First United Methodist Church Ventura
Wednesday, April 23, 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.
Worship Services
     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.
Panoramic Church Photos 
     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
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     
     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:
Lent 2014! 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 (meals provided) 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:
                      Holy Week, April 13-19
                      April 17    Maundy Thursday
                      “The Last Supper”
                      Interactive Dinner 6:00-7:30 p.m.
                      Trotter Hall

                      April 18    Good Friday
                      “Stations of the Cross” 6:00-7:30 p.m.
                      Trotter Hall
                      Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil
                      6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Chapel

Easter Sunday - April 20
        Traditional service 9 a.m., sanctuary
        Contemporary service 11 a.m., chapel
        Easter Egg Hunt and Story Telling Time, 10-11 a.m.
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.
“The Call” UMW Mission Study
    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 May 11 at 2:30 p.m., Wesley Center.   
“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
A Course in Miracles

          Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
                     Through June 26
                         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. 
May-December Small Group Supper Club Sessions
Sign Up Between April 27 and May 11
    Get acquainted with others in the church by enrolling in our Small Group Supper Club. 
    Sign up at coffee hour between April 27 and May 11, following both Sunday services, for the May-December session. 
    Stop by, pick up a brochure or ask questions.  Get informed and do plan on signing up.  Talk to the many who have been ongoing program participants, and they’ll tell you it’s a fun and rewarding experience.  As stated in the program’s brochure, “Good food is important, but it’s the good fellowship that will have you asking for seconds.”


            "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."





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