Caregivers Support Group
Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

Caregivers Support Group

  • CDCC Counseling Center

CAREGIVERS GROUP MEETING

Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent? Do you need some support and information to help you handle this responsibility? Are you feeling alone, overwhelmed or burned out? Cheryl Wayman, LMFT, is leading a meeting for caregivers in a safe and supportive time of sharing needs, resources and encouragement in the counseling group room one Saturday every month this summer.

Questions? Email Cheryl Wayman: cwayman@fmcsb.org

LA Dodgers Game
Jul
8
1:00 pm13:00

LA Dodgers Game

  • Dodgers Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Game

This is an all-church trip to watch the Dodgers play the Kansas City Royals. If you need more incentive, there is a Bluetooth speaker giveaway. Women, men, youth, and families are all invited. (Children 5th grade and younger must be accompanied by parents.)

We will be leaving Santa Barbara at 1:00 pm and returning at approximately 10:00 pm. The game will start at 4:14 pm. The tickets are $35 plus the cost of transportation/food. Carpools or group transportation will be coordinated following sign ups for tickets.

Reserve your ticket by Sunday, June 11th by turning in your payment and name to our Administrative Assistant, Cara Emerson, or putting the payment in the dropbox outside the church office.


Dodgers Bluetooth Speaker... this could be yours!

Dodgers Bluetooth Speaker...
this could be yours!

Loads of Love
Jul
16
1:00 pm13:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

Loads of Love is a way of caring for people who are struggling financially by assisting them to launder their own clothes. Loads of Love serves people that are living on the streets, in vehicles, in shelters or living with multiple families in a single family dwelling due to financial hardship. People served meet the definition of someone without a home, are food insecure, and live in poverty.

What Occurs? People in need of assistance are informed of regular opportunities to clean their clothes free of charge at local laundromats. Upon arriving at the laundromat, they are met by caring community volunteers that provide the money and laundry detergent needed to launder their clothes. Volunteers also focus on building relationships and provide a human connection often not experienced by those who live in poverty. Once trust is developed, volunteers are able to offer participants additional resources to meet other life needs.

The Loads of Love project would not exist without the generosity of numerous volunteers willing to give up some of their valuable time to provide for others in need. Even a couple hours of time committed to a project by any one individual, when coupled with commitments from other volunteers, can have amazing results. Special thanks to the many generous community members who donate their time and financial resources to assist our community need. 100% of the donations for this project support the costs of laundering clothes.

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

For questions, contact Tom Spadaro (Volunteer Coordinator)
director@genuineconcern.org  805-680-8443

Red Cross Blood Drive
Jul
25
1:00 pm13:00

Red Cross Blood Drive

  • FMCSB Upper Fellowship Room

Red Cross Blood Drive

The need for blood donations in Santa Barbara County is always present. We are partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in our Upper Fellowship Room on July 25th between 1 and 7 pm.

To sign up, visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code: freemethodistSB.

For questions, contact Sarah Kass (sarskass@gmail.com)


Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Jul
29
8:30 am08:30

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

  • 4949 Sawyer Avenue Carpinteria, CA, 93013 United States

Habitat for Humanity Build Day
July 29th

Come serve our community by helping build a home for a local family. We have a special tie to this particular family because they are part of Pueblo FMC here in Santa Barbara. Please register online with Habitat for Humanity to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org or 805-965-1338 ext.225)

You must register yourself as a part of the "Free Methodist Church" group, otherwise, you won't be allowed to sign up on that day.

 

VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTIONS:

Address for the Build Day:
4949 Sawyer Ave.
Carpinteria, CA
93013

Time: The day will run from 8:30a-2:30p with a break for lunch. Orientation begins at 8:30am and it is very important volunteers are on time to hear all of the safety instructions. 

Parking: There is plenty of street parking available on or around Sawyer Avenue.

What to Wear: Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and long pants for safety. Volunteers will be sent to change if not abiding by clothing guidelines. Volunteers must all be 16 years or older (no kids please). 

What to bring: Volunteers are encouraged to bring water and sunscreen. Please leave valuables at home or locked in a vehicle. 

Lunch: Habitat does not provide lunch. Volunteers are welcome to bring a lunch or go off site to eat lunch. If your group would like recommendations of lunch options that can cater to the worksite, we can provide those. Tables and chairs will be available to eat at on the site.

