Next Tuesday, Free Methodist Church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Upper Fellowship Room from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please sign up for a slot at this link, and type in "93109" to the zip code search bar on the lefthand side. Contact Sarah Kass at email@example.com with questions.
"The need for blood is constant. Your commitment to help save lives is truly appreciated and makes a difference in the lives of patients in need."
-American Red Cross
Time to dust off those gloves and get on a softball team!
This year, the softball tournament will be separate from our church picnic, but all are still welcome to come watch the games and cheer on the players (they need as much love as they can get). This is a great opportunity to invite a friend to a church event.
Save the date for now, and look for team sign ups on the deck in the coming weeks. Contact Umpire Mark Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Calling all young adults to join us for dinner with four different courses served at four different homes! It will be a great chance to host and be hosted, eat great food, and get to know other young adults at church. We will be starting the night at the parsonage (1413 Cliff Drive) right next to the church campus for appetizers, then head over to Sam and Lindsey's for our second course, then walk over to Jake and Breean's for dinner, and finally end the night at a mystery house for dessert. Feel free to park at the church and carpool from the first stop. Anyone is welcome but please RSVP so we know how much food to make! :)
RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNZO1H_JlrRWZczpMteHjEC2dgLraZ9FYm4qyt7rlC3LTScw/viewform
How to Register:
There’s a two-step process. We have a short registration form that you can submit your payment through, and our retreat center needs your medical information in case of an emergency.
Scholarships available - contact Pastor Doug (email@example.com)
Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 11
Final Registration Deadline: September 10
Men's Retreat is a great opportunity to grow closer to God and fellowship with other men during a beautiful and relaxing weekend. John Rittenhouse, Senior Pastor of Living Spring Church (Free Methodist) in Garden Grove, California will be our guest speaker.
John Rittenhouse graduated from Westmont College with a business degree. After 16 years in import / export he was called to full time ministry and is now the lead pastor at Living Spring Church in Garden Grove. Living Spring specializes in ministering to the community in tangible ways. John married his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and has been married for 30 years. He has two married girls and a son that is a freshman at Grand Canyon University. John has his Masters in Pastoral Studies in Leadership from APU. He loves family, sports, working in the garage, music, his dog and Tom Brady. Yes. Tom Brady.
Our theme this year will be: “Gideon - Living in the mystery of how God sees and uses us “ Join us as we explore the life of this imperfect man who trusted God and how we do the same.
Early Bird Deadline to save on lodging is 08/18/2019:
Tent - $155
Cabin - $190
Tent - $175
Cabin - $205
Begins Friday, September 13 — Check-in starts at 4pm and dinner is at 6:30 pm.
Ends Sunday, September 15 — Last event is worship and communion at 11 am.
**We are unable to refund any cancellations, but you may transfer your reservation to someone else. Please inform Denzyl Balram, firstname.lastname@example.org of changes to your reservation.**
Cabins - Community-style bunk bed housing with shared bathrooms. Four separate sleeping rooms with air condition and heaters. Adirondack chairs sit comfortably on the outside porches.
Tent Cabins - Canvas-sided raised tents with screen door and windows. Bunk bed style with electricity. Outside decks clustered in intimate tent groups of 2, 4 and 6 near community bathhouses.
We will be meeting out on the deck after the third service every third Sunday to go out to lunch. We will pick the place that day and carpool as needed. Obviously, if you want to go out to lunch with other young adults on a different Sunday we heartily encourage it, but Third Sundays we will make a special effort to do so and get participation from all three services! Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Transition House supports homeless families with children. While families are in residence at the shelter they receive meals every day. Our church sponsors and prepares a dinner for its 50-70 residents (many of whom are children) once every two months: the second Mondays of even numbered months.Contact Sandy Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what food items are needed for donation, or make a cash donation marked "Transition House" and put it in the offering plate.
Loads of Love is a way of caring for people who are struggling financially by assisting them to launder their own clothes. Please notify people that may need the laundry assistance. This event would not occur without the dedicated volunteers that make time to help. You are greatly appreciated!
Each year on Pentecost Sunday we offer the chance for you to be baptized, a public announcement of your devotion to Christ and a symbol of your new life in Him.
We will hold a short ceremony for those being baptized in the 11:00 am service and then we’ll gather at the far east end of Leadbetter Beach (in front of the catamarans) for the baptism after the service.
If you would like to be baptized, talk to any of the pastors or email email@example.com.
During the summer we will be offering a different type of community group, centered on sharing our own personal stories with the members of our group. Our community groups will give space each week for one person to tell their life story followed by a time of questions, comments, and prayer (1 hour total). We will provide group members a set of questions to spark their sharing which can be prepared ahead of time. These might include their experiences with joys and challenges, racial realities, military service, cultural background, disability, faith journey, etc. Each person will share only the parts of their story that they are willing to share!
