Church responds to needs of community

Before the pandemic, the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Oak Park, was already providing regular assistance to local social service organizations through its outreach program. With the economic effects of COVID-19, the need within the Conejo Valley increased, and so did the church’s community contributions. Yvonne Lux is the church’s outreach program director. The church recently donated […]

Interfaith Zoom forum

The Ventura County Interfaith Community will host a Zoom forum on “Where Do Souls Come From?” at 7 p.m. Tues., March 9. Speakers from various faiths will present their views on life before conception. The moderator is Rabbi Michael Lotker. For more information, visit

Houses of worship see a drop in donations, attendance

Some residents have responded to the challenges of this year by turning to their faith while others have drifted away. Whether because of financial struggles, health concerns or an inability to tune in to online services, the pandemic and economic downturn have led to a decrease in both attendance and donations across Ventura County. Evette Anguiano, church administrator at Church […]

Remembering individuals without homes

For the first time in 14 years, the interfaith community will not hold a memorial service at which those who died without a home in Ventura County in the past year are remembered by name. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura coordinates the memorial, a service traditionally held as close as possible to the winter solstice, the longest night, in […]

Houses of worship continue services online, outdoors

For the Rev. David Anderson at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the church back to basics. The congregation on Camino Manzanas held one outdoor worship service while they were allowed in Ventura County this fall but has otherwise conducted all of its services online since the pandemic began. Now that Ventura County and the […]

8 nights of wonder

KINDLING THE FIRE—Rabbi Moshe Bryski from Chabad of Conejo in Agoura Hills lights candles during the city’s annual menorah lighting Dec. 11. The service was held at Agoura Hills City Hall. The festival of Hanukkah will conclude tomorrow at sunset, Fri., Dec. 18. New mayor Denis Weber observes.

Safe celebration with car parade, concert

Chabad’s annual Chanukah celebration will take place Sun., Dec. 13 with a car parade and drive-in concert at the Janss Marketplace, 215 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The event will follow all COVID-19 safety regulations. Participants never have to leave their car. “We need Chanukah this year perhaps more than ever before” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski. “We need the message […]

Christmas party for faith-based Toastmasters

The Toast to the Master and Lord Toastmaster club will host a virtual Christmas party at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 17 via Zoom. Organizers say they have several things in store for some lighthearted fun to help people forget about their stress. The club is a positive and supportive place to prepare equip members to share their faith and improve […]

Young Life helps teens cope with feelings about pandemic

Isaac Antilano admits he was nervous when he attended his first lunchtime meeting of Young Life as a high school freshman at Adolfo Camarillo High School last year. The Camarillo teen said he was quickly put at ease. The group, part of an international Christian organization with local chapters at Camarillo and Rancho Campana high schools, welcomed him and other […]

Remembering loved ones

The annual nondenominational Candlelight Service of Remembrance, sponsored by Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, will include both virtual and in-person events this year. The in-person service will start at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13 at Pierce Brothers’ Garden of Valor, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The virtual service will stream on The virtual ceremony allows families to […]

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