Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara. (FUMCSB). Located in downtown Santa Barbara, FUMCSB combines the Coastal California style with its rich tradition of Methodism. Our worship, described as warm traditional, is a reflection of our congregation. We are called to provide a meaningful experience that extends beyond Sunday worship and our outreach extends into our community and around the globe.
If you are visiting Santa Barbara, or if you are new to the area, we would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and visit. Please know that wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. Blessings to you.
Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, Senior Pastor and Rev. Dr. Alan Strout, Associate Pastor
The Judicial Council, the highest court of the United Methodist Church, has affirmed the reinstatement of Rev. Frank Schaefer to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Background: Pastor Frank originally lost his ministerial credentials in December 2013 after performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for his son in 2007. He was re-instated in June 2014 and is now serving as senior pastor of the nearby Isla Vista
University Church. This latest and final ruling means that Pastor Frank can continue as the ordained senior pastor in Isla Vista.
Pastor Frank is grateful for all the people across the country, including those within the United Methodist Church, who have prayed and voiced their love and support that he, Brigitte, and his family have felt throughout this journey.
If you wish to contribute to Frank’s legal defenses, please go to www.rmnetwork.org and click “Donate” then choose the designation “Reconciling Clergy” OR mail a check made out to “Reconciling Ministries Network” with “Clergy Defense” in the memo line to RM Network, 123 West Madison Street, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60602.
Registration applications are still being accepted for the new 2014-2015 school year. Garden Preschool offers full and half-day programs Monday - Friday for ages 2 through Kindergarten in a caring, supportive and educational indoor and outdoor environment. To register, learn more about the preschool, or to schedule a visit, please call Heidi Casper, Director, at 805/451-5487.
You are invited to include a small group in your plans for spiritual growth in the Fall season. Please call the church office for more information about these groups:
Disciple Bible Study: The class will continue in January, 2015.
Interfaith Prayer Shawl Ministry: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room.
“Making Sense of the Bible” Study: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. Study of the book by Adam Hamilton. Led by Pastor Mark.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: 3rd Thursday each month, 7:30 a.m. Moby Dick’s restaurant. Brief devotion, guest speakers, breakfast ($10).
My Story, My Service: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Personal stories of faith and service.
Stephen Ministry: Meets 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. See Pastor Alan.
United Methodist Women: General meeting and program 2nd Thursday each month, plus monthly Circle meetings. All meetings in the Asbury Room.
Volleyball Spirituality: Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall. The indoor beach ball fun.
Wesleyan Fellowship Group: Meets monthly - dates vary and based on activities.
Widows and Single Women Fellowship: Meets last Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room.
Women of Spirit: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room. Book study of “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey.
Youth Group: Sundays, 4 p.m. Fun activities and fellowship led by Izzy, Elizabeth, Gary, and Pastor Alan.
Latest Events and Activities
We have lots of upcoming events happening at FUMCSB. Check out our Sunday Bulletin Insert to see a listing.
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