Celebrating our 150th Year in 2017
Planted in faith, rooted in love, growing in grace.
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
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Wednesday Book/Bible Study of
"Revival" by Adam Hamilton
Morning (10:30 a.m.) and Evening (7:00 a.m.) Sessions
Pastor Mark begins a six-week study series for the Easter season this Wednesday, April 19th, using Adam Hamilton's book and video called "Revival." In this series, Hamilton once again uses his captivating, storytelling talent to take us on a six-week journey through England tracing the life of John Wesley.
Wesley's message and his faith continue to speak to 21st century Christians, calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. His story is our story. It's our heritage, it defines our faith, and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion. Adam Hamilton connects John Wesley's contribution in 18th-century England with his legacy for 21st century America, bringing lessons from Wesley's life and ministry to bear on discipleship today.
Two times will be offered: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. "Revival" available for purchase at the class: $10. Study participants can join at any time. For more information, call the church office 963-3579.
FUMCSB Garden Preschool
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 check out the website or call Heidi Casper, Director, at 805/451-5487.
FUMCSB Reconciling Community
A group of FUMCSB members and constituents has formed into a Reconciling Community and is now part of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). This newly formed group within the church will continue to hold information sessions, meet with those who have questions about what affiliation with the RMN means, and prays for the full inclusion of all God’s children, including LGBTQ persons, in the life and ministry of the church. For more information about the RMN, click here. For a link to our Reconciling Community Facebook page, click here. To speak with Christopher Olson, the FUMCSB Reconciling Community group leader, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Remembrance: Brooke Lundin
Brooke Lundin, a beloved member of our church family, passed away tragically earlier this year at the age of 5. We invite you remember her memory in one of two ways - by donating items to complete Health Kits for distribution to families both here and around the world; and by donating to the Brook Lundin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Information about these two memorial gifts is found in: Two Ways to Remember Brooke flyer
Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher
On December 21, 2014, during a party to celebrate her 17th birthday, Grace Fisher, a gifted musician with a bright future, began to have severe pain and was rushed to the hospital. By nightfall, Gracie was intubated and required mechanical ventilator support to breathe and had total loss of her ability to move. She was later diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare viral infection that can occur in children under 21. Because little is known about AFM, her prognosis is uncertain.
Flash forward to today. Grace continues to be a remarkable young woman with much to teach all of us about resilience, patience, fortitude, grit, and faith. She used her wish from the Make a Wish Foundation to form her own non-profit group: www.gracefisherfoundation.org. The mission of the Foundation is to: "Enrich and empower those with mental and physical challenges through the arts."
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.