Join Our Halloween Celebration – October 27

October 11, 2019

Join our Halloween Celebration and bring cheer to others! Our annual card-making and pumpkin&cookie decorating activity will take place on Sunday, October 27, in the Common Room after worship service. We will make cards for our members who cannot attend church, and we'll decorate cookies and pumpkins to go along with the cards. There might even be extra cookies for tasting!

A New Child-Care Staff Person

October 11, 2019

We have a new staff person to oversee child care in the nursery during worship services! Elizabeth Spero graduated from Dos Pueblos High School and is studying Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College. She plans to become a preschool teacher. She enjoys reading and camping, and lives with her family and two beagles. Be sure to welcome her!

Peace and Global Witness Offering

October 7, 2019

By giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we work to share Christ's peace with one another, beyond our doors, beyond our community and across boundaries.

25% of the offering stays with our congregation to support peacemaking and reconciliation within our own community.
25% goes to our mid-council, joining with other congregations in our area to support peacemaking work in our region.

50% supports the work for peace and reconciliation being done by Presbyterians around the world.

Sunday School Scoop

September 2, 2019

The Exodus story demonstrates God's grace and faithfulness in providing for God's people in the wilderness. In Leviticus we learn of a jubilee to celebrate God's call to all of creation for rest, renewal and rejuvenation. Next we hear about Deborah, and God's affirmation of women in leadership roles. The final lesson concerns Elijah's need for food, a widow with little flour, and the ways God provides for him and for her family through a kind act.

Your students are now at their various schools and becoming used to a more structured routine, some in a school new to them. Everett will be entering a 3rd grade classroom when he returns and I know he would appreciate company during Sunday school. Evie will be in 8th grade. I’m looking for someone to fill Ashley’s position, so please, if you have a neighbor or grandchild who might be interested, let me know. I would be happy to send you the job description. I will be gone September 15th - October 5th. If you have any questions please contact Sue Kremser, chair of Christian Education, at


We have a new Pastor!

August 29, 2019

On Sunday, August 25, GPC Members voted overwhelmingly to approve the recommendation of our Pastor Nominating Committee to accept the Rev. Jim Pazan as our new pastor!!

Jim and his wife, Katie, are both ordained pastors. We're also excited to welcome their children: Evie, 13 years old, and Everett, eight years old. (If you ask Everett a question about snakes, you're likely to get a LOT of information in response!)

Pastor Jim will formally begin with us in October. It's been a long, long process, and we're excited and happy to welcome Jim and Katie and Evie and Everett into the GPC family.

The Pastor Nominating Committee basks in the congregation's appreciation for its work.

Transition House needs volunteers for September & Beyond

August 1, 2019

Volunteers are needed to help prepare or serve a meal at TRANSITION HOUSE for September and beyond.

Thank you to our AUGUST volunteers: Jeannie Cavender, Michele Jackman, and Marilyn Gross.

For more information, please contact Jim Short

Homecoming Party – October 13, 2019

August 1, 2019

This year, our Homecoming party celebrates the arrival of our new pastor and family - Jim, Katie, Evie, and Everett.

Join us after worship service in the Fellowship Hall for a delicious potluck. GPC will provide the main dish - hot dogs and tri-tip. Beverages include coffee, water, lemonade, and iced tea.
Suggested donation to cover the main dish is $5 per adult, $2 per child, or $15 per family.

Please bring one of the following; enough to serve 10-12 people:
A - G   Appetizer or Finger Food
H - Q  Salad or meatless main dish
R - Z   Dessert or fruit

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