Community Meal


NEXT MEAL: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

MEAL LOCATION: Family Place 1020 12th St.

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Community Meal is a committed partnership between First UMC and Upward Bound House’s Family Place — our local transitional housing program for families with young children. The simple church community has worked diligently over the last few years to foster relationships with the staff and residents and to provide a monthly night of fun and food. Through the ministry of feeding and the ministry of showing up, First UMC volunteers engage in activities that create lasting impact and joy.

If you would like to be a part of this meaningful mission, please contact Nathan Oney or call the church office (310) 393-8258. You can help by cooking or donating a meal, side, salad, or dessert or by volunteering to lead a craft or other fun activity for the kids. We can meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. the day of then walk to Family Place together, or just meet at Family Place.

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The annual First UMC Angel Tree project in December provides the necessary home items such as towels, bedding, and cookwares for 21 apartment units. Families are then able take their items with them into their new homes once they have graduated from the program.  For more information on this project contact the church office.

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.


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.