First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Thursday, January 29, 2015


    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:

Book Study "An Altar in the World" January-March
    Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World will be read and discussed by two groups in the Wesley Center Rm. 103. Both will be led by Rev. Charles Simmons.

    Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
        (January 13-March 10)
    Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon
        (January 14-March 18)

     Purchase a book in the church office or from Rev. Simmons ($10).
    In the book Taylor shares ways to encounter God beyond the walls of the church:
    “From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see.
    “Under Taylor’s expert guidance, we come to question
conventional distinctions between the sacred and the secular, learning that no physical act is too earthbound or too humble to become a path to the divine. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do."
Rummage Sale February 6 and 7
    The first rummage sale of the year will be Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, in Trotter Hall (Friday, 9 a.m.-
3 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 noon).
    Donations may be dropped off at church now for placement in the basement storage room or bring your items to Trotter Hall the week of February 2-5. Your donations are much appreciated.
    All rummage proceeds go to the United Methodist Women’s annual mission pledge. 
    It takes a church to make the sale successful. If you’d like to assist with displaying and helping at the sale, please
let us know; it’s quite fun and always interesting.
Open Door Coffee House Challenges You
to Random Acts of Kindness
    Did you know that February 9-15 is the National Random Acts of Kindness week?  Our Open Door Coffee House team extends a challenge to the congregation to use this week to show an extra measure of kindness to someone. 
    Stop by The Open Door Coffee House on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 5-8 p.m.  Everyone there will love to hear about your experiences.  A beverage of your choice is free for the sharing of your story.  Pay it forward, your blessing will be priceless.

World Affairs Discussion Group Begins February 8
    FUMC is hosting a “Great Decisions” discussion group.  Learn about current global issues in eight sessions in the
Wesley Center Rm. 103, from 4-5:30 p.m. from Sunday, Feb. 8 to April 12, (no meeting on March 8 or April 5).
    “Great Decisions” is from the Foreign Policy Association.  This year’s topics are Russia; Privacy in the Digital Age; Sectarianism in the Middle East; India; the U.S.
Policy Toward Africa; Syria’s Refugee
Crisis; Human Trafficking and Brazil. 
    The group uses a “Great Decisions” briefing book and DVD featuring analyses by foreign policy experts.  Briefing books cost $21. To sign up: contact the church office at 643-8621.  For info see:

Scouting for Food in February
    In February our Boy Scout Troop 102 and Cub Scout Pack 3012 will join in the annual Scouting for Food collection drive and would appreciate your donations of canned goods and unopened dry goods. Place donations in a box in the church office or during Sunday coffee hour in Trotter Hall.
“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 is 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 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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