A rich life with Down syndrome child

Padre Serra Catholic Church will host speaker Ross Porter at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 at Serra Center, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Porter spent 23 years as a school teacher and holds both a Master of Divinity and a doctorate in psychology. But Porter says his greatest teacher has been his firstborn son, […]

Adult Bible class studies salvation

St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church will offer a scripture program from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday starting Sept. 9 in room 2 of the parish hall at 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The study is titled “From Genesis to Jesus: God’s plan for Our Salvation.” Both men and women are welcome to attend. For more information, call Rita […]

Interfaith harvest seeks unity

Many beliefs will work on Labor Day

Over 200 people from diverse faith traditions will come together on Labor Day to promote community and generosity by serving together on an organic farm. The fourth annual Labor Day Harvest will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Sept. 2 the Abundant Table Farm, 1012 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. People from all faiths as well as those […]

Episcopal priest takes leadership of Lutheran congregation

Like the unanimous vote that placed her into the role as the new pastor of Mount Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Julie Morris’ calling to the Camarillo parish reflects a growing spirit of unity within Christianity today. Baptized in the Catholic Church, Morris became ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church 18 years ago, and now she is serving […]

Former music producer embraces soul music and priesthood

Anxiety bubbled inside Brian Humphrey as he walked down Sunset Boulevard one Sunday morning in 2006. Confused by where his life was headed and what held value for him, the young music producer was shaken from his thoughts by a Ferris wheel, an unusual site on the busy thoroughfare in Silver Lake. Curiosity led Humphrey toward it, and he soon […]

Mental health seminar to address topics from Christian perspective

Carol and Curtis Lowe understand first-hand what it’s like to live with mental illness. Throughout their marriage, the Thousand Oaks couple has coped with bouts of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder. It’s been rough, but the Lowes relied upon the community and their Christian faith to bring them out of the darkness and into light. “We understand that […]

Conejo Valley temple welcomes new rabbi

For Rabbi Ari Averbach, his new role as senior rabbi at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks isn’t just a job. It’s a homecoming. The Agoura High School graduate spent the last four years working at a temple in the Chicago area. The former Charger said he feels incredibly fortunate to have been hired by a synagogue in the community […]

Apples and honey make for a sweet open house

Congregation B’nai Emet at 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley, will hold the following events in August. Apples ‘n Honey Faire and Membership Open House from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 18 at the synagogue. Activities including making a shofar and learning how to blow it, hummus and spiced cider tasting, snacks, a cake walk and making Rosh Hashanah […]

Help for park seniors a phone call away

Church helps with repairs, food

For seniors living in Ranch Mobile Home Park in Thousand Oaks, help is just around the corner. When a fan breaks, a lightbulb needs changing or a faucet is leaking, park residents can get assistance via the mobile home ministry organized by Christian Church of Thousand Oaks. The support system was started more than a decade ago to meet the […]

Fun festival at ground breaking

Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new Early Childhood Education Center with a special event from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., July 26 on the east side of the Ascension campus, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. A Family Fun Festival and barbecue will follow the ceremony with activities for all ages, a DJ […]

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