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'Showtime '98' to Be Presented

November 21, 1998

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor "Showtime '98" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at 7:30 tonight.

More than 200 local performers 8 and older will accompany former City Manager Grant Brimhall in singing and dancing.

Tickets, $5, are available at the Thousand Oaks stake of the church or by calling 495-6389. Tickets purchased for an Aug. 29 performance, which was canceled because of power outages, will be honored.

Consecration Sunday Service Set

The annual Consecration Sunday service will begin at 10:15 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oxnard. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Charles Simmons, who will speak on "Remembering the Gift."

Church school for all ages begins at 9 a.m., including the adult exploration class led by St. Paul's lead minister, the Rev. Al Gorsline. The Consecration Sunday dinner will follow the 10 a.m. worship service.

The 2 p.m. Japanese language ministry will be led by the Rev. Haruyoshi Fujimoto. The Spanish language Sunday school starts at 1 p.m. The Rev. Carlos Saavedra will lead the Spanish language worship service at 6 p.m.

Christmas Market Helps Needy

An alternative Christmas market will be held at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Newbury Park on Sunday, during which one may purchase a gift in the name of another to help those less fortunate around the world.

Represented will be Heifer Project International, which benefits agricultural needs of Third World countries, and Habitat for Humanity, which helps with local housing needs. Also, handcrafted gifts from village cooperatives in Third World countries will be on sale.

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church will host the alternative market after the 10 a.m. worship service, or at about 11:15, for one to two hours.

The church is at 1360 Wendy Drive. Call 498-6910 for more information.

Book Sales to Help Congregation

Oxnard's Congregation Am HaYam, in conjunction with Ventura's Barnes & Noble Bookstore, will hold its first holiday book sale from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

Barnes & Noble has pledged to donate up to 25% of all purchases made through a special register set up for Am HaYam.

"We ask all our friends and members of the community to help the congregation by purchasing their holiday books and gifts at Barnes & Noble this Sunday," said Rabbi Gerald Hanig.

In its second year of existence, Am HaYam is the only conservative Jewish congregation between Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara. The congregation holds Shabbat services the first and third Friday night and Saturday morning of each month at the Oxnard Monday Club, at the corner of Gonzales and Ventura roads. For more information, call 985-2853.

A Message of Thanksgiving

On Sunday, Unity Center Church in Thousand Oaks will feature the Rev. Irma Oestmann's Thanksgiving message, "Give God the Glory." Congregants will have the opportunity to list the things they are thankful for.

The 10 a.m. service will be held at the Holiday Inn, 495 N. Ventu Park Road. For information, call 496-6901.

Church Reaches Out for Holidays

The Interfaith Church for Today in Thousand Oaks offers numerous weekday and night programs in addition to its Sunday-morning 10 a.m. worship service at the Thousand Oaks Inn's garden room.

Approaching the holidays, congregants are focusing on helping those in need. Already this year, hundreds of wrapped Christmas gifts have been sent to the low-mountain Native American children by Church of Today members, said spokeswoman Leila Newell.

On Sunday, food for five local needy families will be delivered by church members. The children of Interfaith Church members planned the menus and will help deliver the food for the traditional Thanksgiving meals, which will include turkey and the trimmings.

For more information on the Interfaith Church for Today, call 379-9336.

Hanukkah Boutique Is Sunday

The yearly Hanukkah boutique given by the Women of Reform Judaism at Temple Beth Torah is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

At 4 p.m., a discussion titled "Conversations About Jewish Identity in Interfaith Families" will be open to all. Child care is provided by reservation.

For reservations or information, call 647-4181. The temple is at 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura.

Holiday Gifts Featured

On Sunday, Thousand Oaks' Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood will put on a Hanukkah Happening, featuring holiday gifts, at the temple from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call the temple office at 497-6891. The temple is at 1080 Janss Road.

Chabad Offers New Programs

Chabad of Ventura Jewish community center announces several programs for November and December.

At 8 p.m. Monday, Rabbi Israel Haber will lecture on "A Rabbi's Northern Adventures--From the Heights of Alaska to the Golan Heights." Admission is $10.

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