Transition House Dinner
Nov
28
5:30 PM17:30

Transition House Dinner

Tuesday, November 28th is our next opportunity to serve dinner and make lunch for the residents of Transition House. We could use assistance with the following items:

For lunches:
- 6 loaves of sandwich bread
- 3 pounds of sliced turkey or ham
- 3 pounds of sliced cheese
- fresh fruit that can easily be put in a bag lunch
- carrots or celery sticks
- cookie
- granola bar or other snacks
- bottled water

For Dinner:
- salad makings for a hearty green salad
- garlic bread for about 60 persons
- dessert for 60


We could also use 3-4 volunteers to help make lunches on the 28th, and 2-3 volunteers to help with salad prep and serving.  We will be making the bagged lunches starting at 5:30 and then will begin serving about 6:15.  We are usually done about 7:00 PM.

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 Joe & Pat Wheatley if you would like to contribute: (805) 963-5065 or joenpatwheatley@gmail.com.


TRANSITION HOUSE

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

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

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

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

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Parents' Christmas Shopping Time
Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Parents' Christmas Shopping Time

Parents' Christmas Shopping Time

We are pleased to offer a Parents Christmas shopping time and FM Kid’s Christmas party on Saturday, December 2, 1-3:30pm. 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. Cost is $5 per kid!

Please rsvp to Kelsey Hardeman, our childcare coordinator, at childcare@fmcsb.org by Sunday, November 26. If you sign up after November 26 you will be added to a waiting list.

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Low Commitment Christmas Choir
Dec
10
7:15 AM07:15

Low Commitment Christmas Choir

Low Commitment Christmas Choir

Come sing a Christmas Hymn in 4-parts with our Christmas Choir. Singers must only attend 3 dates:

Rehearsal 1: Sunday, December 3rd, 8:15am-9am, Upper Fellowship Room
Rehearsal 2: Wednesday, December 6th, 7pm-8pm, Sanctuary
Performance: Sunday, December 10th, 3 services, 7:15am-11:30am

Sign up at Connection Central and contact Jake (jake@fmcsb.org) with questions.

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Leon Family Welcome Back Potluck
Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

Leon Family Welcome Back Potluck

WELCOME BACK POTLUCK FOR THE LEON FAMILY

You are invited to join us on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Upper Fellowship room to welcome back our missionaries to Costa Rica, Dennis/Kyle Leon and family. 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. Table service and drinks will be provided. Childcare will be offered after the dinner. Please sign up by Sunday, December 10. Signups after will be put on a waiting list. 
 

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Women's Retreat 2018
Feb
2
to Feb 4

Women's Retreat 2018

FMCSB Women's Retreat
February 2-4, 2018
 

What: The women of the Free Methodist Church are returning to Cambria for our annual Women’s Retreat! This year we will be diving together into the book of Esther, eager to learn from her faithfulness and courage in such a perilous time for her and her people! We hope and pray that the retreat can provide the teachings, space, and fellowship to ponder how we too, like Esther, can be faithful "for such a time as this." Join us as we hear testimonies and teaching from the women in our congregation and share stories of triumph and loss with one another. There will be time to pray, worship, laugh, cry, play, nap, and rest alongside new and old friends. The retreat package includes sleeping accommodations for two nights, dessert on Friday evening, breakfast and dinner on Saturday (enjoy lunch in a quaint restaurant in town) and breakfast on Sunday.  The program includes free time on Saturday afternoon so that you may have private time or get together with friends to lunch and play in this beautiful area.  There will be a list of planned activities hosted by women from the church (i.e. volleyball, hike, yoga) that you may choose to participate in if you so desire. Transportation to retreat is by private car, we recommend carpooling with friends and roommates. 
 
Where: Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, CA. We will be returning to the Cambria Pines Lodge, overlooking the village of Cambria, a 3-hour drive north of Santa Barbara. This peaceful location allows you to quiet yourself and feel God’s presence in a deep and refreshing way. Cambria Pines Lodge is located at 2905 Burton Drive in Cambria.  There are lovely gardens and a nature trail leading to Cambria Village with its quaint shops. The coast here is wild and rough, and this is where the California elephant seals gather to mate and raise their young.
 
