Celebrating our 150th Year in 2017
Planted in faith, rooted in love, growing in grace

Front of Church 3Welcome 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. 

Mark up close

If you are visiting Santa Barbara, or if you are new to the area,

Mark and Alanwe 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 



Read Our Sunday Insert

For a list of upcoming and ongoing activities, check out our Insert from Sunday's bulletin.


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UMCOR Sunday is this SUNDAY - March 26th
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a prominent worldwide emergency relief organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR reaches worldwide to provide relief in five core areas: Hunger, Health, Refugees, Emergencies, and Relief Supplies. Since 1940 UMCOR has served people in almost 100 countries around the world. Gifts to the UMCOR Sunday offering (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) help UMCOR keep the promise that 100 percent of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not administrative costs. UMCOR has no source of revenue for administration except from UMCOR Sunday.

louisiana-flooding-8-2016-024 1-587x388Special UMCOR offering envelopes were included in last Sunday’s Order of Worship and will be available this Sunday as well. You can also send in your offering to the church office. Please include “UMCOR Sunday” in the memo line of your check. Thank you for you compassionate generosity!

For more information on UMCOR, visit their website: www.umcor.org

Photo: Jeremain (left) and Jeremaih Robinson pile up ruined furnishings from a home that was heavily damaged by flooding in Baton Rouge, LA., in August, 2016. The 16-year-old twins were part of a volunteer team from First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.


Lenton Bible Study with Pastor Mark 

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., continues through April 12th

A Life in Psalms by Patrick Woodhouse

Life In the Psalms book cover

Pastor Mark continues leading a Lenten Bible Study on the Life of the Psalms on Wednesdays in Asbury Room. The Psalms lie at the heart of Jewish and Christian worship. For thousands of years people in despair and praise have cried to God through the words of these ancient poems. Life in the Psalms enables the modern reader to find hope in these ancient texts by re-imagining their meanings for our times.

The study book includes reflections on individual Psalms which aim to illuminate the text and help those in search of discovering a more contemplative spirituality.Come for one or more of these insightful classes. Copies of Life in the Psalms are available for $10.


FUMCSB Garden Preschool

Garden PreschoolGarden 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

Reconciling CommunityA 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 olsonuf06@gmail.com 


In Remembrance: Brooke Lundin

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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

Grace Fisher 2015

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.


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