Church History



It was September of 1962 when the first members of the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs held their first service of worship at Weifel's Mortuary. Temple Isaiah then invited the new congregation to use their sanctuary for worship on Sunday mornings. The Methodists worshiped at Temple Isaiah from 1962 to 1965 rent free. During those three years, the friendship between the congregations grew, and after 50 years there is still a very strong bond between the UMC of Palm Springs and Temple Isaiah. We celebrated these 50 years together in worship in January 2012.


The first service in this sanctuary took place in September 1965. Plaques commemorating the bond of friendship between the two congregations adorn our respective vestibules. The unique architecture of the sanctuary was designed by Hal C Whittemore of Pacific Palisades, and it was built by the Schlange Construction Company of Ventura, CA. The cast metal cross in the reflecting pool was created by J.B. Thompson in 1965. The complex stained glass window was created by Jos Maes Stained Glass in Laguna Beach.

The UMC of Palm Springs has been, from its birth, a congregation devoted to social justice concerns. Caesar Chavez negotiated the grape worker's contract in the pastor's office while Ceasar's guard dog kept watch at the office door. In 2011, the congregation voted to become a Reconciling Congregation seeking to live out our mission of inclusiveness with open hearts, open minds, and open doors.

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