
November 18—A Fall Festival and Hobby Show is held.
LEFT: Renovated Church sanctuary circa 1960.
Sanctuary renovated with recessed lighting and jeweled cathedral glass placed in the dome, memorial windows placed in doors leading to sanctuary, and gold covering placed on walls around the reredos and chancel window.
April—Memorial windows are placed in the doors leading into the sanctuary and jewelled cathedral glass placed in the dome.
April 8—Dr. Leslie D. Weatherhead speaks at Foundry.
May—The Music Committee presents the Annual Festival of Music.
Fall—The sanctuary is redecorated
November 14—The Lincoln certificate is enshrined.
November 16—A 30th anniversary banquet is given for Dr. and Mrs. Harris.
Nearly a year after Dr. Harris’ retirement, in 1955, Theodore Henry Palmquist was appointed senior pastor and gave his first sermon on June 29, 1955, and was of the belief that “Religion is a pageant, not a dirge.” He had the fourth longest tenure of any Foundry Pastor, some 9½ years. He was the driving force behind the construction of the new education wing addition which was built in 1961 on the site of the Lett’s House.
April 5—The retirement of Dr. Harris and the appointment of Dr. T. H. Palmquist are announced.
May 6—A Family Night is held at Foundry.
June 5—Dr. Harris closes his ministry at Foundry.
June 12—Dr. Palmquist preaches his first sermon at Foundry.
January 1-February 12—Dr. Palmquist preaches on "Seven Roads to Vital Happiness in 1956."
March—The chapel is painted and carpeted, and new pews are installed.
April 1—Easter Services are held at Constitution Hall.
June 24—An All Church Picnic is held at Rock Creek Park.
September—The choir has a room for its own use.
The Foundry Colony Plan is started.
January 6-March 10—Dr. Palmquist preaches on the Ten Commandments with the Foundry Players participating.
March—Foundry leads the area in giving for Hungarian Relief.
June—Richard Nowers is appointed Minister of Youth and Visitation.
December 8—Operation Half-Mile is held.
December 15—The Choir gives a Candlelight Christmas Musical.
The sanctuary, chapel and dining room are air conditioned.
January 12-February 2—The WSCS study series is on "The Social Witness of the Local Church in the Ecumenical Movement."
February 16—Church services are cancelled due to snow.
June 8—The Cathedral Choir gives "Miriam's Song of Triumph" by Franz Schubert, the first performance in Washington.
June 25—A Prayer Vigil is held in Ball Memorial Chapel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 27—The WSCS have a Tea at the Embassy of Iran.
March—The Greeters in the Narthex are started.
April 12—Bishop James C. Baker preaches at Foundry.
July 23—The Foundry Forge goes to the Methodist Home to help Harry O. Hine celebrate his 95th birthday.
November 22—A congregational meeting votes in favor of the new educational building.
Ground breaking for new Breuninger Educational Building, Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960 with Dr. Palmquist officiating.
January 27-February 10—A campaign is held to raise money for the educational building.
April 11-16—This is Moving Week from Letts House to the Church.
April 17—Ground breaking ceremonies are held.
May 4-June 8—The Foundry Forum on Wednesday evenings is presented.
May 15, 22—The Foundry Players give "A Sleep of Prisoners."
June 18—The choir presents "The Invisible Fire" by Effinger for the delegates to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
November 4—Bishop John Wesley Lord preaches. The cornerstone is laid.
January 1-February 12—The Foundry Choral Readers give selections from James Weldon Johnson's "God's Trombones."
April 2—The Service of Consecration and open house for the Breuninger Educational Building are held.
April 25—The first creative arts class under John Bryans is started.
June 11—Dr. Berkley C. Hathorne comes as Director of the Foundry Counseling Service.
June 25—Lewis E. J. Yates is appointed Minister of the Parish.
Robert Fabik is appointed Director of the Creative Arts Program.
January 7-February 25—The Young Adults have a series on the "Basis of Our Christian Beliefs."
February—Dr. Paul Morrison is appointed Director of Finance.
June 3—Foundry has a Christian Recognition Day for young drivers.
January 13-February 17—Dr. Palmquist's sermon series is on "Shakespeare and the Six Deadly Sins." The Foundry Players assist in the service.
March 1, 2, 8, 9—Foundry Players present "J.B."
May 19—The Ushers Committee sponsors a Hobby Show.
April—Rev. John C. Mayne is appointed Minister of the Parish.
June 16—A reception is held for Dr. and Mrs. Palmquist in recognition of their 8 years at Foundry and his 30 years in the ministry.
July 22-26—A training class for the Laubach program, "Each One Teach One," is held.
At the dinner to honor Foundry’s 150th Anniversary (left), Rev. Edward Bauman, pictured to the right next to Rev. Clarence Wise, associate pastor, 1909-1910, was introduced as the new Senior Pastor (right). Rev. Bauman gave his first sermon in December, 1964 and would serve the church for 27½ years until July 1992.
February 9—Bishop Edgar A. Love preaches at Foundry.
May 31—A program of orchestral and choral music is given under the auspices of churches in the area for the benefit of Uplift House.
August 16—Dr. Palmquist announces his appointment as minister of First Methodist Church, Palo Alto, California.
August 30—Dr. Palmquist closes his ministry at Foundry.
September 1—Dr. Paul Morrison is appointed Interim Minister.
October—A pre-school for neighborhood children is started.
November 20—The 150th Anniversary Banquet is held with Dr. Ralph W. Sockman as speaker.
November 22—Bishop W. Earl Ledden preaches Anniversary Sermon.
December 1—Dr. Edward W. Bauman starts his ministry at Foundry.
Membership reaches 1,723.
“Each-One–Teach-One” program with volunteers teaches English and reading skills to neighborhood residents.
Bob Fabik supervises teenage leadership program.
Rev. Palmquist on Boards of Urban league and Uplift House which is supported in part by monthly contributions from Church.
Eleven churches benefit Uplift House with Spring Programs of orchestral and choral music by neighborhood high schools.
August—Last service of Dr. Palmquist, whose sermon ”Not a Period, but a Dash!” is followed by farewell reception; Dr. Paul Morrison, Director of Finance since 1961, is Interim Minister pending selection of Dr. Palmquist’s successor.
October 1—Pre-School operates in Davenport Center with funding from New York Avenue Presbyterian Church under leadership of Rev. John Mayne, Minister of the Parish.
November 15—Dr. Morrison, in preparation for 150th Anniversary speaks on “Foundry’s Cradle in a Charred City.”
November 20—Celebration of 150th Anniversary with banquet at Sheraton-Park Hotel, culminates with Dr. Edward Bauman, professor of theology and Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary, joining as Senior Minister on December 6.
Church Bulletin features Weekly “Chronology and Historical Narratives of Foundry’s 150 Years,” for 22 weeks.
November 22—Bishop Earl Ledden anniversary sermon on “To the Glory of God”.
December—Historical Christmas past presenting persons from Foundry ‘s history.
February—Rev. Paul Morrison, Minister of the Parish leaves after three years of service.
March—H. William Heslop is Minister of Pastoral Care.
