Upcoming Events

West District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries

Mondays, April 17 thru May 15: class time 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Room 203
This year, First UMC will host Lay Servant Ministry classes on Monday nights, beginning April 17 thru May 15. Class titles include: The Basic Class, You Can Preach, and Dancing with Words – Lay Servants Tell Stories. For registration info, stop by the Sunday Hospitality Table.

Mid-Week Recital & Reception 

Wednesday April 12, 12:10 p.m., Sanctuary & Fireside Room

Trio Accento

Trio Accento is an exciting new piano trio whose performances have been exuberantly welcomed by audiences and presenters wherever they appear. Violinist Limor Toren-Immerman, cellist Maksim Velichkin and pianist Nora Chiang Wrobel have a collective history of decades of solo, chamber music and orchestral performances in some of the country’s top venues and with renowned groups and orchestras. Together they create a dynamic voice full of tenderness, passion and color.

A short reception with the artist follows in the Fireside Room.  See full list of artists here.

Blood Drive

Sunday April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Simkins Hall 

The Health Ministry Council is sponsoring an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive. Sign up at the Sunday Hospitality Table or at the website: www.redcrossblood.org, and enter sponsor code FirstUMCSM. Don’t miss this opportunity to save lives! For more information about the Council, or to volunteer, contact Dorothy Williams (dorothywil@gmail.com).

 Loving God With Our Minds

A Book-of-the-Month Discussion & Potluck  

Sunday April 23, 11:30 a.m., Fireside Room 

By C. Christopher Smith

The April Book Study wraps up our “spring semester” of reading. Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help our Neighborhoods and Churches Flourish brings a new perspective on the importance of reading and discussing together in groups. How does our reading and talking together animate the mission of the church and turn us outward to the needs of our neighbors? How does reading and talking together deepen our faith?
Here’s a great opportunity to explore why we do what we do at First UMC–and the difference it makes.

The book is available at the Hospitality Table and in the church office. Come one, come all.

For more information on the book study schedule click here.

Don’t forget to bring a dish to share!

Wesley Foundation Fundraiser

Sunday April 23: 1-3 p.m. 580 Hilgard Ave, LA 90024 

The Wesley Foundation Serving UCLA is having an afternoon of music, poetry, dance and refreshments as they share in the blessings and beauty of their student community. The Silent Auction has incredible choices to raise funds to grow and sustain their ministry of, by, and with students. To donate directly online: http://www.www.wfsucla.org.

Community Meal with Family Place

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Thursday April 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

Family Place (1020 12th St., SM)

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.

For more information, contact Rev. Robert English: r.english@santamonicaumc.org or call the church office (310) 393-8258.

Save these dates for C.A.S.T. performances: 

Disney’s Aristocats Kids (1st-5th Grade)

Show Dates: May 19-20

Bye Bye Birdie (5th-12th Grade)

Show Dates: May 5-6


West District Conference Save the Date

The West District Conference will be held Saturday May 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rolling Hills UMC (26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. More information to follow.

Mid-Week Recital & Reception 

Wednesday May 10, 12:10 p.m., Sanctuary & Fireside Room

Jaebon Hwang, organ

The finale of the Mid-Week Recital series is with award-winning composer and organist, Jaebon Hwang!  She is organist at Westwood United Methodist Church where she presides over one of the largest organs in the region.  Awarded the Fellow of American Guild of Organists, the organization’s highest level of certification, she is active as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist.

A short reception with the artist follows in the Fireside Room.  See full list of artists here.

Save the Date! 

Chancel Choir Spring Concert

Sunday May 21, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

First UMC and Dr. James E. Smith,conductor, present the world premiere of Requiem of Remembrance, by Michael McClish and Excerpts from The Gift of Life by John Ritter. Featuring soloists, chorus, orchestra, harp, organ, and percussion.

Suggested donation at the door: $10 Adults, $5 seniors & children under 12.