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Front of Church 3Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara. (FUMCSB). Located in downtown Santa Barbara, FUMCSB combines the Coastal California style with its rich tradition of Methodism. Our worship, described as warm traditional, is a reflection of our congregation. We are called to provide a meaningful experience that extends beyond Sunday worship and our outreach extends into our community and around the globe. 

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If you are visiting Santa Barbara, or if you are new to the area,

Mark and Alanwe would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and visit. Please know that wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. 

Blessings to you. 


Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, Senior Pastor, and

Rev. Dr. Alan Strout, Associate Pastor


FUMC Welcomes Bishop Gabriel Yemba Urda

Potluck Supper Gathering, Saturday, June 11th at 6 pm in Asbury
Guest Preacher, Sunday, June 12th, both Worship Services

Bishop Gabriel Urda Yemba

FUMC welcomes Bishop Gabriel Yemba Urda to the pulpit on June 12th. Bishop Urda of the East Congo UMC Episcopal Area will also be our guest at a Mission Area gathering and potluck supper on Saturday, May 11th at 6 pm in the Asbury Room. The Bishop will provide us with insights into the work of the UMC in this troubled area. All are invited to welcome to both the June 11th potluck supper gathering and to hear him preach the next day.



Background: In 2012 Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda became the first bishop elected to serve the East Congo Episcopal Area. This area encompasses the provinces of Maniema and North and South Kivu to the east—bordering Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda—and Oriental and Equateur across the northern part of the country—which borders South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Area. The history of this area is of protracted war over many, many decades that has left the rural population living in a state of poverty, making people return to rudimentary agricultural practices to survive. Health services, both public and private, are barely operational in this context, so HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other tropical diseases thrive in this climate. Education levels are decreasing due to dilapidating infrastructure.


Bishop Unda was raised by missionaries and by his extended family because his mother died when he was just 8 months old. Ordained in 1971, he has served as a pastor and a chaplain of United Methodist schools, sometimes facing the threat of violence to do his ministry. He and his wife, Charlotte Unda, had nine children, but Charlotte died of malaria in 2007. He has served as a board member for the General Board of Discipleship, and he speaks Swahili, Lingala, French, Otetela, and English.



JUNE 12th at 3:00 pm

                          June Master Chorale

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Prayers and Support for Gracie Fisher

Grace Fisher 2015

Prayers and support continue for Grace Fisher and her family as she continues rehabilitative treatment for her paralyzing illness. 


At our Charge Conferences, we shared our most important ministry of 2015 - the ministry for and with Gracie Fisher and her family. The FUMC Youth Group read a synopsis celebrating that ministry and it can be read by clicking here. A video slideshow set to music was also shown of Gracie's journey. We hope you take a moment to watch and read about Gracie. She is one remarkable, courageous and amazing young woman.


A  website has been set-up to provide updates on her progress and to allow the family to connect with all those who continue to pray for her recovery. Please see the her website for a list of upcoming fundraisers to assist with her ongoing medical expenses. 


Direct donations are alway welcome to help the Fisher family with Gracie's medical expenses! Please make your checks out to the Grace Fisher Fund and mail to:

Gracie Fisher Fund, 308 Paseo Del Descanso, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

FUMCSB Garden Preschool

Garden PreschoolGarden Preschool offers full and half-day, year-round programs Monday - Friday for ages 2 through Kindergarten in a caring, supportive and educational indoor and outdoor environment. To register, learn more about the preschool, or to schedule a visit, please call Heidi Casper, Director, at 805/451-5487. 



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