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TOMORROW (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12) IS THE ONE CITY/ONE CHURCH SERVE DAY! It’s finally here! A number of Oxnard churches are joining together to serve our community tomorrow morning (9 am to noon) as the one church of Jesus in his name! Some of the projects will be passing out water and lunches, distributing flowers, feeding the homeless, beach and alley clean-up. If you have any questions, contact Darrell Foote at 805.660.3061 or


THIS SUNDAY, we continue our message series in Jesus’ Beatitudes from Matthew 5 with the seventh one, blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.


Jim Schmotzer shares following: “When tempers flare and a fight breaks out during a baseball game, it is a tradition that players and coaches rally to support their teammates. So what do you do if you are a Christian ballplayer? One Christian who played for the Seattle Mariners some years ago explained how he dealt with such bench-clearing brawls. When his intuition indicated a fight was imminent, he would scan the opponents’ bench for a friend, possibly a former teammate. With the eruption of a fight, he would bolt from the dugout and race toward his selected friend, quickly grabbing him by the jersey and saying, “If you don’t hurt me, I won’t hurt you.” The two would then clench, fall to the ground, and do their best acting job of fighting. In the end, they appeared manly, supported their team members, and avoided hurting anyone. Hmmm…. Something tells me that’s not what Jesus had in mind when he said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’”


I agree with Schmotzer! We’re going to see this Sunday morning why Jesus says peacemakers are blessed and happy as we look at what God says real peace is comprised of and how we can experience it as well as bring it about in our relationship with others. It’s going to be a great day to invite others to join you at one of our worship times, at either 9 or 10:45 am.


Remember, if you’re attending the 9 am service, plan on lingering a little longer after the service concludes and if you’re attending the 10:45 am service, arrive a little earlier. This will give you the opportunity to connect/catch up with others who attend the other service.


FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION X2 CHALLENGE GOING ON NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31: You can transform a life with an $80 gift that will provide a wheelchair for someone in a developing country who would not otherwise be able to afford one. The X2 Matching Gift Challenge doubles the number of wheelchairs delivered and therefore doubles the impact of each gift! Your “over and above” gift will not only help provide people around the world with the transforming gift of mobility, but the invaluable gifts of independence, dignity and hope. If you give this Sunday, write “FWM” on the memo line of your check or go online to donate. You can contact the church office at or 805.485.5433 if you have any questions.


THE HUDDLE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH: Men, let’s meet at 7:30-9:00 am on the 3rd Saturday of each month here at the church. Plan on good conversation as we discuss the most important attributes men need to survive in today’s modern world. Food and coffee will be available. Donations are accepted. Sign up through our website. Contact Louis DeLuca with any questions at


LADIES’ NIGHT, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH: Join other women from Gold Coast for Ladies’ Night on October 18th in Newbury Park. These nights are informal evenings at different people’s homes where we meet to hang out, share food, and get to know each other. An email was sent out with all the details. If you did not get one or need more info, please text or call Faith DeLuca at 805-827-3557. They look forward to seeing you there!


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are looking for willing hearts and hands to be a part of Discovery Cove – our children’s ministry that serves our littlest family members from infancy through 5th grade. Volunteers serve one service a month. For additional information, please contact Christina Brower at or 805.766.8876.


JESUS TENT, NOVEMBER 14-17 AND 21-24: Nick Vujicic and the Life Without Limbs Team are coming to Oxnard, CA. The Big Jesus Tent evangelistic outreach will be November 14-17 and November 21-24. The vision for this outreach is for the people of Oxnard to hear the Gospel, start a relationship with Jesus Christ and get plugged in to a local church. Partnering with Life Without Limbs in the Big Jesus Tent means praying, volunteering and walking with people on their new faith journey with Jesus. This is a big outreach opportunity! How many people can we reach for Jesus? For more information go to


SUNDAY PRAYER TIME EVERY SUNDAY MORNING: You’re invited to Sunday morning Prayer Time from 8:20-8:50 am in the Elementary 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.




Friday                         October 11          Neh 5-6; Ps 146; Lk 24

Saturday                    October 12          Neh 7-8; Acts 1

Sunday                      October 13          Neh 9-10; Acts 2

Monday                     October 14          Neh 11-12; Ps 1; Acts 3

Tuesday                    October 15          Neh 13; Mal 1-2; Acts 4

Wednesday              October 16          Mal 3-4; Ps 148; Acts 5

Thursday                   October 17          Job 1-2; Acts 6-7

Friday                         October 18          Job 3-4; Acts 8-9

Saturday                    October 19          Job 5; Ps 108; Acts 10-11

Sunday                      October 20          Job 6-8; Acts 12


Looking forward to see you this Sunday,