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eNEWS - July 8, 2024


Summer Sings group

Summer Sings: Register Now!

Wednesdays, July 10 - 31 | 6:30 - 9 PM | Register

Learn from a different conductor each week and broaden your choral music repertoire. Sign up for specific weeks or register for all four sessions. Registration is $20 per session or $65 if you sign up for all sessions. Students are free!

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Light Up The Cathedral for Pride

Light Up the Cathedral

Wed. July 17 | 7 PM | St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

Your pastors invite you to join Dean Penny Bridges, LGBTQIA+ faith leaders, and allied faith leaders for an Interfaith Pride Celebration at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Seating is limited, so come early!

Join Us for the San Diego Pride Parade

Sat. July 20 | Donations Needed | RSVP

First Church San Diego will once again participate in the San Diego Pride Parade. This year's theme: Making History Now.

Donations are needed to help cover the cost of give-away items, decorations, drinks, and breakfast burritos. We invite you to give online.

We'll provide more details as they are finalized. The tentative plan is to meet at 8 AM at our assigned spot to start decorating. The parade starts at 10 AM and the route is 1.5 miles, starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street and ending at Quince Drive.

Director of Music Ministry Celebration & Transition

Sun. July 21 | 12 - 2 PM | Linder Lounge & Sanctuary

We're saddened by the impending departure of Dr. Jaebon Hwang. She has been such a gift to all of us and we know you’ll want to thank her. We, as a church, want to thank her!

To that end, we'll be celebrating her ministry on July 21, with a reception in Linder Lounge and Patio, followed by a short program in the Sanctuary. If you'd like to thank Jaebon with a gift, the most helpful gift would be cash or a gift card included in a personal card that can be given directly to Jaebon, as she's moving into a new community, in a new house, and will have many new expenses in getting settled. Help us celebrate the gift of God that is Dr. Jaebon Hwang!

Jaebon Hwang playing Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park

Summer Organ Festival: Dr. Jaebon Hwang

Mon. July 22 | 7:30 PM | Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Let's show our support for Dr. Jaebon Hwang as she performs in the 36th San Diego International Summer Organ Festival in Balboa Park! She'll be performing a 90-minute concert and admission is free. See the event website for more details.

Young Adults: Meet Your Pastors

Tues. July 23 | 6 PM | Linder Lounge | RSVP

New(ish) to First Church San Diego? Age 21 to 34? You're invited to join Rev. Trudy and Rev. Hannah for dinner and conversation! It's a great opportunity to get to know your pastors and connect with our other young adults. Please RSVP in advance so we have plenty of food!

First Church Seeking Racial Justice Grant Applicants

Last day to apply is July 31!

The Racial Justice Grants Committee is still seeking applicants for our 2024 Racial Justice Grants. Thanks to some very generous donations, we will now be giving a total of $35,000 to local nonprofits that either engage in anti-racist policy advocacy and/or provide direct services to People of Color in San Diego County.

Additionally the grants committee would like to focus our giving to organizations doing work in the area of Health Care Equity and Mental Health Services. If you know of a San Diego organization that is leading the way in anti-racist work, please encourage them to apply on our Racial Justice Grants website before July 31.


For more information about our Racial Justice Endowment, or if you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please contact Jason Tucker at

Save the Date: Dream School Open House

Sun. Aug. 11 | 2 - 4 PM

Dream School of the Arts is officially open for its summer programming and is set to continue into the fall!

Let's gather later this summer to celebrate this exciting ministry and tour the facility. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar. Watch eNews in coming weeks for more information.


woman in nature with book

Reflect, Learn, Discuss: Grow in 2024

Join us each week as we uncover new understandings of scripture, theology, and life. We hope you join us! Please Note: Convergence is taking a break for the summer months. We'll resume the group discussions in the fall!

REFLECT: Tapestry Worship Service | Sundays in Trotter Chapel. Gain a fresh perspective as you question, listen, and see God through non-traditional and interactive worship.

LEARN: Perspectives Podcast | Mondays

Featuring two of our pastors talking theology, life, and faith.

Listen Now

Prayers of the People

Pray for one another and prayer requests

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM

In-person & Zoom

Email Rev. Brittany

Heart of Christianity


11 AM | Zoom

Book Study

Register for Zoom


Become a Sunday School Teacher

We need more volunteers to help with our kids!

Calling all current or retired teachers, social workers, anyone with a heart for kids: Benefit from intergenerational dialogue and connection! Email Rev. Brittany if you'd like to work with our phenomenal children and youth.

Showers of Blessings

Showers of Blessings

2nd Saturday: July 13 | St. Paul's Cathedral Courtyard | 2728 Sixth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 


You're invited to prepare a dish and serve OR drop off donations for brown bag lunch pack. Sign up as a group to take a month! For more information, contact Katherine Stone.


Donations can be dropped off at coffee bar on Sundays or during regular office hours (9 AM - 4 PM): Oatmeal, pancake syrup, brown sugar, raisins, protein bars, juice (apple, grape, cranberry), hot sauce, brown lunch sacks, individual apple sauce. 


Join the No-Commitment Summer Choir!

