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
Free Lenten Organ Recitals in FUMC Historic Sanctuary
FUMC continues its long tradition of hosting free Lenten pipe organ recitals. The three Sunday recitals will be held on March, 5th, 12th, and 19th and begin at 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The recital series features local and nationally recognized organists. This year’s Lenten Organ Recitals are under the direction of Thomas Joyce, Minster of Keyboard Music, the SB Trinity Episcopal Church, and are co-sponsored by the SB Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This year’s schedule and featured organists:
- March 5 – Yinying Luo, Organist, SB First Presbyterian Church
- March 12 – Jason Klein, Associate Director of Music, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills
- March 19 – Lisa Ham, Music Director and Organist, First Pesbyteian Church, Burbank.
Lenten Bible Study with Pastor Mark
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, beginning March 8th
A Life in Psalms by Patrick Woodhouse
Pastor Mark begins a Lenten Bible Study on the Life of the Psalms on Wednesday, March 8th 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 Psalms include texts that illuminate issues including climate change and environmental degradation; the illusions of consumerism and 'celebrity culture'; our response to migrants and asylum seekers; conditions of depression, anxiety, and grief, and the question of 'attention' in a digital age. Many texts take us deeply into the experience of meditation and contemplation; and teach us how to wonder, and find happiness.
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. Be sure to sign up for this illuminating study and pick up your book during Fellowship Time on Sunday or in the church office during the week. Copies of Life in the Psalms are available for $10.
In Remembrance: Brooke Lundin, 01-10-17
We grieve the horrible loss of one of our church children. Brooke Lundin slipped while bathing and struck her head, resulting in a head injury that took her life. She was 5. Our hearts break for her parents, Ken Lundin and Jennifer Talt, and for their family, and extended family. The church and community grieve this deepest sadness and hold one another in the supportive network of prayer.
It is an unimaginable tragedy. Please give the family space from calls, texts, etc., respecting their privacy and allowing them to make contact on their terms and timing.
Cards are always an appropriate way to express your love and compassion. If you need their address, please call the office.
We invite you to honor her memory by donating to the Brooke Lundin Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to our high school seniors as they embark on their college journeys. You may donate by check made out to FUMC and noting the "Brooke Lundin Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the memo line or by online on our website donation page.
Checks can be mailed to the church:
FUMC, 305 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
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 FUMC Reconciling Community group leader, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Our Sunday Insert
For a list of other upcoming and ongoing activities, check out our Insert from Sunday's bulletin.
Hear a Sermon
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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."
First United Methodist Church, her church family, has been selling cards with Gracie's art work
on them during our Sunday fellowship time to raise money for this summer's Sierra Service Projects. To learn more about this extraordinary young lady, visit the foundation website or go to
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
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.
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.