First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Open Hearts. 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 . . .
- 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.
Panoramic Church Photos 
     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.
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:
Do You Want to Join the Church?
    Have you been attending worship at First UMC and thinking “I might like to join the church”? Here’s a chance to explore and make a decision. We are having an Inquirer’s Class.

        Sunday, September 21 and 28
        4 p.m. in the Wesley Ctr. Parlor
September Globe Bank Offerings
Collected for Nome, Alaska
    Our September Globe Bank offerings will go toward the purchase and shipment of items needed by Nome, Alaska, residents and the congregation of Community United Methodist Church and its thrift store in Nome.

     Items needed are bed sheets (any size and color); girl's underwear (elementary, tween and teen); warm socks for men and children; boy's warm pants (tweens and teens); men's jockey underwear; and men's plain t-shirts (no logos or graphics).
     Bring items to the sanctuary or chapel narthex (foyer) or the church office.
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 September 17
      - Reading “Enough” by Adam Hamilton. 
      - Meet Wednesday, September 17
      - Wesley Center parlor, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Next Fireside Chat September 21
    Come join us for this month’s fireside chat on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 5-7 p.m. in the Wesley Center parlor!
    - Good food
    - Good fellowship
    - Good conversation
    - Good fun
    For ALL ages!  See you there! :)
                                    Jason Johnsen

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.
Vote Smart October 19
Forum on November Ballot Propositions
     Get informed! Appellate Court Justice Steven Perren and retired Superior Court Judge Melinda Johnson will help voters decipher the propositions on the November ballot at a free forum on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The League of Women Voters will co-sponsor the event.
“Teach Only Love . . . for That Is What You Are.”
A Course in Miracles

          Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
                     Through October 30
                         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. 


            "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."


    Stained Glass Rose Window in the Sanctuary


Stained Glass Rose Window in the Sanctuary Balcony










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