June—Pre-School, with 80 volunteers, operates a two month Head-Start program under nationwide “Operation Head-Start” for 45 children ages 4-1/2 to 6-1/2.
Fall—Ministry of Prayer and Health offers Sunday evening Healing Services.
Congregation writes to Congress to support minimum wage of $1.25/hour.
Young Adults begin Coffee in the Catacombs. First topic, led by Rev. Bauman, is “From Sin to Salvation in the Theology of Peanuts.”
Church Bulletin features Covenent of Renewal for Spiritual Renewal.
First issue of The Foundry Flame, monthly newsletter.
October—Foundry Players present "A Man for All Seasons."
Inner-City Coordinating Council, after review of report on Head-Start Program along with Pre-School Committee, endorses continuing Pre-School supported by Church funding.
January Festival of Arts.
April 200th anniversary of Methodist Church.
Tower Forum and Adult Short Course program begin.
Healing service sponsored by Ministry of Healing continues on Sundays.
“Affluence and Poverty” joint study group with Metropolitan A.M.E. Church.
August—Dr. Arthur Flemming is guest preacher with sermon “The National Council of Churches and the War in Vietnam.”
September 12—Foundry Pre-School opens with 38 children attending.
Commission on Education expands Adult Sunday School courses with “short courses” on vital faith issues.
October—Christian study series “Affluence and Poverty: the Dilemma for Christians”.
November—New Methodist Hymnal begins use.
December—Rev. Bauman narrates from National Gallery of art “A Child Is Born” on color TV.
Foundry—Metropolitan Community Council formed as a joint venture with Metropolitan A.M.E Church as a forum to discuss community issues; study groups and various task forces are formed on housing, youth and social issues.
Twenty-first anniversary of Foundry Players, presents "Jenny Kissed Me."
Dr. Paul Warner named Minister of Parish; Rev. John C. Mayne departs after four years of service.
June—Volunteers tutor neighborhood children three nights a week; north stairs to balcony are completed.
1967 Cookbook released.
December—Joint church meeting with Metropolitan A.M.E. Church highlights anniversary of joint Community Council; Walter Fauntroy speaks on addressing problems of inner-city.
December 17—Under direction of Choir Director Glenn Carow, choir and orchestra present Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part I and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.
January—Discussion program on “The Growing Narcotic Menace.”
Young Adult Fellowship is active and sponsors January retreat and February Ski Weekend, Sunday evening Vespers service and “outward journey” in Coffee Cave.
April 4—five days of riots in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination destroys many businesses in the nearby 14th and U Street corridor.
April—In wake of riots emergency cash fund approved to aid victims.
June—Walter Fauntroy, Vice Chair of newly created D.C. City Council speaks on inner city issues.
September issue of Church and Home features article on Prayer and Health Ministry.
Dr. Homer Calkin’s book, Castings from the Foundry Mold, A History of Foundry Church 1818-1964, is published.
Rev. Kay Bailey Moore is named Coodinator of Inner City Ministries.
Foundry Flame features monthly column: “From Viet Nam: A Soldier’s Letters.”
Volunteers continue work with urban poor at Central Union Mission.
November—Rev. Bauman sermon series “Christ and the Meaning of Life.”
December—Children’s choir performs on Clair and CoCo TV show with Rev. Bauman reading Christmas scripture.
Foundry Players open season with “Barefoot in the Park.”
February—Joyful Sound worship on contemplative spirituality.
April—Governing bodies of church reorganized into Administrative Board, meeting quarterly and Council on Ministries mapping strategy for church as a whole.
Marion Beasley is Lay Leader; Kenneth Farnham is Chairman of the Council on Ministries.
Affluence and Poverty Study Group active in Foundry-Metropolitan Community Council.
April—A “Happening” is held for youth and families following Rev. Bauman’s sermon “And the Beat Goes On.”
Dr. Leroy S. Graham becomes Director of the Washington Pastoral Counseling Service.
Herb Barksdale becomes Community Counselor.
May—47th annual “birthday dinner” of the Central Union Mission held with Rev. Bauman speaking.
Fall—Under leadership of Rev. Kay Moore, two Sunday School classes on “The Black-White Gap.”
December—Approximately 50 congregants meet with three area African–American churches at Albright United Methodist Church for day-long seminar on racial reconciliation.
January—Foundry Players present "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Rev. Bauman’s Dialogue series follows Wednesday evening fellowship suppers.
June—Symbolic mortgage burning features return of Dr. Palmquist, the force behind Brueninger Educational Building.
August 18—Death of Dr. Frederick Brown Harris, Senior Pastor for 31-1/2 years.
Fall—Foundry-Metropolitan Community Council opens Neighborhood Communications Center to direct on-going volunteer activities.
October—Herb Barksdale speaks on enabling congregation in dealing with low-income and minority groups.
Royce Ragland is Head of Pre-School Administration.
October 20—Foundry Players celebrate 25th anniversary with "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
Sermon discussion groups following each service begin.
First Easter balloons with approximately 1500 released follow each service.
Development of five-year strategic plan.
Task Force on Christian Social Concerns initiates a skills bank to assist housing and socials needs of neighborhood residents.
Jim Palmer joins staff as seminarian.
December—Informal 9:30 worship service starts with first appearance of Joyful Noise.
Wednesday evening dialogues with Rev. Bauman continue.
Jim and Mary Palmer become directors of Pre-School.
Prayer Study action groups created.
May—Dr. Paul Warner retires in after six years of service.
Wesley Class celebrates 50 years and present five oil paintings by John Bryans depicting the history of Methodism placed in Fellowship Hall.
July—Rev. Donald Stewart, Associate Pastor of the Damascus United Methodist Church, appointed Associate Pastor; UMC General Conference adopts position in Book of Discipline that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.
Life sharing groups set up for prayers, spiritual study and life sharing.
Reserve Fund established to purchase new bells.
May—The United Methodist Women is founded, to succeed Women’s Society of Christian Service and the Wesleyan Service Guild.
Deborah’s Place founded along with five other churches; gift shop opened to raise funds.
Dr. J. Philip Wogaman speaks on issues of international peace to Short Course Class.
Senior Citizen “Lunch Bunch” begins.
Lee Meredith retires after 23 years in Choir as soprano soloist.
Rev. John Campbell becomes Minister of Nurture and Mission.
Flatbed truck with bells in process of installation, July, 1976
March—Bells cast in Switzerland.
June 1—Bells hoisted in bell tower.
July 4—David O. Smith Memorial Bells dedicated.
Fall—Glenn Carow retires as Choirmaster and Dr. Eileen Guenther joins as Minister of Music.
Luther Place Shelter opens for women with congregants among overnight volunteers.
March—Hostage crises at B’nai Brith; Church becomes a central place of rest and comfort for the families of hostages.
March 22—Bells ring the good news of safe release of hostages.
One of first Neighborhood Bible Study Groups that met weekly starting in the 1970s and continuing to present in congregant's homes in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. This one hosted by Tom and Adele Hutchins.
Under leadership of Dr. Flemming, Emmaus Services founded with four other churches.
Rev. Bauman’s 25th year as an ordained elder is celebrated.
Family Forums class established.
Thelma Matthews retires as Church Hostess and Wedding Director after some 13 years of service.
