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October is Pastor Appreciation Month!
 
Let’s each take a moment this month to encourage our pastors and show our appreciation for their ministry in our church.
 
Prayer For Our Nation
Thursdays 5:30 | Zoom
We believe in the power of prayer here at FCC! We have a new prayer group, “Prayer For Our Nation” gathering on Zoom on Thursdays starting October 15th. We will move to in person in the future. if you are interested in joining us or want more info, please email us at the link below. Unite with us as we lift up our Nation to our faithful God
 

HOLIDAY FOOD OFFERING 

November 120, 2020  

Due to COVID, we are doing a modified church food offering this year.  All foods collected will go to preparing food baskets for those in need in our congregation and stocking our community cupboard with needed foods this holiday season.  If you would like to donate, instructions and signups are found on the link below.  Thank you for your generosity. 

 

GENESIS 56 FALL EVENT 

Friday, October 30 | 6:00 – 9:00pm | Genesis 56 Lawn 

Hey Genesis 56 kids! We have planned a special night at the church JUST FOR YOU! All current 56 students are invited for an evening of games, food, a message from Mr. B, and a movie! Cost is $7 per child. RSVP is required (follow the link below). Social distancing guidelines will be in effect, so please respect all signs and directions. We look forward to seeing everyone there!  

Sign Up Here!

 
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES
Sunday, Oct. 25 – Nov. 22 | FCC & Online
FCC is excited to partner with Operation Christmas Child again this year! Beginning October 25th, we will be passing out boxes to be filled with gifts for needy children around the world. There is also a virtual box option 100% online. Anyone who wishes to pick up a box may do so in person on Sunday mornings on the Plaza through November 15th. All boxes MUST be returned by November 23rd to the Church office. Any box brought after that date will not be accepted. If you would like more information, please email pastor Matt at matthews@fccsantamaria.org.

WE NEED YOU ON SUNDAYS

If you’d like to help make a Sunday morning a safe and wonderful experience for others, consider helping out.  We need volunteers to help greet, and to sanitize each Sunday.  Sign up on the link and a leader will contact you.  Thank you for your service!!  

Last M4 for 2020! 

Thursday, Oct. 22 | 6:00pm | Worship Center

Men, after a great meal of Santa Maria style BBQ we will hear a dynamic message from Pastor Don.  All welcome!

 
 
SMALL GROUP HOSTS & FACILITATORS
Small groups are the backbone of the Church. Small groups are crucial to the development of believers, maturity of believers and the growth of the church. Strong small groups need to start somewhere and that somewhere is in your home. We are asking people at the church to step up and host a small group at your home. We are also asking people to step up and start being a facilitator for one of these small groups that will be starting in 2021. This experience can change your life and help to change the lives of the people you will meet. Please contact Pastor Don at donk@fccsantamaria.org or sandraf@fccsantamaria.org to learn more.
 
 
MEN’S & WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP
“BEGINNINGS – A STUDY OF GENESIS”
Mondays
Class Times May Vary | Online (for now)
BSF is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible study that helps men & women know God and equips them to effectively serve the Church throughout the world. Our goal is to resume in-person meetings as soon as possible, but for now all materials, discussion groups, and lectures will be completely online and accessible after registration. Register at BSFInternational.org. Choose “find a group,” enter Santa Maria, choose First Christian. Questions or more info, contact Dean 805-714-9051 or Sylvia 805-621-2827.
 
DivorceCare “Surviving the Holidays”
Sundays, Nov. 08 or Dec. 6 I 3:00 – 4:30pm I Rm A221
Surviving the Holidays is especially for people who are separated and divorced. The class will help you to deal with the many emotions you may face during the holidays. It will provide helpful tips for surviving social events. It will help you learn ways to give your kids a good holiday experience. Most importantly learn how to discover hope for your future. Join us and be welcomed by warm, caring people who understand what you are going through and want to help.
TODDLER-PRESCHOOL FAMILY ACTIVITY DAYS
Wednesdays, Sept 23 – Nov. 18 | 11-12pm & 4-5pm
Outside @ FCC
Kids Ministry will be having some fun, hands-on educational activity days geared especially for kids ages 2 – 5 and their parents outside in the playground area. All supplies will be provided, and no registration is required. For those of you with elementary age kids there will be a place for them to do their schoolwork, with free Wi-Fi access and a credentialed teacher to help, or to do a fun STEAM based activity. Come dressed appropriately. Adults are required to wear a mask.
 
 

Awana

Every other Monday | 5–6pm

Outside @ FCC

Sparks (K-2nd grade) is full!  Limited space in other groups.  Pre-registration required.  No childcare for those younger than 3.5.

 

“FINDING I AM” WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Tuesdays, Sept. 8–Nov. 24 | 9:30-11:30a | Worship Center

Ladies, come join us for Bible Study once again at the church. We are beginning a study by Lysa Terkeurst called “Finding I Am”. She takes us to the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Unfortunately, because of COVID, we cannot offer childcare, so this is just for adult women. There will also be no food brought in, bottled water will be available. Masks and social distancing are required. Cost of the book is $15 and available for purchase at class. Come join us as we see how Jesus wants to meet us right where we are.  

First Christian has continued to provide the meal on the 29th of each month through the shelter in place at the Good Samaritan Shelter. We do not serve it, we cook it and take it to them. If you would like to provide any of the food items necessary, please click below for this month’s meal. You may drop off your food off at the church anytime during office hours (Mon – Thurs, 9a – 5pm).  Thank you so much and God bless you! 
 

REVIVE

Monday | 7:00pm | FCC

Revive is for Young Adults ages 17-29ish We are meeting on the Genesis Lawn every Monday for music and teaching, along with some interactive elements, and enjoying a time of getting together. Invite your friends!

 
 

EXCHANGE

Wed. Nights | 6 – 7:30pm 

Outside @ FCC

Youth Group is back! Connect with friends, experience worship, learn from the Bible, and more! Join us as we celebrate Jesus’ Great EXCHANGE on the cross – We give Him our sin & in exchange we get His righteousness. We don’t call Wednesday nights the “Best Night of the Week” for nothing! Invite a friend & come join! We’ll be outside, so bring something to sit on and something warm! All first-time attendees will be required to have a parent complete a COVID-19 waiver, available at fccsantamaria.org/students. Not ready to join us on campus yet? Join us online for Exchange Live (via Students’ Webpage, Livestream, and Youtube) beginning September 16.

MOTORCYCLE RIDE *Updated*
Third Saturday Each Month | 9am | FCC West Parking Lot
All motorcycle riders, we want to invite you to enjoy some sun, fellowship, and food. All variety of motorcycles are welcome. We encourage you to invite friends, significant others and passengers. We will ride the 3rd Saturday each month through November 21, weather permitting. Our destination will be determined on the day of the ride.
*For October we will be meeting October 24th*
GOLF SMALL GROUP
Sundays | 2:00pm
Rancho Maria Golf Course
Every Sunday afternoon all are invited to enjoy nine holes of golf. We seek to encourage each other as we begin the week. Please come out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. All people and all skill levels are welcome. If interested, you just need to show up, pay the green fees, and enjoy.
WALK THRU THE BIBLE
Sundays | 11:00am
Are you looking for ways to know and love God more intentionally? Digging into His Word, The Bible, is one of the best ways! The Bible is the solid foundation on which our Faith is built, and our thoughts, words, and actions should be based upon its Truth. Join us as we dig into God’s Word with this Walk thru the Bible! This is an “open” class, so join in anytime! This class is geared for High School students and older.  
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