Cultivating the Critical Component of Being a Neighbor

eNEWS - February 19, 2024


Interfaith Shelter Network

Interfaith Shelter Network (ISN): Feb. 25 - Mar. 10

We're once again hosting a two-week rotation for our unhoused siblings. We'll host up to 12 individuals who are screened and referred through one of our local social services agencies. Thank you so much for your generous help and support for our less fortunate neighbors!

Please sign up to volunteer:

  • Overnight Host (6 PM - 7 AM) | Guests & hosts must be off campus by 7 AM: Sign Up
  • Prepare Dinner for 15 | Bring meal to The Cove kitchen by 5:30 PM; stay and enjoy with our guests and overnight hosts! Sign Up
  • Donate Supplies | Due to lack of storage space and to ensure uniformity, please sign up in advance: Sign Up
The Sankofa Pilgrimage

Sankofa Pilgrimage Interest Meeting

Thurs. Feb. 22 | 6 PM | Zoom | RSVP

Interested in the Sankofa Pilgrimage but need more details before you register? This meeting is for you!

Once you get all the details, be sure to register for the pilgrimage by Mar. 10. Learn more and register:

bags of popcorn

Family Movie Night: Disney's Wish

Fri. Feb. 23 | 6-8 PM | The Cove | RSVP

Fridays are for FUN, FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, and FAMILY. Join us for pizza, popcorn, and Disney’s Wish. Just $5/person for dinner!

Speaker Dr. André J. Branch

SDSCS: Cultivating the Critical Component of Being a Neighbor

Sat. Feb. 24 | 10:30 AM - 12 PM |Linder Hall | RSVP

Hear from Dr. Andre J. Branch, President Emeritus and a very active member of the San Diego NAACP and an Associate Professor of Multicultural Education, Ethnic Identity Development, and Valuing Human Diversity at San Diego State University. He'll lead us through what he believes is critical to being a neighbor and how to develop being a neighbor to all.

Spring Grief Support Group

Sun. Feb. 25 - Apr. 14 | 12:15 - 1:30 PM | Sanctuary Meeting Room | RSVP

For those experiencing grief, the new year can feel heavy and lonely. You don’t need to endure it alone. Join Rev. Brittany Hanlin and Sheilah Cameron, LMFT as they walk with you during this season of loss.

Women sitting at sewing machines working on quilts

Prayers & Squares Sit and Sew

Sat. Mar. 2 | 9 AM - 4 PM | Linder Hall

Join our Prayers & Squares quilt ministry for a day of fellowship, fun, and sewing – quilters paradise! No reservation is necessary. Bring your lunch, some sharable snacks, and your sewing equipment. Get all the details online.


Digital Workshop: How to Find & Interact with First Church Online

Sun. Mar. 3 | 10:30 AM & 12 PM | Linder 5 & Zoom | Submit Questions

If you'd like to learn how to connect with the church online (website, email, YouTube, and more!), join us for an interactive workshop. Feel free to bring your phone, tablet, or laptop if you'd like to follow along. Both sessions will cover the same info – simply choose the one that fits with your schedule.

If you'd like to join online, please register to receive the link:

Have a specific question? Submit it in advance so we can be sure to cover it!


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Learn, Reflect, Discuss: Grow in 2024

Tune in Wednesdays to Perspectives, our new Pastor’s Bible Study Podcast. Follow it up with self-reflection during Tapestry, and discuss it at Convergence.

LEARN: Perspectives Podcast | Wednesdays

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

Listen Now

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.

DISCUSS: Convergence – Online on Tuesdays 6 PM | In Person on Wednesdays 10:30 AM

Discuss themes from Perspectives and Tapestry to shape your spiritual journey.