If you would like to join us please sign up for a Community Group: Sharing Our Stories by June 2nd. These community groups will run for 6-8 weeks during the summer depending on how many people are in your group. If we have enough sign-ups we will have two groups (one on Tuesday and one on Thursday). Sign-up today! :)
We'll be holding the Loads of Love event this Sunday at our usual location and time:
House of Laundry
310 N Milpas.
Thank you for your ongoing participation and concern for folks in need of assistance. Feel free to let others know about the opportunity to volunteer. High school students can receive community service credit for participation.
Who doesn't love olive oil? Made from the goodness of trees native to the Mediterranean basin, we want to spend some time learning about this delicious and healthy extract that has so many different uses. Amanda who owns, Viva Oliva, will be teaching us about different kinds of oils, as well as some vinegar, which we will then get to taste. Felicia Song will be bringing a short devotional. Please bring a friend and come join in the fun!
“Ten Traits of Healthy Parents”
Thursday, May 9
5:30 - 7:15 pm
Dinner and Child Care included
In Dr. Ron Lee Davis' newest book, Ten Traits of a Healthy Parent, Ron combines insights from the Bible and psychological research as he seeks to guide parents with practical insights. In a 2017 seminar here with us, Ron sketched in two of his ten traits of healthy parents.
This year he will guide us with two new traits. These traits will be:
1. A Healthy Parent will understand from the time his or her children are very young that there are four major struggles every child will face in adolescence.
2. A Healthy Parent will seek the value the person-hood of each child by living out four crucial covenants with him or her.
About our trainer: 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 6 years he served as the Chaplain for the Minnesota Vikings.
Sign up on online (https://ten-traits-of-healthy-parents-parent-seminar-free-methodist.pushpayevents.com/booking/attendees/new), or at Connection Central. Any signups after Sunday, May 5, 2019, will be put on a waiting list to ensure we have adequate childcare. Please give names of parents who are attending along with names and ages of children who need childcare.
On Sunday, May 5 from 1:00-4:00pm, 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 1:00-4:00pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-965-4286.
One of our strategic priorities this year is to better care for the different types of "singles" in our congregation ranging from widows, divorcees, to never married young adults. Often times, we can think of single's ministry as just about a means to getting married, especially for younger folks. Although this is not necessarily bad, this is not the point of this strategic priority. We know that "singles" come in all shapes and sizes and with widely varying desires and needs. Our goal is not to start more programs, rather it is to understand better the needs that exist for the different groups in this population. Having done that we hope to find ways to equip, resource, and connect you. Our main desire through this priority (and even this survey) is to make sure you know that we see you and we care about you, you are not invisible to us, and we want to hear from you.
If you are single--we are broadly defining "single" we are not just thinking of young people--would you give us five minutes of your time and fill out this survey by May 19? Note that this survey is anonymous which we hope encourages transparency.
Thank you for helping us better asses the desires and needs of all types of singles in our congregation!
Build Community, Share Your Story, Know your Neighbors
Summer Community Groups at FMCSB
During Encounter this year we started many important conversations about racial realities in our world and the church. The path toward further understanding and toward no partiality is slow and can be filled with pain. As the body of Christ we acknowledge that we are stronger as a community and individuals when we are developing closer relationships with one another. Active listening and telling our stories in small groups is one way we want to move forward. The goal is to give us a deeper understanding of our brothers and sisters in Christ, reflect on our own stories and background, strengthen our connections to each other, and help us grow in empathy, compassion, and listening.
During the summer we will be offering a different type of community group, centered on sharing our own personal stories with the members of our group. Our community groups will give space each week for one person to tell their life story followed by a time of questions, comments, and prayer (1 hour total). We will provide group members a set of questions to spark their sharing. These might include their experiences with joys and challenges, racial realities, military service, cultural background, disability, faith journey, etc. If you would like to join us please sign up for a Community Group: Sharing Our Stories, which will run for 6-8 weeks during the summer starting the week of June 16-22nd. Sign-up by June 9th.
Contact email@example.com with questions.
For our First Friday event in May we will be gathering in the morning before work for a time of worship, fellowship, and of course...doughnuts and coffee! We will meet on the church deck (the one facing the ocean) and there we will enjoy God's creation and His presence as we worship him together. All young adults welcome, and feel free to invite friends. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
You are invited to join us on Monday, April 29 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Upper Fellowship room to spend time with and send off (again) our missionaries with Communitas International in Costa Rica, Marco/Talitha and family.
We will have the opportunity to hear from them and how we can pray for them as they prepare to return. 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 for childcare (email@example.com) by Wednesday, April 24. Signups after will be put on a waiting list.
Dress warmly, and bring blankets or chairs to sit on. Breakfast goodies and coffee will be served after the service. Invite your friends and extended family to this worship service as the rising sun ushers in our celebration of the risen Christ! If it rains, we will meet in the FMCSB Sanctuary.