When: February 2nd-4th, 2018. Arrive and check into the conference room to get your room key after 4pm on Friday, have dinner in the hotel, in town, or on your way to Cambria. The first scheduled event begins with dessert at 6:30pm in the conference room, worship begins at 7pm. Our retreat committee has planned inspiring programs and opportunities to fellowship for you on Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, as well as Sunday morning until 11am.

Who: Women (18 and older) who want to deepen their relationship with Christ, who want to meet Christ,  who want to relax in the love of their church family, who want to worship. You don’t need to be a  member of the Free Methodist Church to enjoy this time. We encourage you to invite a friend or family member who is open to growing in her relationship with Christ and with Christian women to share this special experience. Please be in prayer for our speakers, leaders, and each person who will attend the retreat that we may all grow closer to God as we spend time with Him and His people.

How:  Register online or at Connection Central at FMCSB. The registration form explains costs and lodging options. You need to submit your registration by December 4th for the Early Bird Rate.  (See form for return instructions.) Registrations fees may be paid in-person at FMCSB by giving cash or check (made out to FMCSB with Women's Retreat in the memo) or online here (ACH only).

Your registration is not complete until you have paid in full!

All registrations must be paid in full and turned in by December 18, 2017. 
 
 This retreat is only possible if we have received 100 paid registrations by December 18th. If we do not make this minimum, the retreat will be canceled and all registrations will be returned in full.

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Church Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Church 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.

You hope everyone can come and celebrate this past year of being a church family.

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Loads of Love
Nov
19
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. Loads of Love serves people that are living on the streets, in vehicles, in shelters or living with multiple families in a single family dwelling due to financial hardship. People served meet the definition of someone without a home, are food insecure, and live in poverty.

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

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

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

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

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Young Adult Worship Night
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult Worship Night

Young Adult Worship Night

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

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

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Encounter: Reformations & Resentments
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: Reformations & Resentments

Reformations & Resentments:
Why it matters to remember the Reformation rightly

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther's 95 Theses. This talk will explore the myths and message associated with the Protestant Reformation and offer a critique about its enduring legacy (both good and bad) on Christianity in the present. This class will be taught by Dr. Jon Lemmond, Pastor at Montecito Covenant Church.

Jon Lemmond is Pastor for Congregational Life at Montecito Covenant Church and has been on staff since 2008. He has an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he focused on the German Reformation. His dissertation studied domestic abuse and gender constructions in the first Protestant city of Nuremberg. He has lived in Santa Barbara since 1999 and is married to Marianne Robins, a History Professor at Westmont College. They have four children: Jeremie, Emma, Jordan, and Lea. Jon loves the rough and tumble of a pastor's life, is a bit of a foodie, and geeks-out often about rock climbing.

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Hymn Sing
Nov
12
7:15 PM19:15

Hymn Sing

Hymn Sing

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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Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Nov
11
8:30 AM08:30

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

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Habitat for Humanity Build Day
July 29th

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

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

 

VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parents' Night Out
Nov
10
5:30 PM17:30

Parents' Night Out

Parents' Night Out

We are happy to offer a “Parents Night Out” on Friday, November 10 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, November 5. Any signups after November 5 will be put on a waiting list. 

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Josy's Testimony
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Josy's Testimony

In 2001, our church began praying for Josy, a childhood friend and longtime ministry partner of Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg in Madagascar. 
The Lord used Josy to bring the gospel of Christ to the remote village of Mahabana that was taboo Jesus Christ and the Bible. Through life-threatening illnesses, a kidney transplant in India, caught in the middle of a human trafficking circle and now full health, the Lord has used Josy's life time and again as a living testimony in Mahabana and the surrounding villages that indeed the Lord reigns over all! 
Come meet and greet Josy and hear how the Lord is using him to further the gospel in Madagascar.

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Women's F.F.F. Preparation Night
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Women's F.F.F. Preparation Night

Women's Fall Family Festival Preparation Night

A fun time for women to gather and help prepare for the annual Fall Family Festival. We will be helping Pastor Doug and Stefanie with whatever final tasks they need to be done for FFF. We will be putting together prize bags and putting all of the finishing touches on this great event. It is a great way to meet and connect with other women from the church!

