Fall Family Festival!
Oct
26
11:30 AM11:30

Fall Family Festival!

Saturday, October 26 is the date for the Fall Family Festival 2019. Our two lower church parking lots will be transformed into a “fun zone” for kids and families of Free Methodist Church, Cliff Drive Care Center and the whole community. Games, prizes, photos, cakewalks, bounce house, and a yummy barbecue lunch, will all be a part of the day. Don’t forget “Trunk or Treat” where people take the trunk of their cars, decorate it and add some sweets!

The festival begins at 11:30 am and ends around 2:30 pm.

We’d love for you to participate and help too. Sign-up on the deck!

Invite your friends!!!

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ENCOUNTER: Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Experience (Q2)
Oct
27
12:15 PM12:15

ENCOUNTER: Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Experience (Q2)

  • 1435 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA, 93109 United States (map)
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Rev. Shannon Balram from our church and Rev. Nick Catley, lead pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Goleta, will be teaching us about the quadrant of "experience" in the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

We will be asking questions like: What is the role of the Holy Spirit and emotions in our faith? How does our expression differ or align with more charismatic traditions? What do we have to learn from and teach each other?

Please join us for lunch at 12:15pm and then the class runs from 12:30pm-1:30pm. If you would like childcare, please RSVP by Sunday, October 20th to childcare@fmcsb.org. We would love to have you join us!

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Women's Fall Family Festival Prep Party
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

Women's Fall Family Festival Prep Party

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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. This 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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The Social and Political Character of Christian Faith: A Book Discussion
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Social and Political Character of Christian Faith: A Book Discussion

Dr McBride is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, and the author of Radical Discipleship. She will be leading a discussion on her book and has asked that participants read an extract from the book before the event. Anyone interested in attending may obtain a copy of the extract from Connection Central, or by emailing Jim Wright (jwright@westmont.edu) or Heather Keaney (hkeaney@westmont.edu). Contact Pastor Nikki with any questions.

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ENCOUNTER: Slavery in the New Testament World
Oct
20
12:15 PM12:15

ENCOUNTER: Slavery in the New Testament World

Dr. Caryn Reeder, a New Testament professor at Westmont College, is teaching Encounter on October 20th. She will help us better understand the New Testament world by walking us through a study of a "slavery text."

She will offer resources to help us find out more about slavery in the New Testament world, thereby increasing our understanding of the New Testament's historical context.

Lunch will be served at 12:15, with the class going from 12:30-1:30. For childcare, email childcare@fmcsb.org by October 13th.

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Transition House Dinner
Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Transition House Dinner

Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Transition House supports homeless families with children. While families are in residence at the shelter they receive meals every day. Our church sponsors and prepares a dinner for its 50-70 residents (many of whom are children) once every two months: the second Mondays of even numbered months .Contact Sandy Patterson at sandra.s.patterson@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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ENCOUNTER: Singleness: A Christian Response
Oct
13
12:15 PM12:15

ENCOUNTER: Singleness: A Christian Response

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Dr. Helen Rhee will be using her breadth of knowledge as a pastor and church historian to talk about singleness in the Church, both now and in history. She will discuss how Christianity offers a robust theology for people who are single, to help them understand how to live fruitfully and faithfully. Whether or not one's singleness is only for a season, a painful experience, or a joyful life-long calling, Christianity has much to offer us, and the Church has much to think about.

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blesSBCC
Oct
10
10:45 AM10:45

blesSBCC

The Young Adult ministry at FMCSB wants to bless our neighbors at SBCC. For those whose work schedule will allow, join pastors Jake and Nikki as they go over to West Campus on October 10 to offer some popsicles, spike-ball, and prayer to anyone who stops by.

Come on your lunch break and stay for however long you can. Our goal is to make personal connections with as many students as we can who stop by. It should be a fun and laid back time where we can let people know we are here and we are people of peace right down the road.

Parking: park in lots 2C or 3 (by the track) or at Leadbetter Beach and bring your receipt for reimbursement.

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ENCOUNTER: Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Tradition
Oct
6
12:15 PM12:15

ENCOUNTER: Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Tradition

In the Free Methodist church, we believe all truth is God's truth. If something is true, we embrace it as from the Lord. First and foremost, we hold scripture up to be the primary source of God's inspired revealed truth to us.

