“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,
at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” - john Wesley
Falls City's Historic UMC
The Restoration of The Church
Built by local volunteers in 1892, the "Carpenter Gothic" wooden structure with bell tower and colored glass windows, had fallen into disrepair and was threatened with demolition in the 1990's.
Through the efforts of local families, the vision of Larry Abell, AIA, a Portland architect, and through the work of local Polk Country architectural historians, the church was saved and restored to its original character at an approximate cost of $100,000.
Restoration work began in 1992 and continued through 2008. Funds for restoration have come from major donations by several outstanding individuals, from grants offered by the United Methodist Church and from the State historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Stages Of Restoration
There were 3 main goals to the restoration:
The new roof was installed using modern materials while still preserving the historic structure itself. A roof "cricket" was created to propel rainwater away from the juncture of the tower and the roof. And a gutter and downspout system was added to shed rain water and propel it away from the structure and the foundation.
After the roof was done, the old wooden (rotted) walkway was torn out, and replaced with a new cement handicapped-accessible walkway and stairs. Additionally, the rear parking area was properly marked, graveled and graded.
A new wooden stairway and railing was added as well, and a side-entrance to allow direct entry to the field next to the church. The kitchen was replumbed and rewired, and modern appliances were added.
There does still remain a need for continuing donations to help the restoration however - there are many little things remaining to be done, and a need for continual upkeep and maintenance. If you should wish to donate to help the continuing work of the restoration, contributions can made to FC UMC Restoration and mailed to P.O. Box 473 Falls City, OR 97344 or you can click here to make a donation online directly via paypal.
Location: 242 N. Main in beautiful downtown Falls City Oregon
Time For Services: 10:00am on Sunday
Our church is open to all, and we welcome both residents and visitors alike. Please come visit our historic church and share in our worship and fellowship!
Pastor: Linda Grund-Clampit