Ways to Give

Thank you so much for your generous support of the mission and ministries of our church!

button-click-here-to-give-onlineYou may use your credit card or make a bank account transfer to give your tithe or offering, support various ministries of the church and much more! You now have the option to create a registered account to set up a recurring donation and to manage your account securely from any computer, iPhone, iPad, or mobile devices with internet access. There are no extra charges for donations.

Checks can be made payable to FUMC with your designation in the memo line and mailed to First UMC Santa Monica 1008 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90403.

Faith for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow  Glorious blessings abound through the ministries and outreach of First UMC. Through these past difficult and challenging months, we have been a spiritual home for congregation and visitors alike, many finding comfort and support through our online worship and fellowship.

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Planned Giving – Join the Legacy Circle

A growing number of families in the church have committed to remembering First UMC or the affiliated Methodist Foundation of Santa Monica in their will and estate plans. The Planned Giving Committee invites YOU to take an active part in ensuring that the message of Christ continues in our community in perpetuity through the ministries of First United Methodist Church. You don’t have to provide any details or dollars of your exact plans to join the Legacy Circle – just your commitment, no matter the amount, is what’s important.

For more information on how to be part of this founding charter group visit the Planned Giving page. Click here to download the Detailed Information Sheet.

Commemorate with the Tree of Life

The First UMC Commemorative Tree of Life in the Fireside Room was started by our United Methodist Women to honor many of their leaders and members. It is now available to the congregation and makes a wonderful lasting gift and tribute. Leaves may be purchased in memory of a loved one or to commemorate significant events in the lives of church members. Funds raised through the Commemorative Tree of Life will be administered by the First UMC Trustees in support of the ministries of First UMC. Leaves are available at $500 per leaf. Text may be up to 5 lines, 28 letters/spaces per line in the current font size of the New Times Roman font. Please contact the church office for further information.

Flowers at the Reredos

Honor the memory of a loved one, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other event with flowers for the 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship or consider a gift to the Flower Fund.  Donations will be used for Sundays when flowers have not been dedicated.

Ways to Give By Shopping

UMCMarket – A Donation Program

The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church is pleased to present UMCmarket, a tremendously rewarding opportunity to earn money for First UMC of Santa Monica. UMCmarket makes it possible for our church to receive donations from retailers every time you make an online purchase. The best thing is that you don’t need to change anything from how you shop today, and every small donation makes a difference. This allows our church family to do together what we cannot do alone.
How it Works.
Every store at UMCmarket is happy to pay a percentage of the purchased amount as a donation. There is no additional cost or charge for either you or our church. The stores send UMCmarket the contributions within a variable time frame of 30-90 days. Once our church reaches $100 in total donations, a check will be mailed.
Signing Up is Free!
You can easily sign up for free. Go to UMCmarket.org then click on the “Get Started” button. For written instructions CLICK HERE.


In the times we’re living in, “every little bit” truly does help! Did you know that by signing up with a few different programs (which is quick and easy) you could be sending monetary funds to the church just by running your normal errands? At http://www.escrip.com you can register your grocery club/rewards cards and your various credit cards (optional). Then, when you shop at their participating merchants such as Vons, Macys, Pep Boys, Bristol Farms, OfficeMax and others, a percentage of your purchase total is donated to First UMC. Just enter our group name (First UMC) or ID number (166442608) to designate First UMC as your beneficiary. Other stores have their own programs that will also donate to First UMC, including Ralphs (see below), it’s easy and will only take a few minutes of your time – but will give extra added support to the church so that we might continue valuable ministry to the community. Thanks!

Ralph’s Rewards Card

If you shop at Ralphs, we have a another simple way for you to give to First UMC. Under their Community Contribution program, Ralphs donates a portion of every dollar you spend to First UMC when you shop using your Ralphs Rewards Card number!

It’s that time of year to register (or re-register) for the Ralphs Community Contribution Program! When you register anytime and shop at Ralphs, First UMC receives a portion of every dollar you spend. The only way to enroll is to enroll online with your Ralphs rewards card number at www.ralphs.com; click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on Enroll Now. If you don’t have computer access, call 1-800-443-4438 for assistance. Thank you for your continued support!