And, we also embrace truth that is found in three other places: reason, tradition, and experience. Along with scripture, this has come to be called the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and we believe it informs our theology. In Encounter this fall, we are focusing on each of these four ways of understanding truth.

Church tradition is one of the ways Christians are shaped in their walk with God. There are a rich history of practices which have been handed down to succeeding generations as a way of understanding God more fully.

How has the church come to believe in the basic tenets of the faith? Church tradition has played a part. What are the practices which have deep meaning and informs our worship? We look to tradition for this. In this Encounter class, Pastor Colleen and Father Garret Edmonds, a Fransiscan Priest at the Santa Barbara Mission, will talk about what church tradition means and why it is important to God's people in all places and times.

Childcare is available for Encounter if you RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by the Sunday before.

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Marriage Seminar: Reclaiming Love
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Marriage Seminar: Reclaiming Love

Putting the Happily Back Into Ever After

In our fast-paced, innovative, tech savvy world where we are more connected than ever before, we are somehow missing the mark on the very thing we were created for — loving, intimate relationships. There are more divorces and fewer marriages today, and as a society, we experience more depression and anxiety than years past.  Time is a precious commodity and we seem to never have enough of it as we juggle the pressures of work and home and attempt to keep up with the Jones’; the stakes feel higher and happily-ever-after appears unattainable.

Come hear from Dr. Andrea Gurney, a Harvard-trained psychologist, professor, and clinician as she equips and encourages us with practical tools and insights drawn from relationship science and her almost 20+ in practice with families and couples.  After our time together, you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of how early relationships impact current ones, the lessons from neuroscience about the stages of love and romance, and how to communicate more effectively — including some quick tips for fighting fairly. 

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 Encounter: How To Read The Bible: Old Testament
Sep
29
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: How To Read The Bible: Old Testament

In Encounter this year we are focusing on building up the foundations of our faith! Reading and interpreting the Old Testament well is crucial to understanding more about God's character and God's expectations and promises for His people throughout history. We will explore the various genres of literature in the Old Testament as well as how to avoid some interpretive pitfalls. Lunch starts at 12:15pm and the talk runs from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Would love to have you join!

Childcare is available for Encounter if you RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by the Sunday before.

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How To Make Date Bars
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

How To Make Date Bars

Join us for a fun evening where we will learn how to make something sweet without using processed sugar and without cooking anything. Sarah Kass will be demonstrating this “clean” sweet recipe for date bars that we can all enjoy that night and make again at home later. While we wait for the date bars to set, we will get to know each other better with a fun game of "speed dating!" Bring a friend, or come make some new ones, as we pair up with one another for one minute at a time to answer fun questions. Don't miss this fun event, and be sure to RSVP for childcare to Estefany at childcare@fmcsb.org by Sunday, September 22.

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K-12 Teacher Gathering
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

K-12 Teacher Gathering

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If you are a teacher or staff member in public/private schools, you are invited to an afternoon of encouragement, inspiration and a chance to meet with and pray with colleagues for the 2019-20 school year.

Join us at the 10th Annual Educator Connections, hosted by Westmont College's Education Department, on Monday, September 23 from 4 - 5:15 p.m. at Coast Community Church of the Nazarene, 4973 Via Los Santos, Santa Barbara.

Questions, please contact hbergthold@westmont.edu

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Encounter: "Immigration: A Local Process"
Sep
22
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: "Immigration: A Local Process"

Diane Martinez is the director of Immigrant Hope in Santa Barbara. Immigrant Hope is a Christian organization which "offers honest, low-cost legal advice & services regarding the U.S. immigration processes in a safe and caring environment." Her talk will give an overview of the current immigration process and agencies involved, take a closer look at what is happening with immigrants in Santa Barbara, and reflect on Christian theology and its public nature. Lunch starts at 12:15pm and her talk begins at 12:30pm. If you would like to learn more about Immigrant Hope please check out their website here: https://www.immigranthope.org/location/santa-barbara-california/

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Sarobidy Creation Sale
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Sarobidy Creation Sale

  • 1534 San Miguel Ave Santa Barbara, CA, 93109 United States (map)
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The first and largest sale of the season for Sarobidy Creations, our artisan project which benefits the artisans as well as the Sarobidy Maternity Center in Madagascar. Call (805) 963-2349 for more information.

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Loads of Love
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

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. Please notify people that may need the laundry assistance. This event would not occur without the dedicated volunteers that make time to help. You are greatly appreciated!

