Dress warmly, and bring blankets or chairs to sit on. Breakfast goodies and coffee will be served after the service. Invite your friends and extended family to this worship service as the rising sun ushers in our celebration of the risen Christ! If it rains, we will meet in the FMCSB Sanctuary.
You are invited to join us on Monday, April 29 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Upper Fellowship room to spend time with and send off (again) our missionaries with Communitas International in Costa Rica, Marco/Talitha and family.
We will have the opportunity to hear from them and how we can pray for them as they prepare to return. Sign up to bring a main dish, salad, bread or dessert. Table service and drinks will be provided. Childcare will be offered after the dinner. Please sign up for childcare (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, April 24. Signups after will be put on a waiting list.
On Sunday, May 5 from 1:00-4:00pm, Cliff Drive Care Center is hosting their open house fundraiser, “Day of the Dip: Salsa and Guacamole Showdown.” The event will include appetizers, salsa and guacamole tasting, live music, a bounce house for the children, and tickets for drawings for multiple items. The fundraiser supports their long-standing programs: Early Childhood Education, Senior Lunch Fellowship, and Counseling Referral Network, all of which seek to provide loving, healthy community and places of healing in the midst of a world which is often filled with violence and the inability to respond well to difficult situations.
All are invited to join us in the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, 1435 Cliff Drive, from 1:00-4:00pm in support of these long-standing community programs. Come as you are able and leave when you need.
Event tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children 2-10, and are free for children under 2. Tickets for the drawings will be available at the event for $5 each or 6 for $25 for smaller items or $10 each or 6 for $50 for larger items.
For more information or with questions, contact email@example.com or 805-965-4286.
“Ten Traits of Healthy Parents”
Thursday, May 9
5:30 - 7:15 pm
Dinner and Child Care included
In Dr. Ron Lee Davis' newest book, Ten Traits of a Healthy Parent, Ron combines insights from the Bible and psychological research as he seeks to guide parents with practical insights. In a 2017 seminar here with us, Ron sketched in two of his ten traits of healthy parents.
This year he will guide us with two new traits. These traits will be:
1. A Healthy Parent will understand from the time his or her children are very young that there are four major struggles every child will face in adolescence.
2. A Healthy Parent will seek the value the person-hood of each child by living out four crucial covenants with him or her.
About our trainer: Dr Ron Davis is the author of 8 best-selling Christian books. He is a father of two children and grandfather to four children. Ron is a retired pastor who has spoken at Christian conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the United States. For 6 years he served as the Chaplain for the Minnesota Vikings.
Sign up on online (https://ten-traits-of-healthy-parents-parent-seminar-free-methodist.pushpayevents.com/booking/attendees/new), or at Connection Central. Any signups after Sunday, May 5, 2019, will be put on a waiting list to ensure we have adequate childcare. Please give names of parents who are attending along with names and ages of children who need childcare.
Who doesn't love olive oil? Made from the goodness of trees native to the Mediterranean basin, we want to spend some time learning about this delicious and healthy extract that has so many different uses. Amanda who owns, Viva Oliva, will be teaching us about different kinds of oils, as well as some vinegar, which we will then get to taste. Felicia Song will be bringing a short devotional. Please bring a friend and come join in the fun!
John Rittenhouse, Senior Pastor of Living Spring Church (Free Methodist) in Garden Grove, California will be our guest speaker.
Early Bird Deadline to save on lodging is 08/11/2019:
$155 - Tent/$190 - Cabin
$175 - Tent/$205 - Cabin
More registration information coming soon.
Dr. Fred Kass and Pastor Colleen will teach us about the significance of this tradition and what it means that Jesus is our Passover Lamb, over a traditional Seder Dinner made by our Chef Michele. Please RSVP to Cara@fmcsb.org. The cost is $10, purchase tickets here: seder-dinner-free-methodist-church-of-santa-barbara.pushpayevents.com
Once a quarter FMC teams up with our sister church in Isla Vista to provide lunch to the church and the community in the park. This is a great service and outreach opportunity for LLIV. Come support them and volunteer to help with lunch.
Come and join them for their service at 10:30 and stay to serve the lunch at noon, and get to know their ministry first hand.
Come join young adults for YAFF outdoors! We will be starting a little earlier than normal at 6 to catch the light and then just playing games (We will have Spikeball, football, kanjam, and frisbee all available). And for those who are not athletically inclined please still come! You can bring a towel and soak up the sun or play cards or take a nap ;) Jake is going to bring his guitar and we will end with prayer and a couple of worship songs. If you haven't joined us yet, please come on out to say hello!
No Partiality: Exploring Racial Realities in Today’s World
God, in His infinite wisdom, created a people full of variety. The rich tapestry of humanity brings its share of joys and challenges.
