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Celebration of Worship

10:30 am Service

Next Week

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The life of a disciple demands that we not only make a choice about what we believe, but also what we do with all our stuff. Will we allow our “stuff” to get in the way of allowing God to change us into radical followers of Jesus who in the words of Mother Teresa, “live simply so that others might simply live.” As Peter waits to discover the reason Jesus came to humanity, Jesus reassures Peter that you cannot out give God. No matter what you give up, you’ll receive back so much more.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

The Children are excused after this time for Sunday School. The Middle School students are meeting for The MSG in Youth Room #4.

WAITING 4 WATER ARTWORK Contemplating the Cross


Give Us Clean Hands Jesus Paid It All John Josselyn


#147 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart #454 Trust and Obey #408 I Surrender All


Matt Elam

Waiting for Water—Join the movement Prayer Workshop—March 25, 2012

Prayer Workshop Prayer for Mexico Missionaries

Annette Bilous


Tom Stephen

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY (Pew Bible page 733)

Luke 9:10-17 John Graham

Waiting: Contemplating the Cross Scripture: Luke 9:18-27




Tom Stephen

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY (Pew Bible page 733)

Luke 9:10-17 Larry Lindsay

Knowing that I have an eternity and that it will be spent with God, gives me a blueprint of how I should live my life, and face my death.


Tom Stephen

I have the hope that by the strength I receive through faith in God, I have been investing in an eternity to be spent in the presence of my Creator and wait for you at the Gate.


If I am eternal, how then do I prepare myself for that eternity? If this life is merely a preamble to my true purpose, how then should I live. Who created me for this eternal existence, and how do I ensure that my relationship to him is correct?

“Waiting: Contemplating the Cross” Scripture: Luke 9:18-27

The Wonderful Cross

Sunday School and Youth Groups Join us on the patio for coffee and refreshments. • Preschool-5th Grade meet in the CE Building and Youth Bldg. Rm 3. • Jr. High (grades 6-8) meet in the Youth Building Rm 4 for The MSG.


Prior to his passing, Stan had a message for his family which reads:

During this time, ushers will pass out the friendship pads. Please sign your names and welcome those who are sitting next to you.


During this time, ushers will pass out the friendship pads. Please sign your names and welcome those who are sitting next to you after the service.


A memory quilt is a way to remember and celebrate a loved one. The Memory Quilt on display was created for Stan Torode, father of Karen Washburn, and was signed with messages from his family and friends.

Matt Elam


Meditate on these words as you prepare for worship this morning.

8:30 am Service

I Am Yours


Tom Stephen

Both groups leave after the Children’s Moment.

You are invited to take a ten-week journey of waiting. receiving. responding. Jr. High/Pipeline meets Wednesdays 6:00-7:45 pm Sr. High/Riptide meets Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm - Not meeting this week – gone to Mexico

The Wonderful Cross

BLESSING AND BENEDICTION Join us on the patio for coffee and refreshments!

Maundy Thursday— Thursday—April 5th at 7:00 pm We will gather for a service of darkness, candles, and communion as we prepare for Easter.

Prayer Workshop Sunday, March 25th 5:30 pm-8:30 pm Discover the power of prayer and get encouraged to go deeper in your prayer life as an intercessory. This 3-hour workshop will give biblical insight into prayer with Fortunate Hove. Fortunate is a missionary from Zimbabwe called to the United States to pray. Invite your family and friends. Dessert will be served. The only cost of this event is the hope that you'll put it into practice and bring the information back to your family, neighborhoods and church communities. Please RSVP to 805-498-8213.

Sermon Series and Small Group Bible Study for Lent 2012

Monte Vista’s PCH Discipleship Groups will move together through bible study toward a greater understanding of Christ’s sacrifice and victory, his love for the poor and thirsty, and the role we can all play in caring for the 884 million people who are still waiting for water. Easter is the celebration of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and evil. As part of this journey, we are asked to abstain from a favorite food or activity during Lent and donate what we have saved to provide safe water for another person. Sunday Monday Wednesday Thursday

4:00-5:30 pm 7:00-8:30 pm 1:30-3:00 pm 7:00-8:30 pm

Lynn Lindsay Pastor Tom Vicki Kennedy Tom Kihm

Fellowship Hall Choir Room Choir Room Choir Room


EASTER SUNDAY, April 8th Sunrise Service at 6:30 am at Dos Vientos Community Center Worship Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am at Monte Vista Church

Come join us in fellowship with other women, deepen your walk, and explore what it means to believe God, through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses and others from Hebrews 11 as examples of persons who believed. This 10-week Beth Moore study Believing God is sure to challenge and draw you closer to God and the community of women at Monte Vista. Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We meet in the choir room. Contact Kristen Holland at xxxx for additional info.

What’s Happening! Memorial Walk for Helen Monroe on Saturday, March 24th Everyone invited to meet at Wildwood Park at 8:30 am to remember times with Helen and her love of hiking. After a time of remembrance everyone is invited to walk the trails in Wildwood. It is your choice as to the length of walk you take.

