Congregation Offers Dinner, Dice


* The women of congregation B’nai Emet will offer “Bunko Night!” today at Men Nar Banquet and Event Center, 77-A Tierra Rejada Road, Simi Valley, beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will include the dice game bunko, plus dinner, raffles, silent auction and door prizes. $25. For information, call 581-3723 or 583-2923.

Upcoming services: 7 p.m. Friday, Tot Shabbat; 7 p.m. March 9, Shabbat. The congregation meets at 4645 Industrial Ave., No. 2-C, Simi Valley.

The congregation will also hold its Purim carnival from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 at 3050 Kadota St., Simi Valley.


An evening of Broadway music will be staged with members of the Young Artists Ensemble March 17 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. $35.

For information, call 581-3723.

Casino Games to Benefit School

* St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks will host its annual fund-raiser, “A Night at the Mardi Gras,” tonight in the parish hall. The casino-style event will offer blackjack, craps, poker and other games using “funny bucks.”

There will also be appetizers, desserts and a no-host bar. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight. Advance $30; at the door $40. Admission will include $3,000 in play money. Proceeds benefit St. Paschal Baylon school.

The church, which celebrates Mass each Sunday at 7:30, 9 and 10:45 a.m., is at 15 E. Janss Road. For information, call 496-0222.

Catholic Church Hosts Concert

* St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village will host the family musical program “America Sings” tonight at 7:30. The concert will feature the New Horizon Singers and the Pacific Pops Orchestra, led by music director Sheldon Cohen. Admission is $10 general, $6 senior citizens and children.

The church is at 5801 Kanan Road. For information, call (818) 991-3915.

Academy Hosts ‘Holocaust Rescuer’

* The Conejo Jewish Academy on Tuesday will host the lecture “In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer,” featuring a personal account by Irene Gut Opdyke. As a young Catholic woman during World War II, Opdyke risked death to save Jewish lives. The program will begin at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; at the door, $12. For more information, call (818) 991-0991. Internet: The academy is at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills.


Doctor to Discuss Heart Attacks

* Simcha B’nai B’rith will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road. Dr. Anthony Phan will discuss prevention of heart attacks and strokes. For more information, call 498-8077.

Author-Pastor to Speak in Ventura

* South Coast Fellowship in Ventura will host a talk by Ted Haggard, a best-selling Christian author and pastor, on Wednesday from 7-9:15 p.m. Haggard’s discussion is intended “to inform Christians about their primary purpose for living.”

The church is at 4050 Market St. For more information, call 658-7646.

Italian Catholic Group to Meet

* Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 380, will hold its general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Paschal’s Baylon Church, 15 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Italian Catholics are invited to attend. The meeting will discuss preparations for the federation’s annual St. Joseph’s Table Celebration, held March 18. For more information, call 529-2139.

‘Christian America’ Is Lecture Topic

* Richard John Neuhaus, president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. His lecture, “The Many Meanings of Christian America,” will be held in the St. Joseph’s Commons building. Neuhaus is billed as one of the nation’s leading thinkers and commentators on the role of religion in public life. Free. The college is at 10000 N. Ojai Road. For more information, call 525-4417.

Women’s Club Hosts Tea Party

* Camarillo Christian Women’s Club will host its “Lucky You Tea Party” at 11 a.m. Friday at Sterling Hills Country Club, 901 Sterling Hills Road, Camarillo. The luncheon activities will include a historical presentation about afternoon tea parties, plus entertainment. The cost is $13. Free nursery care will be available. Make reservations by Monday. For reservations or more information, call 388-1414.

Ojai Valley Adventist Sermon Series

* Pastor David Smith of Ojai Valley Adventist Church will continue a sermon series titled “Your Most Radical Decision” today. The eighth installment is titled “Sending Pastor Dave Your Life Savings,” a message “outlining the biblical definition of faith.”


Services are held at 10:45 a.m. each Saturday and include contemporary and traditional Christian music. Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m.

The church is at 291 E. El Roblar Drive. For information, call 955-7631.

Sermon at Trinity Presbyterian

* The Rev. Kent Meads will continue a sermon series Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camarillo. This week’s installment will be “The Lord’s Prayer: Lead and Deliver Us,” based on the scripture Matthew 6:13.

A celebration service is held at 8:30 a.m., followed by a traditional service at 10 a.m. The church is at Las Posas Road and Antonio Avenue. For information, call 484-0530.

‘Foundations of Freedom’ Talk

* Pastor Tim Fearer will continue his Romans series Sunday with “Foundations of Freedom: A Different Look at Suffering” at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Hueneme. The worship service is at 10 a.m.

