First United Methodist Church Ventura
Thursday, December 05, 2013
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.
Christmas Eve Worship Services
4:30 p.m. Family friendly service (noisy children welcome)
in the sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols in the sanctuary
"All Through the Night"
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.
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.
Help a Child Through Angel Tree
Calling all angels! It’s that time of year when we have the opportunity to give a gift of love to the children of fathers or mothers who are in prison and unable to shop. Look for the Christmas tree at coffee hour Sunday mornings and select an angel tag with a child’s name; then purchase a gift card or gift for $20-25. Return these, unwrapped by Dec. 8. For more information contact the church office.
Follow Jesus from Nazareth to Bethlehem
Journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ.
Using archaeological data and historical information in his book, The Journey, Hamilton takes a fresh, personal, thoughtful look at some of the stories surrounding the birth.
Barbara Tomblin will lead this four-session Advent study on Mondays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Wesley Center. For more information contact the church office.
Hilltoppers Christmas Party December 6
Alternative Christmas Faire December 8
UMW Christmas Tea December 14
Christmas Cookie Walk December 15
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk December 15
Class Offered on Contemporary Pastor/Preacher Rob Bell
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 dates and lecture titles are Art (Nov. 11), Sex (Jan. 12, 2014), Suffering (Feb. 23, 2014), and God (Mar. 16, 2014).
"Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."