First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Thursday, October 30, 2014


    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 . . . 
      - 1338 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93003.
       -  Downtown adjacent to Cabrillo Middle School.
      - West of Main and Santa Clara street intersection.
- On the coast about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
      - About 25 miles south of Santa Barbara.
Worship Services 
    Traditional Services
      - Sundays, 9 a.m, sanctuary.
      - Formal liturgy, long-standing hymns, classical music.   
      - Sunday School for children and youth.
      - Infant care offered.
Informal/contemporary services
      - Sundays, 11 a.m., chapel.
      - Upbeat, current music.
      - Less structured pattern of celebration. 
      - Sunday School for children
      - Infant care offered.
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
The open door Coffee House
    Our open door coffee house welcomes guests eac
h 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. 
    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.

Middle School After School Program     
    - For students from Cabrillo Middle School.
    - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (September-May).
    - From 3-5 p.m. in Trotter Hall.
    - For recreation, study, and snacks.
    - For more information,click the following link:
Fall Book Study With Rev. Simmons
Learning to Walk in the Dark
    Rev. Chuck Simmons will be leading another book study this fall, beginning Sept. 3 and ending Nov. 19, on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 7:00 to
8:30 p.m.  Because of a prior commitment, sessions will be Sept. 3, 10, and 17, followed by a two-week break, resuming on Oct. 8 through Nov. 19 (ten sessions in all).
    The book to be read is Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor.  Taylor’s books and sermons have been very helpful to clergy and laity across America.  She is an ordained Episcopal priest and has taught and lectured in conferences, colleges and seminaries and now teaches at Piedmont College in north Georgia.
Wednesday Ladies Group
      - Reading “Enough” by Adam Hamilton. 
      - Meet Wednesdays
      - Wesley Center parlor, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Sunday School Fall Festival
Sunday Morning, October 26
    - For children and youth.
    - Fun and spooky.
    - Sunday morning, Oct. 26.
    - Wear a costume.
    - Games and Halloween
        activities at Sunday School.

Halloween Fireside
October 26, 5-7 p.m., Wesley Center Court Yard
   - Everyone invited.
   - With Jason Johnsen.
   - Sunday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.
   - Wesley Center court yard. 
   - Grilled hot dogs served.
   - Costumes optional.
Silent Auction Coming November 23
    Sunday, Nov. 23, is the date for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Silent Auction.  Always a feast for the eyes, stomach, and . . . the church budget. 
    Signup sheets for auction items will be available in the office and at coffee hour beginning in mid-October.
Shoebox Christmas Gift Mission Project to the Dakotas
    As we did last year, we hope to send 50 shoebox Christmas gifts to the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, North Dakota. These shoebox gifts will go to 35,000
Native American children on reservations in the Dakotas. Mike and Libby Flowers, two North Dakota United Methodists missionaries, are sponsoring the project.
    - Items needed are: 
    Shoeboxes (removable lids).
    Shoebox size gifts (no clothing)for infants and toddlers and children and teenagers (ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15 and older).
   - Gift suggestions are:
    Winter hats, mittens, gloves and scarves.
    Age appropriate, shoebox size small toys (cards, games, etc.).
    Gift cards for Wal-Mart or K-Mart (12 miles from reservation).
    - Volunteers are needed:
    From 5:30-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, to wrap shoeboxes in Christmas paper at The Open Door coffee house in the Wesley Center parlor.
    On Sunday, Nov. 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Wesley Center parlor to sort donated items by age and fill boxes with donated gifts at The Open Door coffee house.
   - Drop off donations in the sanctuary, chapel or church office.

“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
                         A Course in Miracles

  Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 & 6:30-8:00 p.m.
                             Wesley Center
     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.
Sanctuary Hearing Loop System Installed
   The sanctuary main floor seating area recently was equipped with
a hearing loop system which operates by a special wire loop installed under the sanctuary floor and is activated from the sound system in our balcony. 
   The loop will enable those hearing impaired to couple their “T coil” within their hearing aids with the installed loop (this loop carries the sound/current from the sound system). It will allow for full use of hearing aids and all the adjustments, controls, and modes provided by the manufacturer. In addition, use of the system with capable T coil hearing aids allows the user to hear other sounds in a normal fashion.
   For those who do not have hearing aids equipped with T coils, we have six T coil receivers and ear muffs that can be checked out from our ushers.  This will allow a person to adjust the level of loudness without significant feedback (loud high frequency pitch sound). We will continue to provide our present radio frequency hearing aid system, as necessary, until we are comfortable with the new loop system.
    Many churches, theaters, and auditoriums are being equipped with hearing loop technology. For additional information please go to the web at  
Panoramic View
     Take a brief 360 tour of the church.
Stained Glass Windows
     Handcrafted stained glass windows grace the sanctuary and chapel with color, drawing one to Christ's words and ministry. Two of the sanctuary windows are pictured at the end of this home page.

Christ Window in the Sanctuary


Rose Window in the Sanctuary Balcony


            "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."




















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