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Churches, Nov. 28


November 26, 2013
Cowboy Church

Casual atmosphere, good people, rocking (and sometimes Cowboy!) music and sermons that will resonate throughout the rest of the week. Pastor Bill is currently teaching on "how to be thankful in a less than perfect world". There will a Thanksgiving Eve service Wednesday Nov 27th at 6 p.m. From preschool to adult life-groups, there's something for everyone at Ridgeview.

There's an online bible study running currently. Look for "Ridgeview University" on Facebook. Ridgeview's a great place to meet new friends, reconnect with old one's, and reconnect with God's purpose for your life. Call 760-751-9890 or visit www.rc4u.org for more info.

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St. Stephens

With Thanksgiving here, there is no faith formation this week but we can thank God for being alive, for people around us yesterday, today and every day and for Jesus Christ who is love for all mankind and all the earth.

Thanksgiving Day dinner will be served from 1 p.m. until the food runs out. Come and enjoy this meal with your family and those less fortunate. Sponsored by the Guadalupanos ministry, meals are free of charge. Questions, call Gloria at 749-2820.

Women's Guild Christmas

Luncheon is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11a.m. in the parish hall. Kathy Eckert will prepare one of her fabulous meals just for you. RSVP to Kathy at 749-1965.

The next Confirmation preparation is Sunday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Divine Mercy devotions are Wednesday mornings at 6:45 a.m., and there will be Confessions on Friday and St. Vincent de Paul distribution on Saturday morning.

Our penance service will be Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 a.m.

There is a new ministry in the parish for single parents, divorced and widowed men and women to provide healing, hope and comfort. There will be a meeting on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the home of Kirk and Gina Hernandez with an Advent Reflection. Meetings will be every other Sunday after the 9 a.m. Mass in Briscoe Hall. Form questions or to register, e-mail dagmar4freedom@yahoo.com or call her at 760-749-9154. There will be topics covered on anger, grief, remarriage and so much more.

St. Stephen's Youth are hosting a Parent's Day Out event for children up to age 10 on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-5 p.m. There will be fun for the kids including crafts, games and snacks. Parents will have the afternoon free to go Christmas shopping or whatever. Space is limited and pre-registrations must be made to participate. Call Becky at 760-294-4848.

Help make Christmas special for the children of Barrio Rodriguez, Tijuana. Our youth are collecting wrapped used toys in good condition to be labeled gift B (boy) or G (girl) with the age of the child to receive the gift.The collection box will be available until Dec. 1.

St. Stephen's youth are also collecting books for Epiphany Prep, a low-income charter school, with youth in Grades K-8. The drive ends Dec. 15, 2013.

The next educational seminar on "How to Cope During the Holidays If You Are Grieving" will be Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome who wants to learn more about the grief process. RSVP to Penny at 760-685-3403.

Our Youth Ministry Fundraiser: is selling Advent Candles and simple brass wreaths for use in your homes. Candles are 4–10-inch tapers, 3 purple and 1 pink. Advent candles are difficult to find so this is your chance. The cost is $5 per set of candles and $5 for each

wreath or can be purchased separately.

To prepare for Christmas and include SCRIP with your giving, check out the website at www.glscrip.com for a list of more than 200 available merchants. Let us know now what you are interested in. Thanks to all our regular supporters. There is always room for more!

Each week we have faith formation for all youth, the Rosary and Divine Mercy devotion, Ministry of Women in Spanish, RCIA & RCIC, Bible study, Spanish Faith formation, Life In The Spirit class, Confession, and St. Vincent pantry.

Lamb of God Prayer Ministry is open to all parishioners to gather in the Youth Room on the fourth Sunday of every month following the 9 a.m. Mass to praise and worship and do hands on prayer for all those in need of personal prayer. Questions, call Gloria at 749-2820.

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Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Sabbath (Saturday) services will begin with Bible study classes at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. The adult lesson is entitled, "Christ, Our Priest," continuing our quarter's studies on "The Sanctuary." Lessons are available by looking up www.ssnet.org online. The sermon will be presented by Rick Meyer. Sermons are posted on our website which can be located at www.sdavalleycenter.net. A fellowship meal will be served after the church service. Sunday there will be singing at 10 a.m. at the Villas Convalescent Center in Escondido. Wednesday prayer meeting will convene at 7 p.m. All are invited. If you have questions or want more information, email Pastor John at vcpastor@cox.net.

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Bible Search 2013

Genesis 1:1-4, reads, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light; and there was light"; and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5:5-10, admonishes and encourages, "You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober (self-controlled). For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him." Ready to step into the light? Contact 760-749-8860.

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Valley Center Community Church

VCCC is a vibrant, gospel driven and Christ-centered community church. We offer two Sunday morning worship services at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Our Sunday morning services are held at the Maxine Theater, located on the Valley Center High School campus.

Ongoing weekly activities at the main church campus, 29105 Valley Center Road, include:

•AWANA

Mondays, 6-7:45 p.m.

•Men's Bible Study

Wednesdays, 5:45 a.m.

•Women's Bible Study

Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.

•Youth Group

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

For a more comprehensive look at VCCC, or to signup for activities, visit www.vccc.org.

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