Health Ministry

Community Blood Drive

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

The Health Ministry Council sponsors an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive each year. For questions or to volunteer, contact Debi Jenkinson Wong at 310-337-7626 or debijwong@

— DanceFit is on hold due to an injury sustained by instructor Whitney Hagan. Look for further updates in the Spring. —


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. No charge but donations appreciated. Kids are welcome. Tell your friends!

Parking is available on the street or in the underground garage across 11th Street.  See Church Parking signs.


Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Come get your blood pressure checked every 3rd Sunday of the month in Simkins Hall.  No charge.  Date subject to change.

3rd Sundays, 11 a.m., Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

Free Flu Vaccination 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. Any seniors who have been told to get the ‘SENIOR Flu Shot’ dose should contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy; the public health nurses are not given this special dose to administer at the clinics.

Santa Monica Transportation Service: By MODE

What is MODE?  MODE stands for Mobility On Demand Everyday. WISE and Healthy Aging and Big Blue Bus partnered with Lyft to provide curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in Santa Monica.  Most trips on MODE are provided by Lyft, an on-demand ride service that matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up within minutes.  

You may use the service to go anywhere within the Santa Monica city limits. Health care: Visit a doctor, therapist, medical facility and hospital. Education: Take a class, attend school, a lecture or a discussion group. Enjoyment: Visit friends and relatives, church, the movies, the park or any recreational or social activity. Shopping: Go to grocery stores, department stores, the mall or any shopping area in Santa Monica.  

They also provide access to the following facilities during regular hours of operation: • UCLA Medical Center, Westwood • Kaiser Medical Centers in West Los Angeles and Culver City/Marina del Rey • V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center • Select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice

Check their website for fares and eligibility.  

To sign up, call WISE and Healthy Aging at 310-394-9871.  For more information or questions, contact Anne Premer:

Anne Premer, Congregation Care Associate

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

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, send us an email or call the church office (310) 393-8258.