Breakfast Burritos for Youth Missions
Apr
8
to May 27

Breakfast Burritos for Youth Missions

BREAKFAST BURRITOS ARE BACK 

Perhaps you never knew they were gone! Oh yes, they were gone. The last time they appeared was in 2016 when Team Costa Rica 16 was working on their fundraising.

Now Team Costa Rica 18 is getting ready for their trip June 10-19 to Esterillos. There they will partner with the Leon family, whom we prayerfully and financially support, in ministry and service. We are sending ten high school youth and two leaders who are raising $1800 each.

Beginning this Sunday, April 8 the burritos will be on sale for $5. Of course, if you want to donate more, we won’t turn you down.

We will be offering these burritos between the 8 and 9:30 am services, between the 9:30 and 11 am, and after the 11 am, while supplies last.

Grab a hot cup of coffee, buy a burrito, hang out on the deck and support Team Costa Rica!

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Day of the Dip (CDCC Fundraiser)
Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

Day of the Dip (CDCC Fundraiser)

Day of the Dip
Salsa & Guacamole Showdown

On Sunday, April 29th from 1:00-3:00pm, Cliff Drive Care Center is hosting their open house fundraiser, “Day of the Dip: Salsa and Guacamole Showdown.” The event will include appetizers, salsa and guacamole tasting, live music, a bounce house for the children, and tickets for drawings for multiple items. The fundraiser supports their long-standing programs: Early Childhood Education, Senior Lunch Fellowship, and Counseling Referral Network, all of which seek to provide loving, healthy community and places of healing in the midst of a world which is often filled with violence and the inability to respond well to difficult situations.

All are invited to join us in the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, 1435 Cliff Drive, from 1:00-3:00pm in support of these long-standing community programs. Come as you are able and leave when you need.

Event tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children 2-10, and are free for children under 2. Tickets for the drawings will be available at the event for $5 each or 6 for $25 for smaller items or $10 each or 6 for $50 for larger items.

For more information or with questions, contact cliffdrivepreschool@gmail.com or 805-
965-4286.

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Free Concert: Wesley White and Acre(s)
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Free Concert: Wesley White and Acre(s)

Come to a free evening of music in our Sanctuary. Wesley and Cynthia White, missionaries in Scotland with Communitas International, use classical music as a platform to talk about their mission in Scotland to Iranian, Kurdish, and Syrian refugees. Come hear their story and some soothing classical music. The night will begin with a short set from Jake Elliott's band, Acre(s). Hope to see you there!


Cindy and Wesley have been married for almost 34 years.  They have five children and six grandchildren, some of whom still reside in Glasgow.  Wesley grew up as a missionary kid in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo where his parents served in medical missions.  Cindy was born in Orange, New Jersey, but was raised in a mid-size town about 70 miles outside of Washington, D.C.  After serving as a pastor in the United States for fifteen years, Wesley and his family moved to Glasgow in 2001 to start the Mosaic Community, a church-plant of Communitas International.

Wesley holds a PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) and a DMin from Denver Seminary.  He teaches half-time in the Biblical Studies department at the Scottish School of Christian Mission in Glasgow and directs Neopolis: The Scottish Centre for Theology and Ministry in an Urban World.  Wesley loves the odd mix of jazz and Gustav Mahler.  Cindy holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland.  She loves being a mum, engaging in ministries of hospitality and music, and growing beautiful plants and flowers.  She loves the soothing effect of Bach played slowly.

Cindy and Wesley now give their local ministry attention entirely to a new church-plant for Muslim-background refugees called The Upper Room Church.  It is primarily made up of Iranian, Kurdish, and Syrian people who have fled to Europe for various reasons. 

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Garden Work Day
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Garden Work Day

Come do some yard work and cleaning to freshen up the garden for our Preschool/Sunday School children. You can come for the whole or part of the time. Please bring your own gloves if you have them, and any gardening tools you may find useful. Contact Jenny (jenny@fmcsb.org or 805-965-1338 x228) to RSVP or for questions.

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Winslow Family Welcome Potluck
May
6
12:30 PM12:30

Winslow Family Welcome Potluck

WINSLOW FAMILY WELCOME POTLUCK

You are invited to join us on Sunday, May 6 from 12:30-2pm in the Upper Fellowship room to welcome back our missionaries from Asia, Keith, Julie and the Winslow family. We will have the opportunity to hear from them, how we can pray and greet them as they visit us here in the Santa Barbara area.

Sign up to bring a main dish, salad, bread or dessert. Sign-ups can be made at connection central, online, or on our app. Table service and drinks will be provided.

Childcare will be offered after the dinner. Please sign up by Wednesday, May 2 for childcare. Childcare signups after that will be put on a waiting list.

