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A Compass & Native American Ministries Sunday Online Gathering

Dear Ones:

We are excited to update you on our latest Online Gathering, slated to premiere this Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 am.  See the links on this website for easy access.  But I have a question first.  Do you have a compass? 

You know, one of those little dealies you might have used as a Boy or Girl Scout, to find your way around in the woods? 

These days, most of us don’t have an actual compass sitting around the house.  But there are plenty of ’em in the App store of your smartphone.  They’re free and easy to use, and they help us figure out the 4 directions: North, East, South and West.  

HINT: If you’d like to join me this Sunday, please use your compass to determine the directions at your home before we start.  There’s a special blessing in store for you, and you’ll be able to join right in.  

I’m also thinking maybe we need to make better use of our spiritual compass, too.   United Methodist Pastor Charley Reeb puts it this way: “A compass always points to magnetic north to help us travel in the right direction. The good news is Jesus gave us “true north” in his teachings. When we are lost and confused all we have to do is remember Jesus’ most important lesson and we can get on the right path again.”  That sounds good to me!

This week in our Online Gathering we celebrate Native American Ministries, one of the special offerings taken in United Methodist Churches to benefit Native people and their communities within our denomination.   But that’s not all.  My Native American friend Derrick Rainbow will be sharing a special prayer with us, too.  Plus, there’s beautiful music and messages brought to you by our Worship Team.  It’s definitely a group effort, and we hope you’ll come.  Can’t make it Sunday?  That’s okay too, as our Online Gatherings are posted on Facebook and YouTube, giving you plenty of time to find us.   See you soon!


Pastora Robin

“It is time for humanity to reset our spiritual compass from self-centeredness to other-centeredness.” Bernice King



Second Harvest Food Giveaway Food for Families

Dear Ones:

Our church is part of an ongoing program where we normally distribute fresh food for families on the first Thursday of each month, in partnership with our local Second Harvest Food Bank.  (AR & Fred Pointer oversee this program for us!)  

However, back on April 2, the 35 families waiting in our back parking lot that day got nothing, because the food bank ran out of food!  To remedy this, Second Harvest has agreed to provide us with 70 bags of fresh produce TODAY April 23 at our church, for pickup by families at 4:30 pm.  Our Watsonville NETworX Coordinators led by Angelica Martinez are leading the effort, and safe distancing protocols will be in place.  We’re asking folks to please patiently wait in line in the back parking lot inside your vehicle, and groceries will be put in your trunk until we run out. 

Please let anyone know who is experiencing food shortage or financial difficulties about this.  If they’re unable to make it, the Food Bank will also be giving out food at the fairgrounds tomorrow (Friday, April 24) beginning at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville.  

Thank you for your consideration and help, and please keep us and our community in your prayers!   


Pastora Robin



The Celebration Continues! Join us for our Earth Day Sunday Online Gathering

Dear Ones:

Writer Robert Frost once said, “The people I am most afraid of are the people who are scared.”  We know what happens when people act from a place of fear.  Just look at the world today—it’s scary!  Admittedly, there’s more than enough to be afraid of.  In a pandemic, anything can happen.  

The question is, how do we cope?  How can we keep on going when so many things we’ve always relied on seem to be falling apart before our very eyes?  To put it another way, how can believers like us face our fears?  How can we move towards peace and healing even in times like this?  And where oh where is our courage? 

That of course is where God comes in.  Whatever way you want to describe it—a Higher Power, Creator of the Universe, mysterious and Almighty Yahweh, or Holy Spirit—we believers know that the buck doesn’t stop with us.  We know deep in our hearts where we belong, and that is together.   That’s the only way I know to face our fears.

And you know what else?  Even now, we trust that God is here.  

This Sunday, our celebration continues!  Join us for our Earth Day Sunday Online Gathering on April 19th, premiering at 10:00 am.  You won’t want to miss it.  As always, it can be viewed later on our Facebook or YouTube pages–just search the name of the church: Watsonville First United Methodist.  To make it easier to find, just go to our website.  One click and you’re there!  

Plus, there’s one more “first” for us.  Our talented website developer has added a “Donate” button to our website.  When it’s time to give your tithes and offerings, we’re here to help.  Check it out online at our church website, below.  And see you soon!

