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Church Plans Advent Events

November 28, 1998

On this first Sunday in Advent, St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Oxnard will hold praise time at 10 a.m., followed by a worship celebration and communion.

The Rev. Al Gorsline's sermon topic will be "Better Than Starbucks."

Church school for all ages is at 9 a.m., including the adult exploration class led by Gorsline. This class is continuing its Advent study.

The consecration Sunday dinner will follow worship services.

The Rev. Haruyoshi Fujimoto will lead a Japanese-language service at 2 p.m. The Spanish-language Sunday school begins at 1 p.m., and the worship service, led by the Rev. Carlos Saavedra, will begin at 6 p.m.

St. Paul's United Methodist Church is at 1800 South C St. For more information, call the church office at 487-2711.

Sermon Focuses on Caesar, Jesus

The Rev. James K. Bain Jr. will deliver a sermon titled "Caesar or Jesus?" at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Oxnard. The sermon is based on scripture Micah 5:2 and Luke 2:1-4.

After worship, Charles Griffin will continue his series on "Our Neighbor's Faith." Today's installment will feature "Judaism: History and Election."

The church is at 850 Ivywood Drive. For more information, call 983-0608.

Women's Council to Host Potluck

The Women's Council at St. Anthony Church in Ventura will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday. All parishioners are invited and may bring canned goods for the poor and unwrapped new toys for needy children.

The schedule of Masses is: Saturday 5:15 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. (English), and noon and 1:30 p.m. (Spanish).

The Sacrament of Penance is held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The church is at 2511 South C St. Call 486-7301 for more information.

Jewish Father's Role Examined

The Men's Club at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will hold the second part of its discussion series "The Role of the Jewish Father" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free discussion will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Marx.

The temple also will hold its monthly Family Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The abbreviated service is child-oriented and features music and refreshments.

The temple is at 7620 Foothill Road. Call 647-4181 for more information.

Temple Sponsoring Essay Contest

JFC-Temple Ner Ami of Camarillo is sponsoring an essay contest for its 70 kindergarten through sixth-grade Torah School students. Winners will be announced at this year's Hanukkah Bazaar at the temple from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The free bazaar is open to the community and will feature singing, dancing, food, face-painting, art projects and Hanukkah items.

Temple Ner Ami is at 4098 Calle Tesoro, Suite D. For more information, call 388-3824.

Nativities of the World on Display

More than 200 Nativity scenes representing many cultures will be on display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ojai from Thursday through Dec. 6.

Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Dec. 5; and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6.

The festivities will include live musical performances by choirs and groups. The scenes are suitable for all ages, said Peggy Clark of the church.

The church is at 411 San Antonio St. For more information, call 646-7806.

Intern Rabbi to Lead Service, Talk

Intern Rabbi Neil Loevinger will lead a service and discussion Friday for people 40 and older at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks. The program will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Winer chapel. There is no charge and membership is not required.

On Dec. 13, Temple Etz Chaim will hold festivities to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend the kindling of the first candle for the Jewish festival of lights.

Rabbi Shimon Paskow will lead the singing of the blessings, plus Hanukkah songs. Several families of the temple will lead in lighting Hanukkah menorahs. There will also be storytelling, a magician and Israeli folk dancing. The Men's Club and Sisterhood will serve latkes and applesauce.

There is no charge, and membership is not required. The temple is at 1080 Janss Road. Call 497-6801 for more information.

Minister to Teach Group Prayer

Unity Center will introduce "Master Mind Prayer" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westlake Village Community Room. The Rev. Irma Oestmann will lead in the methods of group prayer as taught by the late Unity minister Jack Boland. The prayer method follows the 12-step model used by many support groups.

The room is at 4373 Park Terrace Drive. For more information, call 496-6901.

Institute Plans 2 Lectures

The Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley will hold lectures with Rabbi Edward Harwitz and Jordan Elgrably on Dec. 5.

Harwitz, of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, will speak on "Generation to Generation: The Challenge of Transmitting Tradition." Elgrably's topic will be "Cultural Commuting: The Hidden Jews of the Sepharad."

The afternoon will include Israeli dancing with time to picnic on the institute's 3,000 acres at 1101 Peppertree Lane.

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