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Encounter: Christian Mission to Gaza
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: Christian Mission to Gaza

Christian Mission to Gaza:
A conversation with Pastor Hanna Massad

For the Encounter Class on April 19, we have the privilege of listening to Pastor Hanna Massad, who heads the organization “Christian Mission to Gaza”.  He holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary.  A Palestinian Christian, Hanna for many years pastored the only Evangelical church in the Gaza strip.   He later relocated to Jordan, where his ministry reaches out to Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  Pastor Hanna and his team continue to make regular trips to Gaza to preach the Gospel and offer relief to families in distress.  Using pictures from his onsite visits, Pastor Hanna will talk about what it’s like to be a Christian in the extreme conditions faced by Palestinians today.  He will also describe his ministry’s outreach to refugees from war-torn Iraq and Syria.  Don't miss this great opportunity!

For childcare, RSVP by April 15th to childcare@fmcsb.org

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Treats and Trivia
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Treats and Trivia

Come join the women of the church on April 18th from 6:30pm-8pm for four exciting rounds of trivia! We will be asking questions from four different categories (who knows where you might shine!?) and of course, there will be prizes for the winning team! This is a great opportunity to meet new women at the church and to bring your friends! Please bring a savory or sweet treat to share and start studying up ;). Childcare will be provided, but you must RSVP by April 11th to childcare@fmcsb.org
 

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Loads of Love
Apr
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. Last month we served 20 people that laundered the equivalent of 81 loads of laundry.

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
Apr
13
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).

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Sunrise Easter Service
Apr
1
6:00 AM06:00

Sunrise Easter Service

All are invited to celebrate Easter morning with the sun.

Dress warmly, and bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Breakfast goodies and coffee will be served after the service. Invite your friends and family to this worship service as the sun ushers in our celebration of the risen Christ. If it rains, we will meet in the church sanctuary.

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Seder: Dinners for 8
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Seder: Dinners for 8

Sign ups for this event are currently closed.

As a church, we celebrate Maundy Thursday by partaking in a Seder (Passover) meal. This year we will be having it in homes where you will be able to meet others in the church. All the dinners will take place on Maundy Thursday (March 29) and will be potlucks. Once you have signed up, you will be placed into a group and the host will contact you the week of the dinner with directions and with what food you can bring.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people while celebrating Holy Week with part of our church family.

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

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Transition House Dinner
Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

Transition House Dinner

Volunteer to help serve dinner or drop off food for the residents of Transition House. See items needed below. Cash donations are also welcome; note "Transition House" if making payable to FMCSB or give online at transition house.com.

Contact Sheryl Kelly to serve or find out more info (805-705-4574, sherylmkelly@gmail.com).

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


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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Loads of Love
Mar
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. Last month we served 20 people that laundered the equivalent of 81 loads of laundry.

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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Worship Team Retreat
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Worship Team Retreat

Calling all worship team members. Come retreat with us on Friday evening, March 16th. We will eat together (dinner made by our chef, Michele), worship together, and hear some thoughts from keynote speaker, Joel Patterson, worship director at Westmont College. This will be an excellent venue to get to know other members and an important time to come together as one ministry team.

Spouses are welcome to join for dinner or the entire evening. Please RSVP by March 1st. If you are bringing your spouse please RSVP separately for them.

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Encounter: Seeds
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: Seeds

Jake, Music Director at FMCSB, will perform and give insight to his recent record titled "Seeds" under his artist pseudonym, Acre(s). Seeds is a collection of five scripture passages set to original music in a post-progessive rock style. Jake will share the narrative he intended to convey in the scriptures he chose and discuss the importance of Christian art outside of worship.

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All Church Meeting
Mar
11
12:30 PM12:30

All Church Meeting

We invite everyone to come to our annual All Church Meeting on March 11th. 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 at the Annual Conference in Southern California. This is an important opportunity to be together and we 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!

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Movie That Matter: Toy Story 3
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Movie That Matter: Toy Story 3

This is a special event to highlight Cliff Drive Care Center, our weekday Free Methodist kids ministry. We are offering a limited number of free tickets for children in CDCC and FMCSB. The movie is recommended for kids 10 years old and above.

The cost for adults is $10 per person and can be paid for at the door.

If you would like to reserve tickets for kids please contact Cara Emerson at cara@fmcsb.org or call 965-1338 ext 221

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Hymn Sing
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

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 your vocal part, sing the melody, or just listen along as we celebrate the tradition of long-standing hymns of the faith.

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Young Adult Retreat
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Young Adult Retreat

All young adults (18-29) are invited to spend a day with other young adults from Free Methodist Churches in Azusa and Long Beach. The retreat will take place on our campus on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th. (Even if you can't make it Friday, you should still come for Saturday!)This is a chance to gather together in worship, prayer, fun, and fellowship.

