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Teens to Hold Garage Sale

May 15, 1999

Teenagers of Ojai Valley Community Church will hold a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the church's parking lot.

Furniture, citrus, baked goods, gourmet coffee, barbecue lunch, a car wash and a jolly jumper for children will be offered.

Proceeds will help church teens attend summer camp.

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

Pastor to Discuss Littleton Tragedy

The Rev. Lynne Austin will hold a special meeting Sunday of the "Teens Talk With a Pastor" series on the subject "After Littleton: Making a Difference."

"I hope that teens will come together with other teens to talk with a pastor about your thoughts and your feelings about the Littleton tragedy and your own life, and take your ideas back into your school and home," said Austin of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church.

Austin said she will bring yards of ribbon.

"Come and receive a piece of blue ribbon, one of Columbine High School's colors," she said. "You can carry that ribbon out with you as a sign of your decision to help change the world."

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church at 1360 S. Wendy Drive. Call 498-6910 for more details.

In addition, a community forum called "Moving Beyond Littleton--Strategies of Hope" will be open to all parents, community leaders and clergy at the church at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Austin will moderate the forum.

A discussion panel will include Newbury Park High School Principal Max Beaman, Ed Tumbleson of the Thousand Oaks Police Department, Annette Marcus of Interface Children Family Services, Helaine Esterson of Jewish Family Service and the Rev. Stephen Meadors of the American Assn. of Pastoral Counselors.

"The Littleton, Colorado, tragedy is not confined to a city far away," Austin said. "It has affected children, adults and families everywhere, including the Conejo Valley."

Child care will be provided.

Events at United Methodist

The week's events at Moorpark United Methodist Church include Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Rick Uhis speaking on "Baptized by the Force."

On Monday, the R.E.A.C.H. program begins at 4:30 p.m. Scout Troop 601 meets at 7:30. Tuesday's 8:45 a.m. prayer group meets in the sanctuary.

On Wednesday, R.E.A.C.H. meets again at 4:30 p.m., with Bible study beginning at 7:30.

Thursday choir practice begins at 7:30 p.m.

The church is at 261 Flory Ave. Call 529-1401 for more information.

Sermon on 'Difficulties of Life'

The sermon of Pastor Steven Day at Community Christian Church of Moorpark on Sunday is one of a series on "How Christians Handle the Difficulties of Life."

Services will be held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Nursery, preschool, elementary and junior high Bible school classes also begin at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

The church is at 216 Moorpark Ave., No. 200. Call 529-3572 for more information.

Temple to Celebrate Feast of Weeks

Thousand Oaks' Temple Etz Chaim will join synagogues throughout the world Thursday to celebrate Shavuot--the Feast of Weeks, which comes seven weeks after Passover.

Twenty-five students from Ventura County who have completed the 10th-grade confirmation at Temple Etz Chaim will gather at 6 p.m. for dinner with Rabbi Shimon Paskow and their teachers. The service will follow.

The temple is at 1080 Janss Road. Call 497-6891 for more information.

Shabbat Services in Oxnard

Shabbat services at Oxnard's Congregation Am HaYam will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. May 22.

Shavuot services are scheduled for Thursday at the home of Rabbi Gerald Hanig, followed by a study session. Two services on Friday are scheduled: one at a member's home at 10 a.m. and another at 8 p.m. at the Oxnard Monday Club. The May 22 Yizkor service begins at 10 a.m. at the Monday Club.

A lecture by Penelope Oppenheimer will begin at 7 p.m. May 23. She will speak on "Waters of Eden--the rituals and customs of the mikvah." Oppenheimer is assistant administrator of the mikvah at the University of Judaism.

Non-members are welcome. There is no charge for the lecture series, but reservations are required.

The Oxnard Monday Club is at 1401 Gonzales Road. For more information, reservations or directions, call 985-2853.

Ten Commandments to Be Read

The highlight of the Shavuot services at Chabad of Agoura Hills, Chabad of Oak Park and Chabad of Westlake Village will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. when the Ten Commandments will be read. A family pizza party will follow all three services. The service will be repeated at 5 p.m., and evening services will begin at 7.

The Yizkor memorial service is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, also at all three locations.

Chabad of Westlake Village is at 741 Lakefield Road, No. D. Chabad of Oak Park is at 5998 Conifer St., and Chabad of Agoura Hills is at 30345 Canwood St. For more information on all services, call (818) 991-0991.

Temple Plans Activities for May

Consecration service of all religious school students at JFC-Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. All students will receive a mini Torah.

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