Nursery care is provided for babies and toddlers. Preschool children through fifth-graders are dismissed to “Kid’s Church.”

The church is at 755 Bard Road, Port Hueneme. For information, call 483-8610.

Unitarian Universalist Service

* The Rev. Betty Stapleford will deliver the message “Choosing the Big Rocks” during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The sermon will focus on “ways that we can prioritize our time, selecting and fulfilling our commitments and keeping ourselves spiritually nourished.”


Services are held at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For information, call 492-8751.

Minister of Holistic Healing to Speak

* Phillip Mountrose, a counselor and minister of holistic healing, will be the guest speaker Sunday at Unity Center Church in Thousand Oaks. Mountrose will discuss “The Seven Spiritual Activations.”

The 10 a.m. service will include music by Mitzie Albert and Zachery Spencer.

Children’s church is held during the service and child care is available. Also Sunday, a continuing adult discussion series will be held at 9:15 a.m.

The church meets at Old Meadows Park’s Community Room, 1600 Marview Road. For information, call 496-6901.

‘Christianity 101’ Concludes

* Pastor Rob Calderhead will conclude the sermon series “Christianity 101” on Sunday at United Methodist Church of Westlake Village. The final installment is titled “Caring for Jesus.”

An informal interactive service meets at 8 a.m. in Alton Hall; casual attire is encouraged. Traditional worship services are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages meet at 9 a.m. Infant and toddler care is provided during each service.


The church is at 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. For information, call 497-7884. Internet:

Baptist Church Offers Services

* The Rev. D. Paul Hickman will deliver a message on Sunday at Thousand Oaks Baptist Church. The morning worship service begins at 10:45, followed by an evening service at 6. Other programs include training hour, 5 p.m. Sunday; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; prayer hour, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The church is at 2685 Calle Abedul. For information, call 492-4224.

Church Hosts Guest Speaker

* The Rev. Bets Wienecke of Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church will be the guest speaker for a pulpit exchange on Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura. Wienecke’s message will be “Muddling Through.”

Services are held at 9:15 and 11 a.m. Child care and religious education are available during the first service.

The church is at 4949 Foothill Road. For information, call 644-3898. Internet:

Methodist Sermon From Luke

* Simi Valley United Methodist Church will hold worship services, directed by the Rev. Brandon Cho, at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. The sermon “We Shall Be Changed” will be based on the scripture Luke 6:27-38.


Child care for infants and preschoolers is offered during both services. Sunday school for adults and children begins at 9 a.m. Mission Hispana Biblica celebrates worship in Spanish at 1:30 p.m., followed by fellowship in Witman Hall.

The church is at 2394 Erringer Road. For information, call 526-6231.

Services at First Presbyterian

* Pastor James K. Bain Jr. will deliver the sermon “The Answer to Your Energy” at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Oxnard. The message will be based on the scriptures Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-36.

There will be Sunday school for youths during the service. Adult Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Child care is available at all services. The church is at 850 Ivywood Drive. For information, call 983-0204. Internet:

St. Paul’s United Methodist Service

* St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Oxnard holds its Sunday worship service at 10:15 a.m. Child care is available for children up to age 4. Also Sunday, the Rev. Victor Salas will lead a Spanish-language Bible study session at 12:30 p.m.; the Japanese ministry worships at 2 p.m., led by the Rev. Shiro Kato.

The church is at 1800 South C St. For information, call 487-2711.

Camarillo Community Church

* Camarillo Community Church holds Sunday worship services at 8, 9, 10:10 and 11:20 a.m. This week’s message is “Being the Best You Can Be.”

The church is at 1322 Las Posas Road. For information, call 482-2657.

Service Schedule for St. Columba’s

* St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Camarillo will offer the following schedule of services and programs each Sunday throughout February: 7:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist celebration; 9 a.m., adult forum; 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist celebration and Sunday school.


Other activities and services include a Strove Tuesday pancake dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday; $4 general, $3 senior citizens and children under 12.

Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7 a.m., noon and 7:30 p.m.

Organ recital at 4 p.m. March 4 will feature Philip Allen Smith. Program includes works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Mulet.

The church is at 1251 Las Posas Road. For information, call 482-8831.

Workshop on Language of Jesus

* The Pleasant Valley Church of Religious Science Center for Positive Living will continue its Tuesday workshop on using the language of Jesus (Aramaic) in everyday living. The Rev. Larry Vogel will lead the workshop installments using translations by scholars who speak Aramaic. The goal of the program is to better understand what Jesus really taught. The installments are held Tuesdays through March 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per session.

The church is at 221 Daily Drive, Suite No. 1. For information or registration, call 482-1948.