Habitat will provide water and all the tools and materials needed for the workday. 
 
Weather: In the event of rain, the volunteer day will be canceled. Our apologies for any inconvenience. You may check in with Volunteer Coordinator Ariana (ariana@sbhabitat.org) the day of the event if you are unsure of anything.
 

Men's Retreat
Sep
15
Sep 17

Men's Retreat

  • Forest Home - Ojai Valley

Step 1:

Step 2:     Payment

Make checks payable to FMCSB with “Men’s Retreat” in the memo. 
Payment along with this completed form can be handed to Mike Maybell, Pastor Doug, Pastor T.J., Cara in the office, or in the office drop box. 

Step 3:     Forest Home Medical Release

Online only - link will be provided upon registration.

Registration is confirmed with your payment AND completed Forest Home Medical Release.

Registration Deadline is September 11th


More Information

Time - Begins Friday, September 15th—check-in starts at 4pm and dinner is at 6:30pm. Ends Sunday, September 17th- Last event is worship and communion at 11am

Location - Forest Home—Ojai Valley, 655 Burnham Road, Oak View, CA  93022

Cost - Early Registration (by August 20th) - $190 for Cabin and $155 for Tent Cabin. After August 20th - $205 for Cabin and $170 for Tent Cabin. **We are unable to refund any cancellations, but you may transfer your reservation to someone else. Please inform Mike Maybell, mjmaybell@mindspring.com of changes to your reservation.**

Guest Speaker - Dr. Telford Work, Professor of Theology at Westmont College

Theme - Virtues and Vices: "Train yourself in godliness" (1 Tim 4:7)



Wesley White Concert
Jun
18
6:00 pm18:00

Wesley White Concert

  • FMCSB Sanctuary

Wesley White Concert

Wesley and Cynthia White are missionaries in Glasgow, Scotland, under the auspices of Communitas International.  Wesley also teaches Biblical Studies at the Scottish School of Christian Mission.  They help lead a new church plant called the Upper Room Church which is made up of about 100 refugees from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, all from Muslim backgrounds.  They capitalize on the classical music tradition of Europe to tell stories about what God is doing in that region today. 

We know you will enjoy this great eening of music.

Loads of Love
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

Loads of Love is a way of caring for people who are struggling financially by assisting them to launder their own clothes. Loads of Love serves people that are living on the streets, in vehicles, in shelters or living with multiple families in a single family dwelling due to financial hardship. People served meet the definition of someone without a home, are food insecure, and live in poverty.

What Occurs? People in need of assistance are informed of regular opportunities to clean their clothes free of charge at local laundromats. Upon arriving at the laundromat, they are met by caring community volunteers that provide the money and laundry detergent needed to launder their clothes. Volunteers also focus on building relationships and provide a human connection often not experienced by those who live in poverty. Once trust is developed, volunteers are able to offer participants additional resources to meet other life needs.

The Loads of Love project would not exist without the generosity of numerous volunteers willing to give up some of their valuable time to provide for others in need. Even a couple hours of time committed to a project by any one individual, when coupled with commitments from other volunteers, can have amazing results. Special thanks to the many generous community members who donate their time and financial resources to assist our community need. 100% of the donations for this project support the costs of laundering clothes.

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

For questions, contact Tom Spadaro (Volunteer Coordinator)
director@genuineconcern.org  805-680-8443

Service of Baptism
Jun
4
12:30 pm12:30

Service of Baptism

  • Leadbetter Beach (by the harbor)

It is our tradition to hold a service of baptism every year on Pentecost Sunday. In addition to the outward commitment made in this service, it is also a time for the larger church community to welcome people into the body of Christ. This year, those being baptized will be presented during the 11 am service on June 4th. Immediately following the service, we will drive down to the east end of Leadbetter Beach (by the catamarans) where the baptisms will take place. All are invited to come and celebrate these baptisms.

If you would like to be baptized, please speak with a pastor and they can give you more information.