Rev. Bauman preaches sermon "Reflections on the Gay Life,” in which he calls for greater sensitivity to the humanity and feelings of gay and lesbian people.
Community, Hunger, Housing and Prison Mission Groups founded.
Worship Committee formed.
Support groups for education and ecumenical affairs are created.
Fund for Chapel renovation founded.
Ruth Ann Miller joins clergy staff as seminarian.
For over 15 years, “The Joyful Noise” folk group of church members provided acclaimed music and spiritual direction at the 9:30 AM Sunday Service
Hunger Mission monthly bread sales begin.
Renovated Ball Memorial Chapel (designed by Debi Bauman) is rededicated.
Housing mission forms no-profit Housing Corporation.
Foundry Focus begins.
Spiritual Journaling class begins.
Mission Council established to coordinate work of mission groups.
Rev. Ruth Ann Miller is named Minister of Education.
Peace with Justice Mission group established.
Refugee Mission created; sponsored Armenian–Romanian family of six.
Sanctuary Renovation Committee recommends new organ for Sanctuary.
Family Ministries began.
Newcomer’s Table established for assistance to new members and visitors.
First Foundry Housing Volunteer begins work.
Sandwich making began October 31; by November, making 1/2 of 500 monthly.
November—First Christmas Gift Catalogue issued.
December 9—Dr. Theodore Plamquist, former Senior Pastor, dies.
Budget is over $500,000.
By Jan. 16, sandwiches up to 280; by April, up to 500/Month; by November 557 sandwiches in an hour and by Jan. 1984, 602 in an hour.
United Methodist Women celebrate 100 years.
Bicentennial year of American Methodism.
UMC General Conference adopts position in Book of Discipline that no self-proclaimed homosexual could be ordained or appointed to a pastorate.
First pictorial directory of Foundry members issued.
Susan Willhauck becomes Director of Religious Education.
20th Anniversary of Dr. Bauman’s ministry celebrated in December.
Installation of 60-rank Casavant pipe organ began in October, dedicated on December 16.
Luise Gray is Chairperson of Administrative Board.
In 1985, the chancel was renovated to greatly increase chancel activity space to accommodate a new 60-rank Cassavant Freres pipe organ and an enlarged choir. The architect was church member Daryl Rippeteau, AIA. The project won the AIA/DC Award for Achievement of Excellence in Historic Preservation and Architecture. Here, Minister of Music and Liturgy, Eileen Guenther prepares for recital at the organ’s dedication in 1985.
Inaugural recital on new organ.
Sandwich 500 increases to twice a month.
Shepherding program for new members begins.
Dedication of new communion rail in memory of Keith Wilcox.
Foundry Players celebrate 40th year.
Foundry members participate in Billy Graham Crusade at RFK Stadium.
Foundry participates in conference on shelter and housing.
Housing Mission participates in Christmas in April for first time.
First youth participation in Appalachia Service Project.
Creation of Homeless Mission, Committee on Race and Religion.
Bishop’s pastoral letter in Defense of Creation, the Nuclear Crisis and a Just Peace presented to Congregation.
Rev. Donald Stewart, Associate Pastor, departs after fourteen years of service.
LEFT: Foundry has supported the rights of the GLBT community since the 1980’s with an AIDs Mission, participation in the Gay Pride Parade and other advocacy efforts, and by becoming a Reconciling Congregation in 1995, one of 200 Methodist Churches and one of the largest in the country to do so. Here, members participate in the 1987 Affirmation March on Washington.
LEFT: Foundry members participate in 1987 July Affirmation March Bible Retreat
Formation of AIDS Mission Group, Columbarium Planning Committee.
Pat Baker assumes position of Minister of Missions.
Rev. Edwin H. Langrall departs; Rev. John Coursey becomes Minister of the Parish.
Rev. James P. Simmons becomes head of the Counseling Service.
Pre-School celebrates 25 years; Muriel Griffin becames director.
John Mathews participates in Peace Walk in Soviet Union.
175th Anniversary Celebration honors all members of 50 years or more and welcomes former pastors, seminarians and members. Collage commemorating the 175th Anniversary by Lawrence M. Romorini unveiled and hung in Narthex.
Rev. Bauman celebrates 25th year as Foundry Minister.
Organized Bible Study Class Association celebrates 60th year.
Human Rights Commission established; in June group protested Chinese oppression in letter to Premier Li Peng.
Homeless mission acquired Susannah Wesley House as home for formerly homeless women.
John Parker is Chairperson of the Administrative Board; Gary Allen is Lay Leader.
Rev. Dorthea Stroman is named Minster of Missions.
Rev. Pat Baker becomes Minister of Parish.
The Foundry Pre-School was founded in 1964 and a pilot Head Start Program, and served neighborhood families, providing an excellent full day pre-school for some 45 children for over 55 years in classrooms in the Church lower meeting rooms and Davenport Center.
Membership is 1,452; annual budget $1.02M.
January—Discipleship Bible Study begins.
Work Area on Religion and Race begins series of discussions on Reconciling Congregation movement in UMC.
May—Administrative Board, in wake of concerns voiced about scope and direction, creates Task Force on Christian Education.
Beginning of Environment Mission; Human Rights Mission begins after one-year study period.
Eileen Gunter celebrates 15th year of hosting “The Royal Instrument” with a broadcast over WGMS.
Louise Grey is Chairperson of the Administrative Board; Gary Allen is Lay Leader.
New pew bibles placed in Sanctuary.
Friday morning Homeless Walk-in Mission reaches many.
Joyful Noise retires from 9:30 service.
December—Dedication of Columbarium.
Bishop May, Leader of the Council of Bishops’ drug program, speaks.
Membership is 1467, $ 1.067M annual budget.
January—Administrative Board approves report of Task Force on Christian Education, and recommends expanding role of Director of Christian Education to full time position.
June—Bishop Peter Story, Minister of Central Methodist Mission, Johannesburg, South Africa, sister church to Foundry, preaches.
July 1—Rev. Walter Shropshire appointed Minister of the Parish, replacing Rev. Pat Baker retiring after seven years of service.
Administrative Board forms Task Force on considering implications of becoming a Reconciling Congregation to be chaired by named Minister of Missions.
Videotape prepared highlighting mission activities and is shown widely.
Council on Ministries recommends revising Minister of Mission job description supporting a full-time position.
September—New Sunday morning Adult Christian education program implemented.
October—Betty Dunlop becomes Director of Religious Education replacing Scilla Adams.
Gary Allen is Lay Leader; John Parker chairs Administrative Board.
Completion of renovations to Davenport Center and Choir Room.
October—Transforming Congregation group presents series of speakers.
November—Rev. Bauman issues letter expressing his personal negative position on becoming a Reconciling Congregation.
December—Rev. Bauman announces his impending retirement in June, 1992.
In 1964, with Dr. Palmquist moved to a Los Angles church, Dr. Edward Bauman, a young professor at Wesley Theological Seminary was appointed Senior Pastor. Dr. Bauman would lead Foundry for the next 28 years, the second longest tenure of any Foundry pastor.
Membership is 1,422.
Hearings and Task Force meetings on reconciling/transforming congregation commence.
