Fostering a community committed to engaging in spiritual growth through study, fellowship, and service.


Christian education is a life-long endeavor. At Encounter, we hope to provide a forum for discussion, questions, and teaching. Our aims are to encounter God, encounter his Word, encounter others, encounter yourself, and encounter a bigger picture.

We meet at 11:00 on Sunday mornings in the Upper Fellowship Room.

The current theme is "The Vital Church." You can go to our media page to listen to some of our recent classes. 

Small Groups

We encourage every person at FMCSB to be part of 3 core things: worship, service, and a small group.  

So many good things happen when people gather to seek God together: we deepen our faith, our knowledge of the Bible increases, we build community, and we are encouraged in our daily walk with Jesus.  Many people choose one of our groups or one in the community. . . our prayer is that you find one where you can be yourself as you grow in your faith. 

If you have questions, or would like some help in finding the most appropriate group for you, please do contact T.J. Breshears (, 805-965-1338 ext. 225).

See a list of our current small groups here. 

Women's Events

Women’s breakfasts, lunches, desserts and events including our spring retreat are to foster fellowship, encourage faith, and provide spaces for outreach. Continue to follow our News and Events page and email newsletter for times and dates, or contact Astrid Guenthart ( or Ruthie Sutherland ( for more information! 

Men's Events
Our yearly retreat for spiritual growth and fellowship is held in the Fall.  

Our Men’s Morning Study is open to join at any time. This group meets at Mesa Café at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Mesa Shopping Center for breakfast with the Bible!

Bible Reading Plans

God's Word is a perfect avenue to explore the ways God has worked in history and the ways He promises to be active in our own lives. Here are a few guides for reading through parts or all of the Bible.

Upcoming Events - adults

See all upcoming events on our News and Events tab.