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us
Jun
4
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us

  • Upper Fellowship Room, FMCSB

Encounter:
Loving the Strangers Among Us
May 21, 28, and June 4

Smiler Greely stood proudly in the crowded hallway of a Buffalo public school next to his son, Mo Jo. They called him "Smiler" because of his memorable and frequently displayed grin, one that was damaged from fighting in the jungles of Burma. "Times have been very hard for the Karen people," Smiler said tearfully as he watched Mo Jo walk down the hall to join his classmates. "But it is moments like these that give us hope." Countless immigrants like Smiler have endured untold hardships and risked all for the hope of one day finding a better life for their families. Once they reach this new world, immigrants face unfamiliar struggles, and find themselves estranged from their culture, language and any remnance of power. Does the Bible provide a theology of immigration? How are we as Christians to respond to this topic, and relate to immigrants in our own communities? Let's explore the theological and biblical narrative of immigration, and discuss how we as the Church can love the strangers among us (Deuteronomy 10:19).


After graduating from Westmont College, Austin Lillenberg worked with the refugee population in Buffalo, NY before returning to Santa Barbara to serve a legal clinic through Immigrant Hope. He is an accredited representative of the Bureau of Immigration Appeals and cherishes all forms of Mexican food. Currently a CMC at the Pueblo Free Methodist Church, Austin loves to see what God is doing on the West Side of Santa Barbara. Austin is Married to Alex Lillenberg. They have a 1 year-old daughter, Eden. When he is not trying to get Eden to fall asleep at all hours of the night, Austin enjoys playing guitar, hiking and having good discussions.

Caregivers Support Group
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Caregivers Support Group

  • CDCC Counseling Center

Caregivers Group Meeting

Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent? Do you need some support and information to help you handle this responsibility? Are you feeling alone, overwhelmed or burned out? Cheryl Wayman, LMFT, is leading a meeting for caregivers in a safe and supportive time of sharing needs, resources and encouragement in the counseling group room one Saturday every month this summer.

Questions? Email Cheryl Wayman: cwayman@fmcsb.org

High School Baccalaureate
May
28
2:00 pm14:00

High School Baccalaureate

  • FMCSB

High school seniors will be joined by family and friends to celebrate BACCALAUREATE, a Christ-centered celebration of their graduation. The service will begin at 2pm. We’ll sing some songs they have chosen, hear from students, and have an address from a college professor. Please join us as we celebrate and pray for the high school seniors in our church.

Please contact Pastor Doug with any questions.
doug@fmcsb.org or (805) 965-1338  ext. 224

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us
May
28
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us

  • Upper Fellowship Room, FMCSB

Encounter:
Loving the Strangers Among Us
May 21, 28, and June 4

Smiler Greely stood proudly in the crowded hallway of a Buffalo public school next to his son, Mo Jo. They called him "Smiler" because of his memorable and frequently displayed grin, one that was damaged from fighting in the jungles of Burma. "Times have been very hard for the Karen people," Smiler said tearfully as he watched Mo Jo walk down the hall to join his classmates. "But it is moments like these that give us hope." Countless immigrants like Smiler have endured untold hardships and risked all for the hope of one day finding a better life for their families. Once they reach this new world, immigrants face unfamiliar struggles, and find themselves estranged from their culture, language and any remnance of power. Does the Bible provide a theology of immigration? How are we as Christians to respond to this topic, and relate to immigrants in our own communities? Let's explore the theological and biblical narrative of immigration, and discuss how we as the Church can love the strangers among us (Deuteronomy 10:19).


After graduating from Westmont College, Austin Lillenberg worked with the refugee population in Buffalo, NY before returning to Santa Barbara to serve a legal clinic through Immigrant Hope. He is an accredited representative of the Bureau of Immigration Appeals and cherishes all forms of Mexican food. Currently a CMC at the Pueblo Free Methodist Church, Austin loves to see what God is doing on the West Side of Santa Barbara. Austin is Married to Alex Lillenberg. They have a 1 year-old daughter, Eden. When he is not trying to get Eden to fall asleep at all hours of the night, Austin enjoys playing guitar, hiking and having good discussions.

Transition House Dinner
May
23
3:30 pm15:30

Transition House Dinner

  • Transition House

Tuesday, May 23rd is our next opportunity to serve dinner and make lunch for the residents of Transition House. If you would like to donate food, please email or call Sheryl Kelly to ask her what she still needs.  

Cash donations are always welcome - put in the offering plate marked "Transition House."

