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
Gentle Reminder: In addition to our traditional worship service at 9:00 a.m., with organ accompaniment and chancel choir, we now have a newly formatted worship service at 10:45 a.m. It is less formal, with weekly expressions of life's joys and prayer concerns, a simple liturgy of Holy Communion, and a more contemplative feel. You might want to come sometime and check it out!
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m.
We will give thanks for our shared humanity and our common goals for peace in an annual community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Participating will be representatives of the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Unitarian, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions. The service will feature an Interfaith Choir and guest speaker Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Miller. Dr. Miller presently serves as the co-chair of HEAL Goleta, a project of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara that serves and advocates for the homeless, as well as General Manager of Showers of Blessings, a mobile hygiene outreach. The free-will offering will go to Direct Relief, a locally-based non-profit that provides international relief resources and supplies. All are welcome to attend this inspiring and beautiful community service.
Read Our Sunday Insert
For a list of other upcoming and ongoing activities, check out our Insert from Sunday's bulletin.
Hear a Sermon
Use the easy Podcast Player to play past sermons.
Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher
Prayers and support continue for Grace Fisher and her family as she continues rehabilitative treatment for her paralyzing illness.
At our Charge Conferences, we shared our most important ministry of 2015 - the ministry for and with Gracie Fisher and her family. The FUMC Youth Group read a synopsis celebrating that ministry and it can be read by clicking here. A video slideshow set to music was also shown of Gracie's journey. We hope you take a moment to watch and read about Gracie. She is one remarkable, courageous and amazing young woman.
A website has been set-up to provide updates on her progress and to allow the family to connect with all those who continue to pray for her recovery. Please see the her website for a list of upcoming fundraisers to assist with her ongoing medical expenses.
Direct donations are alway welcome to help the Fisher family with Gracie's medical expenses! Please make your checks out to the Grace Fisher Fund and mail to:
Gracie Fisher Fund, 308 Paseo Del Descanso, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
FUMCSB Garden Preschool Registration and Axxess Books
Garden Preschool offers full and half-day, year-round 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.
2016 Axxess card/books are now on sale at the Preschool, on Sundays during Fellowship Time, and at the Church Office during the week (M-F, 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.). Axxess cards provide many local deals on dining, goods and services and by just using your Axxess card a few times, you can make up the cost of the book. The Axxess card/books are $30 each, of which, $10 goes to Garden Preschool.