Lunch with Light & Life Isla Vista
Jan
6
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch with Light & Life Isla Vista

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 volunteering@fmcsb.org 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.

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FMCSB Membership Class
Jan
13
to Jan 27

FMCSB Membership Class

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: colleen@fmcsb.org

Dates: January 13, 20, 27

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm

Location: Upper Fellowship Room

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Fall Send
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Send

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.

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Loads of Love
Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

Loads of Love

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 tomspadoro@hotmail.com with questions.

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Low Commitment Christmas Choir
Dec
16
7:00 AM07:00

Low Commitment Christmas Choir

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 jake@fmcsb.org or your name and voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) or sign up at Connection Central. Zero experience needed! Come sing with us!

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Hannukkah Celebration
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Hannukkah Celebration

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.

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Young Adult Worship Night
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult Worship Night

  • 830 Meigs Road Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (map)
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Join Pastor Nikki at her house for this month’s YAWN. This will be a time of ushering in the Christmas season with worship music, fellowship, joy, and festive desserts! Music will be led by Trey Lindsley, Director of Worship at Montecito Covenant Church (and a good friend of Jake’s!). All young adults welcome and please invite a friend who needs some encouragement and community.

Contact nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.

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Women's Christmas Party
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Christmas Party

Dinner will be served family style at round tables with a potluck dessert buffet. All guests are encouraged to bring a small serving of their favorite bite sized dessert. A devotional will be given, carols will be sung and prizes will be awarded for best Christmas accessories! Childcare is provided upon request, all guests must rsvp by November 28th. Please rsvp to cara@fmcsb.org for the event and childcare@fmcsb.org for childcare.

Contact Tammy at mrslashlee@gmail.com with questions.

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Advent Hymn Sing
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Hymn Sing

Join us for an evening of traditional hymnody. As usual we’ll be led by our own Dr. Ray Rosentrater and accompanist Syd Bush, but this time we will sing all our favorite advent and christmas hymns. Come read parts, sing melody, or just listen along, as we celebrate the tradition of long standing hymns of the faith.

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Parents' Christmas Shopping Time, Kids' Christmas Party
Dec
1
12:00 PM12:00

Parents' Christmas Shopping Time, Kids' Christmas Party

  • Free Methodist Church Downstairs (map)
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We are pleased to offer a Parents Christmas shopping time and FM Kid’s Christmas party on Saturday, December 1, 12-3 pm. Take advantage of this great time for you to get some shopping done AND for your kids to have a great time here at the church. The cost is $5 for lunch! RSVP to Kelsey Hardeman, our childcare coordinator, with names and ages of children, at childcare@fmcsb.org by Monday, November 26. 

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Transition House Dinner
Nov
27
5:30 PM17:30

Transition House Dinner

“Transition House is dedicated to the solution of family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered life tools and respectful, non-sectarian residential services designed to alleviate poverty and restore self-sufficiency and dignity.

By offering emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, homelessness prevention services, and comprehensive programs for children, Transition House takes a holistic approach to ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness for Santa Barbara families.”

Read more about Transition House at transitionhouse.com/our-mission

Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Contact Kelsey Lahr at kelseyelahr@gmail.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.

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Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

Come join us for a time of fellowship and food as we give thanks together. This is a great chance to meet and connect with those who attend a different service, and a great opportunity to invite friends to the church. Turkey, ham, and bread will be provided, but please bring 2 side dishes (per family) to share.

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Load of Love
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

Load of Love

October 2018 represented a milestone of 8 years offering the Loads of Love event! Our October event brought 31 people that laundered the equivalent of 137 loads of laundry! Lots of blankets and sleeping bags were cleaned this month.

Next month we will have some volunteers from Temple B'nai B'rith join us. This will be an exciting time of sharing the ministry with our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Contact tomspadoro@hotmail.com with questions.

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Fall Send
Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Send

Fall Send is a series of gatherings of young adults from churches all over Santa Barbara in an attempt to wrestle with questions of work, vocation, and faith, plus eating good food with good people, and getting to connect and learn from different churches.

Each time a different church "hosts" and provides dinner and a welcoming space for the group. On the 11th, we will be hosting it at my house (830 Meigs Road). 

