By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
This Sunday, Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the United Methodist Church's California-Pacific Annual Conference will deliver the message as the Bardsdale United Methodist Church concludes its two week celebration of its 120th birthday.
Bishop Swenson oversees over 400 churches in Southern California from San Luis Obispo County to San Diego as well as the churches in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan in the Pacific.
Visioning for the future will be the theme this Sunday.
Following the 10 am worship will be a traditional Methodist potluck. There will be no 8:30 casual service this Sunday. It resumes June 17.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
This Sunday, June 3, the celebration begins to commemorate the 120th birthday of the founding of the Bardsdale United Methodist Church. Beginning with the 10 am worship service, the focus will be on looking back over the past twelve decades as a fledgling church took root and continues to grow today.
Retiring Santa Barbara District Superintendent, Rev. Catie Coots and current pastor, Rev. Kent Fromer, will be joined by former Bardsdale ministers Craig Brammer, Dr. Bob Ness and Ed McRae in leading the service.
At approximately 11:15, Organist Dennis Prichard will play a selection of period pieces on the Schoenstein organ to be followed at 11:30 by some sharing of special memories of life in the historic church. There may also be sing-a-longs and skits.
Being good Methodists, you know there has to be food. A celebration luncheon begins about 12 noon with indoor or outdoor seating followed by a special birthday cake.
After the meal, there will be antique car rides and tours of the church along with displays of historic photos. There will be information about the many mission projects and activities of the church.
The day will conclude at 2 pm with a Blessing Prayer and the tolling of church's bell.
The celebration will conclude June 10 with the theme of looking ahead to the next 120 years. Bishop Mary Ann Swenson will deliver the message on this day. (Please note that there will NOT be an 8:30 casual service on these two celebratory Sundays.)
By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Abraham asked the Lord to spare 50 righteous people. God responded to Abraham's plea "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all ....Genesis 18:16-33
The movie " Corpus Christi " is due to be released this June to August. A disgusting film set to appear in America later this year depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals! As a play, this has already been in theaters for a while. It's called "Corpus Christi" which means "The Body of Christ". It's revolting mockery of our Lord. But we can make a difference.
That's why I am sending this e-mail to you. If you do send this around, we just might be able to prevent this film from showing in America and the Philippines. Let's stand for what we believe in and stop the mockery of Jesus Christ our Savior. Where do we stand as Christians? At the risk of a bit of inconvenience, I'm forwarding this to all I think would appreciate it, too. Please help us prevent such offenses against our Lord. There is no petition to sign, no time limit, or minimum number of people to send this to.. It will take you less than 2 minutes!
If you are not interested and do not have the 2 minutes it will take to do this, please don't complain when God does not have time for you because He is far busier than we are. Hey it's worth a shot!
Apparently, some regions in Europe have already banned the film. All we need is a lot of prayer and a lot of e-mails.
LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!
....Will God be able to find at least 50 righteous people who are willing to express their concern and voice their opinion against this act of blasphemy.
Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied).
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith â€śExperience the â€śmost vivid Catechism Ever Createdâ€ť
Creator and host Fr. Robert Barron illuminates what Catholics believe and why, while immersing you in the art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. *Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing blog Father Artur, will present this exciting 10 week course on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4:30PM at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street. We begin on Sunday June 26th and end on August 26. Please join us for this popular course! No registration needed. Free to everyone!
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Praying for our loved ones in active military service... Lord, Please protect and guide;
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Note from Jan: In over 30 years of watching the signs of the times, I have never seen such a convergence of indicators that reveal our time is short. So as we consider evil, take it to the next step: It heralds our times and it tells us that His return is at the door. The Bible says that a last generation will be "as the days of Noah." Those days were wicked and violent.
In the vernacular of today, George Soros is one evil dude. He's a puppet master. He's pulling the strings of almost everything that is wicked. He's one of the primary one-worlders. He has a war against good. He just does what is right in his own eyes even if that collapses nations.
Jack Kinsella has given me permission to send this report from last January. He is one of my most frequent radio guests. I encourage you to subscribe to his daily Omega Intelligence Letter here.
