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

Art Market Santa Barbara

  • Christ Presbyterian Church

Artists Against Trafficking

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

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

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

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

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

ART DONATION DEADLINE APRIL 25

Learn more about Uffizi at www.uffiziorder.org

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

Encounter: Free Methodist Conversations

Free Methodist Conversations

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


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

Network Medical Fundraiser
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

Network Medical Fundraiser

  • Lobero Theatre

At the Heart of the Matter

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

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

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

Women's PiYo Workout

  • Upper Fellowship Room

Women's PiYo Workout

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

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

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

Parent Seminar: Personality and Family Dynamics

  • FMCSB, Upper Fellowship Room

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

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


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

APU Men's Chorale

Housing Needed!

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

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

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

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Loads of Love
May
21
1:00 pm13:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

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

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

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

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

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

Service of Baptism
Jun
4
12:30 pm12:30

Service of Baptism

  • Leadbetter Beach (by the harbor)

It is our tradition to hold a service of baptism every year on Pentecost Sunday. This year, Pentecost is on June 4th. In addition to the outward commitment made in this service, it is also a time of the larger church community welcoming another into the body of Christ.

If you are interested in being baptized, please speak with a pastor.


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

Encounter: Free Methodist Conversations

Free Methodist Conversations

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


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

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

Movies That Matter: Amistad

  • The Granada Theatre

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

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

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

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


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

Easter Worship Service
Apr
16
8:00 am08:00

Easter Worship Service

  • FMCSB

He is risen indeed!

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

Easter Sunrise Service
Apr
16
6:00 am06:00

Easter Sunrise Service

  • Leadbetter Beach Picnic Area

He is risen!

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

Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

Easter Egg Hunt

  • La Mesa Park

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

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

Tenebrae Good Friday Service

  • FMCSB

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

Maundy Thursday Seder
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Maundy Thursday Seder

  • FMCSB (Upper Fellowship Room)

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

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

Loads of Love
Apr
9
1:00 pm13:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

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

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

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

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

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

Palm Sunday
Apr
9
8:00 am08:00

Palm Sunday

  • FMCSB

Sunday Services: 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am


Join us as we welcome Jesus with praises of celebration!

The children process with palm branches at the 9:30 service. Holy Communion will be served at all three services. Nursery and toddler care is provided. We invite all children and youth to join us in-service this day and on Easter Sunday. We will have fun activity bags for children. There is no Encounter class on Palm and Easter Sundays.
 

Encounter: Contemplative Practices for Lent
Apr
2
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Contemplative Practices for Lent

For the next two weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, Encounter will be focusing on contemplative and centering practices. This not only helps prepare our spirits for the celebration of Easter, but it reminds of the bodies that God has given us. The main practices will be praying a labyrinth and Lectio Divina. If you have never tried these, now is the perfect opportunity. 

Transition House Dinner
Mar
28
3:30 pm15:30

Transition House Dinner

  • Transition House

Tuesday, March 28th 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.  

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 Sheryl Kelly:  805-705-4574 or sherylmkelly@gmail.com

Encounter: Contemplative Practices for Lent
Mar
26
11:00 am11:00

Encounter: Contemplative Practices for Lent

For the next two weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, Encounter will be focusing on contemplative and centering practices. This not only helps prepare our spirits for the celebration of Easter, but it reminds of the bodies that God has given us. The main practices will be praying a labyrinth and Lectio Divina. If you have never tried these, now is the perfect opportunity. 

Loads of Love
Mar
19
10:00 am10:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

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

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

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

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

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

Encounter: Breaking Chains - A Look at Modern-Day Slavery
Mar
19
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Breaking Chains - A Look at Modern-Day Slavery

Breaking Chains: A Look at Modern-Day Slavery

In Exodus, we see the Israelites living as slaves to the Egyptians believing God had abandoned them. Our world is one full of injustice and the issue of Human Trafficking or Modern-Day Slavery is not something that ended when the Israelites were set free from Egypt. We will be looking at what the Bible says about slavery according to Exodus and discovering more of the biblical teachings regarding slavery. We will also look at how God created us as his agents to the world, like Moses to the Israelites, to help set the captives free and how all of us, particularly as Christians, today can participate in fighting for justice breaking the chains of Modern Day Slavery in our society!


Jess is our church intern from England and is spending 6 weeks with us at FMCSB getting to know the church and learning from our leaders. This is her first trip to America and she has been spending time with each of the pastors finding out more about their roles in our church. She is 22 and finishing her final year of her BA in Applied Theology at Moorlands Theological College. She lives with her parents and three young brothers in St Austell, Cornwall when she is not studying in the Bournemouth area. She is passionate about the issue of Human Trafficking and is a trustee for a charity (known as Exodus) which works with other abolition groups for the end of Human Trafficking. 