Dr. Fred Kass and Pastor Colleen will teach us about the significance of this tradition and what it means that Jesus is our Passover Lamb, over a traditional Seder Dinner made by our Chef Michele. Please RSVP to Cara@fmcsb.org. The cost is $10, purchase tickets here: seder-dinner-free-methodist-church-of-santa-barbara.pushpayevents.com
Once a quarter FMC teams up with our sister church in Isla Vista to provide lunch to the church and the community in the park. This is a great service and outreach opportunity for LLIV. Come support them and volunteer to help with lunch.
Come and join them for their service at 10:30 and stay to serve the lunch at noon, and get to know their ministry first hand.
Come join young adults for YAFF outdoors! We will be starting a little earlier than normal at 6 to catch the light and then just playing games (We will have Spikeball, football, kanjam, and frisbee all available). And for those who are not athletically inclined please still come! You can bring a towel and soak up the sun or play cards or take a nap ;) Jake is going to bring his guitar and we will end with prayer and a couple of worship songs. If you haven't joined us yet, please come on out to say hello!
No Partiality: Exploring Racial Realities in Today’s World
God, in His infinite wisdom, created a people full of variety. The rich tapestry of humanity brings its share of joys and challenges.
Join us for this two-week Encounter as Pastor Danielle and Pastor Doug lead us in:
1) Wrestling with the challenge of a racialized society
2) Laying out a way forward to engage our sisters and brothers as faithful Christians while seeing others through the unconditional love of God’s eyes
When our daughter was little, and we needed to talk about something important together or check in during the day, one of us would call, “Family Meeting!” I don’t know when this became a thing, but whenever one of us says this now, the other two of us come from whatever we are doing. We form a huddle, taking turns putting our hands on top of one another’s hands, until we are all in. Then we throw our hands in the air and sit down to discuss the matter at hand.
Each year, we call a family meeting at this church. We do this because it is good to check in and celebrate what has been happening. We are required to elect delegates, who will represent us at our annual meeting in Southern California with our sister churches. We share a meal together, catching up with those we may not always see. And, we talk about where we discern Christ is leading us into the future. We end with a prayer of thanks, asking God to continue to guide us as we seek to do His will.
Sometimes when a family meeting is called in my home, I don’t want to go. I am busy or tired or not that interested. Yet, when I get there, it is always good. And, I am reminded why checking in, if only for a little while, helps me hear and be heard in this family God has put me in. It is the same in the body of Christ. We come together as His people who are invested in the Kingdom work He has given us to do. While there may be many things we could be doing on a Sunday afternoon, I hope you will consider joining your church family for a few hours so you can hear what is happening and also add your wisdom to where we are going in the future. May the Lord bless our meeting together!
Hope you are staying dry and making it through this stormy season without any hardships. Unfortunately for people experiencing homelessness it's been a very trying and wet time.
We'll be encouraging folks this Sunday by providing them an opportunity to launder their belongings which will likely include some wet clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. Thank God for the Santa Barbara Warming Center program that provides shelter during inclement weather to those that have access.
We'll be at our usual location, The House of Laundry, this Sunday the 10th at 1:00 PM. Address is 310 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara.
— Tom Spadoro
March 26 (no time needed or place needed as its just food/cash donations needed)
Every other month volunteers from FMCSB are committed to serving dinner and sack lunches at Transition House. Transition House supports homeless families with children. While families are in residence at the shelter they receive meals every day. Our church sponsors and prepares a dinner for its 50-70 residents (many of whom are children) once every two months: the fourth Tuesday of odd months.
Sign up to provide an item at Connection Central or contact Kelsey Lahr at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what food items are needed for donation. You can also make a cash donation designated to "Transition House."
New Coordinator Needed
We are looking for a new Coordinator for our dinners at Transition House beginning with the May dinner (and hoping that the new coordinator can shadow our current coordinator at the dinner on March 26).
The coordinator's job is to plan the menu, shop (all expenses reimbursed by the church), cooks the main dishes, and organizes volunteers for preparations and serving the dinner at the shelter. A sufficient group of volunteers is already in place, and enthusiastic about serving in this ministry - they just need a shepherd!
If interested, please contact Mary Woodyard at email@example.com.
Come away with other women for a day of retreat!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We will be focusing our time on what it means to trust the Lord in our everyday lives. As we sit and learn from Jesus, we will be encouraged by others who are on the same path.
Our speaker will be Kate Wallace Nunneley, who serves at the lead pastor in Bakersfield, and we will be led in worship by women from our church. All are invited for a time of renewal and rest.
Register online here and pay by credit card, OR pick up a paper registration form at Connection Central and return it with your check/cash payment by February 17th for the early bird price of $50. After that it is $55.
Join us for this worship service of scripture and music that will prepare us for the season of Lent. This service highlights themes of humility and sacrifice, and we will provide ashes to put on your forehead in the shape of a cross, a beautiful and long-standing tradition of the church.