“When Dylan and I step in the sanctuary, I think about our wedding day, the first time our family lighted the Advent candles and the first time James was in the Christmas pageant. The stained-glass windows make me feel close to God; they bring back memories of the times I’ve felt his presence.” – Amanda Botteicher

“We all have lots of ups and downs in life. We need to have a place to think clearly with people who respect us. In this really calm and peaceful space, I know no one will be rude to me. The windows are so pretty and whoever did that big window in back reminds me anyone can do anything, because it is humongous!” – Bridget Yoder, 8

“As I reflect on our church and its meaning to me, I am reminded of what a teacher friend once told me, “tradition breeds stability.” I think FUMCLR fits this definition very well. Over the years I, like many of our members, have served on various committees, boards and commissions. But what is most important to me is our corporate worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings in our beautifully restored 1900 sanctuary. During the worst of the COVID crisis, which forced us to close our doors and even with the staff’s excellent and creative support, our worship together was so missed. It is important to remember our church will celebrate 200 years of continuous service in 2031, only seven years from today. By then we will have worshiped 131 of those years in our 1900 sanctuary.” – Carl Miller