Most Recent Postings for/about the GPC Community

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2017 LOG Rummage Sale raises $3,500!

garage-sale-151190_640The Love of God program (LOG) gives a huge thank you to all the GPC’ers and their friends who donated to the LOG Rummage Sale!

With a late donation after the sale, the total raised came to $3,500. This will support the LOG Program and the youth retreats that are a featured part of the more

Roofing Repairs, by Ministerios Betel

ladder-1604451_640If you are at the church on a weekday, you will notice that there are people on the roof of the sanctuary and the office complex. These are our friends from “Ministerios Betel,” who are doing repairs on our building at a discounted price. Please thank them for their work when you see them, and tell them how much we appreciate more

Star Words Sunday – January 8, 2016

star-word1318206_640“Star Words” – A GPC tradition on Epiphany Sunday.   A star word is a single word, written on green or red paper, randomly selected during worship service, which can become a focus word for thought during the coming year.  Words for 2017 will be passed out on January 8 after we have a time to share how some of our 2016 words have taken on definition during this past more

Josephine and Nathan: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

cats-on-keys-1845787_640As experienced in worship service on December 18, 2016: keyboardists extraordinaire Josephine Brummel and Nathan Maurer offer a 4-handed piano rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”read more

2017 Pledges and Per-Capita Contributions

piggybank-158346_640If you have not turned in your pledge for 2017, please do so at your earliest convenience. Session needs to know the pledge numbers in order to craft the final 2017 GPC budget.

PER CAPITA – Each year GPC, and all other Presbyterian churches, are requested to provide funds for the operating costs of the Presbytery, Synod, and PC(USA). … read more

Gift Bags for Isla Vista Youth Project

bag-156780_640THANK YOU to all the generous people who contributed filled bags and gift cards for IVYP families. You have made a difference in many lives!

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You are invited to attend a weekly Bible Study with Rev. Graham Baird.  Every Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the High Sierra Bar and Grill (521 Firestone Road, Goleta).

You may be wondering why we are meeting for this Bible Study in a public restaurant, rather than the church. Graham explains: The answer is because – and there is no other way of saying it – the Bible just reads differently when you study it in more

GPC Playground News


“Let us build a pile of stones for our children.”


The target amount of $30,000 has been attained, and work will begin soon on the new playground.

Thanks and blessings to everyone who has helped to make this possible.… read more

KEYT News runs erroneous report on Presbytery sex-abuse case

keyt-logo(March, 2016) If you watch KEYT Channel 3 news, you may know that they ran a story recently about an ongoing sexual abuse case in our Presbytery. The story shows up in the media every time there is another hearing or court ruling, but it does not involve GPC at all. The story is not “new news”, but there is a decision coming down very soon from the courts. read more

Be a Greeter!

The OUTREACH COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to serve as greeters on Sunday mornings.  We especially need someone to contact others from a generated list and set up scheduling for two different posts.  A greeter is needed at the parking lot entrance and to serve at the Visitor’s Table before and after service. read more

Thank You, Ministerios Betel!

Rtool-384740_640ecently when Jim Friestad and Pastor Deborah met with leaders of Ministerios Betel, they pointed out places where our office building roof had been leaking outside and the wood was eroding. David, a contractor, offered to fix our roof and replace some of the rotting beams, for only the cost of the materials. David and his crew spent many days patching and fixing our roof in preparation for El Nino, saving GPC much money and many headaches!read more

Photos from CE Halloween Cookie Decorating

On Sunday, October 25, after worship, GPC kids got together in the Fellowship Hall for a fun and festive time of making Halloween cards and decorating Halloween cookies that will be taken to those who are unable to share personally in GPC more