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    Practicing Lent

    01.26.22 | Stories

    What is Lent? The name "Lent" comes from an old English word for "lengthening," referring to the gradually longer days of springtime. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, what was cold becomes warm. What was dormant awakens. Just as green shoots...

      Thanksgiving Food Drive Behind-the-scenes

      12.07.21 | Stories

      Rod Schultz and his wife Barbara had been active volunteers in First Church’s Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry for 30 years when he passed away last November. In lieu of flowers, Barbara and their daughter Karen asked family and friends to...

        Shine a Light

        12.04.21 | Stories

        "... we all have a chance and obligation to add light to the darkness..." this year we are part of a national campaign to “Shine A Light” on antisemitism. Here in San Diego we are engaging non-Jewish clergy in dialogue around...

          Virtual Angel Tree 2021

          11.18.21 | Stories | Local Missions | Mission News

          Thank you for supporting this year's Virtual Angel Tree! Now through December 12 First Church is continuing to support the Prison Fellowship and the Angel Tree Christmas program which provides gifts to children of incarcerated...

            An Advent Wrapped in Love

            11.17.21 | Stories

            A daily Advent Devotional with reflections and stories of gifts in all forms, hope, joy and love from the people of First United Methodist Church of San Diego and Water's Edge Faith Community in Ocean Beach. Here is how you can access the daily...

              With Gratitude, A Pandemic Reflection

              06.30.21 | Stories

              Dear Rev. Trudy, Being present at our very first 9 AM service was a joyful... a somewhat giddy experience, especially after so many months away. I still would like to add my voice to the many expressions of gratitude that you, our...

                Remembering the ones we've lost

                06.16.21 | Prayers & Squares | Stories

                Prayers & Squares members have been working on a new project, starting a few months ago in our Zoom meetings. We are creating two quilts in memory of those people who will not be with us when our lives return to something like normal. 

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