Day of the Dip: Salsa and Guacamole Showdown
Mar
18
2:00 pm14:00

Day of the Dip: Salsa and Guacamole Showdown

  • Santa Barbara Carriage Museum

Cliff Drive Care Center is hosting a fundraiser!

What: Salsa & Guacamole Competition, Live & Silent Auction, & Dinner
Where: Carriage Museum of Santa Barbara
When: Saturday, March 18th, 5:00-9:00 pm
How much: $75

Tickets available starting February 5th!

How Can You Be Involved?

  • Sign up to be one of the salsa or guacamole competitors. Make your best recipe and let it stand out during the evening.
  • Donate to our live or silent auction. Timeshare stays, physical items, services you offer, and others.
  • Speak with your friends and relatives about donating themselves.
  • Bring in your unused, full-value gift certificates/gift cards. Did you receive a gift card you won't use? Brint it to us.
  • Come to the event and participate!

For more information or questions, visit the table on the deck or contact Janet Allen at 805-729-0803 or janetgallen@cox.net.

All Church Meeting
Mar
12
9:30 am09:30

All Church Meeting

We invite everyone to come to our annual All Church Meeting on March 8, 2017.  This is the time where we gather as a family of God to share a meal together, to hear the various reports from each pastor and to vote on those who will represent us as delegates, both for the year and also at the Annual Conference in South California.  This is an important opportunity to be together and I encourage everyone to make it a priority to come.  While it is open to everyone, members will be voting for the delegates.  Lunch will be served at 12:30, with the meeting directly following.  We hope to see you there!

Encounter: Justice & Creation Care
Mar
12
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Justice & Creation Care

JUSTICE AND CREATION CARE


From the call of God to Adam & Eve to the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus to care for the poor, the Bible gives an in depth look at the requirements our Creator has made for us to care for and to love our neighbor.  One important ingredient of this charge is to protect the most vulnerable of God's children from the destruction of their ability to grow food.  For two weeks we will look at the challenge that the church is facing to address this issue, identify some of the contributing factors that have dramatically changed over the last 50 years, and explore the possibilities for ourselves and our church to respond in love to the call that God has made on our lives.


Hal Conklin is the Chairman of the Board of Administration for both the Southern California Conference of the Free Methodist Church and the national Free Methodist Church USA.  He served for 18 years in multiple elected community roles including: Mayor of Santa Barbara, President of the California League of Cities, and Vice President of the National League of Cities in Washington DC where he represented all of the cities in America to the White House and Congress.  He is best known in Santa Barbara for having established the city’s historic Cultural District, including the restoration of its downtown, including the Arlington and Granada Theatres, and Stearns Wharf.  Hal is also the co-author (with the Rev. Dr. Denny Wayman) of a weekly film commentary entitled “Cinema In Focus”.

Encounter: Justice & Creation Care
Mar
5
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Justice & Creation Care

JUSTICE AND CREATION CARE


From the call of God to Adam & Eve to the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus to care for the poor, the Bible gives an in depth look at the requirements our Creator has made for us to care for and to love our neighbor.  One important ingredient of this charge is to protect the most vulnerable of God's children from the destruction of their ability to grow food.  For two weeks we will look at the challenge that the church is facing to address this issue, identify some of the contributing factors that have dramatically changed over the last 50 years, and explore the possibilities for ourselves and our church to respond in love to the call that God has made on our lives.


Hal Conklin is the Chairman of the Board of Administration for both the Southern California Conference of the Free Methodist Church and the national Free Methodist Church USA.  He served for 18 years in multiple elected community roles including: Mayor of Santa Barbara, President of the California League of Cities, and Vice President of the National League of Cities in Washington DC where he represented all of the cities in America to the White House and Congress.  He is best known in Santa Barbara for having established the city’s historic Cultural District, including the restoration of its downtown, including the Arlington and Granada Theatres, and Stearns Wharf.  Hal is also the co-author (with the Rev. Dr. Denny Wayman) of a weekly film commentary entitled “Cinema In Focus”.

