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Church Plans Groundbreaking

January 31, 1998

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new home of Calvary Community Church of Westlake Village will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Via Rocas and La Tienda.

Officials from Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks will join Pastor Larry DeWitt, master of ceremonies Warren Duffy of KKLA radio and several families who founded the church 21 years ago.

Calvary's new facility, the former home of the Eaton Corp., will be remodeled to include a 3,000-seat auditorium.

"It's been our dream since we began meeting in the Hungry Tiger Restaurant in 1977 to eventually move to a permanent church," DeWitt said. After the first Hungry Tiger meetings, he said, Calvary's services were held in a rented warehouse for 18 years.

For more information, call 496-2101.

St. Paul's to Begin New Series * Praise time at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oxnard begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by the worship service at 10:15.

During the first week of February, a new adult exploration series, "Begin with Goodbye," will address ways to help in coping with personal loss, separation, grief and new beginnings.

Spanish-language church school for all ages begins at noon, and the Spanish-language worship service is scheduled for 2 p.m. There will be no Japanese language ministries this week.

Time of Evening Service Changed * Channel Islands Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Oxnard has a new Sunday evening service time of 6:30 p.m. The Sunday morning services are still held at 9 and 11 a.m., said Pastor Bill Coulter.

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

Temple to Hold Chow Mein Dinner * The Oxnard Buddhist Temple junior YBAs will hold a chow mein dinner at the temple at 250 South H St from 3 to 5 p.m. today.

This morning at 9, the Japanese culture and language school will be held in the social hall.

Sunday's events include a 9:30 a.m. dharma school service, a 10 a.m. dharma school class and an 11:30 a.m. dharma school taiko class.

For more information, call the temple at 483-5948.

Mexican Brunch to Benefit School * The St. Anthony's School Parents Club in Oxnard will hold a Mexican brunch Sunday in the Condon Center of the church at 2511 South C St.

The brunch, including carne asada and chicken combination plates, is $5.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit St. Anthony's School.

St. Anthony's Women's Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Condon Center to host a baby shower for local Life Centers. Gifts of layette sets and clothing for older children are welcome.

For more information, call 486-7301.

Workshop Offered on God's Gifts * St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Newbury Park will host a two-hour workshop on the topic "What Are Your Spiritual Gifts?" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

"This workshop will help you discover the unique gifts God has given you and how they can affect your life," said the Rev. Lynne Austin.

The workshop is open to the community. St. Matthews is at 1360 S. Wendy Drive. For more information, call 498-6910.

Talk to Focus on Racial Unity * The Camarillo Baha'i Community will hear a free presentation by Keyvan Geula called "Our Children in a Rainbow Society--Spiritual Prerequisites" at 7:30 p.m. today at the Camarillo Library.

Geula will discuss the underlying principles and attitudes required for the attainment of racial and cultural unity and some of the approaches that can be taken to achieve this goal.

Geula has a marriage, family and child counseling practice and serves as a consultant in relations and mediation techniques to public and private schools.

The library is at 3100 Ponderosa Drive. For information, call 987-1253.

Center Offers Drawing Workshop * Westlake Village's Unity Center will present a free workshop today on "Creating With the Right Side of the Brain."

The event will be an evening of drawing using techniques for shifting into the right-brain hemisphere for artistic expression, Unity Center Minister Irma Oestmann said.

All supplies will be furnished. The workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. at 4373 Park Terrace Drive. For information, call 251-4133.

Church Hires Ex-Football Player * Former pro football player Paul Bergmann has accepted the position of senior pastor at Ojai Valley Community Church. He will deliver his first sermon at 9 a.m. Sunday.

A UCLA graduate, Bergmann played for the Jacksonville Bulls, Oakland Invaders and Kansas City Chiefs. He retired from pro ball in 1988 and became a national speaker for Sports World Ministries. During his nine years with Sports World Ministries, Bergmann spoke in churches, schools, prisons, camps and businesses. He is a licensed minister, ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance.

Ojai Valley Community Church is at 907 El Centro St. For information, call 646-4324.

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