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Religion Briefs

September 26, 1998

Harvest Dinner and Auction

* The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will hold its third annual harvest celebration dinner and auction tonight beginning with a silent auction at 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6:30 and the auction gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Auction items range from UCLA basketball tickets to weekend ski trips and gourmet meals.

Dinner tickets are $7.50 for adults and $2.50 for children, or $20 per family.

The public is invited. For ticket information or directions, call the church office at 495-7215.

The church is at 1000 Janss Road.

Celebratory Barbecue Planned

* In celebration of its 12 years in Moorpark, Community Christian Church will offer a tri-tip barbecue Sunday at 4 p.m. at Tierra Rejada Ranch.

For information, call 529-3572. Community Christian Church is at 216 Moorpark Ave., No. 200.

Anglican Global Conference

* St. George's Anglican Church in Ventura will hold an international conference of the worldwide Anglican Orthodox Communion on Friday and Oct. 3 and 4.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Godfrey, presiding bishop, will lead the series of meetings and services for senior clergy and lay officials from around the world.

The Anglican Orthodox Church is a Protestant denomination that replicates the Episcopal Church as it existed before the 1960s, said Rector H. Reginald Hammond of St. George's. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is followed as the liturgical guide for Christian worship throughout the Anglican Orthodox Church.

Two of the activities are open to the public.

The first, at 4 p.m. Oct. 3, will be an address by the Right Rev. Dr. Herbert Groce, archbishop of the Anglican Rite Synod. The culminating event of the conference will also be open to the public: holy communion at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

Both events will be held in St. George's chapel at 6300 Telephone Road. Parking is available behind the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6300 Telephone Road.

For information, call William Henry Jr. at 984-4138.

Church Plans Friday Workshops

* The Unity Center Church of Agoura Hills will hold several free Friday night workshops during October.

All workshops begin at 7 p.m. at the Westlake Village Community Room at the city hall and library, 4373 Park Terrace Drive, Westlake Village.

"An Introduction to a Course in Miracles" will be facilitated by Jeanne Fournier on Oct. 2.

On Oct. 9, the Rev. Irma Oestmann will lead a "Sacred Circle Dance," which she described as an evening of easy musical movement for all ages.

An introduction to the Unity movement, based on the original Kansas City church teachings of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, is scheduled Oct. 16.

On Oct. 23, Oestmann will lead "Prosperity's Ten Commandments," which she described as "a workshop in which you will learn to see abundance everywhere, especially in your own life."

An introduction to Oriental Feng shui principles, used as a guide in selecting and placing elements in a harmonious space, will be led by Charlo Stuart on Oct. 30.

Auction by Project Understanding

* Project Understanding will hold a live and silent auction fund-raiser beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Buenaventura Mall in Ventura.

Items such as pizza for a year, an excursion to Anacapa Island, original art, a vacation cabin at Mammoth Lakes, a spa day at the Oaks at Ojai and a complete wedding--including church, organist, minister and flowers--are typical of the offerings up for bid.

The public is welcome. Food tasting from local restaurants, live music, line dancing and game booths will also be featured.

Project Understanding, a nonprofit interfaith venture of numerous Oxnard and Ventura churches and synagogues, provides assistance to the homeless and operates a food pantry, winter warming shelter, tutoring centers, and shower and laundry center, as well as a counseling and referral center.

For information, call Project Understanding at 652-1326.

All-Day Animal Fair at Church

* St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Simi Valley will celebrate its patron saint by hosting an animal fair Oct. 3.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is open to the community and will feature displays and demonstrations by groups such as a K-9 police unit, exotic animals and birds, and 4-H guide dogs. The highlight of the day will be the traditional Blessing of the Animals, set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Crafts and rides for children, plus entertainment and a barbecue will be available throughout the day.

All animals brought to the Blessing of the Animals must be leashed or caged.

The church is at 280 Royal Ave. For information, call 526-5141.

World Communion Sunday

* St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oxnard will celebrate Rainbow Sunday on Oct. 4. The event is also known by Methodists as World Communion Sunday.

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