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Encounter: Living Life as a Public Christian in Santa Barbara
Nov
11
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Living Life as a Public Christian in Santa Barbara

Join Hal Conklin on Sunday, November 4, as he discusses what it means to live life in public as a Christian. Drawing on his numerous and varied experiences in Santa Barbara, Hal will be examining how Christian can live their lives in the public eye and what that looks like for us here in Santa Barbara. The real question is how can we be salt and light in our world?

A light lunch will be served at 12:15. For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by 11/7.

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Encounter: Tools for Trauma Response
Nov
4
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Tools for Trauma Response

Encounter:
Tools for Trauma Response

Come and hear Pastor Doug Ranck, who in addition to being one of our pastors, is a senior adviser with the Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth. He will give us ways, as a congregation, parents, teachers, friends, and leaders to be a light in our community in response to the trauma impacting us personally and collectively.

A light lunch will be served at 12:15. For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by 10/31.

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Parents' Night Out
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Parents' Night Out

Parents’ Night Out

We are happy to offer a “Parents Night Out” on Friday, November 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm. 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 Kelsey Hardeman, our childcare coordinator at childcare@fmcsb.org by Sunday, October 28. RSVPs coming after that will be put on a waiting list.

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Encounter: Trauma & Resiliency
Oct
28
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Trauma & Resiliency

Trauma & Resiliency

Come and hear Rev. Dr. Kate Wiebe, the Executive Director of the Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth (ICTG) speak on trauma and our responses as we near the 1 year anniversary of the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide.

A light lunch will be served at 12:15 pm. For childcare, RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by 10/24.


Rev. Dr. Wiebe is an organization consultant, specializing in education, coaching, and therapeutic services following crises, trauma, or disaster. Founder and Director of ICTG, her practical experience includes pastoral care & counseling, relational psychotherapy, marriage counseling, group critical incident debriefings, and serving as a volunteer National Responder for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. She has studied relational psychoanalysis, group and organizational dynamics, and community care after disasters for twenty years.

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Fall Family Festival
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

Fall Family Festival

Fall Family Festival

We’re having a free Halloween party with games, crafts, face-paint, popcorn and snow cones! Our “trunk or treat” candy stations will be out from 12:00-1:30, with lunch available for purchase all afternoon (or until it’s all bought out).

Bring your family and friends and dress up in something fun! No scary or violent costumes, please. We’ll meet you in the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church. With balloons, a bounce house, and the smell of our BBQ lunch, we think you’ll recognize the party.

Invite your friends and let them know about it on Facebook.

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Women's Prep Party for Fall Family Festival
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Prep Party for Fall Family Festival

Women's Prep Party for Fall Family Festival

Calling all women! Come and join us as we gather together and help prepare for the annual Fall Family Festival. We will be sorting prizes and candy, cleaning up buckets and cones and putting together the welcome bags. It is a great way to connect with other women from the church!

Soup and salad dinner will be provided and you will have plenty of time to chat while you're working.

Please RSVP for childcare by emailing childcare@fmcsb.org by October 20th.

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Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

  • 824 East Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93103 United States (map)
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Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

A multi-church event series put on by Young Adult pastors from Oceanhills Covenant, Free Methodist, Montecito Covenant, and others. Together we will dig into what mission means in the work place. We will receive wisdom from older professionals who have followed Jesus into their work place. Contact nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.


The Send: To Define a Missional Life

To challenge the dualistic narrative that "work" happens from 9 to 5 and "service" happens in the pockets of time in between. To apply the idea of being "sent" people in our different workplaces. To equip the "priesthood of all believers" with simple, pragmatic tools and techniques to foster a missional posture in all aspects of life. To "send" world-changers back out to the places where God has called them.

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Loads of Love
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Loads of Love

Last month, we served 30 individuals that laundered the equivalent of 92 loads of laundry. Everyone received a new pair of socks and a few received needed sleeping bags. We had lunch together as typical of our event. We can always utilize more volunteers.


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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Encountering the Enneagram
Oct
21
12:15 PM12:15

Encountering the Enneagram

Encountering the Enneagram

The enneagram is an insightful (maybe even uncomfortably so!) tool for personal, relational, and spiritual growth. Join us for an exploration of this ancient-wisdom-traditions-meets-psychology way of engaging personality, emotions that keep us stuck, and the behaviors that everybody except you know you do! Our time will be interactive and experience-based, integrative with our Christian faith, and geared toward ennea-body who is curious about learning more about themselves!

