MALIBU PIE FESTIVAL
Malibu’s Annual Pie Festival, hosted by MUMC and free to attend, is a time for the community to gather and remember the sweet things in life. Volunteers bake and serve, community leaders judge pie baking contests, kids slurp up pie at the pie eating contests and everyone enjoys a relaxing day listening to music, seeing friends and neighbors and welcoming all pie lovers!
THANKSGIVING DAY COMMUNITY DINNER
The greater Malibu community comes together every Thanksgiving Day to prepare and serve a delicious holiday meal to nearly 200 guests. MUMC bustles with activity. Musicians entertain, volunteers organize clothing donations, kids play in the yard and everyone fills up on turkey, ham, potatoes, salad, beans, rice, stuffing, gravy, veggies and more pies than you can ever imagine. It’s a grand and glorious day, and ecumenical event sponsored by The Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue and Malibu Methodist.
ALTERNATIVE GIFT MART & THIRD WORLD CRAFTS
Alternative gift market puts unique twist on traditional gift-giving
Malibu United Methodist Church hosts the annual Alternative Gift Mart. Your friend or loved one gets a personalized, beautifully hand calligraphed card with a picture of the gift, and the gift itself goes to the people who need it most.
Among the items to give are a pair of goats, bus tokens for workers at the Malibu Labor Exchange, a cow, a water pump, seeds, building tools and more. Organizations participating include Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity, Imagine No Malaria, Heifer Project International, the Malibu Labor Exchange, and more.
Lovely hand-made gifts created by Third World crafts people will also be on sale, and their purchase will send funds back to cooperatives in developing countries, to support families laboring to lift themselves out of poverty through African Team Ministries and Colores del Pueblo.
CONCERT SERIES & CLASSES
POETRY BY THE SEA
Quarterly poetry concerts that bring to life the concerns and passions of this age. Each poetry concert includes an open mic after the feature leaders.
TALES BY THE SEA
Storytelling concerts for grown-ups. These feature stories from a variety of cultures and are an opportunity to see people and situations through the personal experiences and humor of each teller.
IMPROV IN THE SANCTUARY
Malibu United Methodist Church’s beloved icon, Carrie Thie, after taking her first improv class, announced, “…and here I thought that improv was all about putting on big clown feet and acting silly. Oh boy. My brain hasn’t worked like this since I don’t know when.”
Improvise, from the word improvisus (Latin, 1820-1830), means “to see before, to provide for a future circumstance”. For eons, storytellers sought the safety of church sanctuaries to provide audiences with wild tales of future circumstance, of stories spun from an ability to see before.
We welcome you to our sanctuary where you will safely experience improv’s powerful, ancient techniques. Watch what happens when improv lights up your brain with new neural pathways which provide frameworks for stories you’ve longed to tell—tales of future circumstances spun from the time when you knew how to see before.
The only thing more fun than stories told from hearts wild to tell is the laughter—the sheer delight—that comes with the telling: that’s your brain on improv. Big clown feet, indeed.
—SUSIE DUFF, Teacher, Actor, Director, Mom