First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Thursday, October 02, 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.

CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m.
Begins at FUMC Ventura
- Raise funds to fight hunger!
    - Sign up and pick up a pledge sheet Sunday mornings.
Rummage Sale October 3 and 4
    - Rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 (9 a.m. to
      3 p.m.) and Oct. 4 (9 a.m. to 12 noon), in Trotter Hall,
- Bring rummage donations to Trotter Hall this week.
- Sale set up days: 
          Wednesday, Oct. 1, (9 a.m.-noon)
          Thursday, Oct. 2, (9 a.m.-3 p.m.).
- Not accepted:  TVs, electronics, or overstuffed furniture.
- Sorting, displaying, selling and visiting are great fun so
       please sign up for the time and days you can help.
- Proceeds go to the United Methodist Women’s yearly
      mission pledge.
- The UMW  can’t do it without YOU!
- Call the church office, 643-8621 to volunteer or for
Joyful Hope Fellowship Meets Oct. 7
for a "Time of Sharing
   - Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m.
    - Wesley Center parlor.
   - The United Methodist Women Joyful Hope fellowship
   - “A Time of Sharing.” 
   - Members, bring a photo of your younger self . . .
     what-ever age, and we will take it from there.
   - Refreshments served.
Vote Smart October 19
Forum on November Ballot Propositions

    - Get informed!  Free forum Sunday,
      Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m., sanctuary.
    - Appellate Court Justice Steven Perren and retired Superior
      Court Judge Melinda Johnson will help voters decipher the
      propositions on the November ballot. 
    - The League of Women Voters will co-sponsor the
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.

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

          Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 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. 
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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