Sermon at United Church of Christ

* The Rev. E. W. Greene will deliver a sermon Sunday at United Church of Christ in Simi Valley. Services are held each Sunday at 10 a.m.

The church is at 370 Royal Ave. For information, call 526-6001.

Sessions for Non-Practicing Catholics

* St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Simi Valley will continue its “Landings Program” geared toward inactive or non-practicing Catholics. The Monday evening sessions will be held at 7:30 through April 2. For information, call Madeleine at 522-6107. The church is at 5863 E. Malton Ave.


Series Aims at Energizing Marriage

* Sonrise Christian Fellowship in Simi Valley on Friday will hold the third installment of its 11-part series “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.” The meetings are held on consecutive Fridays beginning at 7 p.m. Topics include “Learning to Talk,” “Resolving Honest Conflict” and “Building a Creative Love Life.” The cost for the series, including materials, is $10. Free child care will be provided. For information or to register, call 581-1628.

The church is at 2350 Shasta Way.

Services in Westlake Village

* Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village holds the following services and programs each Sunday:

Worship services at 9 and 10:30 a.m.; a celebration for ages 3 years through fourth grade at 9 a.m.; Sunday school for ages 3 to adult at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided during both worship services.

The church is at 32111 Watergate Road. For information, call 496-2394. Internet:

Services Offered at St. Matthew’s

* The Rev. Lynne Austin gives a sermon each Sunday at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Newbury Park. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Worship at St. Matthew’s is relaxed and interactive, with child care and children’s classes available during the second service. The church is at 1360 S. Wendy Drive. For information, call 498-6910.


Grief Support Group to Meet

* GriefShare, a recovery seminar and support group, meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Ventura Missionary Church.

The program features nationally recognized experts discussing grief and recovery topics. Sessions include “When Your Dreams Fall Apart,” “The Seasons of Grief,” “The Emotions of Grief,” “When Your Spouse Dies,” “Your Family and Grief” and “Growing Through Grief.” The sessions are free. An optional workbook is $15.

The church is at 500 High Point Drive. For information, call 642-0550.

Winter Schedule at First Baptist

* First Baptist Church in Thousand Oaks offers the following winter schedule of Sunday services and programs: Bible study, all ages, 9:15 a.m.; worship service, 10:30 a.m.; children’s church, 10:30 a.m.; youth fellowship, 5:30 p.m.; children’s program, 5:30 p.m.; adult training, 5:30 p.m., and evening worship service, 6:30 p.m. 1250 Erbes Road. For information, call 495-2531.

Services With Music, Casual Dress

* Channel Islands Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Oxnard has services with contemporary music and casual dress at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday.

The church is at 1851 Holser Walk, Suite 200. For information, call 485-0050.

Services at Simi Presbyterian

* Simi Valley Presbyterian Church will hold worship services with live contemporary music at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. A traditional worship service is held at 11:15 a.m. Sundays.

For information, call 526-5475. Internet:

Sunday Service at Our Saviour’s

* The Rev. Mary Ann Fiene preaches during the 9:15 a.m. Sunday service at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oxnard. Sunday school is held at 11 a.m. Child care is provided.


The church is at 905 Redwood St. For information, call 486-5383.

Camarillo Methodists to Gather

* Camarillo United Methodist Church will hold worship services, directed by Jim Decker-Mahin, each Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school and child care are available during both services for infants through fifth grade.

The church is at 291 Anacapa Drive. For information or to obtain a Sunday school registration form, call 482-4312.

Mass Schedule at St. Anthony’s

* St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Oxnard will celebrate Mass at 5:15 p.m. today and hear confessions from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. in English, and a Spanish-language Mass will be celebrated at noon and 1:30 p.m.

The church is at 2511 South C St. For information, call 486-7301.

Life Design Ojai Winter Session

* Women are invited to attend the winter session of Life Design Ojai, which continues at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at Ojai Valley Community Church.

Life Design meets each Wednesday through March 14. The winter study topic is “A Way to Win: Aligning Attitudes,” written by Christine Wood.


In addition to the study, Life Design will offer a parenting class, craft class, exercise class and a time for women to get caught up on their small projects.

Child care is available with preregistration. Cost is $25 for study book; electives are $15-$30. To register, call 649-3558 or 649-9494.

The church is at 907 El Centro St. For information, call 645-8182.

Church Plans Benefit Gala

* St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Camarillo will host its benefit gala “Pennies From Heaven” on March 3 at Las Posas Country Club. The eighth annual event will include dinner, dancing and an auction. Proceeds will support the church’s educational and developmental programs for children. Tickets are $60. For information or to purchase tickets, call 987-3537 or 529-8063.


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