Advent & Christmas 2020

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all…” Titus 2:11

Christ was born into our world in a time when darkness hung over the land. It was wintertime and the longed-for Messiah seemed to tarry…
God had other plans, promised to us of old! A star lit the sky. A baby was born. The shepherds rejoiced. The angels sang. The grace of God appeared in human flesh and everything was made new. And all the earth was glad as healing and salvation came to all.

Christmas. This is where new life starts, for our weary world and for each and every one of us.

Thanks to you, through the mission and ministries of our congregation, new life starts again and again in our community of faith and in the community in which we live, and all across the world. Through your generous giving, we witness to God’s new life far and wide in this sacred season and throughout the year.

I invite you to celebrate the season, inviting new life to be born in you in this time in which we need it most. It is the gift of God’s grace, bringing salvation to all.

Through December: Christmas Creche in the Courtyard
December 1-15 Alternative Christmas Fair
December 6 Advent Worship Sunday Online Service, 10 a.m.
December 6 Alternative Christmas Fair hosting online coffee hour, 11 a.m.
December 9 December Mid-Week Recital Online, 12:10 p.m.
December 13 Advent Worship Sunday Online Service, 10 a.m.
December 13 Alternative Christmas Fair hosting online coffee hour, 11 a.m.
December 19 Christmas Worship Messy Church via Zoom, 4:30 p.m.
December 19 All Community Theater presents via Zoom: “Christmas Choir” play, 7 p.m.
December 20 Christmas Worship “Lessons and Carols (part 1)” Sunday Online Service, 10 a.m.
December 24 Christmas Eve Family Service – Online, 4 p.m. (Facebook) and (Website)
Celebrate through worship with Christmas carols, re-telling of the Christmas story,
and rejoicing together!

December 27 Christmas Worship “Lessons and Carols (part 2)” Sunday Online Service, 10 a.m.

Amidst your giving at this time of year, we invite you to send a special Christmas offering gift to your church. You may also give online: www.santamonicaumc.org/give. Select Christmas Offering in the drop-down menu.

My Christmas prayer for each of you is that you will find in this season a renewed sense of God’s love and healing presence in your life, new life bringing light and joy to you and yours. For in the Christ Child is born the fullness of life, joy, and peace for all.

Advent Devotionals

The devotionals are written by the First UMC congregation and provide a wonderful opportunity to share Advent with family and friends. Click to subscribe and receive devotionals by email during Advent and Lent.

NEW: First UMC Virtual Sanctuary
If you’re missing being in the First UMC Sanctuary, we now offer a contemplative video experience of the interior of the Sanctuary beautifully decorated for Advent and Christmas, with organ music provided by Ty Woodward. View here.

Christmas Concert 2019
We miss many of our in-person traditions this year, especially our annual Christmas Concert with beautiful music and carols. We are grateful to provide you with a recording of the music from last year’s concert, available on our website. You may click to hear each track, and view the printed program here.