Foundry Celebrates 200 Years

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Foundry United Methodist Church has a rich and storied past that began with a shared vision of Methodism by Henry Foxall and Francis Asbury in the early 19th century. It continued for two centuries, marked by dignitary visitors, social justice, among other vibrant work, as well as visionary leadership, both at Foundry and within our nation, and at times, internationally. 


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This 2-minute slideshow features over 30 images from our 200 year history.
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If you would like to see even more photos of our past, you can go to the Foundry timeline page.


The celebration of Foundry's 200 years features a bounty of ways you can learn: 

  • Read articles about our vibrant past
  • View our 200 year timeline of Foundry growth


The bicentennial celebration lasts until September 2015. Here's what's happening next:

  • November 2, 2014 -All Saints Sunday - Dr. Phil Wogaman, guest preacher. The Bicentennial Committee will honor historical saints through a special booklet which chronicles the contributions of many historic members of Foundry who have transitioned to be with our Lord and Savior. The worship service liturgy will be expanded to embrace historical saints and congregants will be invited to bring mementos in honor of personal saints who have influenced their lives. This experience will complement the annual remembrance of saints who have transitioned during the immediate year.

  • December 21, 2014 - Christmas Re-enactment of Roosevelt/Churchill Visit - Actors will depict the historic visit by Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to Foundry during the service hosted by the Washington Federation of on December 25, 1941. Actors will recreate this historic moment and offer insight as to America's involvement in World War II. This date is also noted as the first time Winston Churchill hears the hymn "O Little Town of Bethlehem" to be sung by Foundry's Choir. 

  • January 18, 2015 (MLK Sunday) - Recognize the role of African Americans in Foundry's historical beginnings. 

  • View all Bicentennial Events




Coming soon:  Fact sheets for the press. 



As part of our efforts, we are gathering funds to sponsor speakers, provide transportation for field trips, among other special events. Please note "Bicentennial" in the "other" section of the online form or in the memo section of your check.