Youth Ministry – Farewell to Ben and Chelsea

January 16, 2019

I hope you are all enjoying the rain as we really need it! I have a couple of things for you this week.

This will by my LAST news ​report to you as I am stepping down as Youth Director this coming Sunday, ​January 20th. This will also be our last Middle School Group with everyone as Chelsea and I are preparing for our move to Oceanside on the 26th.

Middle School Group will be happening this Sunday, the 20th during the service in the Youth Lounge.

Katie Joiner and the Youth Committee are volunteering to keep monthly youth programming going for anyone interested. They can be reached at GPC Youth's new email address, goletapresyouth@gmailcom. I will continue to check my GPC email for a time but please use the new email address for any and all GPC Youth communication.

It was a pleasure serving youth these past 2 years and I wish you all nothing but the best in 2019 and beyond. Chelsea and I would love to say goodbye to you in person so swing on by GPC this Sunday from 9:30-11 so we can see you!

Have a great week!

--- Ben Eggli

Annual LOG Rummage Sale – Saturday, Feb.9, 2019

January 15, 2019

​The​ ​annual Love of God (LOG) rummage sale is coming up on Saturday, February 9, from 7am to 11am, with a special GPC-only "after-sale" on Sunday, February 10 after the worship service. Please support our GPC and community youth by donating items to the sale, and/or shopping at the sale. Items can be brought to the Marion Patch room any time between now and the Sale. We will accept most anything in sale-able condition, except please no old tube-TVs, broken items, vintage computers, or heavy furniture. For more details: Warren and Elisa Takaya, LOG Directors, at 805-680-6969. Thanks so much for your support.

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Kids Connection for January 2019

December 27, 2018

Sunday school 2019 begins with Epiphany Sunday, January 6.  The lesson ​explores a way to worship Jesus with the wise men. We’ll continue by exploring baptism as the beginning of our lives of faith, then learn that we can put our trust in God even when we are tested.  The final January lesson will reflect on the good news of Jesus’ ministry and the call to be disciples of Christ.
Those prepared to teach in December included Peggy Ciolino and Chuck Roth though, sadly, we didn’t have any students present. We missed you!
This also affected Time with Children.  LuAnn is reserving her presentation for a later time and Dawn and Gracie broadened their audience.

​The bags for the Isla Vista Youth Project  were organized and gift-tagged and LuAnn delivered them to the preschool.  We had about 40 bags and at least $400 in gift cards.  GPC folk were very generous and we know how much the recipients appreciate our efforts, so a big thank you to all who participated!

December 23 was an intergenerational service featuring slides, music, readers, singers and people who helped form tableaux to illustrate the Christmas story. Many thanks to Aspen, Amelia, Noella, Ernie, Jeannie and Dean for reading, to Aspen, Amelia and Noella for singing, to Damon, Colin, Avery, Owen H., Lyla, Billy, Ronan and Owen N. for donning costumes, to Charlie for the slides and hymn words, and Julie for the music.  The many in attendance enthusiastically consumed the coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available afterwards.  Thanks to all who brought those cookies, especially Norma.

​Happy New Year to all of you. May it bring more peace to our Earth and be a happy, healthy one full of adventure for you.  Remember to come to GPC on January 6 for your new Star word.

Kids Connection for December 2018

December 22, 2018

​Each lesson in the winter curriculum has a goal for the children: That they commit to be God's peacemakers; that they recognize moments of grace and share them with others; that they recognize God's surprising love in Jesus Christ; that they ponder and rejoice in the good news of Jesus' birth and, finally, that they rejoice like Simon and Anna who recognized God's promise in Jesus.

In October, Lillian and Matthew Joiner helped with handing out Bulletins and Nursery coordinator Ashley Adams kept them company.

October was a fairly quiet month as you were all busy with sports and school activities.

Our Halloween cookie/pumpkin decorating and card making event was well-attended by a multigenerational and creative group.  Thank you to Norma for providing delicious cookies.  She uses 5 pounds of butter and 3 ½ hours of her time and we are truly grateful.  Almost every one of these was decorated (a few were consumed beforehand!) and they looked beautiful.  We had plenty for delivery to homebound members.

Thanks to Marilyn, Alison and Jeannie for setup and cleanup help, Sue, Alison, Marilyn and Bertie for delivery help, and to Lorraine for managing the icing table.

We are still discussing the Advent season services.  Stay tuned for up-to-date information as soon as it is available.

Be well as we rush towards Thanksgiving! Blessings,

Ready Home, Ready Heart

December 22, 2018

Do you have a Ready Home & a Ready Heart? Provide local kids with a loving home today! Our Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services offers: "Our Kids. Foster + Adopt + Mentor."  If you would like to participate, you can get ​information at the church office​.

Landscape Committee plans Meditation Opportunities

November 25, 2018

The GPC LANDSCAPE COMMITTEE - Is organizing a group to promote our landscaping and opportunities for a meditation experience. Our quiet corner of Goleta, next to a busy shopping center, offers a restful, quiet and reflective experience. Many already come to our picnic area and benches around the property to relax, reflect and pray. We are planning additional places of interest on front of the property, the patio and back area. Please send your ideas to Alan Scholl, Our group meets occasionally in the picnic area to discuss and plan improvements to our facilities. Ask Alan for details about the next gathering. If you wish to assist with weekly morning work days, please contact Alan on Sunday.

Poinsettias available for Dedication

November 25, 2018

POINSETTIAS - The poinsettias that will decorate the sanctuary during Advent will be available for dedication on Trinity terrace

Immigration: Latino Culture – focus of SB Mission Conference

November 25, 2018

Refugio Sanchez, pastor of a thriving church in Orange County, emigrated from Mexico to the U. S. and subsequently learned how to build bridges between cultures. His workshop is one of eight in the 17th annual Santa Barbara Mission Conference, which takes place Friday evening, Feb. 1, and all day Saturday, Feb. 2, at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara.

Register by going online at or by picking up and completing a brochure at any of our partner churches: the Presbyterian churches in the tri-counties, Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, Oceanhills Covenant Church, Montecito Covenant Church, or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Presentation: Homelessness in Santa Barbara, Sunday, October 21

October 15, 2018

​​In the Adult Education Hour (11am - 12noon) on Sunday, October 21, Chuck Flacks from PATH will discuss homelessness in our area. He will address questions such as: How many homeless people are in our region? What is currently being done? What works best? How can concerned people get involved?

​Don't miss this opportunity to increase your awareness of local issues!

Sponsored by the Mission and Peace Committee

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