Bobby Jo Valentine

eNEWS - June 17, 2024


Summer Sings group

Summer Sings: Registration Now Open!

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!

Bobby Jo Valentine

Pride Celebration & Concert

Sun. June 23 | 12:15 PM | Linder Hall | Potluck & Concert

Come enjoy the music and fellowship with your church family! Bring colorful food to share. See website for potluck details.

We'll be joined by Bobby Jo Valentine, a Portland-based progressive, faith-based singer/songwriter. His program is full of songs and stories about a sense of peace in the midst of hard times, the power of deep love in our fearful culture, and the everyday spiritual awakenings of an openhearted life. 

BONUS PERFORMANCE: Join us early for Tapestry in Trotter Chapel at 11 AM!

Bobby Jo Valentine will share his musical gift as part of the contemplative service.

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VBS: Register Your Kids!

Sundays, July 14 - August 4 | Register Students

We're reimagining VBS! This year, it will take place across four Sundays from 12 to 3 PM each day. We're packing it full of fun, helping our kids embark on a summer camp adventure with God.

You can get all the details online. Share the info with your friends and be sure to register by June 30!


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

Director of Music Ministry Celebration & Transition

Sunday, 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 celebrated the gift of God that is Dr. Jaebon Hwang!


The search for a new person to fill the role of Director of Music Ministries and Principal Organist is already in process, posting the job nationwide and forming a search committee comprised of choirs and congregation members. We hope that we'll find a replacement swiftly, but our priority is to find the right person to maintain and further enhance our music ministries. We are grateful that Glenn Ward and Steve Townsend will serve and interim organist in the meantime.


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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


Digital Workshop Recordings

Learn how to find and engage with First Church online!

Thank you to all who have participated in our Digital Workshop series. Recordings of all three sessions are now available online!

Watch the sessions to learn about our digital resources and uncover how you can become a digital evangelist. This is a great way to take the next step in your spiritual journey and to help your friends and family to do the same.


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.


Get to know your church neighbors!

Del Cerro / San Carlos

Mon. June 17 | 5:30 PM | Casa De Pico Restaurant 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa CA 91942 | RSVP Carol Hartupee or Jack Hoover

Mission Valley / Serra Mesa

Wed. June 19 | 5:30 PM | Elijah's Restaurant 7061 Clairemont Blvd, San Diego CA 92111 | RSVP Bill or Barbara Horton

North County

Sat. June 22 | 11:30 AM | Filippi's Pizza Grotto 9969 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92131 | RSVP Kent Schrock by June 17 | Be sure to bring cash!

North Park / South Park / University Heights / Kensington

Wed. June 26 | 6 PM | San Diego Chicken Pie Shop 2633 El Cajon Ave, San Diego CA 92104 | RSVP Richard or Laurie Willis at or 619-370-9080

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).


Book Study with Young Parents 

Sun. June 23 | 10:10 - 10:30 AM | Cove (UMC building)

Join us for a book study on Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity by David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. Email Rev. Hannah if you have questions. 


Childcare for infants to preschool is available during all services.

Reverend Trudy Robinson delivering a Sunday message

Lead Pastor

Rev. Trudy Robinson

Traditional Worship

Sundays | 9 AM | Sanctuary

The Spirit's Movement: Expect Churning

Scriptures: Mark 4:35-41

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

Divine Gifts: Churning

Scriptures: Mark 4:35-41

Special Musical Performance by visiting artist Bobby Jo Valentine!

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 | Kids First (Grades K-5) & Students 1st ( Grades 6-12)

Start in Sanctuary for "A Time with Children," then we head to the Cove. 

No Sunday School on the 1st Sunday of the month, when children and youth are encouraged to worship in the sanctuary with their families. Email Rev. Brittany for more info.

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: June 20 | 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: June 20 | 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

Closed Wed, June 19 for Juneteenth

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

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

Combined number of attendees: 266

6/9/24, livestreamed services

Real-time viewers: 264

Avg. watch-time: 26:17

First Church YouTube subscribers: 2,586

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