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Churches, Dec. 5


December 02, 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'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

The 1st and 2nd year Confirmation preparations continue this week, then we have the Rosary and Divine Mercy devotion, faith formation for all youth, Ministry of Women in Spanish, RCIA and RCIC, Advent series on Conversion, Confession, Bible Study, St. Vincent pantry, and the Women's Guild Christmas Luncheon.

This is now the time of Advent, a time to prepare for God entering into our humanity taking on our very nature and experience. Advent invites us to step away from our rush through time, but set aside our normal activities in order to wait with an active, alert, attentive waiting to prepare for Jesus.

— There will be no Middle School Youth Group on Monday, Dec. 9 since the youth are encouraged to attend the Penance Service with their families at 7 p.m.

— St. Stephen 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 are free to go Christmas shopping or whatever! Space is limited so contact Becky at 760-294-4848 to register. All must be pre-registered.

— Christian Family Movement (CFM) and Sing Parents Ministry (and those who are divorced) are invited to join us for an Advent Reflection get-together at the home of Kirk and Gina Hernandez on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Please bring a beverage and dish/appetizers to share. Directions can be learned at 760-751-8509.

— The Bereavement Ministry will be meeting in the Youth Room for an educational seminar/sharing on how to cope through the holidays if you or a loved one is grieving. The meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 after the 9 a.m. Mass. Call Penny with any questions at 760-685-3403.

— St. Stephen Youth are collecting new and gently used books for Epiphany Prep, a low-income charter school with children in grades K-8. This drive ends on Dec. 15, 2013.

— Stand Up For Kids — Homeless teens need jeans, jackets, new undergarments and monetary donations for dinners. We provide dinners for 30 homeless teens once a month. For more information, call Nancy at 760-749-4727.

— Scrip update — Christmas is drawing near so be sure to check out the website for a list of more than 200 merchants that are available. The website is www.glscrip.com. Look for the merchants, retail list and bring your list to the Scrip table. We will order them for you and have them before Christmas. Gift cards make great gifts to give to those close by or sending to others far away. Your purchase greatly helps our parish. Questions, call Pat at 760-749-2182.

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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, "The Eschatological Day of Atonement," continuing our quarter's studies on "The Sanctuary." Lessons are available by looking up "ssnet.org" online. The sermon will be presented by Pastor John Anderson, entitled "The King at the Crossroads." 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. Please plan to come to our special Christmas program on Dec. 21, with music and Scripture featuring the birth of our Messiah. 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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