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    Do Not Worry

    03.26.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

    My favorite phrase in Spanish is "no te preocupes," which means "do not worry." The sound of the words, tied with their meaning, became my favorite phrase when I was studying abroad in Spain in the spring of 2003. I think I heard it a lot as I...

    Inspired by Nature

    03.25.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

    I often get my inspiration from nature, and I share my interest with my husband (we call him the “butterfly whisperer”). He earned his nickname a few years ago when he started to study the Monarch butterflies in our backyard and begun...

    "If You Will Trust in God to Guide You"

    03.24.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

    Georg Neumark (1621-1681), the writer of text for the Lutheran hymn, “If You Will Trust in God to Guide You,” experienced a personal tragedy early in life. It occurred in 1641 while traveling with a group of merchants to Lübeck...

      New Associate Pastor Announced

      03.23.20 | News

      Good News! On March 17, First Church received the following letter from our District Superintendent, Rev. John Farley: "Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ at First UMC of San Diego,  On behalf of Bishop Grant...

        You Are Not Alone

        03.22.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

        For those who are familiar with Cowles Mountain, you know there are several trail heads that lead up to the Summit. The sign in the photo was posted to one of the trail heads where I hiked this morning. During this time, we all need reassurances...

          Being Church in Uncertain Times

          03.21.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

          n this time of uncertainty, First Church and the Water’s Edge are still finding ways to reach out to each other and the community. The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on the Water’s Edge campus, thanks to director and member Marian...

            Covid-19, First Church & You

            03.11.20 | News | Articles

            A message from Rev. Trudy (May 28, 2020) My dear friends, I was just beginning to recognize your faces and remember your names when we went into this shelter-in-place.  I know that we are experiencing something very unique and...

              What about the UMC split?

              01.22.20 | News

              There has been a lot in the news recently about the potential split in the UMC, and as a pastoral staff we wanted to address some questions and concerns some of you may have.  First, we want to share with you that nothing has yet changed...

              Welcome Rev. Trudy!

              12.12.19 | News

              Join Rev. Trudy in one of these many neighborhood gatherings throughout the San Diego region.