First United Methodist Church Ventura
Monday, March 10, 2014
Open Heart, Open Minds, Open Doors.
We are a community of faith, letting love lead to make, mature, and mobilize disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We have two Sunday worship services: one a traditional and the other informal, more contemporary. Our programs span every age from Christian education, music, outreach and mission, Bible, and fellowship.
We are located . . .
In downtown Ventura, California, at 1338 E. Santa Clara Street, adjacent to Cabrillo Middle School and just west of the intersection of Main and Santa Clara streets.
Ventura is about 50 miles from Los Angeles on the northbound Hwy. 101, and 25 miles south of Santa Barbara. The city is on the coast, and the church is about a half mile from the beach.
Traditional, Sunday, 9 a.m. in the sanctuary, for those who prefer a more formal liturgy, long-standing hymns, and classical music.
Informal, Sunday, 11 a.m. in the chapel for those looking for more upbeat and current music and less structured pattern of celebration.
Take a brief 360 tour of the church.
Sunday School and Childcare
Our 9 a.m. Sunday School starts in the worship service in the sanctuary where there is a young people's message. Sunday School for children follows in the Education Building classrooms.
Sunday School during the 11 a.m. service is for children, preschool age through fifth grade.
Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided during both services.
Worship Services Televised on Cable TV
The Sunday traditional worship service is shown on cable TV Channel 6 each Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 4 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. The schedule can be seen at http://www.capstv.org/schedules.htm
The open door Coffee House
Our open door coffee house welcomes guests each Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Wesley Center library/parlor for espresso, selected tea, and hot chocolate.
Further details about The open door may be found under the ministries section of this website. Click here for The open door coffee house website.
The open door is an ongoing outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church designed to build relationships and bring others into the loving presence of God.
The coffee house invites you to it New Year's Eve eve gathering on Sunday, Dec. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Middle School After School Program
Middle school students are invited to join in the Middle School After School Program Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m. in Trotter Hall for recreation, study, and snacks during the school year (September-May). To find out more information, please click the following link: https://middleschoolyouthcenter.wordpress.com.
March 5 Through April 19
This year we’re doing something different for the Lenten season.
Each Wednesday, starting with Ash Wednesday on March 5, we’ll share a meal together and then have a simple worship service with a slightly different format than usual . . . so come check it out! You won’t want to miss it!
Bring the whole family! Childcare will be provided. Invite your friends! Mark your calendars:
Wednesday Worship From March-April
Trotter Hall Dinner: 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Sanctuary Service: 6:45-7:30 p.m.
March 5 Ash Wednesday
March 12 “Redemption”
March 19 “Repentance”
March 26 “Resurrection”
April 2 “Restoration”
April 9 “Remembrance”
Holy Week, April 13-19
April 17 Maundy Thursday
“The Last Supper”
Interactive Dinner 6:00-7:30 p.m.
April 18 Good Friday
“Stations of the Cross” 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lenten Class “Final Words From the Cross”
Mondays, March 10-April 14
10-11:30 a.m., Wesley Ctr. Rm. 103
Barbara Tomblin invites you to join her six-week Lenten study on Adam Hamilton’s book, Final Words From the Cross.
Meet from Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. March 10-April 14, in the Wesley Center room 103. The books cost $13; pick up in the church office.
Sunday School Mission Project:
Vaccinations for Red Cross of America
Our Sunday School Children have chosen Red Cross of America as a mission project to provide vaccinations for Third World children. All of our children’s Sunday School offerings this year will go toward the project.
If you’d like to help, please pass your donation to a child in Sunday School or contact the church office for more information.
For the upcoming months Samantha will give a lecture on contemporary pastor/preacher Rob Bell. In 2011 Time Magazine selected Rob Bell as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, and many contemporary Christian scholars believe that he is one of the major players in shaping the future of American Christian theology and ecclesiology. This lecture series will include seven classes from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays in room 103. Childcare will be provided. The final lecture will be Sunday, March 16, on the topic of God.
All-Star Staff Appreciation Dinner Potluck March 30
Everyone is invited to the All-Star Staff Appreciation Dinner Potluck on Sunday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Trotter Hall. This is a time to honor our outstanding staff. Bring a dish to share.
New UMW Mission Study Starts March 9
Read The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly with the United Methodist Women Mission Study group. Look at communion and baptism and how we can live out that call in our lives.
Meet one Sunday/month starting Sunday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m., Wesley Center.
Study books costs $6. Contact the church office, 643-8621.
“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
A Course in Miracles
Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Through March 27
Study with John and Ginny as they share support, experience, and encouragement with students of this life-transforming spiritual practice of forgiveness and inner peace.
WHO: For anyone interested in learning more about A Course In Miracles (ACIM) as well as to those who have already begun this study. Inquirers, beginners and experienced students are equally welcome. Group meetings are tailored to the level of those who come.
WHAT: Meetings consist of guided readings of the text, workbook, manual, and supplemental ACIM materials, as well as discussions of principles and practices, with times of quiet sitting in contemplative prayer.
Inquirers need bring no materials, except for a copy of ACIM available at bookstores and online.
“Great Decisions” World Affairs
Discussion Group Through April 13
FUMC is again hosting a “Great Decisions” discussion group in 2014. Join us and learn more about current global
issues. The group will meet for eight Sunday afternoon sessions in the Wesley Center through April 13.
“Great Decisions” is a program of the Foreign Policy Association. This year’s topics include Defense Technology; Israel and the U.S.; Turkey’s Challenges; Islamic Awakening; Energy Independence; Food and Climate; China’s Foreign Policy; and U.S. Trade Policy.
The group uses a “Great Decisions” briefing book and a DVD featuring analyses by former U.S. Secretaries of State and other foreign policy experts. The group will meet from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 or the Upper Room.
Information on the program can be found at www.fpa.org/great_decisions.
March Globe Bank Offerings
The March globe bank offering will go to Tender Life Maternity Home, a program of Project Understanding. Empty your globe banks in the special container in worship on Sunday, March 30th.
All-Star Staff Appreciation Potluck March 30
Everyone is invited to the All-Star Staff Appreciation Potluck Dinner on Sunday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Trotter Hall to honor our church staff. Bring a dish to share.
Liturgist Training March 30, 10 a.m.
I have invited the Rev. Judy Fox to conduct a liturgist training session for all current liturgists and those who are
interested in joining the team that
Whether this is a refresher for you or an introduction to the possibility of serving in this way, please come to the sanctuary at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 30.
Rev. Mary Birgelaitis
"Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."