Yours in Christ,

Pastora Robin


2018 Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk // Caminata CROP Contra el Hambre del Valle de Pájaro 2018

For Second Harvest Food Bank & Global Hunger

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Register: 8:00 am
Walk: 8:30 am

In Watsonville, starting at Second Harvest Food Bank
800 Ohlone Parkway
For more information please call 724-4434.

Para el Banco de alimentos y Hambre global

Sábado, 6 de octubre de 2018
Inscripción: 8:00 am
Caminata: 8:30 am

En Watsonville, comenzando en el
Banco de alimentos Second Harvest  
800 Ohlone Parkway
Para más información por favor llame al 724-4434.


COPA 15 Years Anniversary 2018 // Aniversario de 15 años de COPA 2018

Watsonville NETworX 2017

 For more information call // Para mas infomación llame:
Watsonville NETworX at 831-724-4434
For Facebook: @watsonville.NETworX


Come and Learn about a new program that is helping people get out of poverty!

¡Venga y Aprenda acerca de un nuevo programa que está ayudando a personas a salir de la pobreza!

6 PM – 8 PM

  • August 18, 2017 
  • Learn about how you can get involved
  • Family friendly
  • Hear the personal story of participants!
  • FREE Dinner!
  • Childcare provided.
  • 18 de agosto del 2017
  • Aprenda como unirse o involucrarse
  • Ambiente Familiar
  • ¡Escuche el testimonio de los participantes!
  • ¡Cena GRATIS!
  • Cuidado de niños.

Pajaro Valley Children’s Center Fireworks 2017 // Fuegos Artificiales 2017

Pajaro Valley Children’s Center
4TH OF JULY Fireworks Fundraiser


Support the Pajaro Valley Children’s Center this year by purchasing your fireworks packs at their booth!

1459 Freedom Blvd
Near the Celebrations Party Store
July 1st – 4th
9:00 am to 10:00 pm every day!

If you have any questions, please call PVCC
at (831) 722-3737.




COPA Regional Leaders Meeting 2017 // Reunión de líderes regionales de COPA 2017

Regional Leaders Meeting
Sunday, June 25th
3-5 pm
10300 Merritt Street, Castroville

Join Core Teams from other COPA institutions as we discuss…
• Updates on the “Know Your Rights, Know Your Neighbors” Immigration Campaign
• A proposal for the 2017-18 organizing work
• Raising money to increase COPA’s organizing capacity

Spanish translation and light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP online:
Or contact Rosa Vitela in the COPA office: (831) 728-3210 or

 Reunión de líderes regionales
Domingo, 25 de junio
3-5 pm
10300 Merritt Street, Castroville

Únase a los Equipos Centrales de otras instituciones de COPA para discutir…
• Actualizaciones sobre la campaña «Conozca sus derechos, conozca a sus vecinos»
• Una propuesta para el trabajo de organización 2017-18
• Recaudar dinero para aumentar la capacidad organizativa de COPA

Habrá traducción en español y aperitivos ligeros

Reservar online:
O contactar a Rosa Vitela en la oficina de COPA: (831) 728-3210 o

Vision of Paradise Garden // La Visión del Paraíso

Vision of Paradise Garden 

 at 229 Stanford St.


Do you want to grow fresh vegetables for your family?

Mesa Verde Gardens has a plot for you, only $8 a month!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

10 AM – 12 PM

(831) 288-2459

La Visión del Paraíso

en 229 Stanford St.


Quiere cultivar verduras frescas para su familia?

Mesa Verde Gardens tiene un espacio para usted, solo $8 al mes!

domingo, 26 de marzo de 2017

10 AM – 12 PM


(831) 288-2459

Watsonville Music Program Youth Chorus 2017 // Coro Juvenil del Programa de Música de Watsonville 2017

Thursdays, March 30th – May 25th
Junior Chorus 3rd – 5th grades 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Senior Chorus 6th – 12th grades 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

*Year-round chorus program.
*No experience is necessary.

“Songs of the World”
Music selections will be popular songs from different
cultures across the globe. 

Extremely affordable! / Sliding scale

todos los jueves,
del 30 de marzo hasta el 25 de mayo

Coro juvenil para adolescentes de los grados 3º a 5º
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Coro juvenil para jóvenes de los grados 6º a 12º
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

*Coro juvenil todo el año redondo.
*No se requiere experiencia previa.

“Canciones del Mundo”

Las selecciones de música serán canciones populares de diferentes culturas en todo el mundo. 

¡Muy accesible! (Costo muy razonable)