April—Employment Mission Group established.
Nurturing Committee formed to help move new members into full fellowship.
Foundry Community Connection established.
June 21—Rev. Edward Bauman closes his ministry with service for him and his wife Audree celebrating his 27½ years of service.
July 1—J. Philip Wogaman, an imminent ethicist and long-term educator at Wesley Theological Seminary becomes Senior Pastor.
Rev. Wogaman and wife Carolyn attend over 20 get-acquainted sessions in homes in D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Wednesday evening Healing Service reaches many.
Henry Engen replaces Rev. Minnie Davis as Minister of Missions.
Formation of Neighborhood Bible Study groups, Foundry College of Applied Christianity, Susan Parker Cancer Support Group.
Adult Forum at 9:30 provides numerous courses under leadership of David Young.
Leadership role taken in support of DuPont East Community Project, addresses homelessness in DuPont Circle neighborhood.
November—New pictorial church directory.
From March 1993, continuing for the next eight years, President Bill Clinton, along with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and their daughter Chelsea, worshipped regularly at Foundry, attending over half of the Sundays that the family was in Washington. Despite Secret Service, metal detectors, protestors, and an increase in attendance, spiritual life went on as usual at Foundry. When the First Family bid a fond farewell in January 2001, the President noted in his sermon comments: "I thank you all for your prayers and your welcome to all of us in the storm and sunshine of these last eight years. ... I want to thank you for making Foundry a true community church, welcoming Christians of all races and all nations with all kinds of abilities and disabilities, some seen and some not. I thank you especially for the kindness and courage of Foundry's welcome to gay and lesbian Christians, people who should not feel outside the family of God."
Reverend Wogaman greets President Clinton after service in March 1993
LEFT: President Clinton and the first Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton with their daughter Chelsea, leave after service in April, 1996. RIGHT: President Clinton greets crowd as he exits church after service in April, 1996.
Membership is 1449 (61 new members during the year), total pledge units reach 468, budget is $1.022M.
Fall—First Annual Concert for Life.
March 14—President Clinton along with Hillary and Chelsea first attend walking in snow from White House for 11:00 service, beginning regular eight-year attendance.
Summer—Rev. Shropshire preaches sermon series, "A Vision for Foundry”, emphasizing care and nurture of congregation.
Summer—Youth group week-long Appalachian Service Project in Harlan County, Kentucky with Rev. and Mrs. Wogaman participating; Junior and Senior High Youth Groups also spend week volunteering at Martha’s Table.
Disciple Bible study expands.
Task Force on 9:30 Service issues report and recommendations; worship survey completed for both 11:00 and 9:30 services.
September—Foundry College of Applied Christianity launched.
October—Discovering Christian Healing Conference held with some 500 attendees.
November—With President Clinton and his family's regular attendance Secret Service sets up metal detectors at entrance to sanctuary during visits.
Neighborhood Bible Study groups meet weekly throughout D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Stephen Minister formed to provide caregiving support to congregants in need.
Adele Hutchins is Chairperson of Administrative Board; Gary Allen is Lay Leader.
Foundry Forge is launched as monthly newsletter.
Work Area on Religion, Race and Culture Task Force on Reconciling Congregations, continues hearings, postponing report, on Reconciling Congregation Programs with two weekend forum sessions, staffing fellowship hall table and monthly potlucks.
Ad hoc Committee on Responsible Relations conducts workshops in wake of Bauman letter.
LEFT: Poster announcing AIDS Concert, May 1992
From the outset, Foundry's Concert for Life has featured an unusual teaming up of music with mission groups. Foundry created an AIDS mission group in early 1987. Its first AIDS benefit was held in 1991. Foundry's minister of music, Eileen Guenther, was an early enthusiastic supporter, with her energy in drawing from her myriad musical sources. She went on to deliver 14 annual AIDS benefit concerts at Foundry. The 1991 and 1992 concerts were informal experiments. The first formal "Concert for Life" was held in 1993, with an elaborate "Back to the Baroque" catered dinner followed by an evening of classical music in the sanctuary. The concert was dedicated to co-chair Dana Carpenter, who died before it was held. That year, the concert raised more than $12,000. By 2013, its 20th year, the Concert for Life had raised over $1.0 Million for AIDS-related charities.
LEFT: 1993 Concert for Life Reception
336 pledging units and $1.286M budget.
March-April—Dr. Wogaman preaches a Lenten series: "The Way of the Cross."
Gary Allen completes five years as Lay Leader; Jon Cope is new Lay Leader.
Adele Hutchins is Chairperson of Administrative Board.
Ellen Bachman becomes Pre-School Director.
Gary Cain is appointed Minister of Missions.
Stephen Ministry expands role as form of lay ministry with five new Stephen Ministers trained.
Task Force on Reconciling Congregation continues work and open hearings with endorsement of Senior Pastor and Administrative Board.
United Methodist Women, with almost 100 members, has active year, holding five general meetings.
Senator and Mrs. McGovern donate grand piano for use in sanctuary in memory of their daughter, Terry.
April 3—Easter Service is interrupted by threatening protestor in balcony of AIDS polices; Rev. Wogaman preaches on "Profound Joy" and asks congregation for its prayers of healing for arrested demonstrator.
LEFT: Christmas Concert 1994
Summer—Dr. Wogaman preaches supporting the Clinton health care reform initiatives with discussion in the sanctuary following the service.
June—10 Junior and Senior High Youth along with four counselors and Rev. and Mrs. Wogaman participate in week-long ASP project in Sneedville, Tennessee.
9:30 Service revitalized, attendance increases.
October—180th anniversary celebration features oral history presentation, hymn sing, followed by old-fashioned ice cream social.
November 16—Council on Ministries approves inclusive language in new Mission Statement.
The children’s Christmas pageant, replete with manger animals, shepherds and Wise Men, has been a church tradition for over fifty years. Shown here in 1995.
April 23—On Sunday following Oklahoma City bombing, Rev. Wogaman preaches a post-Easter sermon on "From Mourning to Dancing," based on Psalm 30:11.
Spring—Mark Tooley of the conservative Institute for Religion and Democracy publishes article criticizing liberal theology of Rev. Wogaman, which is echoed by nationally-syndicated columnist Cal Thomas.
Adele Hutchins is Chairperson of Administrative Board; John Cope is Lay Leader.
November 5—At All Saints Day service the day after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, attended by President, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Rev. Wogaman preaches on this loss and senseless violence.
Adele Hutchins, Chairperson of the Administrative Board, chairing historic 1995 Board vote on Church becoming a Reconciling Congregation.
Saturday morning film brunch initiated under leadership of Rev. Shropshire.
Church joins Downtown Cluster of Churches.
Task Force on Reconciling Congregation nears completion of report after 3½ years of study.
Draft resolution favoring reconciling congregation submitted by Task Force to Council on Ministries which approves it.
October 3—Administrative Board after four hours of discussion and debate, vote 56 to 49 to approve Statement of Reconciliation.
October 7—Rev. Wogaman announces results of Administrative Board vote approving Reconciling Congregation Resolution and preaches in support.
November 10—PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) sponsors Rainbow of Light Conference with keynote speaker Episcopal Bishop John Spong.