Navigating Transitions in Your 20's & 30's Workshop
Mar
4
10:00 am10:00

Navigating Transitions in Your 20's & 30's Workshop

Navigating Transitions Workshop

Are you currently considering a change or making a transition in your life?
Every age and phase of life brings change and the young adult years can be exciting and turbulent at the same time. Either way, all change is accompanied by concerns, fears, and questions:  How do I know if I am making the right decisions?  How do I stay balanced and maintain well-being in the face of uncertainty? How can I stay true to myself during this transition?  
In this workshop, we will provide some tools, practices, and ideas that can empower you to navigate changes and transitions more effectively.  This workshop will focus on 'looking within' versus dwelling on external circumstances. Through self-exploration exercises and small group interaction it will be an opportunity for you to identify the primary areas of importance in your life and determine whether change is needed.  You will gain clarity about where you are presently in life, what conflicts are at play and how to make wise choices that are aligned with your values.
Bring your friends and get to know other sojourners on the journey


Facilitated by Beverly Chen, LCSW and Celia Howen, M.Ed

Beverly is currently directing the Cliff Drive Counseling Ministry and also have a private practice in Goleta. She has been providing counseling for over 15 years in a variety of college settings and has worked with many young adults. She currently attends the Free Methodist Church with her husband, Chandra Mallampalli, Professor of History at Westmont College.
 
Celia worked as a Career Counselor at Westmont College for 16 years.  She is in the beginning stages of creating her own business that has a focus on private career counseling, personal & professional development coaching, consulting, training and team building.  She is also attending Free Methodist Church with her husband Marshall who works as the Business Manager at Providence School and also owns Sunrise805 a local solar contracting company. 

Ash Wednesday Service
Mar
1
4:00 pm16:00

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar.  It comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us and are a sign of our repentance. 
 
Join us on March 1st in the sanctuary at 7:00pm for a short service of reflection and ashes as we begin the journey of Lent together.
 

Encounter: Justice & Creation Care
Feb
26
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Justice & Creation Care

Justice and Creation Care


From the call of God to Adam & Eve to the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus to care for the poor, the Bible gives an in depth look at the requirements our Creator has made for us to care for and to love our neighbor.  One important ingredient of this charge is to protect the most vulnerable of God's children from the destruction of their ability to grow food.  For two weeks we will look at the challenge that the church is facing to address this issue, identify some of the contributing factors that have dramatically changed over the last 50 years, and explore the possibilities for ourselves and our church to respond in love to the call that God has made on our lives.


Hal Conklin is the Chairman of the Board of Administration for both the Southern California Conference of the Free Methodist Church and the national Free Methodist Church USA.  He served for 18 years in multiple elected community roles including: Mayor of Santa Barbara, President of the California League of Cities, and Vice President of the National League of Cities in Washington DC where he represented all of the cities in America to the White House and Congress.  He is best known in Santa Barbara for having established the city’s historic Cultural District, including the restoration of its downtown, including the Arlington and Granada Theatres, and Stearns Wharf.  Hal is also the co-author (with the Rev. Dr. Denny Wayman) of a weekly film commentary entitled “Cinema In Focus”.
 

Dinners for Eight
Feb
25
3:00 pm15:00

Dinners for Eight

Dinners for Eight is back by popular demand. This is a great way for you to meet new people or get to know familiar faces a little better. Simply sign up by Feb. 19th and we will put you into a group of eight. Your host will contact you and organize who is bringing what dish. Then, show up on the 25th and have a great evening with wonderful people from FMCSB.

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


Sign Up Today!

Phone
Phone
One phone number per party is adequate.
Encounter: Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness
Feb
19
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness

Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness: Marginal Women in the Old Testament

Jesus is known for “hanging out” on the margins of society: eating with tax collectors/sinners, speaking to the souls of Samaritans, and healing the blind, sick, and lame. What if thinking about Jesus “hanging out on the margins” could invite us into a new way of reading the Bible? What if like Jesus, we too could “hang out on the margins,” even and especially when we read the Bible, paying attention to the minor characters, to the poor, and to the women? On the margins of well-known stories of the Patriarchs, the wandering Israelites, or the Judges we will find women of great strength, courage, and faithfulness, women who have often been overlooked.  When we hang out on the margins of the Old Testament we are sure to find Jesus there with us, showing us the women who have gone before all of us in God’s story. These outsider women in their own small, yet powerful ways helped preserve the life of Israel, and so I want to properly introduce them to you! 

Nikki Ramage is a CMC currently in her final semester of seminary at Azusa Pacific University. She loves gathering books and sometimes reading them, is skilled at finding excuses to have ice cream, and more often than not wins the ping pong matches she plays. Locally, she works to support adults with developmental disabilities in independent living. She is passionate about theological education which prepares people for lives of service in the world. She is smitten with the Free Methodist Church.

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Feb
18
6:00 am06:00

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

To follow up our Church Membership classes in January, we will be offering Healthy Church Leaders' Training classes in February.  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 Feb. 17.

Gathering to Remember a Friend: Ruth Baar
Feb
12
3:30 pm15:30

Gathering to Remember a Friend: Ruth Baar

As you may know, our dear Ruth Baar passed away a few weeks ago, at the age of 94. She was an integral part of the ministry here for over 40 years and we give God praise for her life. We will be coming together on Sunday, February 12th, at 6:30 pm, to sing hymns, offer prayers, and share stories about Ruth. All are welcome.

