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Celebration of Worship

10:30 am Service

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Sunday, May 6, 2012 As you prepare for worship, consider these words: "As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life." -- Richard Foster "Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped." Jack Hayford

Every day we have a choice: Live God’s best for our lives or do things on our own and live less than God’s best. By “less than God’s best” I mean everything from having a day in which things just felt BLAH to seasons in which we experience no joy, hope or love. What choice do you normally make? Jonah, ran away from God and ended up in the belly of a whale. What do you do when you’ve turned away from God and life has taken a turn for the worse? Pray. And God responds. He always responds. Join us next week as we learn from Jonah, how to pray in dark places.

Sunday School and Youth Groups • 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. - not meeting today.



Both groups leave after the Children’s Moment.


SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY (Pew Bible page 654)

Tom Stephen



Tom Stephen

Tom Stephen


HYMNS Jr. High/Pipeline meets Wednesdays 6:00-7:45 pm Sr. High/Riptide meets Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm

Jonah 1

“Hearing God’s Voice—Now what?” Scripture: Jonah 1



Tom Stephen

Tom Stephen

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.



MVP Praise Band


Prepare your heart and mind to enter into worship this morning.

8:30 Service


I Surrender to You

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

Celebrating Seasons in our Lives 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. PRESENTATION OF OUR FIRST FRUITS

Vacation Bible School Is Just Around the Corner & We Need Your Help!!

DEACON SUNDAY The first Sunday of each month is Deacon Sunday. We have a special collection envelope to support the deacons so they can help with the needs of others in our community.

July 16 thru July 20, 2012

Offertory: “Agnus Dei - Worthy is the Lamb”

Volunteers play a vital role during this special program. With your help we are guaranteed another successful VBS. Please consider donating your time & talents in one or more of the following areas. Check off the areas that interest you & return this form to Mary Nelsen or drop it in the offering plate.

DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER (please stand) Ushers will bring the offering forward as we commit our gifts to be used to further the Kingdom of God throughout our community and the world. SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY (Pew Bible page 654) SERMON

“Hearing God’s Voice—Now what?” Scripture: Jonah 1


Jonah 1

Tear Here

Tom Stephen  Theme/Decoration

 Recreation Assistant

 Set Up/Clean Up

 Snack Assistant


 Photographer/Slide Show

 Teacher Assistant

 Food Donations


 Music Assistant

 Missions Coordinator


 Craft Assistant


Tom Stephen


Join us on the patio for coffee and refreshments.

Matt Elam

Name: _____________________________________________ Contact Number: ____________________________________ If you need more information contact Mary Nelsen (

What’s Happening!

Prayer & Praise Reports

The Monte Vista Men's Breakfast Saturday, May 12th at 8:30am

Prayer Requests can be added to the Prayer Chain by emailing Richard Vickers at and/or the church office at

We would love to have you come join us for Breakfast burritos, and other wonderful breakfast treats. We also have a good speaker lined up, and would love to share with you some of the exciting things that we have scheduled for the remainder of the year. Please invite a friend or neighbor, and come join us for a great morning of fellowship!

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.

Refresh: Women’s Gathering Saturday, May 19th 11am-3pm Relax and Renew: Come for a day of sharing, relaxing and eating. Stephanie Lambert is treating us to Mary Kay makeovers and a light lunch and dessert will be served. Bring your bathing suit if the sun is shining!!! Michelle Chastain is hosting us at her home. To RSVP call Jeanie Sparkman at 805-498-5951 or email

Please pray for the following: • Pray that the people of Monte Vista come to know the love of Christ in a • •

Women’s Retreat: September 28-30 (Fri-Sun) at Forest Home

Please reserve your spot with a deposit of $50 checks made payable to Monte Vista. Total cost is $206-234. Refunds available up to 8 weeks prior. Contact Jeannie Sparkman 805-498-5951 or

Rummage Sale for IMPACT - Saturday, May 26th at church

Vacation Bible School (July 16-20) Registration is now open for VBS this summer. Forms online, in the narthex, and in the office.

Surf Camp (July 24-26) More information in the coming months.

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deeper way. Thanksgiving & prayer for our neighbors at First Christian. Pray for Josh, Andrew Stubblefield, John Kennedy, Rodolfo Vaccaro, Stan Broome, Cassie (friend of Brook Gant), Hendrix Wille, Carl Ward’s niece and family, Grace Olson and Gayle, Bobby Romero, Don Pyle, Frank Murphy, Walt Keller, John Naftzger, Pat Kihm, Pat Bland, Tanya Paulsen, Tyler Patterson (the Toop’s grandson), Kathy Riley (Ann’s daughter-in-law) 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 Monte Vista Preschool. Pray for retired minister Richard Wardlaw of Crescent City and minister member at large Ramon Cisneros-Ruelas of Clairmont.

Women’s TLC Prayer Group (2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7:00 pm) Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we offer fellowship, prayer, and support to one another. Contact Brooke Gant (499-4606) 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.

The Altar Flowers are in given by the Benson Family In honor of Danny’s Birthday!

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 499-4461 or Karen Washburn 498-1188 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 818-597-9525 or Carol Ranschau 805-498-1640. RSVP to Alanna Jacobs and find out what to bring at 805-444-5503.

Choir Rehearsals (Tuesdays at 6:00 pm) Come join the choir for one hour of practice every Tuesday. We sing on the first Sunday of each month and on holidays. Contact Toriann Garner 805-383-9719.

Sweet Monday Book Club (2nd Monday every month 6:30 pm) Join us at Caffe Aroma (2130 Newbury RD, NP) Questions? Call Mardelle Koenders 498-3991. Book for May - Her Daughter’s Dream Francine Rivers.

Meal Coordinator Needed for Shelter Meal -one meal per month If you are not familiar with our “Shelter” ministry at Monte Vista, it goes like this: On the first Thursday of every month our church is responsible for preparing and feeding the local homeless and less fortunate at one of the coalitions “host” locations. As the coordinator for this mission, you will plan the meals and then ask members to contribute a portion of the menu. On the day of the meal, participants can either bring their dish to a central location or to the host location where we will be serving the meal. The team of volunteers make a few preparations, serve the meal and clean up - usually in about an hour and a half.

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.

Our Elders Don Schwaiger—Missions Richard Vickers—Finance Annette Bilous—PCH Discipleship Ministry Darrin McAfee—Outreach and Evangelism Darren Holland—Personnel Karl Smith—Care Ministry

Elizabeth Wright—Youth Ministry Jeff Farrar—Property Management Gaye Lampert—Administration Steve Pellnitz—Children’s Ministry/Preschool Larry Lindsay—Worship Cindy Vodraska—Clerk of Session

May 6, 2012

Our Staff Rev. Tom Stephen, Pastor ( 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) 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.

3797 W. Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320 805-498-8213

Monte Vista Church Bulletin 5/6/12  

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