Caregivers Support Group
Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Caregivers Support Group

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

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Loads of Love
Aug
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Loads of Love

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

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Young Adult Worship Night
Aug
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Young Adult Worship Night

Young Adult Worship Night

A time for young adults (19ish-29ish) to gather together and worship God through music, art, scripture, and prayer. We wanted to create a space for healing and connection with God and each other as the twenties can sometimes be a time of "growing pains." Dessert to follow at Pastor Nikki's house (on the mesa). We would love to have you join!

For questions, contact Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org) or Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org).

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All Church Picnic
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

All Church Picnic

Annual Church Picnic and Softball Tournament

Come out to the park and enjoy the church community that we love so much. Lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm and costs $5. This year will be having delicious tacos from Jorge, a local caterer. We will provide food, drinks, and snacks so feel free to bring a dessert to share (cookies, bars, or anything else!) Kids’ games and crafts begin at 10:00. Softball tournament begins at 9:00. Bring a chair or blanket and come out to the park for a fun day!

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Welcome Home Potluck for the Shattenbergs
Aug
31
5:30pm 5:30pm

Welcome Home Potluck for the Shattenbergs

Welcome Home Potluck Dinner for the Shattenberg Family

Thursday, August 31, 2017
5:30pm-7pm
Upper Fellowship Room
Drinks and table service provided
Sign up in the church lobby/on the deck to let us know what dish you will be bringing

Join us for this time welcoming Alissa, Jamie, Isabella, Eliana, and Gavin Shattenberg back from Madagascar. They are spending time in the states re-connecting with those who support them and resting. 

We will eat together, they will share a few stories, we can ask some questions and pray for them.

Childcare will be available after dinner.

Sign up today!

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Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Sep
9
9:00am 9:00am

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

We will be offering Healthy Church Leaders' Training classes in September and October.  This 4-week class is designed for Bible study and small group leaders, those who are leading or supervising others in a church ministry, those who are pursuing ordination, as well as those who are recommended by pastoral staff for leadership training. 

Topics covered in the classes include: being a safe person, improving listening and effective communication, resolving conflict to reconciliation, addressing cross-cultural differences, navigating changes through the stages of life, ministering to others with compassion rather than codependency, practicing spiritual balance and healthy boundaries, as well as using our spiritual gifts and strengths to benefit the Body of Christ.. We will also use personality and spiritual gifts tests to better understand our individual personalities, gifts, and strengths.

Cheryl Wayman, LMFT, founding director of our church's counseling ministries for the past 21 years, will be teaching these classes with Dr. Denny Wayman, DMin in Pastoral Counseling and lead superintendent of our SoCal FM churches. Beverly Chen, LCSW, director of our Christian Counseling Referral Network, will be a guest speaker.  A pre-class interview is required with Cheryl before classes begin on Feb. 18 and there will be some preparation required in taking four personality, gifts and strengths assessments before classes begin. Please direct your questions and schedule your interview with her by email: cwayman@fmcsb.org before Aug. 31.

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Men's Retreat
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Men's Retreat

  • Forest Home - Ojai Valley (map)
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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)


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Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Sep
23
8:00am 8:00am

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

We will be offering Healthy Church Leaders' Training classes in September and October.  This 4-week class is designed for Bible study and small group leaders, those who are leading or supervising others in a church ministry, those who are pursuing ordination, as well as those who are recommended by pastoral staff for leadership training. 

Topics covered in the classes include: being a safe person, improving listening and effective communication, resolving conflict to reconciliation, addressing cross-cultural differences, navigating changes through the stages of life, ministering to others with compassion rather than codependency, practicing spiritual balance and healthy boundaries, as well as using our spiritual gifts and strengths to benefit the Body of Christ.. We will also use personality and spiritual gifts tests to better understand our individual personalities, gifts, and strengths.

Cheryl Wayman, LMFT, founding director of our church's counseling ministries for the past 21 years, will be teaching these classes with Dr. Denny Wayman, DMin in Pastoral Counseling and lead superintendent of our SoCal FM churches. Beverly Chen, LCSW, director of our Christian Counseling Referral Network, will be a guest speaker.  A pre-class interview is required with Cheryl before classes begin on Feb. 18 and there will be some preparation required in taking four personality, gifts and strengths assessments before classes begin. Please direct your questions and schedule your interview with her by email: cwayman@fmcsb.org before Aug. 31.