Contact Sheryl Kelly (805-705-4574 or sherylmkelly@gmail.com) for more information.

Loads of Love
May
21
1:00 pm13:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

Loads of Love is a way of caring for people who are struggling financially by assisting them to launder their own clothes. Loads of Love serves people that are living on the streets, in vehicles, in shelters or living with multiple families in a single family dwelling due to financial hardship. People served meet the definition of someone without a home, are food insecure, and live in poverty.

What Occurs? People in need of assistance are informed of regular opportunities to clean their clothes free of charge at local laundromats. Upon arriving at the laundromat, they are met by caring community volunteers that provide the money and laundry detergent needed to launder their clothes. Volunteers also focus on building relationships and provide a human connection often not experienced by those who live in poverty. Once trust is developed, volunteers are able to offer participants additional resources to meet other life needs.

The Loads of Love project would not exist without the generosity of numerous volunteers willing to give up some of their valuable time to provide for others in need. Even a couple hours of time committed to a project by any one individual, when coupled with commitments from other volunteers, can have amazing results. Special thanks to the many generous community members who donate their time and financial resources to assist our community need. 100% of the donations for this project support the costs of laundering clothes.

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

For questions, contact Tom Spadaro (Volunteer Coordinator)
director@genuineconcern.org  805-680-8443

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us
May
21
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us

  • Upper Fellowship Room, FMCSB

Encounter:
Loving the Strangers Among Us
May 21, 28, and June 4

Smiler Greely stood proudly in the crowded hallway of a Buffalo public school next to his son, Mo Jo. They called him "Smiler" because of his memorable and frequently displayed grin, one that was damaged from fighting in the jungles of Burma. "Times have been very hard for the Karen people," Smiler said tearfully as he watched Mo Jo walk down the hall to join his classmates. "But it is moments like these that give us hope." Countless immigrants like Smiler have endured untold hardships and risked all for the hope of one day finding a better life for their families. Once they reach this new world, immigrants face unfamiliar struggles, and find themselves estranged from their culture, language and any remnance of power. Does the Bible provide a theology of immigration? How are we as Christians to respond to this topic, and relate to immigrants in our own communities? Let's explore the theological and biblical narrative of immigration, and discuss how we as the Church can love the strangers among us (Deuteronomy 10:19).


After graduating from Westmont College, Austin Lillenberg worked with the refugee population in Buffalo, NY before returning to Santa Barbara to serve a legal clinic through Immigrant Hope. He is an accredited representative of the Bureau of Immigration Appeals and cherishes all forms of Mexican food. Currently a CMC at the Pueblo Free Methodist Church, Austin loves to see what God is doing on the West Side of Santa Barbara. Austin is Married to Alex Lillenberg. They have a 1 year-old daughter, Eden. When he is not trying to get Eden to fall asleep at all hours of the night, Austin enjoys playing guitar, hiking and having good discussions.

Journey - 4th & 5th Confirmation Class
May
21
9:30 am09:30

Journey - 4th & 5th Confirmation Class

  • FMCSB

"JOURNEY" (formerly known as confirmation) is a time of intentional preparation giving 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to reflect on the most fundamental beliefs of our faith and offering them a safe environment to ask questions. This confirmation time helps our kids to investigate the depths of the faith and helps them begin to understand what it means to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ and to make their first public profession of faith through baptism. During this time our 4th and 5th graders "make firm" what has gone before: God's prevenient grace and witness of parents and other persons of faith, the teachings of the Bible, life together in the church and the student's growing faith.

Pastor Doug will be teaching this class on two consecutive Sundays, May 14 and May 21, during the 9:30 am hour in their regular classroom. Even if your child has done this class before, there will always be new material and parts worth repeating. By the time they have finished this class over two years, they will have had four hours of training. For those who are ready to be baptized or re-affirm their infant baptism, we will be having a service on Sunday, June 4. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Doug (doug@fmcsb.org).

Dinners for Eight
May
20
6:00 pm18:00

Dinners for Eight

Dinners for Eight - May 20th

Dinners for Eight is our reoccurring event to help you fellowship with others around some delicious food. This is a great way for you to meet new people or get to know familiar faces a little better.