Foundry Youth have participated in Appalachia Service Projects each summer continuously since 1986 in impoverished communities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
RIGHT: Rev. Wogaman and his wife, Carolyn, joined 12 youth for the 1996 ASP project in Jackson, Kentucky which also included Chelsea Clinton and her friends for the church youth group.
$955,000 Budget, 423 pledging units, 81 new members.
January—Leadership Orienation retreat.
Bible Task Force Mission founded.
Bryan Gray is new Chairperson of Administrative Board; Suzanne Forsyth is Lay Leader.
Adam Darling, Foundry member, dies in plane crash in Croatia with Commerce Secretory Ronald Brown.
June—ASP Project in Jackson, Kentucky, with Rev. Phil and Carolyn Wogaman participating along with 15 youth, four adults and Secret Service protecting Chelsea Clinton.
Completion of new slate roof.
October 13—Laity Sunday service with congregants sharing personal spiritual journeys.
Choral highlights include Bach's Mass in B minor and Schubert's Mass in G.
AIDS Benefit Concert raises $10,000.
January 1—Rev. Wogaman is signer with 14 other prominent Methodist ministers of a "Statement of Conscience" supporting covenant commitments between same gendered persons and ordination of gays and lesbians.
Lenten Season sermon series by Rev. Wogaman focuses on "The Way of the Cross."
June—16 youth and 9 adults attend Appalachia Service Project in Brewton, West Virginia.
Rev. Nancy J. Webb appointed Minister of Christian Education.
June 22—Rev. Wogaman's 40th anniversary of ordination as an Elder.
June—25th Anniversary of Mel Brooks' service.
July—David Young assumes volunteer role as Equipping Minister of Young Adults and Families.
Summer—Rev. Wogaman initiates summer sermon series of preaching by answering questions on belief submitted by congregation.
September—Minister of Education Betty Dunlop is ordained and position is converted to Conference appointment.
July/ August—45 tutors work with numerous children in the "America Reads" program.
September—Jennifer Knutsen appointed Minister of Missions.
Bryan Gray is Chairperson and Bill Kirk Vice Chairperson of Administrative Board.
AIDS concert raises $21,000.
Study group formed to assess future needs of Preschool.
November 9—Anti-gay groups picket church with distasteful posters, protesting White House Conference on Hate Crimes; Rev. Wogaman's sermon criticizes mainline churches for condoning anti-gay extremists.
December—Choir presents Britten's Ceremony of Carols.
January 25—Days after news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, with President and Mrs. Clinton in attendance, Rev. Wogaman preaches on "Taking the Bible Seriously," appearing in national news photographs escorting them from Church
Spring—Administrative Board forms 34 member Strategic Planning Committee.
August 17—Days before President's grand jury testimony Rev. Shropshire preaches on God's grace; President, holding a good luck plastic toy from Rev. Shropshire pictured with Mrs. Clinton leaving church.
September—Rev. Wogaman becomes one of three spiritual advisors chosen by President Clinton to meet and counsel with him regularly, which he does until the end of his second term in office.
On MSNBC "town meeting" Rev. Wogaman discusses President's profound contrition over scandal and asks for understanding. C-Span News conference
Foundry Democracy Project founded addressing D.C. voter's rights/enfranchisement.
December—Rev. Wogaman's book, From the Eye of the Storm: A Pastor to the President Speaks Out, is published; he discusses in on C-SPAN.
December 15—Dr. Wogaman speaks before the National Press Club urging forgiveness in assessing President Clinton.
December—Rev. Wogaman offers the closing prayer at the 1999 White House Prayer Breakfast
December—Youth Choir under Frances Prince again invited to sing at White House
Foundry Choir sings at White House Christmas festivities with President and Hillary Clinton.
Ralph Williams, then Lay Leader, attended the 1999 Annual General Conference as a delegate where he advocated for the end of discriminatory language in the Book of Discipline against gays and lesbians. He is shown here with Rev. Phil and Carolyn Wogaman who also attended and supported these efforts.
$1.237 annual budget.
February—Strategic Planning Committee issues report with six strategic directions and implementation steering committee is formed.
Community Life Committee formed to bring new members into fellowship.
Lunches in Davenport Center after 11:00 service are popular.
Spring—Church Council approves strategic plan calling for a major capital campaign, "The Future of Foundry" to strengthen endowment and make needed repairs.
Lent—Choir and orchestra performs Bach's The Passion According to St. John.
John Parker is recognized for his 50 years of service with senior high youth.
Seventh Annual Concert of Life features "Wonder and Love: Music of the Millennium."
Continued participation in Gay Pride Parade including information table.
Summer—Eight-week Adult Forum Sunday School courses "Claiming the Promise."
Summer—Youth and adult leaders participate in ASP project in Wise County, Virginia.
Seventh year of Foundry College of Applied Christianity has full sell series of courses.
September—Architectural/mechanical/engineering study launched.
December 31—A 7:30 p.m. service welcoming the Millennium with "a litany of gratitude and confession" by Rev. Wogaman preaching followed by an 11:00 p.m. service in Chapel.
December—Trustees commission architectural and engineering study.
W. Astor “Bill” and Vivian Kirk, shown here in 2000, were one of the first African–American members of Foundry. Bill, the author of six books, was a Civil Rights pioneer, whom at the Methodist Church’s 1964 annual conference, successfully championed an amendment that ended segregation within the church. Bill and Vivian were church leaders who consciously chose to come to Foundry in the early 1980s when there were only a handful of members of color, in order to practice inclusion. Bill passed away in 2011, several years after Vivian’s death. A commemorative plaque has been placed on Bill and Vivian’s customary pew in the sanctuary in honor of their 25 plus years as members.
Council of Ministries absorbed into new Church Council and former chairs, Sherie Koob, Ken Nesper, Suzanne Forsyth, Paul Newhouse, Cheryl Gibbs and Larry Slagle are recognized for their service.
February—In a service attended by President Clinton, Rev. Wogaman preaches in opposition to the death penalty.
"I Teams" active in implementation of Strategic Long Range Plan.
May—Kristal Lamb, US-2 volunteer two years of exceptional service ends.
August—Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to long-term member, Senator George McGovern.
Summer—Second year of "America Reads" program with 20 volunteer tutors.
Fall—Annual Concert for life, "One World, Many Voices," raised $40,000.
Continued mission support to Bread for the City and Zacchaeus Free Clinic.
Some 45 volunteers with Housing Mission serve 100 low income seniors in Thomas Circle/Shaw neighborhood.
Renovation of 16th St. terrace, upgrading communications system and repairs to Davenport Center completed.
September 9—150th Anniversary celebration at Wesley Theological Seminary with historic music review and recognition of long time congregants.
December—Dania Douglas appointed Youth Minister.
$1.361M budget, 525 pledge units.
January 7—Hillary and Chelsea Clinton give Scripture readings and President Clinton preaches sermon, "Reflections and Anticipations" thanking Foundry for "your prayers and welcome to all of us in the storm and sunshine of these last eight years".
January—Newly formed 43-member Church Council assumes its role as main governing administrative body; Suzanne Forsyth is Chairperson of Church Council; Ken Nesper Associate Chairperson; Ralph Williams is Lay Leader.