Palm Sunday Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt April 1st at 11:30 am You are invited to attend this annual Monte Vista event. Please bring the following items for the brunch: If last name begins with: A-H Breakfast breads or pastries I-L Half gallon of juice or Fruit or Salad M-Z Hot breakfast brunch dish like eggs, sausage, etc

Short Mission Trips to Mexico Come on your first mission trip! Assist with school or building repairs. Even get a bed and hot showers. Call Bill & Sue Aby xxxx or Don & Susan Schwaiger xxxx April 30-May 6

May 17-20

Oct 5-8

Dec 13-16

Men’s Retreat: April 13-15th (Fri-Sun) at Forest Home Contact Don Schwaiger xxxx or Richard Vickers xxxx

REFRESH: Dessert Potluck & Craft Night

Prayer & Praise Reports Prayer Requests can be added to the Prayer Chain by emailing Richard Vickers at and/or the church office at Let us know how we can pray for you by filling out a Prayer Card available in the pews & in the Friendship Pads. They can be dropped into the offering plate.

Please pray for the following needs: • Pray that the people of Monte Vista come to know the love of Christ in a deeper way. • Thanksgiving & prayer for our neighbors at First Christian. • Pray for Dennis & Susan Bloedel and granddaughter Alex (Lynn Lindsay), Dave Proctor and the missionary team traveling in east Asia, John Naftzger, Clio, Jennifer Monroe, Bryce Dahl, Pat Kihm, Jill Grider (Pat Roop’s daughter), Pat Bland, Tanya, Tyler Patterson (the Toop’s grandson), Kathy Riley (Ann’s daughter-in-law) • Sympathy to the family of Helen Monroe. Sympathy to Esther McElderry and family. Esther’s brother, Dick Taba, passed away on February 16th. • Continued Prayers for Larry Augustine, Jazzy Betka, Dan Guiteras, Rosalia & Paul Lewis, the Lucas Family, Sally Losey, Steve Medler, Warren & Gloria Stelzmiller, the Winter Bruno family, Tony Newman & Kelly, these difficult economic times and for employment. • Pray for minister members at large Mark Corbin Smith and retired ministers Eric Bond and Diana Hopkins of Ventura.

Fri, March 30th 6:30pm

Join this new group of women of all ages who come together for prayer, desserts, fun and fellowship. We will have simple crafts to make or bring your own to work on. We will be meeting at Jeannie Sparkman’s home this month. (xxxx) If you would like to be added to the email list for more details of this event or upcoming events email Jeannie at or the church office at

2012 Mission Sharing (formerly aka Per Capita) In supporting the mission of the Presbyterian Church we ask each member each year to contribute in addition to your pledge. For 2012 the amount is $80 per member. Please use the blue envelope in the front of your offering envelopes & write ‘per capita’ in the memo line on your check. Many thanks for your continued support of the missions of our larger Presbyterian Church.

Women’s TLC Prayer Group (2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7:00 pm)

Pray for the following people leaving for Mexico on Monday for a mission trip to Ensenada to work at the ranch: Justina Del Duca, Matt Elam, Nicole Kabey, Sean Lindsay, Jill Losey, Mary Nelsen, Daniel Nelsen, Lucas Nelsen, Jennifer Pellnitz, Tyler Ripley, Joan Sauer, Don Schwaiger, Trevor Sparkman, Aidan Syto, Megan Telfer, Jane Vaccaro, Roberto Vaccaro, Thomas Vaccaro, Caroline Vaccaro, Sydney Vroman, Scott Vroman, Katie Vroman, and Katie Wright.

To be prayerful, compassionate and humble disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, enthusiastically sharing the message of salvation through inspired worship, devoted study and faith that serves. 

The Altar Flowers are in Honor of Katie Wright’s 18th Birthday.

Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we offer fellowship, prayer, and support to one another. Contact Brooke Gant (xxxx) for more info.

Men’s Breakfast: (Every Thursday at 6:30 am at Parkview Café) Meet to share breakfast and start your day with discussion, friendship, and fellowship while sharing thoughts on scripture in our daily lives.

Prayer Shawl Ministry (3rd Tuesday every month at 6:30 pm) Gather together to knit, crochet, and pray over blankets, shawls, and other items to be given to those who are hurting. Contact Juanetta Cook xxxx Karen Washburn xxxx and Visit our website at

Breakfast and a Movie (Last Saturday every month at 9:00 am) Are you ready for a relaxing morning, great food, and a movie?? Contact Marge Mayfield xxxx or Carol Ranschau xxxx. RSVP to Alanna Jacobs and find out what to bring at xxxx.

Our Staff Rev. Tom Stephen, Pastor (

March 18, 2012

Carol Benson, Commissioned Lay Pastor ( Matt Elam, Director of Youth Ministries Mary Nelsen, Children’s Ministry ( Lori Maier, Director of Music Rev. John Josselyn, First Service Music Facilitator Toriann Garner, Choir Director - Kathy Josselyn, Pianist Jim Lambert, Facilities Director J.J. Shaules, Preschool Director ( (Preschool phone 805-499-6610)

3797 W. Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Michelle Chastain, Secretary (


Erin Blackburn, Nursery Attendant and Youth Intern

If you have any questions, please call the Church Office at 805-498-8213. You can reach us: Monday - Friday 8:30 am –12:30 pm & 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

Monte Vista Church Bulletin 3/18/12  

Monte Vista Church Bulletin 3/18/12