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ENCOUNTER: How to Read the Bible - Denny Wayman
Sep
15
12:15 PM12:15

ENCOUNTER: How to Read the Bible - Denny Wayman

Perhaps the most common misunderstanding of Scripture is that it is one book written in one literary style and so you read it from page 1 to the end.

It is a collection of sixty six books each with its own unique place and purpose within the canon. Join us as we focus primarily on the twenty-seven books of the New Testament and identify how each is distinctive and is best read in light of its particular purpose.

Free Methodists throughout the world hold a very high view of Scripture affirming these writings as the primary source for revealed truth. We also hold a high view of biblical scholarship to help us understand and effectively read His Word so that we "rightly handle the Word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).

Lunch is served at 12:15. Donations accepted.

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Men's Retreat 2019 @ Forest Home in Ojai
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Men's Retreat 2019 @ Forest Home in Ojai

How to Register:

There’s a two-step process. We have a short registration form that you can submit your payment through, and our retreat center needs your medical information in case of an emergency.

Scholarships available - contact Pastor Doug (doug@fmcsb.org)

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 11

Final Registration Deadline: September 10


Men's Retreat is a great opportunity to grow closer to God and fellowship with other men during a beautiful and relaxing weekend. John Rittenhouse, Senior Pastor of Living Spring Church (Free Methodist) in Garden Grove, California will be our guest speaker.

John Rittenhouse graduated from Westmont College with a business degree. After 16 years in import / export he was called to full time ministry and is now the lead pastor at Living Spring Church in Garden Grove. Living Spring specializes in ministering to the community in tangible ways. John married his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and has been married for 30 years. He has two married girls and a son that is a freshman at Grand Canyon University. John has his Masters in Pastoral Studies in Leadership from APU. He loves family, sports, working in the garage, music, his dog and Tom Brady. Yes. Tom Brady.

Our theme this year will be: “Gideon - Living in the mystery of how God sees and uses us “ Join us as we explore the life of this imperfect man who trusted God and how we do the same.

Early Bird Deadline to save on lodging is 08/11/2019:
Tent - $155
Cabin - $190

After 8/11/2019:
Tent - $175
Cabin - $205

Time

Begins Friday, September 13 — Check-in starts at 4pm and dinner is at 6:30 pm.
Ends Sunday, September 15 — Last event is worship and communion at 11 am.

Location

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

**We are unable to refund any cancellations, but you may transfer your reservation to someone else. Please inform Denzyl Balram, denzyl@fmcsb.org of changes to your reservation.**

Housing Options

Cabin - FHO

Cabins - Community-style bunk bed housing with shared bathrooms. Four separate sleeping rooms with air condition and heaters. Adirondack chairs sit comfortably on the outside porches.

 

Tent Cabin - FHO

Tent Cabins - Canvas-sided raised tents with screen door and windows. Bunk bed style with electricity. Outside decks clustered in intimate tent groups of 2, 4 and 6 near community bathhouses.

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ENCOUNTER: General Conference Update (Sept. 8, 2019)
Sep
8
12:15 PM12:15

ENCOUNTER: General Conference Update (Sept. 8, 2019)

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We are kicking off Encounter by taking a closer look at General Conference 2019, which took place this summer. Come and learn more about how our denomination works, the process of our historic Bishop election, and get an inside look at how a resolution written by our very own church was passed. This stuff is exciting and it matters! Hope you can join. Lunch is provided!

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Welcome Back Potluck for the Shattenberg Family
Sep
3
5:30 PM17:30

Welcome Back Potluck for the Shattenberg Family

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 3 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Upper Fellowship room to welcome back our missionaries to Madagascar: Alissa, Jamie, Isabella, Eliana and Gavin.

We will have the opportunity to hear from them, how we can pray and greet them as they take a break here in the Santa Barbara area.

Sign up to bring a main dish, salad, bread or dessert by Sunday, September 1. Table service and drinks will be provided. Childcare will be offered after the dinner. Please sign up by Sunday, September 1. Signups after will be put on a waiting list.

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All Church Picnic
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

All Church Picnic

The season for summer picnics has arrived! Save the date and join us for our picnic. This is a special time to be together as a church family and spend time with the folks who attend a different service, whom you may not often see.