Sun. June 16 - Sept. 1 | Service Call Time: 8: 15 AM | Music Center

Beginning June 16, come to the Music Center to learn a simple anthem or two that we'll sing during that day's Traditional Worship service. The attire is "come as you are." Come one Sunday or come to as many Sundays as you are available!

The choir is open to anyone with any vocal range. Bring your beautiful voice and singing heart regardless of your previous experience! For more information, email Brian Lustig, Director of Choral Activities


Get to know your church neighbors!


Water's Edge

Sat. July 13 | 10 AM | Raglan Public House 1851 Bacon Street, San Diego CA 92107 | RSVP Tom Trujillo


Hillcrest / Mission Hills

NEW DATE & TIME: Sat. July 13 | 1 PM | Swami's Cafe Hillcrest 3650 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92103 | RSVP Nick Hubsmith


North County

Sat. July 27 | 11:30 AM | Filippi's Pizza Grotto Scripps Ranch 9969 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92131 RSVP Kent Schrock

Senior Singles Fellowship Group

Fridays | 12 - 3:30 PM | Linder Lounge

Potluck lunch followed by games! You may bring a food contribution serving 6. No RSVPs needed. No charge. Questions, call Karen, 619-263-3743 (no texts).


Parents Forum

Sun. July 14 | 10:10 - 10:30 AM | The Cove (UMC building)

On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we gather to discuss Christianity and faith. Email Rev. Hannah with questions.


Childcare for infants to preschool is available during all services.

Reverend Trudy Robinson delivering a Sunday message

Lead Pastor

Rev. Trudy D. Robinson

Traditional Worship

Sundays | 9 AM | Sanctuary

I've Been Meaning to Ask: Do you come here often?

Scripture: Hebrews 13:2

Join us in person or watch our Livestream

For our online viewers: Consecrated elements for communion are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, or can be mailed upon request.

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Sermon Archive


Sundays | 11 AM | Trotter Chapel

Knowing Yourself and Others: Do you come here often?

Scripture: Hebrews 13:2

Let’s gather together to check out the resources of hope at our disposal and create a safe space with others to rest in that hope.

Altar Flowers  
Donating altar flowers on Sunday is a way to recognize significant events in your family’s life.  Bouquets are $65 each and anyone can donate one or two bouquets. If you are interested, please contact Demmie Divine in the church office about available dates. 


Children and Youth Ministries Sunday Schedule

PRE-K, INFANTS, AND TODDLERS | Sundays 8:40 AM - 12 PM

This program offers a loving and nurturing environment in the Multipurpose Room located in the Children's Growing Center.

Kids First

Sunday School is on Summer Break

We'll have our regular Sunday School on June 30, then we'll be off July and August. We'll resume on September 8. In the meantime, we invite kids in grades K - 12 to worship in the Sanctuary with their families!

Children & Youth Music Programs

With VBS and summer plans, our Primary Choir (Grades K-5), Secondary Voices (Grades 6-12), and Youth Chimes (Grades 4-12) schedule varies from week to week in the summer. Contact Dana Zimbric for the latest details. We’ll be back on a regular schedule in September – stay tuned!

ACOLYTES | Grades 4-12

Sign up to assist in Sanctuary worship service! Contact Demmie Divine.


Deaths: Check our website for weekly updates regarding deaths, memorial services, and funerals.

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Donate Birthday Cards

Bring cards to church office to help Caring Hearts ministry!

Our Caring Hearts group is seeking birthday cards to send to our church members as they turn 80+ (what an achievement!). Please bring new cards to the church office.

Would you like someone to talk to?

Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. You'll meet privately—by phone, video chat, or in person—for care and support. Contact Rev. Brittany for more information.

Prayers & Squares Quilt Prep & Fellowship

1st Sat. & 3rd Thurs. of the month: July 18 | 9 AM - 12 PM | Linder 4

Learn more about the Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry or request a quilt for another person. To sponsor a prayer quilt for someone in need of prayer, be sure to ask for their agreement to be a recipient. 

Request a Prayer Quilt
Alzheimers Assoc

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month: July 18 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | Free | RSVP

Providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementia can have severe emotional and psychological impacts. If you're a caregiver, we offer you a place to feel heard, connected and empowered with those who understand this unique struggle.


Church Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Memorial Garden Hours
Monday - Friday - 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday - 8 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday - 8 AM - 4 PM

Giving: How to Give

  1. Deposit your gift in the offering plate during worship.
  2. Give online using your credit/debit card or ACH transfer from your checking account. Gifts can be one time or automatically recurring each week or month.
  3. TEXT to Give. Just text MYCHURCHGIFT to 73256 and see how easy it can be!
  4. Mail your check directly to the church via US postal service: First United Methodist Church of San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio S., San Diego, CA 92108.

Contact Jason Tucker with your questions about giving and tithing to First Church.

Weekly Attendance

6/30/24, Sunday in-person services (9 & 11 AM)

Combined number of attendees: 303

6/30/24, livestreamed services

Real-time viewers: 273

Avg. watch-time: 24:45

First Church YouTube subscribers: 2,610

To subscribe, log in to your Gmail account, go to First Church YouTube channel, click the subscribe button. You can choose to be notified when we livestream.

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