New Fountain United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

About Us / History

About Us:

          Welcome to the New Fountain United Methodist Church. We are glad you have come our way.

          By far the most notable thing about New Fountain is that it is a church full of people who try their best to live out the call of Jesus Christ “to love God with all of your heart, all your of mind and all of your soul, and your neighbor as yourself.” In a series of small group meetings held in the summer of 2012,we asked our members what had brought them to New Fountain and why did they decide stay. One answer kept coming up again and again—the love of the people. You will feel and find it if you come here. As many churches say but as few live out, no matter who you are, no matter what you have done, there is a place for you here.

            New Fountain was founded in 1858 by a Methodist circuit riding preacher and a few hardy souls. The first service was held under the shade of a majestic live oak tree that still stand about ½ mile south of our present location. Worshipping with the pastor that day were several people whose heirs worship with us today. We have grown by about 400 members since then, but we like to think that the same values that those pioneers held are still with us today—not only love, but also faith, hope, perseverance and a deep desire for this community and country to flourish.

            When you visit us, you will find that we worship in two different spaces. Our early service (and the larger one) meets at 8:30 in the large, modern Fountain of Life Center. Our late service meets at 10:45 in the more intimate and traditional Sanctuary (which was itself built in 1879). Both services feature music with a blue grass and country western flavor and preaching directly out of the Bible. We believe that you will also find it a place where you experience the mystery and presence of Jesus.

            Our goals for 2013 are to continue to work on perfecting our young adult and children’s ministries; hold more seasonal and topical studies throughout the year; and, increase our outreach to all segments of our community.

            Come and try us out! If you would like to drop by for a visit, our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

            And may the good Lord bless you in all of your days.

 Our History

     What is now known as New Fountain United Methodist Church had its beginning in 1858 under the shade of a Live Oak tree (The Wiemers Oak) on land owned by German immigrants Johann and Aalke Wiemers at "Soldier's Camp" near the Verde Creek in central Medina County, Texas.  At that time the church was known as Ebenezer Methodist Congregation and attendees gathered under the outstretched arms of the mighty oak to worship.

     The first sanctuary building and parsonage were erected in 1861 at a site near the Wiemer's Oak but were destroyed by flood waters and a new building was built in 1872 on land that was donated by the Muennink and Wiemers families. It was a simple rectangular  room measuring 46 feet long by 28 feet wide. In 1879 the bell tower and vestibule were completed and the bell was cast by Henry McShane & Co., Baltimore, Md. in 1880 with the following inscription in German:

      EBENEZER KIRCHEN GLOCKE
M.E. Church S. 1880
    SEIEIN RUF DEN ARMEN SUNDERN
EIN MAHNUNG GOTTESKINDERN
AMEN!
(translation)
    EBENEZER CHURCH BELL
M.E. Church S. 1880
A CALL TO THE POOR SINNER
A REMINDER TO GOD'S CHILDREN
AMEN!

      Over the years the church has grown with the addition of an Education Building and Fellowship Hall in 1948 and a Pavilion and barbecue pit in 1967. With the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and the Methodist Church in 1968, the church became known as New Fountain United Methodist Church. Since then, additions include a new Education Building in 1991, Prayer Garden in 1997, a new modern Parsonage in 2001 and The Fountain of Life Center in 2007, a multi-purpose building with Sunday School rooms, kitchen, and meeting room/auditorium which is used for social events, plays, music and entertainment. Having outgrown the limited space in the current sanctuary, the early Sunday morning worship services are held in this facility.

      With a current membership of over 400, New Fountain United Methodist Church continues to grow and prosper and bring the Word of God to the community. We hope you will come and be a part of this congregation as we continue to write the history of this church for future generations.

 Church Marker
 
 
Sanctuary Pictures
 
Historical Pictures by Year
2007-2009 (exact years unknown)