Soup and salad dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP for childcare (childcare@fmcsb.org) by October 23rd.

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Men's Work Day
Oct
21
8:00 AM08:00

Men's Work Day

Men's Work Day

Come help with some work around the church and meet other great men in the church. We have multiple projects across the church campus to help make things look and work a little better. Donuts and coffee will be served. You may want to bring gloves and a shovel if you have them.

Sign up at Connection Central or with Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org) so we know which projects we can get to.

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Young Adult Worship Night
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult Worship Night

Young Adult Worship Night

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

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

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Encounter: How Many Christianities Are There?
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: How Many Christianities Are There?

How Many Christianities Are There?

Christianity is the largest religion in the world, yet its immense diversity raises questions about what is common to all Christians. Is Christianity one or many? What are the challenges and opportunities for relating well to other Christians? Join us as Dr. Charles Farhadian from Westmont College explores these questions and more. Light desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

RSVP for childcare to childcare@fmcsb.org by October 15th.


charles-farhadian.jpg

Charles Farhadian is professor of world religions and Christian mission, with research interests on the relationship between religions and cultures, particularly Christianity in non-Western contexts, world Christianity, comparative missiology, and religion and globalization. His fieldwork is in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, where he has investigated themes of worship, social history, and nation making. Farhadian’s books include Introducing World Religions: A Christian Engagement (Baker Academic), Christianity, Islam, and Nationalism in Indonesia (Routledge), Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices (Eerdmans), The Testimony Project: Papua (Deiyai, Papua), Introducing World Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Lewis Rambo Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion (Oxford) and consulting editor, Handbook of Popular Spiritual Movements in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia (Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, Trinity Theological Seminary, Singapore). 

Dr. Farhadian studied at Seattle Pacific University (BA), Yale University (MDIV), and Boston University (PhD).

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Loads of Love
Oct
15
1:00 PM13:00

Loads of Love

This coming Sunday, October 15th, we will be holding a Loads of Love event for people experiencing homelessness that need the financial assistance to launder their clothes. We've had some large groups these past months and are thankful for the provision of financial resources and volunteers. It will take place at the usual location, the House of Laundry at 310 N. Milpas. We start checking in the first customer at 1:00 PM. Feel free to bring friends and take advantage of this opportunity to educate youth about service to others. 


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

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

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

Additional information is available at: www.loadsoflovesb.org

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

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Sacred Space
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Sacred Space

Awaken your senses to the goodness of God. Find rest and renewal. Sacred Space provides an opportunity to encounter God through various self-guided reflections. Multiple stations will be set up across our church campus, each offering different means to experience God. 

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Caregivers Support Group
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Caregivers Support Group

CAREGIVERS GROUP MEETING

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

Questions? Email Cheryl Wayman: cwayman@fmcsb.org

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Five Wishes Workshop
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Five Wishes Workshop

Five Wishes Workshop

Five Wishes is a form that is able to act as a legal Advanced Directive for Health Care. It is recommended for anyone over 18 and for those of us in our elder years. We will be going through the pamphlet page by page to explain the very important decisions that need to be made to complete the form. It is not anticipated that you will complete the form at the training. There are important decisions to be made and discussions with loved ones that must take place before it is completed. Our time will give you the background needed to make accurately reflect your desires on this form.

Our time will be led by Joe Wheatley. Joe has been facilitating training's for almost 2 years for Sansum Clinic and The Alliance For Living and Dying. He is very passionate about this and a great resource to help us walk through this document.

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Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

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

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

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

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Transition House Dinner
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Transition House Dinner

Dear Friends,

Tuesday, September 26th, is FMCSB's next opportunity to provide dinner and make sack lunches for all the residents of Transition House - usually about 55 people, more than half of which are children. We will need the following items for the meals. Please let me know if you would like to provide any of these items and drop them off at the church or my house 1166 Harbor Hills Drive by Sunday September 24th. My cell number is 805-450-0711. Cash donations are always welcome as well! You can get these to me or put them in the offering plate church marked "Transition House".

