2010-11-19 / Faith

Faith Briefs

Sister’s journey to learn of fallen brother recounted

Jan Christian will present a reading of her book “Leave No Brother Behind: A Sister’s War Memoir” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St. The reading will include a reception.

Child care will be provided. Veterans are welcome to attend.

Christian’s brother, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Christian Jr., was killed in Vietnam. Years later, an unexpected e-mail connected Jan Christian to the men who were with her brother when he was killed.

This began a journey that took her to her childhood home, Marine Corps reunions and a rice paddy in Vietnam.

She has chronicled this journey in her book.

Christian is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and serves the congregation in Ventura.

She has an undergraduate degree in American history, a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion.

For information about the book, visit www.sistersmemoir.com, call Christian at (805) 653-0134 or email minister@uuventura.org.

Ecumenical service for Thanksgiving

The community is invited to an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 24 at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.

The St. Julie Choir, as well as choir members from St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and King of Glory Lutheran Church, will perform.

Service participants include the Rev. Paul Hruby, Leanna Brand and Carolyn Linhart from St. Julie’s; the Rev. David Galletly, pastor, and Dr. Eric Kinsley, choir director and organist, from St. Pat’s; and Carol Browning from King of Glory.

A reception will take place in the parish hall after the service.

For more information, call the St. Julie church office at (805) 498- 3602.

Theater offers ’Hope for Christmas’

Centerpoint Performing Arts Vision Players, a nonprofit community theater group in Simi Valley, will present its ninth production, “Hope for Christmas at the Silent Night Cafe,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11 at Centerpoint Church, 2369 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. House opens at 7 p.m.

The play is set in 1935 in Santa Claus, Ind., with a cast of 24. The story is fiction but is based on a reallife town and historical events. The play is described as “a story of hope and a small town working together to help those in need.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Vision Players is a Christian community theater troupe based in Simi Valley and dedicated to presenting plays to challenge the soul, touch the heart and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The company has been presenting plays at Easter and Christmas since 2005 at no charge to the community. The theater group is made up of volunteers from various churches in the Simi Valley/ Moorpark area and others interested in the theater. The company encourages all who are interested to participate both onstage and behind the scenes.

For more information, e-mail visionplayers@yahoo.com.

Snow, German food at Conejo Valley Christmas event

Lighthouse Church will host “A Conejo Valley Christmas” for the whole family from 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4 on the church grounds, 3353 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.

The event will have Santa’s Village, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carolers, children’s pictures with Santa, story time with local authors, bouncers, megaslides, 6 tons of snow and free Christmas crafts.

Local merchants will offer Christmas shopping opportunities for all ages. Conversational fire pits will be available as well as traditional Christmas food and drink.

Authentic German food will be available for purchase from Rhineland Deli, along with kettle corn, caramel apples, candy, coffee and hot cider.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (805) 480-9999 or visit the website www.lighthousechurch.org/ santasvillage.

Hanukkah party to benefit Manna

Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter will host a Hanukkah party at 1 p.m. Tues., Nov. 30 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

The event will have refreshments and entertainment.

Attendees are asked to bring canned goods and nonperishable foods to donate to the Manna food bank and unwrapped holiday gifts for children in need.

Reservations are due by Nov. 20 by calling Joy at (805) 494- 1993.

A cappella concert

The Pacific Sound Men’s A Cappella Chorus will present its Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5 at the Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive, Newbury Park.

The choir will sing secular Christmas favorites and a finale chronicling the life of Christ.

Special guest performers will include pianist Justin Ramos, soprano Paige Sentianin from Newbury Park High School and Cheers, an award-winning all-girl quartet.

Coffee and dessert will be served on the church patio.

Admission is a $15 donation.

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