Who: You and (about) 7 other church goers will be placed into a group.
When: Dinners will be held on the evening of May 20th. The exact time will be set by the host.
Where: The week of the dinner, you will be contacted by your host letting you know where you will be eating and what dish you will need to bring.
What (to bring): The host will let you know but don't worry, no one person will be responsible for everything.

Sign up by May 14th!

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org)

Caregivers Group
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Caregivers Group

  • CDCC Counseling Center

Caregivers Group

Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent? Do you need some support and information to help you handle this responsibility? Are you feeling alone, overwhelmed or burned out? Cheryl Wayman, LMFT, is leading a meeting for caregivers in a safe and supportive time of sharing needs, resources and encouragement in the counseling group room on Saturday, May 20 from 10am-11:30am.

Questions? Want to reserve your place? Email Cheryl Wayman: cwayman@fmcsb.org

APU Men's Chorale
May
14
7:00 pm19:00

APU Men's Chorale

Housing Needed!

The wonderful Azusa Pacific Men's Chorale will be coming to FMCSB as part of their summer tour. We are thrilled to have them perform for us and we are sure it will be a fantastic evening of singing.

Right now, we are looking for houses the 61 men that will be coming from APU to stay at on Sunday evening (May 14th). Responsibilities include picking your studnets up after the concert, providing them a place to sleep, and having some form of breakfast for them.

Please fill out the form below to sign up or contact Cara Emerson (cara@fmcsb.org or 805-965-1338 ext. 221) for more information.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Encounter: Does College Matter?
May
14
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Does College Matter?

  • Upper Fellowship Room, FMCSB

Does College Matter?
Exploring the Complexities of First Generation Students

Higher education has strong roots in Free Methodism, but not all students are created equal. What is a first-generation student? What do their experiences look like? Why do they even matter? Melissa Lima, a higher education professional in residence life, will explore the multiple identities, struggles, and obstacles that first-generation college students experience and how they can receive support that they need. The question behind this all is how can we make higher education more accessible?


Melissa Lima received her BA in Christian Ministries from Le Tourneau University and her MA in higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University. She works at Westmont College as a Resident Director. She is extremely passionate about student development and supporting underrepresented students.

Journey - 4th & 5th Grade Confirmation Class
May
14
9:30 am09:30

Journey - 4th & 5th Grade Confirmation Class

  • FMCSB

"JOURNEY" (formerly known as confirmation) is a time of intentional preparation giving 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to reflect on the most fundamental beliefs of our faith and offering them a safe environment to ask questions. This confirmation time helps our kids to investigate the depths of the faith and helps them begin to understand what it means to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ and to make their first public profession of faith through baptism. During this time our 4th and 5th graders "make firm" what has gone before: God's prevenient grace and witness of parents and other persons of faith, the teachings of the Bible, life together in the church and the student's growing faith.

Pastor Doug will be teaching this class on two consecutive Sundays, May 14 and May 21, during the 9:30 am hour in their regular classroom. Even if your child has done this class before, there will always be new material and parts worth repeating. By the time they have finished this class over two years, they will have had four hours of training. For those who are ready to be baptized or re-affirm their infant baptism, we will be having a service on Sunday, June 4. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Doug (doug@fmcsb.org).

Parent Seminar: Personality and Family Dynamics
May
11
5:30 pm17:30

Parent Seminar: Personality and Family Dynamics

  • FMCSB, Upper Fellowship Room

"If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then what planet is my child from?"  
or
"Personality and Family Dynamics"

 A seminar to help you celebrate differences between you and your children. Have you noticed that your child very different from you?  When family members know and understand one another’s preferences and personality, they are less likely to assume they are 'right' and others are 'wrong.' This is true across many issues including management of time, approaches to schoolwork, decision-making, recreational activities, vacations, and even rules of the household.


Celia Howen, M.Ed, worked as a Career Counselor at Westmont College for 16 years.  She is in the beginning stages of creating her own business that has a focus on private career counseling, personal & professional development coaching, consulting, training and team building.  She is also attending Free Methodist Church with her husband Marshall who works as the Business Manager at Providence School and also owns Sunrise805 a local solar contracting company. 

