Community Meal

Monthly Community Meal Potluck

4th Thursdays of the month unless notated.

Next Meal: Thursday August 30, 2018

Sign Up for the Potluck (click here)


The Community Meal potluck is an opportunity to help feed about 30-40 adults & children, served buffet style. Attending the potluck not only provides a delicious meal for the families and allows the parents an evening free from cooking dinner but is a way for all who attend to be a part of a warm and accepting community.

Invite your friends and join the next potluck for an evening of conversation, crafts/games with the kids, and a shared meal.  For more information, contact the Community Meal Volunteers by emailing meal@santamonicaumc.org or call the church office (310) 393-8258.


Going on its third year, simple church hosts the monthly Community Meal potluck with Family Place. A program of Upward Bound House, Family Place provides transitional housing and intensive wrap-around case management for families with minor children in crisis. Traditionally, homeless shelters separate men and women; Family Place offers a unique model maintaining the family unit intact in separate apartments. They serve about 50 families per year and achieves superlative outcomes. Over 95% of the graduates of Family Place have remained in permanent, self-sufficient housing for at least a year after graduating.

The annual First UMC Angel Tree program in December provides the necessary home items such as towels, bedding, and cookwares. Families are then able take their items with them into their new homes once they have graduated from the program.

Every summer, the First UMC Sunday school children put their “Faith in Action” by collecting school supplies and assembling backpacks for the children of Family Place.  For more info on how to contribute please contact Tricia Guerrero.


Our History

A long-time dream of the First UMC congregation came to life in the early ’90s when Rev. Don Shelby, church members, and staff focused the church’s mission on seniors and homeless families within this city. The Church partnered with Upward Bound House to raise money and lend its property for building state of the art housing and a subterranean garage. We continue on a daily basis serving this population and providing our congregation a place to volunteer that is near to our hearts.

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