This Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m., Bardsdale United Methodist Church will offer its annual Christmas Vespers program as a gift to the community in the historic sanctuary.

Begun in the 50's by Choir Director Emeritus John Brothers, this holiday event features traditional Christmas tunes as well as unfamiliar selections that tell the story of the birth of the baby Jesus.

The Chancel Choir along with guest voices and musicians are directed by Marsha Porter and accompanied by organist Dennis Prichard.

Please come, relax for an hour or so, and let this musical program put you in the spirit of the season.
The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 


 
Community invited to participate in Jewish traditions

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s Hillel Club will host the campus’ annual Hanukkah celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Roth Nelson Room.

“Shine Your Light” will feature the lighting of the candles on the menorah. The community can also join faculty, staff and students in enjoying traditionalfood and activities. A disc jockey will play music.

This year Hanukkah takes place from sundown on Dec. 8 through Dec. 15. Every year, Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the army of the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanies and won their religious freedom.

Hanukkah is referred to as the Festival of Lights because, according to tradition, when they rekindled the menorah it burned for eight days although it only held enough oil to burn a single day. The holiday is a reminder to rekindle our spiritual lights and shine for the world.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard between Olsen Road and Memorial Parkway in Thousand Oaks.

For more information, contact Hillel Club President Alli Himber at ahimber@callutheran.edu or rabbinical intern Belle Michael at bmichae@callutheran.edu.

 


 

MAKING MUSIC PRAYING TWICE at Notre Dame Learning Center. Little children 5 years and younger are invited to St. Francis of Assisi Christmas Music Day! Come sing Christmas music with Mom and Dad as we tell the story of Jesus' birth. This is an interactive day with song, dance, instruments and parachute designed to benefit the whole family Come as a family and stay for refreshments. Take home a special gift. Register for Sun. Dec. 9, 2:00 - 3:30, or Sun. Dec. 19, 2:00 - 3:30. Registration Fee per family is $6. Limited to 8 children. Call or e-mail Sister Florette Marie, 496-3243, Ext. 735, florettemarie@yahoo.com. Michael Lara, 524-2865 Thank you. Sister Florette Marie

BEARERS OF LIGHT ADVENT RETREAT - Sunday, December 9, 2012
embracing the season of waiting, enjoying each other for what we are, sharing love & inspiration as bearers of light 1 - 4pm Mass at 4pm. Rich hours for personal contemplation, walking, gazing, listening, blended with time for sharing with the group At Mater Dolorosa Passionate Retreat Center 700 North Sunnyside, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Seating is limited. Call Michael to reserve a space: 524-1306. Free Will Donation for the retreat. All Are Welcome. We will car pool and leave Saint Francis around 12 noon. Bring dinner money we will stop somewhere for dinner. Please respond by December 3rd noon. God Bless

Afternoon Affair Boutique - Saturday, December 15, 2012
From 11AM to 3PM in Classroom 5&6 at Saint Francis of Assisi Pastoral Center Come support Saint Francis of Assisi Church. No long lines, something for everyone. Unique and beautiful handmade decorations, jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, Scentsy Candles and much more... Vendors reserve your table today. $20.00 donation required. All vendors must be registered members of Saint Francis of Assisi or San Salvador Mission. Space is limited. Call 794-1900

Nativity Exposition - Sunday, December 16, 2012:
Bring your Nativity to be blessed and share it with our parish members. Drop off your nativity between 8 and 8:30AM. Our Expo. Starts at 9AM and finishes at 2PM. Pick up is 2:30PM
FREE to participate and FREE entrance. Volunteers needed to supervise event. For questions or to reserve your vendor table call Oralia Herrera at 794-1900

COME BY AND VISIT OUR GIFT STORE IN THE PASTORAL CENTER!
Start your Christmas shopping early. Nice gifts, at reasonable prices!

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Our trees are freshly cut Oregon Douglas fir and Noble fir trees. Did you know that 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. Please invite your family & friends to support our Christmas tree farm. For more information call the Pastoral Center at 524-1306

 


 

Two popular holiday musical events are coming up at the Bardsdale United Methodist Church.

"Ring Noel" will welcome in the holiday season as the church's bell choir, The Orange Pealers, will host its popular bell concert and supper on Saturday, December 8 at 5 pm in LeBard Hall. Attendees will not only enjoy a sumptuous meal but also participate in the bell ringing. Tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for families and children under 5 are free. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The annual Christmas Vespers concert will take place Sunday, December 16, in the church's beautiful sanctuary. This free gift to the community will feature Bardsdale's Chancel Choir along with guest voices and musicians under the direction of Marsha Porter and accompanied by organist Dennis Prichard.

