Source: Valley Roadrunner

Church News

March 13, 2014

Ridgeview Church

All walks of Valley Center life, from boomers to millennials to The Greatest Generation. Cowboys to doctors to even (shudder) Old Castle people! A band that somehow appeals to all of them, and sermons that somehow feed all of them. Pastor Bill is currently speaking on “Why love never fails”. Ridgeview Church is a great place to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and discover God’s purpose for your life. There’s something for everyone, from an award winning preschool, to after school programs and youth groups. There’s also home study groups for men, women, or couples of all ages and species. Call 760-751-9890 or go to for further info.

St. Stephens

Lent is a preparation for the celebration of the greatest feast of the liturgical year – Easter. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are especially important during Lent. Without prayer, fasting and almsgiving are merely actions we do out of tradition without much meaning. Prayer is our conversation with God.

The Church’s regulation regarding fasting and abstinence are as follows: Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. Fasting means partaking of only one full meal and some food is permitted at breakfast and around midday not to equal a full meal each time. Abstinence forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.

Activities this week begin with the K of C breakfast, then Confirmation preparation, Prayer group with Gloria Salinas, Parish Penance Service for all, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Devotion, RCIC in Spanish, RCIA in Spanish and English, Wednesday morning Bible Study, Faith Formation, Knights of Columbus General Council, Irish Stew cook off, Baptism Seminar, Bible Study on the Book of Acts, Confession, St. Vincent pantry distribution and Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide.

The Stations of the Cross & Soup Suppers are held each Friday during Lent. The Way of The Cross is a traditional meditation on The Passion of Our Lord prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Following the Stations, all are welcome to come to the Parish Hall for a meatless soup supper or Fish Dinner and fellowship. The soup suppers are provided at no cost however there is a reasonable cost for the Fish Dinner.

Knights of Columbus scholarships – the applications must be turned in by March 15. Any questions, contact Tony at or the VCHS web site.

The LENTEN SERIES with Fr. Robert Barron on 7 Deadly Sins/7 Lively Virtues facilitated by Dr. Pat Schwerdtgeger will begin Wednesday, March19 at 7:00 p.m. and continue April 2 and April 9, 2014 in the Parish hall. This series will also be offered 4 consecutive Saturday mornings starting March 15 and ending April 5 in the Youth room 9-11 a.m. Call Ellen at 749-3352 for more information.

The Lenten campaign for 40 Days for Life started Wednesday, March 5 and continues to April 12, 2014. This prayer vigil takes place again in San Marcos outside the San Marcos Care Center, 120 Craven Road, San Marcos. St. Stephen parish’s day is Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Any questions, call Mark & Laura Ginella at 751-0301.

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Our next Haven House commitment is Thursday, March 13. Sabbath (Saturday) services will begin with Bible study classes at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. The adult lesson is entitled, “Discipling Spirtual Leaders,” continuing our quarter’s studies on “Discipleship.” Lessons are available by looking up “” online. The sermon will be presented by Pastor John Anderson, entitled “Some Still Protest.” Sermons are posted on our website which can be located at 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 is prayer meeting at 7, with supper at 6 p.m. We are studying the book The Desire of Ages on the life of Christ. All are invited. If you have questions or want more information, email Pastor John at