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eNEWS - April 15, 2024


Racial Justice Grants Applications

We're now accepting applications for our next round of grants!

We'll award a total of $35,000 with a special focus on health care equity and mental health services. Please share with any San Diego County nonprofit that is working toward a more just and equitable San Diego, especially for our neighbors and communities of color. Details and application are available on our Racial Justice Grants webpage.

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Heart of Christianity – New Book!

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life | Register

Meeting Sundays at 11 AM on Zoom, the Heart of Christianity group studies different books throughout the year. The group is just starting the newly revised Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr, so it's a great time to join. Register online to receive the Zoom meeting link.


Digital Workshop: Social Media

If you were unable to join us on April 7, we invite you to watch a recording of the workshop. We'll be hosting more throughout the year to provide a deeper dive into all of the digital resources available through the church.


Spring Choral Concert: Handel's Messiah Parts II & III

Sat. May 4 | 4 - 6 PM | Sanctuary | Free Childcare

Come enjoy the next concert of our Cultural Events Music Series! This musical masterpiece will be sung by the FUMC Masterwork Choral, FUMC Chancel Choir, the USD Concert Choir, and will be conducted by Brian Lustig. The combined choir will be accompanied by members of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

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Conversations About Israel and Gaza

Presentation & Potluck | Sun. May. 5 | 12:30 PM | Linder Lounge | RSVP

The War in Gaza continues. And so do our conversations seeking to understand the situation. We welcome Gary Fields, a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego and an affiliate of the Department of History. Learn more about Gary's background and register for the event through Realm.

More conversation is in the works. Watch for forthcoming details. In the meantime, please keep in your prayers all those who are involved and affected by this war.

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Mark Your Calendars: San Diego Wave Game

Buy tickets Apr. 21, 28, & May 5 | Game on June 7 at 7 PM

Hang with your church family and cheer on the San Diego Wave! Barb Weicksel will be selling general admissions tickets on the patio immediately following the 9 AM service on April 21, 28, and May 5. Tickets are $20 each. Only 25 tickets are available, so be sure to bring your cash to claim yours before they sell out!

On the day of the game, we'll meet at the Mission Valley Center Trolley Station at 5:45 PM and head to Snapdragon Stadium to watch the San Diego Wave play the Orlando Pride. Parking can be found on Camino de la Reina. The game starts at 7 PM and we'll all ride the trolley back to our cars. We hope you can join us!


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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!

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

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

Heart of Christianity


11 AM | Zoom

Book Study

Register for Zoom

Monthly Labyrinth Walk

Wed. Apr. 24 | 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.



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.

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United Women in Faith “Mile of Pennies” Drive

Bring pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars on Sundays!

UWF will collect them during Sunday coffee hours.

Did you know that a mile of pennies, laid edge to edge, equals $844.40? The Associates of New Entra Casa are sponsoring an annual celebration in June and are asking for donations of pennies. The idea is to reach a “Mile of Pennies” as a means to defray the cost of the event. 

New Entra Casa is a home and program for women working towards becoming free from addictions and in many cases, reuniting with their children. 

Shoes That Fit

Thank you for your ongoing support!

The Shoes That Fit volunteers just completed their spring shoe purchase and delivery. They bought and delivered a total of 75 pairs of new shoes and socks for students at the following elementary schools (15 kids at each site): Cherokee Point, Rosa Parks, Adams, Logan Memorial, and Porter. If you'd like to get involved, get the details online.

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Samaritan Store Donations

Food supplies are dwindling! Here are some staples we need:

Peanut butter, fruit cups, single-serving boxes of cereal, apple sauce, pudding cups (vanilla & chocolate).


Get to know your church neighbors!

Serra Mesa / Mission Valley

Wed. Apr. 17 | 5:30 PM | Tio Leo's 5302 Napa Street, San Diego CA 92110 | RSVP Bill Horton

Mission Hills / Hillcrest

Sat. Apr. 20 | 11 AM | Bronx Pizza 111 Washington Street, San Diego CA 92103 | RSVP Nick Hubsmith

East County

Sun. Apr. 21 | 12:15 PM | Marie Callender's 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego CA 92120 (just off HWY 8) | RSVP Lynette Williamson

North County

Sat. Apr. 27 | 12 PM | Broken Yolk 8111 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92126 | RSVP by April 24 to Carol Blessing or Kent Schrock. Kent will lead a discussion on "What gives you hope?"

North Park / South Park / University Heights / Kensington

Sat. Apr. 27 | 11:30 AM | Marie Callender's 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego CA 92120 (just off HWY 8) | RSVP Richard or Laurie Willis via email or phone (619-370-9080)

Young Adults 4th Sunday Brunch

Sun. Apr. 28 | 12:30 PM | If you're a younger adult (20's to 40's) and want to connect, join us every 4th Sunday! We meet at different local eateries – email Jason Tucker for more details.

San Carlos / Del Cerro

Mon. Apr. 29 | 5:30 PM | Casa De Pico 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa CA 91942 | RSVP Carol Hartupee or Jack Hoover

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. Apr. 28 | 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.

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Lead Pastor

Rev. Trudy Robinson

Traditional Worship

Sundays | 9 AM | Sanctuary

What Now? Learn, Still

Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47

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

Becoming Better Humans: Learning

Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47

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.

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.

Alzheimers Assoc

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month: Apr. 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.

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

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Quilt Prep & Fellowship

1st Sat. & 3rd Thurs. of the month: Apr. 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


Church Council Meeting

Sat. April 27 | 8:30 AM | Linder 4 & Online

This meeting is open to all and a great opportunity to hear updates on initiatives happening at First Church. If you aren't a Church Council member and would like to participate, please email Demmie Divine to receive the agenda and link to the meeting.  

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

4/7/24, Sunday in-person services (9 & 11 AM)

Combined number of attendees: 239

4/7/24, livestreamed services

Real-time viewers: 309

Avg. watch-time: 22:46

First Church YouTube subscribers: 2,487

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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