Written by Jack Kinsella, www.olivetreeviews.org
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
The Bardsdale United Methodist Women invite you to a Mother's Day Tea and "almost fashionable" Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. You will enjoy a variety of tasty treats and teas as you enjoy a display of fashions rescued from the recent Courtyard Sale. A suggested donation is $15.00. The funds raised will help support the Bardsdale Bell Choir as they prepare to attend the AGEHR conference in June. Call the church at 524-2070 for more information.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, April 30th, 2012
â€śBlessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!â€ť Ps. 33:12 And God has blessed America in many ways. Each year, Christians gather all across our nation to celebrate Godâ€™s goodness and to pray for His guidance. This year Fillmore will participate again in the annual National Day of Prayer. Thursday, May 3rd is that day. This yearâ€™s theme is â€śOne Nation Under God.â€ť Christians from all across Fillmore will gather at this yearâ€™s chosen church, Promesa de Jesus/ Faith Community Church @ 461 Central Avenue. A number of Fillmore area pastors will participate. There will also be singing and some congregational interaction. We will pray for our nation, our national & state leaders, our community & schools and other things related to our nationâ€™s future. Anyone who loves this country and wants to pray for its future is welcome to come. Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. For information call 524-5564 or 524-3344.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Congratulations to all our Youth who will be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday, April 21st at 10AM. Your parish family is very proud of you.
Our 2012 Youth Candidates are: Deana Aguilar, Karina Aguilar, Raquel Aguilar, Guadalupe Aguirre Jr., , Minelia Arevalo, Liliana Becerra, Christian Betancourt, Jason Camarillo, Marissa Carrillo, Christian Cortez, Felipe Cortez, Gustavo Cortez, Sarena De La Cruz Mayra Flores, Fabian Gutierrez, Robert Herrera, Nicholas Johnson, Jose Lomeli Jr. , Salvador Lopez, Sara Lopez, Jose Madrigal, Kaitlyn MagaĂ±a, Kendra MagaĂ±a, Kathya Mateo, Carlos Mercado, Analissa Morales, Juan Moreno, Bryan MuĂ±os, Brooke Pimentel, Jessie Ponce, Sandra Ponce, Kiana Ramirez, Valery Rodriguez, Rogelio Santa Rosa, Martin Soria, Rudy Soria, Erika Texin, Alex Tovar, JosuĂ© Valenzuela, and Vincent Vargas Jr.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Spring and summer is going to be a joyous and busy time at the Bardsdale United Methodist Church so we invite you to mark your calendars and join us for all or some of these events.
On Sunday, April 22, at 3 PM, Fillmore High graduate, Dr. Grey Brothers, will bring an ensemble of singers from Westmont College to present a musical program that's sure to please all who attend. Dr. Brothers is the son of John and Myrt Brothers, long-time former teachers in Fillmore.
The following Saturday, April 28, will be the popular spring Courtyard Sale from 8 until noon. Shoppers will be amazed at the variety of bargains they find inside and out. Proceeds benefit the ministries of the United Methodist Women.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
David Kinnamanâ€™s book is based on nationwide study
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The author of a new book on why young Christians are leaving the church will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Overton Hall at California Lutheran University.
David Kinnaman of Ventura will discuss his book â€śYou Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church â€¦ and Rethinking Faith,â€ť which was released in October. In it, he uses research to show how pastors, church leaders and parents have failed youth and why this will have long-term consequences for young adults and churches. With the help of contributors from across the Christian spectrum, Kinnaman offers adults ideas for passing on a lasting faith and provides young people with suggestions for developing and maintaining faith throughout their lives.
Based on a new nationwide study conducted by the Barna Group of 18- to 29-year-olds with a Christian background, the book counters persistent myths about young dropouts. Kinnaman is the president of Barna.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Palm Sunday at Saint Francis of Assisi - All are welcome on; Saturday 5PM Sunday 9:15 and 11:15 AM Domingo 7AM 1 & 6PM
For the Palm Sunday Gospel, we return to the Gospel according to Mark. The account of the Passion takes up nearly one-third of Markâ€™s entire Gospel and, of all the evangelists, he is the one who presents the details most graphically. He depicts the humanity of Jesus most intensely, describing his sufferings thoroughly. Mark portrays Jesus as a complete fulfillment of the â€śSuffering Servantâ€ť of Isaiah, the obedient, humble slave dying on
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
TONIGHT AT 6PM - We will have Eucharistic Adoration during confession. Various priests will hear individual confession. Bring your friends and family. Mass in Spanish will follow.
This Sunday at 3PM Father Peter Banks a Capuchin Franciscan will offer us an afternoon Lenten reflection in the church. Hospitality will follow either in the the courtyard or parish hall. Fr Peter is a wonderful speaker, everyone is invited to be inspired on this Fourth Sunday of Lent.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, March 12th, 2012
A Castle Playhouse Opportunity Drawing
Westlake Village, CA â€” Habitat to the Max, one of the outreach ministries at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village, will host their Annual Fundraising Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions and Opportunity Drawing on March 31, 2012 to raise funds for their fifth Habitat for Humanity home. Dinner tickets are on sale for $50 each. Contact Mary at 818-970-8121 to purchase tickets or for more information.