And there will be a bounce house for the kids! This year will be different from past years, as there will not be softball and we will be here on the mesa. We will provide the BBQ meal, cooked by Chef Michele. Please bring a small dessert to share.

Hope to see you there!

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blasSBCC
Aug
29
11:45 AM11:45

blasSBCC

blasSBCC
August 29, 11:45am-1:15pm
Gavin Field, Santa Barbara City College

The Young Adult ministry at FMCSB wants to bless our neighbors at SBCC. Pastors Jake and Nikki will be going over to West Campus on August 29 (the first week of school) to offer free baked goods and prayer to anyone who stops by our table. Young Adults, come on your lunch break and stay for however long you can and make a few connections with the students who stop by.

Parking: park in lots 2C or 3 (by the track) or at Leadbetter Beach and bring your receipt to Nikki or Jake for reimbursement.

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Loads of Love
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

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. Please notify people that may need the laundry assistance. This event would not occur without the dedicated volunteers that make time to help. You are greatly appreciated!

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Transition House Dinner
Aug
12
4:30 PM16:30

Transition House Dinner

Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House.

Transition House supports homeless families with children. While families are in residence at the shelter they receive meals every day.

Our church sponsors and prepares a dinner for its 50-70 residents (many of whom are children) once every two months: the second Mondays of even numbered months. Contact Sandy Patterson at sandra.s.patterson@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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Young Adult Progressive Dinner
Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

Young Adult Progressive Dinner

Calling all young adults to join us for dinner with four different courses served at four different homes! It will be a great chance to host and be hosted, eat great food, and get to know other young adults at church. We will be starting the night at the parsonage (1413 Cliff Drive) right next to the church campus for appetizers, then head over to Sam and Lindsey's for our second course, then walk over to Jake and Breean's for dinner, and finally end the night at a mystery house for dessert.  Feel free to park at the church and carpool from the first stop.  Anyone is welcome but please RSVP so we know how much food to make! :) 

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Singles' Shoreline BBQ
Aug
4
12:45 PM12:45

Singles' Shoreline BBQ

Inviting singles of ALL ages to come out and meet new friends while enjoying the beauty of Shoreline park! Our goal is to have a fun way to connect with other singles (in all stages of life) from our church. Our purpose is not about romance, it is about friendship and having a place where singles can gather. :) If you have kids, they are welcome to join as well. The church is bringing the hot-dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side-dish or dessert to share. Feel free to invite a friend!

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Women's Book Brunch
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Women's Book Brunch

You’re invited to join the women of FMCSB for a morning of fellowship over delicious brunch. Bring a book you’ve enjoyed recently and a brunch dish to share. All are welcome, there is no cost. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

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Quarterly Lunch with Light and Life Isla Vista
Jul
7
12:30 PM12:30

Quarterly Lunch with Light and 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.

Their service is at 10:30am, and we'll serve lunch afterward. Contact Sherylmkelly@gmail.com to let her know you are coming to help serve lunch.

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Hymn Sing
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Hymn Sing

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Join us for an evening of traditional hymnody. We will sing hymns by request from our Free Methodist Hymnal, led by our own Dr. Ray Rosentrater and accompanist Syd Bush. 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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Softball Tournament
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Softball Tournament

Time to dust off those gloves and get on a softball team!

This year, the softball tournament will be separate from our church picnic, but all are still welcome to come watch the games and cheer on the players (they need as much love as they can get). This is a great opportunity to invite a friend to a church event.

Save the date for now, and look for team sign ups on the deck in the coming weeks. Contact Umpire Mark Bates at 3.14guy@gmail.com.

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Blood Drive
Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

Blood Drive

Next Tuesday, Free Methodist Church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Upper Fellowship Room from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please sign up for a slot at this link, and type in "93109" to the zip code search bar on the lefthand side. Contact Sarah Kass at sarskass@gmail.com with questions. 

"The need for blood is constant. Your commitment to help save lives is truly appreciated and makes a difference in the lives of patients in need."
-American Red Cross

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Young Adult Summer Lunches
Jun
16
12:30 PM12:30

Young Adult Summer Lunches

We will be meeting out on the deck after the third service every third Sunday to go out to lunch. We will pick the place that day and carpool as needed. Obviously, if you want to go out to lunch with other young adults on a different Sunday we heartily encourage it, but Third Sundays we will make a special effort to do so and get participation from all three services! Contact nikki@fmcsb.org with any questions.

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