For more information, call the church at 524-2070. Bardsdale United Methodist church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 


 

The Bardsdale United Methodist Women will host their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Monday, November 12, at 12 noon in LeBard Hall. For only $12.00, adult guests will feast on turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, salad, rolls and, of course, pumpkin pie. Children dine free. Take outs will be also available.

To honor our Armed Forces and all Veterans who have served, there will be a musical program of patriotic songs following the meal.

For more information, call 524-2070. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 

This Saturday morning (October 6, 2012), 8 a.m. until noon, the United Methodist Women of Bardsdale will host their Fall Courtyard Sale.

Besides the usual selection of clothing, kitchenware, small appliances, books, shoes and furniture, there will be several tables of Christmas decorations to get you in the spirit of the holiday season.

Proceeds from this popular event supports the ongoing ministries of the Bardsdale United Methodist Women.
The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 
The Bouligny Family
The Bouligny Family
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Heritage Valley Bible Church recently moved their weekly service to 461 Central Avenue, where they meet each Sunday morning at nine o’clock. The service combines worship in music, prayer, fellowship, and verse by verse teaching from the Bible.

Heritage Valley Bible Church exists to share Jesus' message of love and the forgiveness of sin, while also training up mature followers of Christ through the regular teaching and application of God's Word. They believe the Bible is sufficient to guide people to live a joy-filled, God-honoring life, and invite others to come discover what great things God has in store for those who trust Him.

Pastor Larry Bouligny joined their fellowship in June of 2011. He was trained at The Master’s Seminary in the San Fernando Valley and has a heart to make disciples of Christ through expository preaching, corporate prayer and Christian fellowship. He lives in Fillmore with his wife, Becca, and two young sons.

In addition to the Sunday morning service, Heritage Valley Bible Church also hosts a Sunday evening home bible study, weekly Wednesday night prayer meeting, and a monthly fellowship lunch.

Learn more by visiting Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at 461 Central Ave. in Fillmore, online at http://www.hvbible.org/, or by phone at 524-5494.

 

Sacramento, CA - With schools in California trying to figure out how to implement new gay history mandates, some ideas that may be introduced next week are spurring fresh controversy.

Critics of the new law, SB 48, are concerned that October, which has been designated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, is already being used to distort and politicize history. Attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute, which led signature-gathering efforts that fell short of getting an SB 48 repeal on the ballot, argue that most of the 31 selections for this year's list of gay "icons" are inappropriate for K-12 audiences.

This year's list, which can be found at www.lgbthistorymonth.com, includes a drag queen, the first person believed to have had a sex-change surgery, several political and same-sex marriage activists, and a baseball player with 2 career home runs. One of the better-known individuals on the list is Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote "America the Beautiful." Bates never claimed to be lesbian, but she is deemed an LGBT icon because she never married and had a close relationship with a female colleague who she lived with for many years.

Last year's LGBT History Month drew fire for highlighting controversial entertainer Lady Gaga. The event also ignited controversy in New Jersey, where officials called for the firing of a teacher who dared to criticize it on her personal Facebook page.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, "What we are already seeing in advance of LGBT History Month underscores why we fought SB 48 and why we continue to fight for sanity in social studies. Young children learning patriotic songs like 'America the Beautiful' don't need to hear about the author's alleged sexuality. Nor should our kids be learning that drag queens, activists and politicians are important because of their behavior in the bedroom."

PJI is encouraging parents to talk to their kids' teachers and principals to find out whether they will be promoting LGBT History Month in October. PJI is also offering to represent teachers who conscientiously object to requirements that they teach revisionist or politicized history.

Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need.

 
 

It’s time to register children for catechism. Families who have children in Grades 1 and 2 please pick up a registration forms in the Vestibule or Parish Office. Families who have children in Grades 3,4,5,6, please come to our First Communion registration meeting is on Wednesday September 26 at 6PM in the church. It is very important to send our children to catechism, sports are important, but please do not put them before Jesus. Please be sure to sign up your children for catechism.

4 Stages of Marriage – The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery,.. If your marriage suffers, and then to (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening.

Don’t give up CONTINUED »

 

CAMARILLO, CA - St. John’s Seminary announced today that it will honor five long time Catholic leaders at its Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Sunday, September 30th at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.

Alumni to be honored include Monsignor Timothy J. Dyer, Pastor of St. Patrick and St. Stephen of Hungary Parishes in Los Angeles; Cardinal William J. Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican; Monsignor Jeremiah J. McCarthy, Executive Director of the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Education Association; Monsignor Donal Mulcahy, Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Ventura; and Marvin J. Southard, DSW, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. These alumni will be honored for many years of service to the Church and wider community in which they have ministered, says Monsignor Craig Cox, Rector and President of St. John’s.

