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Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

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.

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Encounter: Living Life as a Public Christian in Santa Barbara
Nov
11
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Living Life as a Public Christian in Santa Barbara

Join Hal Conklin on Sunday, November 4, as he discusses what it means to live life in public as a Christian. Drawing on his numerous and varied experiences in Santa Barbara, Hal will be examining how Christian can live their lives in the public eye and what that looks like for us here in Santa Barbara. The real question is how can we be salt and light in our world?

A light lunch will be served at 12:15. For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by 11/7.

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Encounter: Tools for Trauma Response
Nov
4
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Tools for Trauma Response

Encounter:
Tools for Trauma Response

Come and hear Pastor Doug Ranck, who in addition to being one of our pastors, is a senior adviser with the Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth. He will give us ways, as a congregation, parents, teachers, friends, and leaders to be a light in our community in response to the trauma impacting us personally and collectively.

A light lunch will be served at 12:15. For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by 10/31.

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Encounter: Trauma & Resiliency
Oct
28
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Trauma & Resiliency

Trauma & Resiliency

Come and hear Rev. Dr. Kate Wiebe, the Executive Director of the Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth (ICTG) speak on trauma and our responses as we near the 1 year anniversary of the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide.

A light lunch will be served at 12:15 pm. For childcare, RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by 10/24.


Rev. Dr. Wiebe is an organization consultant, specializing in education, coaching, and therapeutic services following crises, trauma, or disaster. Founder and Director of ICTG, her practical experience includes pastoral care & counseling, relational psychotherapy, marriage counseling, group critical incident debriefings, and serving as a volunteer National Responder for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. She has studied relational psychoanalysis, group and organizational dynamics, and community care after disasters for twenty years.

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Fall Family Festival
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

Fall Family Festival

Fall Family Festival

We’re having a free Halloween party with games, crafts, face-paint, popcorn and snow cones! Our “trunk or treat” candy stations will be out from 12:00-1:30, with lunch available for purchase all afternoon (or until it’s all bought out).

Bring your family and friends and dress up in something fun! No scary or violent costumes, please. We’ll meet you in the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church. With balloons, a bounce house, and the smell of our BBQ lunch, we think you’ll recognize the party.

Invite your friends and let them know about it on Facebook.

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Women's Prep Party for Fall Family Festival
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Prep Party for Fall Family Festival

Women's Prep Party for Fall Family Festival

Calling all women! Come and join us as we gather together and help prepare for the annual Fall Family Festival. We will be sorting prizes and candy, cleaning up buckets and cones and putting together the welcome bags. It is a great way to connect with other women from the church!

Soup and salad dinner will be provided and you will have plenty of time to chat while you're working.

Please RSVP for childcare by emailing childcare@fmcsb.org by October 20th.

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Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

  • 824 East Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93103 United States (map)
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Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

A multi-church event series put on by Young Adult pastors from Oceanhills Covenant, Free Methodist, Montecito Covenant, and others. Together we will dig into what mission means in the work place. We will receive wisdom from older professionals who have followed Jesus into their work place. Contact nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.


The Send: To Define a Missional Life

To challenge the dualistic narrative that "work" happens from 9 to 5 and "service" happens in the pockets of time in between. To apply the idea of being "sent" people in our different workplaces. To equip the "priesthood of all believers" with simple, pragmatic tools and techniques to foster a missional posture in all aspects of life. To "send" world-changers back out to the places where God has called them.

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Encountering the Enneagram
Oct
21
12:15 PM12:15

Encountering the Enneagram

Encountering the Enneagram

The enneagram is an insightful (maybe even uncomfortably so!) tool for personal, relational, and spiritual growth. Join us for an exploration of this ancient-wisdom-traditions-meets-psychology way of engaging personality, emotions that keep us stuck, and the behaviors that everybody except you know you do! Our time will be interactive and experience-based, integrative with our Christian faith, and geared toward ennea-body who is curious about learning more about themselves!

Before coming to the first class, it will help you to get more out of the time if you have taken a test or two online or have read some of the brief descriptions of the types to start narrowing down which number you may be resonating the most with.

A light lunch will be served at 12:15. Childcare is available by emailing childcare@fmcsb.org by 10/17.


