Ojai Valley Community Church

Sunday service 10:45am.You are welcome to worship with us any Sunday. Our focus is loving God, others and self.

In my most clear, sober moments, mind, body, spirit. I feel one way. I wish to forgive all that have wronged me. I wish the best for everyone, including those that’ve hurt me. I accept responsibility for my transgressions, and beg forgiveness! Heck I beg forgiveness for us all. I want to make it right! I lose that clarity often. But its where I find my true alignment in life. In my faith I continually strive to find that center, as I wobble along.

[01/02/18]   MY SERENITY PRAYER FOR 2018!
God give us peace, patience and grace to accept those things we wish we could, but cannot change or control.
Give us strength, courage, Spirit and help, to take the steps and make the changes that are needed.
Give us wisdom, friends, counsel, clarity and guidance in knowing when to say "yes" or "no!"
And grant that we can see you Lord, in friend and foe, sunrises, sunsets, starry nights and blue skies, in trees, mountain vistas, ocean waves, laughter or tears, till the day we see you face to face, and are caught up in your loving embrace. Love Paul

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[01/01/18]   Well I’m grateful for any good day and there have been many in 2017...BUT...I am so ready to put this year behind me! Here’s to hoping so many of the things lost in 17 will be found again in 18, so many things that failed will succeed, dashed dreams will be realized!! Peace and Grace.

Join us 10:45 this Sunday in the Sanctuary as we say Good
Bye to 2017 and look forward to the possibilities of 2018. Next Sunday January 7 is Community Sunday, Potluck, kids story, and Communion in the Sanctuary.

I’ve no idea what’s behind this thing called “life!” Not at all really. Who does? In truth I’m simply an agnostic with a deep affinity for Jesus. But...I know “something” is behind it! I guess that’s living by faith. Whatever it is, I embrace the mystery of the Universe. There are deep, penetrating moments of frightening unknown. A paralyzing vastness of ignorance. A dizzying immeasurable...beyond. This uncertainty can consume me at times. Miracle and mystery swirl together like a vanilla chocolate soft serve. Yet strangely that unknowing, also comforts me deeply! In the end there’s only one solution for me...
“For creatures as small as we, the vastness is only bearable through love.” -Carl Sagan

A Very Merry Christmas 🎄

We begin Christmas Eve by acknowledging the hurt in the world with this rendition of the 9inch Nails “Hurt” as rendered by Johnny Cash.

Just got home, dinner ahead. We crammed in the car, spent hours after service giving Santa Bags loaded with goodies to lone homeless people in Ojai and Ventura. No words really. Jesus was right, “better to give then receive!” Sum it up with one lone man in the dark park the boys found. He asked if they were “Angels?” Then said “I’ve never believed in Christmas. Till now.”

Made Santa Bags 4 homeless tonight with kids. Non perishable snacks, cards, cross necklace, golden balloon with $, lotto ticket, cigars, tequila/salt/lime, Fireball, lip balm. Not conventional but nice :) Xmas eve we find peeps on the street an Santa Bag em!

[12/23/17]   Do you know what you have to do to be forgiven by God, loved by God, to die, be restored and be with God??

Absolutely nothing. 0. Zilch. Zip. Nada. Did I say nothing?

You don’t need to believe in God, cuz God believes in you. You don’t have to accept Jesus because Jesus has already accepted you. You don’t need to go to Church, be Baptized, read the Bible, believe the Bible, take Communion, be Confirmed, say a Prayer, do good deeds, make Confession, have a date you can name as your Conversion, be Born Again!

Now all those things are fine and dandy if you have done them or choose to. But none of that makes you “acceptable” to God. You are already accepted and loved.

Now, may you have divine strength to endure life, allowing you to thoroughly enjoy the good, as well as persevere through bad to your best abilities.

But just remember this, and may it encourage your heart. ! You will be fine in the end. Love Wins. You will be with God, you will be restored, renewed and will be in deep peace.

Merry Christmas

Pastor Paul
Ojai Valley Community Church

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Been a rough month for Ojai and Community Church. We survived the fire devastation of our Valley but an economic one hits hard this Christmas. My FB friends, please consider a gift at year end. I promise it’s much appreciated and well used! Peace and Grace! Tax Deductible to OVCC 907 El Centro, Ojai Ca. 93023 or 310 Shady Ln, Ojai Ca. 93023 or donate at PayPal link at ovcc.org

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“Bloody Mary” Sunday at Soule Park Bar n Grill. A boost to their hurting economy! What I’ve dreamt church in a bar could be! Love, laughter, joy, food, gratitude and mimosas :) Love that our non drinkers had a great time. Cuz it’s not about booze, but LOVE!


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