Fall is just around the corner! The school year will soon be underway as well as a variety of activities for residents in the Thousand Oaks area. While we have always treasured friendships and community, it seems that there is a deeper appreciation for the bonds of friendship within our church community following the pandemic. If you are looking for a church family, come worship with us and join us as we seek to learn, grow, and serve together.

Student / Teacher Blessing. As we look forward to the coming academic year, our church prays for blessings for the students, teachers, parents, and mentors who will speak into the lives of our congregation. We pray for safety in school settings, health for the minds and bodies of all, enthusiasm toward learning and growing, and a deeper realization of God’s work in the world and among his creation.

Family and Friends Outreach Events. As we return to community post-pandemic, we are being intentional about inviting others to come and get to know and become part of the community that meets at CVCC. Details vary monthly but are always spelled out in the weekly Family News bulletin. The most recent event was a morning of surfing lessons at Malibu Makos.

Fall Kickoff Sunday. As we change from the fun of summer back to the more structured routines of the academic year, we like to kick off our fall with a fun meal together and a time of highlighting the small groups and church activities what will be on the calendar for the upcoming months. This annual “CVCC Fall Kickoff” happens Sunday, September 3 this year. We will begin the day with a shared brunch at the building followed by our morning of worship. That day, the praise team will resume and the various small groups will be announced for the upcoming academic year.

High School Retreat. Each year in September, our High School Students go to Pismo for a “beginning of the school year” retreat. It is designed as a time to hang out together, meld as a group, and reflect on how the high school group will lead and serve for the coming year. All students in grades 9-12 are strongly encouraged to participate in this important retreat.

Mission Trip to Mexico. A part of the youth group tradition for over the past 25 years has been for teens who have completed 8th grade to spend a week each summer going to an unfamiliar area and working with and for others. Over the past decade, the church has worked primarily with Amor ministries in Mexico building houses.

Throughout the course of the school year, the youth group hosts several different types of fellowship events to build community within the congregation and, at the same time, to raise funds for a team of students and adults to go build a house for a family in Mexico. The first Summer Mission Fellowship / Fundraising event is usually a Tacofest in October. Then, in January or February the youth group hosts a LIP SYNC fundraiser. These events are always full of fun for the whole family .

Please, pray for the team of teens and adults who will be building a house this summer in Mexico. Please also pray for the family who will be blessed by the house. We want to be a part of sharing God’s love with others and seeing how God can use each of us to make a positive difference in the world.

Harvest Festival / Trunk or Treat. Our annual Harvest Festival / Trunk or Treat event is scheduled for October 28 from 6-7pm. It is an evening of fun with costumes, games, candy, friends, and family. It will be important to let Haylie know if you plan to participate so that all stations can have the appropriate number of treats for the children who come.

IMPACT. This annual weekend retreat for 6th through 8th grade SoCal students happens each November in the mountains of Angeles Crest Camp. It is an action-packed weekend of fun-filled Bible activities and offers our students the opportunity to reconnect with friends made at summer camps. Details about themes, dates, and registration for this year’s retreat will be posted as the time draws closer.

Game Nights. Periodically, we host game nights at the building on Sunday evenings. It’s a great time to pull out board games and card games and gather for an evening of fun and fellowship. These events generally run about 3 hours and each person is asked to bring their own favorite game(s) and some type of snack to share.

Armloads of Love. Each year around Thanksgiving, we have a wonderful opportunity to provide holiday meals for families in need from the Conejo Elementary School which is in the immediate neighborhood of our congregation. Families sign up to bring food items to share. It is a great way to begin a week of thanksgiving as we share with our neighbors!

Rene Heard
Author: Rene Heard