About Dan Taylor:

I have worked for many years in Residence Life in Christian Higher Education. I have my M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, though my educational and work history are uncomfortably revealing of my Enneagram type. (You'll learn more about that if you join us for class!)--I started college as a marine biology major, then moved to pre-physical therapy, then linguistics, then finally a double major with music and philosophy. After working in the social services in the Juvenile Justice System, I went to seminary, and have spent my professional life alternating between being a stay-at-home dad and working with college students! I have been teaching and utilizing the enneagram with students for the past 8 years (after I got over my initial shock at how creepily accurate the crazy thing was!) and have seen it be transformative in many people's lives, my own included.

About Melissa Lima:

She was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in New Hampshire from Guatemalan immigrant parents. Melissa did her undergrad studies at LeTourneau University in Texas and her Master’s at Taylor University where she wrote her thesis on the impact of study abroad programs on Latinx students. She has visited several Latin American countries, from Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and many more. After working for four years as a Resident Director at Westmont College, she is currently exploring her journey as a storyteller and artist. Meanwhile, you can find her in the Funk Zone as a Food Tour Guide for Eat This, Shoot That! as she tells guests some of the history of Santa Barbara and all the great places to eat.

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Encountering the Enneagram
Oct
14
12:15 PM12:15

Encountering the Enneagram

Encountering the Enneagram

The enneagram is an insightful (maybe even uncomfortably so!) tool for personal, relational, and spiritual growth. Join us for an exploration of this ancient-wisdom-traditions-meets-psychology way of engaging personality, emotions that keep us stuck, and the behaviors that everybody except you know you do! Our time will be interactive and experience-based, integrative with our Christian faith, and geared toward ennea-body who is curious about learning more about themselves!

Before coming to the first class, it will help you to get more out of the time if you have taken a test or two online or have read some of the brief descriptions of the types to start narrowing down which number you may be resonating the most with.


About Dan Taylor:

I have worked for many years in Residence Life in Christian Higher Education. I have my M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, though my educational and work history are uncomfortably revealing of my Enneagram type. (You'll learn more about that if you join us for class!)--I started college as a marine biology major, then moved to pre-physical therapy, then linguistics, then finally a double major with music and philosophy. After working in the social services in the Juvenile Justice System, I went to seminary, and have spent my professional life alternating between being a stay-at-home dad and working with college students! I have been teaching and utilizing the enneagram with students for the past 8 years (after I got over my initial shock at how creepily accurate the crazy thing was!) and have seen it be transformative in many people's lives, my own included.

About Melissa Lima:

She was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in New Hampshire from Guatemalan immigrant parents. Melissa did her undergrad studies at LeTourneau University in Texas and her Master’s at Taylor University where she wrote her thesis on the impact of study abroad programs on Latinx students. She has visited several Latin American countries, from Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and many more. After working for four years as a Resident Director at Westmont College, she is currently exploring her journey as a storyteller and artist. Meanwhile, you can find her in the Funk Zone as a Food Tour Guide for Eat This, Shoot That! as she tells guests some of the history of Santa Barbara and all the great places to eat.

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Encounter: Christianity and American Politics
Oct
7
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Christianity and American Politics

Encounter:
Christianity and American Politics

How can Christians navigate an increasingly contentious and polarized political environment?  Join Westmont Political Science Professor Tom Knecht as we explore the intersection of faith and American politics.  The September 30th lecture, entitled "Polarization and the Pews," will take an empirical look at how many Christians approach politics.  The following week's lecture, "Shrink Your Core," will explore how Christians can become more effective participants in the political process.

A light lunch will be provided.

For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by October 4th.


Tom Knecht is a Professor of Political Science at Westmont College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published work on American public opinion and foreign policy, homelessness, and gender in higher education.  His current research examines the politics of sports. 

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Lunch with LLIV
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with LLIV

  • 935 Embarcadero del Norte Goleta, CA, 93117 United States (map)
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Sunday Lunch with Our Sister Church
Light & Life Isla Vista

This year, we are partnering with our sister church, Light and Life Isla Vista, as they continue to reach out to their neighbors. Each Sunday, they have church in the park, which is followed by a lunch and all are welcome. Four times this year, we will be providing the lunch. We are looking for a few people each time to go out on our day and worship with them. If you are interested in helping with the lunch or going out to worship with our sister church on those days, please sign up at Connection Central.

