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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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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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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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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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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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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Encounter: The Fifth Freedom
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: The Fifth Freedom

The Fifth Freedom:
The Philosophy of Governance in the Free Methodist Church

This talk will look at one of the key "freedoms" of the Free Methodist Church, as well as the history of governance throughout Christianity over time. Focus will be given on the role of lay leadership, as well as exploring the structure of the FMC today. We will also discuss spiritual gifts as they are used by all people to contribute to the life of the church.

Mark Bates is a Professor of Mathematics at Oxnard College, and has served on numerous church boards and committees. He is currently the Parliamentarian of the General Conference of the FMC-USA.

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Leon Family Welcome Back Potluck
Jan
15
5:30 PM17:30

Leon Family Welcome Back Potluck

WELCOME BACK POTLUCK FOR THE LEON FAMILY

You are invited to join us on Monday, January 15 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. Previous food sign-ups remain in place and additional 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, January 10 for childcare. Signups after will be put on a waiting list. 
 

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Loads of Love
Jan
14
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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Membership Class (Part 1 of 3)
Jan
14
12:30 PM12:30

Membership Class (Part 1 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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Loads of Love
Dec
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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Women's Christmas Party
Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Women's Christmas Party

Women's Christmas Party

Join the women of FMCSB as we bring in the Christmas season with lots of singing, laughter, good food, games, and reflections on Advent. We will also have an opportunity to hear about and give to the wonderful work of Noah's Anchorage, a local youth crisis center. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Invite friends, coworkers, and family to join in the fun.

Please RSVP for childcare to childcare@fmcsb.org by December 7th.

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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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Caregivers Support Group
Dec
9
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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Advent Merry Band
Dec
3
to Dec 17

Advent Merry Band

Advent Merry Band

It has been FMCSB's tradition for many years to invite anyone in the congregation to join us on stage in leading worship by playing the great Advent hymns on the instrument of their choice. We will have a pianist, bassist, and vocal leader, and the rest of the instrumentation is up to you!

You can participate on any or all Sundays December 3rd - 24th. We ask that if you commit to all services on any given Sunday, if possible. There are no rehearsals prior to the Sunday services apart from running through the music at 7:15am on the Sunday(s) you play.

For questions email Jake Elliott: jake@fmcsb.org 

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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 sign up by Sunday, November 26. If you sign up after November 26 you will be added to a waiting list.

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FMCSB Christmas Lights
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

FMCSB Christmas Lights

Every year FMCSB volunteers put up Christmas lights on the church building. These lights make the holiday season more festive, but they are also a way for us to participate in our Mesa neighborhood and to appear warm and welcoming to the community at Christmas time. 

Would you be willing to help us set up the lights this year? 
It's a fairly big project. We need strong, healthy, coordinated people for this job! We'll provide coffee and bagels in the morning and some sandwiches for lunch to help fuel your Christmas light set up efforts.

Saturday, December 2nd, 9am-1pm (volunteers can come for any portion), at FMCSB. Contact cara@fmcsb.org with questions.

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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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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

  • 4949 Sawyer Avenue Carpinteria, CA, 93013 United States (map)
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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.


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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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