Women's PiYo Workout
May
8
7:00 pm19:00

Women's PiYo Workout

  • Upper Fellowship Room

Women's PiYo Workout

Join other women for a gentle workout in the Upper Fellowship Room on May 8th from 7:00-8:00pm.  We will be led by Amanda Elliott, certified PiYo instructor in a gentle but flowing combination of Pilates and Yoga which is appropriate for a wide variety of ages, levels, and experience.  PiYo is a dynamic and powerful flowing workout designed to sculpt, stretch, and strengthen your body.  

You will want to bring water and a yoga mat or beach towel to lay down on the floor, and the class will include standing, sitting, and laying on the floor.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Network Medical Fundraiser
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

Network Medical Fundraiser

  • Lobero Theatre

At the Heart of the Matter

As Free Methodists, we are pro-life.  From birth to death, we believe that all life belongs to God and we do what we can to preserve that life.  In Santa Barbara, we support the efforts of Network Medical, a non-profit medical clinic empowering men and women to make informed pregnancy and sexual health choices. 

Each year they hold a fundraiser, which we promote and hope you will attend.  This year, their theme is: AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER, with best-selling author Bruce Wilkinson.   Best known for his book The Prayer of Jabez, he's written over 60 best sellers.  He is an avid proponent of helping the unborn.  As he will be retiring from speaking, this is a great opportunity to see him. This is a free event.  

Providence Presents: Finding Freedom in Parenting
May
5
8:30 am08:30

Providence Presents: Finding Freedom in Parenting

  • Providence Lower School

Providence Presents:
Finding Freedom in Parenting

If you have ever felt like a parenting failure, Jamie Lisea, mother of three sons, will breathe life back into your parenting. She is passionate about children and has a gift for encouraging a genuine and unencumbered faith in Jesus, even amidst the demands, challenges, and sometimes failures of parenting.

You are invited to Providence Lower School (3723 Modoc Road) this Friday, May 5, at 8:30 am to hear Jamie. Childcare is provided!

This is a free event, open to all who are interested. More information:  providencesb.org/providencepresents


Contact:  Elaine Rottman, Director of Advancement – erottman@providencesb.org or 805-563-4770

Encounter: Free Methodist Conversations
Apr
30
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Free Methodist Conversations

Free Methodist Conversations

Join us as we explore a new opportunity to work together with the church nation-wide in discussing and discovering the ways to be involved in justice and compassion ministries.  We will be discussing Sexuality, Immigration, Race and Women in Leadership.


Denny Wayman is the former pastor of FMCSB and is Lead Superintendent of the Free Methodist Church in Southern California.  He has been married for 45 years to Cheryl and they have two sons and five grandchildren.  Denny is the Moderator for Free Methodist Conversations.

Art Market Santa Barbara
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Art Market Santa Barbara

  • Christ Presbyterian Church

Artists Against Trafficking

$5 for Students
$15 General Admission
(includes wine and pizza)

Are you interested in supporting local artists, businesses, and survivors of sexual exploitation? Come to Art Market Santa Barbara to learn more about the efforts being made by the RISE Project and the Uffizi Order to provide holistic and adaptive solutions for survivors of sexual exploitation in Santa Barbara County.

If that alone wasn’t enough of a reason to come... Enjoy delicious Pizza from The Lucky Penny, McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, Free Wine and more!

This event is possible due to the generous donations of local artists and businesses. Proceeds made from the Art Market will be going towards purchasing a safe and comfortable apartment unit for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation.

If you are looking to donate volunteer or get involved Contact Jacob Grant: jagrant@westmont.edu

ART DONATION DEADLINE APRIL 25

Learn more about Uffizi at www.uffiziorder.org

Encounter: Free Methodist Conversations
Apr
23
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Free Methodist Conversations

Free Methodist Conversations

Join us as we explore a new opportunity to work together with the church nation-wide in discussing and discovering the ways to be involved in justice and compassion ministries.  We will be discussing Sexuality, Immigration, Race and Women in Leadership.


Rev Dr. Denny Wayman is the former pastor of FMCSB and is Lead Superintendent of the Free Methodist Church in Southern California.  He has been married for 45 years to Cheryl and they have two sons and five grandchildren.  Denny is the Moderator for Free Methodist Conversations.
 

Movies That Matter: Amistad
Apr
17
6:00 pm18:00

Movies That Matter: Amistad

  • The Granada Theatre

“Movies That Matter"
A special film series comprising movies that touch
the soul and teach about living life with compassion and grace.

