Greetings from your outpost of dynamic and Christ centered ministry each and everyday in Downtown Memphis! I am absolutely amazed at how much has taken place in the last year at First Church. The most visible event is obviously the building of the new sanctuary. As I have said so many times before, this sanctuary is just the beginning of what I believe is an incredible new chapter in the life of First Church. As we are able to expand our capacity to reach others in worship, we will be able to expand the impact the people of First Church will have for God’s Kingdom.
This has been a really exciting few days here at the corner of Second and Poplar. The really big equipment came rolling in and the steeple on the new sanctuary was put together piece by piece and set amongst the skyline of Downtown Memphis.
First United Methodist Church, which has served Memphis for nearly 200 years, is building a new sanctuary to replace the historic building that burned in 2006. Work on the exterior is nearing completion, and a new steeple comes next. Chris Woods Construction Co. will use a huge crane to erect the steeple in sections over several days, ending with the raising of the spire on Jan. 11 (possibly 12). Crowned with a cross, the tip of the spire will tower about 100 feet above street level and enhance the Downtown skyline.