“Our Distinguished Alumni Dinners at St. John’s have become an opportunity to recognize celebrate the achievements of our alumni and welcome them back to our campus to share a special evening with their families, friends and the seminary community,” says Msgr. Cox. “Their lives model for our seminarians a profound dedication to Christ and the Church, a vision of living out our baptismal and priestly vocations. We are looking forward to honoring them and many more of our exceptional alumni in the future.”

The evening includes CONTINUED »

 

The Bardsdale United Methodist Women will host their fall Courtyard Sale on Saturday, October 6, from 8 am until noon.

Shoppers will find great bargains on clothing, housewares, home furnishings, knick-knacks, holiday items, toys and more.

If you have any items you would like to donate, please call Marcia, 524-3674, or the church at 524-2070.

The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 

Fillmore, CA - The Right Reverend Diane Jardine Bruce, the first woman elected bishop in the history of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, will be making a pastoral visit to Trinity Church in Fillmore on September 23, 2012. She will preach and preside at the 9:00 service of Holy Eucharist. Everyone in the community is invited.

Along with Bishop Mary Glasspool, Bishop Bruce assists the Bishop Diocesan J. Jon Bruno in ministry to the diocese, which spans six counties and comprises approximately 150 parishes, missions, and other institutions. Bishop Bruce’s responsibilities include multicultural ministries, stewardship, and oversight of the congregations in the southern third of the Diocese.

Prior to her election as bishop suffragan in 2009, Bishop Bruce served 10 years as rector of St. Clement’s by-the-Sea Church in San Clemente. She was previously associate rector of the Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana, California. Prior to ordination she served Wells Fargo Bank as vice president, compensation management and analysis. She was employed by Wells Fargo (formerly Crocker Bank) in various capacities since 1980.

Ordained a priest in 1998 in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Bruce speaks Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English. She holds a doctoral degree from Seabury-Western Seminary as well as a master of divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology and a bachelor's degree in linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Please join us for this historic visit. Trinity Church can be found at the corner of Second and Sarasota streets in Fillmore and on the web at www.trinityfillmore.org.

 

Faith Community Church will be holding a special Outreach Worship Service on this Sunday, Sept. 9th outside City Hall at 10:00 a.m. Joining with FCC will be Promesa de Jesus who will provide Spanish translation at the service. Join us for a time of special music and a message from Pastor Mark Rathe. Free food and clothing will be distributed to those in need after the service.

 

The Puppet Show at city hall and Puppet workshop have been cancelled. Sorry. I tried to re-schedule for another date, they are booked through 2013.

Sister Florettes Music Class is a GO! Making Music, singing twice. Prayer * Music * Movement Register now for the Music Summer Camp.

in classroom 8 (pre-school room) Ages 0 – 4 accompanied with parent. Aug. 20 – 24, 10:00 am, 11:00 am Registration $5.00 Materials: $25 includes 1 CD and a Music Book. Please share the information with your family and friends.

Contact Sr. Florette Marie at 496-3243, Ext. 735

Sister will be here again on Sunday registering. If you are interested please come to the 9 or 11:15AM Mass. GOD BLESS !

Mr. Michael A. Lara, D.R.E.
Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church "a rest stop for the soul"
1048 W. Ventura Street Fillmore, CA. 93015
Telephone (805) 524-1306 ext. 17
Email stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

That hope is deceitful which hopes to be saved amid the occasions of sin. St. Augustine

 

