Community Community Shoppe - This Saturday (it's not too late to volunteer)
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SHOPPE will be this Saturday, December 9th. The Christmas Shoppe is a great way for churches in our community to spread the word and love of Jesus to those that are struggling financially this Christmas season. Over 500 families in our community have been invited to shop for free for Christmas gifts for their children. There is still an opportunity for your to be a part of this fun filled day by volunteering. There are many volunteer opportunities if you would like to help set up on December 8 or help the day of Christmas Shoppe on December 9 at Newbury Park First Christian Church. For more information, to watch a video or to volunteer, please visit actionvc.org. Contact Joyce Thomsen (805) 377-8892.
The Place Christmas Party This Saturday evening and baptism.
We would like to INVITE you ALL to our annual Place Christmas Party. It is THIS Saturday night, Dec. 9th at 6 p.m. at Alister and Karen's home - 2559 Alicante Court, Santa Rosa Valley. The GATE CODE is #2120.
It is a traditional holiday dinner - please sign up to bring a dish to share through www.theplace.ccbchurch.com. If you are unable to sign up, please bring something if you are able to.
Our party will include singing Christmas carols; a white elephant ornament exchange ($10 max); dinner, games and BAPTISMS!
After dinner, we will celebrate the BAPTISMS of Nathan Lew and Sonny Capolupo. We invite you to come out and celebrate as they join the body of Christ.
Please feel free to bring a FRIEND!! All are welcome.
Prayer for Firefighters and Fires
Our prayers and gratefulness go out to the thousands of firefighters who have been bravely fighting the many fires that have engulfed the southland this week. Specifically, we pray for the protection over firefighters, people and homes. We also pray for comfort for those who have experienced loss.
Youth Christmas Pajama Party-This Sunday
All youth are invited for to the Christmas pajama party on Sunday morning, December 10th from 9am to 12pm in Suite 16 @ The Place. Come and enjoy breakfast and a white elephant gift exchange.
Junior High Christmas Party-This Sunday
All junior highers are invited to The Place Jr. High Christmas Party THIS Sunday, Dec. 10th from 9-12 a.m. at Do and Vivian's house (1867 Fox Springs Circle, Newbury Park). BRUNCH will be provided (you don't need to bring anything.) Also, there will be SWIMMING in the heated pool if you like; karaoke; worship; jumping on the trampoline and all kinds of FUN. You don't need to bring anything except a swim suit and towel if you want to swim. But, please RSVP to Simon (805-498-2300)
It is a GATED community, so it is easier if we can have your name on the list.
Community Outreach-Next Sabbath
All are invited to our community outreach event next Sabbath afternoon, December 16h at 3 p.m. at Windsor Terrace Health Care Center (250 Fairview Road, Thousand Oaks) Come and celebrate Christmas and share joy and song with elderly residents.
The Place Christmas Vespers
Please save the date for our Christmas vespers on Friday evening, December 22nd.
Arla's New Book
The Bible can give an inadequate, demanding, or scary picture of God. It did for Arla. But she began to think that perhaps it was the perspective of the authors. It was written by men who use few words, focus on facts, and like the idea of a mighty conquering warrior God. Notwithstanding Inspiration, people see through their filters and often produce a biased or partial picture. The stories of the Bible had real people who lived in relationship with God—were part of God’s family, when they would be, and God treated them like children in all the various developmental stages. These people had emotions, and issues and backstories just like ours, allowing for cultural differences. They struggled with good and evil too. In this episode (Exodus 24--Deuteronomy) one can see that God’s laws and rules all come from parental love! Israel had just come out of slavery and functioned on a reward and punishment level of development--their mindset needed high structure and high nurture which Adonai gave them. He carefully spelled out all of His expectations for them. The problem was they didn't all want to obey. Just like children they always pushed the boundaries and complained at any lack. They were very susceptible to the suggestions of the dark side, believing and acting out most of them, and making it very difficult for God to do what He wanted to do for them. It isn’t always easy to understand God’s voice or actions unless you understand this huge backstory, and all the little ones interconnecting with it. Arla hopes to get people reading scripture again, enjoying it, understanding it, and falling in love with God. She would love for people to see that God's law is really just love--the character of all three Abba, Adonai and Ruach--and will keep us safe and happy until this war is over. His laws will keep us! as it says in the Greek interlinear of John 14:15.
Train for the L.A. Marathon with World Vision
Interested in running a marathon? Would you like to support a great cause and get in shape at the same time? Then training with Team World Vision to run the L.A. Marathon is your answer! Sign up this Sabbath to join the team and to make a difference in the lives of many.