Event offers learning, fellowship for Lutheran adults
Julia Fogg
Julia Fogg

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 “Loving God When We’re Well & Loving God When We or Someone We Love Is Ill,” 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 master’s degrees and a doctorate.

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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.

 


 
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 “Black History Concert: The Sunday Morning Experience.” 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 group’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 lawrenc@callutheran.edu.

 


 
Peace Pole ceremony to follow in rose garden
2011 Peace Pole ceremony
2011 Peace Pole ceremony
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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 “I Have a Dream” 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.

 

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Fr. Artur is back from his sabatical. Welcome Back ! Fr Salvador who was substituting for Fr Artur has moved to Santa Maria. to minister to their growing community. Thank you Fr Sal for your help and ministry. God Bless.

Please take a look at our January socials on the last page of this Sunday’s bulletin. Our socials are great opportunities to catch up on visits with old friends or make a new friend this new year. SMILE ! Please don’t forget to send in your together in Mission envelope for January. This will end our commitment for the year and allow many Parishes and schools in our archdiocese keep their doors open for service and ministry.

Free Catholic Calendars and Boxes of Offering Envelopes for the Year are available in the hall before and after Mass. If you would like to begin using offering envelopes, please pick up an un marked box. Thank you and God Bless YOU !

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Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Fillmore, and
Her Parish Mission San Salvador, Piru, Christmas Worship
Tradition tells us that Saint Francis of Assisi put together the Nativity scene in the square of the village to show us that Christ really came to dwell among HIS people. We rejoice in knowing that we are God's chosen people! Today our Saviour has been born HE is Christ the Lord.
On behalf of Fr. Barney our Pastor, Fr Salvador our assistant, Deacon Ramon and the staff of this parish we at Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore and her parochial mission San Salvador in Piru, We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
All are welcome to Come Home and join us for worship. Here is a list of our Worship Schedule
Christmas Eve, December 24th
5 PM English Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
7 PM Spanish Mass, San Salvador, Piru
10 PM Spanish Mass, San Salvador, Piru
12 Midnight Mass Bilingual, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
Christmas Day, December 25th
7 AM Spanish Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
8:15 AM Spanish Mass, San Salvador, Piru
9:15 AM English Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
10:15 AM English Mass, San Salvador, Piru
11:15 AM English Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
1 PM Spanish Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
6 PM Spanish Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore

 

St. Stephens Anglican Church will hold a Christmas Day Communion Service at 9:00 a.m. at the Fillmore Methodist Church, 421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore. For more information please call Fr. Bob Hammond 524-1697. Thank you and God Bless you all. Merry Christmas!

 

We will have an old fashioned Fiesta to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe this Sunday December 11th at 2PM. We will have music, great homemade food and dancers for all of our parishioners. Bring your family.
TODAY YOU CAN HELP CHRISTIAN FAMILIES IN THE HOLY LAND

This Sunday we will have a sale of rosaries, nativity scenes and other religious items all hand carved out of olive wood and made in Bethlehem. The proceeds from this sale will go towards Christian families living in the holy land. The items make very nice Christmas presents.

PASTORELA
Deacon Fernando from Sacred Heart Church in Ventura will present “La Pastorela” with actors from Sacred Heart. The presentation in Spanish on Sunday, December 18th in the Parish Hall following the 1PM Mass. Everyone is invited to attend this theatrical presentation. God Bless.

Our Christmas Tree Farm
Please invite your family & friends to support our Christmas tree farm. The Christmas tree began as a reminder of the tree of life and the life-giving cross of Jesus Christ. When you see the evergreen Christmas tree you will also see the life-giving tree of life on which Jesus hung as our crucified savior.

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers –there will not be a December meeting. We will resume in January
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This Sunday, December 11, at 5 PM, the Bardsdale United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will present its annual Christmas Vespers program in its historic Sanctuary.

Originated over 50 years ago by Choir Director Emeritus John Brothers, this gift to the community will feature regular and guest choir members and musicians playing and singing a variety of seasonal numbers that will put everyone in the spirit of the season. Choir Director Marsha Porter promises a program that tells the Christmas story with a mixture of tunes, melodies, and instrumentals that range from the familiar to non-traditional pieces.

There will be refreshments downstairs in LeBard Hall following the one-hour program.

The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 

Written By JULIE PACE

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.

In a memorandum issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.

"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.

Secretary of State Hillary... http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GAY_RIGHTS?SITE=AP&SECTI...

 
one morning a group of fundamentalist Muslims could decide to build a mosque where the Holy Sepulchre stands"

Cardinal Tauran has thus called attention to the very real possibility in the future that Christian sites may be used for blackmail as a bargaining chip against Israel and the West, and that their security cannot be guaranteed by Palestinian governance. Indeed, one will recall the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in 2002, with Muslims seizing the site for 39 days, devouring the food supplies, and using Bibles as toilet paper:

Catholic priests in the church... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/cardinal-lets-suppose-that-tomorrow-pa...

 

The Daily Mail headline goes straight for the elephant in the room: this is largely a phenomenon within Muslim communities in Britain. Indeed, Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide; honor killings are encouraged by Sharia's inconsistency on whether parents can be held accountable for the death of their child. There is also the letter and spirit of Qur'an 4:34, which makes violence (yes, violence) an acceptable recourse for dealing with "disobedient" women.

Apologists are bound to point out that domestic violence exists in all societies, including the U.S. and Britain. That is true, but here is the difference: in those societies, it is actively denounced and combated, not covered over, denied, and excused, or even praised. In the report below, it is noted that the culprits are hailed as heroes in their communities.

