Task Force

The First UMC Re-Gathering Task Force

Our bishop and the California-Pacific Conference have issued Guidelines for Churches as we prepare for the day when in-person worship might again resume.  To follow our Methodist hallmarks to Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in Love with God, the Guidelines are based first in the latest available medical and scientific information.  Doing all we can to protect the health and safety of our members, families, neighbors and community is paramount.   One of the best ways we can be a witness in our communities is not by holding tightly to our own re-gathering plans, but by demonstrating humility and a willingness to do what is best for those around us—this is what it looks like to love our neighbor in a pandemic. Powerful, vital, faithful worship is also always our goal.  

Our Re-Gathering Task Force will be meeting over the next few months to prepare a plan to submit to our District Superintendent.  Members include:  Paul Glenney, Jocelyn Hicks-Garner, Sam Johnson, Michael Lamb, Cindy McQuade, Jane Schmitz, John Stutsman, working with Patricia Farris, Tricia Guerrero and David Penson, staff.  Feel free to send your ideas, hopes, concerns and dreams to:  task.force@santamonicaumc.org

As we continue Sunday morning and Messy Church worship together online, may God grant us wisdom, stamina, patience, assurance and hope!

– Patricia Farris