Health Ministry

Through God’s love, the Health Ministry Council works to promote wellness in individuals, the church, and the community.  The council supports the mission of First UMC, plans and implements programs and activities that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being and healing, and serves as an advocate for health and safety concerns.  For more information about the Council, or to volunteer, fill out the contact form below or call the church office (310) 393-8258.

DanceFit – Free Workout Class!

Monthly, Saturdays: New 2018 Dates: Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar 17, Apr. 28, May 19, Jun 2 in Simkins Hall – dates and room subject to change. 
Dance your way to fitness with First UMC member Whitney Hagan, licensed Zumba instructor.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a towel. Water will be available. Sponsored by the Health Ministry Council.  No charge.  Tell your friends!

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Come get your blood pressure checked every 3rd Sunday of the month in Simkins Hall.  No charge.
3rd Sundays, 11 a.m., Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center


Community Blood Drive

Spring, Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

The Health Ministry Council is sponsoring an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive again.  Sign up at the Sunday Hospitality Table or on the Red Cross website: and enter sponsor code FirstUMCSM. Child care available while you donate, with prior arrangements. And best of all, the knowledge that you’ve helped to save up to 3 lives!

For questions or to volunteer, contact  Dorothy Williams (


Flu Shot Clinic

Early Fall, Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

First UMC has the privilege of hosting one of the first flu vaccination clinics in the fall provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This gives us the opportunity to both keep ourselves healthy and help keep our community healthy. There is no charge for the flu vaccine and no appointments necessary.

Anne Premer, Congregation Care Visitor

In 2016-2017, the Council welcomed Anne Premer, First UMC’s first Congregation Care Visitor, as a council member with great sensitivity and expertise as we continue our efforts to help address the health needs of the congregation and our community.  As an extension of pastoral care, Anne works primarily with seniors, to assess needs and connect them with resources in the congregation and community.  Learn more about Anne here or call her at (310) 393-8258 ext. 103, or send her an email

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