lunch: thursday, July 6, 11:00 a.m.

This is going to be a fantastic patriotic day. Mark Bates will be with us to tell stories of the history of Independence Day. Pastor Colleen will give a short devotional. Jean Browne, one of our new volunteers, will play the piano so we can have a sing-a-long with uniquely American songs we all grew up singing. Of course, we will have the Questions of the Day, as well as some jokes. To top it off, we will have a delicious lunch of traditional fare: BBQ chicken, corn bread and baked beans.

Lunch: Thursday, July 20, 11:00 A.M.

What a great day we have planned for you! Debbie Denke, our friend and neighbor on the Mesa, is going to be coming to play a musical game with us.
Debbie is a classically trained pianist who has a passion for jazz while also training the next generation of musicians. She has written books and is quite sought after for playing around town, as well as for education. Today, she is going to be playing a game with us from her new work called, “It’s All About YOU!” After an evening with friends, Debbie looked up and discovered there are over 800 tunes that contain the word ‘you’ in their titles. She is coming to play a musical game with us she is calling, “Name That YOU-Tune”, which will be fun. There will be prizes! For lunch, we will serve a lovely cedar plank salmon, wild rice, salad and a great dessert. Hope to see you there!

senior Bible study:

We are resuming our time on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Upper Fellowship Room. We are studying the book of 1 Peter this Summer! This will be led by Pastor Colleen and Alison Dillemuth, who is one of our faithful volunteers! All are welcome. 

Senior Newsletter:

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About CDCC Senior Programs:

Our church lives right next to many seniors in the Villa Santa Fe housing across the street. We want the seniors there to know that they are valued and loved as part of our community by providing healthy lunches, educational opportunities, and fun times of fellowship.

Senior Lunch
On the first and third Thursday of each month, we gather at the church in the upper fellowship room for a wonderful time of fellowship and lunch together. Our program begins at 11:00 am and lunch is served at noon. 

Every time we get together, we have jokes, a question of the day, celebrate birthdays, welcome guests, share milestones, and pray for one another. Our trained chef, Michele Molony, takes great pride in making fabulous lunches using healthy and fresh ingredients from organic and sustainable sources. The lunch is donation only, and we deliver meals to over twenty shut-ins every time we have a meal. 

This year, once a month the program will focus on some stories from the Bible, mostly from the Old Testament scriptures. Some of those recorded are some of the best lessons God wants us to remember. 

We will also offer musical presentations, helpful topics from community service organizations, and discussions on issues that seniors face today. We’ll also want to hear from our own participants about their trips or life histories. 

This lunch is open to anyone in the community who would like to come. We ask for a $6 donation to help defray the cost of the meal.

“I am always so impressed that efforts are made to make Senior Lunch the best it can be . . . by having excellent meals prepared at a donation level that allows access to all, table decor and theme parties that show the extra miles that are taken to honor its special senior guests and make them feel as important as they are!  It is a time when you are guaranteed to be welcomed by warm smiles and hugs and people who truly care. The program varies each time, from entertainment, encouragement in one’s faith journey, educational and pertinent topics, but it is the fellowship that continually blesses.”
–Cindy Perlis, daughter of Senior Lunch participant Bernice Qualls

Senior Study
Meeting on the off weeks of Senior Lunch, this study centers around Bible teaching and is lead by Senior Programs Director, Pastor Colleen Hurley-Bates. It is a fun time of learning, sharing, and growing. All are invited!


Pastor Colleen Hurley-Bates

Director of Senior Programs
Pastor Colleen, Senior Programs director, has been leading our Senior Lunch since 2000. Greeting our senior friends with generous hugs and laughter, Colleen enjoys creating afternoons with fun themes and activities, including a "question of the day" and a time for jokes. Her gift of hospitality welcomes people in as they enjoy music, birthday celebrations, and introducing new friends. In the belief that we never stop learning, she brings in educational and interesting speakers from all over, and, once a month, Colleen preaches on a Biblical theme chosen for the year. Colleen also leads a senior Bible study, a time when seniors are encouraged to grow spiritually and listen to God’s Word. Contact Pastor Colleen: colleen@fmcsb.org.

Chef Michele Molony

Senior Lunch Chef
Chef Michele Molony is an honors graduate of the Paris Cordon Bleu, where she trained in both pastry and cuisine. As a chef aboard fine yachts in the Caribbean, Central America and New Zealand, she became fascinated by the diverse ways in which cultures find nourishment and contentment through the growing and preparation of food. Presently cooking and teaching in Santa Barbara, Michele’s goal is to bring confidence and ability to those wanting to make cooking part of their lives.