This year, Habitat to the Maxâ€™s very special Opportunity Drawing Prize is an amazing castle playhouse for children. It was designed and built by members of Habitat to the Max Ministry and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. The castle was sponsored by ServiceMaster Clean Disaster Restoration Ventura County Franchisees (Todd Russell and Bruce Mason of ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell, and Hayko Aldzhikayian of Service Master by C2C Restoration).
The winner of the Opportunity Drawing will receive the castle playhouse, along with three sets each of the prince and princess costumes, all handmade furniture, accessories, moving and set up within a 50 miles radius of Westlake Village, CA.
Opportunity Drawing tickets are on sale until the drawing on March 31. You can purchase a single ticket for $10.00, 3 tickets for $25.00, 7 tickets for $50.000, 15 tickets for $100.00, and 100 tickets for $500.00. You do not have to be present to win. The winner will be notified by phone. Contact Mary at 818-970-8121 to purchase tickets or for more information.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Keynote presentation at CLU is open to public
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to the keynote presentation of a higher education conference at California Lutheran University that is part of a national initiative to explore the idea of vocation on college campuses.
The Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will discuss â€śVocation and Reflectionâ€ť at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Samuelson Chapel.
The talk will kick off a two-day conference for NetVUE, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. The regional gathering, one of seven being held throughout the country in 2011-2012, will focus on vocation as it relates to experiential learning. Presenters will discuss civic engagement, study abroad and service learning.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ACADEMY
St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now accepting applications for the school year 2012/2013. This is a Preâ€“ K program (must be 4yrs. by December 1st 2012). Program is from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. From September 2012 to Mid June 2013. For applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306
SAINT SEBASTIAN SCHOOL SERVES 3 PARISHES AND OURS IS ONE OF THEM.
We are enrolling now for the 2012-2013 school year. If interested, please call us for more information or stop by any time to visit a classroom. Applications are also available for tuition assistance from CEF (Catholic Education Foundation). Applications can be picked up at our school office and are due back to our office by Friday, March 3. Telephone 525-1575
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Event offers learning, fellowship for Lutheran adults
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Senior Fest 2012 will cover topics ranging from computer basics to community gardening at California Lutheran University on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
With the theme of â€śLoving God When Weâ€™re Well & Loving God When We or Someone We Love Is Ill,â€ť the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks university. Senior Fest brings Lutheranstogether for learning, devotions and fellowship to enhance their physical, spiritual, social and intellectual lives.
Keynote speaker Marva J. Dawn, an internationally renowned theologian and author, will make presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. Dawn leads the nonprofit Christians Equipped for Ministry in its mission to prepare professionals and lay people for deeper Bible study and more active involvement in Christian life and ministry. A popular speaker for people of all ages, the Washington resident has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies and universities throughout the world. She continues despite severe health issues, including a leg amputation that she discusses as a way to share her faith and convictions. Dawn has written more than 20 books, several of which have wonawards and been translated into languages including Chinese, Korean and Portuguese. She is a teaching fellow in spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver and holds four masterâ€™s degrees and a doctorate.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now accepting applications for the school year 201/2013. This is a Pre-K program (must be 4years by December 1st 2012) Program is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. From September 2012 to Mid June 2013. for applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Performers include new CLU Gospel Choir
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free gospel concert for the first time at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Samuelson Chapel.
The new CLU Gospel Choir, which formed in September, is one of the acts performing at the â€śBlack History Concert: The Sunday Morning Experience.â€ť The show will feature a variety of soloists, choirs and groups singing both traditional and contemporary gospel music.
V3, an Oxnard- and Los Angeles-based group, will sing traditional gospel music. The groupâ€™s director, Brandon Binder, also conducts the CLU Gospel Choir. Other featured performers will include William Johnson and the gospel group Purpose.
The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.
For more information, contact Daniel Lawrence at 805-493-3489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Peace Pole ceremony to follow in rose garden
2011 Peace Pole ceremony
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will honor Martin Luther King and others who promote peace and social justice with chapel and Peace Pole services on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The chapel service will begin at 10:10 a.m. in Samuelson Chapel. It will feature gospel and inspirational music highlighting the idea of starting within oneself to make a change in the world. Students and members of the staff and community will recite the â€śI Have a Dreamâ€ť speech given by the late civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Following the service, the university will affirm its commitment to peace and challenge attendees to do the same at the CLU Peace Pole in the chapel rose garden.
The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.
The Office of Campus Ministry, Black Student Union and Multicultural Programs are sponsoring the free event. Call 493-3489 for more information.