Join us for this two-week Encounter as Pastor Danielle and Pastor Doug lead us in:
1) Wrestling with the challenge of a racialized society
2) Laying out a way forward to engage our sisters and brothers as faithful Christians while seeing others through the unconditional love of God’s eyes
When our daughter was little, and we needed to talk about something important together or check in during the day, one of us would call, “Family Meeting!” I don’t know when this became a thing, but whenever one of us says this now, the other two of us come from whatever we are doing. We form a huddle, taking turns putting our hands on top of one another’s hands, until we are all in. Then we throw our hands in the air and sit down to discuss the matter at hand.
Each year, we call a family meeting at this church. We do this because it is good to check in and celebrate what has been happening. We are required to elect delegates, who will represent us at our annual meeting in Southern California with our sister churches. We share a meal together, catching up with those we may not always see. And, we talk about where we discern Christ is leading us into the future. We end with a prayer of thanks, asking God to continue to guide us as we seek to do His will.
Sometimes when a family meeting is called in my home, I don’t want to go. I am busy or tired or not that interested. Yet, when I get there, it is always good. And, I am reminded why checking in, if only for a little while, helps me hear and be heard in this family God has put me in. It is the same in the body of Christ. We come together as His people who are invested in the Kingdom work He has given us to do. While there may be many things we could be doing on a Sunday afternoon, I hope you will consider joining your church family for a few hours so you can hear what is happening and also add your wisdom to where we are going in the future. May the Lord bless our meeting together!
Hope you are staying dry and making it through this stormy season without any hardships. Unfortunately for people experiencing homelessness it's been a very trying and wet time.
We'll be encouraging folks this Sunday by providing them an opportunity to launder their belongings which will likely include some wet clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. Thank God for the Santa Barbara Warming Center program that provides shelter during inclement weather to those that have access.
We'll be at our usual location, The House of Laundry, this Sunday the 10th at 1:00 PM. Address is 310 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara.
— Tom Spadoro
March 26 (no time needed or place needed as its just food/cash donations needed)
Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Transition House supports homeless families with children. While families are in residence at the shelter they receive meals every day. Our church sponsors and prepares a dinner for its 50-70 residents (many of whom are children) once every two months: the fourth Tuesday of odd months.
Sign up to provide an item at Connection Central or contact Kelsey Lahr at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what food items are needed for donation. You can also make a cash donation designated to "Transition House."
New Coordinator Needed
We are looking for a new Coordinator for our dinners at Transition House beginning with the May dinner (and hoping that the new coordinator can shadow our current coordinator at the dinner on March 26).
The coordinator's job is to plan the menu, shop (all expenses reimbursed by the church), cooks the main dishes, and organizes volunteers for preparations and serving the dinner at the shelter. A sufficient group of volunteers is already in place, and enthusiastic about serving in this ministry - they just need a shepherd!
If interested, please contact Mary Woodyard at email@example.com.
Come away with other women for a day of retreat!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We will be focusing our time on what it means to trust the Lord in our everyday lives. As we sit and learn from Jesus, we will be encouraged by others who are on the same path.
Our speaker will be Kate Wallace Nunneley, who serves at the lead pastor in Bakersfield, and we will be led in worship by women from our church. All are invited for a time of renewal and rest.
Register online here and pay by credit card, OR pick up a paper registration form at Connection Central and return it with your check/cash payment by February 17th for the early bird price of $50. After that it is $55.
Join us for this worship service of scripture and music that will prepare us for the season of Lent. This service highlights themes of humility and sacrifice, and we will provide ashes to put on your forehead in the shape of a cross, a beautiful and long-standing tradition of the church.
Join Heather Keaney, Jim Wright and Warren and Leanne Simandle for a moderated panel discussion on the promised land. This week’s encounter will be tackling some tough theological questions surrounding the conflict and explore different understandings of the promised land.
Join us for Encounter with Dr. Heather Keaney from Westmont College. Lunch will be served at 12:15 and the class will begin at 12:30. This class is in 2 parts, described below.
February 10: This class will look at the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, asking the question: Why is there a conflict? Why has it gone on for so long?
February 17: This class will address the question: why does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict matter to Palestinians, Israelis, Christians and Americans. what is the current situation in Israel-Palestine and what role do we as voters and Believers play in shaping the conflict?
We will be gathering with young adults from Free Methodist churches across Southern California for a time of connection with God and each other.
Come prepared to laugh, learn, rest, worship, pray, and go deeper with old and new friends! Trust me, if this retreat is anything like last years you don't want to miss out! :)
Sign up here by February 5th.