Our dates are: October 7, January 6, April 7, July 7.

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Young Adult First Friday
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult First Friday

This upcoming Friday, October 5th for YAFF, we will be visiting the "tabernacle" together. "Tabernacle?!?!" you may ask...

Basically, over the past couple of months several churches have come together to build a replica of the Old Testament "tabernacle." It is being coined as the Tabernacle Experience and is presently located on the grounds of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goleta.

The reports I have heard back are that it is a powerful experience, and can make many of the Old Testament images we have read about come alive. If nothing else, it will at least be an interesting experience, even just to observe how the creators of this particular tabernacle replica understand Christ's relation to the Old Testament. Tons of room for interesting discussion on that topic ;)

We are going to meet at 6pm in the FMCSB parking lot and then carpool over for our tour at 6:30pm. They are asking you to bring your own headphones for the video recordings during the tour. :)

Please let Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org) know by Friday morning if you are interested in coming so she knows how many spots to reserve.

Afterwards, the plan is to grab dinner at Chick-fil-a for anyone who wants to join.

Would love to have you come!

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Encounter: Christianity and American Politics
Sep
30
12:15 PM12:15

Encounter: Christianity and American Politics

Encounter:
Christianity and American Politics

How can Christians navigate an increasingly contentious and polarized political environment?  Join Westmont Political Science Professor Tom Knecht as we explore the intersection of faith and American politics.  The September 30th lecture, entitled "Polarization and the Pews," will take an empirical look at how many Christians approach politics.  The following week's lecture, "Shrink Your Core," will explore how Christians can become more effective participants in the political process.

A light lunch will be provided.

For childcare, please RSVP to childcare@fmcsb.org by September 27th.


Tom Knecht is a Professor of Political Science at Westmont College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published work on American public opinion and foreign policy, homelessness, and gender in higher education.  His current research examines the politics of sports. 

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Light of the World
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Light of the World

Light of the World
Women’s Candle Making Class and Devotional

Please join us for a women’s candle making class and special devotional with Carri Svoboda, Thursday September 27th at 7 pm in the upper parking lot. If possible, please bring a small glass or ceramic container (8 oz or less) to put your candle in... all other supplies will be provided. Bring a friend to join us for this fun event!

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Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

  • 3909 Maricopa Drive Santa Barbara, Ca 93110 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fall Send: A Multi-church Young Adult Gathering

A multi-church event series put on by Young Adult pastors from Oceanhills Covenant, Free Methodist, Montecito Covenant, and others. Together we will dig into what mission means in the work place. We will receive wisdom from older professionals who have followed Jesus into their work place, the first being our own Isaac Garrett, a member of FMCSB. Contact nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.


The Send: To Define a Missional Life

To challenge the dualistic narrative that "work" happens from 9 to 5 and "service" happens in the pockets of time in between. To apply the idea of being "sent" people in our different workplaces. To equip the "priesthood of all believers" with simple, pragmatic tools and techniques to foster a missional posture in all aspects of life. To "send" world-changers back out to the places where God has called them.

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Men's Retreat 2018
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Men's Retreat 2018

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How to Register:

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Scholarships available - contact Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org)

Registration Deadline: September 10th


Men's Retreat is a great opportunity to grow closer to God and fellowship with other men during a beautiful and relaxing weekend. This year's featured speaker is Rev. Moises Bejarano, Lead Pastor at New Hope Center (a Free Methodist Church in Chino, CA). Moises is an incredible leader and a compelling speaker. You won't want to miss it!

Time

Begins Friday, September 14th—Check-in starts at 4pm and dinner is at 6:30pm.
Ends Sunday, September 16th—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.**

Housing Options

Cabin - FHO

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 Cabin - FHO

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.

 

Guest Speaker

Rev. Moises Bejarano, Lead Pastor - New Hope Center (FMC)

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Young Adult First Friday - Worship Night
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult First Friday - 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." We will have some desserts afterward. We would love to have you join!

For questions, contact Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org).

