First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Sunday, March 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.
    Palm Sunday, March 29
        9 a.m. traditional, sanctuary
        11 a.m. contemporary, chapel
    Easter Sunday, April 5
        9 a.m. traditional, sanctuary
        11 a.m. contemporary, chapel
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.
Palm Sunday Brunch
March 29, 10 a.m., Trotter Hall
Youth Sierra Service Project Fundraiser!

    Come join us for our traditional Palm Sunday Brunch on March 29 at 10 a.m. in Trotter Hall.  The youth will prepare and serve the meal in order to raise funds for their Sierra Service Project summer trip. 
    This year, eleven high school students and three adults will serve in a community in Stockton, California, for a week in July.  It’s always a meaningful trip for those who participate, and all funds raised from the brunch will go towards making the trip possible.
    Thanks so much for your support of our youth!
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:
Lent 2015
     The season of Lent is nearly here and we’re looking forward to changing up our week a bit by gathering on Wednesday nights for some food, fellowship, worship, and reflection as we journey together with Jesus towards the cross.
    This year we’ll be looking together at some of the ways in which we’ve come to know Jesus:  the Rabbi, the Messiah, the Prophet, the Son of God, the human . . . and the deeper significance that these labels and roles mean for our faith.  So, come as you are, and let’s seek together what God might have for us during this special church season!                         

         Dinner in Trotter Hall - 6 p.m.
Worship/Activity in the Sanctuary - 6:45 p.m.

March 18       “Jesus the Prophet”
March 25       “Jesus the Son of God”
April 1          “Jesus the Human”
April 3           Good Friday
March Globe Banks for UMCOR
    The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides immediate assistance in disasters all over the world.  UMCOR has provided relief to survivors of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile; floods in Pakistan; and the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear threat in Japan.  It has helped rebuild communities in Afghanistan torn apart by war, and has provided long-term recovery aid to communities in the U.S. South devastated by hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike.
    The March globe bank offering will be added to today’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering.  This yearly special offering funds UMCOR’s administrative costs and allows UMCOR to provide immediate response to disasters whenever and wherever they happen. 
    The globe bank offerings will be collected in worship on March 29th.

April Globe Banks to Support Imagine No Malaria
    April globe bank offerings will support Imagine No Malaria. Donations will be collected April 26.
World Affairs Discussion Group
    “Great Decisions” discusses current global issues in the Wesley Center Rm. 103, from 4-5:30 p.m. Sundays through April 12, (no meeting on 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. 

United Methodist Women
Joint Fellowship and Lunch April 7
    On Tuesday, April 7, at 10 a.m. there will be a joint meeting and potluck luncheon of Joyful Hope and Mariposa United Methodist Women fellowships in the parlor. All women and guests are invited. Jim Mangis, Ventura County Food Forward branch manager, will talk about the Food Forward mission and program. Come and bring a friend and a dish to share!
Fireside Chat April 19
    All are invited to a Fireside Chat with Jason Johnsen on Sunday, April 19, 5 p.m., Wesley Ctr. parlor.

“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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