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Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Sep
30
8:00am 8:00am

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

We will be offering Healthy Church Leaders' Training classes in September and October.  This 4-week class is designed for Bible study and small group leaders, those who are leading or supervising others in a church ministry, those who are pursuing ordination, as well as those who are recommended by pastoral staff for leadership training. 

Topics covered in the classes include: being a safe person, improving listening and effective communication, resolving conflict to reconciliation, addressing cross-cultural differences, navigating changes through the stages of life, ministering to others with compassion rather than codependency, practicing spiritual balance and healthy boundaries, as well as using our spiritual gifts and strengths to benefit the Body of Christ.. We will also use personality and spiritual gifts tests to better understand our individual personalities, gifts, and strengths.

Cheryl Wayman, LMFT, founding director of our church's counseling ministries for the past 21 years, will be teaching these classes with Dr. Denny Wayman, DMin in Pastoral Counseling and lead superintendent of our SoCal FM churches. Beverly Chen, LCSW, director of our Christian Counseling Referral Network, will be a guest speaker.  A pre-class interview is required with Cheryl before classes begin on Feb. 18 and there will be some preparation required in taking four personality, gifts and strengths assessments before classes begin. Please direct your questions and schedule your interview with her by email: cwayman@fmcsb.org before Aug. 31.

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Survey of the Bible Seminar
Aug
12
9:00am 9:00am

Survey of the Bible Seminar

  • Azusa Pacific University, West Campus - Duke 127 (map)
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FMCSC Survey of the Bible Seminar

As Free Methodists, we care a great deal about equipping believers in how to read and study scripture. It is important to know what each book of the Bible meant when it was written, and what those books mean for us today. We are privileged to partner with Azusa Pacific University’s School of Theology in this pursuit and have invited the Dean of the School of Theology, Dr. Bobby Duke, to spend a day guiding us in this lifelong endeavor.

To sign up, click the link below. If you are interested in carpooling, please let Cara Emerson (cara@fmcsb.org) know.

Seminar Includes:

  • Survey of the Old and New Testaments
  • Intro to Historical & Geographical World of the Bible
  • Overview of Biblical Genres
  • Introduction of The Museum of Bible Curriculum
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Visit APU’s Special Collections, including viewing of
  • Dead Sea Scroll fragments & other treasures!

Instructor: Dr. Bobby Duke, Dean of the School of Theology, APU
Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Time: 9am – 5pm
Class Size: up to 100
Cost: $105 for ministerial credit / $30 for non-ministerial attendees

Azusa Pacific University
West Campus – Duke 127
701 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa

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Sunday's Cool!
Jul
30
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday's Cool!

What's Cool?  Sunday's Cool!

Starting June 25th and through all the Sundays in July we will be offering “Sunday’s Cool” for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Digging for Treasure” and we will be searching for treasures in the parables of Jesus. Our time will include songs, story, game, crafts, and snack. Join us from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! 

This week we will learn about the Parable of the Persistent Neighbor and how when we ask God for things He answers.

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Strategic Plan Open Group Session
Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Strategic Plan Open Group Session

For the month of July, we have been holding meetings for the Strategic Plan where we are asking for input on how the church is doing and what areas you feel are important for us to focus on in the future. We will be having one last open session that anyone may attend. If you would like to give you input, we would encourage you to come to this meeting. If you are unable to make a group session, but would still like to give input, please contact Randy Goetz (drandalgoetz@gmail.com).

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Transition House Dinner
Jul
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Transition House Dinner

Tuesday, July 25th 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 Mary Turley to ask her what she still needs.  

Monetary donations are also welcome and can be designated “for Transition House” on an envelope for cash or on your check in the offering.

Contact Mary Turley:  805-636-4671 or sbmermaid1@gmail.com


TRANSITION HOUSE

Since 1984, Transition House has developed a successful strategy for capable and motivated families to permanently regain self-sufficiency. The strategy is based on the understanding that the root cause of family homelessness is poverty. There may be other contributing factors, but underlying it all is poverty.
Transition House offers emergency shelter, transitional housing, and long-term affordable rental housing as well as a full continuum of anti-poverty services. The goal is to provide a realistic and lasting solution to poverty-based family homelessness.

Each year Transition House helps more than 700 community members – 350 of who use their three-stage housing program and services; the balance receives support through their homelessness prevention program. At least 90% of Transition House’s clients are our neighbors – they come from the greater Santa Barbara area.