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All Church Picnic
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

All Church Picnic

Come out to the park and enjoy the church community that we love so much. Lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm and costs $7. This year will be having delicious taco bar. We will provide food, drinks, and snacks so feel free to bring a dessert to share (cookies, bars, or anything else!) Kids’ games and crafts begin at 10:00. Softball tournament begins at 9:00. Bring a chair or blanket and come out to the park for a fun day!

You can sign up for softball at church on Sundays or by emailing Pastor T.J. (tj@fmcsb.org).
 

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Potluck Celebrating Pat Weatherford
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Potluck Celebrating Pat Weatherford

For the past 30 years, Pat Weatherford has been part of our congregation. She came to our church at the invitation of a friend and God profoundly changed her life. We have been blessed to share Christ's life together for so long. She has volunteered in various capacities and also served as a teacher and then director at Cliff Drive Care Center. Her love for children and wisdom for adults has impacted our community greatly. Next month she is moving to the East Coast to live closer to her family. We will miss her very much! To say goodbye, we are having a Potluck on Thursday, July 26th at 6:00pm. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. We will have a time of open sharing to express our love for Pat. 

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Tabernacle Class
Jul
15
to Aug 12

Tabernacle Class

On September 28th through October 7th, Warren and Leanne Simandle's ChapelARIEL ministry is bringing a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle to Santa Barbara for viewing and touring. (Their ministry is committed to unearthing the Hebraic roots of Christianity. Warren has a doctorate in Hebraic Studies and he and Leanne have been teaching about our Hebraic roots for over 10 years.)  In preparation for that experience, they would like to offer a unique summer class on the significance of the Tabernacle.

In the class, we will see how every piece of furniture, every type of fabric, and every aspect of the framework in the Tabernacle bespeaks of Jesus. To enhance our exploration, they will set up symbolic models of all the key elements in the Tabernacle. The class will be for five weeks, July 15- August 12th at 9:30 in the Counseling Center. If there is sufficient interest, the class will be presented. Please sign up at Connection Central. 

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Young Adult First Friday
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult First Friday

Inviting all young adults (19ish-29ish) to the Kass home this Friday to play games, sing some songs, eat some desserts, and just hang by the fire pit and unwind from the week with Pastors  Nikki and T.J. Invite a friend! This is a great way to connect with other young adults in our community. Email nikki@fmcsb.org with questions.


Directions to Kass Home:
From north or south:
Exit 101 on Mission St. Take Mission toward the mountains
Follow Mission until it ends @ Laguna St.
Take a left on Laguna St
Laguna St will end in front of the mission
Take a right onto Los Olivos (Los Olivos becomes Mission Cyn Rd)
Follow Mission Cyn Rd about ¼ mile beyond the mission. You will pass markers for 716 & 718
The next lane after the stone wall has markers for 720-760 (you will pass 740… don’t fret!)
Turn right down the lane with markers 720-760
Ours is the second house on the right. The house number is not well marked but the house is mauve and kind of Frank Lloyd Wright “prairie” style. Park in the driveway or in the triangle on the lane.

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Hymn Sing
Jun
24
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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Baptism Sunday
Jun
10
12:30 PM12:30

Baptism Sunday

It is our tradition to hold a service of baptism every year on Pentecost Sunday. In addition to the outward commitment made in this service, it is also a time for the larger church community to welcome people into the body of Christ. This year, those being baptized will be presented during the 11 am service on June 10. Immediately following the service, we will drive down to the east end of Leadbetter Beach (by the catamarans) where the baptisms will take place. All are invited to come and celebrate these baptisms.

If you would like to be baptized, please speak with Pastor Colleen (colleen@fmcsb.org) and she can give you more information.

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Young Adult Worship Night
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

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." We will have some desserts afterward. We would love to have you join!

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Encounter: The Gift of the Sabbath
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Encounter: The Gift of the Sabbath

Pastor Nikki wrote her master’s thesis on the Sabbath because of its transformative power in her life. The Sabbath is a glorious practice which can often be misunderstood by Christians but which Nikki hopes the Christian church will reclaim. Come hear how the Sabbath, the act of stopping all work for one day a week, is both a tremendous gift for our weary bodies and an act of resistance in our violent and materialistic world. 

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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 friends 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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