February—Church Council approves the Strategic Planning Implementation Team's plan for a capital campaign.
Lent—Choir and orchestra perform Part II of Handel's Messiah.
May—Church Council on recommendation of Board of Trustees establishes Building Committee to development plan for needed repairs and renovations.
July—National convocation of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts hosted.
July—under leadership of Dania Douglas, Youth Minister, wide ranging Youth activities, including Appalachia Service Project, Help the Homeless Walk-A-Thon and volunteering at N Street Village and So Others Might Eat.
Foundry College of Applied Christianity in 9th year features Rev. Wogaman's three 4-week courses on the Gospels.
Jubalate continues to perform to acclaim at 9:30 Service.
GLBT Group has active year of events.
New hymnal supplement The Faith We Sing placed in pews.
July l—Rev. Shropshire's 10 years of service is recognized.
October—Dr. Guenther's 25th Anniversary is celebrated with special services and dinner at Wesley Seminary.
September 11—Congregation responds to tragic events, services are held on 9/11 and 12 and a Friday service of mourning is held on 9/13 with Rev. Wogaman preaching on Sunday on "The Shaking of the Foundations" with a text from Isaiah 4.
September 28-29—Second annual "From Racism to Reconciliation Workshop" with over 40 participants.
Fall—AIDS Mission Group annual AIDS Benefit Concert features "Song of Sweetness and Strength, Music of Peace" and raises $70,000.
December—Future of Foundry capital campaign has received 302 pledges totaling some $2.0M.
All Saints Sunday choir and orchestra present John Rutters' Requiem.
December—Choir and orchestra present Bach's Magnificat and sing, along with Jubulate at White House.
March—Led by Rev. Wogaman, Service of Repentance held on Palm Sunday in coordination with Asbury United Methodist Church followed by procession to Asbury and presentation of a plaque of contrition for years of racial divide.
June—Dr. Wogaman closes his ministry at Foundry and is presented with two quilts, a memory book and a travel fund at celebratory dinner attended by all his children and grandchildren.
June 30—Rev. Wogaman's last service is celebrated with sermon entitled "Endings" and choir sings a Gaelic blessing to Phil and Carolyn Wogaman
July 1—Reverend Dean Snyder assumes role as Foundry's Senior Minister.
Fall—Rev. Snyder and his wife Jane attend some 35 house meetings meeting congregants and soliciting input on what congregation values.
Partnership with Africa University established.
Pew renovation completed.
Rev. Snyder teaches a 6-week class, "Reading the Bible from the Margins."
September 26—the AIDS Mission's Eleventh Annual Concert for Life, featuring works based on Psalmist texts raises $83,000.
The Community Mission makes nearly 2,000 sandwiches a month for the Walk-In Mission and McKenna's Wagon.
The Hunger Mission provides volunteer support to So Others Might Eat and Christ Church.
Ralph Williams is Lay Leader; Karen Beasley is Chairperson of Church Council.
June 15—Peace with Justice Mission sponsors luncheon talk by Professor Samih Fasoun on the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East.
June—Volunteers in Mission team of 18 works at a Methodist–run mission in the village of Pittorea in Northern Mexico, under coordination of David Young, Deacon for Global Outreach.
June 27—100th Anniversary of cornerstone laying.
Emmaus Services for the Aging completes construction of the Arthur S. Flemming Center.
July—For the 9th consecutive year Ned Bachman leads Senior High Youth Group week long Appalachia Service Project in Buchanan County, Virginia.
June 15—Dr. Walter Shropshire culminates his ten-year tenure as Minister of the Parish.
July 1—Rev. Debra M. Whitten is appointed Minister of Congregational Life.
August—Victoria Karakcheyeva is appointed Minister of Children and Families.
October—D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, Senator Max Cleland and Jeremy White Deputy Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives speaker series addresses what the church can do for the city, nation and world.
October—Matt Smith appointed as part-time Youth Minister.
October—All Saints Sunday choir and instrument ensemble presents Gabriel Faure's Requiem.
December—Boy Scout Troop 345 ends affiliation of some 25 years serving inner city youth, most recently under the leadership of Jim Leader, Bill Harkins and Mike Koob.
$1.404M annual budget.
Website improved and new edition of "All Things Foundry" published.
Foundry Players complete 57th Season, highlights are "Our Town", and musical revue "Closer than Ever."
Spring—Lenten devotional booklet titled "Partners in God's Creation."
Spring—Fifth Youth Sunday Service with junior and senior high youth leading service and Rev. Snyder preaching.
WIN volunteers join in emergency actions to stop Ward 8 evictions.
June—Youth Group led by Matt Smith, Youth Minister, complete ASP project in Floyd County, Kentucky.
Rev. Wogaman's book, "An Unexpected Journey: Reflections on Pastoral Ministry," is published reflecting on his ten years as Senior Minister.
Staff-Parish Relations Committee, after study, recommends administrative reorganization plan with three new positions, Associate for Financial and Data Services, Assistant for Membership Services, and Assistant for Administration/Operations.
July—Rev. Peter DeGroote appointed Minister for Administrative Operations.
Same Sex Union Issues Working Group begins dialogue on issue of same sex unions.
Karen Beasley is Chair of Church Council.
Volunteers in Mission conduct reforestation project in Nicaragua.
November—Jana Meyer is appointed Minister of Missions, once again a full time appointment, replacing Jennifer Knutsen, who departs after four years of service.
12th Annual Concert for Life raises $77,000 in a concert focusing on "Music about Music" under leadership of AIDS Mission.
Highlights of music in worship include Faure's Requiem on All Saints Sunday and "Credo" from Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach in Lent (with orchestra).
Choir acts as "core" choir for General Conference in Pittsburg; sings for Opening Eucharist and world premiere of two works for massed choir and orchestra.
Family Ministry sees dramatic growth in Sunday School attendance.
Spiritual Life Committee supports Taize worship service, several retreats and two Covenant Discipleship groups.
Budget is $1.375M, 1450 members (76 new members), 421 pledge units.
January—Third annual Leaders’ Weekend led by Dr. Gil Rendle of the Alban Institute.
New pictorial directory prepared by Community Life Committee.
Church Council implements staffing changes recommended by SPRC.
February—Fourth Annual Leaders’ Weekend.
New financial systems instituted along with formalizing administrative practices and procedures.
Under Jana Myers's leadership, first outreach to day laborers in neighborhood.
Easter—cooperative sunrise service held with Mount Vernon and Asbury United Methodist.
Lent—Choir and orchestra perform G.F. Handel’s Brockes Passion.
Rev. Nancy Webb transfers her appointment to Grace Church in Baltimore after eight years of appreciated service.
May—Committee on Religion and Race celebrates publication of Bill Kirk’s Desegregation of the Methodist Church Polity: Reform Movements that Ended Racial Segregation.
Church Council approves Resolution voicing its opposition to the 2004 General Conference adoption of policies limiting opportunities for homosexual persons.
Future of Foundry Capital Campaign completed, raising some $1M in pledges for needed renovations and repairs.
June—Under Youth Minister Matt Smith’s leadership, Youth Appalachia Service Project to Dickinson County, Virginia includes 19.
