First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Saturday, November 22, 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:
Wednesday Ladies Group
      - Reading “Enough” by Adam Hamilton. 
      - Meet Wednesdays
      - Wesley Center parlor, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 23, 5:30 p.m., Trotter Hall
   Everyone is invited to our Thanksgiving potluck dinner in Trotter Hall on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 5:30 p.m.
    Bring your own dinner service. Silent auction bidding will continue into dinner.
    Mark your calendar and think about meat (turkey?) main dishes, salads, and desserts.
    Celebrate Thanksgiving and our blessings. For questions, call the church office at 643-8621.

Silent Auction
Sunday, November 23, Trotter Hall
  We have received quite a few fun items for the auction. Look forward to special foods, fun reading, indulgent days, meals, original artwork, seasonal decorations — wehave it all, but can always use more.
    Reach into your imagination bag and pull out a winner for our fundraising auction. Look for the yellow sheets in your bulletins and around the church, and sign up now!

“Rock Mass” Musical Offering!
Sunday, November 23, 4 p.m., Sanctuary
   Hear the 25-minute “Rock Mass” written by Ross Care, a local musician, on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. Invite friends!
    Hear the Chancel Choir, Wesley Children’s Choir, Scott Spindel (contemporary worship leader), and Miriam Arichea (Children’s Choir and Handbell director), with KuanFen Liu directing!
Support a Child: Angel Tree 2014
   Once again we have the opportunity of sharing God’s love with children who have a parent or step parent incarcerated. Please take an angel tag, or two, with a child’s name, age, and wish for a gift, from the Christmas tree in Trotter hall. Then return the gift or gift certificate unwrapped to the church office by Dec. 7. We hope you will purchase a gift with a value of $25. Gifts will be delivered to the children in mid December. 
Some Upcoming Holiday Church Events
    Mark your calendars to include some upcoming holiday church activities:
    Saturday, Dec. 6, Hanging of the Greens, 3:30 p.m. (decorate church, light meal following).
    Sunday, Dec. 7, Alternative Christmas Faire, 10 a.m. (Trotter Hall during coffee hour).
    Saturday, Dec. 13, United Methodist Women Christmas Music Celebration, 1 p.m.(sanctuary) (for men and women)
    Sunday, Dec. 14, Cookie Walk, 10 a.m. (Trotter Hall during coffee hour).
    Sunday, Dec. 14, Candle Light Labyrinth Walk, 5-6 p.m. (guided walk).
    Sunday, Dec. 14, Christmas Sing Along, 6-7 p.m. (The Open Door Coffee House).
    Sunday, Dec. 28, “Ring Out 2014” Game Night, 5-8 p.m. (The Open Door Coffee House).
Alternative Christmas Faire December 7
    As you think about Christmas gifts, consider helping others with an “alter-native gift” at our Alternative Christmas Faire Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in Trotter Hall. Here you can buy gifts to support projects of all types. With your donation, you get a card that explains the project and you can give the card as a gift to someone on your Christmas list.
    In addition to alternative gifts, there will be “solid” gifts: holiday greens (our Boy Scouts) and handmade African crafts (Camarillo UMC women).
    To cashier, set up, give out cards and information or clean up, call the church, 643-8621.

“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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