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Let Music In
October 3rd, 2023
The opening season of Third@First begins October 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the First UMC Sanctuary. Aaron Shows will be performing his newly composed work "Let Music In". We hope you will join us! To learn more about the Third@First concert schedule, visit
A Pantry with a Personal Touch
March 14th, 2023
By Aisha Figilis-Williams (First Published in the Spring 2023 Issue of The Messenger) The FUMC Food Pantry has provided food, hygiene supplies, clothing, and blankets to our unhoused, food-insecure, and low-income community for over 20 years. While we hope to return to one-on-one service with our clients and volunteers soon, we are still implementing COVID protocols for the saftey of all we serve....
Making Housing and Community Happen: Celebration and Fundraiser
November 28th, 2022
Making Housing and Community Happen warmly invites you to our annual celebration and fundraiser! We will have music, refreshments, and inspiring stories of how Making Housing and Community Happen is addressing the housing crisis in Pasadena and beyond through affordable housing....
Interrupting the Status Quo
September 12th, 2022
Rabbi Grater recently preached at our church about the ancient biblical practice of Jubilee—an “interruption” of the status quo that occurs every 49 years when debts are forgiven, slaves are liberated, and land is restored to the poor who’ve lost their land (Leviticus 25). Rabbi Grater referred to this “resetting” of society as breaking the cycle of poverty. Leviticus’ land use laws are based on t...