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Oxnard Church to Honor Sister : Buddhist Temple Hosts Assembly : * The Rev. Kay Nakagawa will lead an adult Sangha assembly and the Shinshu practice with the aid of translated sutras at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple on Sunday. The service starts at 10 a.m. : The temple is at 250 South H St. Call 483-5948.

April 10, 1999

* A parish jubilee in honor of Sister Mary Ann Martin, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Los Angeles, will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Anthony's Church in Oxnard. All parishioners, friends and her former students are invited.

Martin is celebrating her 25th year of religious life. She is the pastoral assistant for youth at St. Anthony's. She also coordinates the confirmation program, serves as a cantor, sings in the choir and teaches religion. She taught eighth grade at St. Anthony's Elementary School for several years.

The celebration will be held at the church at 2511 South C St., with a reception following in the Condon Center.

For information, call the church office at 486-7301.

Eastern Orthodox Easter Events

* Eastern Orthodox Christians will celebrate Pascha (Easter) on Sunday, said the Rev. Cyril Loeb of Camarillo's St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

Today, a resurrection service begins at 11 p.m. for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday agape vespers begin at noon Sunday. The parish will continue its celebration Sunday afternoon with a roasted lamb picnic. Reservations are necessary.

For details, call St. Demetrios at 482-1273.

The church is at 400 Skyway Drive.

Healing Service to Follow Mass

* Father John Hampsch will celebrate Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ventura's Sacred Heart Church.

A healing service, benediction and reception will follow.

The church is at 10800 Henderson Road. For information, call Roland Delgado at 983-2506.

Temple Plans Talk on Holocaust

* JFC-Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo will hold a Yom HaShoah program at 4 p.m. Sunday. Rabbi Kenneth Milhander will speak on "The Holocaust: A Message for the Millennium."

The free program is open to the public and is supported by such Camarillo organizations as B'Nai Brith, Hadassah, NCJW, Tikva and the City of Hope board.

The temple is at 4098 Calle Tesoro, Suite D. For information, call 388-3824.

Unitarian Program in Ventura

* At Ventura's Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, guests Bren Chambers and Marilyn Van Veersen will offer a vision of affirmation to the UU spirit "through a unique and exciting blend of original music, sign language, poetry and commentary," said the Rev. Dick Weston.

Services are at 9:15 and 11 a.m. The church is at 4949 Foothill Road. Call 644-3898 for information.

Sermon on Laughter and Faith

* A "Holy Hilarity" worship service is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oxnard.

The Rev. Alan Gorsline's sermon will be "Laughter! Prelude to Faith."

Church school for all ages begins at 9 a.m.

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

St. Paul's is at 1800 South C St. For information, call 487-2711.

Evening of Fun for Children

* St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Newbury Park invites youngsters in grades three through 12 to its Sunday "God Squad" with youth directors Andre and Sandy Oel for fun and games at 6 p.m.

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

Singer to Appear at Church

* Singer-songwriter Terry Steele will appear at the 9 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the new Gold Coast Christian Church in Camarillo.

Services are contemporary and casual, Pastor Scott Wilson said.

The church is at the Cowan Conference Center at the Camarillo Airport at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Airport Way. For information, call the church office at 485-5433.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak

* Congregation Am HaYam of Oxnard plans a service at a member's home on Monday at 8 p.m. A Holocaust survivor will be the guest speaker.

For information on the Remembrance Day event, call 985-2853.

Also, the congregation will hold Shabbat services at the Oxnard Monday Club on April 16 and 17.

The Friday evening service starts at 8 and Shabbat morning service begins at 10.

Alice Greenfield will speak on "The Soul of Israel" on April 18 at the Monday Club.

On May 23, Lillian Rosenbloom's topic will be "Waters of Eden." Rosenbloom is administrator of the mikvah at the University of Judaism. The mikvah is the ritual Jewish bath, symbolizing rebirth and renewal.

Each free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Oxnard Monday Club. Seating is limited, and attendance at the lecture series is by reservation only.

A five-week class in beginning Hebrew will start at 8 p.m. April 27 in a member's home. The only charge for the class is for the textbook.

For information on these events call 985-2853.

The Oxnard Monday Club is at 1401 W. Gonzales Road.

Confirmation Rite in Camarillo

* The Right Rev. Chester Talton, suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, will officiate at the sacrament of confirmation at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Camarillo on April 17.

At 3 p.m., members of Episcopal parishes in the deanery and members of St. Patrick's in Thousand Oaks will participate in the regional celebration.

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