Items needed:
2 dozen dinner rolls X3
24 home baked cookies or small cupcakes X4
4 loaves sandwich bread for lunches X2
2 lbs sliced turkey or ham lunch meat X4
2 lbs sliced cheese for sandwiches X4
35 packaged sweet snacks X2
20 apples or other individual fruit for lunches X4
24 16oz bottles of water X3
24 100% fruit juice boxes X3

Thank you for your contributions!

Tracy Richardson

 


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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Educator Connections ~ Teacher Gathering
Sep
25
4:00 PM16:00

Educator Connections ~ Teacher Gathering

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Educator Connections ~ Teacher Gathering

If you are a local teacher or staff member in our public/private schools, you are invited to an afternoon of encouragement, inspiration and a chance to meet with and pray with colleagues for the 2017-18 school year. Join us at Educator Connections, hosted by Westmont College's Education Department, on Monday, September 25 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. at Coast Community Church of the Nazarene, 4973 Via Los Santos, Santa Barbara. Direct questions to hbergthold@westmont.edu

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Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

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

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

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

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Young Adult Worship Night
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult Worship Night

Young Adult Worship Night

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

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

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Encounter: Dissecting Mark
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: Dissecting Mark

Dissecting Mark: The World of Biblical Scholarship
Taught by: Pastor T.J. Breshears

Our first Encounter of the year will explore the issues that biblical scholars like to discuss in relation to the Gospel of Mark. This is a fitting topic since we will be going through Mark as a church this year on Sundays. Pastor T.J. will be looking at these areas where scholars disagree and where we, as the church, can seek to read this gospel more fully. Light desserts will be offered and childcare is available. Please RSVP for childcare by September 17th to childcare@fmcsb.org.

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Women's World Dance Night
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Women's World Dance Night

World Dance Night

On September 20th from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Upper Room the Women’s Ministry is hosting an international dance class put on by the local non-profit “World Dance for Humanity.”  World Dance does not require any special training and is based around basic movements.  Janet Reineck is the local World Dance instructor who is teaching our class; her goal is “to share the joy of international music and dance while serving people in need.” Come join us as we practice different ways of dance, hear about the work Janet is supporting in Rwanda, and continue to connect with each other while trying something new! A $10 dollar donation is suggested for the class. All proceeds will go toward humanitarian aid work in Rwanda! 

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Parents' Seminar: Ten Traits of a Healthy Parent
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Parents' Seminar: Ten Traits of a Healthy Parent

PARENT SEMINAR
“Ten Traits of Healthy Parents”   

Dinner and Child Care included

This Class will focus on ten crucial traits which we know from both from the Bible and the best of psychological research essential for healthy parenting. 

Topics covered will include:  Modeling Unconditional Love, building Self Esteem in your child, understanding the four major struggles of adolescence,  how to discover your child's unique temperament and personality, the importance of breaking intergenerational character flaws,  strategies to impact your child for Christ and many other topics/ traits. 

Dr. Ron Davis is the author of 8 best-selling Christian books.  He is a father of two children and grandfather to four children.  Ron is a retired pastor who has spoken at Christian conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the United States. For six years he served as the Chaplain for the Minnesota Vikings.   This Class contains the material for his ninth book which will be published next year.

Please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by Sunday, September 17th.
 

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Loads of Love
Sep
17
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. 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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Caregivers Support Group
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Caregivers Support Group

CAREGIVERS GROUP MEETING

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

Questions? Email Cheryl Wayman: cwayman@fmcsb.org

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Men's Retreat
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Men's Retreat

  • Forest Home - Ojai Valley (map)
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Step 1:

Step 2:     Payment

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

Step 3:     Forest Home Medical Release

Online only - link will be provided upon registration.

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

Registration Deadline is September 11th


More Information

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

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

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

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

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


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Hymn Sing
Sep
10
7:15 PM19:15

Hymn Sing

Hymn Sing

We will gather in the Sanctuary for a service entirely of traditional hymns from our Free Methodist Hymnal. We will pick the hymns we sing by request, and will be led by Dr. Ray Rosentrater and Syd Bush. Come join us as we celebrate these lasting songs of the faith.

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Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Healthy Church-Leader Training Classes

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

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

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

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