Loads of Love
Feb
12
10:00 am10:00

Loads of Love

  • House of Laundry

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

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

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

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

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

Encounter: Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness
Feb
12
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness

Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness: Marginal Women in the Old Testament

Jesus is known for “hanging out” on the margins of society: eating with tax collectors/sinners, speaking to the souls of Samaritans, and healing the blind, sick, and lame. What if thinking about Jesus “hanging out on the margins” could invite us into a new way of reading the Bible? What if like Jesus, we too could “hang out on the margins,” even and especially when we read the Bible, paying attention to the minor characters, to the poor, and to the women? On the margins of well-known stories of the Patriarchs, the wandering Israelites, or the Judges we will find women of great strength, courage, and faithfulness, women who have often been overlooked.  When we hang out on the margins of the Old Testament we are sure to find Jesus there with us, showing us the women who have gone before all of us in God’s story. These outsider women in their own small, yet powerful ways helped preserve the life of Israel, and so I want to properly introduce them to you! 

Nikki Ramage is a CMC currently in her final semester of seminary at Azusa Pacific University. She loves gathering books and sometimes reading them, is skilled at finding excuses to have ice cream, and more often than not wins the ping pong matches she plays. Locally, she works to support adults with developmental disabilities in independent living. She is passionate about theological education which prepares people for lives of service in the world. She is smitten with the Free Methodist Church.

Parents' Night Out
Feb
10
2:30 pm14:30

Parents' Night Out

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
FEBRUARY 10TH, 5:30-7:30 PM

We are happy to offer a "Parents' Night Out" on Friday, February 10th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The formula is simple: You drop your kids off at the church, we feed them, we care for them, and you go and have a good time for two hours. Even better, there is no cost! Please RSVP to Kelsey Hardeman, our Childcare Coordinator, at childcare@fmcsb.org by Wednesday, February 8th.

Encounter: Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness
Feb
5
8:00 am08:00

Encounter: Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness

  • Upper Fellowship Room (FMCSB)

Unlikely Faces of Faithfulness: Marginal Women in the Old Testament

Jesus is known for “hanging out” on the margins of society: eating with tax collectors/sinners, speaking to the souls of Samaritans, and healing the blind, sick, and lame. What if thinking about Jesus “hanging out on the margins” could invite us into a new way of reading the Bible? What if like Jesus, we too could “hang out on the margins,” even and especially when we read the Bible, paying attention to the minor characters, to the poor, and to the women? On the margins of well-known stories of the Patriarchs, the wandering Israelites, or the Judges we will find women of great strength, courage, and faithfulness, women who have often been overlooked.  When we hang out on the margins of the Old Testament we are sure to find Jesus there with us, showing us the women who have gone before all of us in God’s story. These outsider women in their own small, yet powerful ways helped preserve the life of Israel, and so I want to properly introduce them to you! 

Nikki Ramage is a CMC currently in her final semester of seminary at Azusa Pacific University. She loves gathering books and sometimes reading them, is skilled at finding excuses to have ice cream, and more often than not wins the ping pong matches she plays. Locally, she works to support adults with developmental disabilities in independent living. She is passionate about theological education which prepares people for lives of service in the world. She is smitten with the Free Methodist Church.

Women's Retreat - Slow Down, Relax, and Worship
Feb
4
5:30 am05:30

Women's Retreat - Slow Down, Relax, and Worship

  • Lions Park Carpinteria

Your registration is confirmed with your payment. The registration fee is $40. It can be paid with cash or check at the church or you can pay online through our giving portal. (To give online select "Retreat - Women's Retreat" in the Giving Options. Please note, this registration is not tax-deductible.)


Join us for a day apart for prayer, reflection, restoration, and renewal! We will be inspired with God's Word taught by Pastor Kristy Hinds from our FMC church in North Long Beach, led into God's presence in worship and music by Amanda Elliott, enriched by the fellowship of our sisters in Christ, and renewed by time with our Lord without our usual busy distractions.

When: Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 8:30 am - 5 pm
Where: Lions Park Carpinteria (6197 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria)
Cost: $40

(Registration closes Sunday, January 29th. Registrations are transferable but not refundable. There are no part-time rates.)

Dress comfortably in layers as you may want to eat your lunch outside, as weather permits. Bring your Bible and a prayer journal if you have one. Lunch will be provided.

We encourage you to invite a friend! 

You can register for this retreat Sundays on the deck or online with the link at the top of the page.

If you have questions about the retreat, please contact Astrid Guenthart (805-705-1503 or astridguenthart@yahoo.com).