Our History and the UMC


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Our Beginnings with Temple Isaiah

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 UMCPS 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.

UMCPS 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 Caesar'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.

about the United Methodist Church

Regardless of one's age, race, life-story, or standpoint, each unique individual is welcomed by our church. No matter where a branch of the United Methodist Church may be located, the underlying structure remains the same, which we refer to as "connectionalism." We strive to weave the fabric between our disciples through our appointed-clergy system, mission-based outreach practices, and united giving.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Acts 28:19-20)

Derived from this "Great Commission," our church's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We uphold this all-encompassing objective through four basic principles: welcoming, worshiping, nurturing, and sending.

This page provides a brief overview of our purpose of action within the United Methodist Church. Please visit the UMC Website for more details on our mission, our faith, our people, and our world.