Pasadena Methodist Foundation Annual Dinner 2019

April 12, 2019 - The Pasadena Methodist Foundation held its annual dinner at the Altadena Country Club.

Kevin Lussier, President of the Board of Trustees led the meeting. He recognized and thanked Richard Overton for his continued efforts to improve Camp Sky Meadows, Gerry Poulin and Kris Youngstrom for volunteering to complete the exterior work needed at The Planetary Society, John Clairday and Scott Carpenter for their support and hard work.

The speakers for the evening were Leslie Giambone and Christian Douglass from Mental Health America of Los Angeles. They spoke about the program and the many needs of veterans returning from combat and the continuing role MHALA plays to assist vets to find housing, employment and to deal with various health and addiction issues. Molly Ann Woods, MHALA’s Chief Development and Communications Officer joined them in their presentation.

Next year’s annual dinner is set for April 17, 2020.

Pasadena Methodist Foundation Annual Dinner

April 13, 2018 - The Pasadena Methodist Foundation held its annual dinner at the Altadena Country Club. 

Kevin Lussier, President of the Board of Trustees led the meeting. He recognized Howard Underwood, long time trustee and church member for his years of dedicated service. Additionally, Rev. Greg Norton was thanked for the work he did on the Foundation Website.

The speaker for the evening was Mark Van Lue, Executive Director of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. He spoke about the history of Habitat and the current projects in Pasadena.

The evening was well received.


2017-18: Making a Difference


Pasadena Methodist Foundation Year in Review
April 2017 to April 2018


Support to the Congregation

Annual budget contribution of $449,000 to support the ongoing work of

First United Methodist Church

FUMC Youth group - $5,000 mission trip

FUMC Drama committee - $5,000 for the Annual Summer Musical

New member coordinator position - $15,600 

Audiovisual ministry - $18,918 to upgrade the cameras in the Sanctuary to High Definition for live streaming the Sunday services

Travel support for a member’s mission trip and staff member’s conference attendance - $3000



$25,000 in scholarships for 26 university students and community college students

Claremont School of Theology received $20,000 to help support 2 students

Additionally, $11,850 granted to three individual seminarians


Camp Sky Meadows

Purchased a generator and a golf cart

Additional $29,850 approved for upcoming capital improvements


Friends in Deed

$10,000 for programs serving homeless and at-risk community members


Habitat for Humanity

$1,000 - to help with community projects

Pasadena Methodist Foundation Receives Generous Gift

Jan Wentz

Jan Wentz

Long time FUMC member Jan Wentz recently made a generous contribution to the Pasadena Methodist Foundation, a non-profit foundation that provides financial support to the church and the community.  “For some time I’ve wanted to support the Foundation,” Jan said.  “My dear sister passed away recently and left me the ability to do so.”

In addition to her sister’s memory, Jan said she also wanted to honor close friends Sue and John Clairday for their long time dedication and hard work for both FUMC and the Foundation.

Jan’s generosity, as well as the gifts of many over the years, allow the Foundation to provide support of FUMC Pasadena’s ongoing programs and operations, numerous scholarships, the summer musical, Claremont School of Theology, Friends in Deed, and much more. If you would like to make a gift to the Foundation to support our church and our community, please contact Kevin Lussier or Sue Clairday, or email the Foundation at