CATHOLICISM - EPISODE 8 "A VAST COMPANY OF WITNESSES: THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS"
The story of the Church is told in the examples of those men and women who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. The Catholic Faith is made visible in real human lives. Father Barron gives consideration to some of the Church’s greatest heroes, and demonstrates how their extraordinary examples display both the passion and creative potential of the Catholic Church. Highlighting Katharine Drexel, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Father Barron tells the story of the Church as a vast company of witness who are called by Christ to be a Communion of Saints. Father Artur, will present this exciting course on Sunday afternoon from 3 PM to 4:30PM at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street. Everyone is Welcome to attend ! Thank you Fr. Artur for providing this awesome series !
OUR SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI GIFT STORE GRAND OPENING! Stop by the pastoral center office for the large display of OUR finest Religious Articles and also in the vestibule of the church on Saturdays. Thank you !
YOUTH CONFIRMATION / JUNIOR HIGH REGISTRATION SCHEDULE
We will be having registrations for Jr. High Ministry, 7th and 8th Grade First Communions, Confirmation year 1 and Confirmation year 2; from 2 to 6 PM on
August 14, 15, 16, 2012 and August 21,22,23, 2012. Please bring a copy of your child’s
Baptismal Certificate and $90.00 registration Fee per child. Please contact Mr. Vidal Morales our Youth Minister at the pastoral center 524-4408
AUGUST COURTYARD SOCIALS—STOPY BY THE HALL OR COURTYARD AFTER MASS
August 11/12 - Home made Tamales & salsa in the hall & goodies on the courtyard.
Enjoy some Churros, oat meal, fruit, or aguas frescas.
THE CITY HALL PUPPET SHOW HAS MOVED TO A NEW DATE AND TIME. DETAILS WILL BE SHARED AT A LATTER TIME. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVIENCE GOD BLESS
Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic?
Or, are you a baptized Catholic seeking toreceive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, or Confirmation? Or maybe you simply would like to better understand your faith? If you have questions about the Catholic faith, now would be a great time to seek some answers to your questions. What do Catholics believe about Jesus Christ? The Bible? Prayer? The Sacraments? Saints? If you are an adult (18 or older) with questions about Catholic Church teachings, or have been wondering how you might become a Catholic,
Please call the pastoral center at 524-1306 during office hours and leave a message for RCIA. Classes are starting soon!
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

MAKING MUSIC PRAYING TWICE

Prayer * Music * Movement
Register now for the
Music Summer Camp.
Ages 0 – 4 accompanied with parent.
Aug. 20 – 24, 10:00 am, 11:00 am
Registration $5.00
Materials: $25 includes 1 CD and a Music Book
Contact Sr. Florette Marie at 496-3243, Ext. 735
Or Michael at our pastoral center 524-1306. Ext 17

 

"Fools for Christ" Clown Camp at Saint Francis of Assisi Kids from age 6-up are welcome to attend the 8th annual "Fools for Christ" arts camp on July 30, 31st and August 1, 2, at Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

This delightful and active week of theater games and sacred art ends in a performance on the evening of Thurs. Aug. 2 . Kids will learn physical comedy, clowning, songs, prayer. This year's camp will be led by Leslie Carson, long-time theater arts teacher directs the fun and Michael Lara, Religious Education Director at Saint Francis provides catechesis through music. "Fools for Christ" meets from 5:00-8:15, Monday through Thursday evening.

To register pick up a registration form in the vestibule of the church or pastoral center and return it A.S.A.P. or by July 29th. Cost is $25 per family but fee can be waived. Families sign up to bring in a snack and beverage to share for 1 night. Six-year olds need to be accompanied by an older sibling or adult. If you have any questions please contact Michael Lara at the Pastoral Center 805-524-1306.

(The camp is also looking for High School and College age

counselors who enjoy fooling around with kids!)

CATHOLICISM

Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith

“Experience the “Most Vivid Catechism Ever Created”*

“OUR TAINTED NATURE’S SOLITARY BOAST:

MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD”

In this weeks episode, Father Barron masterfully correlates the Catholic Faith’s testimony to the revelation of God in Christ with the vivid practices of reverence offered to his Mother. Mary is explained as “an on-going presence, an actor in the life of the Church.” Father Barron journeys to the humble remains of Mary’s house in Nazareth, to the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and to the great Marian shrines of Lourdes and Guadalupe to explain the Church’s teachings about Mary as the Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception and the dogma of the Assumption. Father Artur, will present this exciting course on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4:30PM at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street. Everyone is Welcome to attend !

Mr. Michael A. Lara, D.R.E.
Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church "a rest stop for the soul"
1048 W. Ventura Street Fillmore, CA. 93015

Telephone (805) 524-1306 ext. 17

Email stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

That hope is deceitful which hopes to be saved amid the occasions of sin. St. Augustine

 
Begins Monday, July 30, 2012

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? At Sky, kids discover that everything is possible with God! Sky is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Science fun, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the Sky activities that help faith flow into real life.

Children from four years old to sixth grade are invited to come to the Church of Christ at 219 Mountain View and Highway 126, July 30 through August 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Be sure to wear play clothes and safe shoes! Parents and children are invited to participate in the final evening’s program on Friday at 6:30 p.m. followed by refreshments. All events are free. For more information call 524-2851 or 524-3641

 

It's almost here and there's still time to have your child join the fun. Bardsdale United Methodist Church's week of Vacation Bible School begins Monday, July 16 and concludes Friday the 20th, entertaining kids from 9 am till noon.

Operation Overboard- Dare to Go Deep with God will launch young sailors into Scripture-based drama, music, water science, crafts, missions and more.

The cost for this week's voyage is only $10 per child and scholarships are available. Call Sharon Hurd at 524-0587 for applications or more information.