July—Church Council forms study group on same-sex marriages to prepare report on recommendations.
13th Annual Concert for Life raises $68,000 to support AIDS/HIV outreach.
Pre-Cana weekends established.
First participation in Gay Pride parade, including staffing lemonade stand and information table.
Charles Beardesco is chair of Church Council; Barbara Cambridge is Lay Leader.
July 1—Rev. Dee Lowman is appointed Associate Pastor.
Choral highlights include Schubert’s Mass in G on All Saints Sunday.
Fall—First class of Youth Deacons.
October—Sermon series celebrating 10th Anniversary of Reconciling Congregation, includes Bishops Susan Morrison and Joseph Sprague and Rev. Gil Caldwell.
December—Choir and brass concert celebrates 20th anniversary of dedication of Casavant organ.
Major repairs, including replastering and painting of dome and sanctuary walls, replacement of heating and cooling system and installation of entrance ramp using Future of Foundry capital campaign and general endowment funds.
Barbara Cambridge is Lay Leader.
Under leadership of Matt Smith, Youth Minister, active Junior and senior High involvement in Walk for Homeless and 30 Hour Famine.
February—Commission on Status and Role of Women annual retreat at Priest Field Pastoral Center in Kearneysville, W.Va. with some 50 women participating.
August—Jim Irwin becomes Director of Finance and Administration, Rev. Peter DeGroote departs.
March—Daryl Davis becomes Coordinator of Christian Education and Minister to Children and Families.
English as a Second Language, formed with 20 volunteers works with 40 students and along with Green Mission brings total of 17 mission groups.
June—Volunteers In Mission team of 21 travels to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina rebuilding.
Foundry Walk-in Mission continues weekly assistance to many needing documentation and clothing.
July 23—Phase I renovation groundbreaking service marks start of repairs to sanctuary and construction of front entrance access ramp.
September—Labor Day Laborers Outreach mission sponsor gathering with over 100 attendees; later in month, together with Cinica del Pueblo holds Heath Fair.
Prison Ministry mails some 40 reading packages weekly to prisoners.
Foundry Players complete 59th Season, highlight includes Company.
September—After 40 years of mission, The Child Development Center (Preschool) closes.
Melvina Brooks retires after 30 years as Food Services Supervisor and Wedding Coordinator.
September 24—Celebration of 30-year anniversary of Eileen Guenther, as Minister of Music and Liturgy.
November 10-13—Annual Concert for Life raises $77,000 and features Heritage Signature Chorale and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.
All Saints Sunday choir and orchestra present Yizkor Requiem, by Thomas Beveridge.
November—Rev. Snyder raises issue of same-gender unions in his State of the Church sermon calling for Congregational Council consideration.
1505 members (70 new members); new members biographies are included as bulletin insert; photos in Narthex.
Enhanced Christian Education under leadership of Gary Allen; many classes, over 75 children are involved in Christian Education.
February—Issues Working Group on same-sex marriages formed to report recommendations.
Charles Beardesco continues leadership as Church Council Chair; Council considers report of same-sex union working group.
Calling and Visioning Planning Group under leadership of Barbara Cambridge, Lay Leader, explores “Who is God calling us to be?”.
Church Council names Music Task Force to report on direction of music program.
Enhanced ministry to day laborers.
New chiller and HVAC system competed, choir room and Davenport Center revamped.
ChristCare Groups remain active.
GBLT monthly potlucks; annual GBLT retreat.
April—Rev. Snyder and key leaders start discussion on Book of Discipline language revisions and same-sex union issues.
Jim Irwin is Director of Finance and Administration.
Phase I renovations completed.
Implementation of new fiscal systems management and operations support.
June 1—Rev. Teresa Thames-Lynch is appointed Minister of Children and Families.
June 24—Eileen Guenther departs as Minister of Music & Liturgy after 31 highly acclaimed years of service.
August—Katy Wheat becomes US-2 Young Adult Missionary and oversees new Mustard Seed mission to enhance volunteer outreach in DC.
VIM sponsors three missions to Alabama, Ukraine and Nicaragua
October 1—Stanley J. Thurston is named Interim Director of Music after serving as Choir Director/Organist since June 1.
Same–Sex Union Issues Working Group report to Church Council outlines options to consider.
November 11—Rev. Snyder's pastoral letter announces institution of services recognizing committed lesbian and gay relationships commencing in 2008.
Racial-Ethnic Minority fellowship established.
$1.662M operating budget; 61 new members.
Welcoming Table in Fellowship Hall continues outreach to new members and visitors.
February—Senior Pastor Snyder makes himself available to officiate at same-gender services at the church to recognize gay and lesbian committed relationships.
Kerry Kidwell-Slak is Chairperson of Church Council.
Bob McDonald becomes Director of Membership Service.
Amy Ellen Duke-Befield is Deacon for Social Justice; Amihan Jones is new US-2 young Adult Missionary.
Enhanced outreach to new members implemented.
July—Matt Smith, Youth Minister, departs to the Western North Carolina Conference after four inspired years of service to youth.
Barbara Cambridge is Lay Leader.
Five Year Goals committee continues discussions.
Music Task Force issue it report and recommendations.
Mark Schol is named new Youth Minister.
22 couples participate in Pre-Cana weekends.
May 15—Annual Concert for Life.
Care Ministry increased outreach to seniors and others in need under Bob McDonald.
Stanley Thurston is formally appointed Director of Music.
Enhanced outreach to neighborhood day laborers.
Annual Lenten Devotions guide with short essays and poems of spiritual inspiration.
20/30 Plus Ministry expands activities with retreat, informal brunches and partnerships with social justice mission outreach.
Hunger Mission continues to provide food for 400, monthly at So Others Might Eat.
Small Group Ministries continues efforts to train volunteers and increase outreach.
Average church attendance increases to 556; 61 new members; budget is $1.637M.
January—Governance system reconfigured into six councils.
Todd Mullins is Facilitator of Congregational Council.
February—Working groups weekend to consider implementation of new governance structure.
March—Church Council adds to Church Five Year Goals, action at General Conference to revise discriminatory language towards homosexuality in Book of Discipline.
Lasisha Lockhart is named Racial Ethnic Fellow.
Growth in number of congregants participating in all choirs.
Washington Interfaith Netowrk team continues to lead campaign to end homelessness in DC.
Day laborers programs advance with a grant from Baltimore–Washington Conference.
English as a Second Language volunteers teach 30-40 students each term.
November—Congregational Council announces Five Year Goals, including caring for church buildings and 2012 Capital Campaign, ending chronic homelessness, reaching out to those feeling left out of church and revising discriminatory Book of Discipline language on homosexuality.
May 15-16—Annual Concert for Life raises $52,000 for HIV/AIDS programs under direction of Stanley Thurston with Foundry Choir and Orchestra and Duke Ellington School the Arts Concert Choir.
June—Paul Montero, Deputy Director of Religious Affairs for the White House Office of Public Liason, speaks challenging young people to be part of President Barack Obama's call to serve their communities.
July—US-2 Youth Missionary, Katy Wheat, ends two years of inspired service and 70 volunteers with her participate in first Great Day of Service in April.
