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July 26, 2007

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July 26, 2007

My name is Dave Goss.  I am the pastor of a brand new church in Goleta, California called Light and Life Goleta.  We are in the Free Methodist Denomination.  Free Methodists get their name for advocating three types of FREEness. (he he).  The first is that they come from a group of “ON FIRE” Eastern New York Christian Methodist Episcopals who were fed up with the Methodist Episcopal Church for dragging their feet in condemning slavery, the system of renting pews, and spiritual apathy.  They wished for “FREEDOM” for slaves, “FREEDOM” of places to sit in church (no class hierarchies), and “FREEDOM” of the Holy Spirit in worship.  Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

Please pray for the baby church.  We are meeting at the Fairview Theatre on Fairview Avenue in Goleta.  We began weekly services on January 6th.  We are striving to be a place that exemplifies, empowers, and equips parents and kids to lead synchronized lives.  That is, we want to be the place where home and church synchronize.  For us, there is no disconnect between what happens on Sundays and what happens the rest of the week.  No more religious posing!  Church is about serving a community and building amazing relationships with God and each other.  And all these functions are about knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and being transformed by his Holy Spirit into new people.