Upcoming Events



Attention Artists & Animal Lovers

First UMC is thrilled to bring back the Animal Art community exhibit in the Fireside Room this fall. Thank you for all the positive feedback from last year’s show!
Our theme this year: Creatures of the Sea. We are looking for paintings, sketches, photographs, carvings, etc. Read more…

2018 Men's Breakfast

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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Brain Health Seminar

Monica Moore, MSG, from the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA (part of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) will be presenting:

• Living a Brain Healthy Lifestyle Sunday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. in the Alcove

Monica Moore, MSG, has worked in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s disease for more than 15 years focusing on community education, outreach and caregiver support. She has worked for the Alzheimer’s Association – California Southland Chapter, WISE & Healthy Aging, and is now proud to be at the Easton Center.

If you have any questions about the seminars, please contact Anne Premer at 310-393-8258 ext 103, or email a.premer@santamonicaumc.org. Light refreshments served. No charge.

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Community Meal w/ Family Place

Thursday August 30 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.

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Habitat for Humanity – Patience House Build

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

Visit the Habitat page for details and other build dates.

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Messy Church

Saturday September 8 at 4:30 p.m., Simkins Hall & Chapel

Messy Church resumes its monthly worship 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: Love Your Neighbor. Be ready to get messy!

UMC Dodgers Night – The Sequel

Game Day: Friday, September 21 at 7:10 p.m. Dodger Stadium

If you missed the recent UMC Dodger Night, a second night as been added! The Dodgers vs. the San Diego Padres on Friday, September 21, 7:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. The seating for this game is in the Preferred Reserve section on the 1st Baseline side, and ticket price includes a Dodger Dog and soda. Tickets are $40. Deadline to order is September 10.  For more information click here.

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Book Study & Potluck Returns

Sunday September 23 at 11:30 a.m., Fireside Room

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Greg Boyle

“Only love gets fists to open.” Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, gets right to the heart of the matter in examining the current climate of escalating hate and violence. Drawn from his own experiences, Fr. Boyle points to the inherent value and goodness in every person. It’s not about winning the argument or demonizing anyone, he maintains. It’s about love and “believing that love never fails. It doesn’t.”
The book is available at the Hospitality Table, in the church office, and on Amazon. Read, bring something to share for the potluck lunch, and come join in a spirited and hope-filled discussion.
AND – if you can name 3 books from our very first Book Study year in 2001, let us know. The first reader to get their titles in will get a free copy of the book as your prize!
Call the church office with your answers, or stop by the Sunday Hospitality Table.

Check the web page for the list of this year’s books and schedule.


Youth Service Project Report Back

Sunday, September 30: 11 a.m. in Simkins Hall

Thirteen youth and five adults traveled to Slidell, Louisiana, this summer to repair homes of those in need. First UMC will host a YSP Report Back & Luncheon after worship. All are welcome! No charge.

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Save the Date: 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.