Four years after that dedication, the church moved to San Fernando Road where it remained until moving to Third Street and Olive Avenue in 1922. Continuing to grow, the congregants entered into an aggressive fundraising drive in the late 1940s, and in 1952 completed the building of their present Glenoaks Boulevard home.
This past Saturday, the Burbank First United Methodist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary with a ceremony that featured comments and proclamations from local dignitaries followed by a daylong showcase of entertainment accompanied by food, games and a presentation of historical photos and artifacts pertaining to the church.
Among the special guests who were welcomed by the church's senior pastor, the Rev. Wayne Walters and associate pastor, the Rev. Heather Blackstone, were former senior pastor, the Rev. Greg Baston and his wife, Tania, Burbank Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes and his wife, Sandy, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, William Syms, who represented U.S. Rep.
Chaired by Jon Huntley, the quasquicentennial celebration committee of Connie Trimble, Mark Krailo, Roger Lamb, Carol Campbell, Donna Michel, Helen Von Seggern, Lauren Campbell and Riley Kolus staged a day of continuous live entertainment that featured local dance ensembles and vocalists including Juliette Dube, Wendy Stackhouse, Angela Akmakjian, Ann, Brooks, Zak and Taryn Gardner, Julian Mracky, Robert Wells, Hannah and Riley Kolus, Katie Trimble, Jeremy Herzig, Marilyn Strong, Jennie Lamb and Burbank High School's Bucco di Burbank choir.
Among those who enjoyed the day by volunteering, perusing a room filled with church memorabilia, and having their photos taken in costumes of the mid-1880s, were Bob and Lois Russo, Richard and Nancy White, Gary Trimble, Pat and Laurie Patterson, Jim and Jane Casey, Forrest Mitchell, Jenny Fiscus, Leslie Lily, Marsha Jackson,