lunch: thursday, May 4, 11:00 a.m.

Today, a group from the Mesa Seniors Group, called MeSenGr, will be joining us! They are interested in making some new friends and we thought that was a lovely idea. So, we will be playing a few fun games, of course with good prizes and doing some sharing. For instance, you might want to bring some thoughts on: What is the best advice someone
(could be anyone) gave you in life? This promises to be a wonderful time of discussion, meeting people and eating good food. Pastor Colleen will bring a short devotional as well! Hope to see you!

Guess what? It’s almost Cinco De Mayo! So, we will be having pork and vegetarian tamales, jicama and orange salad, rice and beans, chips, salsa and guacamole. Invite a friend!

Lunch: Thursday, May 18, 11:00 A.M.

Dr. Fred Kass, from the Cancer Center, will be our guest speaker today. He will be talking about “Discovering God Through Science.” As a medical practitioner, Dr. Kass has seen first hand how science and faith interact. He will cause you to think, help you laugh and give his unique take on a venerable subject. For lunch, we will serve Chicken Saltimbocca, pasta puttanesca, and a lovely salad. Hope to see you!

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 James this Spring! This will be led by Pastor Colleen and Alison Dillemuth, who is one of our faithful volunteers! All are welcome. 

Senior Newsletter:

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017


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.