The retreat costs $10 and will be totally worth it. Sign up today and if you have any questions, contact Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org) or Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org).

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Encounter: Why We Sing Hymns as Methodists
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: Why We Sing Hymns as Methodists

Why We Sing Hymns as Methodists

When we gather for worship we sing our beliefs.  This has been throughout the millennia the way God's people express their joy, sorrow, hope, and trust.  The Psalter is the Old Testament's hymnal. In every tradition, there are songs that are sung to express the beliefs of that group, from the Gregorian chants of the Catholic monks to the Maranatha choruses of the "Jesus Movement," every tradition teaches through its music.  As Methodists birthed within the Wesleyan revival, it is the hymns of John and Charles Wesley that we sing that teaches and reminds us of our great hope in a loving God who calls all to Him.  Come and explore together how this truth defines our Free Methodist inclusion of hymns in our times of worship.


Biblical Theology in the Hymns of Charles Wesley

Here is a preparatory document which helps communicate the Prevenient Grace that Wesley was teaching when he wrote hymns.

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Ash Wednesday Service
Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

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 February 14th in the sanctuary at 6:00pm for a short service of reflection and ashes as we begin the journey of Lent together.

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Parents' Seminar: Framing Conversations with Your Children in Response to Trauma
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

Parents' Seminar: Framing Conversations with Your Children in Response to Trauma

Psychologist and Westmont Professor Dr. Andrea Gurney who specializes in child and
family therapy will join us in the Upper Fellowship room of the church for a conversation
on how to walk alongside our children as they process the trauma of the last several
weeks. A mother of two young girls herself, Dr. Gurney will offer a developmental
perspective on how trauma manifests itself at different ages, as well as age-specific
resources on helping your child and adolescent make sense of the Montecito
Mudslides.

Here is a brief article she wrote on her blog earlier this week, Helping Children Cope
with Trauma
.

Any signups after January 30 will be put on a waiting list.

 

 

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Young Adult First Friday: Game Night
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult First Friday: Game Night

First Friday!

On the First Friday of the month. FMCSB Young Adults gather. This month, we will be taking some time to get to know one another a little better through playing games. We will have some board games, ping pong, and some Minute to Win It games with PRIZES!

Feel free to bring a game you love and a friend. See you in the Upper Fellowship Room!

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

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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:  Registration is currently closed for this event. 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!

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Membership Class (Part 3 of 3)
Jan
28
12:30 PM12:30

Membership Class (Part 3 of 3)

Membership Class

Our church membership class begins Sunday, January 14, and continues the following two Sundays, (this is a 3-part class, January 14, 21, and 28) 12:30-3:00pm in the upper room. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the church throughout history, this is a wonderful opportunity. Taught by Helen Rhee, Chandra Mallampalli, and Colleen Hurley-Bates, this will be a time of seeing how the church came to be, where the Free Methodists fits in and what we believe as a denomination. The church will provide lunch the first week and then we will all sign up to potluck the other Sundays. 

Those who are members can serve on all church boards and can vote in the election of delegates, who represent our church in the Southern California region.  

Please RSVP if you are coming so we can plan on you for lunch. If you need childcare please RSVP by January 11.

 

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Parents' Night Out
Jan
26
5:30 PM17:30

Parents' Night Out

Parents' Night Out

We are happy to offer a “Parents Night Out” on Friday, January 26 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. Sign up on the app, online, or at Connection Central. Any signups after January 21 will be put on a waiting list.

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Transition House Dinner
Jan
23
5:30 PM17:30

Transition House Dinner

Volunteer to help serve dinner or drop off food for the residents of Transition House. See items needed below. Cash donations are also welcome; note "Transition House" if making payable to FMCSB or give online at transition house.com.

Contact Sheryl Kelly to serve or find out more info (805-705-4574, sherylmkelly@gmail.com).

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


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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Membership Class (Part 2 of 3)
Jan
21
12:30 PM12:30

Membership Class (Part 2 of 3)

Membership Class

Our church membership class begins Sunday, January 14, and continues the following two Sundays, (this is a 3-part class, January 14, 21, and 28) 12:30-3:00pm in the upper room. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the church throughout history, this is a wonderful opportunity. Taught by Helen Rhee, Chandra Mallampalli, and Colleen Hurley-Bates, this will be a time of seeing how the church came to be, where the Free Methodists fits in and what we believe as a denomination. The church will provide lunch the first week and then we will all sign up to potluck the other Sundays. 

Those who are members can serve on all church boards and can vote in the election of delegates, who represent our church in the Southern California region.  

Please RSVP if you are coming so we can plan on you for lunch. If you need childcare please RSVP by January 11.

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