The report, and reports about it, are sure to be denounced as "Islamophobic," even though it was an Iranian and Kurdish women's organization that compiled it. "Alarming rise of Muslim 'honour attacks' in the UK as police reveal thousands were carried out last year," from the Daily Mail, December 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Nearly 3,000 so-called... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/uk-police-report-alarming-rise-in-hono...

 

UPDATE: The AFP piece below appears to be a mistranslation. Bougrab actually said "There is no such thing as a moderate Islamism": il n'existe pas d'«islamisme modéré». So back down the rabbit hole we go. (Thanks to Tom.)

Bougrab: Wonder of wonders, a truthful politician

Jeannette Bougrab is quite right. There are people who identify themselves as Muslims who are not interested in waging jihad against non-Muslims, but there is no form of Islam recognized as authentically Muslim by mainstream Islamic authorities that does not teach that the Islamic community has a responsibility to wage war against and subjugate unbelievers.

"A French minister of Arab origin says ‘there is no such thing as moderate Islam,’" from AFP, December 3:

A French minister said... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/french-minister-of-arab-origin-there-i...

 

Written by David Sherfinski

A long-simmering battle in Virginia over the separation of church and state heads to federal court Monday, with a southwestern county school board fighting for the right to display the Ten Commandments in a public high school.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, in Roanoke, will hear arguments in the Giles County School Board’s motion to dismiss a complaint brought by a high school student and the student’s parent arguing that the biblical display violates the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights under the Constitution.

The Ten Commandments has been displayed in all county schools for at least a decade before a complaint in December led to their removal and being replaced with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

The issue went back... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/27/ten-commandments-dispute...

 
Ring Noel

The Bardsdale United Methodist Church Bell ringers, the Orange Pealers, are having their annual exciting Christmas bell program on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at five pm, in Le Bard Hall. The hall is located at the church, on 1498 Bardsdale Avenue. The festive agenda includes dinner and dessert.

This interactive Christmas program features an opportunity for the audience to ring and sing carols, as well as listen to a mini concert given by the Orange Pealers. The suggested donation is ten dollars for individuals, and an all inclusive twenty-five dollars for families.

You may call either the church office (524-2070) or Marcia Heerema (524-3674), director, for reservations. You may also purchase tickets at the door, but seating is limited.

 

Written by Christopher Santarelli

Twitter was abuzz Sunday night with the usual chatter: plans for the upcoming week, one-liners from the Sunday morning news talkshows, polarizing comments on Tim Tebow’s latest miracle victory. But many were also talking about the gripping report airing on 60 Minutes, which took a heart-wrenching close look at several of the 16 Million American children currently living in poverty. The report focused on children homeless and living in cars in central Florida, an area of the country where the construction industry had especially collapsed.

Entitled “Hard Times Generation,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley led the report looking into the lives of several impoverished families, including the Metzger family of Arielle, 15, Austin, 13, and their father Tom. The children lost their mother at an early age and have been living out of a truck since foreclosure took their house five months ago. Tom is an unemployed carpenter who has been unable to find work since Florida’s construction industry fell apart. Here is a brief transcript of Pelley’s discussion with Arielle and Austin:

“Pelley: How long have you... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/60-minutes-airs-heart-wrenching-up-close...

 

Is deputy hotel manager Hossam al-Bana an Islamophobe?

The Salafist leader, whom the BBC compliments as "thoughtful and personable," acts as if the entire issue is about alcohol. What is at issue is not being harassed on vacation, and being able to relax without the fear of a dream vacation turning into a nightmare at the hands of a regime of thugs, in an atmosphere where conspiracy paranoia easily becomes hysteria. The atmosphere of hostility toward non-Muslims within the country may make non-Muslim tourists think twice as well. For women, there is also the issue of whether their bodily integrity would be respected in a place where sexual harassment and assaults go un-prosecuted, with victims blamed for not meeting standards of Islamic dress and conduct.

Really, who in the world would want to vacation in a country where churches are attacked and protesters are rammed by military vehicles, journalists are sexually assaulted, Jews are arrested as "spies," sexual harassment is accepted and encouraged, and the rate of female genital mutilation (see table below the map) is above 90 percent?

Egypt has a... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/egypt-tourism-tanks-hotel-manager-says...

 

Over at Atlas Shrugs, Pamela Geller provides inside information on an all-too predictable and patently unjust Obama Administration practice:

US policy regarding the refugee resettlement program would shock most Americans if they only knew. The UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution.
It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which requires refugees to have "a well founded fear of persecution by reason of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion."

Since 1976, millions of... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/christians-in-imminent-danger-across-t...

 

Islamic law forbids Muslims to leave Islam. These murders were revenge upon one Muslim who dared to exercise his freedom of conscience. "NEWS ALERT: Nigeria Militants Kill Children Of Christian Convert, Missionaries Say," by Stefan J. Bos for BosNewsLife, November 23 (thanks to Mackie):

ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- A militant group seeking to enforce Sharia, or Islamic law, throughout Nigeria, has shot and killed two children of an ex-terrorist and "murderer" because he converted to Christianity, well-informed missionaries told BosNewsLife Wednesday, November 23.
Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is a sin”, carried out the killings this month after discovering that a former fellow fighter refused to kill a Christian and instead accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, explained Rae Burnett, Africa Director of the U.S. based Christian Aid Mission (CAM) group.

Burnett told BosNewsLife that... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/nigeria-muslims-murder-children-of-con...