Faith

Reading room moves to new location

Literature for sale, a place for study

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Thousand Oaks has moved its Christian Science Reading Room bookstore and study center to a new location. The reading room officially opened to the public Aug. 9. The church’s executive board recently signed a five-year, one-month lease with property owner Armen Ohanian for nearly 1,130 square feet of retail space at 2940 Ste. B, E. […]

Newbury Park resident takes reins as director for Jewish center

Valley Jewish Community Center has hired Jeff Rubin as the new executive director of the Woodland Hills organization. Rubin, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and is a graduate of El Camino Real High School and Cal State Northridge, spent the past 25 years working in park and recreation for city government. He is a resident of Newbury […]

Concert to shine a light on addiction



When COVID-19 upended life in 2020, the economy struggled, job losses mounted and many people were forced into seclusion as the result of quarantine. It was an emotionally draining time, and many people didn’t know how to cope. Overdoses jumped from 72,000 in 2019 to 93,000 in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Ventura County, there were […]

Temple welcomes High Holidays in person

Temple Ner Simcha in Westlake Village will once again hold High Holiday services in person at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Rosh Hashana is Sept. 6, 7 and 8. Yom Kippur is Sept. 15 and 16. The synagogue, which meets weekly in Westlake at its sanctuary and throughout the summer for Shabbat Under the Stars at Deerhill Park in […]

Christian Scientists worldwide inspired by virtual meeting

Christian Scientists gathered online at their annual meeting June 7, including many congregations throughout California, to acknowledge the ways in which God’s love and mercy have opened paths of progress and joy. The meeting was livestreamed to members worldwide from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, the church’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of the meeting was “Grace to […]

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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