Linden grew, so did the Church. In 1907 an extension
was added to the Church and a new parsonage was built
next door. In 1911 a gym was added. At this time, the
Linden High School rented the gym for the use of the
students – the boys for one night and one afternoon
each week for $10.00 per month and the girls for one
afternoon a week at $3.00 monthly. The first Boy Scout
Troop in Linden (Troop #1) was sponsored by our Church
and met in the gym every week. Sunday School classes
were also held there in addition to other rooms throughout
the rest of the buildings and the sanctuary. In 1916
a kitchen was added to the Church and the building was
wired for electricity, but the parsonage did not have
electricity until nine years later.
1921 the balance of the property next to the parsonage
was purchased at a cost of $2,600. By 1925, the congregation
had outgrown the facilities, so the Church was torn
down and the present Church was built. A basement was
also built under the gym. The membership in 1925 was
161 adults and 412 children.
the years that followed, many organizations of the Church
were active: Junior and Senior choirs, Couples Clubs,
Bible Study groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Workshops,
Sunday School classes, Junior & Senior Youth groups,
nursery classes during worship, picnics and bus trips.
Church continued to grow and prosper. In 1962, a new
addition housing a large social hall, new kitchen, bathrooms,
pastor’s office and Sunday School rooms was added
at a cost not to exceed $100,000. At this point we had
a Church membership of 490 adults and 295 children.
In 1973 a new parsonage was purchased and the old one
was rented for a number of years. It was eventually
torn down and a Memorial Garden was established in it's
place. Today, in the Spring, our city business district
glows with the beautiful flowering trees and bushes
in our garden.
Church has continued to be an active part of the Linden
community. Some of the activities of our Church have
been: 30 years of Kiwanis luncheons, Junior Chamber
of Commerce luncheons, Bountiful Baskets to help feed
the needy, Rummage sales, Christmas fairs, Smorgasbords,
Wednesday Workshop, Weight Watchers, Candy Mountain
Day Care, Polish Fencing School, community meetings,
Parents Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Dianne Long
Scholarship, Gregg Carhart Scholarship and William Steiniger
Scholarship, Clown Ladies, Monthly Messenger, Bake Sales,
Linden Seniors Shuffleboard, newspaper delivery meetings,
voting machines for the Ward, rentals for Weddings,
Showers and Celebrations, catering dinners for Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts, service clubs – and many other
activities too numerous to remember!
present membership has a very important part in our
Church. As we remember the past, we also look forward
to the future, when others will continue the history
of the United Methodist Church here in the City of Linden.
We will always continue to serve God, our Church family
and our community.