Upcoming Events



Art Exhibit Now Open

First UMC is thrilled to bring back the Animal Art community exhibit this fall. The theme this year: Creatures of the Sea. Stop by the Fireside Room to view the works of artists from the local community. Read more…

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Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study

Tuesdays, 7 a.m.* in the Fireside Room 

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study is a weekly meeting where men of all ages and generations gather to ground themselves in the Holy Scripture with a breakfast potluck.

As men try to navigate the stresses and complexities of this modern world and daily life, Men’s Breakfast is a place for community, prayer and fellowship through the sharing of God’s Holy word.

Come by as your schedule permits!  Contact Nathan Oney for questions.


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Messy Church

Saturday, October 20* at 4:30 p.m., Simkins Hall & Chapel *Note the date change.

Messy Church is where we learn about God’s love through crafts, activities, story, and a shared meal. Children, families, and adults of all ages are welcome to this worship experience as we explore a monthly theme together as one church family. This month’s theme: Ruth’s Loyalty. Be ready to get messy!

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Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Sunday, October 21, 11 a.m., Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center

Come get your blood pressure checked every 3rd Sunday of the month in Simkins Hall.  No charge.  Open to the community.  Sponsored by the Health Ministry Council.

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Book Study & Potluck 

Sunday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m., Fireside Room

October Book:
Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century
By Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Every year Senior Minister Rev. Patricia Farris selects a collection of seven books that make up the Loving God with Our Minds Book Study series. The books are chosen because they are thought-provoking, controversial, and illuminating. The goal is to grow our minds as we deepen our faith. All are invited for a potluck lunch and lively discussion!

Check the web page for the list of this year’s books and schedule.  Books are generally available at the Sunday Hospitality table or church office or Amazon.

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Westside Food Bank’s 28th Annual 5k Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 21: 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Santa Monica Ocean View Park (2701 Barnard Way, SM 90405)

Join First UMC member Russ Whittenburg as he walks to help the Westside Food Bank celebrate their 28th year of walking for a hunger-free community. There’s no registration fee, and anyone can walk as an individual or gather as a group to create a team. The program starts at noon and includes music and dance performances, a family fun zone, raffle prizes and award presentations. The 5k begins at 2 p.m. along the beach path. There will also be a Beach Bash After Party BBQ at 3:30 p.m.(tickets required.) Every dollar raised provides four nutritious meals for families in need!

To sign up, go to: www.wsfb.org, and look for the First UMC group (First United Methodist Church). You may Contact Russ directly at russwhittenburg@gmail.com, or 320-395-7798.



Labyrinth Open for Walks

Sunday, October 21, 3 – 5 p.m., Simkins Hall – Note the time change.

Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice, a way to quiet our minds and open our spirits to the presence of the Holy.  Every step a prayer.  No charge but donations appreciated.  The Labyrinth is also available by reservations for individuals and groups.  Read more…


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Community Meal w/ Family Place

Thursday October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Family Place 1020 12th St.

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.

Sign Up for the Potluck (click here)

For more information, contact Dan Stirling / Anna Rogers meal@santamonicaumc.org.

DanceFit is back and with more classes per month!

New 2018 Fall Dates: 

Oct. 27 / Nov. 10 / Dec. 8 / Dec. 22 

10 a.m. Saturdays, Room 300

Dance your way to fitness with First UMC member Whitney Hagan, licensed Zumba instructor. Open to all levels of dance experience! Kids are welcome. Tell your friends! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a towel. Water will be available. No charge but donations appreciated.

United Methodist Women Holiday Bazaar 

Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 p.m. $7. 50 entrance, (includes soup, bread, coffee and cookie) in the Fireside Room. 
Last Call: Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 (free entrance) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. after worship in the UMW Workroom. 
The United Methodist Women are gearing up for their annual Holiday Bazaar, which benefits mission projects and is UMW’s principal fundraiser. The Bazaar is a festive way to jump-start your holiday shopping!  Don’t miss handmade goods, casseroles, fudge, baked goods, attic treasures, a Silent Auction and more!

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Habitat for Humanity – Patience House Build

Saturday, November 3, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Habitat page for details and other build dates.

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simple supper & Haiti Mission Trip Info Night

Sunday, November 11: 6 p.m. in Room 101 (note the room change)

simple supper is a simple church monthly potluck.  No sign ups necessary, just bring a dish to share and your appetite!

The 2019 Haiti Mission Trip is coming up in March 2019. If you are interested in participating–whether by going or through your support–or if you’d just like to learn more, please come to the simple supper potluck on November 11th following simple church. The potluck will be a simple, casual dinner (bring a dish to share) and a time to talk and pray about this opportunity with Haiti team leaders and some past participants.

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Save the Date: Church Charge Conference Sunday

Sunday, November 18: 11 a.m. in Simkins Hall

Join First UMC for the annual Church Charge Conference as we engage in a joyful and worshipful celebration of this year’s accomplishments. The agenda includes reports on the ministries and missions of First UMC, financial items, membership matters, and election of officers and council members for the coming year. West District Superintendent Rev. Mark M. Nakagawa will preside. Lunch will be served, and child care will be provided. No charge.