Before coming to the first class, it will help you to get more out of the time if you have taken a test or two online or have read some of the brief descriptions of the types to start narrowing down which number you may be resonating the most with.

A light lunch will be served at 12:15. Childcare is available by emailing childcare@fmcsb.org by 10/17.


About Dan Taylor:

I have worked for many years in Residence Life in Christian Higher Education. I have my M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, though my educational and work history are uncomfortably revealing of my Enneagram type. (You'll learn more about that if you join us for class!)--I started college as a marine biology major, then moved to pre-physical therapy, then linguistics, then finally a double major with music and philosophy. After working in the social services in the Juvenile Justice System, I went to seminary, and have spent my professional life alternating between being a stay-at-home dad and working with college students! I have been teaching and utilizing the enneagram with students for the past 8 years (after I got over my initial shock at how creepily accurate the crazy thing was!) and have seen it be transformative in many people's lives, my own included.

About Melissa Lima:

She was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in New Hampshire from Guatemalan immigrant parents. Melissa did her undergrad studies at LeTourneau University in Texas and her Master’s at Taylor University where she wrote her thesis on the impact of study abroad programs on Latinx students. She has visited several Latin American countries, from Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and many more. After working for four years as a Resident Director at Westmont College, she is currently exploring her journey as a storyteller and artist. Meanwhile, you can find her in the Funk Zone as a Food Tour Guide for Eat This, Shoot That! as she tells guests some of the history of Santa Barbara and all the great places to eat.

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Encountering the Enneagram
Oct
14
12:15 PM12:15

Encountering the Enneagram

Encountering the Enneagram

The enneagram is an insightful (maybe even uncomfortably so!) tool for personal, relational, and spiritual growth. Join us for an exploration of this ancient-wisdom-traditions-meets-psychology way of engaging personality, emotions that keep us stuck, and the behaviors that everybody except you know you do! Our time will be interactive and experience-based, integrative with our Christian faith, and geared toward ennea-body who is curious about learning more about themselves!

Before coming to the first class, it will help you to get more out of the time if you have taken a test or two online or have read some of the brief descriptions of the types to start narrowing down which number you may be resonating the most with.


About Dan Taylor:

I have worked for many years in Residence Life in Christian Higher Education. I have my M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, though my educational and work history are uncomfortably revealing of my Enneagram type. (You'll learn more about that if you join us for class!)--I started college as a marine biology major, then moved to pre-physical therapy, then linguistics, then finally a double major with music and philosophy. After working in the social services in the Juvenile Justice System, I went to seminary, and have spent my professional life alternating between being a stay-at-home dad and working with college students! I have been teaching and utilizing the enneagram with students for the past 8 years (after I got over my initial shock at how creepily accurate the crazy thing was!) and have seen it be transformative in many people's lives, my own included.

About Melissa Lima:

She was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in New Hampshire from Guatemalan immigrant parents. Melissa did her undergrad studies at LeTourneau University in Texas and her Master’s at Taylor University where she wrote her thesis on the impact of study abroad programs on Latinx students. She has visited several Latin American countries, from Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and many more. After working for four years as a Resident Director at Westmont College, she is currently exploring her journey as a storyteller and artist. Meanwhile, you can find her in the Funk Zone as a Food Tour Guide for Eat This, Shoot That! as she tells guests some of the history of Santa Barbara and all the great places to eat.

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Encounter: Christianity and American Politics
Oct
7
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Christianity and American Politics

Encounter:
Christianity and American Politics

How can Christians navigate an increasingly contentious and polarized political environment?  Join Westmont Political Science Professor Tom Knecht as we explore the intersection of faith and American politics.  The September 30th lecture, entitled "Polarization and the Pews," will take an empirical look at how many Christians approach politics.  The following week's lecture, "Shrink Your Core," will explore how Christians can become more effective participants in the political process.

A light lunch will be provided.

For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by October 4th.


Tom Knecht is a Professor of Political Science at Westmont College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published work on American public opinion and foreign policy, homelessness, and gender in higher education.  His current research examines the politics of sports. 