Mark Schol, Youth Minister, directs youth in active program, including four lock-ins, hosting 40 visitors who slept in church and are fed by volunteers over MLK weekend and a 20 person ASP work trip in June.
February 22—Choir and orchestra performing Durufle's Requiem.
November 1—All Saints service with Hailstork’s I will Lift Up Mine Eyes.
Budget increases to $1.75 M, 129 new members, doubling number in 2009.
February—Annual leadership retreat led by Bishop Schol on theme of “How to be a Permission-Giving Church."
February—Rev. Dr. Louise Shockley of Asbury UMC preaches on Martin Luther King Sunday.
Jill Barker is facilitator of Congregational Council.
Sunday Night @Foundry, a 5:30 PM contemporary service begins.
Haiti Mission formed in wake of January 12 quake and a five–year commitment is made to support relief efforts.
April 17—Annual Concert for Life, features Foundry Choir singing excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess along with many guest performers.
May—Rev. Al Hammer becomes Chief Operations Officer.
Renovation of stain glass windows in sanctuary, including “Come Unto Me” window in balcony.
Spring—Mission Advocacy Team announces forthcoming focus on HIV/AIDS, immigration, Haiti relief, homelessness, and hunger.
April and October—Two Great Days of Service with 135 volunteers working at 14 sites and 125 at 12 sites
Summer in the City preacher series features Bishops John Schol and Gene Robinson among other notables.
Summer of Great Discernment—numerous forums, dinners, prayer services and discussion groups consider marriage equality policy.
September 26—Following four months of study, in special charge confer congregation votes 367-8 to approve marriage equality resolution, Policy for Marriage Equality.
Working with WIN, volunteers organize to support development of 1,100 units of Permanent Supportive Housing.
October 24—Rosanne Haggerty, President of Common Ground preaches on “We Can End Homelessness"
Annual labor day celebration in support of day laborers.
October—Saturday Summit with leaders of Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BEWARM) and Human Rights Campaign.
September—Youth Minister Mark Schol transitions to his theological studies at Boston University and is recognized for his service.
November 13—Rev. Snyder preaches on ”State of the Church: God’s Timing.”
Choir highlights include Brahms Requiem presented in its original German for Lent, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson’s Mass on All Saints Day.
Average Sunday Church attendance reaches 641; Budget is $1.84M.
May 20—18th Annual Concert for Life, “Music to Lift a Soul… a Serenade” features Foundry Choir and Gay Men’s’ Chorus of Washington, and others.
May—Baltimore-Washington Conference approves same-sex marriage resolution proposed by Church
Haiti Mission sponsors two VIM volunteer rebuilding trips to Haiti.
July—Rev. Dawn Hand is appointed Associate Pastor/Chief Program Officer.
July—Five renowned Teachers of Preachers participate in the five Sunday Outstanding Preacher Series.
December 13—Specially called Charge Conference adopts major capital campaign, Mission Possible.
Continued mission focus on ending homelessness includes working with Washington Interfaith Network to provide permanent supportive housing in DC.
Two successful Great Days of Service with 130 participants on each day.
Sixth year of outreach to day laborers.
July—Matthew Mustard hired as full-time Coordinator of LGBT Advocacy addressing LGBT and marriage inclusion issues.
Two VIM teams travel to Haiti in February and October working with Church of Hati and UMCOR as part of 5 year commitment after earthquake.
December 18—Bishop Schol preaches at a special worship service on ending homelessness.
December 13—Resources Council presents architectural plans for building renovation and capital campaign launch in 2012.
Choir highlights include Rossini’s Stabat Mater for Lent and John Rutter’s Gloria for Advent.
Budget tops $2.0M, 66 new members.
February—Rev. Snyder, launches a campaign “Opening Doors to Equality”. More here.
February—Annual leaders retreat with Bishop Schol leading on theme of “How to be a Permission-Giving Church.”
Launch of $10.3 Million (later revised to $5 Million) Capital Campaign, “Mission Possible”
February—Church LGBT Ministry and supporters attend General Conference in Tampa and advocate end of discriminatory language in Discipline; Choir performs in rainbow stoles under Stanley Thurston’s direction.
March 3—Proposed new governance structure announced by Congregational Council.
April—Majority of six existing church councils vote to affirm new management structure.
Spring—Development of List of Values to use as guide of carrying out Church mission to remaining a “Vital Congregation”
May 19—Annual Concert for Life.
August—Celebration of eight years of service by Jana Meyer, Director of Social Justice Ministries, who leaves for mission work in South America.
Ronya-Lee Anderson-Thompson is named Youth Ministries Coordinator.
Rev. Kevin Wright named Director of Social Justice Ministries.
LGBT Advocacy Ministry Teams and Connectional Table approve resolution supporting same-gender marriages which is approved by Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.
Mission Possible giving starts with success.
Website improvement continues.
February—Leadership Retreat draws over 75 participants.
February—Rev. Snyder voices support for gun control.
Management Board transition completed from six councils with nine members each to a single nine member Management Board with standing committees for Personnel and Trustees.
Rev. Dean Snyder is awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington Blade for his years of dedicated service to support inclusion for gay Christians.
Governance and Facilities & Operation
Jill Barker is President of Management Board.
Mission Possible capital campaign is revised to $5.0M and associated financing and launch is scheduled for 2014.
March 24—Largest Great Day of Service in Church history, partnering with Stop Hunger Now, 165 volunteers place over 10,000 meals to help end world hunger.
Continued focus on ending homelessness, including outreach to homeless nonprofit, Neighbors Consejo.
April—Senior Pastor Dean Snyder announces his decision to retire in July 2014
May—Mission Possible announces that 309 households have pledged $3.08M toward $4.5M goal.
May 17- 20—Annual Concert for Life, “Looking Backward, Looking Forward” includes a celebration of Eileen Guenthers’s years of service.
June 23—Church Conference ratifies results of open election of Management Board members.
June—First Management Board elected after church-wide vote begins its work with standing committees that supervise Senior Pastor, folding in traditional duties of Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.
Bicentennial Committee energetically plans for 2014-2015 events and offers memorabilia for sale, produces video of Church history and outlines year-long calendar of events.
Summer—Guest preacher series remains popular.
Management Board works with new District Superintendent Joseph Daniels to identify competencies required of new Senior Pastor appointed to replace Rev. Snyder.
November 10—Rev. Snyder’s “State of the Church” sermon focuses on 2014 goals of enhancing worship services, expanded Adult Christian studies, fellowship opportunities with Bicentennial Celebration, and ministry outreach to members in Africa.
November 18—Prayer Service on first night of trial of Rev. Frank Schaefer for performing the wedding of his son and partner.
December 22—Three days after he is defrocked, Frank Schaefer, his wife and two of his sons are honored at service where they become members of Foundry; special offering and website results in $30,000 “love gift” to support them. More here, and here.
February 10—The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli is announced as new senior pastor, and the Rev. Dawn M. Hand to become Executive Pastor.
January 26—At a special service of ”hope and justice,” defrocked Methodist ministers Beth Stroud, Jimmy Creech and Frank Schaefer speak and participate in open forum on marriage inclusion issues.