PISCATAWAY — Christ United Methodist Church, located at 485 Hoes Lane in Piscataway, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, May 22.
The celebration will include a special service at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the church’s fellowship hall. The theme for the celebration is “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” (Romans 5: 1-2).
The guest preacher at the 10:30 a.m. service will be the Rev. Barbara “Bobbie” Rambach, Raritan Valley district superintendent for the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. The service will include a ceremonial burning of the sanctuary mortgage and a rededication of the facility.
Seven pastors have served at Christ United Methodist Church. All have been invited to the celebration. One charter founding member of the church, Betty FitzGerald, remains an active member and is expected to attend the celebration.
Christ United Methodist Church Historical Highlights
June 18, 1961 – First service for Christ Methodist Church held in Piscataway High School with 60 people in attendance.
March 22, 1964 – Groundbreaking conducted for building at 485 Hoes Lane. The site, which adjoins the Piscataway Municipal Building, was acquired from the township for a nominal cost.
March 7, 1965 – Sanctuary, which was designed to seat 110 people, consecrated. Entire facility comprises 6,000 square feet, including sanctuary, educational/meeting rooms and offices.
April 23, 1968 – Methodist Church merges with Evangelical United Brethren Church to form United Methodist Church; Christ Methodist Church becomes Christ United Methodist Church.
Nov. 18, 1984 – Celebration of 20th anniversary of church building and mortgage burning.
Oct. 3, 1993 – Groundbreaking conducted for building expansion at 485 Hoes Lane.
May 21, 1995 – Service of consecration held for new church and adjoining facilities. The new sanctuary seats 250 people. The sanctuary and supporting facilities, including a 3,800-square-feet fellowship hall, add 14,000 square feet to the church complex.
May 22, 2011 – Celebration of 50th anniversary of church and burning of the mortgage for the 1995 church expansion.
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