Inspired by the syndicated film column “Cinema In Focus,” each of the “Movies that Matter” screenings offer the unique experience of engaging conversation with special guests along with an audience Q&A discussion in The Granada Theatre’s stunning setting.

In April, tickets bought from the church will benefit our very own coomunity non-profit, Cliff Drive Care Center.

Tickets will be on sale for $15 on the deck or in the church office. Your ticket includes the movie screening as well as a private interview with the screenwriter starting at 6pm. 


Based on a true incident in 1839, Amistad presents a remarkable dialogue regarding the issue of slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. The fuse which ignited this dialogue was the revolt of the slaves imprisoned in the Spanish slave ship La Amistad. Shackled with 53 other illegally captured Africans while sailing from a Cuban slave market to a plantation on the other side of the island, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) freed himself and his fellow prisoners and then killed all but two of the crew. When they tried to force the two remaining crew members to take them back to Africa, they were tricked and taken up the eastern coast of the United States instead. When finally they arrived in Connecticut, they were taken into custody by the United States government and charged with murder. The “Amistad Africans” became a political symbol for the inherent struggle between the North and the South. With the hand of President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) forced by a Southern senator, he overturned the decision of the lower courts and appealed the case to the Supreme Court, on which seven of the nine justices were slave owners from the South.
 

Easter Worship Service
Apr
16
8:00 am08:00

Easter Worship Service

  • FMCSB

He is risen indeed!

Invite your friends and family to join us for the most glorious worship service of the year. Children will join their parents for these all-family services. Nursery and toddler care will be provided.
 

Easter Sunrise Service
Apr
16
6:00 am06:00

Easter Sunrise Service

  • Leadbetter Beach Picnic Area

He is risen!

Dress warmly and bring blankets and chairs to sit on. A continental breakfast is served.  Invite your friends and family to this joy-filled worship service. If it rains we will meet in the church sanctuary.
 

Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

Easter Egg Hunt

  • La Mesa Park

Join us for this fun event for all children, up to 5th grade. Please bring a dozen candy-filled plastic  Easter eggs  to donate to the hunt. If it rains, we will meet in the church sanctuary.
 

Tenebrae Good Friday Service
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Tenebrae Good Friday Service

  • FMCSB

This contemplative “Service of Darkness” remembers the day of Christ’s crucifixion. All are welcome to join us as we reflect on Jesus' death and the darkness that it symbolizes. We have the hope that is to come on Easter, but we still remember the grief and pain of the cross.
 

Maundy Thursday Seder
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Maundy Thursday Seder

  • FMCSB (Upper Fellowship Room)

Pastor Colleen leads us in a traditional Jewish Passover meal commemorating Israel’s escape from Egypt, when God spared their children through the mark of lamb’s blood on their door frames. Today we celebrate our salvation through the sacrificed Lamb, Jesus. This dinner is $12 for adults and children ten years and older.

RSVP for dinner by Sunday, March 9 with Cara Emerson at 965-1338 x 221 or cara@fmcsb.org.   

Loads of Love
Apr
9
1:00 pm13:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

Loads of Love is a way of caring for people who are struggling financially by assisting them to launder their own clothes. Loads of Love serves people that are living on the streets, in vehicles, in shelters or living with multiple families in a single family dwelling due to financial hardship. People served meet the definition of someone without a home, are food insecure, and live in poverty.

What Occurs? People in need of assistance are informed of regular opportunities to clean their clothes free of charge at local laundromats. Upon arriving at the laundromat, they are met by caring community volunteers that provide the money and laundry detergent needed to launder their clothes. Volunteers also focus on building relationships and provide a human connection often not experienced by those who live in poverty. Once trust is developed, volunteers are able to offer participants additional resources to meet other life needs.

The Loads of Love project would not exist without the generosity of numerous volunteers willing to give up some of their valuable time to provide for others in need. Even a couple hours of time committed to a project by any one individual, when coupled with commitments from other volunteers, can have amazing results. Special thanks to the many generous community members who donate their time and financial resources to assist our community need. 100% of the donations for this project support the costs of laundering clothes.

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

For questions, contact Tom Spadaro (Volunteer Coordinator)
director@genuineconcern.org  805-680-8443