Mean Girls and Bullying Boys:
Teaching Kindness and Compassion to Our Children by Cheryl Wayman, LMFT
Dinner and Child Care included
If you are a parent or teacher - or remember what it was like to be a vulnerable child - bullying is one of the social behaviors that raises our strongest concerns. But there are many types of bullying and mean behaviors that are triggered for a variety of reasons and require differing responses.
Cheryl will address some of the ways to recognize and stop these behaviors at their source as well as how to model and teach kindness and compassion to our children. Teaching kindness and compassion begins at the youngest of ages.
Join us for this time and invite your friends.
Sign up on the app, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up for childcare at email@example.com, or at Connection Central. Any signups after February 3 will be put on a waiting list. Please give names of parents who are attending along with names and ages of children who need childcare.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a writer, speaker, activist, and minister from North Carolina.
He is in town as the keynote speaker for the Santa Barbara Missions Conference and has agreed to spend time with us at Encounter introducing his most recent book: Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Jonathan’s talk will explore his own spiritual journey and reasons for writing this book as well as discuss the moral challenges we face today, deeply rooted in American Christianity’s past.
You can find his more extended bio here: http://jonathanwilsonhartgrove.com/bio/.
We hope you can join us for our first women's event of 2019 as we enjoy good food and fellowship! We will be making beautiful threaded heart cards while spending time getting to know one another in the comfort of a lovely home and hearing a devotional. Please feel free to bring a friend and be sure to bring a breakfast item to share; coffee, tea and orange juice will be provided by the church. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 23rd. Childcare will not be provided for this event.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Contact Kelsey Lahr at email@example.com to find out what food items are needed for donation, or make a cash donation marked "Transition House" and put it in the offering plate.
The formula is simple: You drop your kids off at the church, we feed them (bring $5 per kid), care for them, and you have a good time for two hours. Even better, there is no cost(other than the food)!
RSVP to Estefany Can, our childcare coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, January 13. Sign-ups after that date will be placed on a waiting list until we determine if there is enough space to add more.
Questions? Email Pastor Doug at email@example.com.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Free Methodist Church, or you would like to understand the history and current theology of our denomination, we invite you to take the membership class this January.
Taught by Pastor Colleen, Rev. Dr. Helen Rhee, and Dr. Chandra Mallampalli, this is an informative class that will give a broad overview of the church from the time of Jesus until now. As we look at how the church came to be, we also will also talk over how the Free Methodist church is structured, as well as how our local congregation operates.
At the end of the class, you will have the opportunity to become an official member of FMCSB, which allows you to serve on boards, vote at the annual church meetings, and be eligible to serve as a delegate.
This is a three week class, January 13th, 20th, and 27th, from 12:30pm-3:00pm, and meets in the Upper Fellowship Room. The first week lunch will be served, then we will all sign up potluck style. You can RSVP for the class by signing up at Connection Central or by emailing Pastor Colleen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: January 13, 20, 27
Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: Upper Fellowship Room
Once a quarter FMC teams up with our sister church in Isla Vista to serve lunch to the community in the park. This is a great service and outreach opportunity for LLIV. Come support them and volunteer to help with lunch.
Three ways you can help:
- Help prepare the meal on Sunday early morning
- Help deliver it at noon on Sunday
- Come and join them for their service and lunch, and get to know their ministry first hand
Please contact Mary Woodyard email@example.com with any questions, or to arrange time for helping.
P.S. We are also looking for someone to head the planning of the meal for the April 7 lunch. Contact Mary for more details.
Join young adults from Free Methodist, Santa Barbara Community, Hope Community, Oceanhills Covenant, and Montecito Covenant in this series of discussions around the theme of reediting mission in the work place. We will hear from a professional who follows Christ in their secular work place, and have a time of Q&A and discussion afterward. Dinner is provided. All are welcome, so please invite a friend.
Contact Pastor Nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.
Once a month, volunteers go to the House of Laundry to do laundry for our neighbors without homes. This month a number of our regular volunteers are not available so volunteers are needed. If you’ve ever considered coming out, this is the one to come to! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Each year we assemble the church choir to sing for one Sunday’s Ministry in Music during Advent. The holidays are a busy time, so we’ve made it a low commitment. There will be 2 rehearsals offered on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th, both at 7 PM in the sanctuary. To sing with the choir you must make one of these but are encouraged to attend both if possible.
The performance of our piece will be Sunday, December 16th. Singers must be present at 7:00 am and able to stay until 11:30 am.
Contact email@example.com or your name and voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) or sign up at Connection Central. Zero experience needed! Come sing with us!
There will be singing, lighting of the Hanukkiah and a presentation explaining the significance of Hanukkah for Christians and the importance of its celebration. Discover how Hanukkah prepared the way for the birth and ministry of Jesus.
Please bring finger food dessert to share and a friend. Children 8 and older are welcome.