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Lunch with LLIV
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with LLIV

  • 935 Embarcadero del Norte Goleta, CA, 93117 United States (map)
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Sunday Lunch with Our Sister Church
Light & Life Isla Vista

This year, we are partnering with our sister church, Light and Life Isla Vista, as they continue to reach out to their neighbors. Each Sunday, they have church in the park, which is followed by a lunch and all are welcome. Four times this year, we will be providing the lunch. We are looking for a few people each time to go out on our day and worship with them. If you are interested in helping with the lunch or going out to worship with our sister church on those days, please sign up at Connection Central.

Our dates are: October 7, January 6, April 7, July 7.

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Young Adult First Friday
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult First Friday

This upcoming Friday, October 5th for YAFF, we will be visiting the "tabernacle" together. "Tabernacle?!?!" you may ask...

Basically, over the past couple of months several churches have come together to build a replica of the Old Testament "tabernacle." It is being coined as the Tabernacle Experience and is presently located on the grounds of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goleta.

The reports I have heard back are that it is a powerful experience, and can make many of the Old Testament images we have read about come alive. If nothing else, it will at least be an interesting experience, even just to observe how the creators of this particular tabernacle replica understand Christ's relation to the Old Testament. Tons of room for interesting discussion on that topic ;)

We are going to meet at 6pm in the FMCSB parking lot and then carpool over for our tour at 6:30pm. They are asking you to bring your own headphones for the video recordings during the tour. :)

Please let Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org) know by Friday morning if you are interested in coming so she knows how many spots to reserve.

Afterwards, the plan is to grab dinner at Chick-fil-a for anyone who wants to join.

Would love to have you come!

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Encounter: Christianity and American Politics
Sep
30
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Christianity and American Politics

Encounter:
Christianity and American Politics

How can Christians navigate an increasingly contentious and polarized political environment?  Join Westmont Political Science Professor Tom Knecht as we explore the intersection of faith and American politics.  The September 30th lecture, entitled "Polarization and the Pews," will take an empirical look at how many Christians approach politics.  The following week's lecture, "Shrink Your Core," will explore how Christians can become more effective participants in the political process.

A light lunch will be provided.

For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by September 27th.


Tom Knecht is a Professor of Political Science at Westmont College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published work on American public opinion and foreign policy, homelessness, and gender in higher education.  His current research examines the politics of sports. 

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The Tabernacle Experience
Sep
28
to Oct 7

The Tabernacle Experience

ChapelARIEL, a local ministry that offers learning experiences in Judeo/Christian Traditions, is bringing the Tabernacle Experience to the Santa Barbara area! The full-scale replica of the Tabernacle will be open to guests, on the grounds at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; 380 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.

The Tabernacle will be open Monday through Friday from 11AM-8PM and Saturday/Sunday from 9AM-8PM.

We are also looking for volunteers for September 30th. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, you can contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteering@fmcsb.org

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Light of the World
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Light of the World

Light of the World
Women’s Candle Making Class and Devotional

Please join us for a women’s candle making class and special devotional with Carri Svoboda, Thursday September 27th at 7 pm in the upper parking lot. If possible, please bring a small glass or ceramic container (8 oz or less) to put your candle in... all other supplies will be provided. Bring a friend to join us for this fun event!

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Transition House Dinner
Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Transition House Dinner

Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Contact Kelsey Lahr at kelseyelahr@gmail.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.


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.

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Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

  • 3909 Maricopa Drive Santa Barbara, Ca 93110 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

A multi-church event series put on by Young Adult pastors from Oceanhills Covenant, Free Methodist, Montecito Covenant, and others. Together we will dig into what mission means in the work place. We will receive wisdom from older professionals who have followed Jesus into their work place, the first being our own Isaac Garrett, a member of FMCSB. Contact nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.


The Send: To Define a Missional Life

To challenge the dualistic narrative that "work" happens from 9 to 5 and "service" happens in the pockets of time in between. To apply the idea of being "sent" people in our different workplaces. To equip the "priesthood of all believers" with simple, pragmatic tools and techniques to foster a missional posture in all aspects of life. To "send" world-changers back out to the places where God has called them.

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