1893 Morgan Hill Methodist Church began with a donation of $50 cash and three lots on Monterey Road for the church building site from the C.H. Phillips Land Company. Methodists and Baptists share the building, alternating pastors each Sunday. One pastor preaches in Morgan Hill; the other in Coyote, north of Morgan Hill. Public School meets in the sanctuary.
1894 Catherine Stone founds the first Ladies Aid group, a precursor to today’s United Methodist Women.
1895 Machado School opens; public school no longer meets in the church. Church purchases a bell with $85 raised by the Ladies Aid. Construction begins on the church parsonage (now called Wesley Cottage).
1896 Mrs. L. P. Walker (the pastor’s wife) loses her wedding ring in an unfinished wall of the parsonage. The ring has never been found.
1898 Congregation dedicates the church building and burns the mortgage.
1901 Rev. J. W. Peters starts the church’s first youth group, the Epworth League.
1906 The church builds a barn for the pastor’s horse. (Later a garage, the barn has been rebuilt and now houses the early elementary class.)
1913 Sanctuary is extended and a kitchen is added.
1921 Congregation purchases a pipe organ for $400.
1924 Men’s Club begins with 50 members.
1935 Social Hall is expanded.
1950 New Sunday School rooms are added.
1957 Church purchases a new parsonage on Longview Drive.
1969 200 people attend celebration honoring 75th anniversary of the church.
1987 Complete restoration begins. Repairs to the bell tower, foundation, and roof improve structural integrity. Painting, landscaping, and interior remodeling enhance the church’s appearance.
2002 MHUMC identifies itself as a Reconciling Congregation.
2012 MHUMC begins the “Sharing the Bounty” Wednesday night community meal program, working together with Martha’s Kitchen food provider.