Free Food Friday

The last Friday of every Month is Free Food Friday.

We will begin the distribution at 10:00 am and end at Noon, food is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Food Friday is a project of the Big Red Pantry and Ministry of Outreach.

Cabaret Chef Spotlight: Chef Daniel Blake Oftedal

As the Cabaret nears, we’ll be highlighting the amazing and talented individuals who will be providing our entertainment for the evening.

It’s really no surprise that Chef Dan would one day be an executive chef for one of Fresno’s finest restaurants, Dave Fansler’s Yosemite Ranch.

As a young boy, Chef could be found standing in the kitchen on a step-stool, helping his Nana and Papa make foods like French toast, rigatoni, or chopping horseradish until his eyes were beet red to make the family’s famous sauce. Starting as a busboy, Chef worked his way up to a line cook. There he learned many secrets and tricks of the trade. It was then he realized he loved cooking, so in the spring of 2003, Chef Dan headed to San Francisco, where he attended The California Culinary Academy. In 2005, Chef Dan graduated with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.

The Cabaret will take place on September 7th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in the church office or after church on Sunday!

Cabaret Performer Spotlight: Trent Barry

As the Cabaret nears, we’ll be highlighting the amazing and talented individuals who will be providing our entertainment for the evening.

Trent Barry grew up in Visalia in a musical household; all six children were expected to and did study piano. He found his singing voice and began vocalizing recognizable tunes before he could speak a word. By age five, he was playing Mozart by ear; subsequently starting formal lessons which launched into what would be many years of rigorous study of classical piano. He studied in Fresno with Dr. Bob Bennett (CSUF) until graduating high school, and continued his study of piano at Occidental College, while majoring in art history and the visual arts.

Beyond the classical music that surrounded him and compelled him to practice long hours as a child, Trent loved Broadway, and learned entire scores from beginning to end, listening for countless hours of everything from the Sound of Music to Les Miserables. At age 8, he became involved in community theater. and performed numerous roles as a child and young adult.

Trent considers it a great pleasure and unexpected turn of events that he has found himself living the life of a professional musician. After 37 years of musical theatre, various choirs, seven seasons with the Tulare County Symphony, three seasons with the Fresno Philharmonic, recitals for Occidental College, UCLA, and CSUF, accompanist, and wedding and funeral musician, and church musician, Trent still enjoys sitting down at the piano and finding ways to make it new again. His favorite musical experience  with friends around the grand Yamaha in his living room, singing and playing whatever comes to mind, sharing an intimate bond over music and song that elevates the human experience and brings people together, through the universal language of music. 


The Cabaret will take place on September 7th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in the church office or after church on Sunday!

Cabaret Performer Spotlight: Daniel Townsend

As the Cabaret nears, we’ll be highlighting the amazing and talented individuals who will be providing our entertainment for the evening.

Daniel graduated from the Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State in May 2017, where he studied music composition as well as voice and opera. Since then, he has started working for Visalia Unified School District as a 2nd grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School and music director for the musical at Green Acres Middle School.

He is also on the music staff for the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish of Visalia, through which he regularly cantors and plays the piano. Through involvement with Green Acres, Redwood High School, and the Tulare County Office of Education, he has appeared in over thirty productions, most notably as Lord Farquaad in “Shrek: The Musical”, as well as the operas “Carmen” and “Albert Herring” at Fresno State, and has directed and appeared in cabarets with the Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre.

He has also performed with the Fresno Philharmonic several times as a member of the Fresno Master Chorale and additionally as a co-host of the Link Up children’s concert series. As a composer, he has written and had many works performed, and is in the process of creating an original musical. He soon hopes to pursue graduate degrees in music and/or education.

The Cabaret will take place on September 7th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in the church office or after church on Sunday!

Cabaret Performer Spotlight: Matthew Mazzei

As the Cabaret nears, we’ll be highlighting the amazing and talented individuals who will be providing our entertainment for the evening.

Matthew Mazzei has been studying, performing, and teaching the violin for more than twenty years. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Matthew attained both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Music from California State University, Fresno.

He has been a contracted first violinist in the Fresno Philharmonic for more than a decade, and has performed with such names as Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Audra McDonald, and Kristin Chenoweth. Matthew has been a featured soloist on many occasions, performing concertos with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, the Fresno Community Orchestra, and the Kings County Symphony. His musical passions also include teaching, and he has more than twenty years of experience teaching individual lessons, chamber ensembles, and string orchestra classes.

Matthew currently plays on a Bartolomeo Tassini violin made in Venice, Italy in the year 1750. He feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to play on such a fine instrument, and hopes someday to pass it on to a deserving student.

Matthew provides music ministry for St. Anthony’s of Padua church in Fresno on Saturday evening, as well as churches within the Good Shepherd Parish of Visalia each Sunday. He is encouraged every week by the kindness shown to all the musicians, and is thankful for the privilege of his role in facilitating worship.


The Cabaret will take place on September 7th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in the church office or after church on Sunday!