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DAY OF MOURNING, TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 11 AM TO NOON: A number of pastors and others from area churches are gathering to pray for and mourn on behalf of the unborn and those who have been affected by abortion. I invite you to join us that hour to pray. I am wearing black and refraining from commerce that day. It will take place at Oxnard State Beach Park, 1601 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. We’ll meet on the grass near the entrance to the beach.


OFFRAMP AT DEL NORTE CLOSED THIS SUNDAY: The NORTHBOUND 101 offramp at Del Norte will be closed from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm this Sunday, February 24th. If you’re driving to Gold Coast on the 101 from Camarillo, get off at the Rice Avenue exit and double back on the 101. (The southbound offramp for Del Norte will be open.


THIS SUNDAY we wrap up our The Gospel According to Abraham series by looking at Genesis 22, unpacking the greatest test of Abraham’s faith in God. It’s been quite a journey through Abraham’s life and this Sunday will be no exception. Invite a friend to join you at Gold Coast this Sunday morning!


REMINDER- DISCOVERING SPIRITUAL MATURITY TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 in the Youth Room, from 4 to 7 PM. If you signed up for it, this is your reminder! Contact Darrell Foote at or 805.660.3061, if you have any questions.


EASTER WORSHIP CHOIR BEGINS THURSDAY, MARCH 7: Every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30 pm during the months of March and April, the Worship Choir will be meeting in the Youth Room. We’ll be exploring worship through the use of our voices and challenging ourselves to bring worship into the lives we live every day while preparing to sing for our Easter services. All are welcome. NO TRY OUTS! Sign up in the lobby this Sunday. Contact Rachel Sutherland at 805.218.2809 (text or call) for more information.


BOOK OF MARK STUDY STARTS THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28: What makes Christianity good news? Who is Jesus? What is his mission? How are we to respond to him and that mission? An 8-week study on the book of Mark begins on Thursday, February 28. Do you have a friend you want to introduce to Jesus? This study gives us a fresh look at the answers to these questions. This mixed (men and women) LIFE Group will be meeting from 10:00-11:30 am at Lillian Ruan’s home- 901 Paseo Brisas Lindas, Oxnard. Call Lillian at 805.988.1282 for the gate code. Contact Donna Beeson at, if you have any questions.


UNSINKABLE, 2019 LADIES LUNCHEON, Sterling Hills Country Club, Saturday, March 30th: 10 a.m to 2 p.m: Life is filled with all kinds of adventures. Rough waters, glassy seas, dark skies and dazzling sunrises. But even in the darkest moments– when it feels like we are drowning and might not survive–we can still find the HOPE that is an anchor for our souls. This is a hope that goes beyond circumstance, feeling, behavior, or strength; and one that carries us through any storm, making us truly unsinkable.

Cost: $39 per person. Register at church lobby or at Questions, contact Lynn Knuth at or 805-443-4471.

About the luncheon’s speaker, Melissa Maimone: Melissa teaches women that an authentic life in Christ can be messy and magnificent at the exact same time. Melissa provides down-to-earth lessons, practical applications, and life-changing perspectives to real women who are living real lives in the midst of real problems. With her unique blend of theology, humor, and lessons from her own battle with depression, Melissa provides down-to-earth lessons, practical application, and life-changing perspectives.


RESCUE MISSION OUTREACH, SATURDAY, MARCH 2: Oxnard outreach is from 4:15-6:15 pm. To sign up, write “Rescue Mission” on your Connection Card this Sunday or go online to our website under the Get Connected tab. Contact Stuart Baker at 805.427.5528 or, if you have any questions.


PRAYER FOR MISSIONS, SUNDAY, MARCH 3: On the first Sunday of each month, please gather in the Worship Center after the 2nd service to pray for the missions and missionaries that Gold Coast supports. Contact Mike or Lynne Yeaman at or 805.331.3899 for more information.


CHRISTIAN SCHAEFER has stepped down from his position as youth pastor at Gold Coast. For now, he will be exploring God’s direction for his life in possibly a different line of work. You can read his letter of resignation below. Please keep him in your prayers. This Wednesday, February 27, will be his last day on staff, with the youth group having a going-away party for him that evening. Please be praying with us for God’s direction as we pursue a new youth pastor.

Dear Scott and Gold Coast Board,

I am writing to inform you of my resignation as Youth Pastor. Gold Coast has been incredibly warm and kind to me and my family over this past year. I am very grateful for the opportunity that was given to me, and I leave with a heavy heart for the relationships I have built. I cannot begin to state how much I have learned and how appreciative I am for this past year. I have always felt loved and welcomed. Gold Coast loves Jesus and cares about people. I am so happy to have been able to witness God’s work here.

When I took the position, it was with the hope of staying a minimum of 5 years. Unfortunately, for several reasons, it has become clear that I am unable to make that long of a commitment. Knowing of the limited term of my role, I am stepping down, sooner rather than later, for the long-term health of the ministry. My prayer has, and will be, for a quick, lasting, and effective replacement. I deeply care for the students I have been entrusted with, and fully believe that God has something in the works for the future of the youth at Gold Coast.

I am very thankful and appreciative of this year at Gold Coast. I look forward to making sure that my departure honors Gold Coast and is an encouragement to all those who have encouraged me. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please share with me any ways that I can help bring joy and finish well during this process.

With great love, Christian


PRAYER TIME EVERY SUNDAY MORNING: You’re invited to Sunday morning Prayer Time from 8:30-9:00 am in the Youth Room every Sunday! Come for a couple of minutes or stay longer. This is open to everyone! Prayer cards with suggested topics will be available – you can pray aloud or silently. You can contact Anne Romero if you have any questions at anne2grace@gmail.



Friday             February 22        Num 10-11; Ps 27; Mark 1

Saturday        February 23        Num 12-13; Ps 90; Mark 2

Sunday          February 24        Num 14-16; Mark 3

Monday         February 25        Num 17-18; Ps 29; Mark 4

Tuesday        February 26        Num 19-20; Ps 28; Mark 5

Wednesday  February 27        Num 21-23; Mark 6-7

Thursday       February 28        Num 24-27; 1 Cor 13

Friday             March 1               Num 28-29; Mark 8

Saturday        March 2               Num 30-31; Mark 9

Sunday          March 3               Num 32-33; Mark 10