Prayers of the People

Pray for one another and prayer requests

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM

In-person & Zoom

Email Rev. Brittany

Lenten Book Study

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Wednesdays, 6 PM

Book Study on Zoom

Register for Zoom

Heart of Christianity


11 AM | Zoom

Book Study

Register for Zoom

Labyrinth Symbol

Monthly Labyrinth Walk

Wed. Feb. 28 | 6-8 PM | Linder Hall

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month for a meditative labyrinth walk. No registration needed! More information online.


Dream School logo

Dream School Volunteers & Donations

Help support our after school program! We're in need of volunteers and donations. Details and sign up links are included below. If you have any questions, email our Executive Director, Kenton Hundley.

  • Volunteer: Help with snack prep, leadership, and/or academic support. Sign up online
  • Donate Supplies: See our Amazon Wishlist for current needs. Donate supplies
  • Financial Donation: Thank you for your support! Donate online

Samaritan Store Donations

With all the rain - our little Store has been busy. We need to restock! Please consider donating:  Fruit cups, tuna, Snack Pack pudding (chocolate), peanut butter, applesauce (cups and squeeze), soup, Pop Tarts, Nutrigrain Bars. When donating canned foods, please select pull tab tops for easy opening!

Learn how to make reusable menstrual pads.

Supplies Needed for Refugees in Tijuana

There are thousands of refugees in Tijuana who need support! We're looking for donations and volunteers who can collect and transport the items weekly (1 hr. collect & 1 hr. transport).

Please consider donating: Diapers, baby wipes, soft toys, fleece blankets, commercially made menstrual pads (no tampons), or washable & reusable pads (good quality flannel - see video tutorial for details!).

Email Rev. Hannah for more information.


Get to know your church neighbors!

Mission Valley / Serra Mesa

Wed. Feb. 21 | 5:30 PM | Troy's Greek Restaurant 10450 Friars Rd Suite T San Diego, CA 92120 | RSVP Bill Horton

Younger Adults Brunch (20s-40s)

Sun. Feb. 25 | 12:30 PM | Location Varies

If you want to connect, join us every 4th Sunday! We meet at different local eateries – email Jason Tucker for more details.

Downtown / Coronado / Point Loma / Ocean Beach

Thurs. Mar. 7 | 5:30 PM | The Venetian 3663 Voltaire St. San Diego CA 92106 | RSVP Bruce Johnson

Senior Singles Fellowship Group

Fridays | 12 - 3:30 PM | Linder Hall 2

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. Feb. 25 | 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

Letters of Wisdom: Covered By Grace

Scriptures: Ephesians 2: 1-10

Join us in person or watch our Livestream

Watch Live Page
Sermon Archive


Sundays | 11 AM | Trotter Chapel

The Anger Within Us: Violence

Scriptures: Mark 11:15-17

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 any 5th Sunday of the month, when children and youth are encouraged to worship in the sanctuary with their families. Email Rev. Brittany for more info.

MUSIC PROGRAMS | 10 - 11 AM | The Cove

Primary Choir (Grades K-5): 10-10:30 AM

Secondary Voices (Grades 6-12): 10-10:30 AM

Youth Chimes (Grades 4+): 10:30-11 AM

Contact Dana Zimbric for more info.

ACOLYTES | Grades 4-12

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


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.

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

Request a Prayer


Quilt Prep & Fellowship

1st Sat. & 3rd Thurs. of the month: Mar. 2 | 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. 

Make a Mystery Quilt!

Would you like to join us in making a Mystery Quilt at your home? The Fabric Requirements and Clues are on the Prayers and Squares webpage. Clues will be posted weekly through Feb. 23. Questions? Contact Belinda Mathison at

Request a Prayer Quilt


Church Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Closed Feb. 19 for Washington's Birthday

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

2/11/24, Sunday in-person services (9 & 11 AM)

Combined number of attendees: 287

2/14/24, Ash Wednesday drive-thru & service

Combined number of attendees: 64

2/11/24, livestreamed service

Real-time viewers: 275

Avg. watch-time: 23:22

2/14/24, Ash Wednesday livestreamed service

Real-time viewers: 23

First Church YouTube subscribers: 2,378

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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