TISDALE UMC - 17507 US 160 WINFIELD, KS 67156 - 620.221.2607 - tisdale@pixius.net
Tisdale United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Our old gymnasium 

In 1953 the people of Tisdale Methodist Church erected a round-top building.  The building housed a gymnasium and large kitchen.  

Over the years the building has seen much activity, including athletic practices and events, church and community dinners, 4-H meetings, family reunions, parties, wedding receptions, and other public gatherings.  Many happy memories were made here.  One of the most notable events was the “Little United Nations” event.  Eleanor Roosevelt was among those who came to present the program.

Time and weather have taken their toll.  A problem of leaking that could not seem to be stopped, even though valiant efforts were made, eventually made the building unusable because of moisture and mold. Something had to be done. But,what?   Several years of decision making and planning have taken place.  A committee was formed to lead the church in a building program.

As a result of the work of this committee a vote was taken and a new building was planned.  In August a group of people began taking out anything on the inside of the gym that was possibly re-usable.  Then in September a demolition crew came in to begin taking down the shell of the building.  Demolition was complete about the last of October, 2008.  

On Friday, September 26, the first load of steel for the new building was delivered and unloaded on the site.  The people of Tisdale United Methodist Church eagerly await the erection of a new building, which will house a gymnasium, kitchen, restrooms, and eventually classrooms. 

The picture below of the old gym groundbreaking was loaned by the late Ruth Scott, a member of our church for many years.

Manning the shovel is Rev. S. Ben Finley, pastor of our church at the time the old gym was built

We are still working on our new building but we still have more to do. We  have finished the large gymnasium part, the restrooms and hallway. We now have the gym part air conditioned. Our next big project is finishing the kitchen so we can better serve dinners, etc. We already have hosted many events, both church and community in the gym.

A company by the name of Ace.Studios has created a documentary DVD showing the removal, etc, of the old gym and the creation of the new gym.It includes videos and still pictures as well as interviews of several Tisdale members. They have done an awesome job with this project. The DVDs are for sale for $10 each and are available at the church. Call 620-221-2607 or send an email at: tisdale@pixius.net to get your copy. Below is their business logo:

A trailer video has been added to YouTube showing excerpts of the DVD. Click this link to be taken to the video on YouTube: m.youtube.com/watch
Click here: www.acestudiosfilming.com/ to see their accomplishments on their website and what services they offer.
Click here to see a page of gym photos starting with the removal process of the old gym and progress photos of the building of our new gymnasium: http://www.tisdaleumc.org/GymPhotos This is a page with many photos and will take a long time to load all pictures but the wait is worth it. All the pictures have not been added yet but will be filled in when time allows.
Check back here to see any additional information that is related to our gym project