Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage disaster prep with go bags

Don’t think you need an emergency kit? Think again. Jolted awake at 3 a.m. by a neighbor’s knocking, Aaron and Jacqueline Pate were greeted by the sight of flames encroaching on their neighborhood amid thick smoke and ash from the wildfire that had been miles away when they went to bed. “We grabbed the go bags, the kids, the dog […]

Lawyer trades courtroom for pulpit

The new pastor at First Baptist Church of Camarillo did not know while growing up in Brazil that his path would lead to God. The Rev. Glenn Bezerra, 40, was raised in Maceió, a city in the eastern part of Brazil with a population of over 1 million. He earned a law degree and worked 10 years for the Brazilian […]

City honors volunteer serving at-risk, foster youth

For Myia Perry, serving foster children is personal. The 30-year-old Camarillo resident is an enthusiastic volunteer at James Storehouse, a faith-based nonprofit in Newbury Park that is dedicated to at-risk youths. It provides resources to children in the foster care system, supports foster youths as they age out of the system, helps birth parents keep or reunite with their children, […]

Simply spiritual: time heals, pastor makes low-key return

On a recent Saturday morning, dozens of people gathered in a small chapel near the beach to make a joyful noise. Women raised their hands in praise, men clapped and children roamed the aisles as the rhythm-driven choir lifted their voices. Everyone danced to the percussion of praise as the choir director fervently conducted those onstage. For all the exuberance, […]

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