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101 CLASS, SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 4:00-6:00 PM: Our 101 class is calledDiscovering a Church Family” and it provides information on what we believe, church membership, and more! Sign up by writing “101 Class” on your Connection Card or go to the Welcome Desk this Sunday. It takes place in the Youth Room from. If you have any questions, contact the church office at or 805.485.5433


GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE? Are you receiving a diploma from high school or a degree from college this year? We would like to honor you in an upcoming Sunday morning service. Please let us know by Sunday, June 3 by writing your name, school, and type of degree on your Connection Card this Sunday or send the information to the church office at or call 485.5433.


HIGHER GROUND POINT DUME TRAIL HIKE, SATURDAY, JUNE 2: Higher Ground is hosting a scenic hike in Malibu at the Point Dume Natural Preserve near Zuma beach. This hike overlooks Zuma Beach, Santa Monica Bay, and Boney Mountains. There are tide pools along the trail down at the beach with breath taking views.


Difficulty: Moderate; Distance: 4 miles.


Sorry, no dogs allowed. Bathrooms are located at Westward Beach down the road from our location.


Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, change of shoes or thongs for the beach, towel if you plan to get wet, and camera.


Park: surface streets in the neighborhood near the trail after the “No Parking” signs.


Meet: Starbucks in the Los Posas Shopping Center/Camarillo at 8:30 am. Leave by 8:45 am. Expected end time is 11:30 am.


A free continental breakfast will be served following the hike.


Bring a friend or family member to share the experience!


Contact: Margie Cantu at 805-660-1187 or email at




Sunday          May 27           Prov. 4-6; Rom. 8

Monday         May 28           Prov. 7-9; Rom. 9

Tuesday        May 29           Prov. 10-12; Rom. 10

Wednesday  May 30           Prov. 13-15; Rom. 11

Thursday       May 31           Prov. 16-18; Rom. 12

Friday             June 1            Prov. 19-21; Rom. 13

Saturday        June 2            Prov. 22-24; Rom. 14

Sunday          June 3            Prov. 25-27; Rom. 15


LOOKING FOR 8 TO 10 MEN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF FOSTER KIDS WHO’VE BEEN ABUSED AND NEGLECTED, JULY 1-6TH AT THE ROYAL FAMILY KIDS’ CAMP: Testimony from Evelyn Metten: “I have been a part of Royal Family Kids Camp for over 5 years now and it is an amazing outreach to Foster Kids that have been abused and neglected. If you have any questions Ken Klopman is the Director and his contact info is 805.432.6210 or (See email message from Ken below.) THIS IS VERY TIMELY AS THE MANDATORY TRAINING IS ON JUNE 1ST/2ND.If there is any one that would like to talk with me about my experience, email me at or call 805.268.1375.”


A message from Ken Klopman: “Royal Family KIDS Camp is really short on men this year. We could probably use 8-10 more guys. In fact, we have stopped inviting boys to camp for now because we don’t want to have to turn them away for lack of male counselors.  If you can refer some solid Christian men (not just warm bodies), I’d love to hear from them very soon. Interviews are this week with only two days left (tonight & Sunday). Training is at VMC June 1, 6-8:30 pm and June 2, 8 am-6pm. Camp is July 1-6. Applications at: Interview sign-ups at:  If any questions, please feel free to call me at 805.432.6210.”


HARVEST AMERICA LIVE SIMULCAST, SUNDAY, JUNE 10: Come watch the Harvest America Simulcast on June 10, from 3-6 pm at Gold Coast! Hear live performances from Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Crowder, and Phil Wickham as well as the Good News of Jesus Christ from Pastor Greg Laurie. No cost, no signup, just invite a couple friends and show up! More information at   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need about 6 volunteers to help set up, greet visitors, usher, serve as prayer team member, and to assist with information if someone has questions or makes a decision for Christ. Contact: Marc at 805.889.7709 or


HIGHTIDE YOUTH GROUP meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room. Middle school students also meet most Sundays starting at 10:45 am in the Worship Center and are dismissed later to the Youth Room. Contact Christian Schaefer at 541.601.7131 or, if you have any questions.


STEPHEN MINISTRY:In difficult times, God’s love is especially precious to us, and it is very important to know someone who cares. Our congregation has trained Stephen Ministers who offer a ministry of Christian caring. To find out more about receiving a Stephen Minister’s care, write “Stephen Ministry” on your Connection Card tomorrow at one of the worship services and place it in the offering basket or call Art or Rose Flatray at 805.987.1428 for more information.


KARI JOBE AND MEREDITH ANDREWS LIVE! FRIDAY JUNE 15/ SATURDAY JUNE 16: Grammy Nominated Kari Jobe and Dove Award Winner Meredith Andrews are coming to Camarillo Community Church at 1322 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Special guests, worship services and breakout sessions are offered. Ticket prices range from $20-85 for concerts or workshops.  Concerts: June 15th Kari Jobe 7pm; June 16th Meredith Andrews 7 pm. Info/tickets:


THIS SUNDAY, in our continuing study through the New Testament book of Hebrews, we look at the section of 5:11-6:12.  It’s all about growing up spiritually, moving forward with Jesus and not turning back from following him.  Robert Tuttle says, “The Christian walk is much like riding a bicycle; we are either moving forward or falling off.”


Joshua Rogers’s daughter asked, “Where’s Susan?” as they were reading The Last Battle, the final book in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. Susan is the child queen who helped her siblings save Narnia from the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. However, she is conspicuously absent from an early scene in The Last Battle that includes every character who traveled to Narnia as a child. Rogers writes in Christianity Today (3-17-16):


“Daddy, where is she?” my daughter asked again.


“We’ll see,” I said, with a tinge of sadness.


Although I’ve read The Chronicles of Narnia dozens of times since I was a boy, Susan’s tragic end gets me every time. The book eventually reveals that Susan grows up and outgrows her love for Narnia. We get few details about her until the end of the book, when High King Peter responds to an inquiry into his sister’s whereabouts.


“My sister Susan,” answered Peter shortly and gravely, “is no longer a friend of Narnia.”


“Yes,” said Eustace, “and whenever you’ve tried to get her to come and talk about Narnia or do anything about Narnia, she says, ‘What wonderful memories you have! Fancy your still thinking about all those funny games we used to play when we were children.'”


Susan thought she had become too grown up for thoughts of a great king like Aslan and a blessed land like Narnia and, though she had once experienced it, she left it behind.


That doesn’t need to be you!  It will be good to be together on Sunday.


Love you guys,