At Free Methodist Church, we are honored to provide dinner and sack lunches for the residents of Transition House, 6 times each year. We are happy to accept specific food donations for the meals and cash donations.

For more information contact:
Sheryl Kelly
Email: sherylmkelly@gmail.com

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

Red Cross Blood Drive

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)


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Sunday's Cool!
Jul
23
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday's Cool!

What's Cool?  Sunday's Cool!

Starting June 25th and through all the Sundays in July we will be offering “Sunday’s Cool” for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Digging for Treasure” and we will be searching for treasures in the parables of Jesus. Our time will include songs, story, game, crafts, and snack. Join us from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! 

This week we will learn about the Parable of the Prodigal Son and how Jesus loves us.

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Young Adult Worship Night
Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Young Adult Worship Night

Young Adult Worship Night

A time for young adults (19ish-29ish) to gather together and worship God through music, art, scripture, and prayer. We wanted to create a space for healing and connection with God and each other as the twenties can sometimes be a time of "growing pains." Dessert to follow at Pastor Nikki's house (on the mesa). We would love to have you join!

For questions, contact Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org) or Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org).

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Loads of Love
Jul
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Loads of Love

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

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Sunday's Cool!
Jul
16
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday's Cool!

What's Cool?  Sunday's Cool!

Starting June 25th and through all the Sundays in July we will be offering “Sunday’s Cool” for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Digging for Treasure” and we will be searching for treasures in the parables of Jesus. Our time will include songs, story, game, crafts, and snack. Join us from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! 

This week we will learn about the Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin and how Jesus loves us.

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Strategic Plan Open Group
Jul
13
5:45pm 5:45pm

Strategic Plan Open Group

Strategic Plan Open Group

During the month of July, we are holding meetings for the Strategic Plan where we are asking for your input on how the church is doing and what areas you feel are important for us to focus on in the future.  This is an open meeting for anyone that wants to add their input. We would love for as many people as possible to be a part of this process. If you are unable to make this meeting, we want to make sure you can give input,  so please contact Randy Goetz (drandalgoetz@gmail.com).

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Sunday's Cool!
Jul
9
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday's Cool!

What's Cool?  Sunday's Cool!

Starting June 25th and through all the Sundays in July we will be offering “Sunday’s Cool” for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Digging for Treasure” and we will be searching for treasures in the parables of Jesus. Our time will include songs, story, game, crafts, and snack. Join us from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! 

This week we will learn about the Parable of the Mustad Seed and how small things can become great with God.

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LA Dodgers Game
Jul
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

LA Dodgers Game

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!

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Caregivers Support Group
Jul
8
10:00am10:00am

Caregivers Support Group

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

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Sunday's Cool!
Jul
2
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday's Cool!

What's Cool?  Sunday's Cool!

Starting June 25th and through all the Sundays in July we will be offering “Sunday’s Cool” for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Digging for Treasure” and we will be searching for treasures in the parables of Jesus. Our time will include songs, story, game, crafts, and snack. Join us from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! 

This week we will be learning about the parable of the sower and how God's Word can grow in us.

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Sunday's Cool!
Jun
25
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday's Cool!

What's Cool?  Sunday's Cool!

Starting June 25th and through all the Sundays in July we will be offering “Sunday’s Cool” for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Digging for Treasure” and we will be searching for treasures in the parables of Jesus. Our time will include songs, story, game, crafts, and snack. Join us from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! 

This week we will be learning about the Good Samaritan and how God calls us to love all people.

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Wesley White Concert
Jun
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Wesley White Concert

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.

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Loads of Love
Jun
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Loads of Love

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

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Service of Baptism
Jun
4
12:30pm12:30pm

Service of Baptism

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.

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

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us

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.

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Caregivers Support Group
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

Caregivers Support Group

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

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High School Baccalaureate
May
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

High School Baccalaureate

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

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

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us

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.

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Transition House Dinner
May
23
3:30pm 3:30pm

Transition House Dinner

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.

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Loads of Love
May
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Loads of Love

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

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

Encounter: Loving the Strangers Among Us

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.

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

Journey - 4th & 5th Confirmation Class

"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).

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Dinners for Eight
May
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

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)

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Caregivers Group
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Caregivers Group

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

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

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.

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